NEW FROM RD ARMSTRONG
Watch a video interview with RD and here him read some Orphaned poems.
His first book in eight years. . . a collection of poetic “orphans.” Poems that had fallen by the wayside because they didn’t seem to be anything that anyone would want to have around (hence the “orphan”).
The poetry in this collection hopscotches around encompassing the years 1993 to 2016. It represents the forgotten poems from four previous collections: Fire and Rain (Volumes 1 & 2), E/OR and the expurgated version, Living Among the Mangled.
Remarkably, many of the poems are still relevant to the concerns that many of us have today. . . perhaps proving that RD is a savvy visionary or (more likely) that the story doesn’t change, only the characters do.
We here at Lummox Press hope that you will find the contents of this book worthy of your time. Read a sampling of poems here.
An excerpt from the foreword. . .
“I was working as a handyman/laborer/jack-of-all-trades and had done so for thirty years (my main income). I did okay, but it was a smallish life. I had been sober for almost 20 years – that was something I was proud of! Then in 2004, something broke inside me…I began drinking again (like a fish!), as if I was trying to undo my best behavior by releasing my demons. It’s not remarkable, many have experienced it. I spun effortlessly out of control for four more years, until late in 2008 when I entered the hospital with a septic ulcer on the heel of my right foot. This was to be the beginning of my immersion into the health care machine. When they told me I was diabetic, I quit drinking (but really, I just substituted the drug of alcohol for the many drugs required to maintain a diabetic. I was 57 years old. . .”
COMMENTS ABOUT RD —
RD Armstrong is an unsung local treasure… Bondo Wyszpolski, Easy Reader newspaper
I’m finding Orphaned Words very deep company…especially because the milieu(s) we come from are so different, and it’s such a damn privilege to be allowed inside yours through your books. So I’m not gobbling it; I’m savoring…going back to read whole sections again before going on. Quite moved by your candor and realness and sharing so much of yourself and what moves/unnerves you, with your readers. Sometimes people from different backgrounds are not always comfortable with each other…so the chance to get close through reading your books is one of the things I most cherish about poetry and life….Jane Lipman, poet
Hey got the books today in the mail (yours, Wannberg’s) — damn. The books are worth twice the price. I’ve just been dipping through but am floored and opened and amazed and so happy I have so much more to learn and more to learn it from….Mike Mahoney, poet
RD is one of my favorite poets. He’s the kind of writer who hasn’t been unduly influenced by his influences…. all muscle and absolutely fat-free. As long as he contributes to Flash!Point, I’ll publish him. When I’m reading RD’s work, I can turn off my bullshit meter… Frances LeMoine, editor/publisher
HOW TO ORDER
To pay by credit/debit card (preferred) use one of the three buttons below: E-Copy (an electronic file – PDF – will be sent via email); USA (price includes shipping within the US); and World (price includes shipping outside the US).
To pay in USD by check/money order, please pay one of the following amounts (E-Copy – $5; USA – $25; World – $43), make your check out to Lummox Productions and mail it to Mr. Armstrong c/o 3127 E. 6th St. Long Beach, CA 90814. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.
E-Copy – $5
USA – $24
World – $42
Internationally recognized publisher & poet RD Armstrong has been writing for over 20 years. Specializing in mostly poetry, he also has written prose, essays, articles, reviews & interviews, many of which are showcased in his numerous projects put out by his Lummox Press. In the Lummox Journal (1995 – 2006), RD wrote a lead essay for each issue, conducted interviews with over 100 poets, writers, musicians, artists and even a dancer, over the course of its eleven year existence. He has also edited the annual Poetry Anthology simply entitled Lummox, for the past 7 years. He’s self-published (in the proud tradition of Walt Whitman) 6 full sized collections as well as 11 chapbooks and was published in 2 full sized books and 2 chapbooks published by other presses. In addition to that, he has been published in over 300 magazines. journals, and online sites. This last number would be higher if he hadn’t spent so much of his time running the Lummox Press and helping hundreds of poets.
The titles listed below are all perfect-bound paperbacks. All are published by Lummox Press.
FIRE and RAIN Volume 1
Volume one of a two-part set featuring selected poems from 1993 to 2007, including some of RD’s ‘signature’ poems, like “Eyes Like Mingus”, “Pueblo de las Putas” and “Corazon”. These are poems you might hear him read at one of his many features in the Small Press poetry scene. All the poems in this two volume set were hand picked by RD as his personal favorites.
210 pages; 6X9 size; Trade Paperback
FIRE and RAIN Volume 2
Volume two of a two-part set featuring selected poems from 1993 to 2007, including some of RD’s ‘signature’ poems, like “Yardbird Burned”, “Sanitized for Your Protection” and “Things I Notice 4”. These are poems you might hear him read at one of his many features in the Small Press poetry scene. All the poems in this two volume set were hand picked by RD as his personal favorites.
156 pages; 6X9 size; Trade Paperback
Three poems written about road trips…the lure of the road, the frantic pace of mile upon mile, hour upon hour, the mad rush of the journey between Point A and Point B. Contained in this volume: A Journey Up the Coast; On/Off the Beaten Path; and RoadKill (RD’s epic about a 3,000 mile romp undertaken right before Sept. 11, 2001; a 10,000 plus word monster). Ride shotgun with RD as he muses about poets, poetry, friendships forged on hot asphalt and things observed from inside the cockpit of a car hurtling down the interstate at 65 + MPH.
116 pages; 6X9 sized Trade Paperback
EL PAGANO & OTHER TWISTED TALES – Short Stories
E/OR – LIVING AMONGST THE MANGLED
Near the end of 2008, RD wound up in an L. A. County hospital for 14 days. He nearly lost his right foot to an infection. It was during that time that he was diagnosed with Diabetes. It was a sobering experience (literally!). This collection of poetry and blog entries describes that time period, from the beginning of 2008 (the drunkard’s lifestyle) to the end of 2010 (reformed and living right). It includes everything he wrote about that time…the good, the bad and the horribly ugly! A rough-and-tumble look at health-care for the poor and drunken and the questionable coping methods used to get by.
189 pages; 6X9 sized Trade Paperback
LAST CALL: THE BUKOWSKI LEGACY CONTINUES – Edited by RD Armstrong
This is the reprised version, new and improved, and ready to take up the banner dropped by the old man so many years ago (we just celebrated Buk’s 93rd birthday in Aug. of 2013).
If you ever wondered what Bukowski spawned by his example, then you need to read this book, which contains poetry, fiction, essays and artwork all inspired by the old dog!
150 pages; 6X9 sized Trade Paperback
WORKING THE WRECKAGE OF THE AMERICAN POEM – Edited by RD Armstrong
This anthology deals with the passing of Small Press legend and Lummox Press favorite, Todd Moore, who passed away suddenly in March of 2010. Todd was a prolific poet who choose the gangster John Dillinger as his poetic persona. Many of Todd’s pals are included in this volume which features poetry and essays about the Co-Founder of the Outlaw School of Poetry. There’s also a near-complete bibliography of Todd’s books, chapbooks and recordings included. Due to some bureaucratic BS, there is no poetry by Todd Moore in this book. But there are other books and chapbooks published by Lummox Press, most notably, The Riddle of the Wooden Gun which came out in 2009. That book concerns Dillinger’s “mythic” escape from the Crown Point Jail in 1933, supposed using a gun that was carved out of wood…
178 pages; 6X9 sized Trade Paperback