Tuesday, November 25, 2014

RECENT RELEASE: Darker Than Blue by Howie Good



Darker Than Blue by Howie Good is a collection of poems exploring the weight of the past, both historical and personal, but explored with emotion and dark humor rather than didactically with undercurrents of surrealism. 


About the Author:

Howie Good's previous books of poetry include The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press and A Special Gun for Elephant Hunting (2012) from Dog on a Chain Press. He has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net anthologies. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.

29 pages, 21 poems


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Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW RELEASE: My Grandmother Smokes Chesterfields by Sharon Waller Knutson



The chapbook My Grandmother Smokes Chesterfields is a raw and honest collection of poems that tells the story of a strong independent woman raised in the forties and fifties in a small town in Montana until her fictionalized death in the last two poems. The poems, mostly biographical and some fiction, explore relationships that shape who we are today and the heartbreaks and strengths of dealing with life, alcoholism, aging, illness and death, including our own.


Reviews:

Exploring the vicissitudes of life with Knutson is like opening a grandparent’s photo album and seeing the characters resurrect before your eyes.  Through well-crafted poetry, shadow boxes of vivid mementos open, showing not only a Grandmother who Smokes Chesterfields, but of caregivers, cowboys, mothers, absentee sons, and survivors. Each poem and person has their own peculiar character, charm, resilience, and eccentricity, much like our own family members.

-- Janet Wilcox, retired Managing Editor Blue Mountain Shadows

Sharon Waller Knutson’s poetry takes a clear-eyed look at the knocks of life, from the bullies of youth to the incomprehension and denial of an old wife as her husband of many decades sinks into death. These are visual poems that explore the lives of three generations of strong women and the relationships and heartbreaks that shape and strengthen them.
-- Jerry Jay Carroll, author of The Great Liars and Top Dog
WOW! My Grandmother Smokes Chesterfields is beautifully written. Every poem tells a story, hits on all five senses, explores deep emotion, is very true to life and is so visual. I was so immersed in the characters I couldn’t put the book down.

-- Sandy Boikian, author of Leaving Limbo

About the Author:
Sharon Waller Knutson is a retired journalist who lives in Arizona where she writes poetry, hikes and takes photographs of wildlife out of her picture window in her earth home, built by her musician husband. Her chapbook, Dancing with a Scorpion, was published by Moon Journal Press in 2006. Her work has also appeared in Orange Room Review and Literary Mama.

45 pages, 29 poems

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Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW RELEASE - Keeping the Secrets by Don Thompson



Don Thompson's chapbook, Keeping the Secrets, is sort of the third part of a San Joaquin trilogy following Back Roads and Everything Barren Will Be Blessed. The central theme revolves around the pan psychic element in which the author only writes about people, it seems, as a consciousness interacting with trees, rocks, and critters, which also seem to be somehow conscious. 


About the Author:


Don Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties with several books and chapbooks in this century. Back Roads won the 2008 Sunken Garden Prize.  Recent releases: Keeping an Eye on the Stones, prose poems from Kattywompus Press; Local Color, a book-length narrative poem from Aldrich Books.  An LA Times profile, "Planted in the San Joaquin," remains available online. His new website address is http://www.don-e-thompson.com.

49 pages, 36 poems

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Monday, September 1, 2014

NEW RELEASE - Dark Edges by Michael Keshigian



The basic theme of the poetry centers around what we witness and/or endure in life, those dark edges of stress, loss, or trauma and the questions those events raise which are difficult to comprehend or answer, making us, at times retreat into the world of dreams and imagination for the sake of solace or self preservation.  The contents reflect divisions of angst, dreams, and loss.


Reviews: 

"With rich and visual language, the first lines of Michael Keshigian’s poetry transport the reader into the poem. One sees the lakeshore he describes or is engulfed by the forest in which he wanders, all while the character and circumstances develop in just a few lines.  Michael Keshigian demonstrates that poetry can be complex without being obscure."

--Roy Dorman, Submissions Editor, Lake City Lights


"Michael Keshigian has a gifted pen, and a command of instantly evocative imagery with unexpected words, just my thimble of thallium."

--Philip Vermaas, Editor, Misfits Miscellany


About the Author:

Michael Keshigian is the author of eight poetry books and chapbooks, Eagle’s Perch (Bellowing Ark Press, 2012), Wildflowers (Flutter Press, 2011), Jazz Face (Big Table Publishing, 2009), Warm Summer Memories (Maverick Duck Press, 2007), Seeking Solace (Language And Culture.net, 2007), Silent Poems (Four-Sep Publications, 2004), Dwindling Knight (BoneWorld Publishing, 2000), Translucent View (Four-Sep Publications, 2000).  His poetry has been widely published in numerous national and international journals, anthologies, and a variety of periodicals and online publications. He is a 5-time Pushcart Prize and 2-time Best Of The Net nominee. 

48 pages, 34 poems

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