The Listerine Martini by Paul E. Rowley (Lapier)
Praise for The Listerine Martini:
“Tiny, well-crafted universes of disquiet, humor, tenderness, and rueful irony. A brilliant achievement.” – Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
“Thank fucking heavens for The Listerine Martini… Push the tired contructs aside. This is good. Funny. Deadly serious. And I don’t say that about all the girls.” – Joan Naviyuk Kane
“La Pier’s voice compels with its combination of gritty detail and bold feeling – the poems may be small but the spirit is vast.” – Joseph Millar, author of Overtime
“Paul E. LaPier says, 'There is a Hole in the Middle of This Frybread' and he enters it, much like Alice going down into the rabbit-hole. What he sees is a harsh, often comical, thoroughly unique view of Native American life and lifeways. A new and exciting voice!” – Adrian C. Louis
Paul E. Lapier came to Ladybones through the wilds of the internet, looking for someone who could construct a chapbook with handmade paper covers. This evolved into the publication of The Listerine Martini.
The deluxe edition is hard bound with paper made from the scraps of the author’s handwoven cedar hats. The spine is green vegetable tanned goat leather from Pergamena, with letterpress printed endpaper on vintage paper stock.
The trade edition is digitally printed and singer sewn.
Paul E. LaPier holds an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University and has been weaving words and cedar since 2008. His cedar works are in the permanent collections of the Peabody Essex Museum and the Autry Museum. His weaving reflects his Haida and Tlingit heritage, and he also incorporates traditional Plains materials to highlight his Blackfeet and Metis roots as well. He currently lives and works from Portland Oregon and has just finished his first chapbook of poetry, The Listerine Martini.