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Peter G. EppsBy Peter G. Epps
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Peter G. EppsBy Peter G. Epps
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About

I call it Inkandescence

My poetry is about many things happy and melancholy, but always comes back to dwell in those luminous moments when something basically good and real can be glimpsed through the mundane--and, shockingly often, only through the most mundane parts of even the most exotic places and esoteric conceptions.

...so what's the pitch?

I think The Clay Pot  is my finest work yet, and I would like your help to promote it.  My plan is to print a short run for sending to reviewers and offering as sample stock to independent bookstores, with enough residue for direct sale at readings and signings.  To make that possible, I need your help.

As a partial reward for your gracious assistance, I am able to offer you a signed copy of the book for slightly less than the retail price (an offer I do not intend to repeat).  If you would like to help me even more, I am eager to return the favor in signed "preview poems," illuminations, and additional volumes.  One unique reward is proof copies, including several 2014 short versions of The Clay Pot that prepared the way for the completed edition I've just now published.

If you can help, I will be very grateful.  And I'll keep writing, regardless.

Here's a sample:

"Child"

So green and brown and coarse and tall is tree; 
Subjective worlds take place in all their parts,
Made ready for our use by native arts
Assembled in gestation. What we see
Resolves for us like words on leaves make “tree,”
Like swaying branches, flags, the eye that darts
To see what moves the movement, where it starts:
Where tides begin, at land or on the sea. 
Creation, we might call it our haste,
Until we search our unremembered days
For voices we knew then, ideally placed
To learn from inside how words pierce the haze.
No, further yet: our worlding bows before
The child’s who made his mother, world, and lore.

For more information

Please visit Inkandescence and take a look at my contact page; follow me at pgepoetry on Facebook; and don't fail to take a look at all four of my books:

 

Risks and challenges

The book is finished and I already have a final copy in hand, so the risks are fairly minimal. I limited the number of hand-illuminated works to prevent my expected busy-ness from being too big an obstacle. I can imagine some communication glitches where you may prefer a certain poem to be illuminated, so delay is possible, but September seems reasonable. At a worst case, I am confident I can try to do something special for you by Christmas. If you keep in touch with me, I will do my best to help you.

The other major risk is that this project will not get enough exposure to "make," so do please promote it!

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    Signed Copy

    You're helping me print promotional and signed copies, and of course you'll get one! And for less than retail, for being so helpful.

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    As Signed Copy, but I'll also sign and include a printed copy of a poem intended for my next collection.

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    Signed Copy with Signed Proof Edition

    As Signed Copy, but I will include a signed Proof copy of one of my four collections. These are unique tests of alternate covers, alternate arrangements of the text, and often were made before the ISBN was assigned. If you make me famous, they might even be collectible. I enjoy having them, but I'm happy to share--and you've been so generous!

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    Five (5) Signed Copies of The Clay Pot

    Five copies of The Clay Pot, each signed, shipped together, with a handwritten note of thanks in the package.

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    Complete Published Poems, signed

    One signed copy of each of my four poetry collections, with a hand-written note of thanks.

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    • One signed copy of Going Home Words
    • One signed copy of Unanswered Rhymes
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    Complete Poems and Illuminated Poem

    One signed copy of each of my four poetry collections, with a hand-written note of thanks. In addition, you may select any sonnet from these pages (or any sonnet we agree one, at all) for me to hand-copy and illuminate. The result will be a one-of-a-kind decorative edition of that poem.

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    • One signed copy of The Clay Pot
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    Reading and Five (5) Signed Copies

    It has been suggested that I offer talks as additional rewards, so let's do that! At this level, I will offer a twenty-minute session reading my own poetry and poetry that has influenced mine. I will also bring five copies of The Clay Pot with me and give them, signed, to your group. (on request, I can also sign additional copies.) I will not be wearing clown shoes, and I cannot do balloon animals, but I will be really happy you asked me to read poetry.

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    Lecture and Twenty (20) Signed Copies

    At this level, I will prepare a lecture (20-50 mins, with discussion time, visuals if available, and handouts) on a major English-language poet of your choice. [My areas of specialization are Religion & Literature Studies and 19C British Poetry, if that helps] This will include relevant historical and biographical situation data, but will focus on explication of at least one well-known and one more obscure work in service of a theme. I will try to tailor this lecture to your group's purposes, as far as possible. I will bring with me twenty (20) signed copies of The Clay Pot to distribute to your group, and should be able to arrange to read or sign as well, if desired.

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