Many thanks to Red Room for choosing To the Break of Dawn as their “Book of the Day” for August 6th. It’s quite an honor and validates my decision to continue collecting my poems in chapbook form; partly to just get the poems out of my system, partly to get the attention of editors, but mostly to the share them among my personal network via gift economy.
With that said, I’ve already started to receive quite the bounty of artistic trade from the new chapbook. Here’s what I’ve gotten so far:
I’m very grateful to all the folks who have shared these items from their libraries. It’s always a great treat to have a peer share his/her work with me. It’s also fun to see what folks are willing to swap when they either don’t have a book in print or I already have all their work. One of my favorite exchanges was with a non-writer who really wanted to support my work and was looking for a copy of Heaven Below. They dug through their whole backpack and emerged with a copy of John Legend’s Evolver. “Is this ok?” Hell yeah, I said, and happily traded with ’em.
The call is still out, anyone interested in trading something from your media library for a copy of one of my chapbooks— Holler at me!
I will ship you a copy for FREE if you would like to swap a copy of your own chapbook. If you don’t have a chapbook of your own, I am willing to swap a copy for a book, journal, CD, or used book from your personal library. For more details about trading books, contact me at oscar-at-oscarbermeo-dot-com.
Many thanks to Barbara for being the first listener of all these poem, Tara Betts for her blurb, and Pro-Zak for the use of his photography.
More shout outs are in the book but I’d like to also send thanks to Raphael Cohen & the editorial team of 580 Split, Avotcja y La Palabra Musical at Rebecca’s Books in Berkeley, Nick Whittington & the staff of Bird & Beckett Books and Records, and Michelle Wallace & the folks at the Kaleidoscope Reading Series for the opportunity to read at your venues while these poems were developing. The chance to recite these poems for your audiences was key in the revision process of this manuscript.
Heaven Below, my new chapbook, is available now. I will ship you a copy for FREE if you would like to swap a copy of your own chapbook. If you don’t have a chapbook of your own, I am willing to swap a copy for a chapbook, journal, CD, or used book from your personal library. Authors with full length collections, I’ll swap a copy of Heaven Below and Palimpsest in exchange for your book.
For more swap info, contact me via email at oscar(at)oscarbermeo.com
Please include the words “Heaven Below Chapbook Swap” in the subject line of your message.
• Heaven Below
• A Personal History and Reflection on Sixty Years in the City from the Reverend JT
• Psalm for Anywhere Avenue
• Epistle Written at the #4 Train—Woodlawn Station, 4:30am
• We, Spoken Here
• In the City, you can’t help but think of God
• Ash Wednesday
• Unsolved Crimes Perpetrated by Invisible Men as Reported by an Unreliable Witness
• How Much for the Building? Tenants Optional.
• What the Landlord said…
• Getting Ronald Reagan to Visit the South Bronx
• The Pope Takes the #4 Train
• Tumbaron Tres Torres
• Three Towers Toppled
• The View from the Stoop
• Orchard Beach: Section Four
• I’m Jus Askin
Palimpsest, my new chapbook, is available now. I will ship you a copy for FREE if you would like to swap a copy of your own chapbook. If you don’t have a chapbook of your own, I am willing to swap a copy for a chapbook, journal, CD, or used book from your personal library. Authors with full length collections, I’ll swap a copy of Palimpsest and Anywhere Avenue in exchange for your book.
For more swap info, contact me via e-mail at oscar(at)oscarbermeo(dot)com
Please include the words “Palimpsest Chapbook Swap” in the subject line of your message.
• B-Boy Prayer
• Psalm for Public Housing
• The Trouble with Poverty
• Ars Poetica
• A Bodega on Anywhere Avenue
• My Father’s Accent
• The Story of How Pigeon Came to Live in City
• The Break
• Fire Escape
To purchase a copy for $5, please click on the PayPal button
well here ya go. the result of a good year of work, give or take. now that this bad boy is done i can start working on the next group of (dis)placement poems.
oh yeah, if you would like a copy hit me up on email and we’ll see what we can figure out. (sold out)
– Viewing the world from the back of a turtle
– an atlas of nationalism
– The Hue of Ripened Fruit
– About B-Boys in the Boogie Down
– tricking the eye
– Canto del Niño Pobre
– both a place and a scare-word
– The Truth (and some Lies) about the Bronx
– After Working The Late Shift Again, A Young Boricua On Times Square Composes a Response To a White Co-Worker Concerning The Myth of Racism
– My Father, A Cabdriver, Chimes In With A Few Words of His Own on The Myth of Racism as He Drives by Times Square
– The Blackout
– Sonnet for the Lexington Avenue Express—Mt Eden Ave Stop
– Poem written to the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s “It’s Just Begun”