! NEW CHAPS by PHILIP GOOD and ALEX CUFF NOW AVAILABLE!

We are thrilled to announce that two new chaps, Poets in a Box or Pluto in Motion by Philip Good, and Family, A Natural Wonder by Alex Cuff are now available!!!

Poets in a Box or Pluto in Motion by Philip Good

This work was inspired by a box of broadsides put together as a fundraiser for Bernadette Mayer after she suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1994. The set of 25 original broadsides, each signed by the author with exception of the one by James Schuyler was edited by William Corbett and Michael Gizzi and published by The Figures, Great Barrington, 1995. Called Writing For Bernadette and beautifully packaged in a purple box with an illustration mounted on the cover by Joe Brainard called Pluto In Motion Studies.

Each poem comprises two 13 line stanzas. The first stanza speaks to Bernadette Mayer’s work and life. The second stanza speaks to the individual broadside
donated for the benefit of Bernadette’s life.

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Family, A Natural Wonder by Alex Cuff is a chapbook-length exploration of family, love, and how these impact and shape identity, as evidenced in brief in one of the collection’s titular poems:

FAMILY, A NATURAL WONDER

We couldn’t agree on a location to dispose the body so we didn’t.

We stuffed organs into Costco-sized jars of maraschino cherries.

We sensed humor where there was some.

We were haven and humanoid.

We wept collections of TNT.

Rewired circuits.

We failed before we thought to act.

Our failures came in large and manageable pieces.

 

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!!!!NEW EDITORS!!!!

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We are absolutely ecstatic to announce that beginning with ISSUE FIVE, REALITY BEACH will be edited by three of its favorite poetry minds:  Jordan Hoxsie, Precious Okoyomon, and Lydia Hounat. As the scale of our operation increases, Adam and Anna will be concentrating on chapbook editing, design, and production.

Jordan Hoxsie has been working with us as our social media and blog editor. They run the spectacular VARSITY GOTH PRESS. They are the author of Cry Lightning and You Walk Exposed.

Precious Okoyomon is the author of the amazing Ajebota. Some of her work can also be found in REALITY BEACH ISSUE TWO. You can read a really cool interview with her here.

Lydia Hounat ‘s fantastic poems have been published in Hobart,  Vanilla Sex Magazine,  The Cadaverine, and a lot of other wonderful places, including REALITY BEACH ISSUE THREE.

We have transitioned to a new submissions platform and will be open for ISSUE FIVE submissions beginning December Fifteenth.

We love you!

Heart Sutra by Adam Tedesco is now available

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Heart Sutra is a chapbook inspired by meditating on a line of Bernadette Mayer’s, “My heart is a fancy place”, and a text from the Tantric Buddhist tradition with which the chapbook shares its name. The pith of this text is the instructive passage “go, go, go beyond, go completely beyond.”  This phrase informed the approach taken in constructing the poems within Heart Sutra, which is to say the personal, the inner life of identity, emotion and memory is something to be traveled through to an inner elsewhere, then the inverse as well, and all of this is a path to laughter, release and the realization of not knowing, even one’s own heart.

i love The <3 Sutra, it’s utterly charming, funny, sad, in the sense that every great poem is essentially saying: I too feel sad, life & time also vice-grip me like a cliched torture victim in an early aughts horror movie, my <3 too is a Pizza Hut / that doesn’t serve beer / that you have to walk to / through a cherry orchard. Adam’s done it, he’s written a book that’s better than TV, better than the internet, better than sex late-night sandwiches. Did i mention i <3 it! I do.

-Sampson Starkweather, author of PAIN: The Board Game

The experience of reading Adam Tedesco’s Heart Sutra was to curl up around a heart whose beats mirrored the daily compassion, filth, drugs, and fun. I was having the worst day: I was filled with rage and lethargy. But then I sat down to read this chapbook and it calmed me down, reminded me about feeling things and the poetry of our everyday environment, how a cloud can be in the shape of a penis and how fun that is. How that equalizes. He writes “A glass and brass table flipped / The wet fog, the upturned top / The slow loss of want / for breath, an exchange of nothing.” Adam Tedesco has probably watched all the same music videos as us, binge-watched the same TV, paused and rewatched the same cat videos, and this has filled his heart to the brim with clear-eyed humanity, clowns teetering in void, and intoxicating humor.

-Amy Lawless , author of I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected

Adam Tedesco has worked as a shipbuilder, a meditation instructor, and as cultural critic for the now disbanded Maoist Internationalist Movement. He is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH and a contributing editor for Drunk In AMidnight Choir. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Funhouse, Souvenir, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, Fanzine and elsewhere.

This hand made chapbook is a limited edition of 108 8″x 8″ numbered copies. Its cover features hand screened raised ink available on both black and bright green covers which contains text printed on premium 32lb paper, all bound with hand-spun Turkish thread.

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Highlights From Our March Reading

 

We were psyched to host Sampson Starkweather, Ana Božičević, and Bianca Stone at our first reading. Now we’re stoked to share with you these highlights from that beautiful evening.

Our next reading is on May 14th 6pm and will be held at Botanica Bar on Houston Street in Manhattan. We’ll be celebrating the release of chapbooks by Dan Magers and Bill Lessard. They’ll be reading with Alex Cuff and Amy Lawless.  Don’t miss it!

 

!!!!!!Chapbook Release Party 5/14!!!!!!

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Join us on Saturday, May 14th at 6pm to celebrate the release of Spiritual Grave Year by Dan Magers and Rembrandt With Cellphone by Bill Lessard. Dan, Bill, Alex Cuff and Amy Lawless will be reading. There will be a limited number of chapbooks available. There will be drink specials. There will be the power of worms moving through the earth.

ABOUT THE READERS

Alex Cuff lives in Brooklyn where she teaches at a public high school. She is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and a current Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Recent writing can be found at Fanzine, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and is forthcoming in 6×6.

William Lessard has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, NPR, Prelude, Wired, Thought Catalog, People Holding, Drunk Monkeys, and Voicemail Poems. He won the first-annual “Bureaucratic Writing Contest” hosted by tNY.Press

Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including My Dead (Octopus Books). Her third poetry collection Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books this summer. She is also co-author of I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected, a collaborative, hybrid book (Pioneer Works Press, Groundworks Series) with Chris Cheney. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat,The Volta, andWashington Square Review. Her poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2013 and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion. She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011. Take her summer class “Camp Lawless” at Bowery Poetry.

Dan Magers’s first book of poems, Partyknife, (Birds, LLC) was described by Thurston Moore “as if poet-ghost adrift thru dressing rooms backstage taking notes…Writing poems like these is just as good as starting a band.” Magers is the founder of the online poetry journal Sink Review and the handmade chapbook press Immaculate Disciples Press, which focuses on poetry book and artist collaborations. He lives in Chicago.

 

 

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2016 PRINT CATALOGUE

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IT IS WITH GREAT PLUR THAT WE ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING TITLES

 

Spiritual Grave Year

A chapbook by Dan Magers

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The Alphabet’s Book of Colors: Supplemental Notes for Philipp Otto Runge’s Die Farbenkugel, as translated by Kyle Harvey

A deluxe broadsides package by Kyle Harvey

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Rembrandt With Cellphone

A chapbook by William Lessard

 

A collection of large format broadsides

by S Cearley

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WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS DREAM I HAD

A chapbook by Sommer Browning

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The Heart Sutra

A chapbook by Adam Tedesco

 

 

More details to come.

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