A review and an interview and a monkey

bold-monkeyA new review of The Ship Is Sinking appeared this week. I even answered a few interview questions about it.

George Anderson of Bold Monkey spent some time with the book and wrote a rather intelligent, thoughtful analysis. I’d quote from it here but you should just go check it out. The review includes a number of excerpts from the book, as well as one complete poem that I don’t believe has appeared elsewhere online.

Anderson’s review is followed by a short interview he did with me. I answered some questions regarding the book’s genesis and my general approach to writing. I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about. Almost.

Take a look!

A St. Bernard with a little bucket of cheer

perf5.250x8.000.inddYou can now read a review of The Ship is Sinking over at Headlock Press.

HP’s editor, Paul Agostino, read the book and emailed me about it, then gussied up his note through the magic of editing, and now it’s a review.

He talks about the “dark ride” the book takes, and he provides a couple excerpted poems. It’s a really thorough, insightful read. This may be one of those times when the review is better-written than the thing it’s reviewing.

In any event, I’m damn grateful for the support.

Free beer!

ship-freeFree books, actually. Just trying to catch everybody’s attention.

Copies of The Ship is Sinking are now up for grabs in a couple of giveaway contests: There are two copies available via LibraryThing, and two copies via Goodreads.

If you’ve been holding out on ordering the book, now’s your chance to get one for the low-low price of free. You have till the end of February to request a copy from either place. Winners get selected at random by LibraryThing/Goodreads.

So…best of luck? Head here for the LibraryThing giveaway, or here for the Goodreads giveaway.

Almost there

ship-cover-detailA quick update on the poetry book: We’re in the proofing stage. There were some hiccups with the printer in regard to the cover, but it looks like things are figured out now. I’m awaiting one final proof copy, which I expect will come out just right. At that point, we’ll be all set to go to press.

All of this is just to say: If you’re going to order the book, do so now to save a buck while it’s still a preorder at the discounted price ($9 versus $10 once it goes to print). I don’t know how soon after the proof is approved that Epic Rites actually prints the books, but they tend to move fast.

PS: I should have a very limited number of copies available straight from me that I could sign for you, draw obscene pictures in, etc. More details on this here.

Get your wallet ready

shipMy new collection of poems, The Ship is Sinking, is coming out soon from Epic Rites Press. It’s now officially available for preorder.

So…you should buy it. Maybe a couple copies. One for each room of your house. It’s only nine bucks right now–you can save a dollar by ordering before it’s released, which should be sometime this summer.

Some details: 54 pages. 32 poems, 19 or 20 that have never appeared anywhere, ain’t-never-been-seen-before.

And sweet baby Jesus, look at that cover! That’s the work of Julie Michelle Sparenberg, and I can’t thank her enough. We all judge books by their covers, so I’m glad as hell Wolfgang Carstens of Epic Rites got her to do this one!

More information coming soon. But grab your copy now!