Bicycle Comics opened up shop in 2009 with our first book of poetry and comic strips. Our books are impeccably edited, printed, and bound in the USA. You can buy them from Poetry Slam, Inc. (PSI),, and directly from our hardworking authors. Our flights of limericks are now available for immediate download. In 2017, we've published our first school title. Good things are happening!

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The Rising of the Moon (New!)

by Lady Gregory, 1907

Lady Gregory’s classic black comedy is due for a resurgence. Its themes: police repression, cultural identity, and conflicted loyalties are as relevant today as they were during the Irish revolutionary period.
This Irish play in one act celebrates its 110th anniversary in March 2017. The Rising of the Moon tells the story of an Irish police officer who takes pride in upholding traditional law and order—until a chance encounter with a charmingly dangerous insurgent causes both men to question the social forces that have made them enemies.
With a new introduction by New York playwright and National Poetry Slam Finalist April Ranger, and with the play’s songs and poetry reset in custom formatting by the Yellow Buick Review, Lady Gregory’s play is a charming introduction to Irish literature and political history.

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A History of Silence (Now an E-book!)

by Carrie Rudzinski, 2010

A History of Silence is the debut collection from the celebrated Boston slam champion. Carrie Rudzinski's confessional, haunting verse lavishes detail on her beloved Midwest even as she chronicles her journeys eastward. These are tales of exploration, voyages of the children within each of us striving to love and shelter the adults the world has required us to become. E-book includes three never-before-published poems and a new foreword by 2008 NPS Finalist April Ranger!

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Tandem, Volume II

Edited by the audience of the Lit Slam, 2013

The second edition of Tandem captures the vitality of the 2013 season of live shows. What began in 2012 as an experiment on the wisdom of crowds comes fully into its own, as the crowdsourced anthology brings you new work from Saeed Jones, Marty McConnell, Daphne Gottlieb, Ryka Aoki, and other nationally-celebrated poets, alongside audience favorites from local San Francisco authors. A full list of contributors is available at

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by Sarah Kay & Sasha Banks, 2013

The Lit Slam cooperated with the organizers of the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam to bring you Alight, an E-book containing the best-written poems of the festival, as determined by audience ballots. Read new work by Sarah Kay, Sasha Banks, Dominique Christina Ashaheed, Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie, and many more!


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The Assassin and the Giant Man

by Sam Teitel, 2012

Sam Teitel's second full-length book of poems picks up where SURVIVE, SURVIVE, SURVIVE left off in 2011: a young but more-assured voice coming to grips with the reality, horror, and humor of adulthood. Philadelphia's macabre Mütter Museum provides the backdrop to questions of identity, ancestry, and history. The swagger and the snivel are both still here, in classic form, but added to it is something almost approaching wisdom.


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Tandem, Volume I

edited by The Lit Slam, 2012

The first edition of Tandem represents an unprecedented marriage of the print and performance poetry traditions in the San Francisco bay area. With poems curated via a panel of randomly-selected audience members at the monthly Lit Slam competition, the journal highlights not only exceptional local talent, but also new work from nationally-recognized featured poets such as Jamaal May, Gypsee Yo and Tara Hardy. A full list of contributors is available at

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Survive, Survive, Survive

by Sam Teitel, 2011

With Survive, Survive, Survive, Sam Teitel elevates self-doubt to a high (and humorous) art. His insistence that he is still a work in progress is equal parts proclamation and prayer. The confessional poems on illness, dignity, and loss play well against persona poems as Joey Ramone, the Chelsea Hotel, and the City of Boston. One of the clearest voices to emerge from the New England slam renaissance of the last decade, Sam Teitel has delivered the apologia for a nervous generation.


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Boys at Play

by N.D. Austin, Joshua H. Cohen, Artie Moffa, and Wing L. Mui, 2009

What's that? You don't like rhyming poetry? Pshaw! You mean you don't like bad rhyming poetry. We don't, either. That's why we filled Boys at Play with the best light verse we knew how to write. We got us a fistfull of rhymes that cut crystal. Includes comics by Wing L. Mui. We donate $1 per copy sold to the Amherst College Annual Fund.


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Sometimes, a whole book of poetry is more than you're up for. We understand. That's why Bicycle Comics is pleased to announce our innovative series of poetry flights. For just 99¢, you'll be able to sample an assortment of our traditional, hand-crafted limericks. We distill each batch with Adobe Acrobat using carefully embedded fonts on custom-made textured TIFF backgrounds, and then we group them into thematic tasting flights of three or four limericks. They pair delightfully with eReaders, mobile phones, or traditional computers. Our menu is seasonal and we rotate our selection monthly. For August 2011, we offer the following flights...

Flight of Bleeding Cowboys Limericks

Flight 1: Limericks for NPS 2011

by Artie Moffa

Cambridge is where Bicycle Comics was founded, and most of our poets are Cantab regulars. We are thrilled to welcome spoken word artists from all over the world to our city for the National Poetry Slam, and we salute them with this complimentary flight of four NPS-themed limericks. Set in Suede and Optima (official NPS fonts) on classic Harvard-Square bond linen.

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Flight of Leonard Cohen Limericks

Flight 2: Limericks Inspired by Leonard Cohen

by Artie Moffa

When you think of New Formalism and the letter L, two words come to mind: limericks and Leonard Cohen. (Okay, maybe three words.) Starting in anguish and moving to a redemptive understanding, these limericks push the established tonal boundaries of the form. Set carefully in Rockwell 12 point with notes of Canadian 12 point on ivory. A collection best savored on a rainy night.

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Flight 3: Limericks about Vultures

by Artie Moffa

Artie's vulture limericks have always been his hole cards when he slams in one-minute rounds. Here are three of his best, including a classic from Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa. Set in Papyrus 11 point on a background evocative of desert sand.

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Flight of Bleeding Cowboys Limericks

Flight 4: Limericks for Melissa Newman-Evans:
The Bleeding Cowboys Collection

by Artie Moffa

Our resident book designer is enamoured of the typeface "Bleeding Cowboys." Here then, are three "Limericks with no Name," a fitting toast to the American type foundries that won the West. Set in Bleeding Cowboys on paper of pressed cactus pulp. Offered free of charge, as we think it unseemly to profit from the suffering of cowboys.

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