chapbooks

Rain Taxi not only provides reviews of thought-provoking literature, it seeks to contribute to the publishing of innovative and original works with two chapbook series, the Brainstorm Series and OHM Editions.

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Egyptian Sonnets

by John Yau
The twenty-four poems of Yau's Egyptian Sonnets journey through a night-time landscape populated by jackels, hippos, and fading moments of time, where "dust lips were all that remained."

32 pp., saddle-stitched. Edition of 226 copies.
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26 copies are lettered and signed by the author and include original art by the author. Signed copies are available with a $250 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer. donate now
Published in March 2012.

WHY I AM NOT A TODDLER AND OTHER POEMS

by Cooper Bennett Burt
(age one)

As budding young poet Cooper Bennett Burt (age one) puts it so eloquently, “I am not a toddler, I am a baby. / Why? I think I would rather be / a toddler, but I am not.” And so begins a poetic journey through the trials and triumphs of babyhood: teething, drooling, strollers, Cheerios, and bedtime. Cooper taps into the voices of the great poets to bring his unique perspective to bear on the age-old question: Where’s pirates? Cooper lives in Boston with his parents Jessie Bennett and Stephen Burt, who might have helped him here and there with the wording of these poems.

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Published in November 2011.

The Zoo Club

by James Tate

The first rule of The Zoo Club is there is no zoo, except perhaps the zoo of life: llamas that aren’t there, exploding furnaces, the dreaming dead... in his inimitable fashion, James Tate’s new prose poems explore the strange synergies of life.

30 pp., perfect bound. Edition of 300 copies.
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26 hardcover silver stamped copies are lettered and signed by the author. Signed copies are available with a $250 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer. donate now

Published in June 2011.

DAYDREAM

by Bei Dao

A 23-poem sequence, Bei Dao's "Daydream" was written in 1986 and was among the haunting poems of despair that led the acclaimed Chinese poet to international renown. This riveting version, newly translated by Clayton Eshleman and Lucas Klein, are included in the duo's book Endure: Poems by Bei Dao (Black Widow Press, 2011).

32 pp, perfect bound,
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Published in December 2010.

Chapter 28

by Richard Hell

A no-holds-barred, sexually explicit, alternate version of a chapter from Richard Hell's autobiography, I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, this limited edition chapbook offers a conceptually complex meditation on the music-era sex life of one of punk's originators and leading provocateurs. Cover drawing mixing the words “slave” and “salve” by Richard Hell and Christopher Wool. Read a review of this chapbook HERE!

Kentucky-HellBroadside28 pp., saddle-stitched. Edition limited to 200 copies.
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26 additional copies are lettered and signed by the author, and come with a limited edition, 6" x 13" letterpress broadside of an additional excerpt entitled "Kentucky," also signed by the author. A lettered, signed set is available with a $250 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.
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Published in October 2010.

TRACES

by Nor Hall

In verse and prose, Nor Hall's Traces imagines the life of a Catholic nun who travels through Europe during the war-torn 1940s. Nor Hall is a Jungian psychoanalyst, noted playwright, imaginal dramaturge, and conducts classes in initiation psychology for a variety of audiences: literary, Jungian, feminist, artistic, theological, and academic. Her publications include The Moon and the VirginThose Women, Reflections on the Archetypal Feminine, Broodmales, and The End of the Iron Age.

36pp, perfect bound,
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Published in August 2010.

SEAMLESS MATTER: THIRTY STILLS

by Ravi Shankar
cover art by Sol LeWitt

Tightly organized and orchestrated, these nut-like poems take a microscope to nature, opening it up then opening it further until the reader is lost amid rich minutia, among once-familiar objects now made strange. It’s the language itself that does the trick—Shankar has a marvelous way of getting sound and phrasing to say both something and themselves.       —Cole Swensen

The sound-work of these poems is meticulous and impressive. Their field-guide knowledge runs deep. And the book, when read as a whole, becomes nothing less than a praise song of our shared physicality, and of existence known, as it must be, under the scepter of time.        —Jane Hirshfield

Ravi Shankar edits Drunken Boat. His books include Instrumentality and Wanton Textiles, and he co-edited the anthology Language for a New Century.

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Published in April 2010.

The Road To Camden

by Kees ’t Hart
translated from the Dutch by Frans Cateau van Rosevelt

A meditation on a journey to Walt Whitman's home.

36 pp., Perfect Bound. Edition limited to 200 copies.
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26 Hardcover (black boards with silver stamping) copies are lettered and signed by the author. Signed copies are available with a $250 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer. donate now

Published in October 2007.

City Of

by Alice Notley

A dynamic new sequence, never before published, by the prize-winning author of Disobedience.

28 pp., saddle-stitched, printed vellum endpapers. Edition limited to 200 copies.
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26 copies are lettered and signed by the author, and each signed copy is accompanied by an original 6" x 9" watercolor by Alice Notley. Signed copies are available with a $250 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer. donate now

Published in December 2005.