2014: Let’s Begin
Little Bones, a limited edition art book set from Thoughtcrime Press, will be featured at Printed Matter’s giant LA Art Book Fair this year at the table run by Kickstarter’s curators of new art! We will also be mentioned in their upcoming fine art catalog.
Here’s a piece from Little Bones, which also features poets Ben Clark, and Stevie Edwards.
Vacation Request (Josh Gaines, 2013)
I asked for a day off and he reached across that cherry wood desk
Put his hand on my shoulder
And set me on fire.
At first I wasn’t sure of the smell
What it was—
Now it’s painful, obvious.
At home the stables too were burning
The horses, pawing loudly
At the creaking slats ready to collapse
Four horses and the smell of that rising heat.
Even burning, I couldn’t get close
And anyway, something told me it was too late.
I kept trying to forget the morning
I tried to sleep
But the bedding caught fire,
My sleeping wife, who was always too cold
Burst into flame like she’d been waiting a long time
For something to ignite her.
I remembered speaking with her that morning,
but the way she didn’t move
Made me think she may have died weeks ago.
Outside the window the stable collapsed
In a startling of fiery moths clawing updrafts
Landing on the house, the field
Setting the smoke above
In a reflection of its own orange glow
Like some terrible mirror.
Everything seemed so damn dry
And my thirsty hands had already began
To tighten into forever-fists
Blackened with rage, or loss, maybe heat.
The last damp bit of mind considered my boss
And how avoidable these ashes
How tinder guilt
How resignation pyres.
How little it takes
When trading life for paper
To ignite us.