submitted my newest review and found out tonite that it was accepted! not sure when it will appear, but i’ll link to it when it does. also, received the books i will be reviewing for galatea’s feb issue, and am very excited about the work (paolo javier’s 60 lv bo(e)mbs and the time at the end of this writing).
finally finished reading James Clifford’s Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century. someday i would like to write a book like this one, but focusing on travel and translation on Guam.
received in the mail and started reading Mary Louise Pratt’s Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. it is a book that so many other books on similar topics use and it is so exciting to finally read it. has anyone else read this book? have any comments or things i should keep my eye open for?
(the cover of Imperial Eyes, an Andean silletero carrying a European across the Cordillera. “La montee de l’agonie” by D. Maillet, in Edouard Andre, “Voyage dans l’Amerique Equinoxiale,” Le Tour du Monde, Paris 1879.)
i’ve been going chapbook crazy since completing the MFA manuscript. i’ve been working on six different chaps and find the chap form a wonderful way to explore / experiment with different forms and contents. this has helped me get my mind and voice out of my MS, which consumed my energies for 2 years.
SO, three of the chaps are very close to being done. I am going to hand make 2 of them (one is a collaboration) and am excited because this is my first attempt at a small run chap which i hope will lead to other small run projects, both my own work and others. I am going paper shopping on friday and will hopefully have the covers designed soon.
depending on the costs, i will probably sell them for a few bucks each. I AM WONDERING IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED (AND HAS A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS) IN BUYING MY FIRST TWO CHAPBOOKS? all the money will simply go back into publishing the next set and keep this endeavor rolling. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, BACKCHANNEL ME and i will keep you updated on release date and final cost, etc(jspirit_00 at hotmail dot com). The collaboration is called Out of Wedlock and the other is called Unseen Blue Outline YOUR SUPPORT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
as far as the other chaps, one small press is interested in one of them, so hopefully they will like it when it’s done…and another i’m sending to a press where i think it might fit (wish them luck!). the other two are very far from being done, so i will blog about them in a few months when they are closer.
new blog title up! one of my favorites so far! heehee