I know what you want for a present for the holidays. Ask your family for a 2 year Octopus Books subscription. Buying a subscription is one of the very best ways of supporting Octopus Books, and we’d really appreciate it. As a small and completely independent press, our ability to continue to make the poetry books we believe in depends almost completely on book purchases.
And now that Portland’s own Poor Claudia is the official limited edition chapbook imprint of Octopus Books, we have 2 different subscription options for you. Also, rest assured, the shipping is always on us.
#1. Only OCTOPUS BOOKS. $88 (at least $130 value)
Portuguese by Brandon Shimoda (co-published by Tin House). The first title in a new annual series of poetry books that will be co-published with another independent Portland press, Tin House. Portuguese is Brandon Shimoda’s fourth full-length book of poems.
My Dead by Amy Lawless. A second full-length book of poems by the Brooklyn poet who wrote Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books 2008).
Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) by James Gendron. A first full-length book of poems by the Portland poet who wrote the chapbook, Money Poems (Poor Claudia 2009).
Picasso’s Tears by Wong May. This, Wong May’s fourth book of poems, is her first book since Superstitions was published by Harcourt Brace and in 1978. Harcourt Brace also publishedReports (1972) and A Bad Girl’s Book of Animals (1969), the latter of which was the subject of an Octopus Magazine Recovery Project in issue #3.
Octopus Magazine #16–10 year Anniversary Anthology
AND: at least 4 other TBA full-length poetry titles, including another co-publication with Tin House.
#2. OCTOPUS BOOKS + POOR CLAUDIA: $136 (at least a $220 value):
Receive everything Octopus Books publishes in 2013 and 2014, plus the following from Poor Claudia:
A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse, by Elaine Kahn of Northampton, Mass. (soon to be Oakland, Calif.) Hand-bound 4.5x7.5" chapbook with screenprinted cover. Limited printing of 150.
mu (Dream) so (Window), by Marcus Slease of London, England. Hand-bound 6x6" chapbook with letterpressed cover. Limited printing of 150.
Bart V Univers, by Joel Statz of Portland, Ore.. Hand-bound 4.5x7.5" chapbook with letterpressed cover. All original drawings by Joel Statz with an introduction by poet James Gendron. Limited printing of 200.
You will also receive:
2 other solicited chapbooks that will be determined in December, 2012.
At least 2 future chapbook publications determined by PC’s July open reading period.
A new ephemeral series titled The Architect: occasional 8 page hand-bound chapbooks. 5.5 x 8.5" with black on black covers. Limited printing of 88. Once eight The Architects are published, each 8-page signature will be sewn together to create an 88-page book of an unknown future use.