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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cat booklets



For two or three years now, I've been getting requests for the Cat poems to be collected. Well, I finally collected them. I printed up a plain-Jane, bare-bones, print-fold-staple zine. It is not a beautiful handmade object so much as the thing that books have been: just a conduit of text.


Like the medium, the message is rough and undecorated. I wrote these poems when I was 17; I am printing them up now as a tribute to my younger self and her fear and trembling, but also to put the poems somewhat aside. Unscrubbed as he is, I've been living under Cat's shadow for too long. He'd have me believe that none of my new poems will ever measure up.

I've been thinking a lot about my future as a poet. I want to write and publish in a culture where both information and distraction are more readily available than ever on the internet. It seems doubtful that I or any writer of my generation will be making a living (or a name) selling physical books. However, my rebellious spirit says "Here. Take this last book anyway. Five of the poems are plastered all over the interwebs, but two of them have never seen the light of day."

If you'd like one of these white booklets, comment here, or send me an email with your mailing address. I'm not going to charge for these. I have 20 copies, and I would love to post you one. 

xx Lizzie

13 comments:

  1. Well...Your words and Cats...
    A must have!

    I have a few ideas...Perhaps a letter...To You. Soon.
    xo

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  2. I would LOVE one. Your Cat poems are so great.

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  3. I would love to have one as well. I'll send you an email with my new address.

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  4. If you have one that needs a home down here, I'd love to add your Cats to my shelves. xoxo

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  5. First round of mail gets sent tomorrow. Ten are claimed, and I have ten copies left.

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  6. Oh Lizzie! How exciting... I do so love your cat poems, from what I've read over the years, something very t s eliot about it too... anyway, yes, I would love a copy if there's enough xx

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  7. Would LOVE one. And would love to pay for postage, too. PM me on FB with your paypal email addy, please!! xoxox

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  8. ...I'm going to need one of those.
    Please.

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  9. Right you are, Plume. If anyone else wants one, I still have three left.

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  10. I am way behind on my internetting and only just saw this now. I'd love one if you still have some.

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  11. You are in luck. I will put it in the mail tomorrow.

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