Thursday, July 20, 2006

"something wicked this way comes..."

okay kids, if you've ordered it I thank you and Bill thanks you. if not, you are going to miss purchasing the greatest literary release in the history of mankind, and I don't think I'm exaggerating. so in the interest of self-promotion and shamelessness, if you've not recieved this email from Bill at Bottle of Smoke Press, then here you go:

Bottle of Smoke Press is proud to announce the release of:

christopher cunningham - And Still The Night Left To Go: Poems and Letters

This two volume set includes a book of all new poems and a book of previously unpublished letters. Strictly limited to only 100 copies. Each copy has an original ink & watercolor painting affixed to the cover. 62 pp. Wraps.

ISBN: 0-9777300-4-2

Limited to:

100 Copies $10 (+ $2 Shipping) - All copies will contain a unique piece of ink & watercolor artwork mounted to the cover.

** Many of this poet's earlier books have sold out and are now quite rare. Bottle of Smoke Press has pre-sold roughly half of the edition just based on word of mouth from the poet's website. Once these last 50 copies are gone, they will be gone forever. **

Ships on Monday 7/25.


the beautiful and tragic

Paris is far far off
and the night is cold and long
and houses burn
suicides take the easy way out
and a job is lost
and a child is lost
each moment is a
step away from
and then into
the fire
Paris sleeps, its old streets
and old alleys and
old bars and old memories
stored away for someone's
screaming future drifting
further and further into

and another wave breaks and
one more for the road
this dinner is cold cold
and the rain comes down in anger
and the
flower blooms and the stars explode
and the mind reels and
fingers press down on a pulse
searching and searching

a slice of bread
with butter
on such a night as this
is beautiful and tragic


To order, please pay with Paypal, or mail a check along with $1 postage to:

Bill Roberts
Bottle of Smoke Press
902 Wilson Drive
Dover, DE 19904

I accept paypal under the paypal id:

Please visit our website's new releases page for this and other great releases. Shipping gladly combined. Please e-mail with any questions.

Distributor discounts available. Please inquire.

All best,

thanks for reading and supporting the small press.


Blogger j.b said...

order mine a long time ago, got a good reserved by Bill and he said it will be in the mail on Monday.

oh man, i cannot wait.

i'm gonna hafta send it to you, CC, for personal inscription so that when you MAKE IT i can sell it on ebay for a mint.

3:53 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

oh, and congrats.
you've had a lot of action lately, and still to come.

good on ya.

3:53 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

tyvm, j.b

too kind. and send away, mebbe you'll get lucky and some writer will send you an extra so you can keep one AND get stinking rich.

or just stinking, your choice.

and on a side note, our shepherd also had a touch of the epilepsy when she was younger, but seems to have grown out of it. it was VERY disturbing the first time. and the second..and the third...but then she stopped and hasn't had an attack in several months now.

**knocking wood with fingers crossed like he believes it will do a damn thing**

3:58 PM  
Blogger c. allen rearick said...

why do we, as poets, refer to it as "shameless self promotion" and the like? hell, i say promote the fuck away. no one else but eachother is gonna help us, and sometimes we don't even have that.

shit, i make countless four page pamphlets/books of sample poems and pub. info to pass around where ever i go - the library, bus stop, book store, coffee shop...where ever!

of course, it's all done for free -thank you work!

anyone else interested, send me some poems or some ideas and i'll print ya' some stuff up, pass it around, etc..

4:26 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...


yer right. in the poetry world it is all up to us, really. and hey, thanks for the free printing offer, I may just take you up on it. I've always thought it was a good idea to leave poems/broads/etc. inside books in bookstores a la Hem, Buk, Miller, HST, and so forth. maybe we'll start a "Guerilla Poetics Movement" where we all assault bookstores/coffee shops/newstands/etc. with poems and lists of poets/pubs in the Movement. mattafact, I like it.


4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

j.b. mentioned the guerilla poet idea to me a couple years back. Of course, the theory was to sneak them on the shelves and into coffee shops, etc. Inserting them into books of a common interest would probably work better as they would end up getting to those interested without having the librarians throw them in the trash.

Hell. May be an idea. I may be willing to print a broadside letterpress and sell them. The theory is that you buy one, (they are sold very cheap), and we send them three, but the deal is that they must agree to hide them in library books..... Maybe find new fans of small press poetry among beat readers...

Call the publishing venture "Guerilla poetics" and list a few of our websites for more info...

5:37 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

yes, Bill...we've spoken of this idea before. i've had the conversation with Glenn, as well.

it's a very romantic idea to me. i doubt it will do anything but anger some folks, but anger is good.

Chris, sorry to hear about your dog. yes, the very first time ours had a seizure it was fucking scary as hell. he's gotten better, as well, and we've recently weaned him off of phenobarbital in order to preserve his liver. so far so good.

as for self promotion. i think we say "shameless" only because we know we HAVE to do it, but it still feels somewhat distasteful to us (for some reason). i, at least for me, the reason i hate doing it is because those who DON'T hate it are generally the type of people i don't want to be (or be around).

but, we've no choice but to promote. promote. promote.

5:43 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

I like the whole idea, and j.b I agree espec with the "those aren't the people I want to be, so it's hard to be those people, even slightly..." concept. thanks for articulating.

but I disagree with your premise that it will anger folks, because the placement of the poems won't be in Ann Coulter's shitty book, but in Buk's new book, Miller, Kerouac. and it is important that someone like Bill (and a generous offer, I accept...) to print up something beautiful, small and personal, with a poem that is not yer fucking anecdotal journaling type of poem, but an accesible, solid bit of work, short enough to hold attention immediately, with a small mark on the bottom for anyone who wants more info, website etc.

I tell you, if I found one of Bill's broadsides in a Miller book, I would immed. go to the site. and how many more budding poets out there would do the same?

and j.b, thanks the kind words on the dog, it is good that yours is able to wean off the drugs some. that was our concern also, that she might have to be "on something" for life, and she might have some allergies that will require it still....

6:35 PM  
Blogger Luis said...


I ordered your book a while ago too. I even got Kryss's book, which has some singing beauty.

I used to send out little self-
made chaps when I first started
sending poems out around '99.

I'd insert them with my submissions. All good ideas in these posts/comments.

9:12 PM  
Blogger c. allen rearick said...

j.b. - i in no way feel shameless ever when i pass 'em out or promote myself. in fact, i feel damn proud. there's no better feelin', at least for me, than knowin' you've created somethin' someone might like/love, outta nothin' but your own abilites and drive.

cc - i totally agree, it's all aboot tact when it comes to placin' the pamphlets/'sides/books/etc...
the key is to know your city pretty well, and know the what types of people hang out where and what they might be into - i guess kinda like marketin', no? hell, i've gotten e-mails from people sayin' hey, i found this and that at so and so..."

hell, what do you have to lose really?

speakin' of guerilla poetics, my buddy's website, wayne mason, is named "guerilla poetics", we've exchanged material to pass around. i've also done this with john dorsey and greg scharf.

shit, i wouldn't mind takin' a bansky approach, and stencillin' poems, web-sites, etc... all aboot town. really, the pos. are endless.

8:26 AM  
Blogger j.b said...

by the way, LOVE the Bradbury reference...

i see your point on not angering folks. i'm not fully convinced because most people are pricks who don't care, but i suppose if we choose our targets carefully and correctly, we should be fine. also, i'm thinking of Utah, and well...there are no targets no matter how carefully or correctly we may choose them.

as for the shame in self-promotion, this is a personal thing. i'm very shy, have had issues with self-esteem in the past, and HATE pushing my stuff on others.
i do understand, CAR, your position of pride, etc. i definitely feel very proud of all my books and pubs. but, i always feel that no one else really cares to read any of it. just me.

and, again, i just think of lawyers and salesmen and all the other "me monsters" out there that really are distasteful human beings. you know, the kind the drive BEAMERS (not BMWs).

maybe we should do this guerilla publishing thing just once to see if it works.

a nationwide thing. we'll get 25 poets from 25 different cities (or nearby) and inundate the major metropolitan areas with our words. maybe it'll work.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let me know and I'll letterpress the bastard. Maybe have a few people from the list submit a few poems to this list. I'll let the list decide and we'll go with it. Like jb said, we'll try one and see what happens.

I'll give out maybe 10 to each person that agrees to "place" them....


1:23 PM  
Anonymous MOM C said...

Hey, never mind the lawyers and salesmen, what do they know of the "working class"??? I got hooked on poetry so maybe other "working class" people like me might too and would appreciate a small glimpse into the small press world. I knew nothing of it until My Favorite Poet introduced it to me so go "introduce" "brag" "promote" whatever you have to do to get the word and the Work out to the general public. Who knows, it may be the Kick in the Pants the public needs to get them hooked on poetry.

3:06 PM  
Blogger c. allen rearick said...

j.b. - good call aboot utah. we will definitely have to strategically pick the places.

as to the whole "let's try it, see if it works" i don't know whether there is really a way to guage whether or not it is "working", unless we post some sort of confirmaiton number, on the pub., to be e-mailed back to the publisher or the poet, in order to track results.

hell, we could set up a whole seperate web-site, where someone who picked up the 'side/book/whatever... could go to and fill out various quetions, if they liked - age, gender, where they found it, their opinion on the piece, etc...

4:09 PM  
Blogger Karl Koweski said...

I can personally attest that Alabama is a hotbed for poetry providing it rhymes and praises Jesus. What I like to do is go into bookstores with a pile of poems, approach literary looking fellows, and say "excuse me, would you like to read my poems or am I going to have to smack your mouth?". This is a slight variation on how I use ask women on dates. Guerilla poetics is a good idea. If each of us could interest one person, we'd double the small press readership.

4:55 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

big Karl is right: read this poem or I'll chainwhip you till yer bones are jelly.

look: make a blog: somebody check it after the shit's been placed in books/etc., blog to have links to all particpants websites/etc.

okay. go to Guerilla Poetics Project and we'll move from there..

6:07 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

we need to pick our poets/poems, come up with a logo for the broadsides including the website, and decide the rest of the who/what/when/where.

poems should be short and tight and brutally strong. we should pick books to place them in and ALL place them in similar books in Barnes Noble/BOrders/etc. incl. our local alt weeklies whichever they may be in our target cities.

for a logo may I recommend a variation on the HST "fist?:"

here or something in this semi-military vein...

6:12 PM  
Blogger Karl Koweski said...

definitely need a eye catching logo. Something aggressive. A myspace account is also a good idea since it's the rage with all the kids today. I can cover the Huntsville to Birmingham, AL area. I have a buddy in Philly, Pat King who loves this kind of stuff, he has no interest in writing poetry, but could be trusted to help. My brother in Chicago would also help the cause. Between us, I bet we could cover a decent portion of the country if we really set our minds to it.

6:28 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

no doubt karl.

I don't "do" myspace, so can you set that one up?

Guerilla Poetics Project?

6:34 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

and I've not forgotten about the VET anthology project kids. I got my thinking cap on with that one and want it to be perfect.

but this GPP seems like it might explode on its own here...

dandy as fuck, say I.

6:38 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

i was thinking about the VET project too..and being that "guerilla" is spanish for warrior....why not combine the two for our first foray?


just a thought.

anyway, i'm jazzed as a fucker for this. Bill and i have been messing around with this idea for 2? 3 years now?

i like Casey's thoughts of tracking numbers, maybe..or the email address and asking them to email to say the liked or didn't like it...or something like helps get the people involved...and people like nothing more than being involved.

like a message in a bottle...

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Okay, So, I'm slow on the uptake. It took me while to get a clue to what is going on. But I think this is a good idea if I am reading it right. It's something I do with "remark." all the time. I drop it wherever we go. The mall, the grocery store, bathrooms along the highway, the train up to NY last year and so on.

So, am I understanding it right?


7:26 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

close. but not quite.

9:10 PM  
Blogger c. allen rearick said...

c.c. - i can do the myspace thing, if karl doesn't want to do it.

8:34 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

haven't heard, but go ahead and set it up. lemme know the addy, etc. and I'll post it/link it.


7:12 PM  

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