We’re in a brief respite from Stock Photo Hell, which will continue in its icy glory on Monday. Meanwhile!
Imagine a book that was not really a book. A book of poetry designed to be read randomly, the stanzas mixed up and read in a different order each time for different effects and influences. This book would be like a beach, with agates and dead jellyfish being washed ashore, tumbled, resorted by the sea. This book would be like going to a poetry reading in Seattle and watching Lydia Swartz shuffle up her stack of 3×5″ index cards and read them in a different order every time. This book would, in fact, be a deck of cards.
We’ve taken four of Lydia’s poems and created a deck of 100 cards, that’s 25 cards in four “suits.” They can be read individually or together, and they’re delightfully non-sequitur, witty, thoughtful, beautiful, and intriguing. Lydia is a poet, a dancer, a performer, and a hard-core zen practitioner. (I’m not sure if she’d call it hard-core zen. I’d call it hard core. Multi-day sesshin counts as hard-core in my book.)
If you’re intrigued, please check out our Kickstarter, which is functioning like a good physical-media-Kickstarter should, as a de facto preorder with other exciting prizes as well. So if you think you might want a copy anyway, um, why not back us?! Also if you back our project, you can see a truly ridiculous video of me showing the casual viewer how to Odalisque in your own home (although I am wearing clothes at the time, unlike most Odalisquers).
So in case it was not obvious from the preceding:
I’m the Associate Editor for Minor Arcana Press, a small press out of Seattle, WA.
For those of you unfamiliar with a small press, here’s the run-down. (My parents, adorably, were like “where’s the press?” and I was like “um, there are books in my basement?!”) Between one and ten people work together to solicit content, edit books, design books, and find printing and distribution for said books. My focus is mostly the “design” and “find printing and distribution” bits. Our Editor-In-Chief, Evan J. Peterson, does more of the “solicit content” and “edit books” end of things, although we also print rad anthologies with guest editors like Drawn to Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books. There’s also a whole bunch of stuff that’s less romantic and exciting, like “run a small business,” “figure out taxes,” “fulfill orders,” “do accounts,” and “publicize your books so that people know they exist and stuff.” Thankfully, the press is not entirely Evan and I; we have many rad volunteers, interns, and board members who do everything from consulting about business practices to writing and sending press releases.
Small presses! They sure are small businesses. If you want a sweet deck of poetry, hit up the Kickstarter. Otherwise, we’ll return to your regular infernal programming on Monday.