The Lyme Letters & O (ezekiel's wife)
COMING DECEMBER 2019 (pre-order NOW): O (ezekiel's wife)
O (ezekiel's wife) is a chapbook forthcoming from GASHER that will be available in digital, audio, and print form.
O (ezekiel's wife) will also be a fundraiser, with author royalties going toward The Florence Immigrants and Refugee Rights Project, more commonly known as The Florence Project. We are currently seeking an organization to match donations.
ABOUT O (ezekiel's wife):
O—(ezekiel's wife) is a collection of poems by C.R. Grimmer, accompanied by the artwork series "Hewn Fruit" by Colleen Burner. Orders are expected to ship December 1st, 2019.
About the collection:
O’s (they/them or she/her) story comes out of a network. Their smallest start branches out of a series in The Lyme Letters that sort through nonbinary, queer, crip, and femme experiences in Biblical master narratives across Judeo-Christian texts. First and foremost, then, this start comes out of the unnamed, “marked ungrievable” spouse of the prophet Ezekiel, who inspired the character O.
About the art:
A shape after a shape is a shape after a shape. Hewn Fruit is a series of spontaneous compositions that play with how a repeated flat shape can show facets, dimension, depth, and space. The repetition initially was an attempt to exorcise anxiety and fixation, a sort of stand-in for recurring thoughts that could be piled up within the bounds of a page and shift back and forth between a united object and a more diffuse mass. The shape in question is nothing in particular, a bit of roundness rising up or stacking behind, clutching like eggs or pulled down into peaks like soft mud. Or perhaps they are dark and open mouths, bearing the sounds of "O."
Both C.R. Grimmer and Colleen Burner are donating their royalties of the book to The Florence Project. This foundation's mission is to, "provide legal aid to men, women, and children who are in immigration custody in Arizona." You can learn more about their organization here:
WHAT'S NEXT: The Lyme Letters
The Lyme Letters is the prequel to O (ezekiel's wife). It has been a finalist with presses such as Alice James Books and Kelsey Street Press. It has been a semi-finalist with presses such as Pleiades Press, Switchback Books, and YesYes Books. It has also been longlisted at Metatron Press. The Lyme Letters was originally a chapbook that was a finalist with presses such as BOAAT Press. More information available later this year.