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Emma Eden Ramos’ “Three Women,” a Heavy Hands Ink chapbook, nominated for Indie Lit Award



Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems” by Emma Eden Ramos has been nominated for an Indie Lit award. I would like to congratulate Emma on her fantastic work, and it was an honor to publish this for her. 


Also, the next issue should be out next week. I apologize for the delays, as there were a lot of technical issues going into this one, aka, my computer was broken and it took HP forever to fix it.


-Maxwell Baumbach

Crescendo by Davon Loeb is Out Now- and you should read it.

Hello Knockout Artists,

A few months ago, I got an e-mail from Davon Loeb. I’d published a few of his poems, and generally liked all of his work that I had seen. He asked me if he could author an HHI chapbook. If you look at the previous HHI chapbook authors- Kevin Heaton, David McLean, Michael Frissore, Gary Beck, and Emma Eden Ramos, there is a prevailing theme; they’re all f***ing awesome. I’m picky about who I do chapbooks for. Despite liking all of Davon’s work, I told him that I wanted to see a sampling of ten poems. If he hit ten home runs, I’d publish it. Not, “hey man, if some of them are okay I’ll publish it and maybe we’ll make a few bucks.” Ten home runs. Davon did it. When he sent over the manuscript, I was blown away. Davon put his insecurities aside, put himself on the line, and he got an opportunity. He made the most of it. It is on that note that I present to you “Crescendo.” The links are at the bottom of the post, but I would like to encourage you to read this interview with him first. When he e-mailed back the interview, he apologized for taking a while and said that it was because, “I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” No shit. Davon is talented and takes his time to craft his work. There is no unnecessary wordage or questionable line breaks. It is crafted wonderfully. Anywho, enjoy!


What should we, the readers, know about Davon Loeb the man?

Since I was child, I have always taken of creative route. If it wasn’t painting, producing music, or writing, my life has been defined by my creativity. Currently, I’m extending that creativity to everyone around me. I teach Language Arts, and my classroom focuses on exploring students’ creativity through their writing. I hope to inspire my readers and my students to tell their own stories. It seems that everything I do in life brings me back to my passion for writing.

Who are some of your favorite writers?

Although I have many favorite writers, I would have to choose Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, and Arthur Miller. Pablo Neruda is one of the smartest poets I have ever read. I love how he uses every word to express a point, nothing is accidental. Allen Ginsberg makes me feel sensitive to everything around me; he describes the simplest things with eloquent grit and sophistication. Arthur Miller finds a way for his readers to identify themselves with his characters, each one is relatable. I’ve tried to make a collage of these authors through my writings.

What inspired you to put this collection together?

My perception of life reached a musical height where I needed people to experience it. I knew I had something good, so I kept writing until someone could hear the music too.

Describe the typical process you go through when writing a poem.

Random metaphors, images, or ideas jump in my head, normally while I’m driving or listening to music. I jot it down and design the poem around the idea.

Would you say that there is a certain theme to this chapbook? If so, what is it? What
issues do you touch on?

Humanity and its microscopic stimuli, I wanted to reach as many people and their experiences as I could.

I got positive feedback from readers on your work in NitTwitts: A Collection of Twitter-Length poems. Namely, the poem “1.5 Ounces.” It is accessible yet profound. With how much importance do you view accessibility?

I want my readers to understand my poetry. One of my college professors said the hardest thing to do is write a simple metaphor and let it explain itself.

What are your favorite unpublished pieces in this collection?

Some of my favorite pieces in the collection are unpublished. “Distinguished Scents” has been one of my favorite poems for a long time, but no one else seemed to enjoy its humility. The poem, “Bastard” told a story about the man I never want to be, it was a very calming moment when I finished it. “Aunt Mildred” was a lot of fun to write because all my readers know a real Aunt Mildred.

What is it that made you want to do this chapbook through Heavy Hands Ink?

I have never worked with a publisher like Heavy Hands Ink. Writing the one hundred and fourty legth poems for NitTwitts: A Collection of Twitter-Length poems, was challenging, but it helped me dive into places of inspiration where I had never been. It gave me the confidence to present my collection months later. Heavy Hands Ink told me my work had a lot to offer; I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment.


Davon does have a lot to offer. Take him up on that offer.

Here’s the ebook:


Here’s the print version:





There are changes coming to Heavy Hands Ink. Let’s not waste time here.

HHI is good. However, to continue with the boxing analogies, it is not a contender. I want HHI to be contender. Thus, from this day forward, I am going to be a lot pickier about submissions. I need the punch to the face feeling, but I also need a piece that is well crafted. I need both, not one or the other.

Secondly, HHI will now be released quarterly, and chapbooks will be released on a “whenever” basis. Instead of just doing chaps for the sake of chaps, I’ll only be making offers to authors I REEEEALLY want to do a chapbook for.

Third, to re-light the HHI fire, I am announcing NO-WAIT NOVEMBER. Any submission that is sent to me in the month of November will get a response in under 24 hours. If you have on in my inbox currently, you WILL hear back tomorrow!

Stay classy, Knockout Artists! I hope to see your top-notch work!


HHI Volume Seven is OUT NOW!

Ladies and Gentleman,

HHI Volume Seven is now available! Here is the link to both the e-book and the print edition!



Stay tuned, as probably tomorrow, I am going to make a pretty big post on here. There are some changes coming.

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach


There it is! Emma Eden Ramos’ new chapbook, Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems. Emma did a really fantastic job with this, and I hope all of you read it. I am proud to call myself the editor of this chapbook. The free download should be available by the end of the day, but it would be awfully sweet of you if you purchased a copy to support Emma as well as HHI.

Take care, and have a great Labor Day weekend!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

Preview and Sample Poem for Emma Eden Ramos’ chapbook!

I asked Emma Eden Ramos to give the readers a preview of sorts of her chapbook. She gives you a nice little blurb about what to expect as well as a sample poem! Check it out below. The collection comes out TOMORROW! Stay tuned!


“‘Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems’ is a collection comprised of a three part narrative followed by three independent poems. “Three Women: A Poetic Triptych” tells the story of three women, with connecting stories, in different stages of life. As with many painted triptychs each fold of the narrative informs and plays off of the fold before it. By the final fold, a whole story is revealed.”

A segment from Milena’s narrative in Fold One: Introductions

A Croat by heritage and birth, I am a mere visitor in this land where I was raised
but I will return home once my studies are complete
to Croatia
The Homeland

I cannot forget the kindness of the family who took us in
their two bedroom apartment in “out of our way Queens,” as my father called it
though he meant “out of the way”
was just enough for Meri, her husband and their children

Ema was ahead of me three years, she was the sister I never had
As I grew up, she introduced me to The American Life
but life was not easy, my parents regretted the move
my father, especially, who’d taught philosophy in University,
now co-ran a store in which kids he’d have taught
swindled him
cigarettes and beer.

Emma Eden Ramos Interview

Hello, all!

This Saturday is a special Saturday. Why, you ask?! Because this Saturday Emma Eden Ramos’ new chapbook, “Three Women: A Poetic Triptych” comes out! For me, this has been one of the most exciting chapbooks to edit. It is vastly different than the other HHI chapbooks in that…well, read this interview with Emma Eden Ramos herself and you will understand! Emma is young, talented, and hungry. I highly recommend this collection, and I hope that all of you support her by either purchasing or downloading the chapbook this Saturday! I hope you enjoy this interview!



What should we, the readers, know about Emma Eden Ramos the woman?

I am New York City born and raised, so much of what I write either takes place in or somehow involves the city.
I began college as a Psychology student, with the intention of practicing analysis during the day and writing fiction in the evenings. While my plans have changed, it seems unfair to address my writing without mentioning my studies. My writing is deeply influenced by my interest in psychology.

Who are some of your favorite writers?

In terms of poetry, I’d say my favorite writer is Adrienne Rich. Her poems “Heroines” and “Integrity” from A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far have deeply moved and inspired me. Other poets I love are Stephen Dunn, Linda Gregerson, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Patricia Smith, Sarah Hannah, Linda Gregg, and Pablo Neruda. The list could go on.

Describe the typical process you go through when writing a poem.

I generally gravitate toward writing poetry when I am overwhelmed by a single emotion. Emotions, for me at least, can be difficult to identify. If I sit on the floor in my bedroom, my computer on my lap, and construct a narrative in verse, many times I gain personal understanding through what comes out on the page. I generally write narrative poetry, from a first person perspective. I learn a lot by speaking through other voices.

Would you say that there is a certain theme to this chapbook? If so, what is it?

Isolation and the need for human connection.

What inspired the format of this chapbook? Did you know from the first moment that it would be primarily a narrative-style collection?

Before I began writing “Three Women: A Poetic Triptych”, I was working on a children’s novel that was loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. When I started the “Triptych,” the narrative structure of Dante’s “Inferno” was very much in my mind. I knew I wanted to tell a story. I read Nabokov’s Pale Fire and a number of narrative poems to put myself “in the mood” and help lay a foundation.

Were any of the characters in the chapbook inspired by real-life people, film characters, or other literary characters? If so, which ones?

In their early stages, I assigned each character from “Three Women: A Poetic Triptych” a female archetype from Greek mythology. I wanted Annette, Julia and Milena to each possess qualities that are fundamental to three main archetypes. Julia, for me, is very much based on Persephone. She is the daughter trapped in the Underworld, which in her case, is adolescence. I saw Annette as an embodiment of Aphrodite. Like Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, Annette is beautiful to a fault. She is a woman who desperately strives for substance and depth, but her physical “perfection” constantly stands in her way. On the inside she is an emotional wreck, but her appearance renders her pain invisible. Like Athena, Milena is a warrior. She is a woman who is not only brilliant and beautiful but has strength and wisdom that allow her to push through life in spite of the horror and suffering she has endured.

What are your favorite things to write about?

Relationships and human connections.

What are your favorite unpublished pieces in this collection?

My favorite piece in the collection is “Three Women: A Poetic Triptych.”

What is it that made you want to do this chapbook through Heavy Hands Ink?

While looking through HHI’s issues and chapbooks, I was impressed by their willingness to take risks. HHI publishes works that are lyrical, experimental, and political. If a poet has an agenda or an idea that is unconventional, HHI has no problem giving him or her an arena from which to be heard.


HHI Volume Six is OUT NOW!

Hello everyone!

HHI Volume Six is OUT NOW! As always, you can buy it for $10 in print, or download it for free. Completely your choice! Thanks for everyone who took part in this collection. Next on the docket is a chapbook by Emma Eden Ramos! Stay tuned, because it’s a really, really great collection that is totally different than the other HHI chaps!


There’s the link to HHI Volume Six. Thank you all, and have a splendid day!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

Gary Beck’s chapbook is OUT NOW!


There you go, ladies and gentleman! Mutilated Girls and other poems by Gary Beck is OUT NOW! It is currently available in print, and will be available as a free download by the end of the day, so keep checking that same link. You’ll definitely want to give this one a read!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

Gary Beck Preview and Sample Poem

Hello all! Gary Beck’s new chapbook, Mutilated Girls, is out tomorrow! Here is what Gary has to say about it:

“‘Mutilated Girls’ is an intense exploration of my inner self and my reactions to the many horrors of the world. This is significantly transitional for me, evolving away from earlier, more formal forms of poetry. I gradually renounced metaphor and simile, not because they are not valid poetic expressions, but because blunt imagery and ideas began to replace them. Some of the poems in this collection erupt with broader issues, rather than personal revelations. I found myself more involved in the urgency of communicating the terrible things that happen to us, rather than diluting them by smoothing them over with artifice and contrivance.

My feelings throughout this creative construction were a combination of outrage at the abuses inflicted on us, the destruction we spread everywhere, and at the same time the painful realization that poetry was being reduced in importance, due to the impact of visual imagery provided electronically, and becoming too precious and artificial in the expressive communication of social networking. I selected direct impact, rather than polished form, in the hope of reaching audiences moving away from poetry.”

-Gary Beck

After reading that, you are probably chomping at the bit to read it. Well, you are in luck…sort of. Tomorrow, the whole thing will be available both as a free download and print, ISBN # book, but since I am SO gracious, I have decided to include a sample poem. Gary chose this piece:

Times Square

Having left you once
42nd street,
not long enough
so your gambling, dope, flesh
and all the predatory faces,
respirating evil
into the concrete world
have been forgotten,
I returned to smut central,
but did not find
drugs, disease, despair,
just the dancing feet
of digital tourists
tapping away
on sanitized sidewalks.


Tomorrow, ladies and gentleman. BE PREPARED!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach