Sunday, November 22, 2015

NEW RELEASE: The Garden by Gloria Monaghan

The Garden is a book of poems focusing on the aspect of nature and change.  The poems begin with the premise of suffering when change is eminent.  There is  an unrealized desire that most of us think of as sexual. This was the perfect metaphor- it is creation, as without it, change is impossible.  The idea of death, resurrection and recreation are central themes of this collection.


“I like lines of simplicity and elegance like “I imagine the monarch who changes her shape in a month from a small green worm to a splendid thing” (Butterfly over the Garden). Her long Whitman-like lines at times becomes prose-poems. Many of these poems return to the garden again and again, with cardinals and butterflies, such simple pleasures.”

- Martin Willitts Jr, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Poetry Award, and National Ecological Full-Length Contest winner Searching For What Is Not There

"In noticing the gentle detail, the human touch, Gloria Monaghan's poems do not eschew the enrichment of a sumptuous word or academic allusion; neither do they break under the weight of those ornaments. In moments of modest relatability, the poet asks familiar questions in pithy ways: How is it possible? What does it mean? Who walked away? When will I forget? Poetry that ignores people may be itself ignored; these poems do not ignore. These poems please."

- Zachary Bos, New England Review of Books


Gloria Monaghan is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. Her first book, Flawed was published by Finishing Line Press, in 2012. Gloria’s poetry has appeared in Blue Max Review, Fox Chase, Slope, Spoonful, Aries, and 2River. Her fiction has been published in Ezine and The Biscuit. Gloria is working on a book about the spectrum of masculinity, and a collection of short stories. She lives south of Boston with her two daughters.

56 Pages, 41 Poems

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Near the End of the Voyage by Fred Ehrlich

This collection, titled Near the End of the Voyage, documents observations and reflections upon the issues one deals with when nearing the end of the voyage.  These include aging, illness, loss, and death.


Fred Ehrlich is 85 years of age, retired from the practice of medicine for over ten years.  He practiced and taught child psychiatry and psychoanalysis.  In his retirement, Fred has had the freedom to look more deeply at issues he had previously tried to ignore.  Fred watched individuals and couples who were dealing with illness, loss, and death.  At the same time, he was dealing with these same matters himself.  Fred is privileged to still be able to write poems about these concerns.

26 pages, 14 poems

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Mind Over Matta by Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman's poetry chapbook, Mind Over Matta, contains poems about the art of Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren, better known as Matta, b. 1911, d. 2002.  He was a Chilean artist and seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surrealist art.  Although he was a member of the Surrealist group, he broke with them because of his insertion of social and political elements into his art.  The work itself often depicts abstracted figures and barely recognizable shapes in multi-dimensional and complex cosmic landscapes.


After being an award-winning poet in college, Neil Ellman wrote very little for the next forty years.  Now, however, he is widely published in nations from “A.” Australia to “Z,” Zimbabwe.  In addition to his other poems, he has published more than 900 ekphrastic works in print and online journals, anthologies and ten chapbooks, the most recent of which are Mirrors of MirĂ³ (Flutter Press), Abstractions (The Camel Saloon, Books on Blog), Convergence and Conversion (Knives Forks and Spoons Press), Conversations with the Muse (Fowlpox Press) and Cognates (Kind of a Hurricane Press).  His special interest in ekphrastic poetry is based on a life-long passion for modern art and the many hours he spent wandering through the galleries of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.  He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.

32 pages, 21 poems

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Freaking out the Neighborhood by Benjamin DeVos

The poetry presented in Freaking out the Neighborhood explores life in the city, the social experience of growing up in an impoverished community, and how the environment can culminate in life or death. It's American life reinterpreted from a rare and neglected perspective.

About the Author:

Benjamin DeVos lives in Philadelphia. He attends Temple University with a concentration in creative writing. His poetry has been featured in numerous journals, most recently, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and upcoming in Requited. He is also an avid photographer, and music producer under the name Ulalume. 
30 pages, 22 poems 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Passing Through Meat Camp by Joshua Martin

Passing Through Meat Camp is an exploration of places of belonging and identity politics in Appalachia and the Deep South, regions characterized by both bucolic scenery and rampant poverty. The 33 poems contained in this collection thus evoke this distinction. As a Southern writer, Joshua Martin is heavily fascinated by the Southern landscape. He both loves and loathes the South, and its history of violence, instability, religion (and religious hypocrisy), and its inability to come to terms with its volatile past all manifest in Joshua's work. Passing Through Meat Camp further explores his experiences growing up in rural Mississippi and the events that influenced his poetics. Above all else, Passing Through Meat Camp attempts to answer the question of whether or not to love the places you are from, even when those environments contain histories that border on the unthinkable. 

*Meat Camp is an unincorporated town outside of Boone, NC, and, due to its rural nature, epitomizes the collection as a whole. 

About the Author:

Joshua Lee Martin was born in Madison, Mississippi, but calls Greenville, SC, home. A recent graduate of Clemson University’s MA in English program, Joshua’s been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Still, The Kentucky Review, Black Heart Magazine, The San Pedro River Review, Kakalak 2015, One, The Josephine Quarterly, and elsewhere. He was runner-up in the 2015 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition. He will be starting a PhD program in Creative Writing at Georgia State University in the fall. 

57 pages, 33 poems

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

I Dream of Empathy by Marianne Szlyk

Marianne Szlyk's poetry chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, revolves around the themes of empathy for the earth, other people (including her mother and her first husband), and even herself.  

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Dr. Marianne Szlyk’s new book: I Dream Of Empathy is outstanding. When poetry is sometimes so sweet it makes your teeth hurt, this book is just the opposite. It opened my eyes to many ideas and closed them in contemplation. Full of swirling images, jazz, journeys, stories, Spanish, cats; all shared on her vision quest. The cover art by Bea Garth at first made me think of Modigliani, but then I remembered two painters I’d met that her work was like. Mexican painter Francisco Mora and Navajo painter R.C. Gorman. The book is a cohesive tasty morsel of ghosts, memories, rivers, rain, and thunder. The poems are like a jazz composition, soothing, mellow, and interesting. I Dream Of Empathy was published by Flutter Press. I strongly recommend this book.

~ Catfish McDaris, poet

About the Author:

Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English at Montgomery College, an associate poetry editor for Potomac Review, and a member of the DC Poetry Project.  She also edits The Song Is…, a blog-zine for poetry and flash fiction inspired by music, especially jazz.  Her previous chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking up at Trees of Heaven, is available online through Kind of a Hurricane Press.

46 pages, 27 poems