Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Beautiful Wreckage by Ariana D. Den Bleyker



Beautiful Wreckage, a sixteen-poem chapbook dealing with depression and escapism.


Reviews:  

"The poems in Beautiful Wreckage are a confrontational and intimate journey into the body and mind that speak from the edge, from a place between life and death. Ariana D. Den Bleyker's visceral imagery comes from the most honest of places that few writers can reach, and her poems are unafraid to face the human condition in its most naked state. Even in the realm of uncertainty, when one feels bound to the earth and its forces of nature, these poems push their way through the fog and bring clarity to human complexities."

~ Samantha Duncan, author of Moon Law and One Never Eats Four


"Ariana D. Den Bleyker's powerful poems explore the creation and destruction of boundaries – those between the present and past self, the physical and spiritual self, the living and deceased self. Beautiful Wreckage exists in a vulnerable space where the poet attends to what she doesn’t know, where she “attempts to build instead of burrow.” Den Bleyker’s lush poems are canvases for her morphing self: one, the self as “infinity of form finding my way/ as evening inside a hand rearing knuckles,” another, “slipping out of creation as fish from bone.” All of us contain a journey, that search to find our meaning in a strange realm of distance and intimacy, where we’re forced to contend with the self: That shadowy world exists in these poems, and Den Bleyker masterfully confronts it."

~ Nicole Rollender, author of Bone of My Bone and Louder Than Everything You Love


About the Author:

Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native currently residing in Upstate New York, a wife, mother of two, a writer and an editor. When she’s not editing or writing, she’s spending time with her family and every once in a while sleeps. She is the author of several poetry chapbooks and collections, the novelette Finger : Knuckle : Palm (LucidPlay Publishing, 2014), the novella Dark Water (Number Thirteen Press, 2015), and the experimental memoir prosthesis (Lummox Press, 2014). Ariana is the Founder of ELJ Publications, LLC, a small press specializing in the author, featuring Emerge Literary Journal, scissors & spackle, Amethyst Arsenic, The J.J. OutrĂ© Review and other fine journals. She can be found at www.arianaddenbleyker.com. 

21 pages, 16 poems
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Absolutely by Eric Gadzinski




Reviews:

"Economical and imagistic in the spirit of Wallace Stevens, Eric Gadzinski brings unique people and places to life in every verbally charged line."
--Joseph D, Haske, author of North Dixie Highway

"Honest and raw, these poems offer a tale of mortality and the beauty of the corporeal." 
--Julie Brooks Barbour, author of Small Chimes and Come To Me and Drink

"Eric Gadzinski's poetry has always exhibited a high level of craftsmanship.  This collection contains work that ranks with the best in American poetry today."
--Dale Ritterbusch, author of Far from the Temple of Heaven\

"Gadzinski's language is as precise as a razor, his unflinching gaze at the hardships of a life fully lived, dreams relentlessly pursued, is stark but beautiful; each one adds to a whole picture of life that seeks to transcend without losing sight of the cost of such flight."

--Jillena Rose, author of Light as Sparrows


About the Author:

Eric Gadzinski's collection, Tattoo, is available from Finishing Line Press.  He lives in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

38 pages, 28 poems

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Loving from the Backbone by Catherine Arra



Loving from the Backbone, is a collection of love poems and a little erotica. Catherine Arra's intent in gathering the poems, many of which were scattered throughout various notebooks and journals, is to celebrate the loving of everyday.

Reviews:  


“Pour a glass of wine, cook something delicious, and join Catherine Arra in Loving from the Backbone as the “he” and “she” of her poems fall in and out of love. Pieces such as “Premature Snow,” offer layers of meaning:

‘Suffocating ice has stolen the green
stripped bark and bones.

Can't you see how dawn shivers
and laments this cruel trade

this pre-emptive strike
as if you would not get your dormant due?’

Arra’s pieces are carefully constructed still lifes, minus the “still”; so sensual and alive are the flowers in her garden, the food on her table, and the lust in her bed.”

-Tina Barry, poet


“Arra’s poems—about the food of love—are daring for all the right reasons and
wrought with grace.  Her lovers are: 

‘two scaly backed reptiles
drenched in
green plasma
ancient with fertility.’

-Lisa Mullenneaux, author of Painters and Poets


“What a precious collection of poetry. Catherine Arra’s poems are written with such quiet grace and gentleness that they seem fragile and ethereal. ‘Can’t you see how dawn shivers,’ she writes in “Premature Snow,” but at the point her poems are about to break, we glimpse the passion that burns beneath them.”

-Vuong Quoc Vu, Editor of Perfume River Poetry Review


About the Author

Catherine Arra’s poetry has been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears in Nine Mile Magazine and The Timberline Review. Red Ochre Literature published her first chapbook, Slamming & Splitting in 2014. She lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate NY. Her interests include hiking, biking, wildlife preservation, photography and yoga.

21 poems, 27 pages - Purchase Loving from the Backbone 

Monday, April 6, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Banshees by Eileen P. Kennedy



Banshees by Eileen P. Kennedy is a small collection of poetry based on the themes of aging and death. 



Review:  

“Like the mythological banshees of the book’s title, Eileen P. Kennedy’s poems arrive as messengers, for they are passionate, fierce, and insistent about what they’ve witnessed.  And although much of this collection carries an elegiac tone, the poet also hears “ancient laughter/between the lines.”  These contrasts comprise a universe that feels both very old and simultaneously of our present, and reflects timeless truths and experiences such as love and death and longing.”

—Holly Wren Spaulding, Author of Pilgrim and The Grass Impossibly


About the Author

Eileen P. Kennedy has been writing since she was eight years old.  Her publications include nonfiction, fiction, children’s stories, poetry, and an academic book. Her poetry has appeared in more than 25 national and international journals, on-line publications and magazines.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from Brooklyn College and a doctorate from Fordham University. Her current faculty position is at the City University of New York/Kingsborough. She has been awarded residencies at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and multiple times at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony.
She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. 
More about her and her publications at EileenPKennedy.com.

24 pages, 19 poems -  Purchase Banshees

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Wind Considers Everything by Kevin Casey



While most of the poems which comprise The Wind Considers Everything were written at different times, and many appeared in different markets, their arrangement here is designed to present a coherent (hopefully) and different view of largely familiar scenes and settings -- a view which is designed to shed light on the desires, fears, joys and small tragedies that make up our days, but that often go unnoted.

Read an interview with Kevin by The Ohio Vintage Matchbook Company


About the Author:

Kevin Casey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received his graduate degree at the University of Connecticut.  His work has appeared in Grasslimb, Frostwriting, Words Dance, Turtle Island Review, decomP, and others.  He currently teaches literature at a small university in Maine, where he enjoys fishing, snowshoeing and hiking.

22 Poems, 27 Pages - Purchase The Wind Considers Everything

Saturday, February 14, 2015

An Isolated Storm by Kaye Spivey




Kaye Spivey’s debut poetry collection, An Isolated Storm is a mesmerizing and romantic collection of dream-like musings which follows the course of the seasons and explores the unique experience of being in your early twenties and not knowing as much about the world as you would like, but struggling to understand it through your reflection against others. 

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About the Author

Kaye Spivey is an emerging poet whose writing is drawn from her interpretations of experiences gained by her roaming lifestyle. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, she currently lives in Renton, Washington and works to further her craft. Her poetry has previously appeared in such literary journals as Sterling Mag, Northwest Boulevard, and Written River among others.

45 pages, 34 poems - Purchase An Isolated Storm