i'm happy to say that some hay
is out. this is poetry as practical politics. the amazing eileen
says it best in the followingMeritage Press Announcement
TINY BOOKS RELEASES FIFTH TITLE FOR POETRY TO KEEP FEEDING THE WORLDMeritage Press
(MP) is pleased to announce the fifth title in its series of Tiny Books that aligns poetry with fair trade and economic development issues affecting Third World countries.
MP's Tiny Books utilize small books (1 3/4" x 1 3/4") made in Nepal by artisans paid fair wages, as sourced by Baksheesh, a fair trade retailer. Photos of a sample "Tiny Book" are available here
as well as at Crag Hill's Poetry Scorecard
All profits from book sales will be donated to Heifer International
, an organization devoted to reducing world hunger by promoting sustainable sources of food and income. This project reflects MP's belief that "Poetry feeds the world" in non-metaphorical ways. The Tiny Books create demand for fair trade workers' products while also sourcing donations for easing poverty in poorer areas of the world.
We are delighted to announce that MP's fifth Tiny Book is some hay
By Lars Palm
Lars Palm lives in southern Sweden where he works in health care, writes (mostly smallish) silly poems, translates some Swedish poets, edits a blog zine called skicka
(in english) & at times publishes the first broadside series in the country. He's the author of mindfulness
(moria, 2006), on stealing lips
(The Martian Press, 2006) & is beside the point
(Big Game Books Tinyside 34, 2007). Another, death is
, is forthcoming from by the skin of me teeth press
MP's other Tiny Books, which also are still available, are all alone again
by Dan Waber
and Steps: A Notebook
by Tom Beckett
"…And Then The Wind Did Blow
by Ernesto Priego
and Speak which
by Jill Jones
Each Tiny Book will cost $10 plus $1.00 shipping/handling in the U.S. (email us first for non-U.S. orders). To purchase the Tiny Books and donate to Heifer International, send a check for $11.00 per book, made out to "Meritage Press" to
256 North Fork Crystal Springs Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Please specify which of the five Tiny Books you are ordering.
With Tiny Books, MP also offers a new DIY, or Do-It-Yourself Model of publishing. You've heard of POD or print-on-demand? Well, these books' print runs will be based on HOD or Handwritten-on-Demand. MP's publisher, Eileen Tabios, will handwrite all texts into the Tiny Books' pages and books will be released to meet demand for as long as MP is able to source tiny books -- or until the publisher gets arthritis.
In addition to providing livestock, Heifer International also provides trees. As of Nov. 5, 2007, Meritage Press' Tiny Books program has sold enough Tiny Books to finance the donation equivalent of seven sets of tree-gifts. Here's what Heifer has to say about trees:
One of Heifer International’s most important commitments is to care for the earth. We believe development must be sustainable — that projects should be long-term investments in the future of people and the planet.That’s why in addition to livestock, Heifer often provides families with trees. On a steep Tanzanian hillside, Heifer International helped a family learn to plant trees and elephant grass to keep the soil in place. Today, they have flourishing rows of leucaena trees and corn.Through training, families learn how to keep their small plots of land healthy and renew the soil for future generations by planting trees, using natural fertilizer, and limiting grazing.By helping families raise their animals in harmony with nature, you can fight poverty and hunger while ensuring a healthy, productive future for us all.
Then of course there are the chickens, goats, water buffalos, pigs, ducks, honeybees, llamas....all of which can help ease hunger around the world. Meritage Press thanks you in advance for your support and hopes you enjoy Tiny Books -- small enough to become jewelry, but with poems big enough to resonate worldwide.
ABOUT THE TINY BOOK AUTHORS:Dan Waber
is a visual poet, concrete poet, sound poet, performance poet, publisher, editor, playwright and multimedia artist whose work has appeared in all sorts of delicious places, from digital to print, from stage to classroom, from mailboxes to puppet theaters. He is currently working on "and everywhere in between". He makes his online home at logolalia.com. Meritage Press tapped Mr. Waber to inaugurate the series partly for his work in minimalist poetry.Tom Beckett
is the author of Unprotected Texts: Selected Poems 1978~2006
(Meritage Press, 2006), and the curator of E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S: The First XI Interviews
(Otoliths, 2007). From 1980-1990, he was the editor/publisher of the now legendary critical journal, The Difficulties. Steps: A Notebook
is Tom Beckett's first hay(na)ku poetry collection.
was born in Mexico City. He lives in London. He blogs at Never Neutral
and is the author of the first single-author hay(na)ku poetry collection, Not Even Dogs
. The "jainakú" is Mexico's version of the hay(na)ku
poetic form.Jill Jones
' latest book, Broken/Open
(Salt, 2005), was short-listed for The Age Book of the Year 2005 and the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. In 1993 she won the Mary Gilmore Award for her first book of poetry, The Mask and the Jagged Star
(Hazard Press, 1992). Her third book, The Book of Possibilities
(Hale & Iremonger, 1997), was shortlisted for the 1997 National Book Council 'Banjo' Awards and the 1998 Adelaide Festival Awards. Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems
(Salt, 2002) won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards). Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Polish, French, Italian and Spanish.
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