Joan Colby’s Chapbook Release

joan colbyFootHills Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Joan Colby’s PRO FORMA, a 36 page hand-sewn chapbook that was selected
as the Winner of Turtle Island Quarterly’s 2014 Editor’s Choice Chapbook Award. (price: $10)

From the book:


Slag falls on the black cliff. A bracelet
of fire. Look child, says Nana,
drawing back Irish lace
curtains. The wheelchair,
contraption of cane and iron
carries her to this brink, withered and white

as old Kleenex. The room flares white
bathed in the mill’s leavings. A linked bracelet
of flat cars rumbles on iron
tires over the spur. Nana
holds me on her lap. Wheels
clatter on and on unlacing

evening stars. I toy with lace
motifs of Nana’s altarcloths, white
snowflakes, crystals, mandalas, wheels
of intricate thread. A bracelet
of magic spells hooked by Nana’s
tiny flashing tool of iron.

Nana has a bun of iron
hair. In her lace
apron pocket are peppermints. A banana
for after supper and three white
cubes of sugar. My mouth’s a bracelet
for sweetness. Then I am wheeling

into slumber. Nana wheels
me to the cheap iron
bedstead. My dreams become a bracelet
of stars. My shoes unlaced
I am mailed between white
sheets until Manana.

In the impoverished dark, Nana
sits between parentheses of wheels.
This is a neighborhood where anything white
soon labors into hues of iron
or fringes with black lace
as slag congeals, an onyx bracelet.

I murmur. Nana tends the iron
smelter of my sleep. She wields Gaelic lullabyes lacing
the night with the white knots of love’s bracelet.

To read another poem and see an image of the book cover or to place an order online:

Release date, 3/20.
Free domestic shipping if ordered by3/19.

To order through mail send total price plus $2.50 Shipping and Handling
for each address sent to.
(NYS Residents please add $.80 Sales Tax per book)

Send orders to:

FootHills Publishing
PO Box 68
Kanona, NY 14856

For more information you can also visit Joan Colby’s website at:

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