As you might have gotten from the title, I sold another chapbook of poetry!
They say three’s a crowd, but I think my third chapbook, forthcoming from ELJ Publications, will get along great with my other volumes of poetry.
ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE, which consists of selections from Found Poetry Review‘s Oulipost project, is a short collection of poems written by applying Oulipian (or Oulipian-esque) constraints to the daily newspaper during the month of April, 2014. In my case, that was the Austin American-Statesman. (Hi, Statesman!) The book is scheduled for release in January 2016.
When I started the project — reluctantly, I might add, since it terrified me — I didn’t think it would generate enough cohesive work for a chap. But after running the poems through my own filter and the lovely filter that is my critique partner Amber Beilharz, I had a little manuscript ready. I know ELJ is going to be a great home for these (really) weird poems.
The manuscript includes a belle absente ode to Disney Princesses, a found sestina (praise be to Doug Luman for his poetry-making tools!), “haikuisation,” and a quote cento.
I’m thrilled to announce this, and I’m so thankful to everyone at Found Poetry Review, especially Jenni B. Baker and Beth Ayer, who put together our playbook of prompts and managed to organize all of us over the month. I can’t wait to see what we do in 2015!
Thanks again to Ariana D. Den Bleyker and the team at ELJ for finding me in the slush and liking my little book. I can’t wait for January 2016, when I’ll be able to share it with the whole wide everyone.