Friday, September 22, 2017

NEW RELEASE: My Wings Were Made To Fly by Linda M. Crate



My Wings Were Made to Fly is a book of poetry centered around the power and perseverance of dreamers and also touches on topics such as self-love, forging one's own path, and proving that you can do everything people insist is impossible. It is playful and determined full of both fantasy and truth. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017.


50 pages, 40 poems

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NEW RELEASE: The Wonderful Farm and Other Gone Poems by Richard D. Houff



The Wonderful Farm and Other Gone Poems, is a slow walk down memory lane of simpler times with glimpses of life on a farm, past experiences, and memorable relationships. The message of this collection, as stated by the author, “a leaf turns in the wind, nothing stays the same.”


REVIEW: 

“It has been over three decades since we first met. However, I have kept up with Mr. Houff through his writings in both poetry and prose, and I have never been disappointed.”

~ Charles Bronk, Homage, Editor
   Czech Republic


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Richard D. Houff was the editor of Heeltap Magazine and Pariah Press from 1986 to 2010. His poetry has been published in fine journals, reviews and anthologies, throughout the U.S.A., and Europe. He is an eleven-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in both poetry and prose. His most recent collection is Night Watch and Other Hometown Favorites, from Black Cat Moon Press.


44 pages, 26 poems

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NEW RELEASE: From the Limbs of a Pear Tree by David Spicer



These narrative persona poems explore the various landscapes of love: infatuation, fantasy, courtship, desire, seduction, eros, frustration, rejection, and loss—in different forms—utilizing a language of lush, surreal imagery, varying tones, and a progression from casual stances to the pathos and tragedies we experience when navigating the beautiful and terrible terrains of love.

REVIEWS:

Read a fantastic review on Amazon.

“Surreal, quirky, energetic and riveting, these are poems that scintillate with unforgettable images.  Spicer is an alchemist of language and an astute observer of foibles. As he notes “my thoughts of you linger/in the anguish of suffering’s/playground” or “I learned to conceal/the private lake/in my foolish heart.” Attempting to effectively excerpt these poems is like trying to lasso a whirlwind. Just read and relish.”

—Joan Colby


“For those of us who believe in the fundamental music of poetry, David Spicer’s new collection, From the Limbs of a Pear Tree, builds like a film score. Spicer’s overture wraps whimsy, women, and worldliness in the playful notes of youth. But Spicer is not composing nostalgia; his virtuosity plunges us through time with poignancy and fresh imagery of place and time. The final poems crescendo into the bittersweet necessities of love and loss—past, present, and future leaving the reader with the kind of aching that can only be found in the long rest. Bravo.”

—Camille Griep, Editor, Easy Street


“David Spicer is a poetic genius, a lover of women: ice queens, mermaid wannabes, that “serial heartbreaker with woozy Bardot eyes…” He imagines underground thumps as God’s heartbeat, gives invaluable graveyard tips, like not crumbling at bad news, but feeling “the quickness of cardinals approaching hares.” I can’t get enough of Spicer, the most brutally sincere poet to ever appear in my e-zine, Yellow Mama.”
—Cindy Rosmus


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Spicer has had poems accepted or published by Third Wednesday, Reed Magazine, Slim Volume, The New Verse News, Poppy Road Review, Alcatraz, Chiron Review, Easy Street, Midnight Lane Boutique, Dead Snakes, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, The American Poetry Review, among others, and in the anthologies Silent Voices: Recent American Poems on Nature (Ally Press, 1978), Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing From Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003), and A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism (Salo Press, 2016). He has been nominated for a Best of the Net three times, a Pushcart once, and is the author of one full-length collection of poems, Everybody Has a Story (St. Luke's Press, 1987), and four chapbooks. The former editor of Raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee. 

34 pages, 25 poems

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NEW RELEASE: The Electric Palm Tree by Miriam Sagan



The Electric Palm Tree was written out on the salt flats in Wendover, Utah as part of a residency with land use interpretation. Its themes are desertification, water use, weapons, ecological destruction...as well as solitude, beauty, and inner seeking.

EXCERPT:

WHERE AM I?

In a landscape pitted and mined. At the edge of three million acres of the military's bombing range. Where bombs are buried in undocumented locations. Where I can see old munitions mounds spreading out over the landscape like the ancient MIssissippian city of Cahokia. Craters. Historic aircraft. A landscape big enough to lose a plane or a bomb in. A landscape that seems to make people want to drive really fast, crash into things, and blow them up.

On the boundary between Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, which is Nevada, and which sports casinos and strip clubs.

This isn't exactly Walden Pond.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 published books, including the novel Black Rainbow (Sherman Asher, 2015) and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space (Casa de Snapdragon). which just won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded and headed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement this year. Her blog Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com) has a thousand daily readers. She has been a writer in residence in three national parks, at Yaddo, MacDowell, Colorado Art Ranch, Andrew’s Experimental Forest, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Iceland’s Gullkistan Residency for creative people, and another dozen or so remote and unique places. Her awards include the Santa Fe Mayor’s award for Excellence in the Arts, the Poetry Gratitude Award from New Mexico Literary Arts, and A Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa.


32 pages, 18  poems

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Friday, July 28, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Appalachian Woman by Luther Kirk



Regional in scope yet universal in truths, Appalachian Woman speaks to the reader concerning love, loss, labor, and longing.


REVIEWS:


“The Appalachian woman who is the subject of the poems in Luther Kirk’s collection is not just any generic Appalachian. She is the woman he knew best—his mother, a woman who “dropped all twelve of [her] young’uns year after year like seed taters on a Good Friday,” a woman who had too much work to do to take time out to send for the midwife, a woman who hauled water and sacks of grain, who planted by the signs and endured. Kirk’s adroit use of verbs and his eye for the just-right image bring the beloved Appalachian woman to life for his readers. The book is a can’t-put-it-down from the “Unmade Bed” of the opening poem to the final note of “She Left.””

~ Connie Jordan Green, author of Household Inventory,
   winner of the Brick Road Poetry Prize


“In an era when hardly anything is fresh, Luther Kirk captures the language of the ancient Appalachians in a refreshing book of poetry. He knows the language that could only come from living among the proud and often misaligned people that call these peaks and valleys home. Luther’s poetry flows across the page, rolling off the tongue the way a summer rain rolls off the rocks and trees of his native Southwest Virginia. Strip away all pretense and what you have left is an honesty of expression that is both delightful and unexpected.”

~ Patricia Hope, award-winning poet


“In this rich, dense, sharply etched collection, Appalachian Woman, Luther Kirk becomes a landscape artist, painting in a spectrum of mountain vernacular as expansive and detailed as the mountains themselves and as intimate as the landscapes of larder and washday, garden and bedroom, the birth of babies and the ridges and hollers that brought those babies into being. Sensual, musical, vivid, this is a landscape as complex as the original garden and the caresses and curses it spawned--procreation, labor of all kinds, and survival, all the gifts from and to a widow left with little but what she herself creates, a self-reliant and self-aware woman squeezing every drop from what is within reach. An absolutely beautiful book.” 

~ Darnell Arnoult, author of Galaxie Wagon: Poems and 
   What Travels with Us: Poems. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Luther Kirk was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia in 1945 and has lived in the state all of his life. After retirement from the Virginia education system, he decided to try his hand at writing about his people--the Appalachians. Luther currently resides in Chester, Virginia with his wife Katy and his Cairn Terrier, Bessie Rose. 


34 pages, 25 poems



Monday, July 17, 2017

Seeds by Rodger LeGrand




Seeds is the fifth collection of poetry from Rodger LeGrand. The poems in this collection look at different kinds of transitions—seasons, aging, mortality, the metamorphoses others expect us to make of ourselves for them, and one poem even looks at how a poem might transition and move from open to close. More than any of LeGrand’s earlier collections, this grouping of poems looks at how we find hopefulness in the uncertainty of what might come next.


REVIEWS:

“If Bacon, Wyeth, or Hopper had used words rather than pigments, these are the works I suspect they would have created. LeGrand's verse is poignant, playful, and always evocative.”

~Michael C. Keith, The Next Better Place


“Rodger LeGrand is an excellent young poet whose work keeps getting better and better.”

~Stephen Dobyns, The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves
of the Copper Beech


“LeGrand conveys the rawness of human existence in an understated but self-aware manner that woos the reader with beauty of language as well as trueness of ideas.”

~Heather Cadenhead, The Basilica Review


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rodger LeGrand studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the State University of New York at Oswego. He has taught at the University of the Arts, Temple University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently he teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has four collections of poetry in print—Millions of Ravenous Creatures (Big Table Publishing, 2016), Hope and Compulsion (Big Table Publishing, 2009), Waking Up On a Sinking Boat (Pudding House Publications, 2008), and Various Ways of Thinking About the Universe (Finishing Line Press, 2005). You can reach him at www.rodgerlegrand.com. 

28 pages, 15 poems
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wishbone in a Lightning Jar by Sharon A. Harmon



REVIEWS:

"What would I write in a message to my future self? Is the enigmatic question Sharon Harmon’s poetry asks. Each of these poems portrays a window into the landscape of the heart, exploring the whimsy as well as the sorrow it holds. Wishbone in a Lightning Jar is a poetic journey which illuminates and celebrates the poignant moments of a deeply felt life." 

--bg Thurston, author of Nightwalking and Saving the Lamb.

"These words are earthy, tell a story of the wealth in human nature, when you are poor. Where you can find treasures in the woods and heartaches in life. How one dreams but only those with the means ever get close to theirs. The stigma of being poor follows you everywhere even to the church. The family without a father, with brothers to love, struggle and fight with as the years go by. Pain is no stranger and there are new beginnings as the cycle plays like a broken record. This is what one will find here." 

--Paul Richmond, Human Error Publishing


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sharon A. Harmon’s poetry has appeared in Green Living, Silkworm, The Aurorean, Worcester Magazine and numerous other publications, including a chapbook Swimming with Cats (2008). She was the Poet Laureate in 2015 for the 250th anniversary of Royalston, Massachusetts. Sharon is also a freelance writer and writes for Uniquely Quabbin Magazine. Some of her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Caterpillar, Highlights for Children, Birds & Blooms and Millers River Reader. She teaches writing workshops and attends many poetry venues. She lives deep in the woods of Central Massachusetts with her husband and cat. You may see more of her work at Sharon Ann Harmon Publishing. 


31 pages, 27 poems