It is time for the Krewe of Six Ft. Swells Press to set sail once again in search of new adventures and great poetry. In light of this move we are excited to present our new website: http://www.sixftswellspress.com where you can sign up for free to follow us, support us and receive all information regarding the press and After-Hours Poetry.
Since the release of our last book, the wildly successful, Hell and High Water by Wolfgang Carstens, we have been planning, plotting, reconfiguring and preparing for the launch of our website and upcoming publications. We thank you for all the support in the past and welcome it carrying forward. We have many projects just beyond the horizon, many toasts to be had. All of which begins with our new website. Sixftswellspress.com features our publications, submission policy, videos, poems, upcoming projects, books for sale, links we love and newsletter. Through our website, we will continue to publish the top-shelf of modern poetry and inviting everyone to the After-Hours party.
Please take a moment to visit the website and sign up for our newsletter (just put in your email) and drop us a line with your thoughts; in poetic form or love notes left on the dresser.
A toast from us to you,
Todd Cirillo & Matt Amott
Six Ft. Swells Press Publishers
Happy New Year from the pirates, publishers and poets at Six Ft. Swells Press. We wish to thank all of you who supported us in 2017 by purchasing our books, giving excellent reviews (even the ones some swine removed), providing us inspiration and making us a proud little poetry press. Your support means so much to us that we will raise a few toasts to each of you tonight. We accomplished a helluva lot this past year, despite the garbage political landscape that has puked over the United States but….we kept on in spite of it all with what we believe is some of the best poetry published this past year.
We could not have been happier to publish the extraordinary, Wolfgang Carstens Hell and High Water. It is a work that will forever stand as a testament to the poetry that keeps Six Ft. Swells Press going. Also, we put out a pure labor of love project by the one of kind legend, Will Staple. His book, Arrows Go Thru Hearts: Selected poems 1970-1995 is the stuff legends are made from. This book and Will Staple deserve that distinction and much more. These two books belong next to your bed, in your backpack, or as a gift to friends or enemies. We at Six Ft. Swells wish to thank Wolfgang and Will for allowing us the honor of putting their poems out into the world under our torn and drink drenched flag. The links to purchase all the books is below, better to order at the end of the year or the first books of the new one.
Us pirates have been very busy from our own corners of this land making our own individual ways through this dirty world be it with our own books such as Todd Cirillo’s, Burning the Evidence put out by the infamous Epic Rites Press, or projects; poetic, graphic design, readings in strange states, music, movement, publications and otherwise. All of this prepares us for the upcoming books/projects in the year ahead. So stay on the ship with us and good poetry will come your way. We promise and Happy New Year.
Have fun and write on…
Todd Cirillo, Julie Valin, Matt Amott, publishers, poets, pirates
The book is available NOW!! Click the link below or the Lulu link to your right! Us pirates at Six Ft. Swells Press are so thrilled to publish, Hell and High Water by Wolfgang Carstens, that we are hitting the rum hard in total celebration! To pre-atone for our drunken ways we are offering the book at a 25% DISCOUNT now until November 15th in honor of Wolfgang Carstens 25 years of matrimony, chronicled here in Hell and High Water.
The poems in Hell and High Water offer the gritty reality of a poet, husband, provider, father and shady romantic wrestling with life’s responsibilities and his own primal urges. From the familiar dinner table to disastrous family vacations and mail order sex toys, Wolfgang Carstens presents us with vulnerability, humor, rawness, regret and the rejoicing in twenty-five years of intimacy with another as no other poet can. Carstens has wickedly disguised Hell and High Water as a twisted yet tender guide for the rest of us in maintaining the wildness among minivans, mortgages and matrimony.
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On October 17th, Six Ft. Swells Press will release the next book in its acclaimed Top Shelf Poetry Series, Hell and High Water by Wolfgang Carstens. No matter how high the water mama or how hot the heat this book will kick the poetry world up a notch. Carstens offers a savage look into the essential life concepts of love, commitment, obligations, creativity, responsibilities, fatherhood, regret and the matrimonial benefits of good tequila. Hell and High Water, is about maintaining the wildness among minivans, mortgages and matrimony.
Wolfgang Carstens lives in Canada with his wife, five kids, grandson, dog, mortgage and death. His poetry is printed on the backs of paid bills. More information at http://www.wolfgangcarstens.com.
Order details to follow.
the human animal
an uncanny ability
to justify any action
after the fact:
if the devil didn’t make us do it,
we were drunk,
when all else fails
we blame it
Six Ft. Swells Press is proud to release the long awaited collection Arrows Go Thru Hearts by Will Staple. This collection covers twenty-five years of Will’s distinct and craftsman like poetic genius.
Pulitzer prize winning poet, Gary Snyder, says “I have followed Will Staple’s unique, cranky, original poetry since we first met in the sixties…His book, Arrows Go Thru Hearts, has his particular original signature: something is here that belongs to the world of shamanism, deep power, a certain kind of sexual energy, a certain kind of rebellion. His steadiness and commitment to poetry is peerless.”
The book is available now, click on the link below:
Grab your cowboy boots and ten gallon beer mugs, acclaimed poets and performers; Matt Amott, Bill Gainer and Todd Cirillo, along with Desmene Statum descend on Dallas, Texas for sure to be legendary performances July 21st and July 22nd. All will have books for sale or barter. Each poet brings their raw, uncensored poetic fun to the stage.
Friday night come to Deep Vellum Books 3000 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 at 7pm. Saturday night show is at the OCPC with Beer Keg Bon Fire and live band. Show begins at 7:30pm. The shows are presented by Two Roads A Synesthesia of Poetry and Beer, hosted by Paul Koniecki. C’mon over for poetry that you never thought possible (and for the booze and bands too) Click here for details:
Only a true fan of Todd Cirillo’s poetry could write this review (keep them coming):
Reading Todd Cirillo’ s Burning The Evidence feels sweaty, like a hot summer afternoon in the French Quarter. Slutty, like a stranger who opens her heart and legs to you for reasons she doesn’t even know. And drunken, Spoken in the moments between sober confusion and drunken clarity. Sweaty,slutty,and drunken. All things I like, A lot.–Anonymous Verified Amazon Purchase
French Quarter Happy Hour starts by clicking this link to order the Sazerac of poetry: