Monday, December 28, 2009


I have three new poems in Glitterpony, a good looking, well endowed ramp manager.

Xmas was boss. Got a dutch oven.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I made a list for HTMLGIANT of 25 notable poetry books of the decade. It was fun.

Friday, December 11, 2009


I got this in the mail the other day. Its a reissue of translations Paul Auster put to paper in 1972. Poems by Char, Peret, Artaud, Breton, Souplalt, Desnos, Aragon, and Arp. A great little collection. A beautiful book. Black, red, white.

Rain Taxi has a bunch of other chapbooks available. Russell Edson, Dara Weir, Alice Notley, Stephen Dixon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Now Available from Brave Men Press

We're pleased to announce Julia Cohen's new chapbook FOR THE H IN GHOST in now for sale.

In For the H in Ghost, Julia Cohen names the blank space,
representing what is and what is not with ribbons of text that run
like veins in an invisible, immutable tongue.

Julia Cohen's first full length book, Triggermoon Triggermoon,
is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. She lives in Denver
and is the poetry editor of the journal, Saltgrass.

Cover is letterpressed with grey ink on white paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 83.
17 pages.

read a sample poem


Click Here to Purchase



Series #7 Coinsides featuring Dan Boehl and Mike Young

Featuring Mike Young and Dan Boehl.
Actual size 2 3/8 x 4 1/8".
Each Coinside printed in a limited edition of 23.
Set of Two.

$3.50 for each, $6.50 for both

Click here to Purchase


We will be making a second edition in January. A pre-sale will appear on the website shortly.

A limited edition chapbook from Mathias Svalina is due this spring,
as well as a chapbook by Brian Foley.

Visit Brave Men Press.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wrecking Crew

A copy of Larry Levis' Wrecking Crew costs $50. Sometimes $92. Someone please reissue this. These early poems fit nicely somewhere between David Youngs' Sweating Out The Winter and Greogory Orrs' Gathering The Bones Together. It is a softer surrealism.


On the post
of an abandoned wharf
a sea gull settles,
fixes me with a hard star,
and grows old.

The boards move gently under my feet,
we're floating.

-Larry Levis

Monday, November 30, 2009

Old Movies at Ink Node


I published a poem at Ink Node. Its called Old Movies.

You can go and look at it and then rate it, right here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Reminder

Brave Men Press will be in the East Village tonight for a special showcase. Farrah Field, Sam Starkweather, Mark Leider, Luke Bloomfield, and myself will be reading. We will have copies of our new chapbook by Julia Cohen, THE H IN GHOST for sale for the first time. Come and shake.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jericho Brown has a book called Please.


I wish you tamed. I wish what you fear—
A night alone in the forest.

A father who leaves you there. I wish you
Were ten years old again. And in love

With Marvin Gaye. I wish you saw his daddy
Shoot him. I wish you asthma. An attack

In the field. A lump in your chest. A doctor
Who won’t touch it. I wish you’d live forever

Afraid of dying. See the circus and be content.
Animals crawling like infants for the men

Who made them. I wish you would
Sniff a man. I wish his whip

Sharper than fangs. I wish you could know
How bite-less I feel, the mouth

I don’t close, his head in my throat.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I have just found something...

...and several more. Follow the lit words.


I won’t stick my chest out before someone else’s firing squad
just so history might say I passed that test. That’s no way
to live. Gunpowder speaks for itself. To be alive at this party
you have to be conscious of your breath. I am party-conscious,
and you are not. Thank goodness we are both breathing,
my arm cast across the bed and over your body,
and I am waiting to be told what it is I feel under my arm,
a tap-tap not unlike the near-hopeless rhythm of someone
signaling from beneath infinite rubble. It may be my heart.
It may be your heart. There is infinite rubble on the news.
There are infinite contexts in which an open heart is not
nearly a good thing, contexts I do not nearly wish to name.

by Benajamin Paloff

Stolen from Jacket Magazine, October 2007

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Among the principles the Zapatistas enunciated were mandar obedeciendo (lead by obeying), para todos todo, nada para nosotros (everything for everyone, nothing for ourselves), and preguntando caminamos (walking we ask questions). These mottos articulate a flexible, modest, hopeful, quixotic grasp of how to step forward without stepping on anyone. “Walking we ask questions” is one of their ways of insisting that they do not have answers – “our specialty is proposing problems”, they say, not solutions – and that questions can carry you forward. The Zapatistas made it clear that the old Left – domineering, centrist, convinced that if it ran the state then the state would set us free, ready to pass judgment, fond of one-size-fits-all answers, full of its own globalizing tendencies – was dead. They were too polite to put it quite that way, but there it was, and a hazy yet often luminous new political-cultural era has arrived.

I see the insurrectionary diffidence of the privileged young around me as inspired by this, up to a point. It is as though they have vowed never to be bullies again, but in so doing find it hard to stand up for (and to) things. I like the humility, the gentleness, but I want those that come after me to dream big dreams and try to change the world – to feel powerful, with all the burden and opportunity that goes with that power. “Engaged withdrawal,” the term for the creation of alternatives and the refusal to participate in what is seen as corrupt, can be an effective mode of social and political change, but sometimes engagement is necessary.

-Rebecca Solnit

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mathias, this is just wonderful

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Anniversaries. The Berlin Wall, of which my uncle once brought my family a small chunk; and this time last year I first read Georg Trakl. A friend told me his name was pronounce "gay-org."

My Heart at Evening

by Georg Trakl

Toward evening you hear the cry of the bats.
Two black horses bound in the pasture,
The red maple rustles,
The walker along the road sees ahead the small
Nuts and young wine taste delicious,
Delicious: to stagger drunk into the darkening woods.
Village bells, painful to hear, echo through the black
fir branches,
Dew forms on the face.

From 20 Trakl translations by Robert Bly and James Wright,

This version of The Heart... differs greatly from the Daniel Slimko version. The rhythm, the breaks. Over the editor of the Liliput Review talks about Trakl's influence on Wright.

I Was Afraid of Dying

I was afraid of dying
In a field of dry weeds.
But now,
All day long I have been walking among damp fields,
Trying to keep still, listening
To insects that move patiently.
Perhaps they are sampling the fresh dew that gathers slowly
In empty snail shells
And in the secret shelters of sparrow feathers fallen on the
James Wright

I bought this book to be sure

If you're not like me, you can view all of James Wright's collected poems here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Readings - Turner Falls & NYC

Tomorrow night I read at the Slope Reading Series with Chris Tonelli and Janaka Stucky. It's at The Rendevous and starts at 7pm.

Brave Men Press has been invited by Boog City to take part in its D.A. LEVY LIVES: CELEBRATING THE RENEGADE PRESS series. On Nov 24th we will invade NYC

Farrah Field, Sampson Starkweather, Mark Leidner, Luke Bloomfield and myself will be representing. Music will be performed by French Ancestors.

More info below -

Tues., Nov. 24, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum

*Performer Bios*

**Luke Bloomfield**
Luke Bloomfield is a co-editor for notnostrums journal and a Juniper Fellow at UMass Amherst. He has poems recently published in Glitterpony and Invisible Ear and other places. He is an out of work translator. He has read for 55 seconds at the Minutes Reading Series. He is a member of the Western Massachusetts Robert Walser Society.

**Farrah Field**

Farrah Field's first collection of poems, Rising, won the 2007 Levis Prize and is out from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including The Mississippi Review, Margie, The Massachusetts Review, Pool, Typo, Harp & Altar, 42Opus, La Petite Zine, and Sojourn, and are forthcoming in Pebble Lake Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Fulcrum, and The Pinch. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at the above site.

**Brian Foley**
Brian Foley has poems in Front Porch, Sixth Finch, LIT, Strange Machine, No Tell Motel, Keyhole, Sleeping Fish, and Avatar Review among others. His chapbook The Tornado is not a Surrealist is out from Greying Ghost Press. He edits the online schism, SIR!, is poetry editor of Brave Men Press, and runs The Deep Moat Reading Series in Cambridge, Mass. He attends grad school for poetry at UMass Amherst and lives in Northampton, Mass.

**French Ancestors**

French Ancestors is the moniker of Jesse Duquette, formerly of Boston pop mavens Emergency Music.

**Mark Leidner**
Mark Leidner grew up in Tifton, a small town in south Georgia. His two chapbooks are The Night of 1,000 Murders (Factory Hollow Press) and The Empire (Scantily Clad Press). He lives in Northampton, Mass. and his blog is located at the above site.

**Sampson Starkweather**
Sampson Starkweather lives in the forest. His most recent chapbook is The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting from Immaculate Disciples Press. He is also the author of City of Moths from Rope-a-Dope Press and The Photograph from horse less press. Recent or forthcoming work can be found in Action Yes, Typo, Sink Review, SIR!, Open Letters Monthly, Pax Americana, RealPoetik, and Ekleksographia.


C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Brave Men Press is pleased to announce the release of

by Janaka Stucky

Cover is letterpressed with gold ink on red paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 60.
23 pages.


Janaka Stucky has had poems appear in Cannibal, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Free Verse, No Tell Motel, North American Review, Redivider and VOLT. He is the publisher of Black Ocean and its literary magazine, Handsome.



Saturday, October 10, 2009


A seven gun salute review of Chris Tonelli's NO THEATER at Tarapaulin Sky. Pass it along.

Only 20 copies left, get yours now at Brave Men Press.

Monday, August 24, 2009

NOO Journal has a nice review by Ryan Call of my chapbook, The Tornado is not a Surrealist. Cool.

Friday, August 14, 2009


IsReads hangs poems and things around Nashville, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. I have two poems somewhere in the vicinity.

In other news, I'm enjoying the new Behemoth record.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hi. I have two poems in the new issue of Strange Machine.

Monday, August 10, 2009

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There's a list going around Facebook to name 50 bands you've seen in concert. I started at fifty, then quickly recalled another fifty, then found the list shooting past 150....As an exercise in memory I just kept going. This list below is not fabricated. I kind of wish it was. I'd have a lot more money. I also didn't include many local bands or friends bands (too many to count), but ones that would be recognizable to others, worth remembering, etc.....Right Now, this is as many as I can remember. I feel slightly proud and lucky to have had these experiences, for better or worse.

Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you've seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can't think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)?


Archers of Loaf (x2)


Cannibal Corpse

God Forbid (x2)

Guided by Voices (x3)

Yo La Tengo (x4)

Sunn 0)))


Destroyer (x2)

Sonic Youth (x3)

Jesus Lizard



Converge (x2)

Jonathan Richman (x2)

Man…or Astroman?

Hot Snakes (x2)









The Chameleons


Oxes (x2)

Arab on Radar (x4)

Locust (x2)

Young Widows

Acid Mothers Temple

Magnetic Fields (x3)

Lambchop (x2)

New Pornographers (x2)

Neutral Milk Hotel

Crooked Fingers (x4)

Spoon (x2)

The New Year (x2)

Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy (x4)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Murder City Devils (x3)

Iggy Pop

Harvey Milk

High on Fire

Les Savy Fav

!!! (x2)


Pig Destroyer

Devendra Banhart (x2)

Johanna Newsom

Playing Enemy

Smog/Bill Callahan (x3)

Godspeed You Black Emperor


Six Organs of Admittance

Deerhoof (x2)


Superchunk (x3)

Isis (x2)


Cave In

Animal Collective

Fugazi (x2)


Interpol (x3)


Olivia Tremor Control

Pretty Girls Make Graves

At the Drive In (x2)

The Black Heart Procession

Neko Case

Silver Jews (x3)

Califone (x3)


Pleasure Forever




The Damned

Versus (x2)

The Bats


Blonde Redhead

Angels of Light

Rye Coalition (x2)

Built to Spill

Modest Mouse

Belle and Sebastian

The Strokes (x2)

Interpol (x3)

Karate (x2)

Sleater Kinney (x2)

The Fucking Champs

Dead Low Tide (x2)

Papa M



The Hives

White Stripes (x2)

The Joggers

Rocket from the Crypt

The Natural History

Ex Models


The Rapture

Warlocks (x2)

Dead Meadow (x3)

French Kicks (x3)

The Walkmen (x3)

The Faint (x2)

Convocation of…

Steve Earle

Sunburned Hand of the Man (x3)


Wolf Eyes (x2)

Growing (x2)

Brightblack Morninglight

Lamb of God

Darkest Hour

Howling Hex

The Sadies (x2)


American Steel

Get Up Kids

Rainer Maria

Jack Rose

Amazing Royal Crowns (x3)

Ben Folds Five


Burnt by the Sun

Drowning Man

Magnolia Electric Company


Yeah Yeah Yeahs





The Ex

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (x2)

Black Eyes

Vetiver (x2)

The Gossip

Erase Errata

Stereo Total

Pilot to Gunner


Victory at Sea




Tunnel of Love


Wolf Colonel

Nautical Almanac


David Thomas Broughton


Les Georges Leningrad

Devil Musik

Xiu Xiu

David Kilgour

Portastatic (x3)

The Music Tapes

…And You’ll Know Us by the Trail of Dead


Richard Buckner


Cypress Hill


Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The International Noise Conspiracy

Milemarker (x2)

Ashley Stove

Sahara Hotnights (x3)

Brian Jonestown Massacre (x2)

My Morning Jacket

Reverend Horton Heat

Kings of Leon

Rogue Wave

The Kills

Mates of State

Dr. Dog

The Ravonettes

Langhorne Slim

Mark Robinson (x3)

Q and not U


Hot Hot Heat (x2)

The Apes

Radio 4 (x2)

Mooney Suzuki

Von Bondies

Frightened Rabbit

Trans Am

Ten Yard Fight

Showcase Showdown (x3)

Major Stars (x3)

The Catheters


Mount Eerie

Julie Doiron



Ladybug Transistor

Mr. Airplane Man


Bark Haze


Out Hud

Young People

Green Day

Saves the Day


Trial By Fire

Pedro the Lion

The Explosion

Calvin Johnson

Mirah (x2)

The Rondelles

Bad Religion



Sir Richard Bishop (x2)

Daniel Johnston (x3)

Wesley Willis

Antibalas Orchestra

Chinese Stars (x4)

Extreme Elvis


The Butchies

Bruce Springsteen

Bottomles Pit

Black Nasty

Big Bear

Gates of Slumber


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gore for the Poor

I have a poem in the (new) New Yinzer. Thanks to Claire for inviting me. Good stuff by Justin Taylor, Blake Butler, Shannon Tharp, and this essay by Katy Henricksen.

Did you get a copy of No Theater by Chris Tonelli yet? It's been about two weeks since its release and we're down to about 40 copies left! Moms are really into it. Some dads.
We've mailed all orders up to this date. If you've received it and read it, add it to your Good Reads, or maybe blog some thoughts about it. That'd be great.

Click Here to purchase a copy

Anyone who has seen me in the past few months knows I've become infected by metal. This usually happens every summer; I don't know why. But this year it seems a more permanent thing. Like, I bought a skateboard. Again.

Anyway, here is some of my preferred Summer Listening

Slayer: Christ Illusion, Season in the Abyss, Reign in Blood
Darkthrone: Blaze Over the Northern Sky
Absu: Absu
Elder: Elder
Wolves in the Throne Room: Two Hunters
Burning Witch: Crippled Lucifer
Harvey Milk: Life....The Best Game in Town
Grief: Torso
Zoroaster: Dog Magic
Nachtmystium: Assassins
Yob: The Great Cessation
Agoraphobic Nosebleed: Agorapocalypse
Repulsion: Horrified
Deep Purple: Machine Head
Sleep: Holy Mountain

And for the jam of the summer, Metallica-Ride the Lightning slowed down!!!! This is ripped from the 45rpm vinyl, played at 33rpm. I never thought I'd be able to hear this record in a different light, but whoa man, its heavier, more crushing, and so much better. Do yourself a favor and download this. (Note to Suetallica: I did not upload this, I'm merely pointing.)

Last weekend we saw Until The light Take Us. A documentary about the Norwegian Black Metal Scene. I was afraid it would rehash a lot of the same dirt (church burnings, Euronymous murder, etc..) and in some ways it did, but mostly it was interviews with those involved looking back upon their lives and the ways black metal has changed since then. It barely made mention of the music, which played in its favor since there are so many documents fully covering the phenomenon. What was most interesting was the differences in which key players viewed their musical efforts. Varg Vierkenes as a political rebellion, and Fenriz of Darkthrone as an artistic statement that has since been raped by co-option.

Yesterday we went to the Mayhem festival. The bands were mostly awful, but it was an awesome time. We were there for Slayer and people watching, neither disappointed.

Allright, Allright, Allright

Rad Liqs!

Rad Dads!

Rad wheels!

Rad meals!

Elderly Dad Gore

Sticky Family Time

Friday, July 24, 2009


BRAVE MEN PRESS is excited to announce the release of our first book, NO THEATER by Chris Tonelli.

Considering the responsibilities of the social world with a disconnected eye, NO THEATER is a collection of meticulously crafted poems that perform outside of time, but remain intuitively familiar and profound. Chris Tonelli reveals the artificialities of the everyday self with a language stalked by loss yet driven by possibility. Here, these poems come prepared in an armature of many masks and invested with an insight sure to move around the mental furniture of any reader.

Chris Tonelli co-curates The So and So Series and is the author of four chapbooks, most recently For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press, forthcoming). He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Allison.

Read a sample poem here.

Cover is letterpressed with black ink on black paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 123.
25 pages.

Buy it.

If you have a blog, please share this information with others. We want to make lots of books.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rad Lines in the Sand

An excerpt from Sampson Starkweathers' mega poem LA LA LA up at Real Poetik

every poem should begin
I’m kinda of in a dunebuggy
it’s a fact
feelings of powelessness
lead to killing and shopping
sprees weeeeeeee
oh there’s more
where that came from
a growing demand
for designer vaginas

The hardest working woman in small press biz destroys his new book to death growls, proving once again he controls.

Scorch Atlas (destroyed) by Blake Butler from featherproof books on Vimeo.

SCORCH ATLAS is now available for preorder for only $10. You can order your copy "destroyed" if you like. I can't wait to read this beast.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Moderate Fools

This past weekends' DEEP MOAT was something to behold,and many people did. Who were all those people? I wish I knew. But the ones I did know I worship. I hope to see you all again soon. Brave Men sold enough copies of NO THEATER to buy some Slayer tickets. And if anyone saw the recent coinsides you'd know Emily's hard work deserves some sweet release. My one regret is not organizing the whiffle ball game I'd promised. NO THEATER will be for sale online in the next day or so. (Above photo by the crucial Paige T)

Today I have three poems up at
The Raleigh Quarterly. These poems are from THE BLACK EYE. They're a bit wintery. A big thanks to Chris and Chris for letting me hang.

Mathias and Julia have some bitchin' poems at
Dear Camera. I like the title Force, Proximity, Repulsion.

Emily and I were approved for this apartment in Northampton. 2 Bedroom, a private backyard w/ porch.

Watch this robot read Mark Leidner.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Last night Nicholas Cage's son's black metal band played a show in a shitty little club down the street from my house. I forgot about it. Word is Dad was there in full form punching air and banging heads. I really really regret not being there to see that.

New Coinsides are available a Brave Men Press.

(NAPOLEON) by Chris Tonelli:


PINK JELLYBEANS by Jon Woodward:

and XXIX by Sampson Starkweather:

and as always, the set of three is available for a slight discount:

Also we are happy to announce the Brave Men Press Coinside Accordion Book is now available again with full set of 5 Coinsides:

When you buy this package you will recieve:

1 Accordion Book

& CoinSides by:
Justin Marks
Julia Cohen
Chris Tonelli
Jon Woodward
Sampson Starkweather


Friday, July 10, 2009


I wanted to keep a year round open door, but I've had to close submissions at SIR! for a while. I received way more submissions than I ever expected to and I really need to catch up with things. My apologies to those who've been waiting for a response. You'll hopefully receive something soon. in the meantime, watch this incredible video taken from Mathias's blog -

The new issue is near complete and looking pretty rad. Wonder if we can get Pushead to do the "cover"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Only 20 more days (or so) left to pre-order a hardcover copy of Zach Schomburg's Scary, No Scary and receive a limited edition coinside (above) designed and printed from Brave Men Press. The design is above, but it is only a small taste of what you'll actually receive.

Next Up at The Deep Moat Reading Series,
Saturday July 18th, 7:00 P.M.

located at the Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow st, Cambridge, MA 02138.

The Deep Moat Reading Series celebrates the release of Chris Tonelli's NO THEATER, the first chapbook available from new local publisher Brave Men Press. We are extremely excited about the release of this book, as it is some of the best poetry written this decade or any other, and hope you will join us for a night that will not soon be forgotten.

Chris Tonelli co-curates The So and So Series and is the author of four chapbooks, most recently For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press, forthcoming). He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Allison.

A poem from NO THEATER from Sixth Finch.
Another poem from NO THEATER in Sixth Finch.
Three poems from NO THEATER in SIR! Magazine.

Jon Woodward was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in Wichita and in Denver, Colorado. His two published books are Rain (Wave Books, 2006) and Mister Goodbye Easter Island (Alice James Books, 2003). He lives in Boston and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A review of RAIN in The Believer.
Five Poems from La Petite Zine.
Two Poems in Octopus.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of three chapbooks, The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting forthcoming from Immaculate Disciples Press, City of Moths a Rope-a-Dope Press production, and The Photograph from horse less press. He dwells deep within da Qua.

A review of CITY OF MONTHS in Coldfront magazine
A poem from Typo Magazine
A poem from Sixth Finch

As always, limited edition coinsides (tiny broadsides) will be available at the reading and through the Brave Men Press website.