I started the Alfred Gustav Press as a micro press for poetry because I wanted to work with my hands and heart in a new way or, rather, in an old way, that is, I wanted to make objects that were lovely to hold, that were made by my hand using the technology available in my home (netbook, laser jet, stapler, steel edge, blade, pen and colouring pencil). I wanted to touch each piece of paper in each chapbook. And I wanted the poems to touch others.

I want to print poems that are accessible and evocative, strong in insight and image—in other words, poems in the lyric/narrative tradition in its deepest sense—with unity of theme and/or focus of form appropriate for the short length of a chapbook.

I named the press after my father, a farmer both serious and taciturn yet not without charm and wit, sometimes melancholy, always hard working and a great lover of winter reading. The press’s selections may or may not reflect such a disposition toward life. The intention is that the poems published will exhibit some of Alfred’s (counsel-to-the-elves) acumen and Gustav’s (staff-of-the-Goths) gusto. I wanted to return to my father’s way of working, especially when he repaired machinery: slowly and precisely, patiently, with the available tools, making what was necessary with the resources at hand.

I produce three chapbooks in the spring, three in the fall. Aside from a few complimentary copies, I print only as many copies as I have subscriptions, and thus I know exactly the number to produce and to whom each copy will be sent. I think of the readership as small but intense. I imagine their pleasure on receiving the chapbooks in the mail as equal to mine in producing them. Altogether, it’s an effort of guild-like pleasure keen to bring poetry to readers.

Better to get drunk and cry

Than show off your learning

In public.

Ōtamo No Tabito (665-731) translated by Kenneth Rexroth 

Subscriptions for Series Eighteen are available for $15 ($20 outside Canada) in total for the three chapbooks plus the holm (a holm is a small island in the river).

Subscription deadline is October 1, 2017,  to be released December 2017.

 

Connie Braun, Narrow Passageway

Russell Thornton,  Stopping the Waves

Bibiana Tomasic, Revolutions Per Minute

holm - Lazienki Park by Rob Taylor

 

For more information, email David at davidzieroth(at)gmail.com or send cash or cheque payable to David Zieroth at:

 

The Alfred Gustav Press

1430 Chesterfield Ave. Apt 301

North Vancouver, BC V7M 2N4

 

Interac transfer is also available - please email.

 

Patrons are welcome. A minimum donation of $50 payable to The Alfred Gustav Press will be gratefully acknowledged in the next series, anonymously if desired. No tax-deductible donation receipt will be issued. Patrons receive the chapbooks free for the life of the Press.

 


Your submission

The ideal submission from you could include a long poem; a number of poems on a related theme or in a particular form; or a sequence of discrete, connected poems out of which we could make a selection. We are looking for work that coheres into a focus in the short space of a chapbook. A maximum of 13 pages of each chapbook is dedicated to the poems, so if your poems were, say, each one page long, you could send us up to 15-20 such poems to select from, fewer if the poems are longer than one page. Please use a readable font, Garamond 11 point preferred. We cannot use any photographs or artwork.

All poems must be previously unpublished, i.e., not published anywhere, not in magazines or online. We've had some discussion about this restriction, but so far it seems to have served us well. We feel that the audience for our chapbooks is often a magazine and journal reader as well, and we want to present brand-new work. Your poems must also be available by email in a .doc or .rtf file. Include a short bio, and send your submission first by regular post with a stamped, self- addressed return envelope to this address:

David Zieroth @ The Alfred Gustav Press

1430 Chesterfield Ave. Apt 301 North Vancouver, BC V7M 2N4

We do not accept simultaneous submissions, and so we try to get back to the poets as soon as possible. Submissions are read all year round (though we tend to pause for summer). A couple of poetry lovers here—co-editors—help to make decisions. If your poems are accepted for publication, a selection is made, and then we work on order, editing, back-cover copy and afterword (focusing mostly on how you wrote the particular poems selected rather than any larger, general statement).

Then I produce each copy by hand. During that process, I arrange for you to sign the covers. When I finish production, I send you ten author copies and send the remaining copies out to subscribers to enjoy. We are a small concern (though a joyous one), and our distribution is through subscriptions only, so the numbers

for each series vary. No additional copies are produced afterwards. You retain all rights to your work. There are no royalties. The time between acceptance and publication varies and can be up to a few seasons or more.


 

Previous series

 

Series Seventeen (June 2017)

Robert Adams, Outposts in Sight
Marguerite Pigeon, What I’m Wearing Now
Marilyn Gear Pilling,  Estrangement

holm – A Hidden Bench by Kelly Shepherd

 

Series Sixteen (December 2016)

 

Nicholas Bradley, Five Sudden Goats: Rocky Mountain Poems

Leif Vaage, Cariboo

gillian harding-russell, Fox Love: The Joe Fafard Poems

holm – Looking Back at What Will Come by Leonard Neufeldt

 

Series Fifteen (May 2016)

 

Ben Meyerson, In a Past Life

J. S. Porter, Of Wine and Reading 

Lisa Rawn, Ahead of Winter

 

Series Fourteen (May 2015, out of print)

 

Susan McCaslin, effortful / effortless: after Cézanne

Angeline Schellenberg, Roads of Stone

Douglas Burnet Smith, White Corvettes: Winnipeg 1950-1964

 

Series Thirteen (December 2014, out of print)

 

Shane Neilson, On Shaving Off His Face

Kelly Shepherd, Fort McMurray Tricksters 

Leslie Timmins, The Limits of Windows

 

Series Twelve (May 2014, out of print)

 

Catherine Owen, Rivulets: Fraser River Poems

Susanne von Rennenkampff, In the Shelter of the Poplar Grove

Calvin Wharton, The Invention of Birds

 

Series Eleven (November 2013, out of print)

 

Ian Adam, Three

Annie Deeley, Brother 

Kevin Spenst, Pray Goodbye

 

Series Ten (May 2013, out of print)

 

John Donlan, Call Me the Breeze

Maureen McCarthy, Nine Steps to the Door 

Tara Wohlberg, ‘Cold Surely Takes the Wood’

 

Series Nine (December 2012, out of print)

 

 Gerald Hill, Streetpieces

Sandy Shreve, Level Crossing

Douglas Burnet Smith, Nine Kinds of Light

 

Series Eight (May 2012, out of print)

 

Dorothy Field, God Is

Cornelia Hoogland, Gravelly Bay 

Patricia Young, Amateurs at Love

 

Series Seven (November 2011, out of print)

 

Allan Briesmaster, After Evening Wine 

Louise Fabiani, Cryptic Dangers

Chris Pannell, Everything Comes from Above

 

Series Six (June 2011, out of print)

 

Barry Dempster, Disturbing the Buddha 

Richard Lemm, The Gold Flash

John Reibetanz, Laments of the Gorges

 

Series Five (December 2010, out of print)

 

Shane Neilson, Elision: the Milton Acorn Poems 

Rob Taylor, Lyric

Diane Tucker, Sandgrain Leaf

 

Series Four (June 2010, out of print)

 

Jeremy Harman, The Narrow Room

Nancy Holmes, Okanagan Galilee

Leonard Neufeldt, How to Beat the Heat in Bodrum

 

Series Three (December 2009, out of print)

 

Brian Bartlett, Being Charlie 

Allan Brown, Excursions 

John Terpstra, Elder Son

 

Series Two (May 2009, out of print)

 

Christopher Levenson, Habitat

Susan McCaslin, Persephone Tours the Underground

Matt Rader, Reservations

 

Series One (December 2008, out of print)

 

gillian harding-russell, Apples & Mice... 

Richard Therrien, Water, Language, Faith 

David Zieroth, Dust in the Brocade 

 

Subscribers have said: 'You have indeed done a superb job with these chapbooks. They are both a pleasure to hold and a pleasure to read.’ ‘I love the look, feel and feeling of the chapbooks. Very inspiring, and magical.’ ‘Instant rare books.’