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.
by Sacha Archer
Archer's third outing with The Blasted Tree, Contemporary Meat, is an erasure poem redacting the proper nouns from a litany of author bios. By removing the proper nouns, Archer reveals how name dropping has become the cultural currency of the literary community; we are only recognizable by virtue of those who recognize us. To emphasize the depersonalized content of the work, Contemporary Meat comes in a stack of 3.5" x 3.5" cut sheets tied up in butcher twine, then packaged in styrofoam and plastic wrap, much like a filet mignon. A limited edition of 40 art books featuring this unusual presentation and binding were produced.
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.
poetry collections (BACKLIST)
Pray/Lewd by Kyle Flemmer
The Blasted Tree is now accepting the submission of chapbook-length poetry collections. We are looking for poetry which possesses a unique voice or perspective, aims to innovate and expand the boundaries, or challenges the expectations of the craft. Our poetry collections are conceptual units, explorations of a significant subject, place, or time. How do you versify the human experience? Is your work sounding the depths of language, inventing new visual lexicons, cutting to the heart of an issue, event, or feeling? Does your poetry revolve around or emanate from a counter-cultural point of view? Send your manuscripts to The Blasted Tree for consideration - we need collections around 15 poems (20 pages) long to make into beautiful chapbooks!
The Blasted Tree also accepts single poems for publication online or in limited print editions. We make leaflets, longsheet, broadsheets, artist prints, and any other kind of print media we can dream up. Send us your original poems of any length, and we'll concoct something interesting to suit.
Poetry, both collections and single works, can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting poetry challenges mainstream perspectives and looks to innovate, sometimes bordering on the subversive or counter-cultural. Our poetry collections can be accessed to the right and are often available for purchase in limited print editions from The Blasted Tree Store. Links to our poetry listed alphabetically by author can be found HERE.