Much that can happen to a poet who publishes with a small poetry press has happened to Behrle. For reasons that are now vague Pressed Wafer’s first publication was a postcard of a Behrle poem about carving a pumpkin for Halloween. Molly Torra did the design, and the card cost PW a ton because none of us knew about 4over4. Copies of the card are hard to come by,
Then PW published a small—3” x 4”—book of Jim’s poems, City Point. Ben Watkins took the cover photograph. The book is long out of print.
For a reading at MIT given by Jim and Fred Moten PW published a chapbook of their poems. We managed to misspell Jim’s last name and after giving copies away at the reading as a souvenir PW destroyed the other 400 or so copies. PW reprinted and that book is now o.p.
Jim’s aesthetic is based on his big ears for all manner of language that is broadcast on radio, TV and through the press, on speed and on his sense of humor. Some of the poems in She’s My Best Friend were written on the Fung Wah from New York to Boston. Jim is a one and done poet, and he read the poems upon arrival. Joseph Torra, Jim’s poetry father, edited the book and the cover is a solaized print by Ben E. Watkins. Plenty of copies remain in print.