Ten Pages Press is going on hiatus. Thanks for playing, y’all.
Offering 55 is now available: Table of Discontents by Russell Streur.
TABLE OF DISCONTENTS #21
Grief and fury
A continuous loop
A rock and no place
Denial of the genocide
Records are sealed
A dark film
“They will come get me now,”
the man outside the café said.
“They will torture me and I will disappear.”
Offering 54 is now available: Dada by Craig Scott.
A trust. Public. Little. Not.
Burning over its
make. For the
American deaths. In Eden. Not not.
Make America. It’s 1984.
Make mankind. Little over.
Offering 52 is now available: Heart Pie by David Mac.
beetles in your boudoir belch from your black liquid eyes
your heart’s a grey ashtray the shape of a skull
I have come here again with my bouquet of wilting flowers
I have come to lovingly break your neck
and you can hardly believe the words hissing from my mouthpiece
they are not the ones you expected
so, as I cross the room to find a vase, all that separates us is
the sound of tears from your eyes, and poison from mine
– previously appeared in Purple Patch
A new year! Here’s to another 50 e-chapbooks!
That said, offering 51 is now available: What I Did Monday by Tim Murray.
in his infinite gloom,
created man one afternoon.
Said God, “I need something
to laugh about.”
Offering 50 now available: Of the None Exposed by Michael Mc Aloran.
Of the begun
(spoken less of)
Tracing the night’s
Meat to tear
In sun sunk spun
Noose/ dread/ scuttling
In the dark
Muscle of pulse
All the while the ebbing
And the absence
Traceless as the eye
Vacant of pupil’s light
Offering 49 is now available: Hojo Boy by Kyle Hemmings.
hojo boy #11
when your fort[u]ne cookies make the hostess
w/ the most delicately timed noodles–blush
when we can no longer capture the white summer
girls in barefeet-barley-hop w/ instant flash
when i can no longer sauté your icelandic heart
in 3/5th wine & 2/5th jungle combat
will i reveal to you the secret ingredients
to my watergate goose-silent long-necked stew
i cook to the taste.
Offering 48 is now available: Nose Buster by David Lawrence
HAND IN HAND
Be a have not in a sack containing nothing at all.
In the promise of tomorrow you shut down.
You forget me not
And then no longer remember my name.
Have you given all your milk to that cow?
Is separation an impetus to come back together?
I love you so much that I could be content
Watching our hands walk down the street together.
Offering 47 is now available: The Ten Pages Press Reader (Volume III).
like a voice
like a voice in the nighttime
a lady asking how empires fall
and what the point of it might be
building stones on bodies on pieces of time
they have sliced and keep in buckets,
all the happy ghosts standing on fortifications
where they have been soldiers,
where they have been swordsmen
or whores and glorious,
like a god dressed in the seed
of some deep avocation. promises
and whatever, all the reasons we are lacking,
all dressed up in eyes and voices
in the nighttime, ghosts again;
sex and time out of mind,
a night alive
Offering 46 now available: Flesh Wounds by RC Edrington.
in a trailer
with boarded-up windows
on 33rd & 5th
a rookie cop puked
into a shit clogged toilet
& called for an ambulance
despite the fact
2 year old Melissa
had been rotting
for at least a week
while in the trash
momma lay overdosed
with a welfare check
coursing pure Afghani
horse through her caved
2 blocks away
on South 6th Avenue
Johnny’s 3rd grade head
bounced like an 8-ball
against a scarred
black hardwood floor
an abstract painting
to stain the vomit
stenched Ice-T shirt
of momma’s white-nigger
whacked out on
3 blocks south
& 1 block east
this alcoholic writer
sits at a pool hall
& slams his
5th shot of Jose Cuervo
& fist against the bar
while Shorty passes
a Folger’s coffee can
for the families
& tells me services
will be held at
St. Anthony’s Cathedral
over on 6th & 22nd
3 days apart
& in my reflective
these loyal Catholics
had been permitted
condoms & abortion
none of this shit
would have had
to go down
Offering 45 is now available: How We Fuck Shit Up by Aleathia Drehmer & Brad Burjan.
Toy(ing) with the Revolution
Offering 44 is now available: We Will Plan Big Things by Mary Stone Dockery.
The dots on the star charts
are the same size as ants trailing
from the kitchen counter
to the back door, the same size
as holes in the mesh screen.
They are the same size
as the moles on your back,
as stars we point to
from the back patio at night.
Your back is the same
silky substance as the sky
contains as many constellations,
I trace each mole
as if the sky begins at my fingers.
Each day we are tugged closer
to the ground, microscopic moments
us touching, that thing you said ,
your back arching over a bed
the ground beneath us trembling
with the weight of clouds, pain, comets –
flung into cosmic distances.
The whites of your eyes
work like gravity,
drawing me in
The link that directs you to The Ten Pages Press Reader (Volume II) PDF has been corrected. You will now be taken to the e-chapbook, not to a menu of files as before. My apologies to the volume’s contributors and readers for this error.
Offering 43 is now available: Parrot in a Pirate’s Hat by Mark Cunningham.
The corn cob holders looked like little cobs of corn. I was suspicious of tampering because the new plastic didn’t come wrapped in plastic. Charlie Brown doesn’t have a belly button. She pointed out that “know” and “no” are pronounced the same. If You Can Read This, You Are Too Close.
Offering 42 is now available: The Ten Pages Press Reader (Volume II).
the elephant, the lion,
how we traded our hearts
for the flesh-colored soil
upon our shoulders,
the trembling hands of the forest
, &how all we could muster was
how we folded ourselves
of average little bombs
Offering 41 is now available: The Ten Pages Press Reader (Volume I).
Thank you to all the contributors for such a quick response to my call for submissions. I am still accepting submissions for additional volumes.
cataracts are not my scene.
Puzzle paper beats
No is the stuff of aureoles:
a sterilized place already
into pyramid sleep.
Since the first release in March of this year, Ten Pages Press has published 40 e-chapbooks. To celebrate this nice round number, I would like to put out what I’m calling The Ten Pages Press Reader. It will be a collection of work by multiple authors in the same format as 10PP’s chaps: 10 pages of work, with an 11th on the website.
So, previous 10PPers (and noobs), please send in 1-3 pieces to the usual email address. Poetry or prose accepted, however keep in mind the page limit. Meaning, the shorter the better. This time new work only, please. I will put multiple pieces on the same page, and if I receive enough quality submissions, I will release multiple readers, however we shall see.