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Ten Years After

2021 marks ten years since Nualláin House, Publishers, began print on demand publishing of “literature as reading entertainment” utilizing readily available digital technology and desktop design options, essentially a case of authors seizing the means of production. Over that time Nualláin House has published two genre novels (crime fiction and western), an anthology of Japanese linked verse, and six selections of poetry. Because technology changes the way one does business, Nualláin House has slowly shifted emphasis away from the production of bound volumes of poetry and fiction to the wider readership access provided by the internet. Digital media in the form of blogs and websites provide an entry for the independent artist and writer to launch shoestring operations that do not demand much more than time, determination, and a little imagination to produce and promote their work. After a decade of slogging up the steep cyber learning curve, Nualláin House, Publishers, a publishing project that focused on printed media, has had to widen its scope of what can be accomplished in the production and promotion of literary arts. To that end, along with a new easier to read WordPress theme, Nualláin House has incorporated two fresh projects available through the site’s menu bar to reflect its expanded emphasis: Affiliated Sites and Bamboo Leaf Studio. As before, synopses and approbation of previously published titles can also be accessed from the menu bar as can contact information and ordering print editions

Affiliated Sites

The New Black Bart Poetry Society blog, Parole, was launched in 2012 and was originally conceived as a calendar and events reminder for the poetry society. As the successor to Life of Crime, a more scurrilous Society rag from the 80s, Parole continues the focus on poetry, poets, and the poetry scene.  It has a worldwide readership which has grown from a couple of hundred readers a month to thousands who now enjoy its unique perspectives on modern poetry.

Ode To Sunset, A Year In The Life Of American Genius, a fiction by Pat Nolan, was in the works several years before Nualláin House, Publishers, came into being.  As work on Ode To Sunset was occurring in parallel, the publishing tools available through the internet offered the opportunity to take a creative leap into the online publishing of the manuscript as a serial novel.  At over 600 manuscript pages, the challenge then became one of presentation over a sustained period of time.  The novel was posted over two years, 2014-2016, with yearly updates and progress reports since then.

Joining these two affiliated sites is Dime Pulp, A Serial Fiction Magazine. Nualláin House’s original concept of publishing literature as reading entertainment is being revisited with a new undertaking in the form of a serial fiction magazine posting original crime fiction on a monthly schedule.  Dime Pulp has already published its first issues featuring two original novels in serialization as well as short stories with more original genre fiction in the queue.

For the curious wishing to access the aforementioned sites, click on Affiliated Sites  here or on the menu bar and follow the links

Bamboo Leaf Studio

Bamboo Leaf Studio is an independent art enterprise by poet Pat Nolan featuring his limited edition handmade books, linoleum prints, and studio based literary ephemera. The studio page provides links to four gallery pages of representative work: Faux Koans, Smoking Poets, Women Poet Postcards, and Handmade Books & Surimono.  Click on Bamboo Leaf Studio here or on the menu bar to access the links to the galleries below the brief introduction.

What’s Next?

The events of the past year have presented an opportunity to reassess the expectations for Nualláin House as a publishing arts venture. Although the emphasis on hard copy production is no longer in the forefront, Nualláin House, Publishers, is reviewing its catalog and considering at least one more print on demand edition of creative non-fiction. As well, work is in progress to bring a new serial novel online, in addition to the ones featured in Dime Pulp. Poetry will continue to be a focus but as online chapbooks downloadable in pdf or ebook formats. Bamboo Leaf Studio with new Smoking Poets prints and assorted literary art ephemera continues to be a crucible of creativity in its unique synthesis of art and literature. With the exception of the books, prints, and some ephemera, all of these literary products are available without charge to the interested reader.  Many thanks to those who have faithfully followed Nualláin House, Publishers, over the years.  There’s always something new on the creative horizon.

Women Poets Postcards, Series Three

Nualláin House Publishers
in partnership with
Bamboo Leaf Studio
is offering a unique and original
series of limited edition hand printed
Postcards of Women Poets
~Series Three~
features poets
Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov, Lucille Clifton

Postcards are individually printed by hand
on re-purposed commercial utility cardboard using
a combination of carved linoleum blocks and handmade stencils.

Each series is limited to 25 sets of 3 postcards each,
numbered and signed with the artist’s seal.
Series Three is available for purchase in the initial
Fall/Winter offering at $25 per set
(see How To Order for details).
Individual postcards are available as “artist proofs” at $10 each.

Series Two postcard sets are now available at $50 per set.

A few Series One postcard sets are still available at $75 per set.
Some individual postcards from sets one and two
are  available as “artist proofs” at $10 each.
(see How To Order for details).

Fundamental (Revisited)

cover of 1982 edition

Fundamental, Toy Poems, was published in 1982 by Doris Green Editions. The title says it all: elementary cerebral entertainment. The poems were a selection of Pat Nolan’s minimalist poems that had been published in Rolling Stone and various literary magazines in the early seventies. Produced as a mimeographed book, each page was typed onto a stencil, printed on a clunky hand crank mimeograph machine, cut into half sheets, collated, and stapled in an ink smudged intensive labor of love.

The four original illustrations were drawn by the late Michael Fisher directly onto the wax surface of the mimeograph stencil as a kind of self-referential pun: stencils on stencils (quite meta for its day). The original covers from a design by Michael were printed by George Zastrow at Guerneville Graphics in Guerneville, California. 


 Approximately two hundred copies of the book were printed although not all were sold or given away. The remaining inventory and unbound covers were long forgotten in boxes in a closet. After shuffling them around for almost forty years, the dilemma was whether to toss them or do something with them. A reissue of Fundamental as a limited fortieth anniversary edition whose purpose was to utilize the remaining unbound covers was deemed appropriate. In another recycling coup, a nearly full case of pin-feed newsprint paper for an old dot matrix printer had been hanging around waiting for just the right opportunity to be utilized as the text pages.

BELOW ZERO

A passing dog
touches me with his nose
the bite in the air

Unfortunately, the plan to use the unbound covers proved to be a problem. Many of them did not survive storage intact and were marred by unsightly foxing (paper rust). The alternative solution was to create an authentic edition befitting Pat and Michael’s collaborative genius, limited to 26 copies, lettered A through Z. Supplementary handmade stencils created by the author were utilized in the printing of the end papers and covers, each unique, emphasizing the use of “stencils” (the original pun) as a “fundamental” concept.

unbound back cover

unbound front cover

unbound original stencil end paper
unbound original stencil end paper

Along with the recycled text paper, the cover stock utilizes repurposed commercial cardboard inserts. The end result is a unique “California Funk” edition bound in the Japanese style and highlights Michael Fisher’s collaboration on a genuine literary objet d’art.

The limited edition Fundamental, Toy Poems is available by subscription for $100 US each. All proceeds from sales go directly to Michael Fisher’s family. See How to Order for details.

The original four stencils of the 1982 edition were augmented with additional designs by Michael Fisher especially for this limited edition. The designs were realized as actual stencil prints this time with new designs made over the last couple years of his life. 

MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

Picture me
pen poised
above the page
what I was going
to write down
gone forever

FOR TOMORROW

That bottle
of wine’s
for tomorrow
I’ll only 
drink what’s
in the neck

Michael Fisher was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1944.  He was a multi-talented illustrator, artist. musician, raconteur and actor as well as a beloved preschool educator.  He lived in Monte Rio, California much of his adult life, and in Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico.  He passed away in December of 2019 from complication due to liver cancer.

Pat Nolan was born in Montreal, Canada in 1943.  His poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines and publications in North America, Europe and Asia.  As well as being a poet, editor, translator, and novelist, he is also a print and book artist. He has been a resident of Monte Rio since 1973. This special edition is a tribute to Michael’s genius.

Women Poets Postcards, Series Two

Nualláin House Publishers
in partnership with
Bamboo Leaf Studio
is offering a unique and original
series of limited edition hand printed
Postcards of Women Poets
Series Two
features poets
Murasaki Shikibu, Lorine Niedecker, Barbara Guest

Postcards are individually printed by hand
on re-purposed commercial utility cardboard
using a combination of carved linoleum blocks and stencils.

Each series is limited to 25 sets of 3 postcards each,
numbered and signed with the artist’s seal,
and available for purchase in the initial Summer offering
at $25 per set (see How To Order for details).
Individual postcards are available as “artist proofs” at $10 each.

 

A few Series One postcard sets are now available at $50 per set
(see How To Order for details).
Some individual postcards are still available as “artist proofs” at $10 each.

 

Women Poets Postcards–Series One

 

Nualláin House Publishers

in partnership with

Bamboo Leaf Studio

is offering a unique and original
series of limited edition hand printed

Postcards of Women Poets

from
Old Goat Art
 

Series One features the poets
Sappho, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Kathy Acker.

Postcards are individually printed by hand
on re-purposed commercial utility cardboard
using a combination of carved linoleum blocks and stencils.

Each series is limited to 25 sets of 3 postcards each,
numbered and signed with the Old Goat seal,
and available for purchase in the initial Spring offering
at $25 per set (see How To Order for details).
Individual postcards are available as “artist proofs” at $10 each.

Technology Changes Poetry

Technology Changes Poetry

Technology changes the way you do business and that includes poetry. 

Much like the typewriter’s revolutionary impact on the way writing was done, and giving truth to Kerouac’s teletype scroll and his prophetic insight into the future technology of texts, the word processor allows content to be viewed as a flow of literature from which can be gleaned, teased, netted what then become individual works.  [The] word document is processed beyond its mere transcription as a standardized visual representation of a poem on the page accessible to all who would have it.

In the words of Jack’s fellow visionary, Philip Whalen, the poem is a nerve movie, “a picture of the mind moving.”

Modern poetry demands more than just a casual interest—that is the purpose of its complexity. 

At a certain point in history the page presents itself to the modern poet as a field upon which to act rather than as a blank space on which to introduce the narrative of something that has already occurred.  What is set on the page is not transcription but interaction. 

In its revelation a good poem steps into the adjacent possible.

Potential field poetry recognizes that in a field of random words there is the probability of a multiplicity of meaning.

A unified theory of literature requires an understanding that all writing is framed sentience in the semblance of language.

From Much Much More, 1990-2010
Preface to SO MUCH Selected Poems Volume II
by Pat Nolan

Order Now & Your Copy of
SO MUCH
Selected Poems Volume II 1990-2010
Notebook Keyboard
By Pat Nolan
Will ship FREE the same day payment is received

(return customers can order online and the book will ship
FREE the day the order is received;
Offer good through July 31, 2019)

 

As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.”


More Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:

 “Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power.  He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water

“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”
—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.

“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.”
—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame


Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia.  He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, two novels, and an online serial fiction.  He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.

 

 


Selected Poems Volume II
SO MUCH
Notebook Keyboard
1990-2010
by Pat Nolan

—Spring 2019~$16~224 pages~paper~ISBN 978-0-9840310-8-5—

See How To Order for details

 

 

SO MUCH Vol. II Now Available

Order Now & Your Copy of
SO MUCH
Selected Poems Volume II
Notebook Keyboard
By Pat Nolan
will ship FREE the same day payment is received

(return customers can order online and the book will ship
FREE
the day the order is received;
Offer good through July 31, 2019)

Do Not Miss Your Chance To Own
A Selection of Twenty Years of Poetry by Pat Nolan

bard of the back roads
druid of the diurnal
laureate of the leaves
mountebank of Monte Rio
oracle of the outback
poet of the pines
prophet of the pedestrian
recluse of the river
rhymester of rustication
sage of Sonoma
singer of sunsets
troubadour of the tall trees 

As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.” 

More Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:

 “Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power.  He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water

“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”
—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.

“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.”
—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame


Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia.  He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, two novels, and an online serial fiction.  He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.


Selected Poems Volume II
SO MUCH
Notebook Keyboard
1990-2010
by Pat Nolan

—Spring 2019~$16~224 pages~paper~ISBN 978-0-9840310-8-5—

See How To Order for details

 

SO MUCH Volume II Free Shipping

SO MUCH Selected Poems
Volume II 1990-2010
Notebook-Keyboard

will ship at the end of June. Order now and get Free Shipping
(offer good through July 31, 2019)
See How To Order for details.

The title of Pat Nolan’s two volume selected poems, So Much, references modern American poetry’s seminal work by William Carlos Williams, about a red wheelbarrow, chickens, and rain. The poems in this second volume were actualized and finalized beyond their notebook originations on a word processor hence the designation of this twenty year span from 1990 to 2010 as Notebook Keyboard.  As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.”  Adherent to Whitman’s maverick impulse and O’Hara’s Personism, in memory of Ted Berrigan’s working class élan, under the guidance of Schuyler and Whalen, with a nod to early Twentieth Century French poets and the sages of the East, Pat Nolan’s poems hit all the right post-Beat, California School of New York Poets, Pacific Rim demotic notational ephemerist notes.  The poems selected here are representative of an acquired esthetic sourced outside of the doctrinaire Anglo-American literary tradition.  They do not aim at rhetoric nor do they seek to persuade.  Their primary intent is to present the fine distinctions of a perceptual identity in a uniquely spontaneous improvisational manner to the ear as well as to the page.


Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:

“Pat Nolan is one of the poets, Ted Berrigan once said, that you have to always keep an eye on because he can do unexpected startling things that leave you eating his dust.”
— Andrei Codrescu, author of  So Recently Rent A World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012.

“Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power.  He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water

“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”
—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.

“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.”
—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame


Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia.  He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and two novels.  He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.



Selected Poems Volume II

SO MUCH
Notebook Keyboard
1990-2010
by Pat Nolan

—Spring 2019~$16~225 pages~paper~ISBN 978-0-9840310-8-5—

Free Shipping through July 31, 2019
See How To Order for details

 

Notebook Keyboard: Order Now!

 Late Spring/Early Summer 2019
Volume II Selected Poems 1990-2010
 

NOTEBOOK KEYBOARD 

The title of Pat Nolan’s two volume selected poems, So Much, references modern American poetry’s seminal work by William Carlos Williams, about a red wheelbarrow, chickens, and rain. The poems in this second volume were actualized and finalized beyond their notebook originations on a word processor hence the designation of this twenty year span from 1990 to 2010 as Notebook Keyboard.  As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.”

 

 

Adherent to Whitman’s maverick impulse and O’Hara’s Personism, in memory of Ted Berrigan’s working class élan, under the guidance of Schuyler and Whalen, with a nod to early 20th Century French poets and the sages of the East, Pat Nolan’s poems hit all the right post-Beat, California School of New York Poets, Pacific Rim demotic notational ephemerist notes.

“Modern poetry demands that I evince more than just a casual interest—that is the purpose of its complexity.  My exposure is saturated with multimedia.  It is to be expected that my response will attempt to match those various inputs. At a certain point in history the page presents itself to the modern poet as a field upon which to act rather than as a blank space on which to introduce a narrative of something that has already occurred.  What is set on the page is not transcription but interaction.  In its revelation the poem steps into the adjacent possible. Potential field poetry recognizes that in a field of random words there is the probability of a multiplicity of meaning. I welcome that multiplicity. A unified theory of literature requires an understanding that all writing is sentience framed by the semblance of language.”

Pat Nolan, from Much Much More 1990-2010

The poems selected here are representative of an acquired esthetic sourced outside of the doctrinaire Anglo-American literary tradition.  They do not aim at rhetoric nor do they seek to persuade.  Their primary intent is to present the fine distinctions of a perceptual identity in a uniquely spontaneous improvisational manner to the ear as well as to the page.


Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:

“Pat Nolan is one of the poets, Ted Berrigan once said, that you have to always keep an eye on because he can do unexpected startling things that leave you eating his dust.”
— Andrei Codrescu, author of  So Recently Rent A World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012.

“Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power.  He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water

“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”

—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.

“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.” 

—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame


Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia.  He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and two novels.  He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.


Selected Poems Volume II
SO MUCH
Notebook Keyboard
1990-2010
by Pat Nolan

—Spring 2019~$16~225 pages~paper~ISBN 978-0-9840310-8-5—

See How To Order for details

 

 

 

 

 

Available for Pre-Order: Notebook Keyboard

 Late Spring/Early Summer 2019
Available for pre-order
Volume II Selected Poems 1990—2010
 

NOTEBOOK KEYBOARD 

The title of Pat Nolan’s two volume selected poems, So Much, references modern American poetry’s seminal work by William Carlos Williams, about a red wheelbarrow, chickens, and rain. The poems in this second volume were actualized and finalized beyond their notebook originations on a word processor hence the designation of this twenty year span from 1990 to 2010 as Notebook Keyboard.  As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.”

 

 

Adherent to Whitman’s maverick impulse and O’Hara’s Personism, in memory of Ted Berrigan’s working class élan, under the guidance of Schuyler and Whalen, with a nod to early 20th Century French poets and the sages of the East, Pat Nolan’s poems hit all the right post-Beat, California School of New York Poets, Pacific Rim demotic notational ephemerist notes.

The poems selected here are representative of an acquired esthetic sourced outside of the doctrinaire Anglo-American literary tradition.  They do not aim at rhetoric nor do they seek to persuade.  Their primary intent is to present the fine distinctions of a perceptual identity in a uniquely spontaneous improvisational manner to the ear as well as to the page.


Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:

“Pat Nolan is one of the poets, Ted Berrigan once said, that you have to always keep an eye on because he can do unexpected startling things that leave you eating his dust.”
— Andrei Codrescu, author of  So Recently Rent A World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012.

“Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power.  He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water

“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”

—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.

“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.” 

—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame


Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia.  He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and two novels.  He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.


Selected Poems Volume II
SO MUCH
Notebook Keyboard
1990-2010
by Pat Nolan

—Spring 2019~$16~225 pages~paper~ISBN 978-0-9840310-8-5—

See How To Order for details