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Peninsulas Now + The Infinite Library

Derrick M/Peninsula’s Now are putting out a series of handmade books. Here’s the thing: they’re not for sale. Instead, all copies include instructions to read, fill out the library card, and then pass them along. I love this idea–reading a book with with the shadow of previous readers at yr side, how each book becomes a communal artifact.

DM was kind enough to put out a series a short poems by Cheryl and I (above)–“The Esme Poems.” We tried to follow the ephemeral spirit of the press and write quickly. Can’t wait to see the finished product and pass some copies on to you. Wait, do you want one?

Thanks to DM and the people who put it together. They’re open for submissions (see also hilarious alternative spelling of Cheryl’s name!).

Filed under: Events, Friends, Poems in Print

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.


  1. Cheryl

    Wow! It looks great. I’m very excited to see this in person at AWP. How did they hilariously spell my name?

  2. joescirehall

    Cheryll Quimbo. Which is now your name. It has a nice masculine ring. Like Rambo.

  3. derrick

    Oh shit!

    The spelling is right in the books.


  4. joescirehall

    Oh I had no doubt about that. The internet makes me spell things wrong constantly.

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