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Aching for Tomorrow
Poems
by Frank Meyskens, Jr.
ISBN 978-156474-468-5
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems by an oncologist deal with the emotional impact of disease, suffering, and death. Because of his close contact with cancer, Dr. Meyskens is able to bear first-hand witness to the suffering of family and friends who are losing their loved ones or watching them face death and saying goodbye. There are also poems of recovery, remission, and hope; but in the long run the poet-doctor must be honest about mortality, whether he’s speaking or writing to a patient or the patient’s caring circle (which would include friends and family, but also the physician himself.)
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After the Serpent's Word
Francis Fike
80 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-217-2

"I admire his lyrics, his epigrams, his skilled translations from Old English, French, and Latin. Fike aims high: clearly he sets himself to write in the great tradition of those who insisted, like Hardy and the late master formalist Winters, on clear sense, moral insight, and tightly controlled craft." —X.J. Kennedy
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After Images
The Collected Poems of Kingsley Tufts
Kingsley Tufts
352 pages, clothbound, $19.95
ISBN 1-56474-084-6

"An extensive collection of some of Tufts' best poetry from his long lifetime of work. While his style is traditional, his interests and subjects and sensibilities are always decidedly contemporary." —Poet
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Amaranth-Sage Epiphanies of Dusk-Weaving Paradise
Hugo Walter
192 pages, clothbound, $16.95 ISBN 1-56474-109-5
"His erudition is unassailable and his eye for the beautiful expression is indefatigable.This is brilliant almost as the sun, brilliant almost as the moon that stabs us with a stolen starlight in the bitterly chill night." —Dusty Dog Review
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Angelus
Poems
Jeanne Shannon
ISBN 1-56474-455-8
112 pages, paperback, $14.00

Many of the poems in this experimental collection offer soft explosions of image, word-collages, mixing colors and sounds, emotions and ideas. Others are more straightforward and accessible narratives. There are tributes to impressionist artists and to musicians and music, natural description and landscapes, as well as autobiographical moments. Some of the poems are "concrete," presenting visual images on the page. The poems are for the most part sensual, although many are given to ideas, including an entire section devoted to the Canonical Hours.
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Arrival Time
A Journal of Love
Carol Osterlund and Robert Sellers
ISBN 1-56474-329-2
112 pages, paperback, $12.00

Through these poems and letters we witness two people—one seventy-one and the other eighty-two—falling in love and deciding to spend their sunset years together. Renewed by the joy of love, they travel about the globe, inspiring others with their youthful approach to life.
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As If Words
Poems

by Jeanne Lohmann
ISBN 978-1-56474-522-4
104 pages, paperback, $14.00
With tender fidelity, the poems in Jeanne Lohmann’s new collection chronicle the years of her marriage. The book is a page-turning love story alive with humor, sensuality, and delight, as well as the inevitable tensions in the relationship. There is grief here, too, in the death of the beloved, and the survivor’s work of going on. What endures is the astounding strength of this marriage, evoked in the vivid language of love that, even as it speaks, knows the limits of words
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The Beautiful Routes of the West
Rosalind Brackenbury
80 pages, paperback, $9.00 ISBN 1-56474-165-6

This is a book of exquisite passion and clear conviction. It is a celebration of the intimate distances shared by lovers and the fragile equations that govern our lives.This is easily the best book of poems I've read in a long time."—Solares Hill


Between the Totems of Labor and Love
Poems
Burton Wasserman
ISBN 1-56474-380-2
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

These poems deal with the heavy subjects of love and death. They face the inevitability of aging and what comes beyond aging, admitting that death is the stuff of which life is made. But the poems also sing with humor and surprising insight, and the style is musical, with rhymes and half-rhymes that slip playfully in and out of classic metric form.
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Bestiary of the Heart
Poems
D.A. Feinfeld
ISBN 1-56474-328-4
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

Poems that celebrate wit, intelligence, and feeling. The poet is fascinated by science and travel and enjoys the playfulness of words. One section is devoted to "word animals," zoological inventions based on elaborate puns.
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Breathing Rice
Poems
by Jean Lin
ISBN 978-1-56474-469-2
96 pages, paperback, $14.00

In a series of narrative and lyric poems, Jean Lin tells the story of her marriage to a Chinese man. They met as students in the early 1970s, and married at a time when cross-cultural marriages were far less common than they are today. They raised a biracial family, encountering joy and love along the way, along with the inevitable community bias and subtle (or not) racism. They built a life in the United States, but also traveled to China to meet extended family members and to celebrate their own ethnic diversity. These poems deal with all the obvious differences: physical characteristics, food, music, language, attitudes. But the poems also show how similar families can be, on either continent. And throughout there is love: for her husband and children, for her first family, and for her in-laws.
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Buddy Bolden of New Orleans—A Jazz Poem
Ray Bisso
80 pages, paperback,$10.00
ISBN 1-56474-268-7

A poetic biography of one of the most important--and least-known—early New Orleans jazzmen, from finding his first horn in a gutter to becoming "King" Bolden.
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Calls From a Lighted House
Poems
by Jeanne Lohmann
ISBN 978-1-56474-466-1
96 pages, paperback, $14.00

Acclaimed poet Jeanne Lohmann continues to illuminate the landscape of her past, from the lives of her ancestors, through a long life with marriage and family, a life-long sibling rivalry, her travels, the poet’s duty to sort out the interplay between chaos and order, and finally her reflections on widowhood, aging, and death.
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Cleopatra in the Night
And Other Poems
Bruce Feld

64 pages, paperback, $9.00
ISBN 1-56474-286-5

"Bruce Feld is a master of language who breathes life into his imagery. It seems that Cleopatra has cast her spell on him, and he can exorcise it only with poetry. The result is provacative lyrics, a beautiful example of the craft." —Polly Warfield, Drama-Logue
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Composing Ourselves
Sonnets About Teaching Composition on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Randy Koch
ISBN 1-56474-387-X
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

When Randy Koch, a transplanted Minnesotan, began teaching English composition to Spanish-speaking students on the Texas-Mexico border, he recorded his experiences in a series of sonnets. These sonnets vary from strict to informal in form, and they deal with the subjects of education, good writing, and bicultural community.
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Cow'sleap—A Nightbook
Poems 1959-1997
Tom Smith
80 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-281-4

Cow'sleap—A Nightbook is a collection of challenging, demanding, and rewarding poems that focus on the brain's activity at night, while the body is asleep. These are not poems to make us feel good. "Reader," the poet says, "let me get my clause in you." And the reader is glad to oblige, because the poems pay and repay.
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Crane Creek, Two Voices
Poems
by Robb Jackson and Vanessa Furse Jackson
ISBN 978-1-56474-511-8
96 pages, cloth, $14.00

This collection tells the story of the first year in a relationship between two poets. The antiphonal voices describe their adventures exploring the natural world of northern Ohio, specifically Crane Creek, on the shore of Lake Erie, and sometimes also on the banks of the nearby Maumee River. One poet, Robb grew up in and near this setting; the other, Vanessa, is from England, and hence experiences many of the natural wonders of New World for the first time. At the heart of the narrative lies the shared experience of falling in love, against and within the changing seasons, and among the wide, wild varieties of birds, mammals, insects, and plants. The poems form a nature guide, to an area and to the wild territory of new love.
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Creatures Who Smell the Wind
Poems

by Linda Levitz
ISBN 978-1-56474-521-7
104 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems are full of danger (of knives, of boiling water) and attraction (to honey, to the insides of flowers). Food is important: oysters, mushrooms, roots. Family is important, with dreamlike childhood recollections and collected lore, the presence of the past (parents, grandparents), and the recurring appearance of the poet’s lively granddaughter, Ella. The poet draws on culture, too: myths (selkies), Americana (Fiesta ware), Native American lore, not to mention painters (Hopper, Cross, Hiroshige, Hokusai) and a number of poets and writers. Especially effective are the narrative poems, including stories inspired by paintings, by the Garden of Eden, by the assassination of Julius Caesar.
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Crossing
Poems
by Dean Olson
ISBN 978-1-56474-535-4
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

The term “crossing” is used here to imply passage, and the passages these poems describe are many. The poems are full of the passage of time, from the past to the present and into the future. Of course that means the passage of personal time, from childhood to adult life and into old age, with the great other passage to look forward to. These poems also celebrate the passage of the seasons, and of the hours of the day, the changes in the weather, changes in the Skokomish Valley (in Washington state) landscape over the years, and the passages that happen in the family, as lore, wisdom, and spirit are passed from generation to generation.
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Dancing Firems
by Marjorie Sparkman Jackson
ISBN 978-156474-475-2
ISBN 156474-475-3
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

These strong, clear, passionate poems invoke human lore from ancient classic myth up to the present psychological interpretations of the human heart. For the most part the book is about love. The poet celebrates love in all its joy and sensual pleasure, bu she is not afraid of the dark, and as the book progresses we get a deeper and deeper understanding of love’s pain, which is the pain of love lost, or worse, love abused.
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The Dark Face of Planting
Linda C. Levitz
80 pages, paperback, $9.95
ISBN 1-56474-205-9

"With lean language and a direct voice that seems at times to spring from her body, Levitz gives personal and particular meaning to the natural world." —Natalie Safir


Delirium
A Little Story About Love
Betty Lukas
ISBN 1-56474-418-3
64 pages, paperback, $8.00

This is the narrative of a love story, told in poetic form. The author, when she was forty-eight, having been married for twenty-five years and having raised three children, fell in love with a young man, and he returned her love. The love affair didn't last forever, but the effects of it did last. This story, or these poems, are joyous, sensual, romantic, even erotic, and in the end bittersweet but still grateful for the ride.
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Directions to My House
Poems

Linda R. Levitz
ISBN 1-56474-419-1
72 pages, paperback, $12.00

These poems have their share of tension and anger, but there is also pleasure verging on the erotic; and the book ends with harmony, a tentative step into grace.
Part One deals with the painful but rewarding topic of family: grandmother, mother, father, sister. These poems reveal much about childhood and the persistence of girlhood into adulthood. Part Two is about water and all it means to all of us. Part Three celebrates human communion with animals, and Part Four is about the plant kingdom.
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The Dust Catcher
And Other Poems
by Marjorie Sparkman Jackson
ISBN 978-1-56474-501-9
96 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems are haunting in two senses of the word. They beg to be read aloud, because for the beauty in their sounds. The poet is a master of her craft, working well in various rhyme patterns, various meter schemes. Sometimes her rhymes are exact, sometimes provocatively just off, just enough. More haunting than the poems’ technique, however, is the magical, romantic atmosphere throughout the collection. Reminiscent of Poe, the poems are full of gothic, wondrous tales, populated by witches, mermaids, agents of death, ghosts, devils, angels both light and dark, faeries, sweet demons, and spirits of the unborn. Some of these narratives are moral tales, dispensing supernatural justice. But the poet also does a fine job with landscape, weather, descriptions of small towns, graveyards, houses, and nature let loose and running wild.
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Explorations
Sacred Places and Inner Spaces
Poems by Erline Dessie Goodell
ISBN 978-56474-492-0
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems travel through human history, from ancient times to the very present moment, finding power and energy in monuments and shrines of past cultures, just as they find power and energy in nature and in daily life. The poet celebrates simplicity and serenity, acknowledges the balance of masculine and feminine strength, and reminds us that the journey we call life is made up of transcendental moments, and each one of them counts.
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Farming in San Francisco
Poems
Daniel Richman

ISBN 1-56474-440-X
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

Daniel Richman celebrates San Francisco: its people, its architecture, its flora and fauna, its weather, its restaurants and food, plus something transcendent about San Francisco that can't be defined but can be felt. It is undeniably a beautiful city, and yet the poet doesn't hesitate to point out the threat and danger that sometimes underlies the beauty. The poems in this collection are lush with sensual experience: the sounds of the waves, the tastes and smells, and of course the vistas.
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Finding Your Best Angle
Poems
by Mary Rose Betten
ISBN 978-156474-486-9
ISBN 1-56474-486-8
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

This collection of poems has a unifying theme: the acting profession. Under that umbrella are many, many subcategories of associated subject matter: the nuts-and-bolts how-to for the would-be star; a survival guide for frustration, poverty, and bruised ego; a celebration of the thrill and passion of the theater; a crash course in understanding what an actor must endure to make a living; a nostalgic and personal history of show business over the past half-century; and an inside look at what happens in the theater, television, film, and advertising businesses.
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The Flesh of Their Dreams
Poems
Estelle Gershgoren Novak
ISBN 1-56474-409-4
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

These poems face the reality of death as an integral part of life, the chaos in the universe, and the ill will among men that has existed since the time of Cain. The poems bring light to dark subjects through truth and courage.
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Flying Horses
Poems
Jeanne Lohmann
ISBN 1-56474-351-9
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

"Underlying Lohmann's dance of connection and disconnection is her simple, careful lyricism. Her subtle control of sound and sculpted breath moves us from speech toward chant."
—Terry Ehret, Calyx
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Flying Over Tasmania
Steven Luria Ablon
64 pages, paperback, $9.95
ISBN 1-56474-227-X

"Ablon is the ideal guide when one is 'flying over Tasmania,' as in the title poem, as well as when one is visiting the diverse locales evoked in this book. It is, however, the human warmth, the feeling for people, that one carries away from time spent with this fine book."
—Richard Tillinghast
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81 Mygrations
Poems
W. K. Buckley
80 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-241-5

Wildly experimental, yet clear and forceful, these poems explore self-exile and celebrate the great American road.
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On Borrowed Time
Poems of Two Centuries
Naomi Goodman
ISBN 1-56474-451-5
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

Death is a part of life, and the dead are part of our lives. In this collection, poet Naomi Goodman discloses her strong feelings about the aging process, the march toward the end game. Life is a passing phenomenon, she says: we're here almost by accident, on borrowed time, and we must make the most of what time we're loaned. One must do one's best to stay alert, so as not to survive the death of one's mind. Be grateful. Honor the present as well as the past. And when we die, we will still be around for those we leave behind.
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Granite Under Water
Poems
Jeanne Lohmann
72 pages, paperback, $8.95
ISBN 1-56474-180-X

These moving poems about a husband's death are about grief but not about self-pity. Granite Under Water is an unsentimental celebration of landscape that endures (the granite under water), and the paradox a widow often feels: her husband's constant company now that she is traveling alone.


Gossamer Ribbons
Poems
Erline Dessie Goodell
ISBN 1-56474-383-7
96 pages, paperback, $9.9
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In today's fast-paced, volume-oriented society, each of us needs to set aside a time to sit, breathe, and be still. This selection of verse will assist the reader in "having a good excuse" to reflect on the beauty of the universe. Counselor Erline Goodell offers her verse as a springboard to promote personal exploration, relaxation, and serenity.
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Gold of a Certain Kind
Annemarie Ewing Towner
76 pages, paperback, $8.95
ISBN 1-56474-081-1

"This is wise poetry. This is poetry written for those whose perceptual horizons enable them to appreciate the clean, the clear, and the grand. She knows and she loves the great poets and she contributes to their accumulated light." —Dusty Dog Review
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Grandpa Was No Saint
James P. Quinn
112 pages, paperback, $8.95
ISBN 1-56474-136-2

A lyrical view of Ireland, family and friendship, love and death, from an Irish-American point of view. Quinn was 1995's Connecticut and New England Poet of the Year.
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Hang Time
Poems
W.R. Wilkins
ISBN 1-56474-288-1
160 pages, paperback, $15.00

This retrospective collection covers forty years in the life and career of "ninja poet" and creative writing teacher W.R. Wilkins. Many of the poems are clearly autobiographical, telling the tale of a man traveling westward through his life, from Indiana to Washington state. All of the poems reveal Wilkins' fascination with words and his even more intense fascination with people and human emotions and behavior. 
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Hello, House
Poems
by Phyllis Hoge
Illustrations by Maxine Hong Kingston
ISBN 978-1-56474-524-8
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

The poems in Hello, House describe in small, significant detail what goes into daily chores, like making beds, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, straightening. Phyllis Hoge lavishes attention on favorite things around the house and home, and in the process she examines her self, and learns that living in a house involves compromise: with pets, with clutter, with imperfection, and with loss. Many of these poems are written in formal verse, with rhyme and meter, but the poet works well in free verse as well. All the poems are strong, honest, and friendly.

Each poem is illustrated with a black and white line drawing by Maxine Hong Kingston.
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How Far Light Must Travel
Poems
by Judi K. Beach
ISBN 978-1-56474-467-8
128 pages, paperback, $14.00

These generous poems tell stories of personal history: childhood joys, childhood lessons, and childhood traumas; divorce and grief, family and escape from family; love in many senses; the process and reward of being a poet; the ongoing quest for improvement and serenity; survival and forgiveness; the passage of time and the process of changing; aging and the only way out. they deal with the dying of the present and the presence of the past. They traffic in the many senses of perception (smells of food, sounds of music, colors of light). They celebrate the parts of the body: hands, the skin, and mostly the heart, which is muscle, which is spirit, which is the poet’s synecdoche.
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Hunger for Light
Poems by Stephen Browning
Monotypes by Kalani Engles
ISBN 1-56474-461-2
72 pages, paperback, $20.00

Poems by poet Stephen Browning accompany monotype botanical artwork by Kalani Engles. Both of these artists are highly regarded, and their collaboration is a tour de force celebrating the powerful emotional response evoked by the natural world in general and the plant kingdom in particular. In addition to being an award-winning poet, Stephen Browning is a designer of books in limited editions. This volume of his poems, containing illustrations by his friend and studio-mate, Kalani Engles, is designed by Mr. Browning.
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I Love You to the Moon
Poems
by Jack Moser
ISBN 978-1-56474-516-3
112 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems display a fine narrative and autobiographical style, remembering moments of the poet’s life, from his Brooklyn boyhood up to the present, that have changed him and opened him to new ideas about love, war, disability, childhood, religion, and the human condition. The recurring presence of his disabled son in the poems has a haunting quality; he is clearly not only the poet’s son, but also his friend and teacher, even when he is “the son from hell.” The poems also display a sense of humor. Anger too, when they concern the tragedy of war as he experienced it in Vietnam. He offers brave new thoughts about religion, reconciling his disappointment in God’s seeming unfairness by balancing in the presence of Shekhinah, the feminine, compassionate side.
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If I Should Be Felled
Poems
by Jack Moser
ISBN 978-56474-491-3
112 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems are about the changes a man goes through in the journey we call a life. The poet gives credit to his Irish heritage, to his children and grandchildren, to the women in his life, to the experience of wars (he was raised during World War II, and saw a different side of war during Vietnam), and to the clients he has counseled about their own life journeys. Out of all this experience he has developed a whimsical cosmology, a sense of humor, and an ability to cry without shame. The emotions in his poems range from pain to joy, from faith to despair. He deals honestly, even humorously, with the human condition and the issues of aging and death. Jack Moser is an honest and caring poet, and his work speaks to all of us.
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The Invisible Telling Its Shape
Florence Weinberger
96 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-195-8

"The title of this book is a rare instance of the phrase that distills the essence of a poet's work into a few precious words. Although her specific subjects are autobiographical, Weinberger's technique is like magical realism, transforming the world to better reveal it." —Booklist
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Journey Toward Bold
A Woman's Poetic Reflections
Erline Dessie Goodell
ISBN 1-56474-335-7
64 pages, paperback, $9.95

Poems by a feminist counselor that address important life issues: the loss of a father, coming to terms with one's mother, the active choices we make and the risks we take, especially in relationships, and the acceptance of death as a fact of life.
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The Journals of A.P. O'Clipps
Poems
compiled by Phyllis Binkley
ISBN 1-56474-463-9
128 pages, paperback, $14.00

These poems zero in on important themes: the strong beauty of nature; the place of nature in the context of greater nature; the nature of relationship, especially relationships of friendship and love; and the inescapable: disappointment, loss, grief, aging, and death. The poet has a firm moral ground, outrage against disprespect and falsehood, and a critical eye toward the trappings of modern standards, be they television, developers, superstores, facile psycholigists, or fatuous political leaders. She skewers human folly and yearns for simpler times; but the book is also full of beauty, self-confidence, and serenity.
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Keep to the Left of Grizzlies
Meg Fraser
96 pages, paperback, $8.95
ISBN 1-56474-096-X

"Unexpected diction, transformative use of natural imagery, uncanny syntax—Fraser's work is at that queer threshold between inner and outer worlds and is for that reason rich and exciting." Small Press
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The Language of Yes
Poems
Joan Peternel
ISBN 1-56474-354-3
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

These poems, both formal and free, are carefully crafted. Many of them are about the craft of poetry and the lonely but rewarding life of the poet. But these poems are also about human history and traditional lore, from Odysseus to Captain Kirk, from Adam and Eve to Neil Armstrong.
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The Light at the Edge
Poems
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

ISBN 1-56474-457-4
112 pages, paperback, $12.00

The poems are "markers," or crumbs left along the paths of domestic life, arrivals and partings, and in the wake of war. The five sections of the book focus loosely on places, encounters, and events where moments of seeing occur—where the frame shifted, a new light fell, and some reminder was given that even the hardest things occur in the context where love is possible and present. The poet, an English professor at a Christian college, writes with anguish over the warmaking in Iraq, which has involved us all in a project whose human cost is staggering. The book is unabashedly personal, but perhaps in a way that invites reflection on the moments we all receive now and then that remind us there is, even in the midst of darkness, reason to rejoice.
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The Light of Invisible Bodies
Poems

Jeanne Lohmann
ISBN 1-56474-426-4
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

While death waits patiently, the poet waits patiently also, getting the most out of the last light. This book celebrates life while it acknowledges death, grief, and widowhood. The theme of the book is light, whether it is thrown across a landscape or used as a metaphor for transcendence or both. These poems deal largely with nature, celebrating the process of life of both animal and plant. And throughout is the balance the poet finds in nature between joy in the moment and the lure of the future—which may and often means death.
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Littoral Zone
Poems
Barbara Branch Bates

ISBN 1-56474-441-8
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

Many of the poems in this collection draw on well-known figures, mostly female, in history and myth, such as Camille Claudel, Salome, and Antigone. Others reference the California landscape and the lost American Indian orientation to the natural world. Although the poems were written individually over a period of years, they hang together chronologically in a very personal framework.
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Love Like Snow
Two Decades of Snow Poems
by
Natalie Safir

ISBN
978-56474-507-1
48
pages, paperback, $10.00

LIMITED EDITION

These poems are full of both weather and nature, especially human nature and the weather of the heart. Natalie Safir has an eye for white, now and then accented by black crows, a red house, a blue shadow, a yellow sled.… The natural world in her poems comes alive when it intersects with civilization (a street scene in Moscow, steel barges on the Hudson, a typewriter, schnapps by the fire) and with a range of human emotions from exhilaration and joy to loss and sorrow, with the awareness of the fragility of relationship. These poems, both moving and playful, filled with sensual imagery, welcome winter with a wise respect.
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Max Brand's Best Poems
Verses from a Master of Popular Prose--A Centennial Selection
Max Brand (Frederick Faust), edited by Robert and Jane Easton
104 pages, clothbound, $14.95 ISBN 0-931832-96-9

"This breathtaking collection reveals not only his versatility, but also his soul as one marvels at his sensitivity and understanding while reading his utterly amazing words."
—The Western Library
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Medicine Stone
Poems
Jack Coulehan
ISBN 1-56474-405-1
112 pages, paperback, $12.00

“With the publication of this book, Jack Coulehan becomes the foremost physician/poet of this time. No one writes about the beauty and frailty of the human body with a keener eye and larger heart. Medicine Stone is a magnificent achievement.”
—Richard Selzer, Surgeon and Writer
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Mending the Skies
Poems
Celia Brown
ISBN 1-56474-336-5
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

"In Mending the Skies Celia Brown leads us into a personal world, built solidly from elusive moments of pain, joy, and humor. These are captured from a lifetime in Ireland and the U.S., as professional nurse and private woman, as child, parent, and spouse. She makes us feel at home, but not completely and not for long. We want to move on with her to the next habitat of new awareness in the next poem. A readable and very memorable collection. A signal achievement."
—Joseph Sendry, Professor of English, Catholic University of America
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The Minotaur's Lament
Stephen Gomez; illustrated by Gabrielle Bakker
ISBN 1-56474-146-X

"With boldness, grace and a thoroughly modern undertone of urgency, Gomez assumes a voice in the tradition of poetry in the Spanish language by making his subject no less than an examination of the mysteries of our existence." —San Francisco Examiner
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The Murmur of a Gentle Breeze
Poems
by Jack Moser
ISBN 978-156474-473-9
128 pages, paperback, $15.00

These poems tell the story of a kid raised in Brooklyn, a naval officer in Vietnam, a family man, and a psychologist and counselor, a spiritualist, a sentimental Irishman—all the same person, the same poet. Some of the memories are golden, of course, but the poet is not afraid of the dark side: the loss of a father, the loss of a son, the tragic irony of war. This is a book full of both passion and compassion.

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Musk Ox
And Other Poems
Anne Hyde Greet
96 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-287-3

"Traveling with Anne, on the wings of her poems, from her backyard overlooking a canyon to the far reaches of the undersea world, to the Arctic tundra, and back into the eastern streets of her childhood, is a remarkable journey. Each scene and creature she encounters is full of breathtaking imagery and impeccable detail. To read Musk Ox and Other Poems is to understand more fully what it means to 'survive,' and be transported."
—Perie Longo, author of The Privacy of Wind
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Nature Plays for Keeps
John D. Ogden
128 pages, paperback, $9.50
ISBN 1-56474-166-4

"In their understatement, in their irony and even in their wit, these poems are as wise as they are moving." —James McConkey
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No no the saddest
Poems
Alan Bern
ISBN 1-56474-433-7
104 pages, paperback, $12.00

"Alan Bern's poetic language captivates our senses and grips our ear. At the end of the book, we feel renewed and we resolve to value life more fully and to love more deeply." —Francisco Jimenez, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, author of The Circuit

This collection is the nightmarish narrative of a crucial episode in the poet's life. After a few introductory poems establishing a strong romantic and loving relationship with his pregnant wife, Lynn, the calm disappears with what first appears to be a headache. As the poems progress, it becomes apparent that Lynn has had an aneurism. She has brain surgery, and she lapses into a coma from which she will never awake. The poems describe the anguish of living with a loved one who is lost to the world. She does not die. In fact, she carries their baby to full term and gives birth to a healthy son of whom she will never be aware. After a few years, Lynn dies, the boy grows, and the poet, Alan, eventually finds another love. He writes. He heals.
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Pearls and Lace
Magdalena Klein edited and translated by Susan Simpson Geroe
64 pages, paperback, photos, $9.00
ISBN 1-56474-190-7

The poet endured the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, during which time she kept a poetic journal. The poems, translated by her American niece, are an important testament to the human spirit that transcends even the most horrific events of history.
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Photo, Bomb, Red Chair
New Poems
Barbara Lefcowitz
ISBN 1-56474-431-0
192 pages, paperback, $15.00

Praise for her earlier books:
"She is a poet of daring and tough charm."
Library Journal
"Wise, wittty, dramatic, daring."
Washington Review
"Lefcowitz moves deftly between dream and reality and imagination."
Choice
The poems in this new collection travel all over the globe, from Crete to Paris to Hungary to New York and Washington and all points in between or outside the frame. There's travel in the imagination too, and fanciful surrealism mixed with the time travel of memory—chairs remembering their passengers, lipstick tubes acting up in the middle of the night, elevators going through the roof. But the poems all come home to roost in a poetic consciousness and conscience that call for change in the way human beings treate one another.
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A Random Census of Souls
Prose Poems
by Samuel Western
ISBN 978-156474-478-4
ISBN 156474-478-1
80 pages, paperback, 14.00

These little stories pack a lot. They are about people both static and changing, set in well-defined scenes both rural and urban, both contemporary and historic. Full of meaningful details, they are about real people and their troubles, joys, and desires. The writing is bold and full of social consequence, whether set in the Wyoming countryside or the metropolis of Ancient Rome.

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Red Thread
Poems
by Teresa Mei Chuc
ISBN 978-1-56474-528-6
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

This collection of poems is largely autobiographical, telling the turning points in a life that began in war-torn Vietnam. Somehow, unlike many, Teresa and her family survived, although her parents were separated for a long time. She and her mother escaped Vietnam in a ship crowded with hungry, sick, and frightened immigrants, and in time they settled in California, bringing with them their nightmares, their memories, their history and culture. Family is a recurring and insistent theme in this book. Teresa devotes her art to her grandmother, her mother, her brother, her sons. Especially important is the relationship of mother and daughter.
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Remember Me, Whispers the Dust
Poems
James Scofield
ISBN 1-56474-414-0
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

This book is about death. Death happens in Birkenau, but it also happens in Harvard Yard, and thus it had been since Eden, and thus it will always be, as Mephistopheles tells Faust. Several of these poems explore the darkest side of human nature, like cruelty and violence. The darkness extends to the cruel universe we live in. Even in the midst of beauty, mortality marches on. And yet these poems and this book are not depressing. It is enlivening in its courage.
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Rodin‘s Eyes
Poems
D.A. Feinfeld

ISBN 1-56474-437-X
96 pages, paperback, $14.00

In these poems, the nature of things—from address files to landscapes, from birds and flowers to galaxies—stand as something grander than what they seem, or seem to outshine their commonplace definitions. The poems also offer us big, sometimes upsetting, ideas, from seeing angels as fierce to seeing the stars rushing away from us. The collection closes with a series of portraits of imaginary beasts, combining word play, imagination, and zoology.
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Sailing on Dry Land
Poems
by Burt D. Wasserman
ISBN 978-156474-438-8
ISBN 156474-483-3
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

Burton D. Wasserman's second collection of poems (after Beyond the Totems of Labor and Love) is a thoughtful reflection on a long life. The poems contain childhood memories, family history, a marriage with children and grandchildren, and the aging process and where that will inevitably lead. Many of the poems are dark, expressing frustrations and dismay at the decay of civilization, but the poet also gives us lovely nature studies, and a lifting appreciation of faith and beauty.
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Seeking Substance
Poems About Ordinary and Extraordinary Women
Erline Dessie Goodell
ISBN 1-56474-430-2
80 pages, paperback, $9.95

The women honored in Erline Dessie Goodell's new collection of poetry are not celebrities, they'rebnot glamorous, and they aren't necessarily beautiful or brainy. But they are worthy and strong because they do their work, they live in this life, they endure, and the world is better for them. The poems in this collection focus on women the poet has met in her travels throughout the world. They also deal with the nature of work, the power of death, and the transcendent beauty of philosophy.
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Shaking the Tree
Poems
by
Jeanne Lohmann

ISBN
978-56474-493-7
96
pages, paperback, $14.00

This brave collection of poems focuses on what is to come and what remains, and how the two interact. Many of the poems are about nature—trees, of course, but also wildflowers and gardens with weeds, birds in flight, horses and dogs, the sea, the mountains. The hours of the day, from morning to night; the seasons of the year, from spring to winter and back to spring. And running throughout is an acknowledgment of time passing, the end approaching. The poet bravely accepts what is coming, even celebrates the coming of what will change us all from body back into nature. Meanwhile, until we greet that day, we greet each day. Jeanne Lohmann works with nature and listens to nature’s lessons, a lifelong practice. The lessons seem to say that each moment is to be appreciated as unique, even if the whole process is recurring and dependable. Permanent and transitory, Nature stands for our well-being. So do trees.
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Signs of Life
Poems
Kathleen Bird Metcalfe
ISBN 1-56474-412-4
80 pages, paperback, $10.00

These poems are written from ordinary life experiences, in an honest, spare style, with a liberal sprinkling of tears, childhood, a nurturing profession, military conflicts, travel, marriage, and all the hoods: motherhood, widowhood, and singlehood. The poet sees her art as a hospital gown: open, vulnerable, and loosely tied.
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Silently You Taught Me
And Other Poems
by Stella Zamvil
ISBN 978-156474-474-6
ISBN 156474-474-4
80 pages, paperback, $15.00

These poems, collected and selected, represent over three decades of writing from the author of the acclaimed story collections In the Time of the Russias and My Father Hunts Zulus, My Mother Puts Up Pickles. Highly charged emotionally, Stella Zamvil’s poems show both the light and the dark side of marriage and motherhood. They deal with political and social issues, and they are strongly influenced by the writer’s Ashkenazic Jewish roots.
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Sleepdancer
Poems
Bettina T. Barrett; drawings by the author
80 pages, illustrated, paperback, $8.95 ISBN 1-56474-116-8

"Skillfully crafted, Barrett's poetry hints at a deeply mystical woman, while her canvases portray a dizzying range of subjects, from bears, perhaps her personal totem, to playful and imaginative images. A fascinating mind and a fascinating poet/painter." —Kit Tremaine
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Skins
Poems
Joyce Thomas
ISBN 1-56474-373-X
96 pages, paperback, $12.00

Skins are what's left over when we grow. Animals abound in this collection that is also very much about human beings. Animals show up here as food, as art, as spirit, as things of beauty, sources of humor and metaphors for the human condition. There are also poems in this book about travel, important moments in a lifetime, and the enlightenment that invites or causes change.
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Spending the Light
Poems 1955-2003
Tom Smith
ISBN 1-56474-434-5
112 pages, paperback, $12.00

This collection of poems written over a nearly fifty-year span is clearly autobiographical, even if some of the poems deal with dreamlife instead of actual events. The book is a self-portrait of a poet using as a medium the things and places he has seen, the experiences he has had, the people he has known and loved, the changes he has gone through in the journey from fearful and fanciful child to a man of seventy, for who what's left is family and poetry.
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Steel Toe Boots
David Lawrence
80 pages, paperback, $9.50 ISBN 1-56474-188-5

Lawrence writes of time spent in prison, and he writes with no holds barred. These poems are angry, clever, poignant, important. The bitterness is balanced by irony, the poems are about relationship, even from inside a lonely place.
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Strip Search
W.R. Wilkins
80 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-216-4

"Wilkins' poems are full of themselves and instantaneously alive, bringing forth a consistent freshness that sustains his poetic ventures over a shifting terrain of both personal and public domains." —Small Press
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Sustenance
Sheila Bender
ISBN 1-56474-300-4
64 pages, paperback, $9.95

"Sheila Bender's daily life springs free into poetry here in the exact miniatures she identifies: magpies pinwheeling into flight, a French 'R' in the throat of a lover, a squeak in the oarlock, a father in the silent auditorium clearing his throat before the rough treasure of a child's first music. Poetry: little things as the best we have."
—Kim Stafford, Northwest Writing Institute
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A Tiara for the Twentieth Century
The Collected Poems
by Suzanne Richardson Harvey
ISBN 978-156474-489-0
144 pages, paperback, $14.00

This book is powerfully written, with striking imagery and an imagination that bursts from the page. Suzanne Harvey takes on enormous subjects: love and death for starters, but also politics and war; art and nature; madness, aging, disease and death; motherhood and mother-in-law-hood; and the gamut of women's roles from wife to mother, from siren to crone. This is a life's work, and as such, it's a mighty accomplishment.
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A Time to Whisper
Poems
Jay Liveson
ISBN 1-56474-383-7

80 pages, paperback, $12.00

"...Poems that compose themselves in quiet, vernacular speech, tell us who we are, and what we will one day be. If we shiver when we read them, so be it." —Steve Orlen, from the Foreword of A Time to Whisper
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To Every Truth Its Season
Poems
Sam Seifter
ISBN 1-56474-392-6
96 pages, illustrated, paperback, $10.00

These poems, by a distinguished biochemist who is still working and teaching in his eighties, cover a lot of territory, including personal reminiscences, appreciation of the human mind, exploration of the world of nature, concern for the human condition, the very existence of God and the nature of the cosmos.
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Toby and Lark
A Cat Fantasty
by John M. Daniel
ISBN 978-156474-481-4
ISBN 156474-481-7
80 pages, paperback, 12.00

Set in an unnamed preindustrial society, this is the story of a shy young man named Toby, who's in love with a lovely gardener named Lark, who's twice his age. Lark is wooed and won by Toby's abusive Uncle Pewter. He takes his troubles to Mistress Mangle, a witch in the woods, and she turns him into a proud and handsome cat. Toby returns to the village and to Lark's farm, where she takes him in and names him Toby, after the friend who disappeared. Pewter kicks him out, and he returns to Mistress Mangle, where, with the help of a flirtatious female cat named Vixen, they plot their revenge. All works out in the end: Toby (the cat) is reunited with Lark. By that time Lark has taken a new partner, a man named Tom, and Toby comes to love him as well. The story is told in verse, made up of stanzas combining iambic septameter and iambic tetrameter.
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Travel Among the Stars
Poems

Margareta Horiba
ISBN 1-56474-417-5
80 pages, paperback, $10.00

These poems celebrate the real world, from matters as large as the stars to as concentrated as Japanese calligraphy. They understand the seasons, travel the earth from Sweden to Las Vegas and points in between and beyond, and travel through time by way of memory. Many of the poems pay tribute to other writers and other artists from many cultures and many eras. Death is present here, but not as a phenomenon to avoid or lament. "To live is not necessary," the poet tells us. To experience the world, and beyond, is.
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Traveling Light
Norma Almquist
64 pages, paperback, $9.00
ISBN 1-56474-192-3

"The view, whether from space or from the railway station floor in Jhansi, where we lie down with the dispossessed, is always that of the philosopher musician, the tender, witty, unfettered natural poet. Sign up now, pack little, only prepare to return home rich." —Josephine Carson
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Triage
Poems

by Jane Elkington Wohl
ISBN 978-1-56474-520-0
80 pages, paperback, $14.00

The poems in Triage are inspired by the Iraq war, a war that targeted civilians, even women and children. It is a war fueled by the false notions that winning is what matters and that winning is even possible. All the warriors can accomplish is to make sure there are losers all over and under the rubble.

Meanwhile, the poet remains at home waiting for news. She seeks beauty where she can find it, in the call of owls, the colors of poppies, and her students’ eagerness to understand.
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Up From the Marsh
Stories and Poems

by Phyllis Binkley
ISBN 978-1-56474-512-5
128 pages, cloth, $15.00

These stories and poems, written by a woman in her eighties, look back over a long real and imagined life, and deal with big issues: redemption, family love, the haunting past, the bonds of friendship, the importance of what remains of life on earth, and the dignity of aging and dying. The stories are told with plain, clear style, a graceful narrative arc, a fitting climax, and a satisfying resolution. The poems are skillfully crafted, whether in free verse or formal, whether the mood be whimsical or somber, about the folly of progress, the wisdom of simplicity, nature, love lost, and the presence of the past.
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Vernissage
Poems
Julia Bates
72 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-266-0

Poetry that fondly looks back but also forward to what lies ahead.
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A View from the Heart
Poems
Séamus P. O'Cuinn

ISBN 1-56474-445-0
128 pages, paperback, $14.00

Séamus P. O'Cuinn writes bravely love and death. He shows that love is in the details, be they once-in-a-lifetime or day-to-day. His elegies for friends and relatives who have gone on are tributes to eternal spirit; and he counts himself among those who must join the dead when the time is right. Meanwhile, he celebrates what joy remains. In between love and death, the poet gives us life full of sports and exercise, rites of passage. Ireland (mythic and real) is a recurrent theme, as is the Trojan War. The style is varied from formal to free.
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Water Tender
Poems
Mary Agnes Dalrymple
ISBN 1-56474-413-2
80 pages, paperback, $10.00

These poems, arranged chronologically, tell the story of the poet's life, from the dangerous, bloody process of being born to the dangerous, bloody process of stuffing sausage with a cousin and swapping family gossip. In between we visit some dark moments, including breast cancer, a husband's stroke, and a mother's fatal automobile accident. But the poet focuses on lighter moments too, like the dance of a monarch butterfly in her garden. The second part of the book is a small collection of poetic narratives inspired by found art such as postcards, old photos, and mysterious news stories.
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Waterwalking in Berkeley
Poems
Alan Bern

ISBN 978-1-56474464-7
96 pages, paperback, $14.00

With a minimalist, economical style, Alan Bern says much with few images and words. Many of the poems in this collection have a narrative quality, and the narrative quality carries over from poem to poem. The interludes between the sections are made up of sharp snapshots. The poet writes of big themes: the haunting past, poignancy of childhood memories, the aging process, community (especially the subculture of old-timers at theY), approaching farewell to parents, and the treasure of relationship. The locale of many of the poems is Berkeley, California, where the poet has lived most of his life; but some of the poems describe the scenery of Italy, where he has traveled often.
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What Counts
Poems
Jay Liveson
ISBN 1-56474-345-4
80 pages, paperback, $12.00

"Poet and doctor Jay Liveson explores a world of extreme contingency. His voice is deeply compassionate, earthy, and haunted by loss." —D. Nurkse
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We Used To Be Wives
Divorce Unveiled Through Poetry
Jane Butkin Roth, Editor
ISBN 1-56474-390-X
240 pages, paperback, $14.95

This anthology is a collection of poems about divorce written by many women, each of whom has a different story. The poems are organized to reflect the stages of divorce, and they cover a wide range of emotions, from turmoil and dismay to triumph. This is finally a book about growth and empowerment. Includes poems by Susanne Bowers, Marge Piercy, Margaret Kaufman, and more.
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Words Never Spoken
Poems and Drawings
Doris Vanderlipp
ISBN 1-56474-297-0
192 pages, paperback, $12.00

Poems and drawings
that follow the cycle of life and show the spiritual growth of the poet and artist through her relationships with people and nature.
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Writing on Your Toes
Poems
by Enoch Dillon
ISBN 978-1-56474-523-1
96 pages, paperback, $14.00

Enoch Dillon had a way with words. His poems are wise, funny, and surprising—all at the same time. When he chose to write with rhythm and rhyme, he did so without a hitch, and when he chose to write free verse, his verse was free but not sloppy. He used his words wisely and economically. He clearly loved language, and had great fun with it.

The poems in this posthumous collection are full of family and full of American scenery and history. They display a jaundiced view of the state of the world, particularly as it marches to the drum of technology and pauses for political squabbles, but his message is leavened by wry, wise humor and by style.
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You Can See Me From Here
Poems
by Jack Moser
ISBN 978-1-56474-536-1
128 pages, paperback, $14.00
Poet Jack Moser writes of our relations: with ourselves, with each other, and with Whomever we call God. In this new collection, he reflects on his own aging, and the adjustments he has had to make in a life that hasn’t always been easy. But he celebrates the joy and love he has felt. He notices and appreciates the details of daily life, like the birdfeeder outside his window. But he’s painfully aware of death—his own, and also the waste of war. He keeps his faith and believes in the divinity of life. He devotes much of his attention to family: his grandparents, his parents, his children, including and especially his special-needs son Brian. As Moser’s fans will applaud, he has devoted a section of this new book to his beloved Ireland.
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