...reviews I Take Back the Sponge Cake, of which he says:
"More than most books of poems—some of which are more like introverted monologues for an audience of none—this is a shared undertaking. By the end, Nelson even gives you a map and encourages you to make your own way. It feels like a real accomplishment, a reward earned at the end of an adventure."
Read the whole review here. Thanks, Paul.
Of Costumes and Podcasts: More Multimedia Coverage of RMP Titles
It's been a good internet weekend for the recent Rose Metal Press title I Take Back the Sponge Cake by Loren Erdrich and Sierra Nelson, not to mention for the forthcoming chapbook Shampoo Horns by Aaron Teel. On Friday, August 10, New York Quarterly ran this review of Sponge Cake by Nicelle Davis which used costumes (see below) and interactivity to scientifically prove that Sponge Cake is fun for all ages:
And yesterday, the literary podcast Summerbooks, hosted by Natalie Sypolt and Renee Nicholson featured both Sponge Cake and Shampoo Horns--you can listen to the episode here.
Big thanks to Nicelle, Natalie, and Renee!
There's a book trailer for Shampoo Horns! And it's full of fireworks and trailer parks and Aaron Teel reading and awesomeness! We hope it makes you so excited about this hotter-than-Texas chapbook that you preorder it here!Shampoo Horns launches on August 15.
Huge thanks to Mitchell Rathberger for creating this trailer!
On Saturday night, July 21, Rose Metal hosted an event in honor of I Take Back the Sponge Cake at the Black Squirrel in Washington, D.C. We were thrilled to have two local poets kick off the event: Maureen Thorson, reading angry feminist rhyming poems, and Jill Leininger, reading her series of prose poems inspired by the artwork of William Kentridge.
In the main event for the evening, Sponge Cake authors Loren Erdrich and Sierra Nelson read collaboratively from their popular lyrical choose-your-own-adventure, and the images from the book were projected on a screen next to them. Loren and Sierra allowed the audience to choose their own path through Sponge Cake, using the cheers of the audience in response to each option to determine which path to take. After several adventures, Loren and Sierra answered audience questions about the book, including about how they collaborated on the poetry and artwork.
It was a fabulous night of poetry and art! Thanks to all who attended and read and to the Black Squirrel for providing the space. Photos and video below!
Maureen Thorson reading feminist rhyming poems
Jill Leininger reading prose poems inspired by the work of William Kentridge (art on the screen)
Loren and Sierra begin the first adventure through I Take Back the Sponge Cake
In this video, Loren and Sierra discuss their collaborative process. Lighting in the video is poor, but the discussion is awesome!