Rain Taxi 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.

You can purchase Rain Taxi chapbooks with a credit card using the secure portals below, or send check or money order to:

Rain Taxi
P.O. Box 3840
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Please Note: due to postage rate increases, we had to increase our international shipping rates.


New Release!

A Pound of Steam

Dessa

Acclaimed as a songwriter, performer, and recording artist, the whirlwind force known as Dessa wears one moniker with particular pride: writer. A Pound of Steam presents seven poems exploring identity and alienation, a philosophical bent that can be found in her song lyrics, but here goes further to unearth truths about the human condition.

Dessa, born and raised in Minneapolis, is a poet, essayist, and musician. She studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Before earning her living in the arts, Dessa wrote pacemaker manuals, waited tables, painted faces, and sold knives. In her early twenties, Dessa joined the Doomtree collective. With that group, Dessa published her first literary collection, Spiral Bound, and released more than a dozen recorded projects. She now splits her time between a Minneapolis apartment and an Econoline tour van.

CLICK HERE to download a FREE PDF of our interview with Dessa!

23 pp., perfect bound.
$10.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


Rain Taxi, in partnership with Dessa, is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.





Brainstorm Series

The Rain Taxi Brainstorm Series brings you limited edition chapbooks by accomplished writers, each limited to 300 copies or less. Signed editions are still available for many of these fine titles with a tax-deductible donation to Rain Taxi, Inc., a nonprofit organization.



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.
$10.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



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.
$10.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



Chapter 28

by Richard Hell

A riveting, no-holds-barred, sexually explicit excerpt from Richard Hell's forthcoming autobiography, I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp. Chapter 28 is a conceptually complex meditation on the music-era sex life of one of punk's originators and leading provocateurs. Cover drawing by Richard Hell and Christopher Wool.
Read a review of this chapbook HERE!

28 pp., saddle-stitched. Edition limited to 200 copies.
$10.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



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.
$9.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



City Of by Alice Notley

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.
Only a a very few copies left! $50.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



Revival House by Donald Revell

Revival House

by Donald Revell

Ten riveting new poems weave apocalyptic visions into a cinematic frame of mind, by the winner of the 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for My Mojave.

28 pp., perfect bound, edition limited to 226 copies.
$9.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


26 are lettered and signed by the author. Signed copies are available with a $100 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



(X in Fix) by Dara Wier

(X in Fix)

by Dara Wier

Five dazzling poems in a large format chapbook (6.5" by 11") explore interior states of consciousness as they fixate on objects and their words.

24 pp., hand-printed cover, sewn binding.

Sorry, this chapbook is SOLD OUT.


SIGNED EDITIONS STILL AVAILABLE! 26 copies, lettered and signed by the author, include a letterpress-printed postcard (also limited to 26 copies) of an additional poem, "Choreography of a Fool's Destiny." This special limited edition is available with a donation of $100 to Rain Taxi.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



Dying Trees by Nathaniel Tarn

Dying Trees

by Nathaniel Tarn

In Dying Trees, acclaimed poet and anthropologist Nathaniel Tarn brilliantly interweaves poems about political, botanical, and personal cancer; the result is an intensely lyrical suite, sure to rank among the best of Tarn's recent work.

Letterpress cover, Japanese stab binding, 32 pp., edition limited to 200 copies.
Sorry, this chapbook is SOLD OUT.


SIGNED EDITIONS STILL AVAILABLE! 26 are lettered and signed by the author. Signed copies are available with a $100 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



A Little Anthology of Surrealist Poems

A Little Anthology of Surrealist Poems

translated by Paul Auster

Originally published in 1972, this out-of-print gem is highly sought after by collectors. For this revised edition, Paul Auster has made some changes and added a preface. Featuring work by Artuad, Char, Breton, Éluard, Péret, Aragon, Soupault, Desnos, and Arp.

35 pp., perfect bound, second edition limited to 325 copies.
includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).



SIGNED EDITIONS STILL AVAILABLE! 26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author, and include a letterpress-printed bookmark (also limited to 26 copies) of a Char poem from the anthology. This special limited edition is available with a donation of $250 to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



The House of Sara Loo by Russell Edson

The House of Sara Loo

by Russell Edson

New prose poems from the master of the form! Cover art by the author.

"Edson writes better about the claustrophobia of family than anybody ever has." —James Tate

27 pp., perfect bound, edition limited to 300 copies.
Only a a very few copies left! $15 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).



26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author. A signed copy is available with a donation of $100 to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



Calendar by by Anne Waldman and Rikki Ducornet

Calendar

by Anne Waldman and Rikki Ducornet

A collaborative work containing twelve broadsides, one for each month of the year, with new poems by Anne Waldman and artwork by Rikki Ducornet.

13 pp, 9" x 14" unbound broadsides.
$12.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $6 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $10.00 shipping).


26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author. A signed copy is available with a $100 donation to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



Serious Poems by Kai Nieminen

Serious Poems

by Kai Nieminen

The first English translation of one of Finland's best-loved contemporary poets, full of sharp insight and generous humor. Translated by poet Anselm Hollo.

40 pp., perfect bound.
Only a a very few copies left! $10.00 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author. A signed copy is available with a donation of $50 to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.

Police Story by James Tate

Police Story

by James Tate

Twenty-one poems of small town life gone berserk from the Pulitzer-prize winning poet.

32 pp., saddle-stitched: Sorry, this chapbook is SOLD OUT.


26 copies were lettered and signed by the author and were accompanied by a handset broadside of an additional poem, "Torture." This special edition is SOLD OUT.


The Switch by Stephen Dixon

The Switch

by Stephen Dixon

A harrowing tale of one man's effort to see the world through the eyes of his disabled wife, with illustrations by the author.

32 pp. saddle-stitched.
$6.50 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author. A signed copy is available with a donation of $50 to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



Merrill Cove by Paul Metcalf

Merrill Cove

by Paul Metcalf

Written in the late 1950s while Metcalf resided in North Carolina, this poem-suite has remained unpublished until now. Letterpress cover by Greg Boyd.

28 pp. saddle-stitched with letterpress cover.
$6.50 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author. A signed copy is available with a donation of $50 to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



The Aranea Constellation by Clayton Eshleman

The Aranea Constellation

by Clayton Eshleman

Exploring the relevance of paleolithic cave imagery to 20th century crises, Eshleman here attempts to situate poetry in its oldest and deepest context. With artwork by Irving Petlin.

29 pp. saddle-stitched.
$6.50 includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping)./h4>

26 copies have been lettered and signed by the author. A signed copy is available with a donation of $50 to Rain Taxi. You may make your donation via Paypal using a credit card or bank transfer.

If you would prefer to make your donation via a check or money order, please read more below.



OHM Editions

The ohm is a measure of resistance.
“The poem must resist the intelligence / Almost successfully.”


Object With Man's Face

Jen Besemer

A chance dream of Max Ernst and Jindrich Heisler leads to a pack of playing cards bearing a message; shuffled randomly, the message changes. Such is the experience of Object with Man’s Face, twenty-seven collage poems that beckon, question, challenge, and portend. Rain Taxi and the author invite you to add your own collage poems to the mix!


46 cards, shrink-wrapped in a plastic case, only $10

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


Three Blind Poems

Ron Padgett and Yu Jian

A unique collaboration unites East and West

From the Preface by Ron Padgett: “In the summer of 2010, the Chinese poet Yu Jian and I took a cable car to near the top of Mount Mansfield (altitude 4,393 feet) in Vermont and wrote three poems together. Using a method similar to that of the exquisite corpse of the Surrealists, we wrote alternating parts, but in our case we did not have to conceal our words, since in effect they were automatically concealed: Yu Jian cannot read English and I cannot read Chinese.”


22 pp, perfect bound, with color photographs, only $10

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.


30 pp, perfect bound, only $7.50

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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, will be included in the duo's book Endure: Poems by Bei Dao, forthcoming later in 2011.


32 pp, perfect bound, only $7.50

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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 Virgin, Those Women, Reflections on the Archetypal Feminine, Broodmales, and The End of the Iron Age.


36pp, perfect bound, only $7.50

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


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.


30pp, perfect bound , only $7.50

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).


Elsewhere #3

by Gary Sullivan

Elsewhere #3 collects The New Life comics from Rain Taxi Review of Books, with an introduction by Rain Taxi editor, Eric Lorberer.



24pp, saddle-stitched, only $4.00

includes S&H in the U.S. (Can/Mex adds $4 shipping. For international orders, click on the overseas button which adds $8.00 shipping).




To make a donation via check or money order

Make checks payable to:

Rain Taxi
PO Box 3840
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Be sure to indicate the chapbook you are ordering and include your mailing address.