Now that things are quieting down a bit here at the office (almost caught up on book releases, all mail being sent) I can finally lay my hands on darling letterpress. Got a bunch of projects cooked up. Some greeting cards. Some small broadsides. Pretty damn excited to wear the apron again and find ink in my beard.
Also tonight, I bought a football at Five Below. And candy. I am living the dream.
This week we released our 49th title! Everybody welcome Trey Moody’s Once Was a Weatherto the Greying Ghost catalog. Weather is such a bad ass chap. The poems are so full of brawls and patience. Coal miners will use these poems instead of head lamps in the future.
Next up will be Jennifer Pilch’s Profil Perdu. This will be our 50th book. It still befuddles my small brain that we’re up to 50. Almost to AARP status.
In more exciting news, I’ve been a beast with the mail orders. Getting them packed and sent quickly. I’m putting aside my fear of the post office by work for all of you. Actually, I don’t really fear the post office itself just the people who seemingly live there. What’s up with the dude who sits in the corner and reads the discarded junk mail? Grow some eyebrows, already.
There’s also a gaggle of new pamphlets being printed. More info at a later date.
One of the best albums to blast while working on lengthy project. It’ll zone you out and then box you in the ear right quick. Also great to sing along to because its impossible to decipher the lyrics so you can just recite gibberish and it works.
Started prep work of Jennifer Pilch’s Profil Perdu. This will be out 50th book in 5 years. Can’t believe it has been that many and that long. Plus all of our pamphlets and specials. A very special deep thanks to everyone for their support and writing. Lets make it 100 in 10. Hell yeah.
"Wind finds my body, behind a stone or in a field. I know three explanations, but I can’t discuss any of them. There is water, somewhere, which might matter. Somewhere else, a man is lying to you, but you are unafraid as you read this.”
It is a busy holiday weekend here at the Greying Ghost office. This week we’ve been knocking out Trey Moody’s chest thumping Once Was A Weather chapbook. So far the production has been going smoothly. No hiccups thusly. Covers all cut and folded. Title bands being printed. 75% of the guts are printed and folded. This fine thang might be done by the week’s end but most likely early next week. Also this week we’ve started work on our first official broadside, a wild naked-on-a-mountaintop poem by Jone Cone whose GG chapbook Least is due out this winter. Also set from the nest are a couple of free pamphlets by Leia Wilson and your’s truly. Photos forthcoming.
The Greying Ghost catalog took a couple of hits this week as Michael Bernstein’s Nanostars has sold out and we’re down to our last copy of Andrew Borgstrom’s And What Is Left…chap. We’re also down to last ten copies of Sasha Fletcher’s book. In general, you best take a look at our catalog and have at it. This time of year things move quick. Plus we have some ephemera gift tags
Also this week I learned that I will have to report for jury duty in January. Last time I had jury duty I actually got a case and the dude on trial kept staring at me giving me one of those ‘what’s up, bro?’ head-nods. During deliberation we laughed at his haircut. It was a pretty cut and dry case.
Hope everyone has a great holiday season. The Ghost will celebrate in style with turkey legs and a Muppets movie followed by football and a round of book making. I’d to personally thank everyone who has supported us throughout the last five years. The next five will be even greater. We’ll be taking this show on the road and maybe get to meet some of you rascals face to face.
Josh Russell’s Pretend You’ll Do It Again has hit the streets and is flying out of the office. All corners of the globe are getting in on the action. All orders except a small batch have been shipped. The rest will go out tomorrow morning. Spent a good half hour at the post office waiting for the kiosk to open. You have yet to experience discomfort until you’ve watched an elderly gent try and figure out where to insert his debit card. Also I get a wave from the ladies at the counter. I officially have cache.
In other news, Greying Ghost’s reading period will officially open on January 1st and end on February 1st. More info on this in a couple of days.
Next up is Trey Moody’s chapbook Once Was a Weather. Paper has been ordered. Covers planned. Cosby Show on netflix queued up. Well, season’s three to five. When all the kids get drunk and throw parties and beat each other up. Those were the best seasons.
Did you know we sell ephemera gift tags? more info HERE
Printed up many copies of all our pamphlets and will be stuffing orders and bringing them to stores like a madman. If you see me on the street ask for a few and i’ll make it rain. As the saying goes.
Overheard a pretty heated exchange between two guys at the record shop over whether or not Pink Floyd’s Meddle album was a pile of crap. One guy was obviously a very big Pink Floyd fan. Talked about chord progression. The other guy’s argument consisted mainly of ”Whatever, dude!” and “Dude, Roger Waters!”
I like Meddle. But I also like late 70’s Led Zeppelin more than their earlier stuff so, you know. Whatever dude.
Finally finished putting together Josh Russell’s Pretend You’ll Do it Again. They should be up on the site either later tonight or tomorrow after work. I’m really excited to finally be able to get this into people’s hands. Hopefully everyone has kept their funds fluid.
The original covers had its stamped art bleed through the cover page causing severe wrinkling. Those were chopped up and turned into ephemera. The next set of covers featured ink that seemingly never seemed to dry and ended up smudging themselves to oblivion. Those were recycled. The last and final round features a circle punch and an old custom made gun stamp. I know I said I wouldn’t use circles but whatever, bro. They came out looking legit. Doesn’t overshadow the fantastic stories herein. Might add one small piece now that I sit here and look at em all laid out.
The lesson here is always staple last. I’d be up shit creek without a paddle nor raft if i had bound em all with the first covers. Store that nugget.
The rest of this week i’ll be making new ephemera books and pamphlets and getting my mail situation prepped. Then I’ll start work on Trey Moody’s book. Might start listening to more exotica records from the 50’s & 60’s. Wash the beard. Revel in the fact that Salem is quiet again and I can eat fancy sandwiches at the fancy sandwich place and not have to wait for a table.
This week we’ve made three big stacks of three of our recent favorite pamphlets. River of No Rivers by James Haug, Afterhours by Adrian Sobol, And two poems by Jeff Alessandrelli. They’ve been going out with the P.O.D. shipments so those folks should get their eyebrow calisthenics in check because there’s some mighty good writing about to blow up in your mailbox.
All orders have been shipped! Even overseas orders. It feels greta to be caught up. Made the self help kiosk smoke. It was nice.
The fine kids at Faster Times have said some really nice things about Paige Taggart’s Greying Ghost chapbook Polaroid Parade. You can what they have to say about this and Ben Fama’s New Waves (Minutes Books, 2011), and Genya Turovskaya’s Dear Jenny (S U P E R M A C H I N E, 2011) Here. It feels great to mentioned in the same breath as those two high quality presses. Seek them out and check out their titles.
Still working on Josh Russell’s chap. Its taking way longer than expected and for that I apologize. Murphy’s Law has been applied to the building of this book. But it will all be worth it in the end. I’ll spare you the parts about me pulling my hair out and sobbing into my sandwich. It’ll look good. And it’ll be done soon. Promise.
Just sat down and wrote something for the first time since March. Turned on Itunes, the tv, the radio, & a streaming netflix movie all at the same time at different volumes and just picked out pieces of language I thought i heard and blended it all together into something totally different from where I had originally intended to take it. Two hours for seven lines is well worth it.
"One became the thin black plume of a dogtail."
Anyone else out there like that album Kimono My Home by the band Sparks circa 1976. Recommended to me by a fellow at the record shop. Been playing it non stop. Am addicted,
Joshua Russell’s Pretend You’ll Do It Again should be done by the 23rd. Trying to it get just right. Lot of in and outs. The end result will be well worth it.
Next up will be Trey Moody’s Once Was A Weather. Here’s a sample:
A TYPE OF REST
Between two branches I built a modest nest.
My hands shook with every move, myself a kind of construction.
The wind risked losing its way within my tiny home.
The farther I was from ground, the more I lived
with a particular guilt.
Also some new ephemera books and a few extra experiments are in the works. One of which is a Greying Ghost Post Card Poem which will feature a sample poem from a chapbook written by one of the many exceptionally talented writers on our roster. Just a little something to wet your whistle.
Sold Out of J.A. Tyler’s ZZZZZZZZZZ [a well] chapbook and just one copy left of his other GG chapbook: OUR US & WE. Both are were incredible and we’ve sent this puppy all over the world and that’s a testament to incredible nature of J.A. and his writing. Thanks everyone!
This week we’re putting the finishing touches on Joshua Russell’s Pretend You’ll Do It Again which should’ve been done a couple of weeks ago but the covers came out like shit so I redid them and now they look a million times better. Sometimes I get lazy and make circle punch outs and no offense to circles but i’m sort of sick of circles and this book is way too sincere and energizing for circles. Trust me. It will be huge. Get ready.
Also just started formatting Trey Moody’s chap. Oh, and i’m officially out of toner.
From November of 2008 until December 2009 Greying Ghost Press published 45 works of poetry and prose through The Corduroy Mtn., an online literary venture. In an effort to make the material easier to access, Greying Ghost has decided to publish all 45 pieces in three ebook volumes. This second volume collects the contributions of Charles Lennox, Jason Fraley, Troy Urquhart, Patrick Lucy, Howard Good, Jennifer Pieroni, Patrick Lamothe, Brian Alan Ellis, Drew Kalbach, D.C. Porder, Evelyn Hampton, Donald Dunbar, Adam Moorad, Tomas Weber, Adam Robinson, & J.A. Tyler.
This week Greying Ghost has finally released P.O.D. (Poems On Demand) by the highly talented and respected Jordan Davis. A few years back I used to read his blog religiously. His quest to write a million poems was so grand it became a source of inspiration. Not to get all sappy but that blog and his subsequent Million Poems Journal book was and still is a big deal to me. So to put out a chapbook of his poems is an honor and I’m truly excited to do whatever it takes to get copies into hands. As I do with all of our titles.
We are bringing back the blog! We’ll still be on Facebook and Google+ (whatever that is) but only to post major updates. The day to minutia will be over here. Social networking is great for business to a certain point. Maybe people get tired of receiving youtube videos everyday. Or a barrage of links. At any rate, if you’re on one of them dang things follow us or friend us or pal or chum us. Though I must admit that I have just gotten the handle of Twitter and can tweet from my phone. In other words, I can tweet while waiting for a train or while sitting in the car while my wife elbows small children in the face at a Toys R Us. Wait, why would I not want to see that first hand? Damn you, technology.