In other news, J. Michael Wahlgren, founder/editor/publisher of Gold Wake Press, has a new book out called Valency from BlazeVox Books. It’s available on Amazon.com US. Free shipping is available if purchased with Silent Actor, his first book of poetry.
(Also, scoop up David Peak's collection Surface Tension. David's MLP chap, Dreams from the Darklands, is awesome, too.)
Jared has published three e-chaps of mine: “Satin Anvils,” “Wounded Rainbows” and “From Of Creatures.” After publishing the third one, he asked me to co-edit for Gold Wake’s e-chaps, and I happily accepted. I've been doing that for a little over a year now, helping him read for our online series of e-chaps, and it's been great.
But recently, Jared started a print poetry series for Gold Wake, publishing full-length collections. The first publication will be Zachary C. Bush’s The Silence of Sickness, and the second will be Donora Hillard's Theology of the Body, both of which are now available for preorder at BN.com. Jared alone is heading up Gold Wake's print offshoot, so I give him big props for that.
Jared recently asked me to submit a manuscript for the print series, so I sent him Of Creatures (five of which can be read here, one of which can be read here, another is forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, and eight of which are forthcoming in Counterexample Poetics). This is a collection of poems which, for me, are very different from my usual work, as they feel like an experiment in aesthetics, and, more importantly, in optimistic existentialism.
Jared accepted the Of Creatures, and it will be published some time in early to mid 2011. (Big big thanks, J…). So, this will be my first book of poetry. Published. Book. Existing in the world. I feel this is a book my mom will like, as opposed to all my stories about genitals and things…