I feel satisfied that my time was well spent when I stack the books I helped publish in 2013.
This “shelfie” includes titles from Copper Canyon Press, Counterpoint, Berrett-Koehler, Westchester State University, American Poetry Review, Silverfish Review Press, FamilyWealth Consulting, and Unfettered Mind Media.
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It has been an exciting week, with a review of Tom Hennen’s Darkness Sticks to Everything in the New York Times along with a photo of the book.
While designing the book, I grew to love the poems and have been telling all my poetry friends to read Tom Hennen. Well, the book is now out, and I hope is reaching many new readers.
For this title, we found another great cover image in the work of Susan Bennerstrom. I chose a smaller trim size, that fits the generally brief poems and prose poems well. You might even carry this in your coat pocket.
Today, I received the results of 2 years’ work: three volumes of poetry by Alan Stephens, edited by his son, Alan Archer Stephens. There are a few poems by Alan Stephens on the web here, and a beautiful website about the books is here at alanstephenspoems.com.
This book project was unusual in that we pursued excellence in a way that publishing ventures rarely do.
I centered the poems on the page for nearly 1000 pages of poems. Nobody is crazy enough to do that anymore. There are lots of complicated hierarchies of things — part titles, subtitles, part title epigrams, poem part titles, poem subtitles . . . lots of things to obsess over. And we did. By printing single books at LightningSource (now Ingram), we were able to make adjustments and perfect even more details.
Today I held those hardcovers for the first time. The book makes it possible for me to read the writing in a way I couldn’t while it was onscreen, or on single letter-size pages. I found I was reading, enjoying, and then had tucked the jacket flap in as a bookmark so I could read the poem again next time I opened the book. Books really are a wonderful technology.
We built these books to last, and I believe they have the qualities that will make them stay in book collections for a long time.
VJBScribe designed and composed the books. Dowitcher Press handled printing, fulfillment and marketing. Some information about ordering books is here.
Collected Poems: 1958–1998
Running at Hendrys: Sonnets
by Alan Stephens
Limited edition hardcovers available from Dowitcher Press