Magic Helicopter Press


5 14 2015

"Flowers," you say, "I feel it too." Scissor those blue jeans into shorts, let a spool of scruff dangle. Write a song about your lover's forehead. Snap some rosemary. Read a zine that says "Entrance rooms can span a large range of experiences, and foyer is French for "where the fire is kept.""

That's right: It's May, and Magic Helicopter Press has some big news for you!

First off, we're elated to announce three new titles:

Mike Krutel's Fogland — June 2015 (order now!)
Ben Hersey's The Autograph of Steve Industry — Coming Fall 2015
Simon Joyner's Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics 1990-2014 — Coming Fall 2015

And since we're announcing three amazing new titles, why not go ahead and announce our first ever open reading period? Three more titles will come from that, in either 2015 or 2016.

Now why don't I talk about those three books?

First up, Mike Krutel's new chapbook Fogland!

I'll let Catherine Wing describe this sucker:

Fogland is about making music and it’s about making noise, and it’s where the seams of music and noise and making come together. The book percusses and plumbs us as it spreads its quiver-nerves from brain to spine to hand. Full of streak and wonder-ridden, it bleats, it burns, it lights, and it lightnings. The poem resonates as it reverbs. Using Hopkins and Stein as a launch site, Krutel chooses sound over sense as his primary tool for making meaning and in the full sense of the transitive he fathoms the world as he fashions it.”

It's coming out right when June pops! Order it now!

Of Ben Hersey's debut novel The Autograph of Steve Industry, I can't give away too much yet, but what if I say "North Shore Massachusetts Barry Hannah doing jumping jacks in his own heart?"

What if I drop this teaser link?

What if, for now, until the official press release, I just show you this video of the legendary Ben Hersey, performer, poet, professor, novelist, resident of Easthampton, MA:

Finally, I'm so incredibly skippered to announce that we are releasing Omaha singer-songwriter Simon Joyner's Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics 1990-2014. Simon has been a longtime musical hero of mine, so the chance to release this book is like a lake suddenly turning from blue to pink.

Simon is a pillar of all that’s come out of the classically fruitful scene down there in Omaha, as well as a longstanding figure in interesting up-and-down-the-country music in general. His praises have been sung by Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, Beck, and DJ John Peel to name a few.

His voice is a wine-bottle-full-of-sand kind of voice. One time that voice sang the line "I danced on a knife all my life because I thought it was honest," which is in the song "Nocturne."

And there are a lot more lines where that rises from, and I think it’s a beautiful idea to collect those lines in a book, to have that particular way of those lines passing through the world alongside the passage they make in the songs themselves.

This book will feature a handsome, focused collection of Simon’s lyrics, a foreword by Dennis Callaci, illustrations, and some other surprises. We’re working with Flying Object in Hadley, MA on some broadsides, and we’re hoping to have some of those on hand with us in the Book Tent at the Pitchfork Music Festival in July.

Oh yeah, we're going to the Pitchfork Music Festival in July.

Of course, you're not kicking me out without me reminding you of the book we just put out: Jordan Stempleman's fabulous new collection Wallop! It's still new!

Jordan Stempleman's most accomplished collection to date, these new poems crunch through the dirty snow of trying to love when love is gone, heaving from room to room, humming from joke to dark, car to gym, chainsaws and milkweed, bathroom faucets that fall apart in your hands, history private and public, men shaving in the public water fountain.

There you have it. Three new books. An open reading period. Pitchfork in July. It's May, and we finally feel ready for 2015!

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