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Yogh & Thorn Books: Boria Sax. Animals in the Third Reich: Pets, Scapegoats and the Holocaust.
The Poet's Press: The Writings of Emilie Glen II: Poems from Magazines.
The Poet's Press: Brett Rutherford: The Pumpkined Heart (Pennsylvania Poems)
Grim Reaper Books: Tales of Terror: The Supernatural Poem Since 1800, Volume 1 and Volume 2.
Poet's Press: The Poetry of Angela Costa.
Jack Veasey has been a provocative voice in modern American poetry since his teens. He started giving readings and publishing his poems in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston in the early 1970s. Since then he has published ten collections of poems. He read the title poem from his best-known book, Quitting Time (Warm Spring Press) on a segment of NPR‘s “All Things Considered” originating from Southwest Missouri State University. The poem, a plain-spoken free verse monologue about the moment one quits a demeaning job, remained his signature poem and established his reputation as chronicler of urban working class life. As Jim Ruth, venerable art critic in Veasey’s adopted region of central PA, put it in the Lancaster Sunday News, “Jack Veasey’s poems pack the appeal — and sting — of universality. Veasey speaks with the clarity and directness of an Everyman. . . . a passionate poet of the people.” Mike Gunderloy, in the national small press review FactSheet Five, described his poems as “blunt, cutting narratives that make you wonder how we can possibly accept things as they are.”
Veasey has applied that same directness to chronicling the struggles of gay people. His poems and nonfiction have appeared in many major gay periodicals and anthologies, and he served as editor of The Philadelphia Gay News and FirstHand: Experiences for Loving Men. His articles for The Philadelphia Gay News won that publication two awards from the National Lesbian and Gay Press Association. He also wrote about gay issues for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his articles about Walt Whitman’s gay life have been nationally syndicated by the Gay History Project.
This eleventh collection spotlights a lesser-known aspect of his work. In the early 1980s Veasey began to write sonnets and other poems in fixed forms. To his surprise, it proved ideal for exploring a far greater range of subjects; some that had been “too big to tackle” — or even to face. “It pulled things out of me,” he says, “Sometimes I’d articulate something in a form and then realize, ’My God, I never knew I saw it that way.’ Forms are a great way to distract your conscious mind from censoring your content.”
Shapely: Selected Formal Poems gathers the best of these revelatory poems from three decades into a powerful, vivid, insightful, and masterfully crafted collection. The substantial section of sonnets at the book’s heart is especially impressive and varied. Some are hilarious, some dark and disturbing, some poignant and touching: all have a clarity and striking musicality not found much in contemporary poetry.
ISBN 0-922558-73-6. Published May 2013. 6x9” paperback, 132 pages. $12.95. To order from Amazon, CLICK HERE.
Poet-judge Dennis Barone, selected this manuscript, by poet and teacher David O'Connell, of North Providence, RI. Barone writes:
Published May, 2013. Available for sale for $8 at The Providence Athenaeum or from Amazon. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.
ISBN 0-922558-69-8. 364 pp. 6 x 9, paperback. Published July 2012. (Counts as a 2013 book for All-Book Subscribers) $19.95. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.
Published in June 2012. Emilie Glen (1906-1995) was a staggeringly prolific New York City-based poet, wh0se published work spans five decades with thousands of little magazine and newspaper credits worldwide. The long-awaited "big book" of prolific poet
Emilie Glen's work has exploded into a four-volume series, thanks to
the recovery of a large bundle of Glen's papers. Glen, also famed as the hostess of Manhattan's longest-running poetry
salon, enjoyed almost a half-century of continuous writing and
First recognized by H.L. Mencken and published in his American Mercury, she started as a fiction
writer and then gravitated to narrative poetry, writing and publishing
thousands of poems in magazines around the world. In this first volume,
we have gathered the texts of all the chapbooks Glen published from her
coffeehouse days in Greenwich Village through her last years: 77 Barrow Street, Mad Hatter, Coffee House Poems, Paint and Turpentine, Dark of Earth, Late to the Kitchen, Up to Us Chickens, Twat Shot, Glenda's Ark, Roast Swan, Hope of Amethyst, Rails Away, and Glenda and Her Guitar, Emilie and Her Piano. This
includes the full text of all her Poet's Press chapbooks and books as
well as early self-published leaflets and productions from several
The poems gathered here are a narrative saga of New York high and low, as well as a poignant saga of family sorrows. The best of them are intimate character portraits, short stories compressed into a dramatic, reader-friendly style, poetry the untrained reader need not fear. This important series belongs in every collection of
20th century American poetry. With cover art by American wood
engraver John DePol. Paperback ISBN 0-922558-68-1. 330 pp., 6 x 9 inches $19.95.
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2012 PHILBRICK POETRY PRIZE WINNER
NEITHER CREATED NOR DESTROYED.
Published in conjunction with The Providence Athenaeum, this is the 14th annual Philbrick Poetry Project prize winner. The Philbrick Project prize was established to help find and foster new poets in the New England states, and the annual competition is limited to poets who have not yet published a book of their work.
Poet-judge Lisa Starr, Rhode Island Poet Laureate, selected this manuscript, by retired high school English and creative writing teacher Lucile Burt, of Wellfleet, MA. Starr writes:
The reader should prepare for a bit of a journey led by a poet comfortable in many realms: the natural world, family, education, and work appear and re-appear in this collection, and through the poet's unique blend of sensitivity and language, these seemingly familiar themes become transformed. These are textured poems, some as ruddy as the old farmer who peoples one of them, and others as comforting as "waves"" that "break like heartbeats." Lucile Burt knows the mind and heart of surf-caster and sullen schoolgirl alike; she understands the difficulties of love, the beautiful pain of caring for an elderly patient, and the wisdom of the riverbed, and through these poems, delivers "the riotous chorus of matter" to us freshly washed and brand new."
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BRETT RUTHERFORD. WHIPPOORWILL ROAD: THE SUPERNATURAL POEMS (Expanded and Revised 5th Edition).
is the expanded fifth edition of Brett Rutherford's landmark poetry
collection, Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poetry. This
extraordinary 360-page paperback contains all the poet's supernatural
poems, including major new poems added since the last edition. Praised by
Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury, these may be the best supernatural poems
of our time. The writing ranks from the seriously Gothic
through the downright hilarious, including Gorgons, Egyptian
mummies, Lovecraftian horrors, vampires, werewolves, possessed sex toys
and stuffed animals, and the personal recollections of Fritz, the
hunchback assistant of Dr. Frankenstein. All of Rutherford's Lovecraft-related poems are collected in this volume -- more than 100 pages of Lovecratian items including all the poems written for the annual ceremonies at HPL's gravesite in Providence. Other major new items in this collection include the vampire narrative poem "Dawn," and "Lucy: A Verse Mystery," which pits Edgar Allan Poe against "The Spectre of St. John's Churchyard."
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BOTH VOLUMES NOW AVAILABLE!!
THE 1801 BOOK THAT LAUNCHED THE GOTHIC-ROMANTIC POETRY MOVEMENT: A SCHOLAR'S DELIGHT IN ITS ONLY COMPLETE, ANNOTATED EDITION . . .
MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS. TALES OF WONDER, VOLUME 1. Edited and annotated by Brett Rutherford. Never reprinted in its original form since its 1805 second edition, and never before presented in full in an annotated, scholarly edition, Tales of Wonder is a landmark in Gothic literature and Romantic poetry. Here we are treated to a ghost/vampire tale first penned around 300 BCE; a Runic funeral song from the tenth century CE; a meeting between the Saxon invader of England and a Roman ghost; a Nordic warrior woman’s incantation to raise her father from the dead; Goethe’s blood-curdling multi-voiced “Erl-King” and fatal water nymphs; the monk and nun who try (unsuccessfully) to save their witch mother from the Devil; a proud painter's encounters with Satan; a doomed romance set in the horrific landscape of the War of the Spanish Succession; and the cursed forest ride of “The Wild Huntsmen.”
This edition, annotated by Brett Rutherford, traces the literary origins of the poems and the stories behind them, connecting them to the long line of eccentric antiquarian scholars who collected classical, Runic, English and Scottish manuscripts or folk material. The poems here also reveal the late-18th century British project of constructing a pagan pre-history for England, building a poetic connection to Nordic legends and bringing Wotan/Odin and the gods, monsters and fairies of the forest into competition with Biblical and Greco-Roman lore. This volume includes early poems by Sir Walter Scott and Robert Southey, as well as poems by M.G. Lewis, Goethe, Herder, Bürger, Mickle, Bunbury, and Leyden. The originals of these poems and ballads are from Greek, Latin, Icelandic, Danish and German, as well as English and Scottish supernatural ballads.
For the poetry lover, and the fan of supernatural literature, this collection offers a year-round Halloween treat of entertaining and alarming poems to read aloud ... bedtime stories for very bad children. A Yogh & Thorn Book. Published October 2010; revised, corrected version published March 2012 to coordinate with the release of Volume II (see below). Paperback ISBN 0-922558-61-2. 245 pp., 6 x 9. $16.95. CLICK HERE to order from AMAZON.
MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS. TALES OF WONDER, VOLUME 2. Edited and annotated by Brett Rutherford. This second volume continues the mayhem with Ben Jonson's song for 13 witches, a clutch of famous Scottish ghost ballads, a journey to an Irish cave that opens into Purgatory, a Russian prince's date with Death after 300 years of bliss in the Land of Felicity, the dangers of lingering at Tam Lin's well, the mysterious death of King Arthur, and the most terrifying horseback ride in all literature, Bürger's "Lenora." Information about the poets, source texts and alternative versions enrich the reader's experience of these thrilling Gothic narratives in verse. Poets include Robert Burns ("Tam O'Shanter" with 187 annotations!), Ben Jonson, Richard Glover, David Mallet, Thomas Parnell, John Dryden, Thomas Lisle, Thomas Gray, Thomas Percy, Robert Southey, M.G. Lewis, Robert Lambe, and William Taylor of Norwich. The book includes more than 500 informative annotations, maps, illustrations, and an extensive bibliography. No other edition of Tales of Wonder contains these additional materials. A Poet's Press/ Yogh & Thorn Book. Published March 2012. Paperback ISBN 0-922558-62-0. 294 pp., 6 x 9, $16.95. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.
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BRETT RUTHERFORD. POEMS FROM PROVIDENCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
Poems from Providence, a huge compendium of all the
poems Rutherford created during his first years in Providence, Rhode
Island (1985-88), was published in 1991. This great blossoming of neo-Romantic work was inspired by
a change of locale to New England, by H.P. Lovecraft, and a deep immersion in the
classical world, yielding the long "Ganymede" cycle, a prequel to The
Iliad. Other memorable works in this paperback are "The Outsider,"
an elegy for Barbara A. Holland, Treblinka's "Ivan the Terrible," "The
God's Eye: A Summer Diary" tracing a return to native haunts in
Pennsylvania, the cat memorial poems to Thunderpuss, and the first
appearance of the now-famous poem, "At Lovecraft's Grave." Illustrated
with line-drawings by Pieter Vanderbeck.
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of this volume, the poet has revised a number of the poems, and added six poems that are centered in or around Providence, including new Lovecraft poems and the Poe Providence mystery narrative poem, "Lucy."
This book is issued simultaneously in three formats: print, a 6x9 ebook in PDF format, and in the Poets Press's new XVIxIX format: a PDF ebook designed for wide 16x9 monitors: i.e., wide monitors on a desktop computer, or 16x9 ratio screens on recent laptops and notebooks. This handsome new layout presents the book in two-page spreads in classic type faces, with maximum legibility. Illustrations and side-notes are included.
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Published July 31, 2011. 260 pp., 6x9 inches, paperback. ISBN 0-922558-58-2. $16.95. CLICK HERE to order the print edition from Amazon.
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The 2011 Philbrick Poetry Project Chapbook
WORKERS' RITES, by Ellen LaFleche. Poet LaFleche delighted the assembled audience at The Providence Athenaeum this spring with her prize-winning chapbook. Judge Dana Gioia selected the winner, and he described the book thus: “Reviving the lyrical realist tradition of Sherwood Anderson, Edgar Lee Masters, and Edwin Arlington Robinson, Ellen LaFleche’s collection,Workers’ Rites, creates a gallery of alternately evocative and disturbing portraits. LaFleche introduces each character by profession — midwife, undertaker, parish housekeeper, librarian — suggesting the quotidian quality of what might seem to be ordinary lives. But the real point of Workers’ Rites is to reveal the dark secrets of people we might normally take for granted. No life, the poet insists, is ordinary. To be alive is to be charged with invisible inner forces — consumed by longing, radiant with love, or transformed by imagination — even if we all must put on disguises to earn our daily bread.” The book is designed around WPA-era art from the Coit Tower in San Francisco. Published April 2011 by The Poet's Press for The Providence Athenaeum. Paperback, $8.00. Or download the PDF ebook for $4.99. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE BOOKSTORE.
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HYDROGEN SLEEP AND SPEED. A Verse Tale of Rommel, Egypt, Angry Gods, Dr. Caligari and Amphetamines by Th. METZGER. From the author of the startling novel Shock Totem, and underground classic poems like "Devil in a Dead Man's Underwear" comes what promises to be the weirdest book ever published by The Poet's Press (excepting perhaps Hakim Bey's landmark chapbook Chaos). This riveting poem cycle mines little-known aspects of World War II history into a melange of African invasions, angry Egyptian gods, rampant Mormon warriors, and the lord of sleepwalkers, Dr. Caligari, presiding over the Nazi obsession with not sleeping, ever, until the ultimate triumph (hence, the advent of mass-produced amphetamines). Brett Rutherford has illustrated this book with digital-art montages from The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Mormon histories, silent film stills and other historical sources (even Zeppelins bombing American truck stops). Published April 2011. ISBN 0-922558-57-4. 6 x 9, paperback, $16.95. Or download the PDF ebook for $4.99.
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BRETT RUTHERFORD's ANNIVERSARIUS: THE BOOK OF AUTUMN. 4TH EXPANDED EDITION
PLUS NEW DELUXE COLOR EDITION 2013.
Now in its fourth edition and vastly expanded, Anniversarius: The Book of Autumn is Brett Rutherford’s 40-poem epic cycle of autumn-themed poems. Although there is plenty of Shelley, Poe, and Bradbury here in the celebration of “autumn’s being,” this cycle encompasses works that are mythic, metaphysical, political, satirical and, of course, supernatural.
Autumn becomes the landscape for Jan Palach’s suicide in Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia in 1969; for translations of Pushkin and Hugo; and for rhapsodic and moody invocations of fall in Western Pennsylvania (the poet’s birthplace) and haunted New England (his adopted home). Greek myth comes in by way of a hymn to Rhea, the Oak Tree Goddess, an encounter with three oak nymphs, and a dinner party in Hades.
Rutherford walks in the footsteps of Poe in New York City, and sets two other powerful poems in Manhattan: one a panorama of historic Madison Square Park, and a troubled visit in the aftermath of 9/11.
Influenced by Poe, Shelley, Whitman, Jeffers, Hugo, Bradbury, and Greek classics, these poems present a cosmos tinged with autumnal sadness, yet they are brave with the delight in a life fully relished down to the last falling leaf. Although solitude and loss stalk through these pages, there are also poems expressing a defiant, transcendent spirit. Each of the two “Rings” of the work ends with powerful affirmation. The locales of the latest poems include New York, Providence, rural Pennsylvania, the planets Mars and Pluto, and Ming Dynasty China.
This book is meant to be relished slowly, to be read aloud and savored for music as well as meaning. Each poem stands alone as an “anniversary,” yet the cycle as a whole is Romantic in sweep, its structure like that of two successive long symphonies.
This landmark of autumnal poetry is available for free download in PDF format.
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ISBN 0-922558-59-0 4th edition, revised and expanded, October 31 2011. 170 pp., $16.95. CLICK HERE to order the print edition from Amazon.
ISBN 0-922558-71-X 4th edition, revised and expanded, February 2013. 170 pp., $24.95. Deluxe color edition: same as the standard edition above, but with all photos and illustrations in full color. CLICK HERE to order the print edition from Amazon.
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THE COLLECTED POEMS OF MOIRA BAILIS. David Messineo, ed.
A TRANSCONTINENTAL PERSPECTIVE ... Poet Moira Bailis (b. 1921) began writing poetry before the age of twenty in her native Ireland. Like many poets who write for the love of the art, she did not begin publishing her work extensively until later in life. Since the 1980s, she has had over 200 poetry publication credits, both in the United States and Ireland, and has authored one poetry chapbook, poems (2003). The brink of her tenth decade of life sees her still engaged in her art.
Bailis has lived in Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, New York City, and finally, in Fort Lee, New Jersey (her home since 1966). Her poems encompass her life’s journey as well as her broad literary interests, social awareness, and activism. A lover and advocate of poetry, she has taught workshops, and lectured live and on radio about poetry, poets, and writers.
David Messineo, Bailis’s friend and long-time publisher, in cooperation with the poet and her family, has assembled 450 of her collected poems into two volumes. Ireland figures large in both — a home place many times revisited over a long life, its landmarks, Celtic history, and political troubles recalled.
This first volume, The Antidote to Prejudice, is arranged geographically, reflecting the places Bailis lived in or visited (or imagined, in the case of South America, Africa and Antarctica). Ireland and New Jersey bookend this varied collection of 190 poems. The section, “To Ireland in the Fading Times,” could stand as the poet’s missive to the land of her birth. In the editor’s words, these poems “are dually interesting from the standpoints of poetic craft and the capturing of history.”
Many other poems in Volume I center on nature and landscape — those especially gleaned from her long walks and hikes exploring Northern New Jersey — and they mark her as a keen word-water-colorist of bird, tree and season.
The second volume, It Has To Do With Seeing, has 260 poems, including some variant texts (edited by Melanie A. Pimont), and more than 80 poems concerning the poet's Irish childhood, family and friends. Poems touching on the literary life, and on writers such as Austen, Emily Brontë, Sandburg, Thoreau, Brodsky, Merrill, Williams, Frost and Dickinson are all here. Poems of nature, season, and landscape abound as well. “Closing Remarks,” a fine cluster of reflective pieces, is in the tradition of Whitman's ever-extended “Next-to-Last Thoughts.”
This intriguing poet, with a transcontinental perspective on the tumults of modern life and the consolations of the solitary commune with nature, bequeaths us more than eight decades of her life and thought in this two-volume set. Her many poetic friends, and readers on both sides of the Atlantic pond, can delight in this restrained and thoughtful production.
Read the article about the book launch from The Fort Lee Patch.
Moira Bailis. The Antidote to Prejudice: The Collected Poems of Moira Bailis, Volume 1. 6x9 inches, 272 pages. Paperback ISBN 0-922558-52-3, $17.95. Hardcover ISBN 0-922558-53-1 $28.95. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.
Moira Bailis. It Has To Do With Seeing: The Collected Poems of Moira Bailis, Volume 2. 6x9 inches, 328 pages. Paperback ISBN 0-922558-54-X, $18.95. Hardcover ISBN 0-922558-55-8 $29.95. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.
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A NEARLY-FORGOTTEN, GREAT POET FROM WORLD WAR I
DEATH AND THE DOWNS: THE POETRY OF CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY. Edited and annotated by Brett Rutherford. Robert Graves called Sorley one of the three best poets killed in World War I. Shot by a German sniper in the Battle of Loos, Charles Sorley died at age 20, leaving behind enough poems for a slender volume published by his father in 1915: Marlborough and Other Poems. Several of Sorley's poems have been featured in countless war anthologies, but the poet's complete work was kept in print only until 1932. There was a reprint sometime in the 1970s and then Sorley seems to have been forgotten again.
Sorley's nature poems, inspired by English naturalist Richard Jefferies (the British Thoreau), depict the haunted landscape of the Wiltshire Downs, from the days of Roman-occupied Britain to Sorley's own time. As a student at Cambridge, young Sorley was steeped in the classics; he then traveled to Germany to study and was in school there when the War broke out. He was arrested and sent home by the German government, and within days of returning to England, Sorley enlisted. The last set of his poems, written in the battlefield, contain both stark soundings of death, but also a kernel of wisdom and tolerance, as when he addresses a poem to the Germans he cannot bring himself to hate. Perhaps the most poignant poem is one he sent home retelling a key scene from Homer's Odyssey and then assuring his friend that he, too, ten years hence, would be telling his own war stories by the fire. Three months later, Sorley was dead. His last poem, a blistering war sonnet, was sent home to his father in his kit. Sorley's body was never found.
This volume includes passages from letters, selected by Sorley's father as illustrative of the themes of the poems in the book. To make this volume more accessible to today's readers (and to students), Brett Rutherford has annotated both the poems and the letters, making clear the numerous classical and Biblical allusion that would have been well-known to Sorley's contemporaries. Some 1903 photos of the Wiltshire landscape have also been added, taken from an edition of Jefferies nature writing. The book was completely re-typeset from the 1932 edition, using typefaces from the World War I era. The book also includes an annotated checklist of the critical reception of Sorley's work from 1915 through 1973, by Larry Uffelman; a biographical sketch of the poet written by his mother for the 1919 Letters of Charles Sorley; additional letters; and juvenilia.
A Yogh & Thorn Book. ISBN 0-922558-38-8. Published Sept 27, 2010. 6 x 9 paperback, 180 pp., $14.95. PDF download $5.00. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.
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THE BANNED PACIFIST NOVEL THAT SHOCKED BRITAIN...
DESPISED AND REJECTED, by A.T. Fitzroy (pseud. Rose Allatini). This novel, a landmark in gay and lesbian literature, and in the literature of pacifism, was unavailable to readers for more than half of the 20th century. The British government seized the unsold copies in 1918 and arrested and prosecuted author Rose Allatini and publisher C.W. Daniel under the Defence of the Realm Act.
This was a dangerous book on several counts. Although the author, writing under the pseudonym of A.T. Fitzroy, was prosecuted for the political content of the book as detrimental to war morale, the trial judge also took pains to denounce the book’s advocacy of homosexual rights. Just two decades after the Oscar Wilde trial, gay men and lesbians were still not allowed to plead equality. In her Wellsian peroration near the end of the book, reminiscent of that author’s The Food of the Gods, and certainly influenced too by Edward Carpenter’s Towards Democracy, Allatini stakes a claim for a gay and lesbian consciousness as part of humankind’s evolution, demanding not only tolerance, but acceptance.
Allatini equates the gentleness and empathy of gay men and women with an inherent antipathy toward the destructive stupidity of war. The British penal system seems to have agreed with her in part, declaring pacifists and homosexual persons as criminal bodies, to be isolated and punished. It seems no coincidence that the sentences meted out to men who would not fight was the same as that accorded to convicted homosexuals: imprisonment, hard labor, and abuse by jailers. Every pacifist was an Oscar Wilde.
Writing before women had the right to vote in Great Britain, Allatini offers a free-spirited lesbian heroine who suffers a painful self-acceptance. She depicts brave women who, because there are fewer other choices available to them, become helpers and companions to pacifists; on the other side, she skewers the conventional women who are complicit in the war fever that sent their sons to meaningless deaths in the trenches. Closer to Dickens than to Virginia Woolf in method, Allatini nonetheless has the ability to dissect the patriotism-crazed society around her. She works her plot to convey in strong terms that, for the middle-class English mother, the price of unthinking patriotism was the dreaded telegraph from the front, or the return of the amputated soldier.
When Allatini enters the narration in the guise of Dennis Blackwood, she conveys his torment, and his much more tortured self-acceptance, in a convincing way. The all-too-British reticence, evasions, panic, and finally, self-awareness make us see that whoever “made her understand,” was an extraordinary confidante. This book might have saved lives, had it been available in the pre-Stonewall decades.
Despised and Rejected was reprinted in 1975 as part of the series Homosexuality: Lesbians and Gay Men in Society, History and Literature, under the editorship of Jonathan Ned Katz. After one more reprint in the 1980s, the book seems to have dropped from sight again.
This is the first book produced under our new scholarly imprint, Yogh & Thorn Books, and the first novel ever published by The Poet's Press. The text has been completely reset by our intern Tim Terhaar, and Brett Rutherford has added numerous footnotes to clarify names and allusions that may be unfamiliar to today's readers. The cover depicts Richmond Castle, in whose keep Conscientious Objectors were imprisoned. The book also includes several World War I recruitment posters.
Published Sept. 1, 2010. 6 x 9, paperback. 300 pp. $18.95 ISBN 0-922558-48-5. CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE PAPERBACK EDITION FROM AMAZON. Hardcover edition $25.95 ISBN 0-922558-49-3, available only from the Poet's Press Online Bookstore. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.
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BORIA SAX. THE RAVEN AND THE SUN. Boria Sax, steeped in animal studies in myth and literature, is not only a teacher and scholar, but also one of our finest lyric poets. This collection of poems and tales, centered around the mysterious world of crows and ravens that exists around us almost unnoticed, demonstrates the universality of the narratives in which animal wisdom plays, as he retells Eastern European and Native American crow/raven tales. The book is also interspersed with Sax's sensitive lyrics on other topics. Includes two "crow wheel" illustrations by Tom Fitzpatrick.
ISBN 0-922558-43-4. Published July, 2010. 6 x 9, paperback. 82 pp. $13.95. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.
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BEYOND THE RIFT: POETS OF THE PALISADES. Paul Nash, senior editor. A decade of poets featured at the North Jersey Literary Series, the liveliest poetry venue on the wrong side of the Hudson. Shows the remarkable variety and quality of work being done outside the Manhattan poetry hive. Emerging from the Gothic-oriented literary and arts magazine, The Rift, founded by Alda Xavier, the series has introduced new poets, while also providing a venue for established poets to reach new audiences. These poets have broken free from the self-absorption of prior decades and reflect a commitment to narrative, to communication, and to the power of language as a well-aimed arrow. The work in this anthology helps make the case that the Muse has indeed flown to the provinces.
This anthology was edited by Paul Nash (shown above), Denise LaNeve, David Messineo, Susanna Rich, and John J. Trause. All poets in the volume were featured readers at the North Jersey Literary Series during the last decade. Poets included in the anthology are Dorothy Alexander, Joel Allegretti, Raphael Badagliacca, Caterina Belvedere, John Chorazy, Cathy Cimillo Cavallone, K. Elizabeth Costa, Aza Derman, Estrella Gabrie-Garcia, Davidson Garrett, Jonathan Hall, Patrick Hammer, Jr., George Harvilla, Josh Humphrey, Peter Jawarowski, Thomas D. Jones, Denise LaNeve, Richard Loranger, Roy Lucianna, Brant Lyon, David Messineo, Gene Myers, Paul Nash, Marianne Poloskey, S. Gili Post, Daniel Quinn, Jamie McNeely Quirk, Susanna Rich, Eddie Rivera, Denise Rue, C.D. Russell, Brett Rutherford, John Salacan, Joseph Andrew Sapia, S. Thomas Summers, John J. Trause, Doris Umbers, Galen Warden, and Donald Zirilli. Artwork was contributed by Roy Lucianna, Tom Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Pierson, and Galen Warden.
Published May 2010. 168 pp., 6x9" Paperback edition ISBN 0-922558-44-2 $16.95; hardcover edition ISBN 0-922558-45-0 $24.95. Download of PDF $5. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM AMAZON. To read a free PDF sampler of the anthology, CLICK HERE.
To see photos from the May 8 2010 book launch with portaits and information about the poets, CLICK HERE. Twenty-two of the 39 poets in the anthology were in attendance and read from their work.
Below: more photos from the May 8 book launch:
|Above: John Trause, Don Zirilli, Galen Warden.
|Above: Denise LaNeve and Paul Nash reading "Mullican Pines".
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2010 PHILBRICK POETRY PRIZE WINNER
THE WAITING ROOM. Kathleen M. Kelley.
Published in conjunction with The Providence Athenaeum, this is the 12th annual Philbrick Poetry Prize winner. The Philbrick Prize was established to help find and foster new poets in the New England states, and the annual competition is limited to poets who have not yet published a book of their work. Poet-judge Marge Piercy selected this manuscript, whose poems center around memories of a mother struggling against mental illness. Growing up in the era when electroshock treatment was administered almost casually, Kelley writes vividly of "The Waiting Room," where "my mother's memory of her life/ was being shocked from her/ shaken like cereal from a box." There are lyrical turns and surprises here, when Death appears as a stranger offering a ride, or the unexpectedly voluptuous lyric about childbirth, "The night that you were born, / breathless sugar maples,/ unattended, undid/ slip knots in their veins/ and sweet sap flowed for you."
Marge Piercy wrote of Kelley: "This poet has empathy and imagination. The poems explore pain and loss without self pity, without the persona who speaks demanding we see her as a victim. This is not a strident voice but a quiet one, strong and disciplined. The love poetry is subtle, quiet and lyrical."
Published May, 2010. Available for sale for $8 at The Providence Athenaeum or from our ONLINE BOOKSTORE.
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HEREAFTER LANDSCAPES. Jody Azzouni.
As cheerful as Timon of Athens or Anacreon, philosopher-poet Jody Azzouni unleashes this cycle of aphoristic, terse and dark visions of the world after global warming, nuclear winter, pollution, mutation and plague have come and gone. There's no "rapture" to rescue us, just the hard light of a ruined world. Back in the Cold War, Bertrand Russell noted that the smartest thinkers were the most gloomy about the prospects for humankind, and this cycle inhabits that world of intellectual worry. And yet there is beauty in desolation, and every dystopian artwork, by depicting what might and must not come to pass, may serve as a warning. Hereafter Landscapes might be the butterfly that changes history by changing the hearts of a few — or it might be locked into a time capsule as a prime specimen of post-millennial gloom. However one takes this sombre and linguistically rich little book, it comes from a serious thinker, versed in myth, science and art. In keeping with the book's theme, we chose to decorate it with the paintings and engravings of the artist most associated with the terror of the Sublime: John Martin. Martin's vast murals terrified crowds in London, and his engravings of Paradise Lost and Biblical cataclysms gave nightmares to generations of Victorian schoolchildren.
Selected as one of the six best chapbooks of 2010 by Presa magazine: "The most ambitious production in this round-up, complete with beautifully printed cover art and illustrations from the paintings and engravings of John Martin . . . The poetry has a prophetic quality that reminds us of the apocalyptic writings of William Blake. Azzouni also deals with the big themes, unafraid of directly engaging the spectre of potential environmental & nuclear disaster. His work is didactic, but not in a bad way, since the issues raised are the very issues of human meaning and survival. " Visit Presa magazine at www.presapress.com
Published March, 2010.
ISBN 0-922558-42-6. 56 pp., 9 x 7, full color, $19.95 paperback.
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THE RHODE ISLAND WRITERS' CIRCLE 2010 ANTHOLOGY. Here is the Writers' Circle's fourth anthology, a new selection of works by emerging and established Rhode Island authors. Drama by Robert Levinson; fiction by Susan Bergeron, Dorothy S. Clark, Charles R. Greaves, David Howard, Ashley O'Brien, Sally Sanford, Marcia Taylor, Charles P. Whitin; nonfiction by Nellie Fagan, Robert Mariana, James E. Marlow, Celest Martin, Patricia Pierannunzi; poetry by Carol Anderheggen, Nancy Brown, Tom Chandler, Lisa Christine, Jack Coulehan, Diane Dolphin, Lawrence J. Krips, Silent Lotus, Michael Mack, Robert Mariani, Brett Rutherford, Michael Sheff, Lisa Starr, Christopher Stewart,and Heather Sullivan. 184 pp., paperback. $21.50. Also available as a PDF download for $4.99. To order from our online bookstore, CLICK HERE.
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IN THE SHADOWS. Barbara A. Holland.
Here is a facsimile in PDF form of a hard-to-find 1984 oversize chapbook from our "high-tech medieval" period. Barbara A. Holland selected 14 ghost poems and elegiac poems with a decided New York City flavor for this collection. This collection includes the haunting "Elegy for Alexis," about a suspicious wind that pulls guests out of an artist's loft in the Flatiron Building, and "St. John's Church in the Bouwerie: Offertorium," about the appearance of a spectre in the Lower East Side's most famous church. The little book was printed with digital fonts that we designed for high legibility and Gothic import, on acid-free paper and hand-bound. Copies are not to be had anywhere, but you can possess and share the PDF simply by CLICKING HERE.
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IN THE EYE OF THE RED-TAILED HAWK: AN ESSAY ON LOVE. Don Washburn.
Love after 70? How about love, betrayal and the transcendent pursuit of yet another "Dark Lady" in literature? Washburn's sonnets, composed with amazing grace and fluency as a diary during his doomed romance, combines utterly modern language and a wry self-awareness with a classical ease. The reader is propelled into this taut narrative, nearly forgetting the formal rules and boundaries of the sonnet.
The poet's engagement with Sufi mysticism adds a special grace to the denouement of loss and abandonment. We are proud to publish this new landmark in the genre of the sonnet-cycle.
Published July, 2009.
ISBN 0-922558-40-X. 80 pp., $8.95 paperback. CLICK HERE to order from Amazon.com.
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EXPANDED SECOND EDITION OF BRETT RUTHERFORD & PIETER VANDERBECK'S POEM CYCLE ON RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE, AND POST 9/11 VILLAINY...
Twilight of the Dictators, first published in 1992, gathered together poems written by Rutherford and Vanderbeck (unknown to one another) from the late 1960s through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Both poets felt a deep kinship with their fellow artists behind the Iron Curtain and had written about the invasion of Czechoslovakia; the Stalin terror and its effects on artists like Shostakovich; the dreariness and paranoia of life in East Germany; and the jubilation both poets felt as Communism collapsed upon itself in 1989. The book's shamelessly libertarian tone made it the most shunned book ever published by The Poet's Press. Events since then have prompted the poets to add more poems about bad behavior, East and West. As Rutherford writes in the afterword to the book:
This book was not "politically correct" when it was published in 1992 ... This new edition, published in the wake of the Balkan wars, 9/11, and the ascent of American fascism under Cheney and Bush, is again “politically incorrect.” Our newer poems take on the Taliban, Serbian incendiary bombing of Bosnian libraries, and the Cheney/Bush war machine. It was also an opportunity to reflect on ourselves as the Atom Bomb generation, and to debate whether, with global warming, we have finally reached a crisis that we cannot fix. In balance, this longer book is an equal opportunity offender of orthodoxy.
In this 136-page volume, illustrated with Vanderbeck's fiendishly sinister line drawings, the poets cover a vast landscape of political horrors, sometimes with an appropriate sense of outrage or despair, other times with satire or a withering, Gogolian irony. Events related here include Stalin's oppression of composer Dmitri Shostakovich; the suicide of Czech student Jan Palach; the arrest of the Treblinka prison guard named "Ivan the Terrible"; the beating of Romanian writers by athletes; daring escapes across the Berlin Wall; governmental grave robbing in Weimar; Communist bosses on the run; the fate of all those Stalin and Lenin statues; the Serbian destruction of the state library in Bosnia; the Taliban's dynamiting of Buddhas; and "wartime" impressions of the Cheney/Bush era.
Published May, 2009. 136 pp., oversize paperback, $14.95. ISBN 0-922558-39-6. Also available as a PDF e-book for $5.00. CLICK HERE to order from AMAZON.
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EXPANDED SECOND EDITION OF ANNETTE HAYN'S NEW AND SELECTED POEMS.
Chamber Music, first published in September 2001, is re-issued here in Spring 2009 with new material: the poet's last, posthumous poems (Memorial to the Moon) and a memoir by poet Mary Ferrari. This 152-page book brings together the poet's best mature work, plus her own selections of the best poems from her earlier books, Rapunzel (1971), One-Armed Flyer (1976), Journeys Around One Point (1980), The Crossing (1984), Calendar House (1990), and Enemy on the Way to School (1994). Annette believed that Chamber Music in 2001 would be her last book, but the final group of poems added for this edition demonstrate that she was still in peak form. This finely-etched, spare poetry, influenced greatly by the example of her early teacher, Kenneth Koch, intersperses the everyday with the surrealistic, walks bravely among her worlds: childhood in Nazi Germany, boarding school in England, family life and the discovery of poetry writing in America, and her final years overshadowed by 9/11 and her own confrontation with mortality. ISBN 0-922558-37-X, paperback, 152 pp., $14,95.
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NEW EDITION. SHIRLEY POWELL'S OTHER ROOMS.
Shirley Powell is one of a small circle of
poets who astonished New York and other poetry centers in the
1970s and 1980s with a new romanticism that shed modernism with
all its cynical baggage. Lyrical, supernatural, narrative, and
deft in portrayal of characters, Powell's poems startled many
with their freshness, and their sense of being narrated by a timeless
She is a prairie twister of a poet. Her people and animals
occupy a remembered world of small town and rural America, but
they are real--they breathe, dream, bleed and die. Her ghosts
and demons spring not from myth, but from your grandmother's rocking
chair. This book selects 80 poems from the very best of Powell's passionate,
spooky, romantic, and haunting poems. Other Rooms, first published as a hand-bound book in 1997, has been unavailable for some time, and we are delighted to bring it back into print. A Poet's Press Grim Reaper Book, $13.95. 6 x 9 paperback, 112 pp. ISBN 978-0-922558-36-0. This is the 179th publication of The Poet's Press.
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This 6x9" volume is available in paperback and hardcover.
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Poets are expected to have, or imply, a philosophy in
their writing. But when a philosopher threatens to write poetry, most
readers head for the hills. This makes the debut book of
philosopher-poet Jody Azzouni all the more astonishing. It dazzles
and delights. Wry, sardonic, myth-infused, and precise as a
scalpel blade, this 1999 collection revels in dark imagery and playful
erudition. All the poems here were published in literary magazines, but
some also appeared as postcard-sized "guerilla-publishing" pieces that
found their way into New York City bookstores, sometimes even planted
like wasp larvae inside books of other authors' work. To our delight, a
cache of these books has turned up intact, surviving our many moves, as
well as several floods and mildew plagues. This volume contains
two digital art illustrations by Catherine Weaver, and concludes
with Azzouni's challenging 20-page essay, "Numbered
Paragraphs: An Essay on Esthetics." We're delighted to offer
the ink-on-paper paperback again for direct orders for $12.95 each,
plus $3.50 per order for packing and shipping. ISBN 0-922558-07-8. 96
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Published December 2011. ISBN 0-922558-60-4. 164 pp. 6x9", paperback. $13.95.
Published in January 2007. This 224-page anthology of
new short stories, memoirs, essays, poetry and drama features Rhode
Island authors involved in 2006 workshops run by The Writers’ Circle,
the Ocean State’s longest-running authors’ group. Writings here range
from those of well-known local writers, to newcomers for whom this is a
first print appearance. The text includes three short plays, one of
them Rose Pearson’s collage-collaboration with twelve poets, He/She.
Rhode Island authors in the anthology include:
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Annette Hayn assembled this cycle of poems around her
childhood memories of Nazi Germany, followed by her escape to Britain,
and, later, to America. Constructed of hauntingly understated poems,
tinged with surrealism, this memorable book is a personal and artistic
testimony. Hayn recounts her childhood fascination with Schiller's
plays, opera, and other aspects of high German culture and describes
how, in the brief interlude of the Kulturbund, German Jews
were permitted artistic expression, only to be prohibited from
presenting anything by "real" Germans. Other poems center on her
schooldays, parents and family, with premonitions about the oncoming
troubles. We are proud to bring these finely-wrought poems into a
second edition for new readers. ISBN 0-922558-21-3. Paperback $9.95, hardcover $19.95. Also available as an ebook download for $3.99. Order from Lulu by clicking HERE.
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