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Hailey Higdon

December 2012
Chapbook, Limited edition
5.5 x 8.5, 24 pages
Kraft cardstock 65 lb. cover
Cream laid interior
Saddle stapled

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PACKING is the first chapbook in the 2012-2013 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series will be released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release.

These poems are not only about packing up and leaving behind a city and making a move—from Philadelphia to Nashville–they also explore linear and serial narratives and the ways each can represent events and the compounded passage of time.

you love the stone

it stays, only moves or changes in relation to you

when really what I've been polishing is the face on the back of my head

the mirror components

my elbow that bends the other way, my foot that leads from the other side of me

still, I'm moving to Nashville so I wrote this song about forgiveness

—from "The Stone That Produces Milk"

The design concept of Packing incorporated the use of recycled/upcycled materials (just like collecting used boxes to pack for a move), so all the paper and most of the cover stock comes from previous projects, and the packing materials are themed too. Another aspect of the concept was to keep the book affordable and unfussy: a minimalist cover illustration, no-frills formatting. Just Hailey's great poems classically saddle stapled, five bucks.

Hailey Higdon is the author of the chapbook How to Grow Almost Everything, (Agnes Fox, 2011) and the book-blog The Palinode Project. She runs What To Us (press). She is affiliated with many states and has many homes. She is a lifelong student of sound and language.



Praise for Hailey Higdon's Previous Work

I like the flow of Higdon's thoughtful, longer lines, and the meditative qualities. Her use of repetition, as well, is quite compelling, and it makes me wonder how these pieces might sound out loud, the rhythm of her lines echoing a deceptive lull before another critical, twisted pull, another thoughtful punch.

—Rob McLennan

Many of us are still rattled deep down by the reading she gave in Seth Landman and Lewis Freedman's apartment in October 2008.

—Wolf in a Field