A former poet laureate reads her most controversial poem yet at a protest for the removal of a colonial statue deemed racist, but the demonstration takes a turn for the worse when the Proud Boys arrive. The Weight of Skin is the gripping and (tragically) urgent story of home-grown Canadian xenophobia as told from three different perspectives. The Blasted Tree has published a limited edition of 50 hand-bound chapbooks featuring The Weight of Skin, each produced using three types of paper (one for each narrator: granite-grey stationary, red card stock, and white onionskin) bound in black fabric. Teigland’s story can be read by following the link below, and copies of the chapbook can be purchased from our online store.
*** CW: verbal harassment, racially-motivated violence ***
by andrew topel
A kaleidoscopic sampling of abstract visual poetry by the prolific andrew topel. These poems riff on, challenge, even embrace the square frames they live within. Typography spills, explodes, and realigns on every page, giving form to expression through gesture and weight, communicating in composition what cannot be said aloud. squared has been published in a limited edition of 50 numbered and hand-bound chapbooks, each bearing its own unique cover made with dry transfer lettering. The collection can be viewed online in the image gallery using the link below, and one-of-a-kind copies of the chapbook can be purchased from The Blasted Tree Store.
by Amanda Earl
Each piece in Amanda Earl’s newest entry in her ongoing visual poetry project, The Vispo Bible, represents one chapter from the Books of John, New Testament. Text is taken from BibleGateway.com, King James Version, and adapted into beatific, kaleidoscopic images. The Vispo Bible is a life’s work to translate every chapter, every book of the Bible into visual poetry. The Blasted Tree has published seven images into a chapbook bound with black, faux-leather paper and gold embroidery floss, and stamped with archival gold ink. An edition of 40 chapbooks has been produced, now sold out from our Store.
At once familiar and foreign, intimate and distant, this collection of poems by Lauren Elle DeGaine follows the ebb and flow of a romantic relationship full of quiet, tender moments and sudden, frightening conflict. DeGaine employs recurring images, feelings, and impressions to reveal the spiraling circuits we all travel with those we hold most dear. The Landscape We Left on Each Other explores the poetics of love, loss, trajectory, and intersection; “the tear — an ache — not an explanation.” A limited edition of 40 chapbooks have been produced, each bound in hand-made, sage green paper. The entire collection can be read online using the link below.
Neuroscientist, musician, and poet Smilovitch explores the poetic qualities of bio-science in obscuritysquared. By importing the lexicon of brain chemistry, biology, and psychology into his verse, Smilovitch toys with commonly accepted notions of perception and subjectivity. obscuritysquared is fast-paced, funny, surreal, and smart. Three 'Special Feature' poems are available exclusively in our limited edition chapbook from The Blasted Tree Store.
Pray/Lewd by Kyle Flemmer
The Blasted Tree is now accepting the submission of material of any kind with an eye toward print publication. We are looking to produce innovative print media of all sorts, from chapbook-length projects to unconventional leaflets and broadsheets. Our print media foregrounds the intersection of form and content, always looking to pair the highest quality and most appropriate materials with the most exciting art and literature. Do you make controversial graphic art and are looking to make prints? Does your poetry contain a strong visual element that demands a well-considered presentation? Are you passionate about print media and its thriving exchange economy? Send your work to The Blasted Tree for consideration - we need material from all walks of life to make into unique print media.
The Blasted Tree also accepts digital media for publication online. Audio, video, photography, and more, we curate the weird and wonderful digital creations on our website, social media, and YouTube channel. Send us your most provocative digital media for our consideration today!
Original, unpublished poems, stories, art, and digital media can be sent to: email@example.com
From chapbooks to leaflets, longsheets, and beyond, The Blasted Tree provides a venue for up-and-coming and established Canadian artists to showcase their creations in print. Presented on high quality papers in a variety of formats, our print media is a great way to take home a treasure from your favorite Blasted Tree author or artist. Limited editions of our print media are available for purchase from The Blasted Tree Store.