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This is poetry off the cuff, shot from the hip, and written at the spur of the moment. For thirty days, A. J. Howells wrote poetry off the top of his head, culling thoughts both consciously familiar and subliminally foreign. The result is a collection of wildly differing poems, reflective of various moments' thoughts, moods, and subconscious underpinnings. These are jazz improvisations. To borrow a phrase from Shunryu Suzuki, these poems are products of a "beginner's mind," written upon a blank, meditative canvas.
A. J. Howells is Makeshift Press’ publisher and managing editor. Additionally, he recently served as an editor for Journey Press' upcoming anthology, Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (1958-1963). His full bibliography can be found here. He lives with his wife, two children, and two cats in the woods of northern Virginia where he spends far too much time reading comic books and listening to Sun Ra. In his spare time, he teaches full time.