You may recall that I announced, about two months ago, the possibility of a forthcoming poetry chapbook. You may also recall that I intended to call it, Flight of the Paper Birds, the concept behind which was a revival, or a breathing new life into, my older work. It’s a nice idea, I think, and an admirable ethos for a second chapbook…but it wasn’t right. And within the last few weeks, especially, I started feeling I needed to approach the project differently. I needed a different framework, a different aesthetic, and possibly a different set of poems from those I’d initially chosen.
So, I decided to put the project on hold until the right idea came to mind. And sure enough, a few days ago, as I was rummaging through a series of old poems, it struck me. And I knew what I needed to do: Has Had Paradise.
“Has Had Paradise” is a poem I published here in early February (and have since removed in anticipation of the new book). “Has Had Paradise” is sensual, philosophical, muted, and even polished when compared to the poetry that appeared in my first chapbook, Seven Road & Other Poems. And that’s what I want. What’s more, “Has Had Paradise” says something. Has Had Paradise is a curated collection. Is 20 of the best poems I have written so far. I immediately set about creating new cover art.
Like my first chapbook, Has Had Paradise will be printed and hand-sewn to order, available through my Etsy shop (hopefully) before the end of next week, but definitely within the next two weeks.
I also have another piece of exciting news I’d like to share with you. I have closed my Redbubble shop and am working with a local designer/print shop to sell art prints instead. I never realized how exciting it would be to see my work so big. But now that I’ve received my first 24″ x 19″ print of If the Sky Was Made of Oranges, I am completely obsessed.
I am currently selling prints privately and can ship within 3-5 business days. (At some point, I will probably move this over to Etsy, as well.) I’ve also uploaded some fresh designs to my Collage page. If interested, just contact or email: email@example.com.