Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Death: A Love Story by Kim Malinowski

Death: A Love Story, is a petite collection of 16 poems, meant to capture a fairytale, but also show love at its most vulnerable state—when there is no time for hesitation.

Kim Malinowski earned a B.A. from West Virginia University and her M.F.A. from American University. She studied with The Writers Studio. Her work has appeared in Calliope, War, Literature, and the Arts, Melancholy Hyperbole, and others.

22 pages, 16 poems

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Fugue For a Desert Mountain by Jeffrey Alfier

The focus of Fugue for a Desert Mountain, a collection of 40 American Southwest poems, is the intersection between lives and landscapes. I’ve tried to render the American Southwest as a stage, a vast canvas. My wish is to lean into a shared world and connect with my readers through images and emotions.


“In one luminous image after another, Jeffrey Alfier brings his photographer’s sensibility to the poems in this collection. As if in a lucid dream, “where Memory is a charred switchback” and “All distance is biblical,” the land and its myriad inhabitants, deftly drawn, seem simultaneously more tangible and more imperiled than ever before. Alfier reminds us that our fragile relationships with others of this world are essential to survival, both ours and theirs. Fugue for a Desert Mountain is a prayer, a warning, a remembrance, a prophecy—a book of poems that will haunt you long after you’ve closed its covers.”

—Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Poet Laureate 2017 and author of What I Learned at the War

“Georgia O’Keefe said about the southwestern U.S., “The country seems to call one in a way that one has to answer it,” and in Jeffrey Alfier’s Fugue for a Desert Mountain, we understand what might draw a person to a desert landscape. “But we dare / to harness what’s wild, cut our own paths to breathe / this cathedral of blue air.” Though the land seems vacant and haunted, it’s populated with dust, sidewinders, arroyos, maids and clerks. Each poem is a snapshot that brings the wilderness alive while preserving it. Alfier is a caretaker of landscape, allowing us to hold and walk through it while his words keep us honest: “Invincible / heat will still you like a secret.””

— Julie Brooks Barbour, author of Haunted City


Jeffrey Alfier’s latest works are Anthem for Pacific Avenue:   California Poems, Bleak Music — a photograph and poetry collaboration with Larry D. Thomas, Southbound Express to Bay Head: New Jersey Poems and The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems. Recent credits include Cold Mountain Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Hotel Amerika. He is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.

58 pages, 40 poems

Monday, April 10, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Just Another Love Poem by Daniel Pereyra

“This short collection of love-inspired poems came from reflecting on my ten-year relationship with my wife and on our four-year-old son. I wanted to collect the poems I’d written together into a small journey from first meetings to last laughs. Like the poem “how i know she loves me”, love poems don’t have to be full of metaphor and caked in sugary lyricism. Love encompasses so many everyday things.”

~ Daniel Pereyra, author


Daniel Pereyra is a Phoenix, AZ based writer of poetry and fiction. His work has been featured both online and in print. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Sunday Morning Ponderings (Flutter Press, 2015) and Yes I know You Can’t Drive Across The World (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). When not writing, he enjoys spending time with his partner of ten years and their four-year-old son.

28 pages, 18 poems

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Monday, April 3, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Into the Light by Michael Keshigian

The poems of Into The Light explore the mysteries related to the symbolic representations affixed to light: imagined, dogmatic or actual as well as the predispositions and feelings they may induce, including our fascination with the heavenly bodies from which light emanates as we seek illumination and speculate upon unanswered queries.


Michael Keshigian is the author of eleven poetry collections including: Inexplicable (Black Poppy Review, 2016), Beyond (Black Poppy Review, 2015), Dark Edges (Flutter Press, 2014) , Eagle’s Perch (Bellowing Ark Press, 2012), Wildflowers (Flutter Press, 2011), Jazz Face (Big Table Publishing, 2009), Warm Summer Memories (Maverick Duck Press, 2007), Seeking Solace (Language And, 2007), Silent Poems (Four-Sep Publications, 2004), Dwindling Knight (Bone World Publishing, 2000), Translucent View (Four-Sep Publications, 2000). Educated at Boston Conservatory, New York University, and Boston University, he has been published in numerous national and international journals, is a 6- time Pushcart Prize and 2-time Best Of The Net nominee and has been a featured writer in over twenty poetry publications. His poetry cycle, Lunar Images, set for Clarinet, Piano, Narrator, was premiered at Del Mar College in Texas. Subsequent performances occurred in Boston (Berklee College) and Moleto, Italy. Winter Moon, a poem set for Soprano and Piano, premiered in Boston. (

64 pages, 36 poems

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Monday, March 27, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Cherry Blossom Days by Sandy Benitez

Cherry Blossom Days, by Sandy Benitez, is a petite collection of ethereal love poems; a love story that unfolds within the season of Spring infused with memories of the Pacific Northwest and Asian imagery.


"Sandy Benitez’s slender new collection of love poems, Cherry Blossom Days is a tribute to longevity in love and to rebirth in spring. Through exquisite garden and floral metaphor, the poet tells the story of a couple that has written a long history together. The collection is an anniversary celebration of relationship and seasons. Each poem expresses gratitude for steadfast commitment and for the gift of loving and being loved. In gardens where”/ the burnt sepia / of the orange peel jessamine / and periwinkle blue petals / of a drought-resistant bush /…” in bedrooms where ”The sky is swollen with longing/silk against skin /…” the poet shows us how love is cultivated over time to ”Here, in this moment / is where I want to ghost with you; /a place all our own to haunt, / where love never changes seasons / and stands still.”  A lovely read for spring!

~ Catherine Arra, author of Loving from the Backbone

“I want to live in the world that Sandy’s poem’s inhabit, juicy, delicate and sensual. Each poem urges me onward to the next, finding what love gives when it endures the years. My favorite line? I have always been Haiku.”

~ Elaine Reardon, author of The Heart is a Nursery for Hope

“This is a beautiful book of love poems that anyone who's ever been in a relationship could identify with. Realistic slices of life, that combined with clarity of vision and the energy of the lines themselves brings to mind work of the ancient Chinese masters while remaining totally modern. A very good collection from a fine writer.”

~ David Gross, author of Little Egypt

Cherry Blossom Days is twenty-seven love poems which seem to be in chronological order. It takes risk to open up a relationship and hold the attention of a reader for a sustained collection, and Sandy Benitez does this through flowers, haikus, cherry blossoms and other Japanese references, frequent moves with packing and unpacking, and a woman still in love after 26 years, waiting for her husband to arrive home.”

~ Martin Willitts Jr, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2016), winner of the Turtle Island Editor’s Choice Award.


Sandy Benitez writes poetry and fiction. She is the founding editor of Flutter Press, Black Poppy Review, and Poppy Road Review. Her latest poetry chapbook, The Lilac City, was published by Origami Poems Project.  She's been published in over 135 print and online literary journals since 2006.  Sandy's also authored five poetry chapbooks and has been published in four anthologies.  

Her first novel, a gothic fantasy, The Rosegiver, was published in February 2016.  Sandy's always been intrigued by haunted houses, ancient cemeteries, forests, gardens, and abandoned buildings. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and two children.

42 pages, 27 poems

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Birdwatcher's Guide to the American South by Aaron Chase Eddington

A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the American South contains thirty-nine character studies of both person and place. These poems capture the spirit of ordinary people living in the American South as well as the essence of the place itself. Collectively, these poems tell a larger narrative story: that of the death of a noteworthy town denizen and the eventual flocking of townsfolk to her funeral. This collection of poems and poetic character studies offers a sensitive yet realistic appraisal of Southern people and the world they inhabit.

This book is not a guide for birdwatchers as much as it is a book by one, and this is one birdwatcher’s guide to understanding and appreciating the people who call the American South home.


Aaron Chase Eddington was born and raised in Liberty City, Texas. He currently lives with his wife Megan. A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the American South is his first published poetry collection.

66 pages, 39 poems

Friday, March 3, 2017

Little Egypt by David Gross

Little Egypt is a nickname given to the southernmost section of the state of Illinois which is geographically, culturally, and economically distinct from the rest of the state. The region is bordered on three sides by the largest rivers in the U.S.: the Wabash and Ohio on the east and south and the Mississippi to the west. Geographically it is more hilly and rocky than the rest of the state and many consider it part of the Ozarks. 

When settlers began to come in great numbers they came by way of the ever-available rivers and found southern Illinois a convenient region for settlement. The advent of the steamboat and the development of trails and roadways soon led immigrants to bypass the southern part of the state. It thus was left a somewhat isolated region, a kind of historical eddy. 

In this region a culture, reasonably advanced at the time of its coming, tended to become static. The customs, practices, and beliefs of the pioneer survived here long after they had passed in less isolated regions. It is against the background of this distinctive area that the writer would have these offerings viewed.


"If Little Egypt reflects sense of place, which it exemplifies, it also offers up a sensibility and an historical panorama rife with the lore of southern Illinois and its flora and fauna, amid the land demarcated by the Ohio, Wabash and Mississippi Rivers. The poems in this book are similar to those by Lorine Niedecker in her book North Central, which celebrates living amid the reedy lakes of Wisconsin, as he himself flourishes among three of the great rivers of the plains. Little Egypt is as celebratory as it is sometimes perilously real. David Gross is a midwestern James Dickey."
~ Wally Swist, author of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love

"To read Little Egypt is to experience a sensation of opening the land's secrets through time-lapse photography. Through these captivating poems, David Gross' childhood and life growing up are "tinted by creek reflections" of southern Illinois, a place called Little Egypt. The poet unearths the past and its histories back to "men connected to the seasons/ who read the moon and stars." as Woodland Indians "tapped their/ totems into the bluff" to create a petroglyph of "an elegantly rendered/ dragonfly... the delicate beads of its body/ hovering on wings of riddles." Like the petroglyph, this volume leaves the reader with a sense of wonder and inspiration."
~ Patty Dickson Pieczka, author of Finding the Raven

"This southern Illinois writer has given us a poetry from that place which is plainly spoken, deceptively simple and very deep."

~ John Knoepfle, author of Poems From the Sangamon


David Gross has published four previous collections, Cup of Moon, What We Never Had, Because It Is, and Pilgrimage. His poems have appeared in dozens of print and online literary journals such as, Big Muddy, Black Poppy Review, Blue Collar Review, Cape Rock, Common Ground Review, Hummingbird, Kentucky Review, Lilliput Review, Longhouse, Modern Haiku, Naugatuck River Review and Northeast. 

38 pages, 26 poems

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