Free E-book: 30 Years of Phoenix Poets

Phoenix EBookThe University of Chicago Press makes a different e-book available free every month. For October, it’s “Thirty Years of Phoenix Poets: 1983 – 2012,” a sampler of 30 poems, one from each year that the well-regarded Phoenix Poets series has been publishing.

To get yours, click here, and follow the instructions. If you’re a Kindle user, you’ll find it in the Kindle bookstore. Enjoy!

A Charm [1983] from David Ferry’s Strangers

I have a twin who bears my name;
Bears it about with him in shame;

Who goes a way I would not go;
Has knowledge of things I would not know;

When I was brave, he was afraid;
He told the truth; I lied;

What’s sweet to me tastes bitter to him;
My friends, my friends, he loves not them;

I walk the daylight in his dream;
He breathes the air of my nightmare.

Somewhere in Oregon, there is a basement…

…where the internet has punctured the walls of an old newspaper printing room, where fiber optic conduit is still surrounded by a cloud of clippings pasted there by printers of The Oregonian a century ago.


These guys paid attention to the weather…


They kept tabs on how often good old Hurrah Brown (that skinflint!) actually paid his dime for coffee…


They tried their darnedest to keep the work environment orderly…


They tuned in to all the action and horror of the “present, tremendous World War”…


And of course they couldn’t keep their eyes off the girls.


Over at, Cabel has a couple of dozen more pictures of this terrific time capsule of a sub-basement where today’s media flows right through the ghosts of yesterday’s media who, it turns out, are pretty familiar and likeable.

“If Google did have a stake in the newspaper industry’s success, now might be a good time to go ahead and pull it out. The blood’s probably already dry.”

Google ad revenue vs. print media

(Found at Future Tense.)

The Most Prestigious Journal in the World (Judged By Acceptance Rate)

There is no journal–scholarly, literary,creative, theological, or otherwise–with publication standards as uncompromising as this one. Read their blog for a cheerfully unrelenting cavalcade of rejection.

(Found at Journal of Universal Rejection.)

A Map of the World Based on Book Publishing

The sizes of the countries on the map are based on the value of their domestic publishing markets…As you can see, places like the U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia are engorged in illustration of their strong publishing industries. Meanwhile, Africa and the Middle East are tiny slivers, meaning that the number of books published in those places is extremely low compared to the rest of the world.

“The map demonstrates the way that books and the industry behind them reflect access to knowledge,” according to the creators of the report. “The strategic goal going forward is certainly adjusting this map so that in the future, the world of publishing more closely resembles that standard map of geographers and demographers.”

(Found at The Atlantic Wire).