Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New and free e-chapbook - GUIDEBOOK - John Gallaher

Blue Hour Press has free e-chapbooks that can be read with a very nice interface.

When I was putting together what became Map of the Folded World, I decided not to put any of the “Guidebook” prose poems that I’ve written into it, as I had in The Little Book of Guesses. That was all well and good, but those poems kept weeping bitterly in a drawer, so, with the wonderful talents of Justin Runge, they’ve now found a home.

Go here and check them out (Remember it's free), and browse Blue Hour Press’s other chapbooks as well:


Or, here’s a direct link to the post:

I am proud to announce our newest and most ambitious chapbook yet, John Gallaher's Guidebook.

With Guidebook, John Gallaher invents an idiosyncratic mythology of small town America in which driveways yield to carnivals, interstates wind their ways to the edges of cliffs, and circuses erect themselves in backyards. Gallaher lights homes with refrigerators, clouds forecasts, and signs divorce decrees, puppeteering the lives of a gargantuan everyperson cast as he explores equal amounts of wishes and disappointments. Reading like a novelization of a Fellini film by Sherwood Anderson, Guidebook mixes genres, dizzies itself in language, politely makes meta, and affirms Gallaher as one of the most perceptive, poignant, and surreal minds participating in America's contemporary literature.

Please read, and please please let us know what you think, either here or by email. New chaps will be released in the coming month, so subscribe to the RSS feed or mailing list and stay in the loop.


At 4/01/2009 10:15 AM, Blogger JeFF Stumpo said...

As soon as I'm able to view it, I'll respond! Might be a Linux/Flash issue - the chapbooks (all of them) just keep loading and loading but never appearing. Which reminds me to do a geeky yet disappointed blog post today.

Verification word: pygolo - the main character in Rossetti's little-known "Il Barbiere di Swineville"

At 4/01/2009 12:35 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Good luck. Maybe you have that worm everyone's talking about.

At 4/01/2009 12:50 PM, Blogger JeFF Stumpo said...

[Points to "I haz Linux" badge]

No worm for me. Just proprietary software issues.

At 4/02/2009 1:43 PM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

Is it possible to print the whole thing at one go? (As opposed to page by page?)

At 4/03/2009 6:54 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


I had not tried to print it or download it before. It does seem that it's a browser-only object (beyond the two-page at a time printing, which also changes the look of it a bit). How interesting. It's asking for a radically different sort of reading than I'm used to.


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