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August Kleinzahler's Poem "1975" on a Phantom Billstickers Poem Poster. Enjoy.

 Full Text of August Kleinzahler's poem, "1975".

Kicking Against the Pricks - A brief encounter with American Poet, Lover & Fighter, Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern is one of the USA’s foremost poets, and approaching his 90th year, one of the great survivors. He’s known many of America’s well-known poets, as well as its artists, including Andy Warhol.

The Things You Do For Love Come Back One by One - an interview with Hamish Kilgour, Clean dude, collaborator, solo artist, Kiwi creator in New York.

Thirty-five years or so after forming his first band in Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamish Kilgour remains a creative force - drummer, percussionist, dreamer, creator, and friend to many. On the eve of The Clean’s latest tour of the United States, he talked to Richard Langston about his first solo album, producing Chinese band Carsick Cars, and surviving 20 years of living and making music in New York. 

There must be Someway Outta Here said the Joker to the Priest

Songwriter and singer Stephen Cogle was at the heart of the bands in Christchurch in the late 70s/early 80s that led to the formation of Flying Nun. He’s been in the Vacuum, Victor Dimisch Band, and Terminals.

The Dark Stuff - The Voyage of Discovery of Tom Lax - from Ohio to Christchurch, NZ.

Tom Lax grew up in rural Ohio, lives in Philadelphia, and is in love with a certain strain of dark, unsettling and raw music from Christchurch, New Zealand. So much so he releases it on the record label he started 25 years ago, Siltbreeze. Tom’s life in music is marked by many things but two in particular: seeing the band Pere Ubu as a 17 year old, and by a few boxes of records that arrived one day in the mid-80s in the record store where he worked in Philadelphia. The records were from New Zealand.

Cafe Reader Vol. 2 Summer 2013

The new summer edition of the Phantom Billstickers Café Reader is out now.

Featuring poetry and prose from some of the best writers nationally and internationally, we can't be more excited.

We've placed thousands around the country, check out the (not even exhaustive) list below to see where you can find a copy!

The Flavour of the Meat by Bill Direen

 This week a subscription label in the USA released the new vinyl album Flavour of the Meat. It features three expatriated kiwis and a lo-fi indie bassist, and was recorded in Brooklyn earlier this year during my visit to the USA. Grapefruit has previously released music by the likes of (the incomparable) Renderers (as The Renderizors), Bruce Russell and Roy Montgomery, Lambchop and Dump (James McNew). Due to postponement by famous German band Faust, the label accepted Flavour for September release.

A Tinker's Cuss - Part 4

The catacombs below my apartment in Princeton, New Jersey.

 A Tinker's Cuss - Jim Wilson's weekly blog.


A Tinker's Cuss by Jim Wilson. Part 2

Yesterday in New Jersey I was racing that pissant Toyota Prius down I-95 about as fast as it could go when an incredible thunderstorm broke and lightning went zig-zagging across the sky. The rain began to beat down so bad that I had to take refuge in a truck stop and wait until the whole thing had blown over.

Phantom Billstickers Presents Kiwi Poets

Five years ago Phantom Billstickers started our Poems on Posters project. We have since printed poems on posters by 81 poets, 70 of them New Zealanders. 

In all, 116 poems on thousands of posters have been placed, seen, read and loved all over the world in 

places as diverse as Glasgow, Scotland, Deadwood in South Dakota & Clarksdale, Mississippi. 

Not to mention throughout New Zealand.