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COVER - TWTP Chthonic

CHTHONIC: a COLORING book by Troy Kehm-Goins.

CHTHONIC is an unbound coloring book that features images of the Greek underworld—vulture, roots, Cerberus, river Styx, rage, river Lethe, pomegranate, river Cocytus, mushroom crown, river Phlegethon, vanitas, river Acheron, and Mother Octopus. These images are based upon sidewalk chalk art and chalkboard chalk art by Troy Kehm-Goins.

#GreekMythology #riversoftheunderworld #mythos #coloringbook #chalkart

Handmade. Unbound. Cardstock cover with corner-mounted photograph of sidewalk chalk art. Cardstock title page. Black-and-white pen-and-ink images printed on loose sheets of 24 lb. paper. Colored and textured 32 lb. end paper. 8 1/2″ x 11 3/4″

Purchase your copy at the Troy’s Work Table Publishing online store.

COVER - TWTP Black Psalms

BLACK PSALMS by Troy Kehm-Goins.

Black Psalms is the most recent chapbook from Puyallup poet Troy Kehm-Goins. Inspired equally by the psalms of the Bible (especially the psalms of lament), heavy metal music, and his mother’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease, these poems are a searching  a way through (and perhaps out of!)  suffering, illness, and death. There is also an octopus (the Mother Octopus) who makes an appearance.

“This is hot black, the sharpened black of obsidian polished by the kiss of deep earth. This is the stinking black of mold on bread and upon sails folded and improperly stored rather than stretched tight by the wind. The dripping black that hangs from the branches of trees…”

#psalms #heavymetal #black #disease #lamentation #octopus

Handmade poetry chapbook. Saddle-stitched binding. Cardstock cover with corner-mounted photographs of sidewalk chalk art. Original poems printed on 24 lb. paper. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Purchase your copy at the Troy’s Work Table Publishing online store.

COVER - TWTP All the Heroes

ALL the HEROES ARE DEAD and BURIED by Troy Kehm-Goins.

The poems in All the Heroes were inspired by Norse mythology and lightly flavored with episodes from the lives of Troy’s grandparents. Some of the initial poems were written for National Poetry Writing Month and polished in conversation with the writers of Seattle-based writing collective Les Sardines. Additional poems followed as the swirling snows began to drift into recognizable shapes.

“Wednesday, hump day, Odin’s day / the day that Fenris wolf humps his leg / and gnashes blood-flecked fangs at his good eye // the day that whale-breathed Jörmungandr / world-serpent, coils around his chest / twelve thousand times and constricts // the day that his bad eye, the missing eye / itches…”

#NorseMythology #Odin #Thor #winter #FenrisWolf #fallenheroes

Handmade poetry chapbook. Saddle-stitched binding. Cardstock cover with corner-mounted photographs of sidewalk chalk art. Original poems printed on 24 lb. paper. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Purchase your copy at the Troy’s Work Table Publishing online store.

COVER - TWTP Let There Be

LET THERE BE by Troy Kehm-Goins.

“Let There Be” began life as a short story entitled “The River” for a creative writing workshop, but it didn’t quite work. After lying fallow for a bit, the monsters invaded and the poem took on new life in a new body. “Illumi” and “The Age of Wonder & Progress” were written about the same time for National Poetry Writing Month. If you like your apocalypse peppered with Greek mythology and Moby-Dick references, as well as hints of Manifest Destiny, chaos, and collapse, then Let There Be is the chapbook for you! (Just remember to keep an umbrella close at hand.)

“Over the water, mirrored in the sheen, the Gorgon seeks. Visible light tries to take form, shredded into component parts by one of the Disruption Shields. // There is a thump, then a wave of water. This is the Pulse. It squeals through us, past us. This Disruption Shield falls…”

#apocalypse #seeking #rain #rain #rain #run

Handmade poetry chapbook. Saddle-stitched binding. Cardstock cover with corner-mounted photographs of sidewalk chalk art. Original poems printed on 24 lb. paper. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Purchase your copy at the Troy’s Work Table Publishing online store.

COVER - TWTP My Two Melvilles

MY TWO MELVILLES by Troy Kehm-Goins.

The two poems of My Two Melvilles (“My Two Melvilles” and “Regional Water Partnerships”) were born out of an in-depth yearlong study of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, which ultimately became a much longer reading project. These poems were then workshopped with the writers of Seattle-based writing collective Les Sardines, read aloud countless times, reshaped, and finally birthed into the world. If you are a fan of the friendship that Ishmael and Queequeg quickly develop in the early chapters of Moby-Dick, then you need to read this love letter to Mr. Melville.

“I want to climb into bed with you and embrace you, like Queequeg to Ishmael. I want us to be covered in a quilted blanket, of a nautical design, specifically a sailed ship in the warm waters of the tropical latitudes, created and stitched together by the hands of elderly New England widows…”

#HermanMelville #Moby-Dick #epistolary #counterpane #pillowtalk #Leviathan

Handmade poetry chapbook. Saddle-stitched binding. Cardstock cover with corner-mounted photographs of sidewalk chalk art. Original poems printed on 24 lb. paper. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Purchase your copy at the Troy’s Work Table Publishing online store.

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