To celebrate DeWeese DeWeek, Christopher DeWeese reads “The Atmosphere,” the first poem from The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, in a wind tunnel at the mall. You can celebrate DeWeese DeWeek by watching him do it. And then by pre-ordering the book and reading it in your own wind tunnel at your own mall, or wherever. If you pre-order the book this week, you’ll get free stuff.
As a small independent press, the best way for anyone to financially support Octopus Books, is to purchase our books. Because we are trying to grow our press, by publishing 5 or more poetry titles per year, we could really use your help now more than ever.
We are now offering both 1 year and 2 year subscriptions to our future catalog, and your subscription purchase will go a long way in helping us afford those costs up front. A subscription to our next 5 or 10 books would make for a good holiday gift for yourself or for someone who isn’t you but is still someone whom you like or maybe love.
If you buy a one year subscription, we’ll send you a bonus book from our back catalog (except for Picasso’s Tears by Wong May). For a two year subscription, we’ll send you two bonus books of your choice (or Picasso’s Tears). If you buy a subscription for a friend, we’d be happy to send the bonus book(s) to you if you’d like.
Octopus Books happens because of the volunteer hard work and energy of about a half dozen people. We do this only because we love what we make and we believe in what we do. Please consider supporting us, and we’ll reward you with the best books of poems we can muster. Thank you.
April showers brings Wong May. Wong May 1st. This first day of May marks the May issue of The Believer, which contains an interview, by myself, of WM (I just asked one question, then backed away). You should buy the issue and read the first interview she’s given in my lifetime. That’s her face drawn by Charles Burns in the bottom right hand corner of the cover.
Octopus Books also figured it would be a good day to offer her book, Picasso’s Tears, for pre-order. Its official publication date is June 1, and it will ship shortly after that, but you can order it now. 325 pages. Clothbound hardcover. $24.
A bit about the book:
Written over the past 35 years, Picasso’s Tears is an epic account of Wong May’s incisive, empathic, and visionary engagement with our strange and violent world. Politically inflamed and intensely personal, this fourth book of poems by Wong May marks the long-awaited re-emergence of a major, miraculous voice.
Bianca Stone and Octopus Books and Tin House Books were total valentines because Bianca’s book of poems, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, will be co-published by Octopus Books and Tin House Books in March. Watch Bianca’s video if you want proof. You’ll be able to pre-order it from our new website soon. I’ll let you know, of course, but maybe you should mark that down too.
THE OCTOPUS 8
Come celebrate with Octopus Books and Poor Claudia as Bad Blood turns 21 with Mathias Svalina, Amy Lawless, Tyler Brewington and Kelly Schirmann. Come find us at ADX on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tell your acquaintances, bring your friends.
We are starting one hour later than usual. Doors at 8. Poems at 8:30 sharp. We’ll treat you with some poetry ephemera made special for the event, and beer from our friends, Gigantic Brewing. Also, please remember to bring a few big boy bills for the books table. It’ll be free to get in, and there’ll be a happy jar at the bar.
Also, the party will keep going into the next day. Bad Blood’s presses, Octopus Books and Poor Claudia, will be tabling at Publication Fair downtown at The Cleaners from 12 to 6.
MATHIAS SVALINA is the author of three books, most recently The Explosions from Subito Press. Big Lucks will release his book Wastoid in 2014. He is a member of Team Octopus. He lives in Denver.
AMY LAWLESS is the author of two books of poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books). She lives in Manhattan.
KELLY SCHIRMANN is the co-author of Nature Machine (Poor Claudia) & half of the band Young Family, whose second EP will be released from Spork Press this year. She lives, writes, sings, & makes in Portland, Oregon.
TYLER BREWINGTON is one author of Nature Machine (Poor Claudia), the author of Dear Stray Volcano (alice blue), & an MFA candidate in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is from Boise, Idaho.