Some News from Singing Horse and Tinfish Press

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Dear friends of Singing Horse Press:

I’m happy to announce the publication of Susan M. Schultz’s Dementia Blog — a genre-crossing book of poetic prose.

“Susan M. Schultz’s Dementia Blog is as astonishing as it is tragic. Following the odd form of the blog, which is written forward in time but read backwards, it charts the fragmented disorienting progression (if this is the word) of her mother’s dementia. Well schooled in the unpersonism of post-modern innovative poetry, (‘dementia destroys the self, but that destruction is oddly, horribly, poetic,’ she says), Schultz sees through her family’s personal tragedy to the profound social and political implications of the unraveling of sense and soul: a deranged nation, so unmoored from coherence that it is unable to feel the difference between political rhetoric and the destructiveness of war. Full of intimate personal detail, Dementia Blog sweetly and sadly unwinds itself into timelessness.”

— Norman Fischer

Purchase Dementia Blog (ISBN 0-935162-41-0, $15, 136 pp.) directly from the publisher at www.singinghorsepress.com or from Small Press Distribution: (800) 869-7553 www.spdbooks.org.

Thanks for your support,

Paul Naylor
Singing Horse Press

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Dear Friends of Tinfish Press:

I am writing to ask for your support for several upcoming projects by Tinfish Press. I’d like to describe them to you so that you’ll feel enthusiastic about supporting our publications of experimental poetry from the Pacific region. All gifts are tax deductible. Please open the two attachments, which display designs for two of our new projects.

Already this year, we’ve published two full-length books, Meg Withers’s A Communion of Saints, a prose poetic elegy for men who died of AIDS in 1980s Honolulu, and Hazel Smith’s The Erotics of Geography (with cd-r), a selection of that British-Australian poet’s page and performance poems. We printed a new corrected edition of Lisa Kanae’s important work, Sista Tongue, which is widely taught in universities and schools here and on the mainland. We are in the process of having Barbara Jane Reyes’s book, Poeta en San Francisco, reprinted. This book won a James Laughlin award and has been near the top of the SPD best-seller lists for a couple of years now. The New York Times indie list this past Sunday showed the book at #2. Even my dean noticed! Many of our publications have been taught at the university and high school levels; please consider “adopting” our books for your courses, if you teach.

We will publish four more Tinfish products this summer and fall. Tinfish 18 features long poems by poets such as Mani Rao, Lyn Xu, Alysha Wood, Norman Fischer, and Endi Hartigan. Tinfish 18 ½ will be a perfect bound book of word games and poems designed by our Art Director, Gaye Chan, curated by MFA student Lian Litvin, and featuring work by recent stellar M.A. graduates of the UH English department and students in the art department. This book will be fun and interactive. Craig Santos Perez’s full-length volume, from unincorporated poetry, engages colonial histories, family, and language(s); it’s a marvelous first book for him, and fits our mission to a T. Finally, we are working on a chapbook by Norman Fischer, zen priest and poet.

With all of these projects coming together at once, our coffers are emptying quickly. Please give through our website (www.tinfishpress.com) or send a check to the above address. We will acknowledge you on our website, if you give us permission to do so. Tinfish Press is a non-profit organization, so your gifts will be tax-deductible.

Aloha,
Susan M. Schultz
Editor, Tinfish Press

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