Posts Tagged ‘chapbooks’


Poetry chapbooks, in case you’ve heard the term and still find yourself puzzled for lack of definition, are nothing more than small collections of poetry. They can be self-printed, published independently or otherwise, and range up to about 40 pages (but generally vary between 10 and 25 in my experience). While chapbooks have a history that stretches back to 1553 (according the Wikipedia page), their purpose – the perpetuation of philosophy, history, and art – remains poignant to this very day and should be credited with saving the soul of poetry in a world where seconds equal cents and “wasting” time trying to figure out what you’re reading makes no sense at all to most readers.