Chelsea Green Publishing will re-publish Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America in the fall. Mark Schimmoeller and Alice Peck Editorial signed a contract with them on May 3.
A good crowd, despite a winter storm warning, came to Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY to hear Mark Schimmoeller read from Slowspoke on March 2. Upcoming readings are currently being scheduled. Meanwhile, in honor of a lingering winter, a poem:
The ice storm comes at night, the pingsplish
at the window panes
and in the morning
we are all caught as if by
a camera click
in a quick silver grip.
We are bent toward something
we can’t get out of
in this cold.
Look at the cedar,
some already at the ground.
As for me, it’s early February,
and I’ve probably been captured
doing something with wood
perhaps stacking six pieces of split
Osage orange on top of criss-crossed
kindling and newsprint
in a tiny cast iron stove,
then kneeling down in a chilly house
to strike a match,
and this can’t be a scary thing
to find yourself here
like you’ve never left (for me,
fourteen winters lighting this stove)
because this isn’t everything, you’ll
go on to boiling oatmeal, peeling
hardboiled eggs, writing,
walking the dogs with
two dog treats in the pocket,
sawing wood for the following winter, the chainsaw
scattering sawdust the color of summer
over the snow.
But hold this pose
a little longer.
Mark Schimmoeller will read from Slowspoke at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday, March 2, at 2:00 pm. He will be with two other local authors. It will be his first reading at a bookstore since Publishers Weekly gave Slowspoke a starred review.
Mark Schimmoeller will read from Slowspoke at the Wild Goose Cafe in Owenton, KY on Friday, February 21 at 7:00 pm. Local poets will join him there, including Trina Peiffer and Reid Bush.
special note: Slowspoke was selected to be the “Opening Lines” header in the Kansas City Star Books Section, February 9, 2014.
Publishers’ Weekly gave Slowspoke a starred review on February 17, 2014. (To read, click on the website “Reviews” tab.)