If you're finding KaraokeFanboy Press through the Poetry Superhighway, welcome to my corner of the Internet. I've been self-publishing my own comics and poetry in Phoenix since 2010, and this has been an exciting year for me.
In May, I ran a successful Kickstarter to self-publish my mini-comic book, Amazing Arizona Comics, monthly, and since then I've had several opportunities to share my work with the public: at Ignite Phoenix 17, on my local NBC news, and most recently on NPR's local program The Show. With so much emphasis on my comics work, I thought my inclinations toward poetry might suffer, so I've made a proactive effort to keep writing, as much as I've been drawing.
This chapbook is one of the results. This Is What You Need To Live is a small collection of this year's writings, with another to follow toward the end of the year. My writing has taken an economic turn lately; my poems have become rather brief, in comparison to work from the past. So, I like the idea of my chapbook format adapting accordingly, measured at a mere 4.25" x 5.5". Yes, it's half of a sheet of paper, folded along the portrait orientation, creating a backpocket-sized digest you can take on the bus and probably read in the single ride. I hope its impression creates an urgency, that this must be read now, in its entirety . . . less of a whole record album, and more of an EP, really.