Monday, July 17, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Seeds by Rodger LeGrand




Seeds is the fifth collection of poetry from Rodger LeGrand. The poems in this collection look at different kinds of transitions—seasons, aging, mortality, the metamorphoses others expect us to make of ourselves for them, and one poem even looks at how a poem might transition and move from open to close. More than any of LeGrand’s earlier collections, this grouping of poems looks at how we find hopefulness in the uncertainty of what might come next.


REVIEWS:

“If Bacon, Wyeth, or Hopper had used words rather than pigments, these are the works I suspect they would have created. LeGrand's verse is poignant, playful, and always evocative.”

~Michael C. Keith, The Next Better Place


“Rodger LeGrand is an excellent young poet whose work keeps getting better and better.”

~Stephen Dobyns, The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves
of the Copper Beech


“LeGrand conveys the rawness of human existence in an understated but self-aware manner that woos the reader with beauty of language as well as trueness of ideas.”

~Heather Cadenhead, The Basilica Review


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rodger LeGrand studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the State University of New York at Oswego. He has taught at the University of the Arts, Temple University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently he teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has four collections of poetry in print—Millions of Ravenous Creatures (Big Table Publishing, 2016), Hope and Compulsion (Big Table Publishing, 2009), Waking Up On a Sinking Boat (Pudding House Publications, 2008), and Various Ways of Thinking About the Universe (Finishing Line Press, 2005). You can reach him at www.rodgerlegrand.com. 

28 pages, 15 poems
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Monday, June 12, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Wishbone in a Lightning Jar by Sharon A. Harmon



REVIEWS:

"What would I write in a message to my future self? Is the enigmatic question Sharon Harmon’s poetry asks. Each of these poems portrays a window into the landscape of the heart, exploring the whimsy as well as the sorrow it holds. Wishbone in a Lightning Jar is a poetic journey which illuminates and celebrates the poignant moments of a deeply felt life." 

--bg Thurston, author of Nightwalking and Saving the Lamb.

"These words are earthy, tell a story of the wealth in human nature, when you are poor. Where you can find treasures in the woods and heartaches in life. How one dreams but only those with the means ever get close to theirs. The stigma of being poor follows you everywhere even to the church. The family without a father, with brothers to love, struggle and fight with as the years go by. Pain is no stranger and there are new beginnings as the cycle plays like a broken record. This is what one will find here." 

--Paul Richmond, Human Error Publishing


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sharon A. Harmon’s poetry has appeared in Green Living, Silkworm, The Aurorean, Worcester Magazine and numerous other publications, including a chapbook Swimming with Cats (2008). She was the Poet Laureate in 2015 for the 250th anniversary of Royalston, Massachusetts. Sharon is also a freelance writer and writes for Uniquely Quabbin Magazine. Some of her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Caterpillar, Highlights for Children, Birds & Blooms and Millers River Reader. She teaches writing workshops and attends many poetry venues. She lives deep in the woods of Central Massachusetts with her husband and cat. You may see more of her work at Sharon Ann Harmon Publishing. 


31 pages, 27 poems


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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.


REVIEWS:

“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


REVIEW FROM Tupelo Quarterly


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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


ABOUT THE 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

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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 Culture.net, 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. (michaelkeshigian.com).


64 pages, 36 poems

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Monday, March 27, 2017

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.


REVIEWS:

"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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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