Week 18 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Jeffrey Gilbert

Mystical Musings is a chapbook that contains the ruminations of a modern spirit. Jeffrey Gilbert has found his way to Love/Wisdom through binaural beats, plant medicines, meditation, Christian College where he got my Bachelors Degree in Bible/Philosophy, living in a Charismatic house church and holding “free healing” signs at the boardwalk where they lay on hands, travelling in a school bus to Costa Rica, ministering in the garbage dumps in the Phillipines, dancing at Electric Forest, being married twice, skating parking garages all night in San Diego, reading (and experiencing) A Course of Love, A Course in Miracles, Conversations with God, The Way of Mastery, etc. all of in which he could taste the words of divine flow down his spine. Gilbert has put together some of his poems here with an intergalactic portal at the end. So if you’re into feeling happy, while exploring the angst of losing your religion these are some reflections of being there in the corner.”

New entries – Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde at No.6, Over The Skin by Carole Bulewski at No.7, #KillAllPoets by Kneel Downe and Susan Omand at No.9 and Colouring Walls by Stella Tripp at No.10.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Sampson Low, Pluto Press and CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 entries each).

Leading authors – Oscar Wilde and Kneel Downe (2 publications each)

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (2) Mystical Musings – Jeffrey Gilbert (Independently published, 2 April 2017)

2 (3) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

3 (5) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

4 (10) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

5 (1) Pack Mentality – Kneel Downe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 11 April 2017)

6 (-) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

7 (-) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, 17 Nov 2015)

8 (4) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

9 (-) #KillAllPoets – Kneel Downe and Susan Omand (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 Jan. 2017)

10 (-) Colouring Walls – Stella Tripp  (Sampson Low Ltd, 9 Feb. 2017)

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Week 17 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kneel Downe

The wolf-spliced detective Kurt Lobo is one of the most popular characters in the VirulentBlurb universe. Harking back to the pulp noir detectives of the 1940’s and 50’s, Detective Lobo is Mike Hammer with a hairy hide. His gruff, cynical humour is now an instantly recognisable voice in the darkness of the City’s neon splashed night. Pack Mentality is the last of the four-part Virulent ChapBook set and it ventures onto the gritty streets of the City itself, gathering three short stories – one each from Lobo, his younger brother Lyca and a short report from his police partner Officer Geldof – alongside a taste of something yet to come that will have fans howling for more.

Kneel Downe was born in 1967 and raised in the middle of the countryside and silence where he immersed himself in books and fantasy. After trying several writing styles, Kneel began tweeting short fragments of fiction. A meeting with his idol, Jeff Noon, made Kneel realise that these short bursts could make up a whole universe of fiction and so the VirulentBlurb projects began.

New entries – The List of Dangers by Maggie Smith (No.6) and Sit. Stay. by A.L.D. Chalom (No.8).

Leading publisher –Holllyridge Press and CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 entries).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (1) Pack Mentality – Kneel Downe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 11 April 2017)

2 (3) Mystical Musings – Jeffrey Gilbert (Independently published, 2 April 2017)

3 (4) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

4 (5) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

5 (6) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005

6 (-) The List of Dangers – Maggie Smith (Kent State University Press, 20 Jan. 2013)

7 (2) Eliza Cunningham – John Newton (Curiosmith, 29 Sept. 2016)

8 (-) Sit. Stay. – A.L.D. Chalom (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 20 Feb. 2017)

9 (8) The sufferings of W. G. Being a sorrowful account of his seven years transportationWeaver. William Green (The British Library, 18 Mar. 2010)

10 (10) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

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Week 16 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kneel Downe

The wolf-spliced detective Kurt Lobo is one of the most popular characters in the VirulentBlurb universe. Harking back to the pulp noir detectives of the 1940’s and 50’s, Detective Lobo is Mike Hammer with a hairy hide. His gruff, cynical humour is now an instantly recognisable voice in the darkness of the City’s neon splashed night. Pack Mentality is the last of the four-part Virulent ChapBook set and it ventures onto the gritty streets of the City itself, gathering three short stories – one each from Lobo, his younger brother Lyca and a short report from his police partner Officer Geldof – alongside a taste of something yet to come that will have fans howling for more.

Kneel Downe was born in 1967 and raised in the middle of the countryside and silence where he immersed himself in books and fantasy. After trying several writing styles, Kneel began tweeting short fragments of fiction. A meeting with his idol, Jeff Noon, made Kneel realise that these short bursts could make up a whole universe of fiction and so the VirulentBlurb projects began.

New entries – Eliza Cunningham by John Newton (no.2) and Hard Rain by Tony Hoagland (No.6).

Leading publisher –Holllyridge Press (2 entries).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (6) Pack Mentality – Kneel Downe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 11 April 2017)

2 (-) Eliza Cunningham – John Newton (Curiosmith, 29 Sept. 2016)

3 (2) Mystical Musings – Jeffrey Gilbert (Independently published, 2 April 2017)

4 (4) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (5) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

6 (-) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005

7 (1) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

8 (3) The sufferings of W. G. Being a sorrowful account of his seven years transportationWeaver. William Green (The British Library, 18 Mar. 2010)

9 (8) Still Life With Cat Th. Hurdlebrink (Now, Voyager Chapbooks, 23 Mar. 2017)

10 (9) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

 

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Week 15 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle – On Imagination

“It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea,” Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. This chapbook features original interior illustrations.

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family. She has written numerous books of poetry, including My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like minifables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle’s erasures are available to view on her website; a full-color facsimile of her erasure Incarnation of Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). Ruefle has also published a collection of fiction, The Most of It (2008). She received a BA in Literature from Bennington College. She has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont.

New entries – On Imagination by Mary Ruefle (No.1), The sufferings of W. G. Being a sorrowful account of his seven years transportation by Weaver. William Green (No.3) and Pack Mentality by Kneel Downe (No.6).

Leading publisher – Pluto Press (2 entries).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications)

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

2 (1) Mystical Musings – Jeffrey Gilbert (Independently published, 2 April 2017)

3 (-) The sufferings of W. G. Being a sorrowful account of his seven years transportationWeaver. William Green (The British Library, 18 Mar. 2010)

4 (4) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (6) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

6 (-) Pack Mentality – Kneel Downe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 11 April 2017)

7 (2) It’s Called a Heart – Kil Conor (Skelly Road, 16 Mar. 2017)

8 (3) Still Life With Cat Th. Hurdlebrink (Now, Voyager Chapbooks, 23 Mar. 2017)

9 (8) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

10 (9) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

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Week 14 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Jeffrey Gilbert

Mystical Musings is a chapbook that contains the ruminations of a modern spirit. Jeffrey Gilbert has found his way to Love/Wisdom through binaural beats, plant medicines, meditation, Christian College where he got my Bachelors Degree in Bible/Philosophy, living in a Charismatic house church and holding “free healing” signs at the boardwalk where they lay on hands, travelling in a school bus to Costa Rica, ministering in the garbage dumps in the Phillipines, dancing at Electric Forest, being married twice, skating parking garages all night in San Diego, reading (and experiencing) A Course of Love, A Course in Miracles, Conversations with God, The Way of Mastery, etc. all of in which he could taste the words of divine flow down his spine. Gilbert has put together some of his poems here with an intergalactic portal at the end. So if you’re into feeling happy, while exploring the angst of losing your religion these are some reflections of being there in the corner.”

New entries – Mystical Musings by Jeffrey Gilbert (No.1), Still Life With Cat by Th. Hurdlebrink (No.3) and The Cows by Lydia Davis (No.5).

Leading publisher –Sampson Low and Pluto Press (2 entries).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications)

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) Mystical Musings – Jeffrey Gilbert (Independently published, 2 April 2017)

2 (1) It’s Called a Heart – Kil Conor (Skelly Road, 16 Mar. 2017)

3 (-) Still Life With Cat Th. Hurdlebrink (Now, Voyager Chapbooks, 23 Mar. 2017)

4 (4) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (-) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 29 Mar. 2011)

6 (5) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

7 (2) Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

8 (7) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

9 (8) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

10 (6) Levels – Far Awayaa, Sogol Sur and Joe Caplin (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

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Week 13 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kil Conor

It’s Called a Heart – “Horror has no preference for gender or sexual orientation. On these pages, I’ve written some poetry perhaps, although it doesn’t rhyme. In fact, I don’t know that it’s poetry at all, more scattered thoughts. Fantasies of the deranged mind. Enjoy.” KC. (2nd week at No.1)

Kil Conor writes short vulgarities, poetic atrocities and tales of the most unfortunate. He also enjoys pie.

New entries – The List of Dangers by Maggie Smith (No.3), Hard Rain by Tony Hoagland (No.9) and Over The Skin by Carole Bulewski (No.10).

Leading publisher –Sampson Low (3 entries).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications)

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (1) It’s Called a Heart – Kil Conor (Skelly Road, 16 Mar. 2017)

2 (2) Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

3 (-) The List of Dangers – Maggie Smith (Kent State University Press, 20 Jan. 2013)

4 (5) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (6) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

6 (3) Levels – Far Awayaa, Sogol Sur and Joe Caplin (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

7 (10) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

8 (9) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

9 (-) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

10 (-) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, 17 Nov 2015)

 

 

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Week 12 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kil Conor

It’s Called a Heart – “Horror has no preference for gender or sexual orientation. On these pages, I’ve written some poetry perhaps, although it doesn’t rhyme. In fact, I don’t know that it’s poetry at all, more scattered thoughts. Fantasies of the deranged mind. Enjoy.” KC.

Kil Conor writes short vulgarities, poetic atrocities and tales of the most unfortunate. He also enjoys pie.

New entries – It’s Called a Heart by Kil Conor at No.1, What’s In The Bag? by Matthew Asprey at No.7, and Whittlings by Paul F. Lenzi at No.8.

Leading publisher – CreateSpace Independent Publishing (3 entries).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications)

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) It’s Called a Heart – Kil Conor (Skelly Road, 16 Mar. 2017)

2 (2) Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

3 (3) Levels – Far Awayaa, Sogol Sur and Joe Caplin (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

4 (1) Sit. Stay. – A.L.D. Chalom (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 20 Feb. 2017)

5 (5) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

6 (4) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

7 (-) What’s In The Bag? – Matthew Asprey (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2 Jun. 2013)

8 (-) Whittlings – Paul F. Lenzi (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 14 Sept. 2016)

9 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

10 (8) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987

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