scope, seriously playful, uncanny and witty, often very funny, always wise,
rarely solemn, seasoned with more than a dash of righteous fury, Roxborough's
luminous poetry (re)makes the world by letting us hear things we thought we
knew by heart being spoken for the first time."
Sometime in 2017,
hundred-year-old secrets will be uncovered. They detail the trial and
execution of one of the most notorious and enigmatic women ever. Who was
she? And what exactly was she guilty of?
The life of Margaretha
Gertruuida Zelle, also known as Mata Hari, inspired this sequence of
poems. Like Marilyn Monroe’s, her legend grew after she died in middle
age. Both were more complex than their popular images suggest: Mata Hari
was an independent, accomplished woman whose spying was her least
successful venture. Today, the name “Mata Hari” connotes a glamorous,
man-destroying woman spy, a curvier James Bond with eye make-up. In
fact, Mata Hari was trapped and destroyed by men.
Orpheus In Our World: New Poems On Timeless Forces by Patricia Keeney
Based on the oldest of Greek songs in verse – the so-called Orphic Hymns,
written even before Sun and Moon became gods in the pantheon, this
breakthrough volume is a conversation between ancient and modern worlds,
between myth and contemporary reality. The poetry of the gods enters
into an active dialogue with Male and Female in a unique mix that is at
once poetry and theatre. Keeney’s Orphics speak to the eternal connections between the grandeur of the cosmos and the intimacies of human psychology.
"Jeff Pew’s poems are full of
play, curiosity, wisdom, and pain. He’s a generous poet whose work ranges from
the beautifully banal to the bizarrely surreal. You should read him, and read
him to your friends on the phone."
Ross, author of A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent
Seven Suns/Seven Moons by Michael Dylan Welch & Tanya McDonald
"Michael Dylan Welch is known for his fresh takes on haiku
and readers will be delighted by this new collection, a serendipitous
collaboration with Tanya McDonald. For readers of this book, the sun and moon
will never be the same—they will become mantras for encountering each day’s
George Swede, cofounder of Haiku Canada and former editor
uses her beloved Jerusalem as biblical and literal backdrop, as inspiration and
also metaphor, with an immediacy and intimacy reminiscent of Yehuda Amichai.
These are essential poems, the sweeping arc of one woman's life (and many
women's lives), that should be read and reread. I could not put it down."
is a poet who tongues the language of birds, delves into the minds of sybils,
explores connections with animals. She tests the boundaries of nothingness and
somethingness. Donna Snyder’s poems are like Nüshu: secrets cast skywards like
a cipher for those who know, to read."
sentimental drivel to stain your tea cosy in Carly Bryson’s new book of
poems. In a voice tinged with both weariness and worldliness, we
glimpse a consciousness shaped by an unremitting land, an intelligence
carving out its own territory, a cleareyed poet taking stock of her
world. When she’s got something to say to you, your ears will be ringing
from the crack of the bullwhip upside your head."
"Modes of Persuasion is a
seductive collection of poems and prose to light emotion on fire, and soothe the
savage sentiment of the reader’s subconscious.
essence of Nin and cummings hover throughout the fierce suggestions, subtle
nuances and exploration of form within this collection. Badough does the reader
a sublime justice holding a balanced poetic sway. And tethered between a
tightrope of lyrical content and the severed edge, the ravens sing their
cacophony, the nymphs dance, and satyrs stir."
Skies, editor, Edgar & Lenore’s Publishing House
“In this, his first published collection, Cape Breton native
William Marshe gives us poems that could be a read as the map of an internal
landscape. Frequently rooted in nature, Marshe’s verse explores the complexity
of love and the inevitability of loss. It is, at turns, sensual, startling,
melancholic, funny and chilling as he searches for that which is greater than
the Known. Throughout this collection he is, as he writes in Bridal Path, ‘coaxing a dream from
beneath the bed’. In that he succeeds, wholly. This is a beautiful book of
author of Spat the Dummy and Atomic Storybook
ravel by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong "In ravel,
Bonnie Kwong weaves from the disparate--from the quiet intimacies of love to
the cruel depredations of history—an elegant fabric. Kwong’s poems are spare,
restrained, yet at the same time made rich by her knowledge of multiple
languages and cultures. “How much sweetness do we need to swallow the bitter?”
asks one speaker."
"Cormac McCarthy once opined that he wrote
few women characters because he did not understand them. Misty Cosgrove’s poetry provides the voices
that McCarthy’s novels lack, while providing a similar aesthetic. Each poem has a great sense of time and place,
but still manages to tap into the universal.
Misty provides us with a litany of grotesqueries and casual atrocities,
but never fails to provide some hope scraped from the bottom of the barrel. I can think of no one better suited to
provide empathy for both martyrs and monsters, and isn’t that what literature
holds a rare voice; a voice that speaks the joy of discovery and the pain of
experience, with equal wonder. This extensive collection of his work shows how
complete his travels around the questions and answers we all seek, as well as
those we never hope to find, have been captured and nurtured into a soundscape
of words. This is poetry of our times."
Thunderation! Open up this post-atomic
cocktail of poems by Lance Strate and let it shake you up! Thunder at Darwin Station, blends
Huxleys with Darwins, evolves with jolts of Joyce and a double DNA dose of
Wells and Watsons, spins the reverberations of a blues apocalypse with a green
sprig of enlightenment, and delivers you a Galloping
Galapagos. Drink up, it will serve you right!
The Medium Is The Muse [Channeling Marshall McLuhan] edited by Lance Strate & Adeena Karasick
of the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan believed artists could wake us
and offer new windows into the world. This diverse collection brings
together twenty-nine poets, writers, and artists who channel McLuhan as
both medium and muse. Like McLuhan's work, this volume will delight,
divert, provoke, incite and inspire readers to channel McLuhan in their
own imagination and creative endeavors.
Lillian Allen, Michelle Rae Anderson, Mary Ann Allison Marleen Barr, David Bateman, Arthur Asa Berger bill bissett, Tony Burgess, Jerry Harp Adeena Karasick, William Marshe, John G. McDaid Jill McGinn, Elizabeth McLuhan, Peter C. Montgomery Dean Motter, Alexandra Oliver, John Oughton Si Philbrook, B.W. Powe, Robert Priest Stephen Roxborough, Lance Strate, Steve Szewczok Andrea Thompson, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott John Watts, Dale Winslow, Tom Wolfe Read more about this publication HERE.
Open Heart Sutra Surgery by Stephen Roxborough
uv th most romantik poetree evr writtn shakespeare elizabeth barrett
browning n rumi wud love as i dew open heart sutra surgery deels
with zanee prsuayuns n hot physical needs delite in passyun
yerning n finding th marvels uv langwage n desires satiaysyun
betrayl distans ing loss is it all random what role duz our doomd
intensyunalitee play whats goin on can we know mantra 4 opn life
love lerning unlerning book a great book a great reed
throws long shadows.Somewhere between Mao's revelation of the
the vast Chinese masses, and between Colonel Sanders and Steve
revelation of the same masses and their use, nothing happened.
masses died, mostly, quickly in battle or slowly by toxins, and
wisdom of monks in the caves stayed the same. The masses and the
their caves play an ancient game in Marc Vincenz verses, a
game of poetry Go, born of the poet's encounter with real
who are at the same time a mass. China's paradoxes breathe in
"Dale Winslow's Tinderbox
shows a sure, mature touch with words, and styles. Many of the poems
herein blend symbolist style with contemporary rap: a rap without the
theatrical ranting and bling. And from time to time one can hear or
glimpse in the background an e e cummings, a John Skelton. Entertaining
Eric McLuhan, author of Electric Language,The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake, and co-author with Marshall McLuhan of Laws of Media, and Media and Formal Cause.
"human & c.
by Rich Follett traces the harmonies of our human experience. As small moments
expand into the innumerable consolations of a creative life. Follett borrows
voices and uses forms of verse, word play, sounds; pure intelligent joy runs
through its sorrowful play. ‘America /still sings - /(lilac will, /sweetly
scent /dooryards /many millennia /hence).’ These poems are sounded out of lyric
fragment, narrative shard an enduring mosaic of our times. Words squeeze, seep,
obtrude and collide like the traumas and exudations they describe. The poems
create mayhem on unremarkable language and utterances in order to revitalize
there is /about compassion.’"
The Grand National Lobotomy is a two way book comprising an anthology of poetry and the script of John Watts' play The Last Picasso. The
poetry is divided into sections including Life & Death &
Philosophy, Up & Away Characters Observed, 10 Poems in a Day; all
reflecting John’s sardonic humour. The Last Picasso is the story
of a writer resolving things with his daughter before his death. In
exchange for helping him, Picasso is allowed to return to earth and
create one last great artwork!
More information about John Watt's book, play, music and upcoming tour can be found HERE:
nigel ellis (aka bruce dorlova) is a poet, songwriter and author, currently undertaking a B. Fine Arts with a major in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology. He has published in numerous print and online journals, and is perforce currently based in Brisbane Australia.
A memory piece served up in sequence, Sugar is a fifty part, long form poem which tells the story of one woman's struggle with her own vices. Though Sugar contains the themes of drug abuse, alcoholism and hard core sexuality, they are used to explore the human condition, in particular ideas on loss, and how one copes with the solitude of heartbreak.
Sugar is in fact a love story that asks the important questions: Where do people go when they leave you?How small can love get?
"It Broke Anyway, which pays homage to the trials and tribulations of women, reminds me of the Bob Dylan Song, “Just Like a Woman,” except that Bratten's characters never break just like little girls. Instead she creates multidimensional characters who will remind you of your sister, mother, grandmothers, aunts, girl friends and most notably yourself. Bratten's cunning parallels, chilling narratives, and haunting endings remind us what breaks is often more epochal than what remains intact."
"Bryson’s poems reek of Texas. Each piece is imbued and informed by a landscape which tests, but never tames her protagonists. In scenes sharply observed, her characters move through an adversarial world and while her narrators may not know for what they search, they are never without a moral compass. “... you stand outside your car / as the wind blows dirt into your mouth.” Whether environment or relationships, life is struggle. This ain’t chick lit, kids. It’s the human situation." Doc Sigerson, poet, essayist and translator
The Time We Have Misspent 100 Sonnets by M.Z. RIbalow
“With this collection of sonnets, Meir Z. Ribalow takes his rightful place alongside the likes of Frost, Millay, Shelley, Keats and – yes, I’ll say it – Shakespeare, as one of our rare masters of the English language sonnet form. The evident joy with which Mr. Ribalow plays with language in each gem contained in this volume shows the freedom he feels where others find constraint; in the mere fourteen lines allotted him, Mr. Ribalow manages to take his readers on journeys as deep and as intimate as they are epic. You will be delighted, charmed, moved and awed by what you find in this collection. It is nothing short of astonishing.”
Rhona Silverbush, co-author, Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated
Love Notes from a Soldier's Diary by Craig Podmore
Craig Podmore is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and director from Manchester, UK. He is the author of I am a Gun and The Abattoir Heavens and The Holy Ghost. His work has appeared in various journals and e-zines including Gloom Cupboard, The Plebian Rag, The Scottish Poetry Review, Epic Rites, Ditch, Poetry, Danse Macabre, Calliope Nerve, Horror, Sleaze, Trash, Sein Und Worden, Sex and Murder Magazine, Gutter Eloquence and Fashion for Collapse.
M.Z. Ribalow is a poet, playwright and author. His novel Peanuts and Crackerjacks and his new play Masterpiece are 2011 publications, and his short fiction appeared in an anthology on Luck in 2010. His two dozen plays have received some 180 productions in a dozen countries; four have been published. His work has been anthologized and has won prizes in London, New York, and regionally. He is series editor of the Plays from New River volumes (McFarland Publications) and has also co-written ten children’s books and non-fiction books on sports, baseball and chess. He writes frequently on film, theatre, literature, music, and has appeared as a film historian on The Discovery Channel and on special feature documentaries of several DVD releases of classic films. He is Artistic Director and co-founder of New River Dramatists, which has for the last decade successfully developed hundreds of new plays and screenplays while discovering and nurturing gifted writers, and which also presents poetry, fiction and drama on the New River Radio Show on Art International Radio online. He lives in New York City, where he is currently full-time artist-in-residence at Fordham University.
this wonderful perpetual beautiful by Stephen Roxborough
Stephen Roxborough (aka roxword) was born in New York to a Canadian father and American mother. He’s a past board member for the Washington Poets Association, co-founder of Burning Word poetry festival, and Head Poet for Madrona Center on Guemes Island. An internationally acclaimed, award-winning performance poet, Rox has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2003, 2006), appeared at the Skagit River Poetry Festival (2004), Brave New Words (Whidbey Island, 2009) and co-edited radiant danse uv being, a poetic portrait of bill bissett (2006). He is the author of making love in the war zone (2001), so far all the very long important subversive mind-expanding long ones (2002), impeach yourself! (2006), blurst (2009) and son of blurst (2010). His spoken word cd, spiritual demons (2002) is available at amazon.com and cdbaby.com.
Compatible Aspects of the Disparate Endeavor by Felino A. Soriano
Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974) is a case manager and advocate for adults with
developmental and physical disabilities. In 2010, he was chosen for the
Gertrude Stein "rose" prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House
Literary Review. Philosophical studies collocated with his connection to
various idioms of jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. For
information, including his 40 print and electronic collections of poetry (most
recently Differences of the Parallel Devotion, Desperanto, 2011), over
2,500 published poems, interviews, and editorships, please visit his website: www.felinoasoriano.info Read more about this publication HERE.
Silence, Inhabited: Poetic Reflections on Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse by Rich Follett
Rich Follett has recently returned to writing
poetry after a thirty-year hiatus. He lives in the sacred and timeless
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where he joyfully teaches English and Theatre
Arts for high school students. His poems have appeared in numerous contemporary
journals and e-zines including BlazeVox, Paraphilia, Exercise
Bowler, Calliope Nerve, Sugar Mule, Four Branches Press and Counterexample
Poetics, for which he is a Featured Artist. He is the co-author of
Responsorials (with Constance Stadler). Most recently, his haiku/photo combination
Aurora's Adieu received first place honors in the first international
iPoetry Poe-Tography Competition. Silence, Inhabited is his first solo poetry collection. Read more about this publication HERE.
Fire in the Marrow by William Crawford
has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. His work has
appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently including,
Counterexample Poetics, The Criterion, Danse Macabre, Differentia
Press: Corporeal Manifestations, Leaf Garden, Luciole Press, Unlikely
Stories of the Third Kind, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Fire in the Marrow is his first poetry collection. William lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an animal rights activist. Read more about this publication HERE.
Wisdom & Dust by Neil McCrea
Neil McCrea is a poet and author living in the Pacific
Northwest. His work has most recently appeared in Knock, Etc: a Review
of General Semantics, and in the NeoPoiesis Press anthology Candy. Wisdom & Dust is his first poetry collection.
is a poet and author who currently divides her time between London and
her family in Hampshire. She was Online Poet of the Year 2008 and has
been published collaboratively, most recently in Candy by NeoPoesis Press (2009). Sunday Morning Spiders is her first poetry collection.
Samantha Ledger is a poet and photographer currently living on the outskirts of London. She is the author of Everybody Else’s Girl, and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Up the Staircase, Heroin Love Songs, Osprey Journal, Luciole Press and ETC: A Review of General Semantics. Bells for Her is Ledger’s second collection of poetry.
Frank Reardon has published several poetry collections including Cancer Face, Exorcism Of The Con-Artist and Rival Tongues. His work has appeared in such magazines and webzines as New York Quarterly, Quillbillies, Black Listed, Epic Rites, Denver Syntax and Kill Poet. Interstate Chokehold is his first major collection. Frank currently lives in North Dakota and is working on his first novel.
Responsorials by Rich
Follett and Constance Stadler
From the Introduction
The complex relationship between
masculine and feminine, explored consistently throughout the history of poetry,
offers fertile ground for collaborative creation. In discussion of the inherent
possibilities we realized with astonishment that, in a milieu where
authenticity is venerated as a hallmark of quality, the lion’s share of published
poems exploring this duality have been written from a singular rather than a
dialogical perspective. The poems in this collection represent a resultant
ongoing effort to break free from the bonds of such limitations; specifically, this
is a collection of poetic dyads (responsorials) intended to reveal the myriad
facets of the masculine/feminine adventure.
* This book includes a link to an audio download of the poets reading their work.
with the Patience of Monuments
in the high desert of SE California.
Published in numerous journals, he also has six chapbooks to his
name. with the Patience of Monuments is his first full length
collection of poetry. Jack Henry is the
pen name of Thomas Kenney.
Amulet Cypher, David Arshawsky's first collection of
poetry, is frequently abstract, continually unexpected and permeates the
reader's imagination with the most inspiring of images and concepts. The inclusion of a selection of his
accomplished and unique artwork makes this book a welcome addition to any
David Arshawsky has designed and
sculpted many toy lines including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek and
Earthworm Jim. An artist who has worked
in cake design, sculpture, painting, illustrating and more, he is now sharing
his gift for writing poetry.
A Collection to Satisfy Your Sweetest Cravings
collection which ranges from the romantic to the taboo and from the intimate to
the voyeuristic. With sensitivity,
passion and at times humor, these poems capture the delights of sex, sexuality,
love, lust and fantasy.