Lab(orare est orare)

by Peg Duthie Accessible version: Lab(orare est orare) Cleaning glass with clammy hands, coaxing clues onto whiteboards — on we press: oncological hide-and-seek. ©2018 by Peg Duthie Peg Duthie would like you to visit her home in cyberspace: http://zirconium.dreamwidth.org. Advertisements

what cotton candy tasted like in 2004

by William Bortz before summer left that year it gave me a wet kiss and my hair is still matted like dew-soaked grass and July is just another day at the carnival dusk is patient and slow to fade sitting idly just below the crest of low hills keeping the color in the clouds from…

Oh

by Greg Hill Accessible version: Oh for all the world, so few could solve my riddled heart as you ©2018 by Greg Hill Greg Hill is a writer and voice-over talent in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he spends evenings composing little tunes for his daughters, who are too young to know how poorly their father…

Yarrow and Smoke

poems by William O’Daly Forthcoming 4 May 2018: ISBN 978-1-61019-602-4 Sustainable Edition: print $16 Accessible Edition ebook: Kindle $5.99 ISBN 978-1-61019-241-5 Global Edition: print $14 Yarrow and Smoke is William O’Daly’s love song to gray valley and starless river, to the parched land where he has built his life among beached cans and bottles, waiting…

2018 Spring List

Folded Word is thrilled to announce our forthcoming titles from amazing poets this spring: WATERSHED – poems by Jean L. French, April 2018, ISBN 978-1-61019-233-0. A collection that explores the resilience of forest life through harvest, drought, and fire written by a logger’s daughter with a naturalist’s heart. YARROW AND SMOKE – poems by William…

It was close

by F.J. Bergmann If I’d gotten hay for the horses from another farm If I’d been able to pay cash instead of working in the field If you hadn’t lost your balance and sat down just before the truck went under the bridge If you’d never left Milwaukee If he hadn’t left me If the…

FoldedForthcoming: WISHBONES by Ben Moeller-Gaa

Our lovely Sarah talked me into opening up an Instagram account so you all could see our titles in various stages of production. When I posted the following photo of blocking one piece from a new haiku/senryu collection, Ben did something brilliant: He responded to my copyediting query in the public comments. I got his…

Body Polychrome

by Ahimaz Rajessh Accessible version: Body Polychrome shades of garment lapse of instants shades of light compose her …now brown … now wheatish now black … now goldish… tones ©2018 by Ahimaz Rajessh Lately published in 200 CCs, Flapperhouse, Pidgeonholes, theEEEL & Strange Horizons, Ahimaz Rajessh (@ahimaaz) has writing upcoming in Milkfist and 7×20.

Flipper

by Austin Davis It’s almost too much— the way she holds my hand on raw December mornings even when her nails camouflage with the frost kissed grass. The sleeves slip from the dark blue sweater she wears of mine and her hands lose their fingers, evolving into little penguin flippers. The sweater is four sizes…

2017 Wrap-Up

A note from the Editor in Chief When I look back at everything Folded Word published this year, I can’t believe how far this press has come in nine years. From Jessie Carty’s 2008 launch of the YouTube zine Shape of a Box to the 2017 inclusion of The Book of Wishful Thinking and Water…

Bird House Blind

by M.R. Baird I dwell in a house that is not mine; milk snow, lake effect, eagle overhead flies on with outstretched wings, open eyed, above the blinds, my hands grasping, the cold, trees fall, weather comes in again. This house is full of birds landing, temporary stop, then go, look over me to the…

After Rain

haiku by Gary Schroeder calligraphy by JS Graustein foreword by Joseph Hutchison ISBN 978-1-61019-240-8 Sustainable Edition: print $14 Accessible Edition ebook and Global Edition print TBA In this collection of 32 haiku presented in the Carolingian hand of JS Graustein, Gary Schroeder celebrates the intimacy of moments. In translating his observations into sensory-rich poems, Schroeder…