The Big One
by Ed Moses
260 pages, paperback, $15.95
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Twelve-year-old Eddie has always lived for fishing trips with his grandfather, idyllic day-long floats on the sweet waters of their home river. But now Gramps, the charismatic owner of a local sporting goods store, has himself been hooked by dementia: he's obsessed with catching the biggest fish in the river, and he's scaring everyone in Eddie's life half to death.
This earthquake spawns numerous aftershocks, some comic: the unfortunate incident of the deceased carp; how it comes about that Eddie's dad throws up at his mom's wedding. And some dark: the climactic 60-mile river journey--one voyager perhaps mad, the other perhaps kidnapped—launches deep in the night, carrying Eddie and his grandfather inexorably to a final, fateful encounter with the Big One.
by Kay Mullen
112 pages, paperback, $15.00
Publication date: March 2019
Homecoming explores the meaning of home from the eyes of a child and youth, then as an adult and beyond. The poems resonate with human experience and the realities of nature at home as well as outside the confines of one’s own country. The book addresses the need for acceptance and love in order to thrive and become fully at home in the world within.
by Francis Fike
96 pages, paperback, $14.95
Publication date: October 2019
Francis Fike’s new collection, Dune Tracks, has a Michigan flavor, with poems that feature and celebrate the landscape and especially the birds of the Michigan shoreline, and a lovely painting of a lakeshore by Michigan artist Debra Reid Jenkins. Other poems are inspired by places far from home. Included are translations from Spanish and French. The collection also feature some of Fike’s hymns and one song.
The poems in this book are in traditional form, not free verse: they use meter, rhyme, and stanza form. Fike was trained in the art and joy of formal verse by poet Yvor Winters at Stanford University when the young poet had a Wallace Stegner Fellowship there. Francis Fike closes his book with a memoir of his time studying and writing with Winters.