Monday, November 24, 2008


SPD declares four way winner to Make SPD Famous Contest!

We were deluged with so many entries for our Make SPD Famous contest – okay, we got four – that we decided to award any SPD book (under forty bucks) to each of the talented contenders. Winners are

Patrick Dugin

Steven Fama

Mike McQuillian

Dan Glass

Below are the winning poems:

by Patrick Durgin

I do small, press the issue. I think big
About us, our "we" little locution.
We supercede the same sensate instinct
And ready each their distribution.
You lie in wait for proper reflection
Of this amorous determination.
To each their own totality and each
Another's fond retaliation.
I know you know, I do the do; what's more
Is what repeats. Like "nothing" else, "nothing,"
No likeness invents a seed, a spore,
No one. From many comes none, but rushing.
In any sound resemblance we mistook
Identical digits built for a book.

by Steven Fama

bantam press distribution, diminutive press distribution, dinky press distribution, dwarf press distribution, dwarfish press distribution, itty-bitty press distribution, itty-bitty teeny-weeny press distribution, itty-bitty teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot press distribution, infinitesimal press distribution, little press distribution, meager press distribution (or meagre press distribution), micro press distribution, microscopic press distribution (also microscopical press distribution), midget press distribution, miniature press distribution, miniaturized press distribution, minute press distribution, petite press distribution, pint-size press distribution (or pint-sized press distribution), pocket-size press distribution (or pocket-sized press distribution), puny press distribution, pygmy press distribution, scant press distribution, scanty press distribution, scrubby press distribution, skimpy press distribution, slender press distribution, slight press distribution, slim press distribution, small press distribution, smallish press distribution, stunted press distribution, teeny press distribution, teeny-weeny press distribution, teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot press distribution, tiny press distribution, underweight press distribution, undersized press distribution, wee press distribution

Poesy of Shivers
by Mike McQuillian

Small Press Distribution

Mails her books upon books upon books.

All unfamiliar to me, until their pages

Lasso me, an unruly pig that she has given her

Life for a while. After I shower, she reads me

Poetry that pushes my mind outwards, rumbling

River overflowing its banks. I feel the poetry

Every time I touch her, hear it in her

Shivers. We have our fingertips, parted lips, and mail from

Small Press Distribution

by Dan Glass

Sauntering cities caper
iMagining scale models:
giAnt systems for small
saiLs on the Bay. Which
swalLows measure? If it
says Please though then
maybe Reason’s a friend
& you hEart acronyms; I
NYC yourS SPD I’ll just
say it. IS history your
BFF? Let iDentity count
for absent Indochina or
this BaronesS we met in
1973 among SiTuationist
bookstores, a Revealing
map of 1885 agaInst the
wall, & their amBulance
-back exchange doUbling
as a street. Then The a
was de, as we love Inky
burning night, the sOur
urbanism, a revolutioN!

Just In!

Body Language by Mark Cunningham (Tarpaulin Sky Press)
Recycle Suburbia by Dan Nowak (Quercus Review Press)
The Wit and Wisdom of the Three Worlds by Homayoon Aram (IBEX Publishers)
Traffic & Weather by Marcella Durand (Futurepoem Books)
The Steve Machine by Mike Hoolboom (Coach House Books)
Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex by CR10 Publications Collective, Editor (AK Press)
The Morning by Roger Snell (Bootstrap Productions)
The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza by Eugene Ostashevsky (Zephyr Press / Ugly Duckling Presse)
Disaster and Resistance by Seth Tobocman (AK Press)


[Boxhead] by Darren O'Donnell(Coach House Books)
Chase and Haven by Michael Blouin (Coach House Books)
The Laundromat Essay by Kyle Buckley (Coach House Books)

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Banalities by Brane Mozetič (Midsummer Night's Press)
Poems from the Pond by Candice Stover (Deerbrook Editions)
Dura by Myung Mi Kim (Nightboat Books)
Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee by James Tate (Wave Books)
Raking the Hallow Bones by Bryan Tso Jones (Fairweather Press)
Parish Krewes by Micah Ballard (Bootstrap Press)
This Must Be the Place by Alice George (Mayapple Press)
New Exercises by Franck André Jamme (Wave Books)
Rancho Weirdo by Laura Chester (Bootstrap Press)
Old Tale Road by Andrew Schelling (Empty Bowl)
Come Together: Imagine Peace P.Metres and A.Smith, Eds. (Harmony Press/Bottom Dog Press)
Suddenly, Out of a Long Sleep by Lowell Jaeger (Arctos Press)
Rattle Alan Fox, Ed. (Scarecrow Press)
The Fourth Canvas by Rana Bose (TSAR Press)
Shopping for Sabzi by Nitin Deckha (TSAR Press)
And Freddie Was My Darling by CB Follett (Many Voices Press)
I No Longer Believe in the Sun: Love Letters to Katie Couric by Derek Fenner (Bootstrap Press)
The Last Island by Mimi White (Deerbrook Editions)
Prayers & Run-on Sentences by Stuart Kestenbaum (Deerbrook Editions)
The Complete Poems of Louis Daniel Brodsky Sheri L. Vandermolen, Ed. (Time Being Books)
Un Bosque De Matemáticas/A Forest of Mathematics by Lucina Kathmann (Pen Club International)
Of Kingdoms & Kangaroo by James T.Stevens and Nicolas A.Destino (First Intensity Press)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just In!

On Pain by Ernst Jünger (Telos Press)
Caribbean Blues & Love's Genealogy by Dannabang Kuwabong (TSAR Publications)
Oneiromance by Kathleen Rooney (Switchback Books)
A Man and His Shadow by Affonso Romano de Sant'Anna (Host Publications)
The Next in Line by Christopher Schmidt (Slope Editions)
In a Boston Night by Sasenarine Persaud (TSAR Publicatons)

Just In!

The Solipsist by Troy Jollimore (Bear Star Press)
At Alberta by Nathalie Stephens (BookThug)
The Lost Country of Sight by Neil Aitken (Anhinga Press)
From One to the Next by Holly Prado (Cahuenga Press)
Rivulets of Light by John Dotson (Cross-Cultural Communications)
Fabliaux by Tom Marioni (Crown Point Press)
The Old man's Verses by Ivan Divis (Host Publications)
The Curse of Eve and Other Stories by Liliana Blum (Host Publications)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Logan Ryan Smith

Poet and editor (Transmission Press) Logan Ryan Smith dresses up when visiting SPD...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

SILENT GIRL by Tricia Dower

Video preview of
Tricia Dower's short
story collection

Silent Girl
(Inanna Publications)

Congratulations Bill Berkson!!!

from Gallery 16 Press Release..

Gallery 16 is pleased to announce the SF Bay Guardian Goldie award to art and literary legend Bill Berkson. Bill's contributions to the literary and contemporary arts community cannot be underestimated.

We have been privileged to work with Bill and Colter Jacobsen on the acclaimed Gallery 16 Editions book "Bill".

In the back of BILL, Bill Berkson writes, “The words and title for BILL popped out of a juvenile detective novel Tom Veitch gave me around 1980. Instantly, just flipping through this little illustrated book occasioned an emergency. The editorial imagination went to work. Soon, having typed a series of short sentences, paragraphs and stray phrases towards the bottom edge of unusually thin 8 1/2” by 11” sheets... I set aside the twenty-or-so pages and forgot about them.”

The story was then shelved in a manila folder for 25 years. Berkson revisited the story in 2006 and decided the blank pages needed artwork. It was decided that artist Colter Jacobsen would be a perfect fit. Jacobsen found inspiration for the project in a collection of postcards dating from early the 1900s through the 1980s. With a slow and deliberate attentiveness he began a series of drawings. “I felt I was responding to another time, nearer to when I was born, a time thirty years before I was born, and recontextualizing these times into images for today.” Within a year, the new "BILL" emerged, “a fresh creation, in its present splendor.”

you can order your copy of Bill here...

as well as other Bill Berkson books lovingly stocked at SPD...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Books Just In! (So new they may not have a description.)
Barf Manifesto by Dodie Bellamy (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Censory Impulse by Erica Kaufman (Farfalla Press/McMillan & Parish)
Viva Loss by Sarah Fran Wisby (Small Desk Press)
Driven or Forced As If by Wind or Water by Edgar Mollere (Vagabond Press)
Boy with Flowers by Ely Shipley (Barrow Street Press)
The Solipsist by Troy Jollimore (Bear Star Press)
Demons in the Spring by Joe Meno (Akashic Books)
ON: Contemporary Practice Michael Cross, T. Donovan & K. Schlesinger, Eds. (Cuneiform Press)

SPD Poetry Bestsellers September/October 2008

  1. from Unincorporated Territory by Craig Santos Perez (Tinfish Press)
  2. Action Kylie by Kevin Killian (ingirumimusnocteetcomsumimurigni)
  3. There Are Birds by John Taggart (Flood Editions)
  4. Permanent Address by Lorna Knowles Blake (Ashland Poetry Press)
  5. The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford (Lost Roads Publishers)
  6. You by Frank Stanford (Lost Roads Publishers)
  7. The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story by Rusty Morrison (Ahsahta Press)
  8. Necessary Stranger by Graham Foust (Flood Editions)
  9. 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007 by Juan Felipe Herrera (City Lights Books)
  10. Ronald Johnson: Life and Works by Ronald Johnson (National Poetry Foundation)
  11. A Helen Adam Reader by Helen Adam (National Poetry Foundation)
  12. Incubation: A Space for Monsters by Bhanu Kapil (Leon Works)
  13. Shimming the Glass House by Helen Pruitt Wallace (Ashland Poetry Press)
  14. Night Scenes by Lisa Jarnot (Flood Editions)
  15. One Stick Song by Sherman Alexie (Hanging Loose Press)
  16. Picture Palace by Stephanie Young (ingirumimusnocteetcomsumimurigni)
  17. Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers by Kim Hyesoon (Action Books)
  18. Dementia Blog by Susan M. Schultz (Singing Horse Press)
  19. Refusing Despair: Selected Poems and Journal Writings by Teresa Anderson (West End Press)
  20. Effects of Sunlight in the Fog by Alan Catlin (Bright Hill Press/Word Thursday)
  21. Newcomer Can't Swim by Renee Gladman (Kelsey Street Press)
  22. you are a little bit happier than i am by Tao Lin (Action Books)
  23. Mad Science in Imperial City by Shanxing Wang (Futurepoem Books)
  24. The Popedology of an Ambient Language by Edwin Torres (Atelos)
  25. Complete Minimal Poems by Aram Saroyan (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  26. Lyric Postmodernisms: An Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries edited by Reginald Shepherd (Counterpath Press)
  27. The Straits by Kristin Palm (Palm Press)
  28. Another Attempt at Rescue by M. L. Smoker (Hanging Loose Press)
  29. Late Poems of Lu You, the Old Man Who Does as He Pleases by Lu You (Ahadada Books)
  30. Pamela: A Novel by Pamela Lu (Atelos)

Paul Hoover

looking handsome in stripes visits the SPD Massive!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Books Just In! (So new they may not have a description or cover scan.)
Hughson's Tavern by Fred Moten (Leon Works)
Listen to Me: Shared Secrets from WriteGirl Edited by Keren Taylor (WriteGirl Publications)
Censory Impulse by Erica Kaufman (Farfalla Press/McMillian & Parish)
What We Should Have Known: Two Discussions Edited by Keith Gessen (n+1)
P.S.1 Symposium: For a Practical Avant-Garde Edited by Keith Gessen (n+1)
Please by Jericho Brown (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
Tall If by Mark Irwin (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
Rivulets of Light: Poems of Point Lobos and Carmel Bay by John Dotson (Cross-Cultural Communications)
Talisman #36/37 Fall 2008/Winter 2009 Edited by Edward Foster (Talisman House)
The Octonauts & the Frown Fish by Meomi (Immedium,Inc.)

Monday, November 3, 2008



The new issue features poetry by Brandon Shimoda, Catherine Meng, Jordan Davis, Michael S. Harper, Linda Russo, Jared Hayes, Srikanth Reddy, Daniel Kane, Greg Purcell, Brian Kim Stefans, Vitezslav Nezval, Lisa Lewis, Ted Mathys, Catherine Moore, and Stephanie Strickland; fiction by Sina Queyras, Rae Armantrout, Shelley Jackson, Ranbir Sidhu, Debbie Ann Ice, Alexander Kluge, Carola Dibbell, Edward Schwarzschild, Ira Sher, and Joe Ashby Porter; and essays and other by Drew Daniel, Mestrius Plutarch, Laura Hanna, and Theophrastus of Erresos.



The Saint-Makers by Paul M. Levitt (Cross-Cultural Communications)
Aura Last Essays by Gustaf Sobin (Counterpass Press)
The Hungered One by Ed Bullins (Akashic Books)
Love In the End by Mary Kay Rummel (Bright Hill Press)
No!Love by Alesksey Dayen (Cross-Cultural Communications)
The Island by Beth Murray (Second Story Books)
Home:Social Essays by LeRoi Jones(Amiri Baraka) (Akashi Classics)
Skipper Worse by Alexander LAnge Kielland (Cross-Cultural Communications)
The Next In Line by Christopher Schmidt (Slope Editions)