Wednesday, July 11, 2018

NEW RELEASE: A Spoon of Honey by Ion Corcos



The theme in this chapbook, ‘A Spoon of Honey’, is about discovering. From the first poem, A Spoon of Honey, where the author discovers a ‘truth’, to the final poem, Ithaca From a Ferry, where the author realizes that he doesn’t need to go to the island of Ithaca, this collection of poems reveals a newfound sense of self.


REVIEW:

'The lyric, elegant poems in 'A Spoon of Honey' question what we're really looking for when we set out seeking 'the truth'. Ion Corcos' quest yields subtleties: winter nests, trees hung with bitter oranges, night rain and wild sunflowers. It offers countless imaginative possibilities.'

~ Helen Mort, Poet


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ion Corcos was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1969. He won the Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2016 and has been commended in several competitions, including Earlyworks Press, Rush, Red Shed and Sentinel. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The High Window, Australian Poetry Journal, Panoply and The Cardiff Review. Ion is a nature lover and a supporter of animal rights. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. 


32 pages, 19 poems

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NEW RELEASE: Eurydice Sings by Sandi Leibowitz



Eurydice Sings is a collection of feminist speculative poetry featuring heroines and goddesses from familiar and newly-forged myths and fairy-tales.  In these pages kitsunes prowl, snow brides refuse to melt, Red Riding Hood's grandmother reveals her unorthodox history, and Isis revels in a mortal love--on her own terms, while Orpheus' muse gets her chance to do more than simply inspire.


REVIEWS:

“Are you ready to earn the crimson hood? For those of us who cut our teeth on fairy tales and myths as children, the taste for them never really goes away.  Our appetites only grow more complex—a need to dig deeper, to shred skins that no longer suit, to get to the marrow.  From fox-skinned girls and feathered queens to enduring ghosts and goddesses, Sandi Leibowitz shows us the familiar in new and often uncomfortable ways.  We see our sisters and ourselves here, and we wrestle with the need to speak (or sing, or scream) our truths. Deliciously transgressive, EURYDICE SINGS gives voice to the primal, the vengeful, and the hungry at the heart of our beloved stories.”     

~ Shannon Connor Winward, author of Elgin-awarded winning chapbook UNDOING WINTER and TO THE TOUCH; editor RIDDLED WITH ARROWS; winner of 2016 Dwarf Star Award, 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship in Fiction


“Fairy tales and myths are not for children or the faint of heart. In EURYDICE SINGS, Leibowitz guides us across the threshold and into a realm of darkness, power, pain, and heart-aching beauty. Highly recommended. … A widely-published speculative poet, Leibowitz is skilled at taking familiar stories and pulling out unexpected elements or points of view, particularly in regards to the experiences and voices of women. Leibowitz delves deep into the original stories, dragging hidden horrors, surprising connections, and unconscious prejudices into the open. … Throughout the collection, Leibowitz’ use of color and texture and sound is haunting and hypnotic. Her poems are filled with “cobalt-glass lamps,” hair as “brown as elm-bark” and “gold as clover honey,” “vermillion shimmering to turmeric,” and “the undergleam of deeps shaded / by coral forests / and the dreams of whales.” The result is a sumptuous feast for the imagination.”

~ Rebecca Buchanan, author of A WITCH AMONG WOLVES & OTHER PAGAN TALES; editor of THE SHINING CITIES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PAGAN SCIENCE FICTION, ETERNAL HAUNTED SUMMER
  

“These beautifully wrought poems recast familiar tales in a different light.  Highly recommended. Leibowitz’s skillful touch makes these a pleasure to read.” 

~ Rhonda Parrish, editor of FAE, NITEBLADE, ELEMENTAL ANTHOLOGIES, ALPHABET ANTHOLOGIES, METASTASIS; assistant editor, World Weaver Press


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sandi Leibowitz lives with two ghost-dogs in a raven’s wood, next door to bogles in New York City. She works as an elementary-school librarian, and sings classical and early music. She has ridden in a hot-air balloon over the Rio Grande, followed in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims on the trail to Santiago de Compostela, and visited with Arthur in Avalon.     

Author of the poetry collection The Bone-Joiner, Sandi’s speculative fiction and verse may be found in MetaphorosisLiminality, Through the GateLuna Station Quarterly, Mythic DeliriumKaleidotropeGaia: Shadow and Breath 3, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Apex, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 5, and other magazines and anthologies. Her poems have won second and third place Dwarf Star Awards, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Rhysling, and Best of the Net awards. Sandi invites you to visit her at “In the Raven’s Wood,” www.sandileibowitz.com.


48 pages, 22 poems

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NEW RELEASE: Living in Nature by Ruth Gooley



The title of the work is Living in Nature, which is a collection of 24 poems about the close kinship Ruth Gooley feels with nature. The poems range in subject from the desert to the sea, with many featuring the Santa Monica mountains, where she currently lives.  These poems are mostly reflections on nature, her moods, and her vital importance for our psyche.


REVIEWS:

“In Living in Nature, Ruth Gooley investigates “brooding over a scattering/of spring-fed hopes” (“Waiting for April”), creating sensual, vivid poems. She sings appealing, evocative songs, absorbed in waiting, watching, listening and exploring the rain, spiders, oak trees, falling leaves and so much more, inviting the reader to taste and see such earthly delights.”

~ Stanford J. Searl. Searl lives in Culver City, California and has published Quaker Poems: The Heart Opened and Homage to the Lady with the Dirty Feet and other Vermont Poems. His most recent book, Songs for Diana, a poetry chapbook, will be published by Kelsay Books in 2019.


“On the surface, Ruth Gooley’s nature poetry provides the opposite of Wordsworthian communion. Her alliterative, onomatopoetic, consonant-rich lines emphasize Nature’s asperities over its comforts. But no poet has so empathetically observed or energetically portrayed the faunal and floral life-force of these scrubby California vistas.”

~ I. Goldfarb, author of Commedia


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruth Gooley has published many poems in journals such as Red Poppy Review, vox poetica, Your Daily Poem, Ibbetson Street Press, and NatureWriting. She also published her dissertation, The Image of the Kiss in Renaissance Poetry. She currently resides in a small cabin in the Santa Monica mountains, where she lives in harmony with nature and all things wild.

42 pages, 24 poems

Saturday, June 2, 2018

NEW RELEASE: Two Thirds Water by Rodger LeGrand


Two Thirds Water extends naturally from LeGrand’s previous collection, Seeds.  The title, Two Thirds Water, establishes a series of parallels—the planet and body are two thirds water, and water in various phases appears in two thirds of this collection.  Without water, a seed can’t grow.  Transitions are often difficult.  The growing in this collection is revealed through inverse relationships.  These poems imagine the “Sea Without Water”, setting aside unfulfilled dreams in “Sleepwalking”, and the negation of self in “Spilled Moon”.  Seeds is a collection about embarking upon transitions.  This collection, Two Thirds Water, is about how we try to find our way while in transition.


REVIEWS:

“Poetry fans will sink happily into this exquisite new collection by Rodger LeGrand, where sleepwalking lovers wake alone, where desolate parrots pluck out their feathers, and where water continues to poison a community. But here too, snowflakes and memories in the lovely quiet hours have their own distinct shape, basic math demonstrates how—despite our presumed busy-ness—the universe goes on with or without us, and “moonlight spills through the blinds like milk.” Each word is deliciously chosen; each poem, a glorious triumph.”

~Robin Stratton, Editor-in-Chief, Boston Literary Magazine


“Many of the 16 poems in Rodger LeGrand's latest collection, Two Thirds Water, are like sweet liquid disguising bitter medicine—until the aftertaste kicks in. As he picks his way along the narrow and treacherous boundary separating acceptance from surrender, LeGrand adds rich imagery and clever metaphor to that currently popular disclaimer, "It is what it is." Put another way, his work grafts the Oriental philosophy that informs his world view onto the rock-bed American sensibility of his origins. For all its beauty, however, the world that LeGrand views is often unkind.  In "Baby Elephant," he begins with the practice of securing a chain around a baby elephant's leg, there to remain even as the flesh grows around it. Like that elephant, he writes, human beings often grow up with ‘the sense of being trapped inside, chained to memories. That is how we live.’ Some of his one-liners go right to the bone. ‘One person always loves the other more. Love is not equal.’  ‘Age makes its move every day, in a race we've been losing from go.’ And, in ‘DIY’, he describes a man carving his own tombstone: ‘Hard work, but some things are better done yourself.’”

~Darrell Laurant, The Kudzu Kid, Inspiration Street, Snowflakes in a Blizzard



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rodger LeGrand studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has five collections of poetry in print—Seeds (2017)Millions of Ravenous Creatures (2016)Hope and Compulsion (2009), Waking Up On a Sinking Boat (2008), and Various Ways of Thinking About the Universe (2005). You can reach him at www.rodgerlegrand.com.


24 pages, 16 poems

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NEW RELEASE: Sun Burns by Fernando Izaguirre



Sun Burns is a chapbook of poems about loss, hope, and happiness romantic relationships gives us. Each poem offers the reader insight into the speaker’s troubled and painful relationships he has with different women until he encounters the beloved that gives him the happiness and comfort he has been searching for.


REVIEWS:

"This is a wonderful chapbook of poems about loves lost and found, the complications of memory, and the immediacy of desire. Fernando Izaguirre writes with honesty, passion and urgency and his poems are a delight to read."

--Kevin Prufer, poet, author of Churches   


"Fernando Izaguirre’s poetry is filled with tenderness, intelligence, and well-chosen words (see: “buttered / her feet,” “tingling strings,” “fresh pine perfume”). He creates dazzling portraits of personalities, whether a lover, a deported father, or children playing “muddy and wet as dirt” on the shore. Izaguirre evokes the Gulf Coast in surprising and fresh ways--driving past refineries at night, “dancing bachata beneath / the streetlights on Texas Avenue,” “enchiladas con arroz y frijoles,” “a deep channel full of cargo ships,” and those ever present seagulls. Imagery and metaphor are this collection’s strengths, often combined into musical phrases, as when seagulls “arrow themselves into the sea” or lips travel on skin “like a river carries a canoe.” In his poem “Hurricane in a Tea Shop,” Izaguirre beautifully renders the phrase, “You looked at me as if / I was the sea.” Later, he writes of how “the words would not leave / the deck of my mouth.” Izaguirre’s poetry is an assured schooner navigating from the earthly, solid shore into the lush, bountiful sea."

--Ericka Jo Brown, poet, author of I'm Your Huckleberry


"Fernando Izaguirre is a poet of great promise, a young writer whose voice is weighted with the wisdom often gained later in life. The settings in his poems range from urban to natural to dreams at times; sincere compositions that explore identity, love and the earthy textures of Mexican ancestry, reflections of the psyche and soul of an emerging artist at the beginning of a winding, thrilling adventure called life."

--Charlie Vazquez, author of Buzz and Israel (2004), Business and Unusual (2007), and Contraband (2010). 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fernando Rafael Izaguirre Jr., is currently a senior at the University of Houston majoring in creative writing. He plans on attending graduate school to receive his MFA and pursue a career in teaching or as an editor for a literary journal. His poems have been published in various print and online journals such as the Rio Grande Review, The Ofi Press, The Merida Review, Glass Mountain, and Metaphor. His first book of poetry Eloquence was published by Editorial Trance in 2014. He volunteers as a poetry editor for an online journal called Red Fez. He currently lives with his wife in Baytown, Texas.

24 pages, 13 poems

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mix Tape by Nina Bennett



Rock and roll serves as the muse for this collection. Music, especially classic rock, has been an integral part of Nina Bennett’s life. Music and poetry are so entwined that she can’t imagine one without the other. Nina lives by the motto: No music, No life. Know music, know life.


REVIEWS:

“In "Mix Tape," Nina Bennett has written a love song to Memory Lane that works nostalgia into a grey chorus of old wounds healed, or not, by the raucous melodies of youth.

~ Danny Earl Simmons, author of The Allness of Everything

“Nina Bennett’s collection Mix Tape captures the sound track from a life of a music devotee with an attuned auditory channel. On this sensory journey, we remember hard rock through a 12-string Rickenbacker and the ethereal harmonies of a Hammond organ. Through her poems we come to believe that music saves lives, in the poem “Saturday Night Fever” she works the beat of the song with its “103 beats a minute,/verse after verse, until the paramedics arrive.” Populated with precise detail and emotionally packed prose it will reacquaint you with the powerhouse musicians that span generations. I suggest listening to tracks on YouTube while reading this well put together book. Her words will rock you, and might even save your life.”

~ Julene Tripp Weaver, author of truth be bold: Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS

“Nina Bennett is a consummate storyteller. Her largely narrative poems in Mix Tape tell closely observed, crystallized stories of rock music, of growing up in the sixties, and of the difficult lives of her social work clients. As a fellow boomer, I identified closely with many of her poems. Anyone who loves music and their fellow human beings will, regardless of their age. In “Habitual Offender,” she tells of being let off the hook for driving around with her radio on too loud by a fellow rock-fan judge. Turn your radio up, reader, and enjoy this concert of musical, nostalgic and social justice poetry.”

~ Jan Steckel, author of The Horizontal Poet


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Delaware native Nina Bennett is the author of Sound Effects (2013, Broadkill Press Key Poetry Series), and The House of Yearning, forthcoming in 2018 from Kelsay Books. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and is widely published and anthologized. Awards include 2014 Northern Liberties Review Poetry Prize and second-place in poetry book category from the Delaware Press Association (2014). Healthcare provider by day, classic rock band chick by night, Nina is proud to be the poet laureate of Club Phred. She is a founding member of the writing group TransCanal Writers. (Five Bridges: A Literary Anthology.) www.transcanalwriters.org


44 pages, 32 poems

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Child of Appalachia by Luther Kirk



This collection of poems is replete with autobiographical glimpses into one Appalachian boy’s childhood. Its pages resonate with coming of age stories, reflections of dreams deferred, innocence, beginnings as well as endings, and remembrances of things past. It highlights the strength of family and the power of nurture over nature. 


REVIEWS:

“In these poems, Luther Kirk works his magic with a distinct Southern voice and vigorous, refreshing language.  We hear screened door slaps, the clank of cowbells, the rattle of a death breath.  These poems explore with honesty the intricacies of family and place— where we’re from, where we’re going.  Child of Appalachia is a superb book indeed.  What makes this book so superb is Luther Kirk's clear head and open heart.  He is a powerful storyteller.”
                                                                                   
~ Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister: A Memoir


“In Child of Appalachia, Luther Kirk is once again a watchful guardian of time, place, and people at an unpretentious table he so artfully, personally, honestly sets. A forgotten trunk, a hissing pressure cooker, a father’s last breath are his memories. Yet his poetry lifts him into my life, invites me to his table, leaves me thinking. Absorbing. Grateful for his insight, grateful for each moment. If you’re open, and lucky, you too will pull up a chair and partake.”

~ Dawn Shamp, author of On Account of Conspicuous Women


“In language pure to the mountains and hollers of Southern Appalachia, Luther Kirk clearly speaks to memories and soul-searing love and loss in the beautifully wrought book, Child of Appalachia. Kirk catalogues images of where he is from, where “men herd bout trucks in the shade” and “women cluster in clutches on porches” seductively inviting readers to search their own childhood memories. We mourn with the young boy who “on a warmish Sunday afternoon” faces the death of his father. Kirk’s poetry reveals the intimate give and take of conversation with his mother about being “needy” in his finely detailed list of all they do have juxtaposed with her insight of “money/don’t never feed ever need of the human heart.” Throughout these vignettes of his childhood in Appalachia, Kirk delights the reader with melodic lines such as “late-night/cathedral hemlocks” and “tufted great horned owls,” each poem a discovery through authentic language about growing up in a time of hardships and loss, yet tremendous love and spirited reverence for home and place and family.”

~ Sue Weaver Dunlap, author of The Story Tender and Knead


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

"The eleventh of twelve children born and raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, military service bore me far from home but opened doors to a career in education--teacher, principal, and professor. Upon retirement, I decided to try my hand at creatively writing about my people--the Appalachians. I have two children Andrew and Maggie, a wonderful daughter-in-law Lauren and son-in-law Kevin, and two handsome grandsons, Grayson Luke and Sullivan Jack. I currently reside in Virginia with my wife of forty years Katy and my Cairn Terrier, Bessie Rose." 



32 pages, 24 poems