The April Myna Birds flock includes 16 Runner-Up Poems from the recent chapbook submissions to Blood Pudding Press!

Happy Weekend and Happy Poetry Month!

This April Myna Birds flock includes 16 Runner-Up Poems from the recent chapbook submissions to Blood Pudding Press!

Poems by Eileen Murphy, Alyssa Yankwitt, Craig Firsdon, Paul David Adkins, Victor Clevenger, Erin Renee Wahl, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe, A.S. Coomer, E Kristin Anderson, Ava C. Cipri, Reuben Woolley, Valerie Loveland, Julie Jacob, Alexis Bates, and Tom Montag!


Every day she tells me a hundred times to kill myself - like a smooth monster skull cracking a jawline - a skulking dribble of blood - a skeleton's body sideways - closer to the wrong side of grief - there's an earth in here somewhere - with no ability to see the stars falling - dead as a washed-up squid - I drown my fingers like they are 10 little snakes - and there are things I don’t understand - myths filled with fear - clarity and imperfections frozen before melting - perpetually stuck with this painful disability - I couldn’t burn the fever images out of my head - follow the gaze to the remains of a seagull, withered in death & rot - Something flutters in the dying light.


HERE - http://13myna.blogspot.com/


In case anyone missed the announcement of the Blood Pudding Press chapbooks selected for publication this year, here's a link to that news:


Also, I will be adding a few poems from some of the Finalists on this Blood Pudding Press blog next month.

And also, the May flock of Myna Birds is already full (forthcoming in about a month), but I am still considering Myna Birds submissions for June...


NEW ANNOUNCEMENT of THREE NEW Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbooks forthcoming in 2017!

This was a really difficult decision! I don't know how small press editors that get hundreds of submissions can manage to narrow it down to a few within a month or two, because I sure couldn't. For me, it was tough to narrow down my original submissions of less than 50 to 8 that I wanted to see the entire manuscripts of, and then it was even more challenging to decide between those 8.

I think all 8 of them deserve to be published, and I hope the ones I haven't chosen to publish through my Blood Pudding will find their homes soon.

I had meant to choose 1 or 2 to publish, but instead I chose 3, and those 3 are:

~Thirsty Bones by Sarah Lilius (to be published in late May/early June)

~Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael D. Grover (to be published in late August/early September)

~Paloma by Jennifer E. Hudgens (to be published in late November/early December)


The Finalists (in no particular order) are:

~Paper Doll, Heart of Ashes by Melissa Atkinson Mercer

~Prone As i Am by Bree

~After the Singularity by Devon Balwit

~Uncanny by Judy Hall

~Not Your Father's Nightmares by Scott Anton Morgan


(For those of you haven't checked it out yet and might be interested in partaking and/or purchasing, the first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2017 was Cutting Eyes From Ghosts by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, available here - https://www.etsy.com/listing/494588398/new-cutting-eyes-from-ghosts-by-ariana-d?ref=shop_home_feat_1)


For anyone interested, this month's Thirteen Myna Birds will be going live before the end of this month and will include a bunch of uniquely wonderful "runner-up" poems from some of the other great offerings I received for Blood Pudding Press consideration last month.

Also, some Finalist poems will appear on this Blood Pudding Press blog next month.

Thank you very much for considering Blood Pudding Press.

Juliet Cook/Blood Pudding Press


NEW in Red Fez - "Broken" by Juliet Cook

"Maybe I don't want to hang
those cracked shells
on the top of my ceiling"

from Juliet Cook's poem "Broken", Red Fez Issue 99

more HERE - 


Blood Pudding Press update

Well it was a rough decision, but I have now managed to get it narrowed down to 8 poetry chapbook manuscripts that I want to consider in their entirety for Blood Pudding Press, so everyone who submitted their sample poems to the Blood Pudding should have heard back by now.
Thank you all for thinking of Blood Pudding Press as a possible home for your poetry.


Happy April!

Sharing a photo from Stephanie Kaylor's photos of poetry books on display at the Simmons College library, in honor of poetry month. :)
The one with the red cover and burning witch bodies is A Red Witch, Every Which Way, by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook.

A Red Witch, Every Which Way can be acquired here (from the Hysterical Books press that published it - https://www.hystericalbooks.com/product-page/1a2d7e83-4bef-31d5-09e1-3326ee271c09


Blood Pudding Press is ever so slightly delayed...

If anyone who submitted poems for Blood Pudding Press consideration is wondering why they haven't heard back from me yet, that's because nobody has heard back from me yet.
I apologize for the delay, but I failed to meet my own expectations of responding by the end of March to everyone who submitted, since it's now April.
I'm getting closer though, so it shouldn't be too much longer...


NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review - another "When I Used to be a Little Girl" by Juliet Cook

"The basement was a big concrete floor with boxes
and old clothes and unorganized storage bins
filled with letters and ripped out hearts."

from another of Juliet Cook's "When I Used to Be a Little Girl" poems, newly up at The Rising Phoenix Review HERE - https://therisingphoenixreview.com/2017/03/30/when-i-used-to-be-a-little-girl-by-juliet-cook-2/


NEW in Rag Queen Periodical - Not a Baby Doll by Juliet Cook

"I growl through another nightmare in the bathtub.
I give birth to more fetal flesh
then use it like shampoo for a witch."
the beginning of Juliet Cook's poem "Not a Baby Doll", now up at Rag Queen Periodical


NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review - "When I Used to be a Little Girl" by Juliet Cook...and NEW FLAPPERHOUSE #13

"My sisters and I picked bunches of the dead
off the ground and formed a mound,
then carried one of the cats in front
of the cicada mountain
and watched the cat eat our offering."

from Juliet Cook's poem "When I Used to be a Little Girl", now up at The Rising Phoenix Review, HERE - https://therisingphoenixreview.com/2017/03/20/when-i-used-to-be-a-little-girl-by-juliet-cook/


Also, FLAPPERHOUSE #13, Spring 2017 is newly available today, HERE - https://flapperhouse.com/zine/13-spring-2017/


The Blood Pudding Press chapbook submission period has now come to an end

The Blood Pudding Press chapbook submission period has now come to an end - and everyone who submitted should have received a small email, either last night or tonight, informing you that your submission was received. 

If you submitted and did not receive that email, please let me know ASAP. 

As mentioned in my guidelines, I hope to let each of you know by the end of March whether or not I would like to receive your entire chapbook manuscript submission. 

Thank you for your interest in Blood Pudding Press.