Thursday, October 23, 2008

3 Exciting Announcements & a Correction


Bowery Books
is pleased to invite you to a book release party for

BODY OF WATER by Janet Hamill.

Janet Hamill will read and perform with Patti Smith at the Bowery Poetry Club, Sunday NOVEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m.

FULL INFO: A book party for Janet Hamill's new poetry collection BODY OF WATER (Bowery Books) will be held on Sunday, November 2 at 6 PM, at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleecker), admission free. Patti Smith, who contributed several photographs to the book to illustrate the poems of her life-long friend and mentor, will be on hand to celebrate the release, along with Lenny Kaye from her band.

Advance Praise for Body of Water

"...This book is a romantic, surreal, lyrical Voyage. It twists and turns with the playful tide of poetic vision, enhanced by the delicate measures of Patti Smith's photography. Kudos all around."

-Anne Waldman

"Reading Janet Hamill now, as I have over the last thirty years, I'm amazed again at the particulars of the world her poetry makes – a night world, as I read it, peopled with bright creatures & splashes of color, beautiful & terrifying by turns....With this & much more, she has become indispensable."

-Jerome Rothenberg

With its unbridled surrealistic, hypnotic imagery, Janet Hamill's alchemy of language gives us back communion with our souls. With a magician's grace she reminds us of the enchantment of our being. Hers is a music both modern and magik.

-Maureen Owen

"...Hamill's mastery of form and feeling comes together to create a poem that delicately examines celebrity, gallantry, silence, talent, and beauty. Only a poet could do that. Or maybe only Janet Hamill."

-Patricia Spears Jones

Bowery Books gratefully acknowledges that this publication is made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Bowery Books is a proud member of CLMP.

Hope to see you there!
Bowery Books


"The Exaggerated Man and Other Stories" by Terry Grimwood is out now and available from and from the author himself at terrygatesgrimwood [at]

Read a review here.

And another review by Greg Hamerton (author of "Riddlers Gift") below:

“Deftly-crafted nightmares of ordinary humans struggling with crisis, making decisions that lead you ever deeper until you're aching for liberation from a gripping and sometimes graphic hell, whereupon you get ... the twist! Great short stories, like a blend of Stephen King and Roald Dahl, from a writer who understands human frailty all too well.

Exaggerated Man opens with one of its strongest pieces, Coffin Dream, in which Grimwood demonstrates his talent for deconstructing reality and whispering in your ear, in the dark, until you really aren't sure that you are going to wake up. The characters in Grimwood's stories all struggle with personal issues - they are mostly complex and troubled, and often unpredictable. In some stories you're expecting a violent reaction from them because of all the tension in their souls, but then they do nothing and you're left with an understanding of how truly human they are. The inability to overcome weakness is what makes characters flawed in the first place. There is a good range of stories in this collection, from demons to ghosts, from science-fiction crisis to fairy-tale-gone-wrong. They may not all be to your taste, but with the great variation in style and theme throughout The Exaggerated Man, there are certainly many gems that I marked to be re-read when I need a spike of supernatural espresso.

Warning: If you are easily disturbed by occasional violence, gore, blasphemy, foul language, and demonic themes then Horror probably isn't your genre, is it, precious?”


Two internet recordings of readings from Books & Bookshelves:

Oct. 3, Brian Teare & Frances Richard.

July 22, George Albon & Stephen Vincent:



In the acknowledgements for the Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, translated by Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover, we erred in listing the editors of Poems for the Millenium, Vol III: The University of California Book of Romantic and Post-Romantic Poetry.

Here is the corrected acknowledgement:

Poems for the Millennium, Vol. III: The University of California Book of Romantic and Post-Romantic Poetry, Ed. Jeffrey C. Robinson and Jerome Rothenberg (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009): "In the Forest."

We apologize for this error.


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