Poems from Peter O’Leary

It’s been nearly a year since we’ve published new work here at the site and, frankly, we’re happy to draw that stretch to a close. We have for you, then, four new poems from Peter’O’Leary (pictured above, photo by David Pavelich): “Thirteenth Amanita Ode Ethnomycology and Image,” “Sixteenth Amanita Ode Kabiroi,” “The Daughter of Night,” and “A Few Rhymes Out of Milton.”

These poems inaugurate a shift in policy here at the CultSoc website, according to which we’ll be posting smaller updates with greater frequency, featuring work by single contributors.

In other news, we’ve got books from Tom Fisher and Chris Glomski coming later this year. More on those developments is on the horizon. Thanks again for reading here.


National Poetry Month Posts

Hello again! This is a heads-up to keep an eye on our Instagram, twitter, and other social feeds: we’re celebrating National Poetry Month with daily views of our own publications as well as some guest spots from contributors and poets we’ve published over the last 15 years. Thanks again for your support.


It Might As Well Be Spring

In celebration of seasonal change, we’ve got a wonderful and sizable update for you this round. There’s work from Dan Beachy-Quick, Wes Benson, Derrick Buisch, Jon Curley, Paul Ebenkamp, Norman Finkelstein, Tom Fisher, Whit Griffin, Michael Heller, Joseph Massey, Alexandra Mattraw, Amanda Nadelberg, Peter O’Leary, Gregory Ott, Mark Scroggins, Sandra Simonds, Chuck Stebelton, Steven Toussaint, and Sarah Walcott.
Have a look around. It’s like walking down a strange new street, hearing words you’ve never never heard from a poet you’ve yet to meet.1

Worth looking into elsewhere:
Jon Curley interview with Eric Hoffman at the Conversant
Ronald Johnson’s ARK, edited by Peter O’Leary, was a 2014 Pegasus Award Finalist
Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording, by David Grubbs
is now available

Shoutage: (v); Cody; Magpies; EL/JP/RMP; DO’D.s; z./S./J./H.; PBNY + N. + Toni B.; LaChimas (Lone Star); Princes; NJUK; S.W./D.T.B.; Team WORD; Moribidnia; Midwestern Alliance; McK (Franklin); Team B≥; family, collaborators, key players, and you.

  1. Lyrics adapted, of course, to suit our current purpose.



Hello again! First of all, this update brings poems from Robert Archambeau, Wes Benson, Brooklyn Copeland, S.M. Fattig, Norman Finkelstein, Graham Foust, Logan Fry, Ross Hair, Michael Heller, Matthew Henriksen, Tim Keane, Andrew Lundwall, Christopher Martin, Patrick Morrissey, Peter O’Leary, David Pavelich, Douglas Piccinnini, Pam Rehm, Dan Rosenberg, Moxie Schults, Mark Scroggins, and Mike Sikkema, plus some studio and work notations from Derrick Buisch. It’s a lot of work to take in but you can do it. We believe in you!


In other news, we’ve published three books this year: Peter O’Leary’s Phosphorescence of Thought (which you can read about here), Shannon Tharp’s Vertigo in Spring (which has received nice mention and attention here and here), and Whit Griffin’s A Far-Shining Crystal. You should buy them and make your reading life a better one. Our final book for 2013 is Michael Autrey’s Our Fear, which is now available for pre-order. You should buy that one, too.

Some of our contributors have had work published elsewhere since our last update:
The Poet Resigns, Robert Archambeau
Interview with Michael Heller, Jon Curley
Burial, by Claire Donato
Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2013, Burt Kimmelman
First Ayres, by Steven Manuel
Thaw Compass, Joseph Massey
Hold It Down, by Gina Meyers (scroll down a bit)
Companion Grasses, by Brian Teare

Shoutliness: Argos; Gordon W.; JCNY/HA; Cody; EL/JP/RMP; (v); DO’D.s; PBNY + N. + Toni B.; Magpies; z./S./J./H.; Princes; NJUK; S.W./D.T.B.; Team WORD; LaChimas (Lone Star); Moribidnia; Midwestern Alliance; McK (Franklin); Team B≥; and you.


Whit Griffin’s A Far-Shining Crystal


We’re very happy to announce the publication of Whit Griffin’s newest collection of poems, A Far-Shining Crystal.

You can purchase the book by clicking the cover image above.


New Books by Shannon Tharp and Peter O’Leary

Vertigo in Spring + Phosphorescence of Thought

Order your copies via our publications page.



What an update! We’ve got work from Michael Autrey, Wes Benson, Derrick Buisch, Adam Fagin, S.M. Fattig, Norman Finkelstein, Chris Glomski, Whit Griffin, Ross Hair, Janet Holmes, Joseph Massey, Alexandra Mattraw, Amanda Nadelberg, Peter O’Leary, Mark Scroggins, Melissa Severin, Mike Sikkema, Shannon Tharp, Steven Toussaint, and Mark Truscott. Dig in!

We’ve got a new release from Story of the Sea, a 2CD album, half-instrumental and half-b-sides/alternate versions of their songs. Go get it.

Sally Delehant’s A Real Time of It, was reviewed at Read This Awesome Book. Peter O’Leary’s Luminous Epinoia was reviewed by Robert Archambeau over here and by Broc Rossell over at Colorado Review’s site.

Here’s a few publications by CultSoc contributors:

· Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah: Essays on the Epic Graphic Satire of Dave Sim and Gerhard, edited by Eric Hoffman

· The Way We Live, poems by Burt Kimmelman

· The Sixth Great Extinction, poems by Whit Griffin

Shoutification: Darren Z., Argos, Gordon W., Cody; EL/JP!; (v); ; EMS + DLB CA; JCNY/HA; PBNY + N.; Toni B.; DO’D.s; Magpies; z./S./J.; Princes; Neo-Modernists; NJNY; D./D.T.B.; LaChimas (Lone Star); Moribidnia; Midwestern Alliance; McK (Franklin); & you.


Chicago, Milwaukee, and You

Delehant + Stebelton

Please join us as we welcome Sally Delehant’s A Real Time of It, Chuck Stebelton’s The Platformist, and Whit Griffin’s The Sixth Great Extinction (Skysill Press), into your lives. We’ve got two readings coming up, one in Chicago and one a mere two days later in Milwaukee:

Chicago: Friday, July 27, 2012, 7:00p
The (New) Corpse Space
1511 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Whereat Whit Griffin, Sally Delehant, Chuck Stebelton, and Peter O’Leary will read from their past and recent work and perhaps that of others. You will love this.

Milwaukee: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2:00p
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street
Wherefrom Whit Griffin, Sally Delehant, and Chuck Stebelton will revisit, extend, and amplify the poetic victories of the prior Friday night, with one key distinction: they’ll be in Milwaukee, not Chicago, this time.

Thanks again.



We’ve got a delightful mix for you this update: poems from Michael Autrey, Dan Beachy-Quick, Joel Bettridge, Paul Ebenkamp, Norman Finkelstein, Roberto Harrison, Michael Heller, David James Miller, Rico Moore, Peter O’Leary, John Phillips, Pam Rehm, Broc Rossell, Mark Scroggins, Mary Austin Speaker, John Tipton, and Tyrone Williams. We’ve got prose-poems by Gabriel and Marcel Piqueray translated by Robert Archambeau and Jean-Luc Garneau as well as an essay on William Blake by Peter O’Leary. The picks this round are courtesy of Steven Manuel. Just click on a contributor’s name and get right down to it.

As you might already know, Sally Delehant’s book is due back from the printer in early July and we should have Chuck Stebelton’s book in-hand by the end of that month. Though we’re most excited for these titles as they’ll bear our imprint, several contributors have had work published (relatively) recently:

Dan Beachy-Quick, Wonderful Investigations
Brooklyn Copeland, Siphon Harbor
Michael Heller, This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 + Speaking The Estranged: Essays on the Work of George Oppen + Uncertain Poetries: Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics
Joseph Massey, At the Point
Amanda Nadelberg, Bright Brave Phenomena
John Phillips, What Shape Sound (scroll down a bit)
Kate Schapira, The Bounty: Four Addresses + How We Saved the City
Mark Scroggins, Red Arcadia (his Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles can be purchased directly from us or via SPD)
Shannon Tharp, The Cost of Walking
Jamie Townsend, The Dome
Tyrone Williams, Howell + Adventures of Pi

So there you go.

Shouticization: B≥; Cody; EL/JP!; JCNY/HA; PBNY + N.; Toni B.; DO’D.s; Magpies; z./S./J.; Princes; Neo-Modernists; NJNY; D./D.T.B.; Lone Star LaChimas; EMS + DLB CA; (v); Moribidnia (Shoriber?); Midwestern Alliance; McK (Franklin); & you.