Archives for category: George McKim

As we start the new year, we’d like to tip our hat to the books published by Silver Birch Press in 2015.

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The Hollywood Catechism, poems by Paul Fericano (March 2015) — a 110-page collection that shines a bright searchlight on our addiction to pop culture, our fixation on celebrity worship, and our suspicion of religious ideas. Each poem is a small lens flipped to reveal an alternate universe into which the reader enters bravely with no exit sign in sight. Fericano’s unique perspective is marked by a skill and talent that blends socio-political satire with suffering and sentiment. In the process, he manages to acknowledge our shenanigans and celebrate our humanity.

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Kissing My Shadow, poems by Merrill Farnsworth (May 2015) — a 60-page collection of poetry that features 42 poems charting the author’s soulful sojourn from childhood onward. The book has earned high praise from critics as well as readers.

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The Great Gatsby Anthology (June 2015) — a collection of poetry and prose inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel from 80 established and up-and-coming authors around the world.

 

 

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Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations About Art by John Brantingham & Jeffrey Graessley (August 2015) — a discussion between John Brantingham and Jeffrey Graessley about art and life in the form of over 90 poems that cover themes such as war, poverty, and social justice. The collection also includes an interview with the authors — where they explain the genesis for the project as well as their collaborative methods, and discuss their museum visits and art research — plus links to the artwork that served as inspiration for the poems.

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Found & Lost, found & visual poetry by George McKim (August 2015) – a collection of repurposed and remixed Found Poetry and Visual Poetry. George McKim has repurposed and remixed the work of poets ranging from Tristan Tzara to Lyn Hejinian and has transformed their words into a fascinating collection of strangely haunting Found Poems. Augmenting these poems are fourteen vintage dictionary pages that have metamorphosed into full color Visual Poems.

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IDES: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (October 2015) — Silver Birch Press decided to celebrate the year 2015 by asking 15 poets each to contribute 15 pages of poetry to a chapbook collection entitled IDES (released on the ides of October 2015). The result is a diverse mix of poetry by authors from coast to coast.

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Alice in Wonderland Anthology (November 2015) — a 148-page collection of writing, art & photography from 63 contributors around the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s masterwork,  Alice in Wonderland. Available in black and white and full-color versions.

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Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the August 1, 2015 publication of Found & Lost: Found Poetry and Visual Poetry by George McKim. The 52-page collection includes 14 full-color visual poems in the author/artist’s engaging, one-of-a-kind style.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Found & Lost is a collection of repurposed and remixed Found Poetry and Visual Poetry. George McKim has repurposed and remixed the work of poets ranging from Tristan Tzara to Lyn Hejinian and has transformed their words into a fascinating collection of strangely haunting Found Poems. Augmenting these poems are fourteen vintage dictionary pages that have metamorphosed into full color Visual Poems.

Praise for Found & Lost by George McKim: 

“Using poetic trinkets from its own ancestry, McKim’s Found & Lost builds us a reconstruction fit for 21st century literary exploits. McKim’s poems stir up and resettle our generation’s shared modern heritage with a subtlety and grace fit for veneration while opening itself to a playful audience in the way an old familiar playground greets a neighborhood child. These poems are true pleasures.” J.D. Mitchell-Lumsden, Editor, Cricket Online Review Poetry Journal

“George McKim’s poems are always on the verge of happening, in that happysad place just short of sense, where pure sonic energy spins its truest and most absurd shapes. Found and Lost is a homecoming to the bottomless, where you left your clouds and the keys. It is an impossible space that I don’t want to leave.” Peter Cole Friedman, Poet

“There can be no quibbling over the delight that George McKim’s Found & Lost, with its artful assemblage of pre-existing text, provides. The poems are fresh, revitalize the words of others through juxtaposition, incision, and new ‘sharp eyes,’ to use an included phrase from Tristan Tzara; and the most apt word to describe the visuals, a series of augmented dictionary pages, is ‘wonderful.’” Mark Young, Editor, Otoliths Poetry Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George McKim, resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, has a BFA in Painting from VCU and an MFA in Painting from ECU and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Southeast region in various group exhibitions. At the age of 56, George began writing poetry. His poetry has been published and e-published or is forthcoming in Diagram, The Found Poetry Review, Otoliths, Shampoo, GlitterMob, Dear Sir, elimae, Ditch, Cricket Online Review, Blaze Vox, Poets and Artists Magazine, and other journals.

Found & Lost by George McKim is available at Amazon.com.

Cover art by George McKim.