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Saturday, March 11, 2017
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Palebound, by Lisa Ludden, is a collection of poems that explore the constantly evolving relationship of the self and the world through love, illness and endurance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Ludden holds degrees from San Francisco State University and Saint Mary’s College of California. She was finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and her poems have appeared in The Indianola Review, MockingHeart Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, where she teaches English and directs the New Works Writing Project, a program where students work to develop ten-minute plays that are then staged for an audience.
34 pages, 10 poems
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Love Poems from Hell, by Zvi A. Sesling, is a collection of 18 poems that revolve around the passion, pain, and loss of love in one’s life. Love Poems from Hell is a chapbook that many people will relate to; love — a universal emotion experienced by all in their lifetimes.
About the Author:
Zvi A. Sesling has published poetry in numerous magazines both in print and online in ten countries. Among the publication credits are: Slant, Midstream, Main Street Rag, Prosopisia (India), Ibbetson St., Saranac Review, New Delta Review, The Chaffin Journal, Green Door (Belgium), Voices Israel (Israel) and Levure Litteraire (France). He has won several poetry prizes in Israel and was a featured poet in the Jewish Poetry Festival and at First Light Night in Brookline, MA. His poetry was used in the Spring Rain Poetry Festival on Cyprus in 2012. Sesling reviews for the Boston Small Press & Poetry Scene, is Editor of Muddy River Poetry Review and publishes Muddy River Books. He has been a featured reader in various venues in the Boston area and San Diego, and in the Massachusetts Poetry and Boston Poetry Festivals. Sesling has done readings on local cable television and radio stations and was selected by Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish to read at the New England PEN Discovery Reading. He is author of King of the Jungle, (Ibbetson St., 2010), a chapbook Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva, 2011) and a second full-length poetry book, Fire Tongue (Cervena Barva Press, 2016). He has taught at Suffolk University, Emerson College and Boston University. Sesling lives in Chestnut Hill, MA with his wife Susan J. Dechter.
26 pages, 18 poems
Friday, January 6, 2017
Steve Klepetar's poetry chapbook, A Landscape in Hell, was written in the year of his mother’s death. The poems in this intimate and compelling collection, explore the haunted inner landscapes of loss and memory and change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Klepetar was born in Shanghai, China, the son of Holocaust survivors and refugees. He grew up in New York City, and was educated at Binghamton University and the University of Chicago. He taught literature and creative writing for nearly forty years, most of them at Saint Cloud State University in Chicago. His work has appeared widely throughout the U.S. and abroad, and he is the author of eleven collections, including five from Flutter Press.
50 pages, 40 poems
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
As promised, here are the bestselling chapbooks for 2016. There was actually a tie for third place and it seems that Sleeper by Rachel Adams has placed yet again!
1. First Honor - The Heart is a Nursery for Hope by Elaine Reardon
2. Second Honor - Sleeper by Rachel Adams
3. Third Honor - The Li Bo Poems by Steve Klepetar
Anatomy Lessons by Katarina Boudreaux