As you will have noted from even a cursory look-see of this site, I like chapbooks.
Mostly because they're small and ingenious.
I also like the collaboration that writing / publishing a chapbook entails.
I've also developed a bit of a thing for what I call how-to poems.
That's why I'm so pleased to announce that Saskatoon's JackPine Press will be publishing a chapbook by myself and the oh-so-brilliant Julia Michaud called How to Prepare for Flooding.
The poems in this chapbook are this grumpy/frumpy Winnipeg poet’s answer to the question “How do you=prepare for life’s inevitable yet random disasters?”
The answer being, of course, “Write a poem about it. Duh.”
And so, in addition to the title poem, there is also: How to Survive in the Woods, How to Water Your Lawn Effectively, How to Sew a Button, How to Catch a Wild Rabbit, How to Pack Without Overpacking, and How to Survive a Plane Crash.
The chapbook - whose design concept revolves around 1950s survival manuals - is slated for publication in fall 2011.
Which is pleasantly far away and gives me LOTS of time to dream about, for instance, launching it in the hangar at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. Or doing something Pecha Kucha-ish with it...