Ampersand Press

Long-time readers of The Rag Tree will know that RT has created a sister blog, Ampersand Press, to showcase his self-published works. The Press released its first book back in 2010, a collection of RT’s poetry, Amassunu. Recently, AP has brought out its second book, RT’s Gilgamesh: The Ancient Epic, tablets 1-4. …

And without further ado, more details on these books:


1. Amassunu

Yes, my chapbook of poems, Amassunu, is almost ready to be released on Lulu. Here are my updates on its status and other thoughts & information about the book:

11/30/10 Well, the proof copies of Amassunu arrived on Friday & after getting over the thrill, I’ve begun making some changes & additions to the text–but not that many. The main problem is that the inner margins need to be increased by 1/2 an inch…shouldn’t take too long. Plus, I’m now convinced that I need to design something more in the way of a back cover (instead of using one of Lulu’s stock themes). More on the book tomorrow.

12/2/10: Cowabunga, folks, Amassunu is actually up and ready for sale on Lulu! Here is a teaser from the book:


Middle Island

delights the old man,

burns his bones like wood, ashes

floating like feathers

& here’s another haiku:


uninvited guest

chill breeze crashes the party

kisses the rose bud

And the book contains over two dozen more poems and fragments, including a 108-line excerpt from the Epic of Gilgamesh. By all means, check it out and, if the spirit moves you, buy a copy. Here’s the link:

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Enjoy!       Eric

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  1. wolfnwings
    December 7, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. I’d love to make a chapbook, but no idea how. I just looked up the site and took a glance. Would you recommend using them? Is it straight-forward? Affordable?

  2. December 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Wings: Thx for the compliment! Publishing on Lulu cost me nothing: I had already done the page & front cover design and had a mock-up of the book to work from. I converted my wordprocessor files to PDF & uploaded them on Lulu–the tedious part. Lulu does offer editorial & design services, for what seem to me reasonable prices. The finished books were beautifully printed and arrived promptly. Yes, from my experience so far, I would recommend the service. RT

  3. wolfnwings
    October 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Sorry I never did respond to your reply, RT. Thank you so much for your comment an info. I am once again considering this route to make a book of poetry. But it has to be simple bc I give up very easily when it comes to anything tech : ) I’ll give it a try!

  4. March 26, 2012 at 5:49 am

    inspiring! (as she furiously googles Lulu to find out if is still around)…

  5. soopafishl
    April 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hi, thank you for visiting my site and congratulations on your book! I love the extract you shared, “Take a stone; break it shape its scars smooth… crush it to dust scatter it over the ground in silver circles” … Beautiful..

  6. December 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Glad you enjoyed my site. I’m very much intrigued with your Gilgamesh project and have just ordered a copy of Amassunu.

  7. December 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    BAS: thank you so much!!! publishing this blog has shown me that Gilgamesh has a surprising number of fans out there, which is extremely encouraging. Poetry books, on the other hand, are incredibly hard to sell, even to other poets. thx again! RT

  8. August 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I am remorsefully remiss and must blame my use of cranky old iPad1, that is now crashing regularly when it is expected to jump sites or load gorgeously detailed megapixels, this the first time I have come to your Ampersand Press blog (great name!). Are both books done and dusted now? (my brain also can be fuzzy at times….). I am nearing the awkward bits of two poetry/art books myself now, though juggling which platform to use – one maybe CreateSpace and one Blurb, I think….

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