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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!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/hhi-volume-six/16605838

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

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

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Gary Beck’s chapbook is OUT NOW!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/mutilated-girls-and-other-poems/16225604

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.

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Tomorrow, ladies and gentleman. BE PREPARED!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

Interview with Gary Beck

Next up on the docket is a chapbook from Gary Beck! If you’ve read past HHI issues, odds are you are familiar with his work. His chapbook, Mutilated Girls, is going to be released on July 9th! Stay tuned for more updates on this chapbook. Also, Gary and I both have work featured in Quantum Poetry magazine, which you can see here:

http://quantumpoetry.wordpress.com/

Anywho, here is the interview with Gary!

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What should we, the readers, know about Gary Beck the man?
I am passionately involved with the issues of our times and exploring them through my art.

Who are some of your favorite writers?
Dreiser, Wolfe, Steinbeck, Mallarme, Eliot, Rilke.

Describe the typical process you go through when writing a poem.
I open my personal portals of stored material and produce a rough draft.

Would you say that there is a certain theme to this chapbook? If so, what is it?
There is a broad based theme of diverse social issues.

In some of your previous HHI poems, you’ve touched on political issues. What inspires you to write about politics, and is it a topic you’ve always covered in your writing?
I am vitally concerned with the problems of our times and worry about the future of our society. I’ve evolved more and more to political, social and economic issues, with less emphasis on the lyric.

What are your favorite unpublished pieces in this collection?
Train Ride, Child Soldiers, Times Square, Miner’s Quest.

What is it that made you want to do this chapbook through Heavy Hands Ink?
The scope of interest in verious forms and subjects of poetry made H.H.I. very appealing.

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Thanks again you all! Also, I am now accepting submissions for HHI Volume Seven, so send me your work!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

HHI Volume Five is OUT NOW!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/hhi-volume-five/15998444

There it is, in all it’s glory! HHI Volume Five!

This is another issue that I am very proud of. It contains poems from talented HHI regulars such as Kevin Heaton, Janet Kuypers, John Tustin, Arslan Waqar, and Jim Davis, as well as work from writers making their first appearances in HHI. I encourage you to buy a copy, or at least download one for free when the free download is available (which should be by the end of the day).

Thank you all once again!

-Maxwell Baumbach

NitTwitts: A Collection of Twitter-Length Poems is out now!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/nittwitts-a-collection-of-twitter-length-poems/15712692

BOOM! There it is! I really like this collection. It’s a great, fun read, but is also thought provoking. It’s much different than anything else I’ve ever done here at HHI, so I’m proud of it. I’m also proud of all of the contributors, who did an awesome job. Without them, nothing is possible! Show them some love, and either buy it, or download it for free! The free download should be up later in the day, since lulu is slow about those things, but the print version is ready for purchase.

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

Long Blue Boomerang by Michael Frissore is OUT NOW!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/long-blue-boomerang/15668478

BOOM. There it is. It’s in print right now, and should be available as a free download at that same link later on in the day. This collection rules. “Alexander” is, at the moment, my favorite HHI piece ever. I don’t joke around about that stuff, either. I mean it. You NEED to check this out.

As always, it is available as a free download because I believe in the right to free poetry. However, I encourage you to buy a print copy. We do royalties here (generous ones, compared to most other publications), so by purchasing a copy, you are not just putting money in some greedy editor’s pocket, but you are supporting THE AUTHOR. This is not about me; it’s about Michael, and the kick-ass poetry collection he has put together.

Next week, we drop NitTwitts: A Collection of Twitter-Length Poems. BE READY!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach