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“The Nucleated Vesicle”
by Jim Colquhoun
// published in 2016
// sale price $0.85
// fiction
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by Jim Colquhoun // a Pen & Anvil chapbook
Jim Colquhoun

Jim Colquhoun is an artist, writer, and pataphysical cartographer. He lives and works in Glasgow.

// Find him on Twitter as @mandrakehayter.

“It is familiar knowledge that the earth we inhabit is a hollow globe filled with a quasigaseous substance or ‘ether’ that ‘vents’ at certain weak points in the mantle. These spots are variously haunted . . . ”

It will take the average reader five or six minutes to read the twelve-hundred-odd words comprising this short prose work, a report, of sorts, dispatched from Vestiges Park—a place on the margins, adjacent to the Dunsany estate and not far from Lovecraft Country, “hidden in the edgelands, abandoned by all but the most obsessive disciples who eke out a living luring the unwary not, as one might expect, to offer them violence, but rather to burn them with forbidden knowledge, a far more deadly offence.”

About this chapbook series:

These bite-sized booklets are a mouthful of literature each, intended to be read in a single sitting. When you’re done with one, pass it along! Look for them lying around in Boston, Portland, or New York City. When you see one waiting to be read, go ahead and pick it up. Give it a home in your hands for a ten-minute lit snack. Then when you’re finished, leave it behind for the next person to find, in an ATM lobby, on a train station bench, in the coffeeshop, at the pub.

To request a single copy of any chapbook in the series, or a set of copies in bulk quantity so you can pepper them around your neighborhood, just contact the Pen & Anvil Press and we can put a plan together to mail some over to you. You can reach us via the good folks at the Boston Poetry Union, PO Box 15274 Boston MA 02215. If you don’t have a stamp, feel free to send us an email.