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Help create a print version of James Wylder's poetry (author of the play "Cryptos", and featured in Kennings Literary Magazine). Read more

Elkhart, IN Poetry
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Help create a print version of James Wylder's poetry (author of the play "Cryptos", and featured in Kennings Literary Magazine).

Elkhart, IN Poetry
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About this project

I've always loved poetry, and I've written tons of it, but there isn't really that much money in it. Publishing a physical book of poetry is nearly guaranteed to be a money loser, since you have to put up your own money to make the books, and format them, and buy cover art... But its also been the most requested project for me to work on. Thankfully for everyone who has ever wanted my poetry in a real, tangible book, you now have the opportunity to help me cheat the system, and create something wonderful.

Cascade- A Book of Poetry by James Wylder

By funding this project, you'll be supplying the funds to buy cover art for, edit, and create physical paper books, you know, the kind made from trees, and ship them to people of the book of poetry "Cascade!".

If you already own the ebook of Cascade, you'll be getting a much much larger book. Its revised, expanded, bigger, and better-- about double the length it used to be, not to mention the book has the chance to expand further if stretch goals are met.

Who is Writing it? Who is Drawing the Cover?

James Wylder is the author of the play "Cryptos" performed during Hanover College's 2011 Fall Theatre Season. He has had poetry published in Kenning's Literary Magazine, and self published his ebook of poetry "Cascade!". He is also one of the co-founding members of Shotgun Angel Games LLC.

The cover art shall be done by Emily Hempstead, an artist in her last semester at Hanover college. She recently had a gallery showing about her webcomic, Strata, which is available to read at http://charilyprojects.com .

Stretch Goals-- and a Low Entry bar.

The goal of $110 dollars covers the basic costs of producing the book in its basest form. That's the goal-- and I'm not going to jack up the minimum goal in a slimy shot to solicit more cash. However, as I raise more money, I can do more with this book, and improve it for everyone.

DONE! $175 -- Cascade will be available for purchase in print from amazon, and for order by bookstores, all around the world.

ZOEY'D! $200 -- Cascade will become a double book! Along with the poetry, the book will contain the complete text of my never published and unproducable play "Paper Gods".

COMPLETED! $300 -- Cascade will be submitted to the Library of Congress, will receive a Library of Congress Control Number, making it eligible to appear in libraries across America!

ADDED! $400 -- A new chapter of poems, "Elegance" will be written and added to the book, made entirely of poems in structured forms, including Sonnet, Haiku, and Villainelle.

Beaten!$450 -- An Audiobook version of Cascade will be produced and made available as a new $25 reward tier!

$600 -- 'Paper Gods' will be performed as a live reading and recorded.

$700 -- There will be an advertising campaign online for Cascade when it launches!

$800 -- I will take 'Cascade!' on a promotional reading tour.

$1000 --A full-cast recording of "Paper Gods" will be produced as a narrated audio drama!

And more will come if we hit these goals! There is plenty to be done with this book, its just a matter of how much interest comes its way. if you have ideas for stretch goals-- message us! We'd love to hear from you.

Some Examples of My Work

Yours, in effigy

I
Willow tree, Redden me
When deep in your branches
You sound off the Morning with
The cuk-cuk of the squirrels
And the pip-pip of the birds
Who hide their seeds in their bellies
And relegate your hair ribbons to nests

And the dying Morning calls to your
Hands as you spread your spindly fingers
Across the sky and call
“Yes it is good!”
Into a holy night
Painted in tongue
And rosy smirk

II
To Love a poet
Is to love a moment
To love someone staring at the wall
Talking about caterwauling butterflies
-leaving your soliloquy on the page
My draining desire stretches out
Like water pooling on scorched earth
Till you turn and annotate
Our drowning into the loam of the world

III
If I could write like you:
I’d be able to make Sun-drops
And the layer of rain on your eyes
Out of parenthesis

And I would revel in what is
Beyond talent, beyond the abrev. of love
And I would sit below
Your branches and catch the
Leaves when fall comes
Red,Red,Red
Like a tide of the abrupt way
We both die someday
And I wish I could write like you

IV
Caterwaul! Caterwaul!
Climbing up the garden wall
I’m a child in your sweet aged smile

Like a Vine and Nursery Rhyme
In your beige and flower print dress
You slit the stockings below the knees
And I don’t feel good
About how I hew pews from your branches
Just to wait for your hymn

V
Your white limbs stretch over the horizon
With too few branches to block out the sun
Yet you complain about shadows
And the pain in your corpuscles

And though my sap leaks
Into your very roots

I just want to hear you scream
And the drip- drip- drip
As you loose your leaves.

Japan, Oh God, Japan
Japan
Oh, God
Japan
Why is it
When I type "tentacle" into Google
I get not a happy Octapus
but horrors I can barely comprehend
Japan
Oh, God
Japan
Even with your cherry blossoms
I curl into the fetal position.

Risks and challenges

If the project becomes very very successful, fulfilling orders might take longer than initially anticipated, especially if some of the more time intensive rewards become more popular then I anticipate.

There are of course also the possibility of production delays, as this is my first time creating an in print book, I may run into unexpected problems producing it.

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Rewards

  • You selected
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    1 backer

    You'll get to choose one word which, along with all the other words submitted, I will have to use to write a poem. Choose any word you want!
    Plus you get our thanks, sent to you in email form. You'll also gain some personal joy and satisfaction, but we're not really delivering that.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    0 backers

    You will receive an email containing a brand new poem from the author, as well as our thanks, and all previous reward tiers.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    3 backers

    You will receive an electronic copy of the book in epub, pdf, or mobi format, as well as all lower reward tiers.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    7 backers

    You will receive a print copy of the book, as well as all lower reward tiers (please add $12 for international shipping).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $25 or more

    1 backer

    You'll receive the audiobook version of Cascade in MP3 format, read by the author. You will also receive all lower reward tiers.

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    3 backers

    You will receive a signed copy of the book, as well as all lower reward tiers.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    0 backers

    Retailer specific reward tier: this tier does not stack with any other reward tiers, and is not included in with any higher purchase option. You will receive 10 copies of "Cascade" signed by the author to sell at your place of business. You will also receive an ebook copy of Cascade.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    I will write a poem for you, or about you. You choose the topic, I will write it. You will receive the poem though email, and in a carefully hand written copy through regular mail. You will also receive all lower reward tiers.

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    Pledge $350 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Regionally specific Reward tier: If you live in the states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, or Kentucky, you may purchase this tier. This is not available to anyone outside those states. If you purchase this tier, I will drive to where you live, take you out to lunch or dinner, and then hold a private (or public) poetry reading for you and your friends, or at your business or place of of learning. I can read my own work, some of my favorite poetry of others, work of your choosing, the phonebook, or anything else you want.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    I will write an entire cycle of poems about a topic of your choice, a minimum of eleven poems. You will receive these poems through email, and in a custom hand written book with extra notes and doodles from the author. You will be thanked in the Book’s acknowledgements. You will also receive all lower reward tiers.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    You get to write the foreword to the book. You’ll receive a digital copy to read before anyone else, and then you can write about anything you want, about the book or not. (Limit 5000 words). You get all lower reward tiers.

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    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Ultimate patron of the arts: You get all lower tiers, including getting to write a second foreword to the book. I will then write you a novel about whatever you want. The novel will be a minimum of 300 pages. You will give me a brief about what you want the novel to be about, which can be as broad as a “crime novel” or a more detailed description of setting or characters. The novel brief cannot include material owned by other authors or companies.
    You will receive a copy of the Novel in a custom hardcover form, signed. If I consider it good enough, I may self-publish it, in which case you are allowed to write the forward to it, and the book will be dedicated to you.

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Funding period

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