Steve Abbott  ~  Poet & Writer

Chapbooks

A 2016 collection from NightBallet Press, The Incoherent Pull of Want is a delightful mash-up of styles and pop culture subjects ranging from a carousel in Central Park and a meditation on the afterlife to a hearse driver at a strip joint and an alternate take on The Wizard of Oz.   28 pgs.  5.5” x 8.5”, saddle-stapled.   $10 

This 2017 collection comes from the politically oriented Locofo Chaps series from Chicago’s Moria Poetry. These 26 poems are outward-looking reactions to a contemporary world and the personal, intimate impact of political & environmental issues, video culture,  labor, and even ice cream trucks.  32 pgs.  6” x 9”, saddle-stapled.   $12.    

This collection is part of an invitational series created by the late Jennifer Bosveld to showcase poems by a diverse range of poets from across the country. Poems were selected by the poets based on what they saw as the favorite poems of their audiences. The book includes commentary about the roots of each poem. 36 pgs. 5.5” x 8.5”, saddle-stapled.   $10

Why Not Be Here Now brings together 22 poems that explore nuances in the surprises to be found in football fandom, life in neighborhoods, music, graffiti, news headlines, traffic jams, and laundromats.  Many of them include references to locales in Steve’s hometown, Columbus.  36 pgs.  5.5” x 8.5”, saddle-stapled.   $10

Steve’s first collection, published in 1996 by Pudding House.  It features many of the themes that mark his work—urban life, loss, history, artists, social concerns, place—and includes several poems that remain highly popular: “I Am the Couch Potato”; “Innocents”; “The Poetry Mafia”; and “Directions.”  32 pgs.   5.5” x8.5”,  saddle-stapled.    $10