Category Archives: lit reviews are up


Writing, blogging and crafts slinked into a tidy and moth-free closet in an unattended recess of my brain when I started a new law gig in June that has turned out to be very satisfying and rewarding work (omg, holy surprise!).  Writerly and bloggerly endeavors took a backseat to the wonder and newness of a world without billable hours.  However, taking a cue from the Craig S. Perez playbook on being involved through and through in the poetry community, I’ve started writing reviews of literary journals with, Denise Hill’s cornucopia-o-info site on what’s out there in the literary world.   I get my hands on some pretty neat specimens, some if not many that are not readily available at local bookstores, and exposure to the work of plenty of contemporary and emerging writers.  My first two reviews of Cannibal and The Lumberyard, both with a letterpress-y or handmade aesthetic, are here (Cannibal) and here (The Lumberyard).

Gocco Joy! A mini-chapbook bound and finished.


Gocco Chapbook CoverLong craft-deprived, I finally took this past weekend to crack the knuckles, pull out my Print Gocco and complete a chapbook project for twenty-one Kundiman fellows who exchanged poems written on postcards for the month of September 2007. Ten poets contributed their small-size poems.

Mini-chapbook gutsAfter months of mulling it over, conceiving of it and mostly just not getting around to it, I charged forward last weekend by visiting SCRAP, hoping to find some different papers or envelopes at rock-bottom, re-use prices. The warehouse had several reams of textured cover stock in a beige-type color. Not sexy, but I thought it’d contrast well with the ream of turquoise copy paper I got at Staples a few months back for the purposes of chapbook-making and paper projects in general.

Gocco bulbsFast forward one weekend later. I layed out and edited the interior of the booklet on Adobe Pagemaker on Saturday night, went to OfficeMax for double-sided copying Sunday morning. (Tip: OfficeMax offered color paper at the self-service copiers for the same price as regular white copy paper, but I did not partake as I’d already brought my turquoise paper). Sunday afternoon I created the Gocco-ready cover image, then flashed the screen with these Gocco bulbs pictured here as glistening still-life in the Sunday afternoon light.

Gocco printerStella Artois for Gocco SundayThe covers were printed on the Gocco using brown and pearlescent aqua inks.  Sunday night, albeit with an interlude at The Fillmore (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks), I completed binding, with brown linen thread, an edition of 40 baby chapbooks for contributors, postcard writers and Kundiman-related folk. Other helpful project materials included a Stella.

Postcard Poems by Kundiman poets chapbook

The product specs for this little chappy, “Postcard Poems by Kundiman poets” ({bee + spool} press 2008): Dimensions 4.25″ (w) x 5.5″ (h). 16 pages.  Edition of 40.