Tuesday, March 24, 2009

check it out...

Bill Taylor, one of the small press' best poets, has a blog. read it
H E R E.

8 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

I just checked it out. He's awesome. Thanks for all the great links. I'm looking forward to Jeff Fleming's chap, too. And Hosho's artwork. I've got a list a mile long of new stuff I want to buy. Now I've gotta find a mindless day job or else hustle cards or something:)

7:16 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

glad to do it...and ahem, nothing wrong with playing a little cards now and again. for fun, of course.

you can't go wrong with any of Bill's stuff, especially his WORDS FOR SONGS NEVER WRITTEN. it's majestic...

12:07 AM  
Blogger H. said...

Yes, yes--Julie...If you haven't read that book, definitely get it! From Centennial Press...it's worth every penny & then some. For my money, it's one of the most important books I've seen in the decade+ I've followed the small press.

4:30 PM  
Blogger mather said...

Hello, Cunningham, my name is Mather Schneider, I have liked your stuff for years, probably from the beginning. I have recently read a couple of your interviews and agree with you about the lack of quality in chapbooks, and love your paintings and attention to detail. To simply give a shit about quality is to admit you are a softy, I guess...

Also like William Taylor. I think you, he and Hyde have some strong voices and good momentum, keep it up. Also, a guy named William Meyer I think is pretty good.

One of the interviewers asked you what you do besides write poetry, and you didn't mention a job. Do you make a living from art?

11:14 AM  
Blogger j.b said...

Taylor is a favorite. has been for nigh on a dozen years now. it's funny how i have this core group of poets i always look to when i want something to read. i'm proud as hell, too, that i've befriended the majority of them, and count a handful as great friends.

Justin Hyde is quickly becoming one of those i turn to. great voice and keen eye.

3:50 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

mather; thanks for the kind words my man, and welcome...I manage to get the bills paid each month thru an improvised and dangerously thin margin brought in via a combination of paintings, poems, shorts, book sales, commissioned shit, saved dough from restaurant work over the years; my lady also makes art (jewelry and photography, mostly) and is a chef who caters organic food. I also dabble in the occasional poker game (purely for fun, you understand).

taken as a whole it often leaves us just barely ahead these days, and more often than not, just a bit behind. but we manage, and it's way more exciting than working on a time clock, that's for fucking sure...

I agree with you/me for sure: the book is now an artform in an age where the words are free and easily available online, an item that one must purchase, and then has for as long as they can hold it, so why shouldn't it be stunning IN and OF ITSELF? the complete THING as representation of the words/thrust of intent/etc. is important. bill roberts and david mcnamara are the leading makers of books in the small press these days, and if you've not seen one of bill's handbound hardcovers they are worth every penny. genius.

hosh and I have a book of letters coming out soon and the special edition is gonna be something to behold; I'm sure hosh or I can send you an email with more info as the release date approaches...

thanks again for visiting and reading the words. it shores one up to know the poems are doing their fucking jobs out there in the world...

jb: me too, brother. me too.

7:13 PM  
Blogger mather said...

Well, that's amazing you're paying the bills this way, and I am envious... I haven't had the guts to quit working and try that...nor the connections and probably not the talent or drive...still stuck behind the wheel of a cab 50 hours a fucking week. I am aware of Roberts at Smoke and emailed him a while back to see if I could send him cash for something, where to, etc. but he never got back to me. I don't know much about Sunnyoutside, but I'll check up on it. I definitely like that kind of bookmaking care, assuming the words are there too... Sure, let me know about anything you've got for sale or anything else, mathereider@cox.net. I am new to the net and so far have only made enemies because of my mouth, so I need some friends I think. I have no blog. I have a full length coming out this summer from Interior Noise Press, and we are trying to make it look as good as possible, in fact I am being a pain in the ass about it. Keep it up.

8:33 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

mather;

well it's a combination of 'guts' and a marked and continual inability to take orders from higherups and bosses that have driven me into this position of being forced to create money from the very air around me in order to feed myself, the girl and the dogs. but my ex-bosses are very very glad I did, as I caused a number of moderate to severe incidents over the course of my working life for them and their ilk.

hah, I can fully understand about 'one's mouth' and 'trouble' when it comes to the online world of no subtlety and no good way to read a man's face when he's speaking to you. I find it best to NOT COMMENT when I most want to; it's just easier on the constitution...

congrats on the full length; keep me informed. again, I, and probably more than one of my publishers over the years, can dig on being a pain in the ass when it comes to putting out a quality book of poems in toto.

I'd say if bill's not got back to you, it's because he's the Hardest Working Man In Print these days. all six of his flailing arms are feeding demented work into his smoking and grumbling 1914 letterpress at an unprecedented rate. he's a freak of nature, but one to be reckoned with for certain.

you can't go wrong, really, with any of david's books at sunnyout; he loves what he does and it shows. you can get one of bill taylors' there and some graziano and some mccreesh if you've not yet got his latest (a killer affair indeed...).

stop by anytime. you can reach me at thelastpoet [at] hotmail [dot] com...

5:00 AM  

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