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Vagabond Press invites you to celebrate
the launch of the 'deciBels series'
in Sydney & Melbourne

New state-of-the-art poetry by Anselm Berrigan, Don Mee Choi
Stephanie Christie, Toby Fitch, Angela Gardner, Jaimie Gusman
Rachel Loden, Susan M. Schultz, Ann Vickery & Maged Zaher

Series edited by Pam Brown
& designed by Chris Edwards.

With the completion of the iconic Rare Objects series in 2014, the deciBels series was established to open the Vagabond list to fresh poetry & new forms for the years to come. Over the next few years, Vagabond Press will collaborate with guest editors to bring together sets of ten works. Form & genre are open & up to the editor, as is the design & format. Transnational, working across styles & categories, the deciBels is an experiment in publishing, aimed at taking the press & its readers off on new vectors. One editor, ten contributors, wide open space.

To be launched in Sydney
by Pam Brown & Chris Edwards

with readings in person by
Angela Gardner, Toby Fitch & Ann Vickery
& Anselm Berrigan, Don Mee Choi, Stephanie Christie,
Jaimie Gusman, Susan M.Schultz & Maged Zaher
appearing via Skype from Hamilton, NZ & Seattle,
New York & Hawai'i, USA.


3.30pm Sunday 30th November

where -
gleebooks, upstairs
49 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, Sydney

everyone welcome

For more information & rsvp click here


no skyping, but the scintillating Justin Clemens
will launch the deciBels series

Angela Gardner, Ann Vickery & Toby Fitch will read

Chris Edwards will perform work from his new book
After Naptime

(hosted by Liz Allen & Pam Brown)

6pm Wednesday 10th December
where -
The Alderman Hotel
134 Lygon Street
East Brunswick

everyone welcome


For information on each of the books visit Vagabond Press
Scroll down & click on the book covers to read about each poet & notes on the books

If you can't come to the launch party
you can order copies at the website here.

Today I read Citizen, a very powerful, succinct book by Claudia Rankine - it tells exactly what it is like to be a black citizen in the USA and is important everywhere for those concerned about racism - it is also, in the face of sorrowful everyday realities, a work of art. (It's published by Graywolf Press)


Dominik Mersch Gallery
1/75 McLachlan Avenue
Rushcutters Bay
16th October until 15th November 2014
Further information here

Presenting ten square format booklets from Vagabond Press:

New work by Anselm Berrigan, Don Mee Choi
Stephanie Christie, Toby Fitch, Angela Gardner,
Jaimie Gusman, Rachel Loden, Susan M. Schultz
Ann Vickery & Maged Zaher.

Series edited by Pam Brown & designed by Chris Edwards.

For more information - biographies of the poets & notes on the work -
please visit Vagabond Press
While you're there you can pre-order copies of these exciting booklets.

Seizure Magazine is doing a series of Late Night Library events
in Haymarket, Sydney. ALL CUT UP is on the 1st of October:
an evening of collage poetry featuring readings by Kate Fagan,
Pam Brown and Chris Edwards.

(the blurb) Hosted by Toby Fitch and featuring work from three contemporary Australian poets writing in the anti-tradition of collage, 'All Cut Up' is a night for new poetry. The readings will lead provocatively into a hands-on collaging session where the programmed poets will each provide unusual source material (government docs, etiquette books, who knows...?) for attendees to chop up and recombine in whatever illicit way they see fit.
Scissors and glue provided. BYO mental shears and word processors (if you prefer electronic cut-and-paste).

There will also be wine and cheese.

KATE FAGAN — poet and musician whose books include First Light (Giramondo Publishing)and The Long Moment (Salt Publishing).

PAM BROWN — poet of 17 books including Home by Dark (Shearsman), Authentic Local (papertiger press), True Thoughts (Salt Publishing),and Alibis (with French translations, Lulu).

CHRIS EDWARDS — poet and editor whose books include After Naptime (Vagabond Press),People of Earth (Vagabond Press), and A Fluke: A mistranslation of Mallarme's Un Coup de Des (Monogene).

TOBY FITCH — poet of Jerilderies (deciBels series, Vagabond Press),Rawshock (Puncher & Wattmann) and Quarrels (Stale dePress).

Haymarket Library is on the corner of George St & Hay St,
on the Capitol theatre side.

Wednesday 1st October, 8-9pm sharp
so get there from 7:30 onwards.

Free! But book here! because it's a small space.

I've added some recent reviews to Extras on the 'the deletions' side bar - including my review of two books by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa in Plumwood Mountain and a speechette I made at the launch of Kent MacCarter's new book Sputnik's Cousin in Sydney in early August. It was published in Rochford Street Review. The most recent is from The Critical Flame - a review of Rachel Blau DuPlessis' latest collection Interstices published on September 8th.

We went to the lively and crowded Haldon Street Festival in Lakemba, Sydney today. You can see some more photos of
this annual multi-cultural celebration here.