"Oxygen" by Michael Leong; crafted by Lily Brown

A small piece of my forthcoming book, Cutting Time with a Knife, was made into a chapbook by pressing on.

pressing on is a publishing initiative started in 2010 by Heidi Lynn Staples, using ‘locally thrown’ trash and rubber stamps to produce hand-made limited-edition chapbooks and broadsides of poems, many of which were first published at Poets for Living Waters.

The idea behind this project originated in response to two impulses. Firstly, the publishing onto fused plastics of poems written in response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf fulfills the urge to suggest connections between practices dominating the more-than-human world–specifically linking the widening trash gyre in the Pacific Ocean with Macondo. Secondly, and as a complication, treating the trash as a material with aesthetic potential–transforming it into archived poems–seeks to answer a call by Slavoj Zizek in his lecture “Examined Life” that we refuse the conservative and ideological impulses of ecology and instead find a way to “truly love the world.”

~ by Michael Leong on October 26, 2011.

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