ANC026: Then by Rick Henry

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These are the whispers of death as they shuttle back and forth, through the tapestry, through the cloak, crossing and double-crossing, through the weave, the weft and warp, warping the soldiers and swords and crosses and fields of red and white and blue and red again.

With his transmission of the first transatlantic radio signal in 1902, Guglielmo Marconi inaugurated an era in which "every day [saw] humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time." Change came about rapidly, albeit in the form of progress for some more than others. The Bolognese tinkerer would go on to innocently state that the wireless era would make war an impossibility, when in fact it was a short time before he would take up with the Fascists and find himself apologizing via the electromagnetic spectrum for camerata Benito's Ethiopian atrocities.

Rick Henry's collection of prose poems, Then, also serves as a communiqué from the early and mid-twentieth century. The snapshots here are motivated by figures larger-than-life and refreshingly mundane: Einstein, unemployed riveters, Dorothea Lange, a corseted babysitter, Picasso, etc. While McCarthy and Hoover spew their ethics, two friends amass a cadre of refrigerators to lower the mercury degree by degree. Werner Heisenberg inexplicably shoots marbles while languages both computer and cultural are explored. Every outbreak of influenza or syphilis is balanced by frenetic dance practice and exacting piano lessons. Then is a world of lawn chairs and rayon stockings shadowed by battlefields and relentless transformation. It is a world much like our own.

116 pages, handmade and numbered
$15 (US postage paid)

Note: This book is available for pre-order. Then will ship in May.

ANC026 & ANC027 coming soon.

Rick Henry's Then has joined Raven in Deadhorse by Nathaniel Curtis on our list of upcoming spring titles.

ANC025: Letters to Yoko Ono by Sarah Taylor

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I have sent another shard to my mother. Maybe she will call and the machine will record her voice while I pretend to be busy. She is going to die soon.

Published in 1964, Yoko Ono's monumental Grapefruit is recognized today as an archetype of the event score, a text-based art form providing instructions for simple yet transformative experiences. Recontextualizing the everyday as performance, Ono sought to provide her audience with stronger, healthier methods for relating to themselves and their fellow humans.

Using the piece Shoot One Hundred Panes of Glass as a foundation, Sarah Taylor explores the anxieties of a young woman struggling to manage the impending death of her estranged mother. Letters to Yoko Ono is just what the title suggests ─ an epistolary collection of prose poems detailing the increasingly surreal days of the narrator as she performs a fifty-year-old conceptual art piece, and the emotions that linger and resolve themselves like shards of glass put back together. In this debut work, Taylor proves that painful choices are often the most inescapable.

50-page book in resealable string and button envelope, handmade and numbered
$15 (US postage paid)

ANC024: Green by Theresa Senato Edwards

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Lightning in the ground: / sparks from grass when / he ran from his parents’ car / to the front door, slight halos / around each daffodil lining / the steps.

Grief has long mystified psychologists; numerous theories have been put forth, none of which offer a conclusive rationale for self-inflicting further trauma when faced with loss. What function does bereavement serve? Exactly which unperceived benefit is it that outweighs the cost of suffering? All will experience this paradox at one time or another without ever understanding its purpose.

Theresa Senato Edwards does not have the answer to the riddle of sorrow, but does provide an emotive metaphor for the process of grieving and the prospect of hope in her narrative long-form poem, Green. A young man's experiences in his grandmother's house help him to realize his grief in the strange and simple, yet altogether profound manner that befits a man exploring his life and the love that it contains. This poignant story is accompanied by the author's reinterpretation of a piano sonata movement written by herself and recorded some thirty years ago, a metaphor itself for the longevity of warm remembrances.

24-page book with cd, handmade and numbered
$15 (US postage paid)


After a marathon January that saw the release of both Christopher Mulrooney's toy balloons and our first double title, Howie Good's Beautiful Decay/The Cruel Radiance of What Is, Another New Calligraphy is still cruising along as we prepare to bring you both Theresa Senato Edwards' Green and Sarah Taylor's Letters to Yoko Ono in the weeks to come.

We are also currently in the process of adding sample pages from all of our books, past and present, to provide you with an overview of what makes each one so special.

ANC is now accepting writing and music submissions, as always. 

ANC022/023: Beautiful Decay/The Cruel Radiance of What Is by Howie Good

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Conservative estimates place the number of earthworms burrowing beneath us at anywhere from sixty to four hundred per square meter. Among the numerous ecological benefits these hermaphroditic workhorses provide us is the endless digestion of any and all organic matter they can fit within their pharynx. Gliding silently through dead earth, the earthworm leaves a trail of fertile excretions rich in minerals and potential.

The process implemented by poet Howie Good correlates with that of the earthworm, transforming the banal and conventional into fresh forms alive with new subjects, meanings, and idioms. Freeing text from its primary meaning, Good seeks to breathe life into the cultural consciousness ensnared by predictable verse and language. His work employs a poetic derangement of the ordinary, collapsing oppressive expectations and leaving a delirious dream logic in their place.

We are proud to offer two collections of Good's work as a single, stunning object. Beautiful Decay features prose poems triangulating themes of disturbance, destruction, and delusion, while The Cruel Radiance of What Is showcases subversive collage poems sourced from a range of quotidian texts. When the former's "clouds of Zyklon B . . . roll in at dusk" and cloud your vision, simply flip the book over and  lose yourself in the invented paradoxes of the latter. Tonal counterpoints, these two titles anthologize a viewpoint abundant in a fertility all its own.

Double-sided book - 124 total pages, handmade and numbered
$15 (US postage paid)