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Handmade Chapbooks / Publishing Workshop

Chapbooks 2017: Fall

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Free the Strange
by Andrea Berns

In Free the Strange author Andrea Berns intricately weaves poetry and prose, creating a hybrid genre to vividly illustrate the often underrepresented but unexpectedly universal struggle with mental illness. Berns engages experimental form to cultivate thoughtful, descriptive imagery, intimately documenting the disruptive nature of this taboo subject on everyday routines. By leading readers through a harrowing and recognizable journey of darkness, mania, and ultimately life, Andrea Berns closely chronicles emergence out from under the overbearing shadow looming in her own mind. Virginia Pillars prefaces this work, proposing that, “Perhaps, if we all share our journeys, others can bridge their understanding from indifference to support.” Within the confines of Free the Strange, Andrea Burns begins the courageous work of constructing this very bridge by sharing her experiences, cemented within the foundations of her work. Mental illness can be a repressive cage, and Andrea Berns holds the key.

Hybrid | $7
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Pages: 36
Binding: Saddle Stitched

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My Head Can Feel the Vibrating of a Full Heartbeat
Through a Chest That Is Neither Hollow Nor Dark
by Tessy Ward

Tessy Ward’s My Head Can Feel the Vibrating of a Full Heartbeat Through a Chest That Is Neither Hollow Nor Dark creates haunting imagery about the supposed intimacy of the body. Ward blends forms and takes risks that make her poetry unique and a delight to read. Evoking other texts like Warsan Shire’s Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, the work examines interesting relationships and physicality. Focusing on abstract ideas and feelings. Ward’s poetry symbolizes the longing for human interaction constrained by an imperfect physical form beyond the control and comprehension of the mind that inhabits.

Poetry | $7
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Pages: 36
Binding: Saddle Stitched

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