New Book from Pski’s Porch

At the End of All Our Labors
by Potassium Cockburn

$13. 284 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0692506165 • ISBN-10: 0692506160

September 2015

The central character in Potassium Cockburn’s novel has a job to do, and several successive layers of reality in which to do it, but it’s not clear who he’s really working for, or that the job will ever end. At the End of All Our Labors is a dizzying exploration of identity, technology, entertainment, and the value of work in a future defined by virtual and augmented reality, nano technology, ecological disaster, and the struggle for eyeballs.
Potassium Cockburn lives and writes in the United States, quietly, with little fuss. To help mantain this quiet, please direct any inquires for interviews or correspondance to Cockburn’s publisher at pskisporch@gmail.com.

Cockburn

Autumn Fruit Mellow’d Long

Dryden wrote a musical theater version of Paradise Lost, apparently. I’m sure someone in Hollywood is working up a new treatment as we speak… but if not, or if you have a better version, we at the Porch would like to read it. We have a small selection of upcoming titles already, and we would like more, so we will being actively, rather than passively, soliciting manuscripts in the next few weeks. See our Submissions page for more details.

Our 2015 publication schedule presently includes 1 novel and 3 books of poetry, more details to come.

Press for The Emissary, Book Fair, and Launch Party

Oh we’re about to be very busy at the Porch. First up is a book launch party for Marc Pietrzykowski’s new novel, The Emissary, and new book of poetry, Straddling the Sibyl, March 28th at the Tuscarora Inn, Lockport NY: Facebook event for Launch party.

Then, we have a table at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, April 5th and 6th! Small Press Book Fair

Here are some early reviews of The Emissary. Sounds like it’s creeping folks about a bit, exactly has planned….

IndieReader review

Pagewalker review

Aimée Jodoin review

 
The Emissary
 

Coming in March

In March, 2014, Pski’s Porch Publishing, will unleash The Emissary on an unsuspecting, and largely uncaring, reading public. Marc Pietrzykowski’s second novel concerns residents of the ElderGrove Residential Living Facility, a run down nursing home chock full of stories. The aged residents are overflowing with them, the employees are busy making their own, and one former worker likes to record them and make animated shorts from the recordings, which he then uploads to YouTube. One story is too common for most people to notice: at ElderGrove, people die, often. When a nurses’ aide and her young daughters are killed in their home, however, people start to notice that the tale they took for granted is not the same one being spun between backgammon and re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show. The Emissary is a story about stories, the stories we tell about love and death, identity, and interpersonal relationships, about architecture, and the elderly, and murder–and an alien visitor trying to make sense of it all.

Also in March, Marc Pietrzykowski’s sixth book of poetry, Straddling the Sibyl, will depart the lexical abattoir in little styrofoam trays, wrapped in plastic. Here is a poem from the book:

The Observatory

The immensity of my head, of the room that surrounds it,

of the house and town and valley and universe and galaxy,

of the space between it all, the way it blooms forth,

is a brood of facts deafening to live among, and oh, the barnyard reek.

 

And so I don’t, or not often, when I do, the shock

is nearly paralytic, and certainly unnatural, I must work,

I must earn my bread. Awe is parasitic, it feeds

by revealing what a pitiable share we’re stuck with.

 

I’m of the infinite, and to know it would surely be grand,

but that’s not the same as living, so I defer,

I restrict, I hem, I dawdle as I dwindle, I stand when I should sit,

I look at my skin, glad it’s not everywhere all at once.

 

 

More to come about these books, and the party to accompany their launch…

2 new books on the way…

Sometime in the next year, Marc Pietrzykowski’s second novel, The Emissary, will be released. We are editing and sending out review copies at present. His sixth book of poetry, Straddling the Sibyl, will be released as well.

Check back here for dates and readings.

New Book of Poetry Available

No Tribe, No Tribute

poems by Marc Pietrzykowski
Print: $13. 82 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-1479212637 ISBN-10: 1479212636
Official Publication Date: March 23, 2013
If you would like to read about planes crashing, Cool Hand Luke, numerology, Suleiman the Magnificent, cleaning the cat box, the Tetragrammaton, traffic cones, circuit court judges with bad shoes, and Omaha, Nebraska, then wow, are you in luck. Marc Pietrzykowski’s fifth book of poetry mentions all of those things
at least once! Also, No Tribe, No Tribute is inexpensive and completely blurb-free, as we at Pski’s Porch believe blurbs to be the buboes of the publishing world. We hope you find pleasure and value in this, the third book published by Pski’s Porch, and keep your antennae up for news of future releases.

Good Review. In other news, Facebook is garbage.

I like when the first word of a review is “Wow!”: Nick Vasey reviews Music Box Dancer.

It makes a great holiday gift, whether or not you like the person you’ve given it to. As does Conflagrations.

And now, please, everyone get off Facebook! It’s such a crappy product. I will go post this to the Pski’s Porch fbook page, but really, time to move on. Try RebelMouse instead, or even Google+. Cheers.

Off to Launch the Next One…

Pski’s Porch is mobile, heading to points East to begin launching our latest publication. Conflagrations has been available to secret agents and the like for a few weeks now, but now comes the official splash:

Announcing the publication of
Conflagrations: Poems and Images
an emblem book by Mary Leary and Marc Pietrzykowski

Print: $17. 74 pages. ISBN: 1478159340 / 978-1478159346
Official Book Launch November/December 2012, by Pski’s Porch Publishing. Available soon now from Amazon.com and other retailers.


Emblem books were all the rage during the 16th and 17th centuries. Pski’s Porch Publishing sees no good reason why they shouldn’t be all the rage in this young century as well. In an emblem book, image and poem are paired, producing a composite art where each element somehow amplifies or complements the other. This relationship might be comical, didactic, obscure, ambient, or all of these at once–the way each pairing constitutes a single work is left largely up to the reader. That said, there are certain unifying characteristics to these works: each of the pairings in Conflagrations is somehow concerned with the word “fire,” and the three sections, titled “Flux and Fire,” “Gods and Goddesses,” and “Backburn,” are also thematically linked. We hope you find pleasure and value in this, the second book published by Pski’s Porch, and keep your antennae primed for future releases.

 

 

New Book From Pski’s Porch

Announcing the publication of
Conflagrations: Poems and Images
an emblem book by Mary Leary and Marc Pietrzykowski

Print: $17. 74 pages. ISBN: 1478159340 / 978-1478159346
Official Book Launch November/December 2012, by Pski’s Porch Publishing. Available soon now from Amazon.com and other retailers.


Emblem books were all the rage during the 16th and 17th centuries. Pski’s Porch Publishing sees no good reason why they shouldn’t be all the rage in this young century as well. In an emblem book, image and poem are paired, producing a composite art where each element somehow amplifies or complements the other. This relationship might be comical, didactic, obscure, ambient, or all of these at once–the way each pairing constitutes a single work is left largely up to the reader. That said, there are certain unifying characteristics to these works: each of the pairings in Conflagrations is somehow concerned with the word “fire,” and the three sections, titled “Flux and Fire,” “Gods and Goddesses,” and “Backburn,” are also thematically linked. We hope you find pleasure and value in this, the second book published by Pski’s Porch, and keep your antennae primed for future releases.