Friday, May 21, 2010

Quote of the Week -- Dickinson

Faith is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see --
But microscopes are prudent
in an emergency

Emily Dickinson #185

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Lizzy Acker Monster Poetry Contest
Judge: Lizzy Acker

Are there monsters in your closet? Or under your bed? Do you see them when you close your eyes? Do you love them?

In celebration of the upcoming release of Lizzy Acker's Monster Party, Small Desk Press is thrilled (and terrified) to present the Monster Poetry Contest.

Send us a poem about monsters: think Frankenstein, Loch Ness, serial killers, childhood nightmares, the REM album, The Aileen Wuornos movie, etc., etc., etc.

The contest winner will receive a free catalog of all Small Desk Press titles – including Monster Party when it's released this fall – plus publication on

Please send submissions to by August 1st, 2010, and write "Lizzy Acker Monster Poetry Submission" in the subject line. Please include a cover page with ONLY the title of the poem. The winner will be notified by email.

Quote of the Week -- Dostoevsky

" . . . every reality, even though it has its unalterable laws, is almost always difficult to believe and improbable, and sometimes, indeed, the more real it is the more improbable it is."

"But could he eat sixty monks?" they asked, laughing round him.

"He didn't eat them all at once, that's evident. But if he consumed them in the course of fifteen or twenty years, it is perfectly comprehensible and natural . . . . . ."

from The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Part 3, Lebedev's drunken rant, p. 346

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Our authors are tougher than yours.