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Author: Adam Robinson

Clam Simmons in N x NW

It’s no secret that we at Real Pants think Clam Simmons is dope. Here’s a weird video featuring a story with Clam’s unique descriptive language. Very robust. Perhaps in retaliation for his celebration of famed dead anarchist poet Oscar Addlepatter-someone sent a drone to attack Clam Simmons. This is exclusive footage of a drone sent in lower McDonald County early in the president elect Trump...

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Mark Baumerica Is Insane (In a Good Way)

Did you know that Mark Baumer is crossing America barefoot? Check it out at his Medium website, Not Going to Make It. He’s one week in. Before he left he wrote, “Six years ago, I made a similar journey across America on foot, but for that journey I used shoes.” I remember that. I enjoyed reading his posts back then. There’s actually a ton of interesting stuff in this post and I keep wanting to quote it, but it’s one of those things where you should just read it yourself. For instance, he writes about why he went to a...

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Time for Poetry

In The Time That Remains Agamben writes: The poem is therefore an organism or a temporal machine that, from the very start, strains toward its end. A kind of eschatology occurs within the poem itself. But for the more or less brief time that the poem lasts, it has a specific and unmistakable temporality. It has its own time. Makes sense to me, I think. Lately I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with poetry, because I’m not finding my way into its timeframe. What are some poems that require no time? This Michael Earl Craig poem, “Nightnurse,”...

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“Apple Suckling Tree” by Bob Dylan

Old man sailin’ in a dinghy boat Down there Old man down is baitin’ a hook On there Gonna pull man down on a suckling hook Gonna pull man into the suckling brook Oh yeah! Now, he’s underneath that apple suckling tree Oh yeah! Under that apple suckling tree Oh yeah! That’s underneath that tree There’s gonna be just you and me Underneath that apple suckling tree Oh yeah! I push him back and I stand in line Oh yeah! Then I hush my Sadie and stand in line Oh yeah! Then I hush my Sadie and stand in...

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About “Beatrice” by Stephen Dixon (PGP Stories vol 6 of 7)

In the new issue of Rain Taxi, Caleb Bouchard presents a great reading of Beatrice, the gorgeous novella by Stephen Dixon that Publishing Genius released a few months ago. Caleb sums up Dixon’s writing handily: “If Dixon’s storytelling seems mundane, it is deceptively so. Under the surface, there lies a cerebral sensibility of the best kind, one that’s organic as opposed to esoteric. That said, there is plenty of complexity in the average Dixon passage to keep the reader on their toes. The man has a rare talent for turning the ordinary into something revelatory—and that’s something worth celebrating.”...

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Found: The Well Dressed Bear (Publishing Genius stories Vol. 5 of 7)

For my 5th out of 7 posts about where Publishing Genius books came from (which I’m writing to promote this half off sale that I’ve got going — use coupon code “backagain”) (I’m running the sale because for a couple months I was checked out, but now I’m back in business), I’ve had a hard time choosing which backstory to tell. There are so many great books that came from so many cool places, that maybe I’ll just keep going after I post these 7. So far I’ve talked about Cheryl Quimba’s poetry collection, Craig Griffin’s cookbook, Chris...

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How “these here separated” came to be—PGP stories vol 4 of 7

Here at Real Pants (and cross-posted at Facebook) I’ve been writing the history of some of the books I’ve put out with my small press, Publishing Genius. Today, having written about Cheryl Quimba’s poetry collection, Craig Griffin’s cookbook, and Chris Toll’s poetry collection, I’m halfway there and I’d like to write about PG’s first perfect bound book, which is also a DVD. It’s called “these here separated to see how they standing alone or the soundtracks of six films by stephanie barber,” which is a pretty great title. Right? Until Stephanie Barber let me publish this collection, I had only...

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“The Disinformation Phase” of Chris Toll and PGP (vol 3 of 7)

(These posts are cross posted from the PGP Facebook, FYI.) Today in where did this book come from part 3, I’d like to talk about Chris Toll’s poetry collection, “The Disinformation Phase.” I think that book is listed at $5 in our shop, meaning with the 50% off coupon code “backagain,” it’ll cost $2.50, which is less than the price of shipping. But I’m cool with that. I just want people to read his poems (an oft-said thing by poetry publishers, I think). First, though, did you know you can listen to Chris read his work on WYPR, thanks to radio producer extraordinaire, Aaron Henkin? Yep: — most of those poems made it into “The Disinformation Phase.” It’s a good listen, especially that first, introductory, track which begins “I’m Chris Toll, I’ve been writing for many, many years.” Chris was one of the first people I met in Baltimore’s lit scene, and right away he was into the idea of Publishing Genius. This was when PG was still an outdoor journal—2006—when the empire included just hanging up poems on trees and in bus stops and on the sides of the many, many abandoned row houses. And in shopping carts, underneath windshield wipers, tucked inside City Paper boxes. A lot of these places were spots that Chris invented. He made me feel a lot more comfortable doing that weird project,...

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About EAT, KNUCKLEHEAD! (PGP Sales & Stories Vol 2 of 7)

Today as part of my week-long series about books that I’ve put out with Publishing Genius (all of which [except two] are half off with the coupon code “backagain”), I thought I’d talk about Craig Griffin’s cookbook-slash-epistolary novel, EAT, KNUCKLEHEAD! People often ask me, “Adam, what’s a cookbook-slash-epistolary novel?” It’s a normal cookbook, with about 100 recipes for (mostly) vegetarian food—healthy snacks, entrees, desserts—and it’s broken down into sections, like food to make for a Superbowl party, or how to impress someone, how to make breakfast in bed. There’s even a chapter on cooking with weed, for you people...

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Publishing Genius Sales and Stories (vol 1 of 7): Cheryl Quimba’s “Nobody Dancing”

Publishing Genius has been a bit quiet for a couple months, as I spent a while getting married to Amy McDaniel and, uh, merging our publishing operations (which I mentioned briefly in my post yesterday). But now we’re back! And to commemorate being back, I’ve set all the PG books to 50% off, including free shipping, for the next week. And every day this week I’ll be talking a bit about one of those books at our Facebook page and here on Real Pants too. At the end of the week I’ll have a special announcement or two, maybe, so stay tuned. And...

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I have been getting into making cocktails (and fancy non-alcoholic drinks, can I call them “mocktails,” idk), so I got the book from Death & Co, Death & Co, which is beautifully designed, large format, and kind of furry. I started going to thrift stores and buying unique glassware: That’s about $4 worth of glasses. As you may know, they all have cool names. Like the one in the back, second from the right, the tall one with the bulb-ish top? That’s called a “Nick & Nora” glass. Starting with these shapes usually inspires the drink I’m going to make. I always...

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Fall Sale at Wave Books

Yesterday I got an email from America’s favorite poetry publisher, Wave Books, announcing their fall catalog and that the books are on sale till Labor Day. That one from Mary Ruefle looks interesting. It’s 128 pages of prose pieces, “a brilliant and charming display of her humor, deep imagination, mindfulness, and play.” Renee Gladman’s Calamities, 144 pages, is linked essays about “life and the mind of the writer.” Look at this page from Cities at Dawn by Geoffrey Nutter: Fuuuuuuck. Nice, right? Sad. We can talk about it. (“Billet-doux” means “love letter”—in case, like me, you didn’t know.) The book is 120...

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A Little History of Book Reviews and the NY Times

There’s a lot of interest going on in this post announcing a change to the NY Times book review format—which is that the daily reviews and the Sunday Book Review will both be under the editorial purview of Pamela Paul. Does this mean there won’t be any more book reviews during the week? The article doesn’t explicitly say so. It’s a bit convoluted overall. Perhaps its author, David W. Dunlap, just wrote it on the quick because it had been forever since he posted anything … like I’m doing with this. Dunlap’s piece does talk about when the Times first started publishing reviews (on Saturdays,...

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Publishing Genius Submissions Are Open

Publishing Genius is open for submissions this month. Rather than send your manuscript, just answer a few questions. Submissions via Submittable. I wrote about it here. I believe accepting submissions this way allows for more transparency in my process for considering books. As a writer myself, I know I get excited when I send someone a manuscript, somehow expecting that they’ll read it carefully and send me some response that matches their considered opinion of the book. But that’s not actually how it works. (Read the whole post at Publishing...

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Interview with Jamie Perez

Finally, World, Jamie Perez has given us a collection of his poems to hold in our very hands. Everyone who knows Jamie knows of his radiance, and probably, like me, has been eager to find out what his book does. Now, thanks to Mark Cugini and Big Lucks Books, we know—and we are not disappointed. There Were Rivers Before People is a tight and bristling chapbook, one that seems bigger than the word “chapbook” to me (even though I love that word and its size). The 25ish poems interrelate and build off each other. They’re fun to read and invite reflection, which is the true...

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Dine with Tara Laskowski’s new book BYSTANDERS

Bystanders is the new book from Tara Laskowksi and the Santa Fe Writers Project. Jennifer Egan called the book “a bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills.” Jen Michalski said Laskowski’s writing is “deceptively cozy,” noting that her stories are scarier than readers realize until they’re in too deep. Here Tara Laskowski provides the meal pairings and settings with which to dine while reading Bystanders and going deeper into the stories. The Witness Menu: Pierogies, haluski, stuffed peppers, sometimes lasagna. Basically every carb-heavy dish involving potatoes, meat and/or cheese. Washed down with soda poured from a two-liter bottle into filmy...

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