Monday, September 15, 2014

RECENT 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

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.


"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, 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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Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW RELEASE - Archeology by Linda Simone

Why the theme Archeology?

“I am the archaeologist of love. I’m digging for the bones of a loved one I shot and buried decades ago.”
                                                    --Jarod Kintz from Love Quotes for the Ages 

What is love if not one continual dig into the shards and fragments, the moments and pieces we collect to make sense of our lives? In Archeology, I juxtapose poems based on real archeological finds with poems about a variety of modern-day experiences that serve to reconnect people, both dead and living, and renew family bonds. In the writing of these poems, I was amazed at what can be learned about love from the unearthing of side-by-side skeletons in an ancient Italian town.  Or how easy it is to feel the concern of a prehistoric gatherer when her mate hasn’t returned from the hunt. I was equally surprised to discover that eating a plum or losing sight of a child in a busy store or the simple act of replicating a family recipe could be the way in to primal feelings and experiences…what I believe makes us human.


“Like a master weaver, Linda Simone pulls the motif of archeology throughout the poems in this intricately structured collection.  She skillfully juxtaposes historical and personal events, letting them play off and highlight each other.  In these well-crafted, sophisticated poems, she takes us to such places as China, Paris, Italy, and Russia, a journey which leaves us saying, along with the speaker in ‘Hugging Skeletons,’ Tonight I grasp / archeology like never before.”

—Diane Lockward, award-winning author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop and three full-length poetry collections

About the Author:  

Linda Simone’s first chapbook, Cow Tippers, won the 2006 Shadow Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her 15-poem sequence, “Stations of the Cross,” appeared in the anthology, Alternatives to Surrender, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have been widely published in print and online journals and anthologies. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, and on the Italian Americana website, “Foods of Affection.” Moon: A Poem, a book written for young children, was published by Richard C. Owen Publishers. She is an aspiring watercolorist and has been exploring life in New York City for the last 10 years.

42 pages, 27 poems

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Friday, July 25, 2014

NEW RELEASE - Corpus Christi Octaves by Jose Angel Araguz

In his marvelous Corpus Christi Octaves, Jose Angel Araguz uses flexible eight-line syllabics that are tight but cozy, spacious enough to maneuver in.  Open and alert, his poems have a knack for making connections, a gregarious inclination to reach out.  Two of the three sequences here are elegies, and the octaves work as associative chapters in Araguz’s free-floating meditations on friendship, memory, and loss, movingly building from the particular to the sublime: “the other side of where you are.”  He brings back his friends so powerfully and yet so casually that we can meet them and mourn their loss through the easy-going, exhilarating spell of his words.

- John Drury, author of The Poetry Dictionary

Writing with a graceful concision to the scale of the octave, in syllabic lines that modulate subtly from the conversational to the elegiac, Jose Angel Araguz achieves an impressive range of variations on the themes of poetry, friendship, and loss. Corpus Christi Octaves is a skillfully-developed, affecting work.

Daniel Groves, author of The Lost Boys

Corpus Christi Octaves is an intimate collection that hems in the little thunders inside one's longing to witness. Jose Araguz echoes the language of a paraclete, the diction of the ocean, and the lullaby sounds of oars to water. "When the lights gave out, I would write by the moon / When the moon gave out, I'd write trusting the words." This beautiful book invites us to live alongside poetry, to listen immeasurably.

Sam Roxas-Chua, author of Fawn Language

About the Author:

Jose Angel Araguz, author of the chapbook The Wall (Tiger’s Eye Press), is a CantoMundo fellow. Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, he has had poems recently in Barrow Street, RHINO, Hanging Loose and Poet Lore. He is presently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. He runs the poetry blog, The Friday Influence.

37 pages, 16 poems

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