About the Book
Lulled into a false sense of nostalgia, we are knocked sideways and dragged through that which lies only between evidence and experience. Showing you where it stings, still, beneath landscaped gardens and oversized T-shirts; Petal is a rumbling in the gut that blooms.
—Sophie Taylor, visual artist and writer
Petal pulls you under the blankets—hold the flashlight, we won't need it, but do bring the gin—at the end of a long night. Another workday, another lifetime of folding truths and toes alike into the expectations of someone who will never have to wear these shoes. Unzipped and braless, Christine Taylor lifts the corner and welcomes us in. It's just us now, she assures. Let us speak quietly of forgiveness. Let us admit we only believe in it for people who are not us. Let us tell each other we're afraid and watch it sit heavy in the silence. Let no one force optimism. Some things just need to be said.
Christine Taylor demonstrates her mastery in a variety of poetic forms. Petal is a testament to resilience. After being wounded time and time again, we can still find joy in the little things: sunsets, flower petals, and Christmas trees. There is beauty in the world and in all of its imperfections. In Taylor’s words, there is hope, a reason to persevere.
—Charles K. Carter, author of Splinters
Bone & Ink Press is a small press based in southeastern Wisconsin, founded in 2017. We are committed to publishing the works of marginalized writers. We are committed to publishing writing that startles like a shout in the street. We aim to publish at least four titles per year--some combination of anthologies, books and chapbooks by individual authors, micro-chaps, zines, etc. And what do we mean by we are committed to publishing the works of marginalized writers? We mean that we are looking for thrilling feats of (literary) derring-do by LGBTQ+ writers, writers of color, women, disabled writers, neurodivergent writers, immigrant writers, immigrant writers/people writing in English as a second language, etc. We're not making any rules like "we'll never publish anything by a straight white guy," but we will be focusing on publishing writers who are underrepresented in some way.