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Apparatus: An Anthology

[ Poetry / Prose / Art / Experimental / Anthology ]

The body is the sole mediator between man and universe, the moment between birth and death. Sometimes, there may be unity, love, transcendence and liberation. Other times, separation, lunacy, limitation, atrophy, violence.

In this collection of experimental poetry, prose and photography by 15 brilliant contributors, the physical body and its relationships are celebrated, examined, distorted, degraded, dissected, exposed.

Gritty and grotesque, surreal and transcendental, curated selections from acclaimed and established authors, emerging student writers, local Torontonians or Literary Fiction Network contributors: B.W. Powe, Takatsu, Evan J. Hoskins, N.J. Greenfield, Aaron Capelli, Daven Sharma, Thomas Arthur Farrell, Sierra Marilyn Riley, Skyler Clarke, C.J. Garrett, Deniz Sonkan, Colette Thomas, Nikita Shorikov, Aaron L. Sheng, Mae Claudette Costan

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Espresso Love: A Novel

[ Dystopian / Philosophical / Literary / Magical-Realism ]

In Tokyo, where the System siphons thought, emotions & memories, a literature student meets a strange psychic girl and they embark on an escape from mindless agents, dream worlds and reality itself, in a soul-searching journey for love, for identity and what it means to be human. But all that remains is a peculiar coffee shop order.

The novel examines the human condition, perception, socio-political systems, capitalism and consumer culture, incorporating paranoiac conspiracy theories, surreal cosmic visions, circular symbolism and shifting parallel worlds, with profound discussions of coffee, art, literature and music.

“System is Everything.”

Espresso Love has gained over 1 million reads, Wattys Award 2014 winner, ranked #1 in Science Fiction and #3 in Spiritual categories out of over 100 million stories, and featured on Wattpad, IndieReader, DIG on USA TV campaigns, and various sites.

 

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Of Forests & Clocks & Dreams: A Literary Collection

[ Literary / Philosophy / Poetry / Art / Photography ]

From the award-winning trailblazer of English cell phone novels, online literature and transmedia storytelling comes an unconventional postmodern collection of fragments, moments, imaginings containing thought-provoking and enigmatic short stories, poetry, essay, excerpts, aphorisms, photography, typography, design and artwork.

His work paints surreal visions and explores philosophical themes of the human condition and spirituality, subjective perception and the nature of reality, the system and the cosmos through strange conversations, umbrellas, a talking bird, a girl with a top hat, grandfather clocks, transfigured stones, a missing archaeologist, bowls of rice, a man with twelve toes, and more.

The book features the award-winning transcendental “The Elephant Girl”, a heartbreaking “Sometimes I Think You Can't Hear Me”, the magical fable “By The River” and political essay “It's Pouring, Bring Two Umbrellas”.

“[His pieces] have a timeless quality, little legends or fables that enlighten or explain a philosophy of life, a zen moment… [they] touch on an innate mystery of things that your stories allow one to see.” – Patricia Keeney, Professor of Creative Writing at York University, Award-winning Poet, Critic, Author of One Man Dancing

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Published by Inspiritus Press

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Secondhand Memories: The First English Cell Phone Novel

[ Young Adult / Slice of Life / Romance / Tragedy / CPN ]

Seiji and Aoi have been inseparable childhood friends and eventually, high school sweethearts. Believing in naive dreams and love, all seems well until a tragedy separates them with a chasm of frozen time. As one struggles with the aftermath, the world moves on, while the other remains still.

Battered by temptation and the pressure to grow up, he discovers that life is more complicated than he thought – and that the heart and mind is quite vulnerable to change. Secondhand Memories is an emotional coming-of-age story: a journey about the meaning of growing up, love, loss and sacrifice.

Originally serialized online in 2008, Secondhand Memories pioneered the Japanese cell phone novel phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a moment in history of a new literary movement among thousands of young writers and readers globally. The remarkably unique fusion of simple haiku-like poetic technique and prose narrative has re-envisioned technology, youth culture, community and literature.

After six years of memories and history-in-the-making, the highly-anticipated and beloved novel was officially released on February 14th, Valentine's Day, 2015 as ebook and a massive 6″ x 9″ 558-page paperback print book with stunning anime cover illustrations, interior formatting and graphic design, due to popular demand!

Visit the Official Site for News, Synopsis, Excerpts, Characters, Store, Pre-Orders, Free Downloads, and more. Video blog special, the book, smartphone cases, coffee mugs, wall clocks, pillows, tote bags, laptop and iPad skins, t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and more available in the store. More multimedia productions coming soon.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Takatsu is a poet, novelist, publisher, designer, event coordinator and featured Wattpad Star of 20,000 followers from Toronto. In 2008, through Secondhand Memories, he pioneered English “cell phone novels”. In 2014, his acclaimed literary novel, Espresso Love won a Watty’s Award and reached 1 million reads. Inspiritus Press published his literary and art collection, Of Forests & Clocks & Dreams, in 2016, and he received the Babs Burggraf Award for his short story "The Elephant Girl". In 2017, he edited Apparatus, a poetry and prose anthology by 15 contributors. Forthcoming in Fall 2017 is his poetry chapbook Kawatare through Anstruther Press. He continues to grow communities and innovation through Inspiritus Press, Bring the Noise Street Poetry Tour, the Crossroads Literary Festival, the Literary Fiction Network, the Cell Phone Novel movement. Read more here >>