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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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Indivisible

Indivisible by Fanny HoweFanny Howe
Semiotext(e) / Native Agents Series ($11.95)

by Christopher Martin

. . . the history of a head is unavoidable being everywhere

This is the history of the head of Henny: estranged wife, surrogate mother, and mothering friend. If you add to this list her intensely religious brand of atheism, it appears, clear as ether, Henny is very much on her own. She is an invisible energy that suffuses the life of (and lives in) the book. Paradoxically, what is invisible here is also indivisible—"unavoidable being everywhere." As a character, Henny lingers submissively behind a backdrop of silent concern. Her function as a narrator, however, is to hoist the entire structure of the novel onto her brittle, uneven shoulders and deliver all the embarrassing facts directly to us, her reader/God. In order to insure the honesty of this confession, Henny pledges to tell an inclusive story without the emotional duplicity of what she calls "sequence":

Sometimes I think that God witnesses events sideways and doesn't stop because it all goes by so fast, and God can't believe what God just saw. So it is important to tell you everything, God.

Where there is "everything" there is certain contradiction, and Howe delights in using it to her advantage. Henny is a poor, pale character of little personality in an alternatively rich, flamboyant, and colorful world. Although she describes her prose as employing a "forced lack of style," she often lapses into hauntingly lyrical stretches: "Sitting outside at night was like passing around a razor to shave a zebra down to its first shape. The black sky is really a weight, can hurt, so heavy a dump of stars, some falling all turning together bare naked between them. God planted the glass that grew language." Finally, after nearly 300 pages of fragment, quandary, and moral debate, the action returns right back to where it began: the story of a woman, her mostly unconsummated love, and the children (young and old) that she has protected and preserved. Only then do we realize the full breadth and beauty of the narrative Howe has surreptitiously constructed all along.

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Rain Taxi Online Edition, Summer 2001 | © Rain Taxi, Inc. 2001

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.

23 pp., perfect bound.
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msab_logo_colorRain 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.

OBJECT WITH MAN'S FACE

Jay 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.
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Published in July 2013.

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
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Published in October 2012.

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, was subsequently 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.

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Reprinted October 2019.
Published in August 2010.