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CHAPBOOK UPDATE: Final TOC & page count

After much deliberation, we pulled a few pieces from the earlier proofs of the book. The page count was putting us over budget, and to keep the poems meant messing with the visual flow of the book. And we couldn’t have that. SO. I made the painful call to pull even more pieces so now the final count is 44 (down from 51) and 42 pages.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, the release date has been pushed to June, but it’ll be ready to go to the printer by the end of the week. My apologies to those who’ve already preordered it and are itching to get theirs. SOON. Very soon. Anyhow, to recap, it will be released through THRIFT Poetic Arts. The book will be perfect-bound with 42 pages and a whopping 44 poems! If you would like to pre-order, $7 USD sent to artjewl@artjewl.com via PayPal will reserve your copy and include shipping within the US. (After the book is released, S&H will be an additional charge.) Be sure to include the address you’d like the book sent to if you place an order!

PS – if you’d rather send a check, let me know and I’ll give you the address.

In the meantime, here’s the LEMONADE & RUMORS TOC as it stands:

1. Disclaimer
2. Formication
3. Kernels Garnered in Reading, Pennsylvania
4. “Clear Prop”
5. out of the dust
6. I woke
7. Your Grasp, Tested
8. Weathering
9. A Testament of Blooms
10. Dear Julianna
11. beyond you, sister
12. forcefully
13. residual hauntings
14. Toasted Tomato-Peanut-Butter Sandwiches and Soap in the Mouth
15. gypsy moth
16. enTitled
17. Our Failed Casting
18. By the decade
19. our early hours
20. mistimed flirtations
21. Her Zucchini Confessions
22. I’ve forgiven you for using a mug
23. Icing
24. Under the bare March-blue sky
25. the prozac dreams were better
26. Shed Skin and Ashes
27. Sustaining
28. To the Floodstained Mother
29. Internal Bleeding
30. the normal psychosis of mothering
31. The Piece I Lost In the Shower
32. Cold Iron in Human Hands
33. Churchgoing
34. Where between
35. the weight of her faith
36. My First Scar
37. fifty-two
38. from the bed
39. Debunking Creation Myths
40. Shells
41. In the moment when I forget
42. Burrs Where We Walk in Fields
43. Just In Case I Die Today
44. over tea


  1. Chucka Stone Designs Chucka Stone Designs
    January 20, 2008    

    I am now dying to read this one “I’ve forgiven you for using a mug” Great titles! How did the book do overall?

  2. artjewl artjewl
    January 21, 2008    

    The book has been well received (by most, I gave a certain relative a copy, and he responded that I “shouldn’t have stopped painting”). We went to print with a second run last year, so that says good things.

    Granted, it never saw the New York Times best seller list or anything, but this is poetry we’re talking about. 🙂

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torch bearing quietly

I will not act out, will not
yell or curse or slam doors,
will not make a scene -- you
do not deserve such a chance
to make an example out of me
to be proven right since you
are not. Instead, I'll stand
at this street corner, raise
my hand high and clench that
light which yet remains. It
will burn brightly, quietly,
fiercely before fading as I.

Then I'll be gone but found.

©JAC 2005

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