Books

Temporary Sale! Aloft Alight, Gaia Thomas' latest chapbook, is both precise and casual, filled with moments that punch you in the gut and stick in your mind. A history of trauma and a path toward healing. Poison and medicine, the sound of wind from the cracked open window, trying to swim.

Printed at Olympia's South Bay Press. Sewn wraps, hand-bound by the author.

Gorgeous cover art by Travis Wagner. 24 pages, half-letter size.

Michelle Overby's books of casual modern haikus are such joys. Little books you want to gift, the kind of things you take a moment out of time with. Her latest, And Winter Reminds Me, packs it in. Three poems per page, each handwritten in Michelle's expressive style. As usual, it's a treat.

76 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

A back-catalog gem from Portland food writer and publisher Andrew Barton (The Myrtlewood Cookbook). Autumn Wanderers is his travelogue of a two-month trek from London to Istanbul, following (albeit unintentionally) the path of the British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.

104 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Includes 12 color-plate images printed on a wax printer by Pine Island Press (Incandescent Photo Zine). Published by Two Plum Press.

"During the journey, the Wanderers walk through twilit parks in London, attend a children's rugby 'match tea' in The English Countryside, stroll along the houseboat lined canals of Amsterdam, visit underground art spaces in Den Haag, see innumerable places of dreams/book/films in Paris, feel at home amongst the snow/candlelight/people of Berlin, ride trains through vast snowy landscapes past broken towns and train stations, experience the deep, hardy beauty of winter in Krakow, in glorious winter sun visit the palatial baths in Budapest, and ferrying from shore to shore of the Bosphorus, soundtracked by the call to prayer, adventure through intoxicatingly magical sites and smells of Istanbul."

Set between the public outdoor pools of the UK and the mountain lakes of the Pacific Northwest, Body of Water is a brilliant series of essays about swimming by Alexis Wolf. Whether she's plunging into frigid water on her wedding day or considering ecological collapse while swimming through wildfire smoke, creating her own mikvah or dealing with chronic illness, Wolf's journey in Body of Water makes you appreciate all the beauty and difficulty of being in a human body on earth. 

84 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

In short: One of our favorite little books around! A modern classic, even. Five years of collected plays written by Portland, Oregon preschoolers and collected by preschool teacher/Two Plum Press publisher, Andrew Barton. Hilarious, invariably bizarre, oddly brilliant, sometimes surprisingly profound. Perfect for putting out on the coffee table, reading aloud to friends, impromptu group performances. 

Read a sample play. 120 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

Everyday Mythologies is a sideways glance at the mundane myths that make up our lives. Or: three personal essays about collecting, cars, and dads (that are also about gender, masculinity, and strength). 

66 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press. ISBN #9781732159129.

The Richard Brautigan of the Portland, Oregon poetry scene, Chris Maday writes poems that are funny, puzzling, and perfectly odd. 

82 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

Small glimpses of a life lived between places. These flash memoir pieces look deeply at moments spent in lakes, kitchens, and campfires.

Accompanied by 12 of Alex’s color film photos, printed by Pine Island Press (of the great Incandescent photo journal). 

Cover colors vary. 88 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

From the author of On Subbing and About My Disappearance comes a book about traveling to Australia and Southeast Asia, getting bit by a penguin, potentially catching the bird flu, doing zine readings, going to punk shows, and feeling old all the while.

96 pages, small trade paperback.

Delphine Bedient's writing is accessible and odd, heartfelt and detached, sad and hilarious. In The Last Time My Sadness Was Convenient she positions her in-between-genre writing in the form of short poems, and it's perhaps her best chapbook yet. These are love and break-up poems from the quiet moments of missing and longing, poems of being alone together and lonely alone.

68 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.