Couch Press Book Release and Reading
Portland based Couch Press would like to announce a celebratory book release and reading featuring local poets James Yeary, Paul Maziar, and Chris Ashby, all of whom have titles published by Couch in 2013. Couch Press is an independent book publishing entity specializing in small batch productions of poetry and mixed genre poetic work. Thus far the books have been printed and assembled at the IPRC using mostly second hand paper found at Portland’s own Scrap. All books have covers featuring local artists, and all books are hand folded, sewn, and numbered. Additionally, this event is in conjunction with Great Fainting Spells, a press dedicated to publishing collaborative poetic incarnations.
James Yeary’s Dawn’s Erasure (1) is a Rorschach induced re-imagining of Jackson Mac Low’s Words nd Ends From Ez, itself a writing through of Ezra Pound’s The Cantos. It is a text both hallucinatory and rooted in the hyper-real streets and forests of Idaho and Oregon.
Paul Maziar’s Little Advantages is a surreal and tender meditation on the everyday subjects of the poetic life rendered in beautiful and musical lines that could only come from a poet attuned to the Northwest life.
Chris Ashby’s After Language: Volume 1: The Apocalypse Came and No One Noticed begins a tripartite sequence exploring the possibilities and consequences of reading and living in a tangible and digital world. The Return is Volume II of After Language and picks up where Volume I left off in its acknowledgement, “This is a book you don’t have to read.”
Who Killed My Chicken, published by Great Fainting Spells, is a series of poems composed by Chris and James dedicated to and written with loops, reggae, raga, doom, and crumbling mountainsides.