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."
"No 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."
Writing Myself Into Existence by Arthur Asa Berger
"Writing Myself into Existence is no ordinary biography. Professor Berger is an “unclassifi able adolescent” who has published 70 books to date. Whether you are in the English-speaking world or in China, you’ll admire this “assassin of academics” legendary experience, profound knowledge and thoughts, great humor, and critical thinking that shines a light of wisdom throughout the book."
Junchao Wang Professor of Media Criticism at Tsinghua University
"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
gives crime writing a hot new twist balancing a private eye's jaundiced view
with the accomplished poet's sure-handed voice and easy charm. Add the fact our
man Aaron Miles rides a cool old motorcycle and digs bands like The Fugs, and D
by T is a funny, smart, addictive read. "
Basil Papademos, author of Mount Royal, winner of the BiLines Book Award
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."
Oy Feminist Planets: A Fake Memoir by Marleen S. Barr
"Marleen S. Barr's last *Oy*--(OY PIONEER!: A
Novel)--took me on a rollicking tour of a female academic's search for a
husband to placate her Jewish mother. Her new *Oy* plunges readers into her
very own academic specialty, feminist science fiction. But the search goes on.
And with it hilarious Jewish jokes, academic twists, sex--lots of sex--and, finally, a husband!
Barr is an effervescent humorous writer who travels to South Africa, Austria,
England, the West, Quebec, and 9/11 New York aboard a flamboyant imagination
and real inside dope on the world of intellectuals. Join her. You'll love the
Norman N. Holland, Marston-Milbauer, Eminent Scholar
Emeritus, University of Florida
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
Oracle 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
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"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 and thought-provoking.”
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:
Into the Arms of the Goddess: A Kundalini Awakening by Peter Nelson
"Grounded and often humourous, this intimate account of an extraordinary shift in consciousness presents a unique outlook about what it means to be a human being on earth today. One is somehow left with a sense that this could happen to anyone."