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Neglected Powers

Last Word Press is proud to announce the release of a new collection of poems from New York poet Erik La Prade.

La Prade is a free-lance journalist, poet and non-fiction writer focusing on art and artists, and an artist of his own merit. He was recently included in Alan Kaufman's Outlaw Bible of American Art (Last Gasp 2016). His previous works of poetry include: Movie Logic (2013), False Confessions (2011), and the interview series BREAKING THROUGH: Richard Bellamy and the Green Gallery, 1960-1965 (2010).

Erik La Prade brings a sardonic humor to the poems in this collection, while evincing a subtle homage to American literary history. Neglected Powers brims with the forgotten corners of New York and the ghosts of New England, using subtle turns of phrase and the poet's own memories.

La Prade himself has said these poems are echoes created by encounters with friends, lovers, buildings and places visited or lived in over many years. They are collected from three previous chapbooks written over a period of about five years, while some have not been published in any collection until now.

Order a copy now from Amazon or from etsy for $12.95 plus shipping, or help a small press/independent bookstore out and order from us directly.

A Visit to the Ranch & other poems

Another new release from Last Word Press! A Visit to the Ranch & other poems by klipschutz (aka Kurt Lipschutz) is now available. klipschutz is the author of  Twilight of the Male Ego, The Good Neighbor Policy and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder, as well as This Drawn & Quartered Moon and ALL ROADS...But This One.

Kurt was recently in Olympia for the release of A Visit to the Ranch at Last Word (video coming soon!). This is the third original title from Last Word Press and its growing stable of poets/writers. Each one of these books is a great pride and joy to produce and we are constantly looking for more titles and writers to fill our growing stables.

These breezy, seemingly off-the-cuff poems gleam with a subversive intelligence. Sometimes baffling, puzzling, often quite funny, they are always lively and interesting–clusters of living language deftly captured on the page, objects created by “mouthing / fricatives & phonemes” while “eyeing dogwood blossoms” and “footing it beneath / an unimpeachably blue sky.

 ~Clemens Starck
author of Journeyman’s Wages
winner of the Oregon Book Award

A key figure stands behind many of these poems, whose humanity and accomplishment are alluded to in a number of ways: Charles Potts, whose contributions to the literary world as poet, essayist, and publisher are legendary…Like Potts, klipschutz is passionately erudite…His range of subject matter and concern is vast, and seems endlessly versatile, both in detail and in tone. his self-image as poet could be described through the line that has him “flying coach inside my cape.”

~James Bertolini (from the foreward) 
author of Ravenous Bliss: New & Selected Love Poems

Here's a selection of one of our favorite poems from the book:


The Dog & the Truck own the Freeway at Night,
Switching Lanes back & forth by the Moon,
An occasional Bug on four Wheels left or right.
The Dog & the Truck own the Freeway at Night,
Past Frontage Road, Billboard & Nothing. In spite
Of a Sky like a Dartboard Cartoon,
The Dove mourns in French & the Hawk rules the Night.
A Cash Cow jumps over the Moon.

Straight Jacket Elegies

We are proud to announce the release of Straight Jacket Elegies by Alan Kaufman. Kaufman is the author of several books of poetry including American Cruiser (Zeitgeist Press) and Horseman of the Apocalypse (Cyborg Productions), as well as the memoirs Jew Boy (FSG) and Drunken Angel (Viva Editions). He is the editor of the acclaimed anthologies The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (Basic Books). If you're interested in ordering a copy click the following link to our Etsy storefront: 

What they are saying about Alan Kaufman:

" An abundance of suspense, curiosity, wonder and awe.... I want to congratulate and thank Alan Kaufman for enriching my life... -- Hubert Selby, Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn

"Frightening and deeply moving..." Publishers Weekly

"Raw in its passion and lacerating in its testimony.” —Oscar Villalon, former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle

Alan Kaufman has been compared to Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, Hubert Selby Jr., and even Ernest Hemingway, another soldier turned writer. His books include the memoirs JEW BOY and DRUNKEN ANGEL, the novel MATCHES and the landmark anthologies The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (co-edited with Barney Rosset) and The Outlaw Bible of American Essays.  His books and writings have been translated into German, Dutch, Swedish and Japanese.

Here is one of our favorite poems from Straight Jacket Elegies:

   An image or two stuck:
   the swimmer tossed into the sea and surfacing
   with damp curls, reborn, beside himself with joy,
   and further on you enjoin the student,
   me I guess,
   to destroy you, the teacher,
   and that will spread your breast
   You're dead

Principia Discordia in New Large-format edition

We finally decided to get off our collective (not collectivist, dammit) asses and put together a large format Principia Discordia for those hard of seeing, or just like things larger than smaller. We printed it using a special process none only to a few people, but that we will reveal here to all: we closed our eyes. Just kidding. We're not going to tell you how we printed this. 

Just know that we printed them and now they're out there in the world for all to find. You can find them on our Etsy store or in Last Word Books & Press. Fnord.