Thursday, December 10, 2009

Announcing A NEW BOOK FROM ROME by John Wieners

Rome Release - John Wieners

A NEW BOOK FROM ROME by John Wieners
(For international orders see above post.)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Recommended: eXchanges is the University of Iowa’s literary e-journal

Letter from the Editors

Does translating a text provide a mirror image of the original – even if that image is reversed or otherwise distorted – or does it mask the original behind the unfamiliar lexical and syntactical trappings of an alien language? Like any metaphor for translation, the mirror and the mask are both inadequate to capture the nuances of the process, yet both also point toward provocative discussions of the role of translation and its effects on a text. Do different layers of language and culture inform a translation and become reflected in it, or are they obscured? While as translators we aspire to overcoming mutual incomprehension, the study of translation is also inevitably a study of what is missing, of what has not been communicated, or of what has been communicated instead... read more.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Where Eagles Dare" (Misfits) By Pajo

Just got my copy of SCREAM WITH ME by Pajo. As far as Misfits cover albums, Pajo's is the best. Get your limited edition from Black Tent Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Application and Rubric for Small Press Fair

Saturday, October 17th 2009

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trip to the Grotto in Lowell, MA with Jim Dunn

Late one March evening, Jim Dunn and I set out for the Grotto, to visit Dr. Sax. Here is a peak.

"I went along home by the ding dong bells and daisies, I put a rose in my hair. I passed the Grotto again and saw the cross on top of that hump of rocks, saw some old French Canadian ladies praying step by step on their knees. I found another rose, and put another rose in my hair, and went home.

By God."

Jack Kerouac, DR SAX

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Put on your spring finery
and come celebrate
with the best small presses in NYC!

Annual Books Party
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 W. 20th, NYC
For further information contact:

Belladonna • BootStrap • The Figures • Granary • Roof
Talisman • Ugly Duckling • United Artists • Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs

Area by Marcella Durand
mauve sea-orchids by Lila Zemborain
Open Box by Carla Harryman
The Elders Series

The Figures
Space by Clark Coolidge
No. 111 by Kenneth Goldsmith
Ted by Ron Padgett
Mon Canard by Stephen Rodefer

Rancho Weirdo by Laura Chester
I No Longer Believe in the Sun:
Love Letters to Katie Couric by Derek Fenner
Parish Krewes by Micah Ballard
Riot Act by Geoffrey Young

Faster Than Birds Can Fly by John Ashbery & Trevor Winkfield.
Nine Nights Meditation by Anne Waldman & Donna Dennis
Oaths? Questions? by Marjorie Welish & James Siena
The Square by Emily McVarish

Styrofoam by Evelyn Reilly
Rob the Plagiarist by Rob Fitterman
Public Domain by Monica de la Torre
Quadragene by Larry Price

Eschaton by Michael Heller
Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse by Timothy Liu,
Hearth by Simon Pettet
Petals of Zero Petals of One by Andrew Zawacki

Ugly Duckling
Classification of a Spit Stain by Ellie Ga
Notes on Conceptualisms by Vanessa Place and Rob Fitterman
The Russian Version by Elena Fanailova
(translated by Genya Turovskaya and Stephanie Sandler)
A Plate of Chicken by Matthew Rohrer

Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs
Shaved Code by Frances Richard
Materialisms by Miranda Mellis
Generic Whistle-Stop by Thomas Fink
The Book Called Spring by David Brazil

United Artists
Absolutely Eden by Bobbie Louise Hawkins
My Autobiography by Barbara Henning
The Influence of Paintings Hung in Bedrooms by Phyllis Wat
Join the Planets by Reed Bye

For further information contact:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DF's Pics from CO CA 2009

The following photographs were taken with Col. DF's camera during the Bootstrap Bailout Tour of 2009 in Colorado and California.

Pictured therein:
The Sundown Saloon in Boulder, CO / Col. Jeff Chester / Sweet Narissa & Col. DF / Wild Turkey / The PI (Pioneer Inn) in Nederland, CO / The Caboose in Nederland, CO / Vine Street Pub in Denver, CO / The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA / Nat and Xtian, owners of the the Monk's Kettle / Ryan, Micah, Col. DF / Julien / Shrine to Katie Couric's red thong at Books and Bookshelves in San Francisco / Proof that Sunnylyn is from another dimension and only photographs as a blur of energy / Evidence of Micah and Col. DF's gang affiliation / another brother from another mother, Patrick / Big Bell's Jason / Dunns and Roses / Magickal Mardi Gras Cape / Micah and Col. DF passing spirits

Soundtrack written by Hank Performed by THE THE

Thank you friends and family, we saw the light you shined...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Back when boots were boots. . .

and straps were straps and a nickel was
a nickel and a dime was (two times that.)

Found two videos from the archives of Derek's cousin, Derek Fener (with one N,) who ran our live auction and drank twelve bourbons (Kentucky Sunshine) on stage in about 40 minutes.

"Daisy Duke's my girlfriend":

"Sold for $120.00":*

Y'all remember when the economy was a big bubble?

* * * * * * *

Remind us again why the credit card companies get a bailout?



"Fourier's concept of a secret society paving the way for a Utopian 'uprising' deserves some serious consideration." (Peter Lamborn Wison Escape from the Nineteenth Century "Fourier--Or, The Utopian Poetics 34)

Stay radical*, bootstrappers.

*the amount we owe this month (but can not pay) between storage and credit card interest.
*Radices: the roots of human existence.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


The shovel ready proprietors of Bootstrap Press are hitting the road.

They will be in Boulder, Colorado February 15-18 and in San Francisco, California February 18-21.

No readings are scheduled in Colorado and information on the readings in California is below. If you are in either place and want to meet up give them a ring. Their phone numbers are on the bootstrap site.

Support small press authors.

February 19, 2009
4:30 p.m.

Derek Fenner & Ryan Gallagher
@ The Poetry Center

512 Humanities
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Derek Fenner is an artist/writer and the author of MY FAVORITE COLOR IS RED and his recently published his first assemblage novel, I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC. He is one of the founders of Bootstrap Press.

Ryan Gallagher lives in Lowell, MA with his wife and daughter. He is co-founder of Bootstrap Press and is the author of PLUM SMASH AND OTHER FLASHBULBS published in 2005 and THE COMPLETE POEMS OF GAUIS VALERIUS CATULLUS published in 2008.

February 19, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Derek Fenner, Ryan Gallagher, & Julien Poirier
@ Books & Bookshelves

99 Sanchez (at 14th Street)
San Francisco
(415) 621-3761

DEREK FENNER is an artist/writer and the author of MY FAVORITE COLOR IS RED and his recently published his first assemblage novel, I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC. He is one of the founders of Bootstrap Press.

RYAN GALLAGHER lives in Lowell, MA with his wife and daughter. He is co-founder of Bootstrap Press and is the author of PLUM SMASH AND OTHER FLASHBULBS published in 2005 and THE COMPLETE POEMS OF GAUIS VALERIUS CATULLUS published in 2008.

JULIEN POIRIER was a founding member of the Presse, where he edited NEW YORK NIGHTS newspaper from 2001-2006. He now edits Gneiss Press. He is the author of ABSURD GOOD NEWS.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Katie Couric and Lil Wayne---You heard it here first!

Katie Couric Interview Lil Wayne

Katie must be reading this blog. Wonder where she got the idea...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bye bye, Bushie, Goodbye.

Keith Olbermann's "Bush presidency:eight years in eight minutes"

Monday, January 12, 2009

From Cupid's arrow with speed.

Derek Fenner (the protagonist)
Taking in the air of room #731.

Not sure why the fools at Bootstrap want me up on here, but I’ve never turned down a soapbox before. The world is terrible and I’m in it. I guess you can say things have been pretty bad for me lately. I’m outgrowing the motel room I’m living in and I’m not ready to. The time isn’t right. I’m in love with a lover who won’t love me. Not yet. (Oh Katie won’t you tell me straight, how much longer do I have to wait?) So when the publishers of, I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC, got in touch with me, I knew it was a sign that the world is ready to listen to the cries I have been screaming from rooftops and alleys. I’ll write when I get a spare moment from all the praying and planning.

In the meantime, I’m here to answer any questions you may have or to offer you spiritual advice. Pawpaw always said I’d be a healer or was it a peeler? Ehhh, either way I’m working on getting another track phone and when I do you’ll be able to give me a buzz and we can talk in person. For now though you can reach me at or through the publishers.

Let’s celebrate this strange triumph with auspicious, proud and elaborate pomp, with inconceivable joy and voluptuous amusement, until we feel the pricking darts painfully sticking into our scarred hearts, the target of Cupid’s frequent arrows.

I am without in room #731.

Derek Fenner (the protagonist)

This post is a work of fiction. All names, characters, places, and events are imaginary. If the names seem to correspond to real people, places, or things, be assured they do not. They are fictitious. Any and all resemblances are coincidental, and where the names or actions of real people, places or things seem to occur, you can rest assured they have been used in imaginary ways, which is to say they are not real, even though in your heart of hearts, you think they are. But they are not real. It is fiction. Every last bit. Only the red thong is real.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Wartime Reading Notes--January 2009


“Lie dead Hector.
I will face my own fate
When Zeus and all the other gods
Show up to bring it on.”

ILIAD Book XXII trans. Lisa Jarnot

Not since Herzog’s Cobra Verde has action been so great as in Lisa Jarnot’s fantastic translation of THE ILIAD Book XXII. You can find her wonderful version of this wartime staple up North at Book Thug. While you are there pick up her book of poems, REPTILE HOUSE, filled to the brim with pleasure and delight. And if you just can’t get enough of Homer, you should head on over to North Atlantic Books and snap up Charles Stein’s complete translation of the ODYSSEY. Why not complete the roundhouse kick and buy Ryan Gallagher’s translation of CATULLUS from us at the strap.

SECRET DEAL: Get a brand new copy of George Herms’ THE SECRET ARCHIVES for less than half price. I’m surprised there are still copies available since I’ve purchase at least four over the last couple of years. It’s a catalog of his 1992 exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and contains loads of ephemera (23 separate objects) in a white cardboard portfolio with a string-and-button tie. I have one on the shelf and one to use in correspondence and for decoration of the home. Herms is an assemblage beast, of whom D. Meltzer said, “ The song is you / dark optimism / retrieving the ruined, the cast-aways (the cast of thousands) / multiplying in trash heaps and dumps), the refuse (the refused, / the exiled)”

THE CHANSONNIERS by Patrick Dunagan arrived via post two days ago and the bell of existence rings deep in its poems. Mr. Dunagan really stole some fire from heaven in these poems of earthly life that swells and breaks. I’m sure you can dig it up over at the ever-badass Blue Press.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t send you to get a copy of Baudelaire’s LITTLE POEMS IN PROSE, still available in a fine edition at Weiser Antiquarian Books. This book is “sure to break the chaos of mud and snow.”

Also reading this week, AGE OF SINATRA (Ohle), SERPENT BOX (Carrella), PORTRAITS/JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY (Higgins), & THE VISIONARY STATE (Davis).

Listening to The Gonzo Tapes, Is it the Sea?, Tell Tale Signs, Henry's Dream, and Two Steps from the Blues.


The new John Wieners ms. is coming along nicely. We are in a semi-lengthy pre-press process for this tome, entitled A NEW BOOK FROM ROME. Bootstrap is deep in the red right now, so we’ve slowed production on all titles in queue. One could hope to see this journal out by the spring thaw if sales pick up or another angel swoops in. We’ll get some sneak peaks up here as time permits.

In other news, Bootstrap is hitting the road in February with a visit to Boulder, CO (arriving 2/15 & departing 2/18) and San Francisco, CA (arriving 2/18 & departing 2/21). Give us a shout if you want to shoot a beer or something. We’ll let you know our reading/lecture plans if and when they develop.


"When I think of the dreams
I had as a youth
for the instant’s easy promises

led to wasted effort
and the dream died

What good is there in going on
still the hope remains
that love might come

and memory stays on
to dull the wounds

of time’s easy stabs."

John Wieners (from forthcoming, A NEW BOOK FROM ROME)

Happy belated winter ya’ll…

Colonel DF