This past year was the busiest this little press has ever had since its beginnings some four years ago.
Went through two pressings of John Carroll’s Slow Burn.
Had the first ever Safety Third reading tour and accompanying tour chapbook.
Published and quickly sold out of 48 Pornos by Tyler Gobble and All Glitter, Everything by Laura Relyea.
With all that hustle comes the need for a sabbatical, at least in terms of chapbooks.
Safety Third still has plans to host and aid with readings in Atlanta. The releases, launches, and parties have been too great and too fun to stop.
Have you read poems by Daniel Beauregard?
You should. Like these.
Daniel Beauregard’s debut chapbook, Before You Were Born, is coming out on 421 Atlanta.
Safety Third is helping throw his collection a birthday party. It’s at an old plane hangar.
After the words we will all continue the party. You should come.
Thanks to Christy Crutchfield for the wonderful words.
“And we come to realize that these Ke$hi stand in for many women in the speaker’s life, that what begins as a fun exercise becomes a story of development, support, and survival, a story more about the speaker than the pop star.”
“Safety Third makes beautiful books, and not only have they sprinkled this cover with red glitter, but there is a kind of embedded glitter in each page.” [We just try to make the chapbook match the words]
Read the review here.
"Ke$ha’s persona is just that – a persona, a facade. I highly doubt she’s ever actually brushed her teeth with Jack Daniels. Initially it felt like I just picked her at random, in lieu of using the actual names of the women who the stories were about. The more I dug in the more I realized that Ke$ha herself was necessary. Her public image embodies a lot of things that scared me about womanhood. The narrator’s own fear and curiosity of that persona kind of drive the plot along. " - Laura Relyea
Read the interview.
Here is Tom Cheshire. He is sitting at the Anchorman desk.
Read a new poem by Tom over at Chimes|SIREN.
His chapbook can still be bought.
Here is Tyler Gobble. He is reading something great (it has to be).
DecomP Magazine just wrote great things about his chapbook 48 Pornos.
His chapbook is sold out.
Laura Relyea’s All Glitter, Everything chapbook is officially out!
You can purchase it here. Only 130 were made, and once they are sold out they are past tense.
Laura was recently interviewed by the wonderful, and goddamn fury of a writer, Scott Daughtridge over at Burnaway.
Laura explains why the use of Ke$ha as a centerpiece:
"It’s funny, people have been asking me, ‘Why not Madonna? Why not someone more famous?’ First, I had been coming to terms with the fact that I was a Ke$ha fan for quite some time at that point. I actually like her music! She kind of symbolizes and encapsulates everything that terrifies me about womanhood. She’s this chaotic and intelligent mess; she’s totally unrepentant and kind of carnivorous and uncompromising. In some respects, very much the opposite of me. When I first starting writing these I was very threatened by other women and insecure in my own womanhood. I wasn’t just afraid of the word bitch, I was afraid of the word sexy, the word woman, in [regard to] myself and applying them to other women.
This gave me an opportunity to own that shit.”
John Carroll’s Slow Burn has been sold out for a few months now, even more months when counting the first pressing.
John has posted the entire chapbook online.
No more fear of paper cuts.
Read with the glow of a screen you prefer.
Courtesy of Digital Rooster, Tyler Gobble reads selections from 48 Pornos and a Jennifer L. Knox poem. There is a bathroom buffalo behind him.
48 Pornos is sold out, but the word is there is one (maybe two) copies left at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan.
All this talk about Laura Relyea’s All Glitter, Everything and we forgot to show off the wonderful cover (designed, screened, and glittered by Ray Geier).
And if you were on the fence (why, oh why) on pre-ordering All Glitter, Everything here’s some more words on its inked text.
"In All Glitter, Everything, Laura Relyea writes: ‘Ke$ha brims with ambition. It rolls and boils over the sides of her kitten-glittered dreams.’ But really, Relyea could be talking about herself here; Ke$ha is merely the pivot for a series of ambitious, passionate love letters to the women she admires most. Refreshingly old-fashioned in its optimism, written in the bling-filled language of our modern pop culture, this book gets into the blood and burns there like a beautiful kitten-glittered dream of Relyea’s own.”
- Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
"There is no other writer I know of that believes in women the way that Laura Relyea does; in their strength; in their resolve; in their capabilities. In these pieces, scars are not reminders of past wounds, but beauty marks, like dimples, or freckles, or a well-placed grey streak in a beautiful head of dark, wavy hair. Her characters are elegant but fierce, fragile as any of us, but fearless and completely unwilling to let life pass them by. The Ke$ha in ALL GLITTER, EVERYTHING is of course Ke$ha, but also every other woman alive today, embodying all of the beauty that Laura Relyea sees when she looks at her friends; her family; herself.”
- Riley Michael Parker, Founder of Housefire Books and co-author of Selfies: a Hashtag Tragedy
The wonderful Gina Myers interviewed Laura Relyea about her chapbook All Glitter, Everything at The Fanzine. If you think this is a chapbook just about Ke$ha and glitter…well you’re wrong/right.
Pre-orders are still be taking for All Glitter, Everything. Shipping October 24th.