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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

We Shoot Typewriters

Publication Date: September 2015


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. We Shoot Typewriters  was originally published by Nomadic.

Paul Corman-Roberts brings his dizzying wordplay and emotional anxiety to a fever pitch as he digs into the guts of his community hoping to find the emotional maturity, the vision and the guts to save it.


We Shoot Typewriters has it humor and its witticisms, but it’s the wisdom found in the plainly stated and curiously observed that offers up the hard truths needed to shake the reader into awareness, and wake ‘the chutzpath / to call ourselves mirrors / worthy of human reflection.
Arisa White, author of Dear Gerald (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2015) and Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Finalist

Paul Corman-Roberts writes poems that are tired from working two jobs, poems that are sick of moving, exhausted from gentrification; these are poems that have lived in more than their fair share of cramped studio apartments and packed all their worldly goods into milk crates … Word by word, line by line, poem by poem, We Shoot Typewriters is a collection that remembers what it was like to be there, in the moment-and what it’s like to have made it out alive.
Allie Marini, author of And When She Tasted Knowledge(Nomadic Press, 2015)

We Shoot Typewriters is a collection from a seasoned bard that explores the necessary role of poets in our world, the shadow side of ourselves, the search for love, the joy and torment of parenthood, and the absurdity of it all. Each poem takes the reader out into the greater universe, then returns them-whip-lashed-with a piece of raw, yet palatable truth.
Sarah Kobrinsky, Emeryville Poet Laureate

We Shoot Typewriters is a thriller in the De Palma tradition in which there’s no particular point except that the hero is flawed, weak, and in terrible danger—and we identify with him completely.
Alexandra Naughton, founder and publisher of Be About It Press

About the Author

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Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts is the author Bone Moon Palace from Black Lawrence Press (2021) a CLMP Firecracker nominated full length poetry collection. He is also author of the graphic chapbook The Sincere (with illustrator Ray Swaney) from Libran Apocalypse Books (2022.) He is a founder and current organizer of the Beast Crawl Lit Festival  in Oakland CA. He currently teaches workshops for the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. He sometimes fills in as a drummer for the U.S. Ghostal Service, The Jennifer Blowdryer Band and the Poznansky Sisters, but mostly he is just exhausted.

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