dear Elsie / seltzer
Nicole Steinberg


PREORDER begins March 1, 2023
April 2023
5 x 6 inches | 28 pages

150 numbered copies

Handprinted linocut cover
Caligo Safe-Wash Relief Inks on French Paper Co. 140 lb. Pop Tone Cover Stock in Pink Lemonade
Digitally Printed Interior on Mohawk Via Recycled Smooth Natural White 70 lb Text
Hand sewn in natural twine

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Individually printed by hand in small batches, no two covers will be exactly alike. Expect some variation in color and placement across the edition.

dear Elsie / seltzer is the third chapbook in the fifth series from Bloof Books. Each series chapbook is released in a limited edition of at least one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release, and eventually in a combination volume called Bound.

Nicole Steinberg is the author of Glass Actress (Furniture Press Books, 2017), Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013), and multiple chapbooks, including Fat Dreams (Barrelhouse, 2018). She is also the editor of Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011). Her work has been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, Newsweek, Flavorwire, Bitch, and Hyperallergic. She was the 2021 Poet Laureate of Bucks County, PA and since 2019, she has served on the board of the American Poetry Review. She can be found online at

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my future hoarse and barking wives
meet my future faceless husbands

I shove my dream dictionary in the toilet
funny how astrology feels like a useful tool

for honing and defining your power
when in reality life ruled by the planets

is the literal definition of powerlessness
dear Elsie: lately I eat too many bagels but

my girlfriend still says I’m beautiful
LOL no1curr says the internet

the ocean / a swirling abyss
dark seltzer / corrosive to the throat

I wake in shards much like a fractured lake
I skate upon my own thin ice

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