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.


“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


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 well as solitude, beauty, and inner seeking.



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.


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 ( 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.


“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. 


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

NEW RELEASE: 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.


“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


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 

28 pages, 15 poems
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Monday, June 12, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Wishbone in a Lightning Jar by Sharon A. Harmon


"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


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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Death: A Love Story by Kim Malinowski

Death: A Love Story, is a petite collection of 16 poems, meant to capture a fairytale, but also show love at its most vulnerable state—when there is no time for hesitation.

Kim Malinowski earned a B.A. from West Virginia University and her M.F.A. from American University. She studied with The Writers Studio. Her work has appeared in Calliope, War, Literature, and the Arts, Melancholy Hyperbole, and others.

22 pages, 16 poems

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fugue For a Desert Mountain by Jeffrey Alfier

The focus of Fugue for a Desert Mountain, a collection of 40 American Southwest poems, is the intersection between lives and landscapes. I’ve tried to render the American Southwest as a stage, a vast canvas. My wish is to lean into a shared world and connect with my readers through images and emotions.


“In one luminous image after another, Jeffrey Alfier brings his photographer’s sensibility to the poems in this collection. As if in a lucid dream, “where Memory is a charred switchback” and “All distance is biblical,” the land and its myriad inhabitants, deftly drawn, seem simultaneously more tangible and more imperiled than ever before. Alfier reminds us that our fragile relationships with others of this world are essential to survival, both ours and theirs. Fugue for a Desert Mountain is a prayer, a warning, a remembrance, a prophecy—a book of poems that will haunt you long after you’ve closed its covers.”

—Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Poet Laureate 2017 and author of What I Learned at the War

“Georgia O’Keefe said about the southwestern U.S., “The country seems to call one in a way that one has to answer it,” and in Jeffrey Alfier’s Fugue for a Desert Mountain, we understand what might draw a person to a desert landscape. “But we dare / to harness what’s wild, cut our own paths to breathe / this cathedral of blue air.” Though the land seems vacant and haunted, it’s populated with dust, sidewinders, arroyos, maids and clerks. Each poem is a snapshot that brings the wilderness alive while preserving it. Alfier is a caretaker of landscape, allowing us to hold and walk through it while his words keep us honest: “Invincible / heat will still you like a secret.””

— Julie Brooks Barbour, author of Haunted City

REVIEW FROM Tupelo Quarterly


Jeffrey Alfier’s latest works are Anthem for Pacific Avenue:   California Poems, Bleak Music — a photograph and poetry collaboration with Larry D. Thomas, Southbound Express to Bay Head: New Jersey Poems and The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems. Recent credits include Cold Mountain Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Hotel Amerika. He is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.

58 pages, 40 poems