Published: Piker Press and Poetry Reading at Card Carrying Bookstore

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I’m thrilled to announce that my poem “Silent Movies” can be viewed at Piker Press. Be sure to stop by and read all the great things they have up this week.

My new full length collection of poetry, “Looking for Wild Things” came out this month on Impspired and my local bookstore, Card Carrying, invited me to read some poems and do a book signing event. This is a first for me and I couldn’t be happier about supporting local business and independent book stores. If you are local to the Corning, NY area, please stop by. I will be reading at 5 pm and 5:45 pm. Come enjoy the holiday spirit of Market Street. I’d love to see you there.

Thank you for supporting small press writers and presses. Read. Write. Be Kind to Each Other.

Published: Spillwords

Richard Parkes Bonington - The Undercliff, 1828, poetry by Aleathia Drehmer at Spillwords.com

I am delighted to announce that my poem “Richard Parkes Bonington-The Undercliff, 1828” was the feature poem for 11/25/21 at Spillwords. I especially love when my ekphrastic poetry gets published because it serves to show my love for both art and writing. I try to imagine myself being in these paintings or being the painter or being the subject of the painting. It helps to expand the mind.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my work. Enjoy some wonderful poetry they have amassed. There is something for everyone.

Published Manuscript: Looking for Wild Things

It is my distinct honor to announce that my full length poetry collection Looking for Wild Things has been released on the world. I would like to thank my amazing publisher, Steve Cawte, for all his hard work and for taking a chance on my poetry. It has been ten years since I’ve had any collected work published in print. I couldn’t think of a better place than Impspired for this rebirth into the small press poetry scene.

Follow the Impspired link to read the back jacket blurbs and for ordering information and links. Looking for Wild Things is available in the United States, the UK, Canada, the EU, Australia, and Japan. Thank you for supporting my work but also supporting small press publishers and writers.

Be kind. Write. Support small press and small press writers.

Aleathia

Published: Roadside Raven Review 8 and Cajun Mutt Press

My poems “Argentina,” “The Skylight,” and “PTSD” appear in the print zine Roadside Raven Review 8. You can contact Tom Blessing, editor, at roadsideravenreview@gmail.com for details on how to obtain a copy or to even submit your own work!

My poem “My Left Sock” appears in the November 2021 line up of features for Cajun Mutt Press. There are lots of great poems there and books for sale. Stop by and have a look. Thanks James.

Coming Soon: “Looking for Wild Things” Poetry Collection from Impspired

My first ever full length poetry collection called Looking for Wild Things will be making its debut in the world on November 28, 2021. Looking for Wild Things traverses life and a long distance love affair during the pandemic from April 2020 to April 2021. It is an internal investigation of the external world. It is about transformation, rebirth, and finding one’s voice in the deafening silence of a world falling apart.

Here are what a few reviewers had to say about the book:

“In her book Looking for Wild Things Aleathia Drehmer wastes no time employing the most important device known to the lyric narrative, raw and vulnerable honesty; emotional and social. These are poems that map a life being renovated under duress of a pandemic from a front line perspective. In these pages the reader will find with wisdom comes transformation, from resistance to acceptance, from confusion to understanding, all set in a landscape only this poet could render to the page, and all without “bandaids or feigned positive thinking.” The reader of this book needs to prepare for all the difficulty and work required for extracting truth and beauty from “the wild things,” but that work, and the fine crafting of that work, is conjured into life within these pages.”–Paul Corman-Roberts, Bone Moon Palace (Nomadic Press)

Rooted in the brutal joy of the body and nature, Looking for Wild Things is a meditation on the time we spend isolated but not alone. This powerful collection carefully wraps the past in the present and lays it at our feet as a reminder for the future. We are not alone. We were never alone. That is both the beauty and the price of living. —Mattea Orr, author, The Quiet Room

In Looking for Wild Things, Aleathia Drehmer writes from the inside out of a sturdy heart that has been there and back again. To friends who have gone dark, to broken lovers who can’t be mended, to the wild tending of one’s own, ever widening and ever healing wounds, Drehmer’s poems are like a knowing and gentle hand placed onto a shoulder in those darkest of hours. It’s precisely when words seem to fail us that poems step in and lay claim to us. Such are these. Here lies a kind of wisdom-writing that finds a way in and through all the “trauma speak” to the lively, ever burning light we each carry inside of us, not always knowing it’s there and ours. For anyone who has ever felt like their lives were coming up empty, Looking for Wild Things testifies on behalf of all that is full, unbroken, and beautiful in each last one of us. —James Diaz Author of This Someone I Call Stranger and All Things Beautiful Are Bent

Be on the look out for upcoming links to where you could purchase this collection as the drop date gets closer. Thank you to Steve Cawte from Impspired for taking on this project and believing in my work.

Be Kind. Write every day. Support small press.

Published: Piker Press and M 58 Poetry

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This week I have the pleasure of having my poem “Witch’s Teeth” up at Piker Press.

The kind folks at M 58 Poetry also saw fit to publish three of my darlings: “Rene Magritte, Empire of Lights, 1949,” “This is My Waterloo,” and “The Arsonist.”

Thank you for taking the time to read my work. Be sure to stumble around both Piker Press and M 58 Poetry for other great work. Discover something new. Be kind. Support small press.

Writing: Durable Goods is Out of Retirement

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As many of you well know, I used to produce a microzine called Durable Goods. It started in 2009 and ended in 2013. Many things were accomplished with this zine and its distribution reached every continent in the world, every state in this country, and was archived in countless zine and university libraries.
Over the years, I have been asked if I would start Durable Goods back up. It is always a hard question. It was my most favorite project that I’ve ever produced, but toward the end it was labor intensive beyond my singular capability. I was folding 250 copies every two weeks by hand as well as handwritten note cards, stamped bookmarks, and handwritten envelopes. Add in a full time nursing job and a kid and trying to have my own creative output. It became too much so I ended it at its peak.


Recently, I was approached by Scot D. Young of Rusty Truck about this very thing. Is Durable Goods ever coming back? The thought of being that involved in one project with where my life is now seemed overwhelming, but as we talked, something came to mind. Scot works with teenage kids who have been through the wringer—abuse of every kind, poverty, hunger. These kids find some direction and solace in writing. This struck a chord with me because my whole life has been saved and elevated over and over again by writing poetry. It has always loved me. It has always been there.


So, Durable Goods is coming back for a special issue series. There will be eight issues, one for each of the kids. Some of you may know that Durable Goods has traditionally been invite only and I sent the kids their invite letter yesterday. Scot will work with them on writing the poetry to fit the parameters of the zine and also teach them how to submit their work for publication. This project is about showing them how to put themselves out there but also that their words can mean something, that they can be heard, that they can make a difference not only to other people but to themselves.


I will be offering up the opportunity to receive this series of 8 zines just like it used to be. Postage has gone up a bit since then, but I still only charge for what it will cost for me to send. This project is about physical connection and sharing creative understanding. Here are the prices:


Domestic $6.50 (includes all 8 issues with shipping)
International (Euro) $11.15 (which works out to be $13.00 US)
International (Pound) $9.50 (which works out to be $13.00 US)
International (Canada Dollar) $16.25 (which works out to be $13.00 US)
**Any other conversions will be assessed per need basis


A new feature is that you’ll be able to send the cost of the issues via PayPal (leathyd or by looking up Aleathia Drehmer) or Venmo (Aleathia-Drehmer). You can also send me payment in the mail or you can send a chapbook of your own writing that is of equal value (address to be provided privately). Please remember to include your mailing address with payment or email (aleathiadrehmer@gmail.com). Thank you.

We have had many generous folks who are paying kindness forward. Currently I have 5 domestic subscriptions paid for if anyone is interested and cannot afford to be part of the project and my aunt Michelle just kindly donated one international subscription. Scot D. Young had an anonymous donor who is sending funds to buy the kids supplies for writing, Richard Hansen of Poems for All is sending them a selection of tiny poem books, and Jack Varnell from Social Yet Distanced Podcast has offered a podcast about the project when it is finished.


We are hoping to have something done by the end of October. Feel free to email me with any questions. Thanks for supporting these kids and small press poetry.
Aleathia

Published: Rusty Truck

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My poems “His Eyes Raised to Heaven,” “The Trouble with Demons,” and “Maddog 20/20” have found a home at Rusty Truck. Please stop by and have a look as well as sift through the archives. There are some hard hitting poems found here by really great writers. Thank you Scot Young for taking these pieces.

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