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Territories of Folding

TC Tolbert

38 pages, 7 x 12" paper, wire bound on two sides with bookboard backing; 

Price: $15

ISBN 978-1-888553-32-1

TC Tolbert's debut book of poetry uncovers the landscape of life ever in motion. In language flickering with love, loss, and liminality, and with adamantine accuracy, this work bridges many seemingly distant land masses: female and male, girl and boy, music and silence, body and space. Territories embodies the poet's transition “from woman to something less visibly female” and reveals the cyclic journeys of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of the person contextualized by an outward societal framework. “Having lived through the funnel both ways,” TC Tolbert acknowledges and bravely challenges traditional schemes of hegemony with a conscious commitment to the unique multiplicity of the self, who is at once (and always) transitory and timeless.

Limited Edition of 300 copies.


The Rooted Heart
Sylvia Um
Paper in glassine sleeve; Price: $25

Japanese Paper over boards; Price: $40  ISBN 1-888553-07-3

The Rooted Heart was written during the poet’s treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is her only published collection. Sylvia Um, who died in 1997, won the Arizona Regents’ Academic Achievement Award and the Hattie Lockett Poetry Award. This chapbook celebrates and commemorates her life and work. The cloth edition is hand sewn into boards covered in white or tan Japanese ceremonial paper. An abstracted "image" of Um’s class notes, blind-stamped into pillowy-white Rives BFK paper, appears on the cover of the paper edition.





Anatomy of Desire
Lucinda Bliss and Alison Deming
The Daughter/Mother Sessions
with introductory essay "Immanent Desire" by Faith Wilding
Price: $25 ISBN 1-888553-11-1

What might happen if an English professor, a powerful voice in modern poetry and creative nonfiction, conspired with her daughter, a visual artist and young mother, to articulate desire? The dialogue that ensues, in the words of Faith Wilding, "is an opening into fearsome and sublime territories, where home comforts and home truths are scarce; where ancient hierarchies and silences have been broken."

Anatomy of Desire is a poetic dialogue between visual artist/daughter Lucinda Bliss and writer/mother Alison Deming about the nature of desire:

Desire enlivens our art and our lives. We are interested in the radical possibilities of articulating that desire. In exploring the culture of maternity through the lens of our particular experience, we want to illuminate some of the fictions we have supported in ourselves and in each other and ask what personal and cultural systems these fictions have served.

The book construction reflects the revelation, femininity, and equality of the author’s dialogue. The cover of the portfolio features an image by Bliss—a long black slit, stitched across, the opening of which feels like an act of delicate undressing. "Immanent Desire," the essay by  Faith Wilding, is printed on a single, unbound folio of white, eighty-pound, vertically striated cover stock. Beneath the essay the spare, heartfelt, dialogue is printed on vertical facing pages, like panels of a French door. The printed conversation happens side by side, mother's voice on the right, daughter's on the left as if the two were speaking face to face.

Helen Groves
Olga Broumas & T Begley
Hand printed and hand bound chapbooks. Signed.
Paper $75 Cloth $90