"A magic carpet ride, not like anything else around." -Grace Cavalieri, The Washington Independent Review of Books
"A vivid self-portrait as scholar, seer and muse." -John Ashbery
"In this bilingual edition of her poems Hélène Cardona is our contemporary ecstatic, time-traveler, and shape-shifter. Behind the dreamlike atmosphere of her poems lies a fierce will to discover beauty, to resurrect ancient enchantments, and to defend enigmas of the spirit. "I like transforming into an animal, / devouring who I was," she writes. Her luminous poems celebrate the imagination's power to dignify and exalt our highest yearnings."-Lee Upton
"A tour de force of language and phonetics; a deeply felt and deeply spiritual collection which explores the universal human experience from a very personal point of view. This is intimate poetry, and yet it transcends the mundane through its lyricism and its glory in language. Hélène Cardona's pen moves from the human to the divine and back in a single sentence, and the result is uplifting and magical." -Joanne Harris
Scattered Cranes is a bit of an elegy to time spent rodeoing, roughnecking and construction work on bridges across bodies of water large and small in those areas of America that the coastal bound fly over, barely registering the beauty of the farmland patterns and jungles below. Then clouds form a protective layer. There is no protective layer in Scattered Cranes. Some of it is down and dirty, while other passages are dreamlike and aspirational, with a thread of humor. And where there is humor, there is optimism. As the foreword says, it's like rodeo, you're out there with your try. Scattered Cranes is a bustling, dusty arena for Wise's try. Enjoy it.
Persona Non Grata is the first full length collection of poetry and spoken word performance pieces from nationally recognized slam poet Christopher Michael. Christopher has been on a great many national slam teams over the years, successfully competing on several national, state and city finals stages, and winning such achievements such as 2nd individual in the nation at the National Poetry Slam (NPS), multiple top three finishes in NPS team and group categories, placing 2nd individually at the state-level in the 2014 Texas Grand Slam as well as being the 2011 Arkansas Grand Slam Champ. This collection includes poems on a variety of topics, with a special emphasis on persona poems. This work includes such well known pieces as Adam, Job, Gone, Seeds, mystery, Dear Beard, 3 Straws, Mr. Bullet Takes a Holiday, Crackhead Poet and many many more.
Poems "funny, stark, spot-on and utterly beautiful" comprise her collection, OUR FOREIGNER, "a brilliant and dark comedy." This is Betsy Sholl's apt description for the poetry of Nance Van Winckel, one of the Northwest's foremost poets and writers, and her latest release—from The Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque Books. Van Winckel's own relatives traveled west enduring the hardship and tests of character that confronted those who made such treks in the 1800's. OUR FOREIGNER explores, among other conditions and anomalies, ideas of journey, progress and regress, travel both physical and psychological. A variety of voices populate this collection, speakers from the past, or bright, sassy, contemporary folks talking as if all they have to do is open their mouths and out flies poetry. They manage, these poems, to be at once plain-speaking and brainy, lucid and deeply mysterious.
Gallery includes fiction, essay, poetry, original and vintage photography. Gallery is an exhibition to explore life's journey and its encounters of all kinds along the way. The intention is to echo the energy of life and living in its myriad manifestations and the book consciously uses a bold literary architecture in the attempt. For much more insight and inside information about the book and its content visit the author's website howarddebs.com/
What they're saying about his work...
"as always seems to be the case with your poems, I learned something in reading this that I hadn't known about." --Tim Green, Editor Rattle
"You really captured the essence of the blues in this poem. It made me want to run to my mother's house and play the records she kept on the bookshelf in her living room"--Nortina Simmons, Editor Sediments Literary-Arts Journal
"a powerful lesson about the poetry of bearing witness." -- Greenwood Writer's Guild
" 'Terezin' is terrific." --Daniel Menaker, writer and editor, former Executive Editor-in-Chief, Random House
Lee Pennington has published 20 books, most of them poetry, as he is a Poet Laureate of Kentucky. This new book, with new poems written since 2011, is filled with the wonder of love and admiration for his lover. His words shine with light and drip with eroticism. The illustrations by Jill Baker bring out the visual in his words, adding to and complementing the overall intimacy of this small treasure of a book.
Dates and Dreams is a collection of over a hundred prose poems, all originally published in literary magazines and quarterlies from England, Austria, Canada, Germany, China, Australia, India, and America; from Oxford Poetry, Poetry Salzburg Review, The North American Review, to Envoi, The Outrider and the University of Windsor Review, among many others. Dates and Dreams also includes a generous selection of Schorb's unique drawings and an introduction by X.J. Kennedy.
As soldiers who have just returned from war, we fight a separate war daily in an attempt to leave the war behind. Many soldiers, just like myself, come home from war only to fight a separate internal battle, with debilitating illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It was important for me to share my story not only for myself but for those who have fought, for those who have fallen, and for those who continue to wage war in order for the United States of America to continue to remain free. The price of freedom is not free. War is chaos, and many soldiers bear the scars from it for the rest of our lives.
Have you ever loved, been loved, been confused about love, or suffered from loss of love? All these feelings have been captured and shared in the words of heartfelt poems, compiled over many years by a former teacher and award-winning author.
Sherrill S. Cannon now shares her thoughts in this book of feelings. "As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years."
There are three sections in her book: Heads, Spinning, and Tails ... (Love & Loss: Coin Toss?). The variety of lyrical poetry forms include free verse, blank verse, haiku, and sonnets. Some poems are simply plays on words.
"Here, Margo Berdeshevsky offers us vast interiorities—sensuous, erotic, complexly feminine. These poems may be distinguished for their musical intricacy and formal variation, but they are also profoundly moving, their speakers subsumed in memory, the constant presence of their bodies, the certainty mortality, and the intrusive violence of the worlds they inhabit. This is a marvelous, deeply humane collection—one I will return to with pleasure." —Kevin Prufer
"Before the Drought is a lyric meditation on corporeal existence, suffused with atavistic spirit and set in historical as well as cosmic time , a work of radical suffering and human indifference but also sensual transport. The tutelary spirits of these poems are the feminine principle, and a flock of messengers that include blue heron, ibis, phoenix, egret, and blood’s hummingbird. In the surround we find ourselves in the magical world of a floating balcony, and a field of cellos, but it is a world in peril, now and in the time to come, on the night of the Paris massacres and in a poisoned future. In the City of Light, Berdeshevsky writes poems commensurate with her vision, poems that know to ask How close is death, how near is God? Hers is a book to read at the precipice on which we stand." —Carolyn Forché
Poetry. "A brandishment of insouciant play, Jeanette Marie Clough's FLOURISH is a 'bold or extravagant gesture or action' from start to finish. Luring us with the name of a 'thing' we think we know and a slant first line, even the table of contents is refreshing. And yes, there is narrative—an explosive, subterranean one—but what is so distinctive is the wholly unusual method by which it is deployed: like hot post-modern pancakes on a platter. You can eat in any order, pile on several at a time—you can even shuffle them. Think of them as thing poems, part definition / riddle / koan. That dictionary you didn't know you needed: it's this one. With sly humor and casual self- mockery, line by playful/deadly line, Clough redefines the upended world as it has redefined her. Even within the sprawl of a sometimes-harrowing emotional arc, the poems pop with wild originality and bracing joy. I cannot get enough of them."—Sarah Maclay
Recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, "Laura Mazza-Dixon's Forged by Joy is a test of light against time, from innocence to loss, a spiritual autobiography seen first through a girl's eyes that behold wonder in everything, including stones - 'sea-polished ovals, green trapezoids laced with gold' - and forged through a life of art and love and loss, arriving at the question, 'Can joy weigh more than grief?' These are graceful, softly cadenced poems of belief carried against the final darkness we all face." Doug Anderson, poet and author of Blues for Unemployed Secret Police
Because Sarah Glaz sees "a streak of mathematics in almost everything," this book of poems is a work of alchemy. Light rays in the sky, lines of gold, become x and y axes. The square root of 2 becomes a symbol of the irrationality that drove her family from Romania to Israel. Small stones stand for the calculus (in Latin) and the integral sign is a snake (in Leibnizian). The transcendental number e covers three pages laced with equations, first appearing as a pirate, then Euler's namesake, then a peacock's tail and finally a poetic star. Logic proves its own inability to prove with cymbals and umlauts. The precious fruit of labor is both a baby and a theorem, depending. The fabric of the universe is algebraic; lemmas are blue, corollaries orange, theorems purple. The poet's backpack is full of theorems, and commutative rings grow in her garden instead of weeds. A ghazal utters a gazelle, water becomes wavelets, and sunshine weaves the Golden Ratio into everything it covers. Train tracks converge at infinity, defying Euclid's Fifth Postulate. Don't miss these transformations! -Emily Grosholz, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University; author of The Stars of Earth, New and Selected Poems.
Poems and drawings from our shared human experience that will make you laugh and cry and wonder. You’ll meet messy children, distracted soccer moms, condescending doctors and turbulent teens, while exploring themes of love and loss, teeth whitening, flatulence, hopeless clutter, the perfect recliner, and the annoying habits of other people. You’ll also enjoy the funky punctuation, sarcasm, hyperbole and rhyme—complete with humorous twists, tender moments and surprise endings.
Warning: Do not upset the author, or you may end up as the subject of her next poem!
Poetry. ANGLE OF REFLECTION features the work of ten award–winning Los Angeles poets with a remarkable 20–year history of working together. This luminous collection is both a sampler and a reservoir, capturing poems that serve as an entrée and retrospective as well as a showcase of current work. Perhaps the only umbrella term to categorize the poems here is lyric, though each poet's section offers an individual interpretation and definition. However, there is nothing fragmented about the way this anthology flows. Because of, and despite, the differences in these poets' singular voices, their poems carry on complex conversations across sections—correspondences that invite the reader to engage with the contrasts and similarities, themes and images. With an Introduction by esteemed poet David St. John, with whom some in the group worked weekly for many years, ANGLE OF REFLECTION is a celebration of community, collaboration, and the joy of poetic diversity.
Contributors include Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Dina Hardy, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro.
The poetry and observations of Jim Pahz, including such poems as: When Your Hair is on Fire and You're Holding a circuit Board Nasty, White, Liberal Women in Pink Pussy Hats Stealing Napkins from McDonalds in Retirement When Kishkes Go A-Wandering Straw Graspers Beating a Dead Horse
For complicated girls of color who do not open to themselves. They will find their souls elsewhere. They will fight till they conquer. Here. Believe. Be Strong. Be Storm. This poetry book takes you through a journey of life lessons and many different stories in the eyes of black women everywhere. The trials. The guilt. The heartache of what it means to be black or what the world doesn't want you to be defined as. This book has many different views as each story is written in the shoes of the author and many others interviewed for said work. Destinny Fletcher challenges what we all face today as the conversations that we want to have are either forbidden or distained. From police brutality, alcoholism, and uplifting women, this creation is more than just a diluted theory or controversial norm. This is a revolution!
Emotionally powerful, deep with empathy, rich in details, Close But Not Touching elevates the ordinary in a way that touches the heart. Its poems explore aging, raising children, domestic discord, love, and creative longing. Commonplace objects and happenings become touchstones of life's sorrows, frustrations, fascinations, and joys.
The first sensation one experiences reading Cela, is that of a different literature. His literary product is really modern. Cela writes with a universal and timeless dimension evoking the antic wisdom in a cybernetic background. —Letra Review Nr.8, 2015 (Albania)
For a text that intertwines the literature of memory with the originality via grotesque and self-irony. —Albanian Literary Prize “Kadare – 2016”
. . . we rely on past epochs of decomposition! Forest death eases our life by shortening it with the length of days after winter solstice, and lizard tails after the dinosaurs, the songs bring no music, the music no organic sound, organs have fallen in love with their sourdine, rats with better traps, the sirens turned vegan, like revolutions—these stand us up, and never keep the promise for a new world. —Humani nihil
Light in Light paints a river of illumined images highlighting the author's compilation of experiences, emotions, and memories as not only being grist for the poems, but illustrating a living and breathing record of the poet's personal journey. Whether it is pondering the delights of childhood with its remembrances and long imagination, or later in life, being immersed in suffering, there is witnessing and validation. These conversational poems, chock-full with confessions of faith, are immersed in magic and music, rich imagery, and well-crafted design. The poet plunges into living out the ordinary through the extraordinary, by breathing in the secrets of the peony, the magnolia, the music of the dream. The poet waits for dawn, and for hope that liberates the soul through the natural world, with its transforming spiritual impact. This collection of poems is about health to the bones, the heart, the spirit, and it is through suffering and longing that the tattered soul is unlatched and liberated. As the poet scrutinizes the world, she sees with a creative eye. She scans her past and present with a wide lens, as a noticer of details and particulars, through the poetic expression of enlightening images and metaphors.
Allen Lee Ireland's LONERS AND MOTHERS explores the complicated psychology of loners within a variety of contexts, their obsession with family, and their many means of escape from what they perceive as a dark and frightening world. Like the woods in Frost's famous poem, Ireland's verse is "lovely, dark, and deep." Yet, through it all, there is respect for existence and an abiding concern for the individual life.
"LONERS AND MOTHERS is a collection of poetry short enough to be read in a single sitting, but powerful enough to stay with the reader for far longer. Ireland has the gift, at his best, of capturing a brilliant image in a few words, and then imbuing that image with a deeper, more profound meaning and purpose. This is a graceful and thoughtful collection of poems, a bright example of what can be done with a few short lines and a gift for phrasing and imagery." —IndieReader
"Ireland's collection proves him to be a poet's poet. His technique is carefully deployed without being flamboyantly displayed, proving him to be a craftsman of real subtlety. It's hard to read through without thinking of Robert Frost, but Ireland's tact prevails, and the influence is only a haunting echo. There are many treasures hidden throughout the book, and it will be a pleasure for astute readers to seek them out. This is a vibrant compilation that will appeal to poetry aficionados and amateurs alike." —Kirkus
In Native American culture, they speak about individuals called Contraries. Contraries are considered clowns (not as we think of them) and doing everything backwards—except in battle, they are fierce warriors. They are also considered healers and teachers (especially of children). My poetry is a journey that began as an earthquake of the mind with a sudden traumatic occurrence in 1993. The kind no one else sees but you. As you read, you will walk with me from my now (my present) back to the first poem I ever wrote in 1977. For me, it has been a journey of remembering who I am, who I have been, and who I will fiercely fight with heart, soul, spirit, and mind to continue to be.
“Blue Clouds” is an unleashing and synthesis of one woman’s silent voice, now expressing a fertile repertoire of poems and poignant short essays. It is a collection of a soul’s deeper creative intelligence. “Blue Clouds” is a unique form of poetic syntax, divided into five pivotal points of inspiration: Nature, Soul, Dreams, Love and Shadows. It is undefinable and renders its readers with an unexpected connection to their own emotional exploration.
Act I: The Symphony of the Sea Stranded, lost at sea... awash with despair and hopelessness. Anger, pain and sorrow, all increase with the oceans swell. You try to find solace in natures embrace, washing your soul clean as the tide envelopes your wracked body. Each tear, a drop in the ocean, a memory to reflect upon. Act II: The Breaking Dawn As the sun sleeps you patiently await, a whisper, a sliver of moon. You wait and anticipate, even whilst knowing she will be absent tonight. Desolation and abandonment are your only friends of the hour. Your heart is breaking, weeping with loss and haunted by death. It is almost time to grow a new one. Act III: The Greatest Love Story "What is that sound?" you ask. That is your soul sighing with the breath of a new beginning, beneath the overflowing sky of a new moon. Now is not the time to be crying waterfalls into creation. Be still and watch unfold the greatest love story ever told - that of the Moon & her Sun.
"In his newest volume, David Watts draws us back to the wellspring of origins: -They made me / out of farming and music / embryo / with two lines tangled.- From the lush pastoral of his roots to the complexities and delights of relationships and parenting, these poems are gorgeous lyrical arrows sent out in many directions at once, never satisfied with the ease of conclusion, proclaiming -the poem will finish when it wants to. But it will not have answers.- Abiding in the mystery, touching at the edge of our limitations, Watts turns the matter of our lives over in varied and wondrous ways, revealing -how the world is beyond us / even as we live inside it.- Infused with sensory riches and the awe of the -strange lightness of the body, - HAVING AND KEEPING offers us its -rare blessing- of beauty." --Jennifer K. Sweeney, author of LITTLE SPELLS, and HOW TO LIVE ON BREAD AND MUSIC
Ranging from his ode to the much-maligned urban pigeon (Winged Rats) to a haunting Holocaust scenario with a repeated chorus gradually diminishing like a decimated people, Peter Streitz's clever poetry will give you pause. Savour it.
By mixing hardcore realities with the verities of the heart, Peter Jacob Streitz broadcasts a spiritual news that envisions the social condition - as mothers consisting of every chemical in the cosmos, and the great unwashed being as essential to the human phalanx as the corporate elite, intelligentsia, or celebrities. His gritty and perceptive poetry strikes at doctrine and nihilism alike.
The Touch of Eternal Forte is a book of 30 original poems. Vivid, wholesome and thought-provoking, Shalini Don's poetry is a passionate journey that weaves a wide range of themes, from her eye for the textures of life to her authentic life experiences. They gracefully touch on determination, love, materialism, the different cultures of the world, the medical field and more. It also demands readers to critically dissect the lines to uncover cleverly hidden educational surprises. The Touch of Eternal Forte is perfect for the most venturesome of readers.
THE WRACK LINE is a moving collection of poems about how family, loss, the passage of time, and social/environmental stresses demarcate symbolic wrack lines across our lives as we scatter the flotsam from our choices behind us. From personal lyric poems to narrative poems about hurricane Katrina, global warming and violence, the poet uses imagery and a modern take on myths that transform language into beautiful, sensual, sometimes lush depictions of the world in its dark complexities.
In Turn out the Light, Irish Author and Poet John Anthony Brennan takes us on a nostalgic magic carpet ride that begins in Ireland with ‘Radio Caroline’ and the pirate ships afloat on the North Sea, all the way to the heady heights of the birth of the ‘rock-n-roll’ revolution in ‘swinging’ London, just as the world was about to change forever.
Turn out the Light is a selection of tributes to the musicians who died while still young, many of whom the author met briefly, during the seminal days of the late sixties-early seventies in London. In Turn out the Light, Brennan, whose Don’t Die with Regrets was chosen as best memoir in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, pays homage to the music and the musicians who healed his mind and saved his soul, with his unique combination of free-verse narrative and poetic musings.
In this rare collection of nonfiction Christian poetry and prose based on real life experiences, Diamante Lavendar, a victim of abuse, shows the reader the raw emotions of pain, hate, and denial that occur before a victim of abuse can find a way to heal from the pains of assault. Knowing herself the very difficult journey of being a victim, Diamante was abused as a child, and turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Many years later, she started to heal under God's watchful eyes and was able to find love in her life again. She shares these truly inspiring, religious poems in the hopes that it may help other victims heal their hurts, as she did while writing the poetry collection.
Have you ever wondered what the author of a poem was thinking when they wrote it? Here is your chance to find out! Shake the poet breaks down in detail what the poem means and what his intentions for you the reader are. His “Take a deeper look” sections are designed especially for you to do just that, to take a deeper look into the words that are spread across the pages and to dive into the “Mind of Madness.” This books allows you to sit down and start your own writing process, there are so many different types of poems in this book to where you can see how Shake feels on various topics. Maybe you’re the political type, the religious type, or you just love a good love poem, the great thing about this book is that you get it all! Shake, who is also the author of “Can words birth voices” decided that this book would be different, that this book will bring the readers into his world.
Inner Peace reflects the ambiance and tranquility of the written word. The inspirational poetry is by award-winning author Kerry Susan Drake with visually beautiful photography of blossoms by Jerry Drake-Spoerl to stimulate and cultivate a cultural experience in the art form of a book.
Made from my Mother's Ceilings is the first book of poetry and spoken word performances pieces by Jahman Ariel Hill. The book, which spawned out of a class project, is a "gender scrapbook" that combines humor, poetry, and academic training to challenge the constructs of both race and gender in five sections: foundation, body, language, institution, and theory. Featuring poems such as Alternative Facts for Black History Month, Cash Me Ousside, and Masculinity Says, Jahman attempts to provide readers with an examination of gender through the lens of his own personal experiences.
These poems beautifully convey that our spiritual journey equates to dancing with life; that dancing with nature is the same as community; that dancing with the Spirit is the same as ministry. As we read these poems, a story slowly emerges; a story that is only our private and intimate story; one that others will never see, offering us an opportunity to discover our personal rhythm in the dance of life.