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The End
All things must pass—and this goes for both our 75%-off sale and Pressed Wafer. Our last day will be January 31, 2019, so be sure to order as soon as possible. Supplies and energies are limited.

Due to the death of Bill Corbett, Pressed Wafer will be closing down as soon as possible. But, first, a sale! On this site we’ve marked down by 75% all available books published in 2017 or earlier. Our distributor, Small Press Distribution, is also offering all of our backlist titles at 75%-off when one enters the code WAFER at checkout.

William Corbett: October 11, 1942–August 10, 2018
Pressed Wafer’s publisher and editor has died after a year-long battle with cancer. The tributes include the following:

Behrle, Jim. “‘Wherever He Was Felt Like The Center Of The Universe’: Writers Remember Poet William Corbett.” WBUR’s The ARTery. 17 August 2018.

Cole, Sean and Deborah Becker. “‘Every Day Is Poetry Day’ — Remembering William Corbett.” WBUR’s Radio Boston. 17 August 2018.

Eds., The Chicago Review. “William Corbett (1942–2018).” 29 August 2018.

Howe, Fanny. “Remembrance: William Corbett — A Poet of Landscape, Weather, and Consciousness.” the arts fuse. 16 August 2018.

Marquard, Bryan. “William Corbett, 75, poet whose South End home became a literary salon.” Boston Globe. 18 August 2018.

Mir, Stan. “Recollections of William Corbett.” Hyperallergic. 2 September 2018.

Slocum, Sarah Whiteside. “In memory of William Corbett.” The Tech. 22 August 2018.

The Newest Books


Band of Thebes calls Jonathan Strong’s Quit the Race a “[p]iercing study of a longterm gay couple by an American master.” See for yourself here.

The Times Literary Supplement has included The Atropastorals by Douglas Crase as a 2017 Book of the Year! Mark Ford writes “The Astropastorals is a slim pamphlet that collects the handful of lyrics the American poet Douglas Crase has deemed fit for publication in the three-and-a-half decades since his astonishing debut, The Revisionist of 1981. Although it runs to only eighteen pages, it packs a powerful punch. Crase is the master of complex, sinuous sentences that twist and loop and unfurl in the most unpredictable of ways—indeed navigating his poetic idiom can feel a bit like riding the rapids. The title poem in particular succeeds in conjugating the mysteries of our planetary existence with an eloquence and sweep I found at once dizzying and uplifting.”

A profile of Pressed Wafer’s George Scialabba, “One of America’s best all-round intellects” in Harvard Magazine.

Christopher Schaeffer on Mark Lamoureux’s 29 Cheeseburgers + 39 Years: Mark Lamoureux […] is up to something a little different. [T]he book embraces a messiness and excess that emphasizes how desperate an attempt to shore up a material phenomenology of memory rather than offering a sack full of childhood ephemera as a totalizing, all-encompassing museum of epiphanies. It’s funny and sad, but neither funny nor sad in the ways that the premise and the bold, two-tone creamsicle colored cover led me to expect. Read the whole review at the VOLTA blog.