Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Feast Days by George Yatchisin

Feast Days, a new chapbook by George Yatchisin, is a series of poems about food & wine, need & desire.


“Of course George Yatchisin’s poems are mouthwatering — here is a poet who cares deeply about meals, libations and all of the human rituals that are marked and enhanced by them. But, Feast Days is the work of a master poet, not a chef or a vintner. Ginger root, onions, IPAs, truffles, “brisket and bourbon” — all of these constitute the content of these exquisite poems, but at the heart of this feast are dazzling images, sonic depth that comes when one is in the presence of a first-rate singer and percussionist, and the beautifully-choreographed rhythms of someone who really knows how to dance with words and lines. George Yatchisin knows how to plate a poem, and is wise enough to relish every moment in the process of doing so. This is memorable, distinguished work.”

Rick Benjamin
State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island


George Yatchisin is the Communications Coordinator for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. His poems have been published in numerous journals including Antioch Review, Askew, and Zocalo Public Square. He is the co-editor of the anthology Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds & Art, and his work appears in the anthologies Clash by Night and Buzz. He also is a freelance food, wine, and cocktail writer for outlets like KCET Food Blog, Sunset, Santa Barbara Independent, and Edible Santa Barbara. He has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a MA from the Johns Hopkins University.
42 pages, 31 poems

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Sunday Morning Ponderings - One-Year Anniversary Sale

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Sunday Morning Ponderings by Daniel Pereyra. Get yourself a copy today for $3.60, a steal at 40% off the retail price. This sale will be in effect until August 26, 2016.

The theme of Daniel Pereyra's chapbook, Sunday Morning Ponderings, is transition and new beginnings. They are poems about his move from the cities of New York to the deserts of Arizona and many have to do with nature, home and family.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Of Angels & Demons by Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman’s latest chapbook of ekphrastic poetry, Of Angels & Demons: The Art of Paul Klee as Poetry, consists of twenty-two poems based on Klee's images of, you guessed it, angels and demons.  The poems are arranged to alternate, wherever possible, between the two kinds of images.  His approach was to capture in writing the "feel" of the images:  Short (his paintings are almost always small), simple (often child-like), and accessible (even to someone who doesn't usually appreciate haute art and poetry).

About the Author:

Neil Ellman is a retired English teacher and school administrator from New Jersey.  In college, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s literary magazine and won the school’s poetry prize. After graduate school, he wrote very little for many years; but after retiring, he began writing poetry again, publishing, as of mid-2016, more than 1,300 poems, more than 1,000 of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, in print and online journals and anthologies in twenty-two nations throughout the world.  Among his dozen chapbooks are Illusions Delusions and Dreams (Naissance), Convergence & Conversion (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, United Kingdom) and, most recently, Mind Over Matta (Flutter Press), all of which are ekphrastic. He has received various honors, including being nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net, as well as for the Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

36 pages, 22 poems

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Monday, August 8, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Occupations by David Starkey


"Who does the work of the world? In David Starkey’s provocative new prose poems, you do, you do: you are the histopathologist, the yarn winder, the trimmer of zippers. You fill your icicle machine with strawberries, you sniff your roses for freshness, you seed your honey with crystals. And like the forest engineer, master of all you survey, you survey this terse compendium of odd occupations, and find the everyday world made utterly strange by it, tinged with wry humor and unspeakable sadness, and curious, curious, curious."
     --Katherine Haake, author of The Origin of Stars and Other Stories and The Time of Quarantine 

"David Starkey has outdone himself with Occupations, his new and delightful collection of prose poems. Some of them strike me like a textual version of August Sander’s great occupational portraits, while others wittily dance away from the familiar in a style reminiscent of Merwin, or Calvino. In each vignette, Starkey creates a world, a transformation, and a lyrical jewel." 
     --Rod Val Moore, author of Igloo Among Palms and Brittle Star

About the Author:

David Starkey served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate, and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College and Editor and Publisher of Gunpowder Press.  His poetry has appeared in many journals and in seven full-length collections, most recently Like a Soprano, an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos television series.

26 pages, 22 poems

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Persona and Shadow: One-Year Anniversary Sale

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Stefan Lovasik's poetry chapbook, Persona and Shadow. One of the poems included in this chapbook, Returning to the World, was nominated for a Pushcart in 2015. Get yourself a copy today using discount code: DERX6AQ5 for 50% off the retail price. This sale will continue until August 14, 2016.

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Stefan Lovasik’s collection of poems, Persona and Shadow, is an astonishing, sometimes brutal, tender and unflinchingly honest exploration of the consequences, process’ and variable dynamics of how the masks we wear and the depth of the dark aspects of who we are manifest themselves in our daily lives, our experiences, our culture and the redemption of self. It is a remarkable expression of the need and our deep-seated propensity to struggle toward authenticity.

Monday, July 25, 2016

NEW RELEASE: I'm Still Here by Kate Heal

This debut collection of poems titled, I’m Still Here, chronicles Kate Heal’s experience living with a mental illness. Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.  She feels that it's an underrepresented disability that few people understand or have heard of. Kate’s intent in writing this collection was to capture the transitions in mood as well as the stigma that comes with the mental illness in general. She believes that this poetry will be very relatable not only to others living with Schizoaffective disorder, but other forms of mental illness as well. 

About the Author:
Kate Heal is a Maine native living in California with her husband and three cats. She enjoys poetry, fiction, and is an avid reader and blogger. She also finds fulfillment learning and writing about mental illness. Bringing a unique perspective from her personal experience and academic background in Psychology.

40 pages, 31 poems

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