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Third Anniversary Reading

By Readings, Thoughts

Three years!

We were honored to be included in Hugo House’s inaugural season and delighted that we could present readers from past, present and future ERB books!

Pardon the photos— I certainly did not stand in the best space given the lighting and stage! But given the schedule Hugo House keeps, I am sure that in time, I’ll find the best spot to stand!

Thanks to Maya Jewell Zeller, Melinda Mueller, Christine Deavel, J.W. Marshall, Deborah Woodard, Riccardo Pieri and E. Briskin for reading work published with us or new work of theirs. We also thank Rachel Kessler who was representing the Vis-à-Vis Society, whose epic 100 Rooms is sure to be a big hit in 2019. And finally, we want to give a shout to Aileen Keown Vaux, who’s recently published Consolation Prize (Scablands Books) is one of my favorite books of 2018. So many of the other Washington small presses have been gracious with their knowledge, that it felt important to give a shout back!

We also had an opportunity to show one of our Emerging Vision Filmmaker films, so a another round of applause to Rebecca Starkey for her work considering Alchemy for Cells and Other Beasts and her mother!

Finally, that was a very full house and we appreciate very much all the readers who are finding our work and joining us in these events. THANK YOU.

Lori Goldston Premieres New Work

By Music

It was a great honor last night to hear Lori Goldston‘s response to “Marys Dust”, a new collection of poems by Melinda Mueller. “Cello Songs for Marys’ Dust” is a set of five songs for solo cello, using a variety of techniques to coax a wide range of voices and tones out of the instrument.

These songs, recorded live, will be released as a digital download along with Melinda reading poems from the book.

Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust
Lori Goldston, 2017

1. The Dust of a Thousand Bells
2. Marian the Copt
3. Love’s Bitter Strings
4. Her Daughter
5. Offertorium (Matthew)

This performance was recorded at the Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, Washington on February 23, 2017.

Fall Book Preview: Mary’s Dust

By Books, Music

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing details of our upcoming fall books.

Our first book we would like to share with you is a new full-length collection by Melinda Mueller, Mary’s Dust. This book contains thirty-two poems on different Marys through history. Using a wide variety of inventive and traditional forms, it is a meditation on exposure and concealment, pleasure and pain, and of course, language, as women create their own identities on their own terms. It’s a great honor to bring out a second book by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers.

We’ll be presenting this book with an audio download that includes music specifically commissioned for the book by Seattle genius (yeah, that is what the Stranger says and we agree), Lori Goldston. This new composition will premiere on February 23 at the Chapel Performance Space and is being recorded live, so you too could join us that evening and be part of Mary’s Dust.

Here’s one of the shorter poems in the book:

RADIUM
Marya Salomee Sklowdowka: b. 7 Nov 1867 – d. 4 July 1934

As, in her native Poland, the ember-colored
fox ignites the stubble field it streaks across,
ignites even the noonday dusk of the forest floor.

As, toddling into her parents’ long-ago garden
after dark, and crouching beside a lantern there,
she cried out: Look. The ants. They have shadows.

As religionists rummaged in the body for its soul,
that ant-shadow, which might “be shown on an X-ray
plate as a lighter spot on the darker shadow of the bone.”

So she fractionates the soul of pitchblende,
and having pent it in a glass vial, gazes into
its blue dazzle. And it gazes into her, being

the abyss Nietzsche warned of. And ransacks her.
And ignites her bones to ash. Heaven doth with us as we
with torches do. Nor will she lift from it her hands.

The After: Scenes from a Book Launch

By Music, Readings

Well, there aren’t too many pictures as we were busy as heck!

Thanks to all that came out on such a blustery night to celebrate this stunning new work with us! It’s been much too long since Seattle’s had a new book by Melinda Mueller and such a pleasure to hear from both Karinna (it’s our first time meeting her in person!) and Syrinx Effect.

The After : Now Available

By Books

The After Melinda Mueller Karinna Gomez Syrinx Effect Seattle Poetry
We are excited to officially publish The After today. Our third book, it clearly points the direction we’ve been striving toward and how we are envisioning our books for 2017 and beyond. It’s a sumptuous blend of poetry and art with commissioned music along with it.

Sometimes poetry comes to one for delight or comfort. Certainly, some of the projects we are working with authors, don’t have the intense sadness of this poem. But in this case, I would say it is almost a duty it is to offer this serious meditation on one of the most concerning aspects of climate change: the acceleration of the mass extinction underway.

In the Studio for “The After”

By Books, Music
Naomi Moon Siegel recording "The After" at Skoor Sound.

Naomi Moon Siegel recording “The After” at Skoor Sound.

Our next book was read in the studio yesterday, with the amazing Naomi Moon Siegel behind the controls and dials! We’re so excited to ship “The After” with a CD containing a song commissioned by the Syrinx Effect, a reading of the book-lenght poem by Melinda Mueller, and one additional surprise file that’s guaranteed to smash your heart to bits.

We’re finalizing production and will begin shipping “The After” at the end of September. It will make a special gift for anyone in your life with an interest in poetry and how we’re telling the story of the current mass extinction we’re responsible for.