Sampson Starkweather - PAIN: The Board Game

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said Life is Pain. Poet Sampson Starkweather says PAIN: The Board Game. Third Man Books’ fourth title has, evidently, caused pain in a few lives already: four printing presses in Nashville, TN, refused the book due to objections over content! PAIN: The Board Game is 160 pages of poetry, 15 full color illustrations by Jon-Michael Frank, and the first book of poetry that is both page-turning-analog and online interactive. Find out why some describe Starkweather as, "Not only thrillingly accessible, not only deeply thought-provoking, but also, and without exaggeration, historically important."—The Huffington Post

PAIN: The Board Game available NOW at a special pre-order price of $15, street date October 13. A limited edition will also be available featuring a board game insert.

* The first analog plus online interactive book of poetry
* Features 15 color illustration by Jon-Michael Frank
* 160 pages of poetry as visual as readable
* Starkweather sold out TMR's live venue of 400 and sold out his books.
* Sampson Starkweather’s previous title First Four Books was a best seller for Small Press Distribution.
* Even comes with content deemed inappropriate by modern-age printing presses!

when I die
will someone please
keep me alive
in Second Life
my password
to all things
is pipedream!
don’t forget
the exclamation
point and feel
free to bring
the sniper
in the mall
I leave
a hole
in everything

review of These Are The Gloria Stories by Kelin Loe in Publishers Weekly

Loe's hip, energetic, and bodily debut is a frenetic trip through the messy, the psychosexual, and our almost-ordinary internal and external worlds. Inhabited by a singular but splitting voice, these worlds collide, ebb, and fight through four series of prose fragments where "Biochemically, I am more alive/ than you// and when/ the kitchen light cuts// out I become/ more to you// I mean I can candle." What these series lack in traditional sense, they exploit with energy, association, and colloquial smarts ("if you TRY TO SLOW me DOWN i will FRACTURE your comprehension of CHILL/ though I don't want to.") As it moves from mundane humor ("I just found your ring in the shower./ The water's back?") to the weird ("I put my best boob forward./ I could go for a breast blitz.") to the aggressive ("you/ will taste/ the wheel// with your throat."), the work remains full of surprises. Yet readers will also catch glimpses of the familiar: "i keep opening the internet like there is food in there." Loe's willingness to push the limits results in a strange pleasure that never overwhelms, thanks to the consistency of her deliriousness and to the work's simple and elegant form.  - Publishers Weekly


A new review of Hymn To Life by Timothy Donnelly!

A new review of Hymn To Life by Timothy Donnelly !

We only see the wind because we see the tree’s reply to it. Timothy Donnelly’s long poem Hymn to Life behaves similarly, but instead of the tree, it’s the past, and the force, rather than being the wind, is life. Topping out at sixty stanzas, un-serialized, populated by facts pulled from natural history with digressive little reveries into pop-culture, biography, antiquity, and personal anecdote, the intrinsic spirit of Hymn to Life – perhaps one of the best long poems written in recent memory – is sympathy 



flowers of rad Release Party

Join Sampson Starkweather & friends for the launch party of Flowers of Rad from Factory Hollow Press. 

Kelin Loe
Charles Baudelaire
Lauren Hunter
Guy Pettit
Bridget Talone
Ben Pease
Snoop Dogg
Emily Pettit
MC Amy Lawless

Over the Eight
594 Union Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11211

5 - 7:30 Saturday 9/27/14

There will be flowers, dranking, rap battles, friendship, jokes, emotional twerking and rad chapbooks. 

✨✨Followed by spiritual karaoke ✨✨✨✨✨✨, somewhere, somehow 


Kelin Loe Reading in Easthampton 9/9/14

UNBUTTONED: An Evening of Spoken Word will feature a reading by poet Kelin Loe preceded by six, five-minute open mic slots.

UNBUTTONED will take place Tuesday, September 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Luthier’s Co-Op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA. This event is free and open to the public.