Also, you want to buy these Bad Blood broadsides from us at the Octopus Books table in Boston next week. They’re designed and letter-pressed by Stacey Tran. They have Patricia Lockwood and Ben Mirov poems on them. But for now, you need to go to bed. It is your bedtime. Then you need to wake up and try to do better this time.
I’m going to be po-busy on Thursday, March 7, and I’m hoping you’d want to be equally po-busy with me. Step 1: Go to the No Thousands reading at 6pm where I’ll be in support of two of our new Octopus Books, James Gendron’s Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) and Amy Lawless’ My Dead, and Poor Claudia’s new book, A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse by Elaine Kahn. Black Ocean, 1913 and Action Books will be there too. And then Step Two: Go to the Tin House/Octopus Books reading after 7pm to celebrate the release of two of our other new books, Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese and Patricia Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black. Then after that, Step Three: go to the Ink Node reading after 9pm where I’ll be reading for a few minutes along with Octopus Books’ own Alisa Heinzman and another handful of killer poets. Phew. The task at hand is daunting, but it’s worth pretending like we can be in three places at once.
If you can’t make it to either of the Octopus readings, it’d still be nice to see you at our table at the bookfair. We have three new books to sell you, along with the entirety of our own catalog and the catalog of our chapbook imprint, Poor Claudia. We also have letter pressed Bad Blood broadsides, screen printed tote bags, and Drew Swenhaugen will be sitting in a 25 cent dunk tank full of whiskey.
One of the most anticipated Bad Blood readings yet, BBXV, is less than a week away. Eileen Myles, Ben Mirov, Patricia Lockwood, and Donald Dunbar, the latter three of whom will be officially launching brand new books of poems from Octopus Books, Octopus Books, and Fence Books, respectively. In preparation, I have been doing my chin-ups and lunges, and for his own preparation, Jacob Schraer of the Portland Mercury has highlighted the series and the event with an article in the newest issue.
HELP US GIVE PATRICIA LOCKWOOD A TRAMP STAMP!
Patricia Lockwood’s much anticipated first book of poems, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black, is now available, along with Ben Mirov’s new book Hider Roser, at Octopus Books’ website and Small Press Distribution. In order to promote this book, Patricia has offered to tattoo an “enormous tramp-stamp of a four-legged puppeye with a bare butt” on her lower back if we sell out of the first print run of 2000 books by January 31. Patricia talks about this plan on her blog. Please spread the word, tell your friends and enemies, and help us help her do this bad thing.
This puppeye (pictured above) is from the herd of puppeyes on Patricia’s book cover which was designed and illustrated by Lisa Hanawalt, one of Patricia’s favorite artists, a cartoonist and illustrator living in Brooklyn. Lisa talks about it all here.