BareBackPress is an independent publisher that began as an online literary magazine www.barebacklit.com. Through the magazine we found heaps of new and innovative talent and decided to conceive BareBackPress.
We are dedicated to publishing BareBack writing, that is, writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves and bare themselves, giving the world honesty. Truth we may not like, but are forced to accept.
Our focus is on providing readers with an entertaining emotional elevator ride by sincere, passionate artists who want to contribute to the evolution of literature and poetry.
Heaven’s Gone to Hell leads the reader through a series of humorous dystopias that challenge the way we use language and the way we see the world. From alcoholic archangels, to heaven’s reliance on unpaid labour, to a devil just trying to do what’s right, Andrew J. Simpson’s follow-up to The Big Picture turns the tropes of society on their ears.
“The mind of Andrew J. Simpson is an ideas machine … His brain is actually a powerful alien computer.”
~ Alejandro Bustos, Apartment 613
With garbageflower, Damon Ferrell Marbut demonstrates once again how each book is its own unique expression of human engagement. The generosity of this collection comes from the shared moment, wherein often Marbut leaves defining the poem's purpose up to the reader. Other times there is no doubting how firmly he believes there is no line separating abstraction from reality. This believable, touching book of poems is for everyone.
Richard J. O'Brien
Tripping in the Dark offers a glimpse at illumination hidden deep in the darkest recesses. The poems in this collection navigate the reader through a landscape both chaotic and strange. They remind us that between life and death we encounter beauty and ruin, aspiration and doubt, the mundane and the mysterious, and, if we are lucky along the way, perhaps love. Tripping in the Dark is that rare collection of poems that helps us recall what is holy and unique in each of us.
Knuckle Sandwiches is a punch in the face to art, culture, and society. A smack in the mouth to propriety. Knuckle sandwiches of the literal kind as well as the more common, but no less painful, metaphorical kind, which life gives to everyone regardless of race, creed, class, or gender.
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