The Novice

Habenicht Press is pleased to announce a new chapbook from John Hyland:


Or holes—but not to slip through, not to be lost. Day rain when one senses things more distinct in the blur.

24pp, saddle stitched; 26 copies hand-sewn, signed and lettered (signed/lettered chapbooks only available from the author).

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Limited-edition broadsides, available for purchase with the chapbook:


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Here’s a new chapbook I just made of some of the “sports”-themed poems I’ve written over the years, and which have been published here and there in journals.


Inside: “Baseball–an Elegy,” “Running Diary,” “Football Poem,” and “The Invention of Baseball.”

27pp, saddle-stitched.

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And here is a broadside-type thing I made from the plates:


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The Aeneid, Books 3 and 4


Now available from Little Red Leaves Textile Series. Thanks once again to Dawn Pendergast for all her hard work on these lovely editions. Steve Mentz reviews the new books here. I’ll have more exciting news on this project in the next month or so, as work from books 5 and 6 begins to make its way into the world.

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kadar koli 9

kadar koli 9

Pleased to announce the publication of kadar koli 9, with a special feature on “the archive.” Contributors include:

John Hyland, Arielle Guy, Gerrit Lansing, Susan Briante, Michael Sikkema, Michael Kelleher, Aaron Tucker, Emily Anderson, David Rich, Jen Tynes, Gillian Hamel, Chris Piuma, Pattie McCarthy, Kevin Varrone, Robin Brox, Richard Owens, Boyd Nielson, Zack Finch, Dale Smith, Morani Kornberg-Weiss, Roger Snell; Special Feature: The Archive — Interview with Ammiel Alcalay; essay by Megan Cook

102pp; $7 plus $3 shipping (U.S.).

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More recent publications


Thanks to Rusty Morrison and Gillian Hamel at Omniverse for publishing an excerpt from book III of the Aeneid, with illustrations by Carrie Kaser. This is a great preview of the upcoming publication of books III and IV…

Arielle Guy’s new online thing, journal of radical light, published a selection of my notebook entries. I’m excited to be in the first issue with some exciting poets like Anne Gorrick and Elizabeth Treadwell, so thank you to Arielle…

These are print journals, so I can’t link to them, but I’m grateful to Daniel Remein (Whiskey & Fox) and David Rich (Gaff), who published some excerpts from my April Series, which was posted serially on this blog during the month of April…

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Recent Publications


Woodcut from October, The Shepheardes Calender

Some recent publication news as projects and poems slowly come to fruition and rise to the surface:

Thrilled to be in the latest issue of Press Board Press volume 2, edited by Patrick Riedy et al. The piece I have in here, “Confessions of a Car Salesman,” hearkens back to a difficult time in my professional life, and I’ve tinkered with this series off and on in the years since then. You can download the full pdf from the link above and check out the wonderful poems and images in the journal.

TAG Journal operates by a unique editorial principle: each issue features two poets, who “tag” the next two poets to appear, thus self-editing the journal as they go. I was tagged by Dan Remein, who was tagged by Eileen Joy — in turn, I tagged Lisa Ampleman, who will appear in the next issue. For this I sent along some bits culled from my notebooks over the past year, including song lyrics, story ideas, invented band names, and some lines derived from an amusing conversation I had with Chris Vitiello and Kate Pringle about words we should never use in poems.

Jeffrey Side, editor of the Argotist Online, sent out a questionnaire to some folks on the topic of Conceptual Poetry. Even though I find myself wanting to talk more about poetry I’m excited about these days, this turned out to be a good exercise in thinking through some poetics issues (and working in ways to discuss medieval and contemporary poets I like). The results, with other respondents, can be found here.

Finally, the culmination of a year-plus effort, my essay “The Chaucer-function: Spenser’s Language Lessons in The Shepheardes Calender” appears in Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies. There are so many people to thank for this, but I want to give a special shout-out here to Sara Gutmann and Nick Hoffman for valuable feedback every step of the way; Graham Hammill for pushing me to ask tougher questions; Randy Schiff for steady encouragement; and Upstart editor Will Stockton for his enthusiasm and work preparing this for publication.

I’d also like to thank Ron Silliman for blogging/tweeting the Jack Spicer talk I gave in Boston recently.

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Gloucester / Kalamazoo postscript

Drove around the corner to Forest Automotive this morning to drop off the car for routine service, saw this scrawled on the chalkboard next to the front desk:

Maximus III.38

Maximus III.38

Asked the mechanic about it — he said his father really likes the poem and wanted a poster made, but he decided to write it on the chalkboard for now. Apparently he used to go fishing in Gloucester a lot when he was a kid, but I’m not sure whether there’s another, more personal connection to Olson or what…


Another Kalamazoo is in the books, and as always I come away inspired by everything I’ve seen and heard. Highlights include the “Rogue Session” of GWMEMSI’s “Impossible Words” at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, an incredible and haunting first evening of short performances by an all-star cast of scholars, including Lara Farina, Eileen Joy, Karen Overbey, Marty Shichtman, Alan Montroso, and Jonathan Hsy, among others. I also attended “Materialities II” with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Karl Steel, and several Spenser panels in addition to the one I was on. Finally, the Punctuation panel organized by Rick Godden was a real hit, full of provocative, funny, and even moving presentations on the comma, the space, the ampersand, etc. — I was honored to be a part of it, talking about the apostrophe. Kisha Tracy, who helped perform a little comma-drama during Josh Eyler‘s talk, blogs about it here. Big thanks to Rick for organizing this, and I suspect we haven’t heard the last of it — hopefully there will be future panels including our friends the semi-colon, the ellipsis, the dash…

But the most stimulating part of Kalamazoo for me is always the social gatherings around the conference — the dinners, happy hours, and little moments of interaction with old friends and new acquaintances that suggest further lines of inquiry and future projects. In that vein, though I didn’t set foot in a single “Valley” open bar this time around and had to miss the dance on Saturday night, I had a great time catching up with Will Rhodes, Susan Morrison, Chris Piuma, Michael Collins, Dan Remein, Carla Thomas, Megan Cook, Myra Seaman, Karl Steel, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Chris Taylor, Ben Ambler, and so many others I met for the first time or enjoyed hanging out with again. Some memorable rides also punctuate the trip — the long drive to and from with Randy Schiff, my dissertation director and huge basketball fan; and a ridiculous odyssey around Greater Kalamazoo with Dan Remein when we got on the wrong shuttle on an exhausted Friday afternoon.


Finally, I’m grateful to the Harriet Blog at the Poetry Foundation for excerpting some bits from my conversation with Kent Johnson.

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