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Noah Cebuliak is self-publishing his first anthology of poems.
Noah Cebuliak is self-publishing his first anthology of poems.
59 backers pledged CA$ 2,358 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi! I'm Noah Cebuliak - Montréal-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and poet. This Kickstarter project aims to cover the cost of printing a minimum of 100 copies of my first book.

About The Project

The book is a collection of my meditations, reflections and streams of consciousness on subjects primarily concerning the maturing masculine psyche: adventure, initiation, loss, women, brotherhood, anger, ecstasy. Many of the poems are set in the context of the Canadian wilderness, in which I have personally discovered great wealth, both in myself and in the energetic space of nature. The book is an ode to rediscovering sacred masculinity in the most vulnerable, outrageous and passionate modes available.

The Winter of My Mind is a step forward from my previous work, which has until now been rooted in music and song. In November 2012 I released my first EP, Saltwater, as Ghost Lights. Folky and softly spoken, the record represented my very first attempts at addressing the issues I tackle more firmly in this book. 

Here's a track from the album:

Below is a video of me playing live in Kingston, ON, shot last summer for Southern Souls.

For more info on my music, and to listen to Saltwater, head to http://ghostlights.ca.

Mission & Purpose

Although my songwriting is very lyrical, the boundaries of song often restrict the temporal flow that simple poetry allows. In other words, with this book I was able to say some things I had wanted to say in a way not previously available to me. 

Through the process of creating music and poetry, I have discovered my purpose: to investigate, distill and communicate those treasures and gifts offered by the most remote and infrequently travelled parts of psyche, the world, and human experience, however inconvenient or uncomfortable. This book is a culmination of that process. Obviously, I'm really excited for its' release. However, printing books is expensive, and thus our convergence here on Kickstarter.

Numbers & Stretch Goals

Goal # 1 = 100 books = $1000
Goal # 2 = 200 books = $1800
Goal # 3 = 200 books and recoup expenses** = $2300
Goal # 4 = 300 books, recoup and small book tour = $3000

**Expenses for my book designer, copy editing, promotion and administration fees have been paid in advance from my pocket.

Perks

As an expression of my excitement and gratitude for your involvement in the project, I'm offering some nifty perks. These include a rare Ghost Lights demo EP, music lessons, astrology readings, poems written just for you on vintage maps, stickers...and the book itself. I've tried to make the perks as unique to the project as possible - it would make me really happy to personally give back to those that are supporting me here.

Post-Campaign

I aim to print the books in the last week of September, providing the campaign is doing well. I have secured a proof of the project from a reputable and efficient Montréal printing house (Rubiks), so printing would take 2 - 4 days maximum. 

For the official launch, I have booked the beautiful Casa del Popolo in Montréal for Friday, October 3rd, 2014. I'll do some selected readings from the book, and then I will play a set with my band, Ghost Lights. Following us will be a very gifted poet and bandleader, John Jacob Magistery.

For more info, check out Facebook. 

After the launch, I will set about fulfilling perks. Because Kickstarter has a 2 week window to clear all pledges and funds, perk fulfillment realistically would be between the second half of October and end of November. I will obviously do everything in my power to expedite the delivery of perks. 

Impact

Publishing a book will aid me in my continuing quest to create many kinds of art that speaks of depth and passion. This is important step in my career as a multi-disciplinary artist. Successfully publishing The Winter of My Mind will give me great momentum toward my next major efforts and will allow me to share my ideas and perspectives with an even greater number of open ears and eyes.

To conclude, thank you for reading this far! Thank you for showing interest in supporting poetry and the contemplative arts. Any support you can give, whether it be moral, monetary, or simply sharing the campaign with other art lovers over social media, email and in conversation - any and all of it would mean so much to me.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Noah Cebuliak

Risks and challenges

I am navigating the self-publishing world for the first time with the release of this book, so invariably there will be obstacles and details I haven't thought to plan for. However, this book has been a work in progress and planning for the last 9 months, so I am confident that I will be able to work through any challenges that may arise. Because the book is already formatted and ready to print, and in the hands of a very reputable printing house, it is really just a question of raising the funds, and then guaranteeing efficient fulfilment of perks. For thisI may recruit others on my team to help with the process, depending on the scope of mailings we'll have to do. In any case, from my previous experience in organizing tours, radio campaigns for records, festival and grant applications, I believe in my ability to complete this campaign in all aspects.

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    Undying gratitude. Your support means the world to me.

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    The Techie: PDF copy of The Winter of My Mind, to be read on your e-reader or computer. Plus boundless, ecstatic gratitude.

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    The Exclusive Techie: Receive a copy of the PDF 2 weeks before release date (i.e. Sept 19th)! Plus jubilant gratitude.

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    The Book! To be savoured over a steaming cup of Earl Grey while the fall rain softly patters outside. To be read to a starry-eyed lover late into the evening. To be held up as proof: Yes, poetry still lives!

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    The Map: Signed, hand-numbered book, plus a personal thank-you note on a scrap of a vintage BC nautical chart. Lush gratitude.

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    The Photo: Signed, Hand-numbered book, plus a personal thank-you note, handwritten on the back of a photo from my personal collection, and 1 limited edition Ghost Lights Vinyl sticker. Deluxe gratitude.

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    The Next Level: Signed, hand-numbered hard copy of the book, plus hard copy of my project Ghost Lights' Debut EP, "Saltwater," a hand-written thank-you photo, and 2 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers. Unspeakable gratitude.

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    The Haiku: Signed, hand-numbered hard copy of the book, plus hard copy of my project Ghost Lights' Debut EP, "Saltwater," a PERSONAL THANK YOU HAIKU (!) on the back of one of my photos, and 2 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers.

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    The Book Package: Signed, hand-numbered hard copy of the book, plus PDF copy; Handmade, very very limited edition Ghost Lights' "Summer Special" EP, with 5 demos and unreleased tracks; Hard copy of Ghost Lights' Debut EP, "Saltwater," plus digital download code; a hand-written thank-you photo; 2 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers. Opulent, ravishing gratitude.

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    The Musician: 1 hr Music lesson avec moi (songwriting/voice, guitar or drums), in person or via skype, recorded for your convenience and memories. Plus The Book Package: Signed book and PDF, thank-you very-very-much-note, the 2 EP's and 2 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers. And mellifluous, euphonious, dulcet gratitude.

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    The Astrologer: 1.5 hr private astrological consultation with yours truly (I've been studying astrology for 5+ years), in person or via skype. We'll look at your personal potentials, challenges and strengths, as well as taking a peek at what the future may hold for you. Includes a bonus 6-month followup reading. Plus The Book Package: Signed book and PDF, thank-you very-very-much-note, the 2 EP's and 2 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers. Untold gratitude.

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    The Curry: I will come to your house and make you a fine, fine curry. I have made curries more often than any other dish over the past 5 years - I testify to the Lord, I will leave you and your guests satisfied. You just tell me what you want in it, and I'll do the rest. Cook, serve, clean, be convivial, jovial, charming. (geographical exceptions apply; negotiable). Oh yes and, the book package! Hand delivered!

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    The Poet: I will personally handwrite a long form poem to you, on the subject of your choice, on a full-size, vintage, decommissioned nautical chart of the British Columbia coast that I found buried in a dusty basement filing cabinet many summers ago. I will sign it and date it, and indicate my galactic-level gratitude to you. Also included: Signed book, PDF copy, Handmade Ghost Lights' "Summer Special" EP, Ghost Lights' "Saltwater" EP, and 4 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers.

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    The Studio: I will record a high-quality demo-version cover song of your choice, in my style. I will mix it and master it professionally, and send it to you in a handmade, custom sleeve, along with a signed book, PDF copy, Handmade Ghost Lights' "Summer Special" EP, Ghost Lights' "Saltwater" EP, and 4 limited edition Ghost Lights full vinyl stickers.

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    The Full Monty: Solo Ghost Lights house concert (some geographical exceptions apply). I will come to your house, dressed to the nines, and, in an elaborate ceremony involving incense, crystals, chanting, singing bowls, and holy water, I will hand-deliver to you a limited-edition alternate cover version of TWOMM, in which your name will be printed in the acknowledgements as "His/Her Highness..." Then, I will entertain your guests with two sets of my personal brand of soft-spoken neo-soul folk-jazz, as well as read from TWOMM. Following the music, I will schmooze and banter with your guests like my life depended on it (and it does). All the while imparting my eternal, soul-level gratitude.

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