Saturday, November 05, 2011
notes from a cartywheel now available from AngelHousePress
a commonplace book is essentially a scrapbook "filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and humanists as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests."
the Italian variety, Zibaldone, an astonishing variety of poetic and prose texts." Devotional, technical, documentary and literary texts appear side-by-side in no discernible order." commonplacers included Dante Alighieri, John Milton, Mark Twain, Francis Bacon... [cadged from Wikipedia]
Christine McNair's notes from a cartywheel is full of poems, fragments, incantatory delights with a dark edge, piceous pit shadows, turquoise ballerinas, unlaced violins, bad dreams & lost maps. the chapbook is printed on distressed & glossy paper in a limited edition of 50 copies. my policy is that i do not do reprints, so once the 50 are gone, they're gone.
i am very pleased to publish notes from a cartywheel & hope that readers will enjoy it as much as i do. thanks to Christine McNair for her brilliant and resonant writing. thanks to Charles Earl for his brilliant and resonant design.
you can pick up a copy of the chapbook today, along with other AngelHousePress titles at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair or on the AngelHousePress site via paypal or if you don't have access to paypal, we can make other arrangements. e-mail me at amanda at angelhousepress dot com