Anyhow, one can always get to writing on work--and as it turns out, Martin sent me (which I also forgot)--other work from the ongoing series WIW? All 3 installations published can be (should be, if possible) ordered thru their respective publishers. So, in lieu of what should be a review of the work already at hand, an apologetic IOU (it WILL get written before I'm dead), plus an, er, gulp, nearly 1-year anniversary "reprint" of my bumping into this astounding (I mean daring, pushing at the limits of text arts, that which I've never seen the likes of before...) book of Martin's, and press called Delete. My bad book artist eye nonetheless caught the latter's unusual level of care in making the hand-bound limited edition chapbook, which made me query further. So I wrote to C.J and the folks at Delete Press. What I got back was a mini-essay from Schickling. Reprinted below, from the, er, archives:
New News: Delete Press
In writing a review of CJ Martin's latest book, out from the new Delete Press, I asked Crane Giamo, one of the editors, for background information on Delete. Martin's chapbook, WIW?3, part of a series, is startlingly good, really one of the best books of poetry I've read this year (which is why I'm SLOWLY writing a review of it), yet as amateur book artist, I couldn't help but delve into the object itself. The book is beautifully constructed, coptic bound, the cardstock thick and letterpressed typesetting gorgeous. Each comes with its own handmade sleeve (again, beautiful). All materials (I think) are recycled. So, I emailed Delete and asked them what gave rise to this new press, as well as how they worked with CJ. The latter will be another post--here I'll just say that Crane said they worked quite closely with CJ throughout on the design of the book. For now, I want to pass along what Crane forwarded me--fellow editor Jared Schickling's mission statement, or mini-essay-as-response to my question.