Now available for preorder, a brand new, deluxe illustrated edition of Blake Wallin’s No Sign on the Island!

2018-06-04T22:35:10+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Bottlecap Books|

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No Sign on the Island isn’t sure why you’re here but is glad you’ve made the journey. The world is a brutal place. This book is here to help you feel better about it. Travels abroad, troubles at home, friendships breaking, mental health, and sexuality are all specks of sand on this large island. Pick up these specks, inspect them thoroughly until you swallow them. Let them become the part of you staring out into an open ocean with no hope of ever escaping.

This new deluxe full-length edition includes poems from Wallin’s previous chapbooks, No Sign on the Island and Soft Or, and features illustrations by Joseph Whitt.

In No Sign on the Island, Wallin is a frantic tinkerer of words and ideas. He’s an experimenter toiling over his neuroses like they can be pinned down and studied. This expanded edition brings together Wallin’s best work from several projects, squaring his black humor and anxieties with a host of modern specters: family, drugs, philosophy, inertia. There’s bravery in the way he lays bare his psychological scar tissue. But he offers hope, too. These poems remind us: “Fix something along its own lines,/ and you have solved its broken life/ and turned a null set into a blossom.” -August Smith, editor, Cool Skull Press

No Sign on the Island made me long for something that I can’t put a finger on, maybe touch. There is something about Blake Wallin’s writing that is always relatable. It’s as if he has studied human emotion and thought to the point that he can tell you exactly how you are feeling, even if you weren’t aware you were feeling it. I would honestly recommend reading this book again and again and again in order to digest it all. It’s brilliant. -Erin Taylor, author of OOOO

Preorder now! Shipment begins Friday, July 6th, 2017!

A Very Small Forest Fire, by Andrew Duncan Worthington is officially available now!

2018-06-02T01:06:36+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Bottlecap Books|

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Happy release day to Andrew Duncan Worthington, whose brand new book, A Very Small Forest Fire is now officially available at https://products.bottlecap.press/products/fire!

The twelve pieces in A Very Small Forest Fire demonstrate the stylistic diversity of Worthington’s prose and depict the anxieties and conflicts of contemporary capitalism, the timeless depths of individual despair, the everyday disasters that we often forget, and the general societal obsession with artifice and entertainment.

Worthington takes the reader into worlds that are bizarre and realistic, and both at the same time; we enter the fearful future of mass revolts and repressions across America, the surreal and symbolic journeys of heroes and antiheroes, and the landscapes of postindustrial wastelands of Middle America.

We see the greatest amusement park ever, a new American civil war, an abnormal adult-size baby, a college hiring committee, a high school reunion, and the newest advancements in genetically simulated reincarnation. We see our current world, our past, our future, our dreams.

“Equal parts weird and profound and disturbing and funny, I really wish I had written A Very Small Forest Fire. These stories by Andrew Duncan Worthington show us families at their best and worst, when a son deals with his drug-addled history, or when another son disappears in a dystopic future, even through the strange straining of staying with your parents when you’re an adult, when you smoke and you know that they don’t like it. The stories in this book are wildly inventive, and they are always at heart about us, humans seeking out their lives in sadness and triumph.” -Jamie Iredell, author of The Book of Freaks

“What we like about his writing is that it feels honest. He doesn’t ham it up, or try to capitalize on his idiosyncrasies. He also has some weird affects that would have been beaten out of him in a creative writing class, or by a New York City book editor, if he’d been in contact with one. He uses big words and is occasionally unguarded. In short, he’s a natural writer, telling a story because he has to—he’s not somebody reading the latest so-and-so and seeing a reflection of his own life, and then copying the so-and-so’s shape.” -VICE Magazine

Andrew Duncan Worthington is the author of the novel Walls (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014) and the story collection A Very Small Forest Fire (Bottlecap Press, 2018). His work has appeared in Hobart, Vice, Shabby Doll House, Peach Magazine, Vol.1 Brooklyn, The Fanzine, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, 3:AM Magazine, and other places.

Grab your copy of A Very Small Forest Fire today!

How To Find a Husband, by Sarah Kennedy is officially for sale!

2018-04-17T02:06:55+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Bottlecap Books|

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Happy release day to Sarah Kennedy, whose new book, How To Find a Husband, is officially for sale now!

In 1985, Wendy Stehling offered up a day by day guide to finding love in her book titled How To Find A Husband In 30 Days. After finding Stehling’s book buried at a thrift store, Sarah Kennedy’s first collection of poems, How To Find A Husband, is part of a larger performance project involving following and documenting this guide. Utilizing corresponding partial photographs from her parents personal archives to create a planned dialogue between the written and the visual, the goal of the overall project boils down to: can intimacy be forced, planned, or controlled?

Sarah Kennedy is a printmaker, sculptor, and scorpio living in Athens, GA.

How To Find a Husband reads as a gossamer yet temporal choose-your-own-adventure manual which buries its hands into the cognitive dissonance of conjugality, all the while your mother’s voice reminding you that the past is speculative at best, and that the future has already happened.” -Kristine Leschper, artist and musician in Mothers

“A squirrelish poem with speeding heart, turning and flipping alongside radiant squares of nostalgia.” – Rachel B. Glaser, author of Hairdo and Pee on Water

“This little book is a bit haunting… the photos often cut off just before they’d become recognizable, and the poems are spare and feel disembodied as well. You may have the sensation you’ve encountered this object before in a life you can’t quite remember. In any case, it is an artifact that demands a close examination.” – Kimmy Walters, author of Uptalk and Killer

Grab your copy today!

Izzy Leslie’s new chapbook, it’s my party, is officially available now!

2018-03-27T06:09:32+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Bottlecap Books|

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it’s my party is the strawberry scented glitter roller of poetry, if tween cosmetics bought at Claire’s had an anxiety disorder. It follows a year in a neurotic girl’s lifelong search for serenity and her occasional acceptance that happiness is not an experience that reaches a terminus, but ephemeral like a single bite of ice cream cake.

Izzy Leslie is a writer and digital artist from Portland, Oregon. She can be found on Twitter @badplantmom. She has no chill.

Very contemporary, very internet and very femme! Izzy’s poems create the dizzying sensation of riding top-down in a pink convertible for the first time. Her poems are present, heartfelt and invigorating; the dream palace where the internet and poetry meet. – Kate Durbin, writer, digital and performance artist

izzy leslie’s “it’s my party” is rose-gold effervescent. it is sand stuck to a tanning thigh at the beach. ‘this baroque romantic daze. i’m barf’ is one of the best lines i’ve read in a while; ‘like when the music cuts and we can hear how loud we were under it.’ is another. read this book if you miss the beach or your partner or the color purple or anything at all. 🙂 – Shy Watson, author of Cheap Yellow

Like sitting in the sun, crying and feeling weird while biting into a ripe peach, its my party is a sweet, lush gem of honest + beautiful poetry. – Simon DeFeo, editor, glo worm press

It’s my party is a powerful and calm book that is dense with imagery and feelings. Inspiring poems! – Christian Patterson, author of an alternate reality where Mello Yello is more popular than Mtn Dew

Purchase your copy today!

Pick up your copy of Caseyrenée Lopez’s the new gods today!

2018-03-21T03:00:35+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Bottlecap Books|

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Caseyrenée Lopez’s new book, the new gods, is officially available today at https://products.bottlecap.press/products/thenewgods!

the new gods is the debut collection from Caseyrenée Lopez. This collection of poetry is an investigation of gender identity, queerness, and what it means to live as a femme person in a society structured to uphold the gender binary. The poems are divided into 4 sections, allowing each section to interrogate the parts that make a person whole. the new gods builds and deconstructs myths, tackles what it means to love as a queer person, and even gives a nod to pop culture.

Originally from Georgia, Caseyrenée Lopez relocated with their family to Virginia in the summer of 2017. They work as a professor of English, and have two full-length collections of poetry, the new gods (Bottlecap Press) and i was born dead (About Editions), as well as a chapbook, heretic bastard (Clare Songbirds Publishing House), forthcoming in 2018. In addition to teaching and writing, Caseyrenée edits Crab Fat Magazine and publishes chapbooks and full-length collections of poetry and experimental work by queer and trans people at Damaged Goods Press. They tweet @caseyreneelopez.

Caseyrenée Lopez has written a haunting landscape, from which you can’t look away. It is a landscape of the interior made available to all of us, to our eyes, our ideas, our predispositions. All of your judgement be damned. This book is a learning moment. There is the intense questioning of our programmed binaries set alongside blooming language that begs you to look closer, listen deeper. In “elegy to my former self” Lopez offers us an incantation: of transformation, of self-acceptance, of brutal honesty in the pursuit of strength and freedom. To be bigger than any bullshit we’ve been told we have to be, have to look like, have to say. This is a book that examines what it means to be made invisible, but it is anything but invisible. This book sees you, and it begs you to see it.
—Lisa Marie Basile, editor of Luna Luna Magazine

As Caseyrenée Lopez states, “living is binary” and this collection approaches all aspects of that notion. It examines both this side and the other along with the merging, meshing and in-betweenness of life within one bodies as we identify oneself and as one is identified. The gaze itself is on display to be seen and splayed open for examination. Lopez’s keen eye, ferries one through life and maybe beyond. In fact, “maybe i should tell you that i’m charon in disguise.”
—Kenning JP Garcia, author of Slow Living

The poems that populate the new gods are blood and birth and grit under the fingernails, “fine sand between [the] teeth.” they refashion creation in their own image and it’s glorious (“i form adam from a loose molar / they become a saint in my mouth”). the singular voice becomes a collective voice for nonbinary people and all of us seeking to shed the skin of societal labels and the shame we’ve worn too long (“like metal against hair & flesh”). they throw off the shackles of convention, societal or poetic, singing clearly and without fetters “i … became my true self.” these small songs are powerful, cut to the quick, become their own trigger/warnings. Caseyrenée Lopez is unafraid to speak the truth beneath the veil. these poems will “eat the parts of you that you hate” and then transform again and again, into “something repugnant, / yet beautiful, some thing / that remains nameless” – for it is in that namelessness, without labels, that true freedom is found.
—Jennifer Givhan, author of Landscape with Headless Mama & Protection Spell

From the book:

“blistered tongue” (via The Rising Phoenix Review)

“organic material” (via Beech Street Review)

“i don’t trust the sky” & “self-imposed objectification” (via The Wanderer)

“making fire out of ice” (via |tap| lit mag)

“rewriting genesis in my image” (via Calamus Journal)

“femme gaze” (via Rise Up Review)

“living is binary” (via Occulum)

Pick up your copy today at https://products.bottlecap.press/products/thenewgods!