Sweeping Emily Dickinson off Her Feet
What a strange potpourri of happiness and grief. What a blessing and a curse, the admixture of fame and obscurity. Cute pug-nosed longings and their devilish tricks. The frail dandy with his alligator shoes and Vitalis-slick hair. The raven-haired mistress who longs to be the wife with three children. The silver-tongued devil smooth talking his way past commitment. Everyone locked down in a small cell of confusion. Everyone protecting his own hunchbacked fear.
Give up the ghost and all else follows wrote Henry Miller, paraphrasing the Buddha. Spiral down thru enlightenment like a corkscrew and pour the red wine. This is my body, this is my blood, what else can I tell you? Myths gone lopsided, and here comes the unwanted tsunami. What you figure out you make up and that’s where the trouble starts.
I read today that Emily Dickinson wrote over seventeen hundred poems. There’s my girl! If I could rearrange time I’d sweep her off her feet in a maelstrom of Shards and consummate what even the least of us long for.
HCOLOM PRESS is the heir to Vagabond Press, which began as a main player in the Mimeo Revolution of the Sixties and continued publishing right into the jaws of the new millennium. HCOLOM PRESS embodies the spirit of Vagabond Press, retooled for the times we live in.
Hcolom is Moloch spelled backwards. Moloch is an Old Testament deity to which children were sacrificed, a practice society still engages in with increased enthusiasm. Consumerism is the new Moloch, manifesting itself like cancer in war, politics, the arts and religion, in every nook and cranny of human endeavor, draining the intrinsic beauty out of life and mutilating the innocence and magic of childhood with its commercial meat hook. HCOLOM PRESS intends to publish books that by their nature repudiate this pernicious force–novels, poetry, children’s books and books that transcend genre.
Our launch book, in June of 2006, was John Bennett’s novel, Tire Grabbers, a fable of sorts, a reality book rooted in the fantasy of our times, the story of the coming of Moloch and the children who rise up in rebellion against it.
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