Blue Bus Books
Blue Bus Books...The Little Publishing House, on Wheels! Yes. This publishing company is actually housed in a bus. And yes. It runs. It’s a 1977 International Harvester Thomas school bus…named Thomas! As a homeschooling project, I, Anne V. Pyterek, and my son converted it into a tiny home on wheels. We painted the outside Handicap Blue with Safety Red trim. I was the one who lettered the words “The Autonomous Zone” up on the charter area…because that, of course, is the ultimate destination.
Devoted as we were to homeschooling along the length of our beloved Chicago River, we needed to get away from there. Our poverty was too intense to pay rent and go on vacations so we took a leap into the unknown and drove off into the sunset. We did this for the adventure, the learning and so I could find out about my protagonist, Calliope Braintree’s, childhood.
I knew doing this without an income would create super-intense learning and adventure situations, and it did. Our learning was intense, alright...and even scary at times. But the memories that Calliope recovers about traveling with her mom, in their bus, are some of the fun and pleasant things we got to do. (Well. Some of them were unpleasant.) Thomas...the bus and the publishing company...is my vehicle in a long term, over-arching Quest. The Gospel of Thomas says, “If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.” This is me bringing it forth. I needed to find my own Wildness, needed to strip away the internalized conditioning of civilization, find my own kind of Freedom. We live in Colorado now, nice and isolated, on 120 acres in the middle of nowhere, with a pack of semi-feral dogs, completely surrounded by coyotes—The Autonomous Zone!
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Killing Joe Sabazius: A Different Sort of Love Story
by Calliope Braintree
A darkly whimsical study in anger and forgiveness, “Killing Joe Sabazius” tells the unlikely love story of a guilt-wracked murderess, the spirit of her dead rapist and his newly reincarnated self, a magical crow, and a dirty cop… while the natural wisdom of the sullied but indomitable Chicago River sparkles through on every page.
River's Song: A Poem
by Calliope Braintree
A playful, sensual modern homage to “The Thunder, Perfect Mind,” this long narrative poem is the Voice of the Great Goddess in Her heartbroken, polluted urban river aspect. Calliope Braintree’s loving tribute to the Chicago River, this poem gives voice to the passion, plight, and ultimate triumph of nature.
To Hear The Rest More Clearly: The Story of Calliope Braintree
by Anne V. Pyterek
This is the story of Calliope Braintree, who, aided by the Muse of Epic Poetry, an urban coyote, and the Chicago River, saves herself from the ravages of abuse, self-loathing and sexual humiliation. By learning to listen to the powerful Voices of Nature, speaking both from within and without, she finds the best part of herself.
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