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Lifting belly can please me because it is an occupation I enjoy.
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
In print on top.

—Gertrude Stein
Bee Time Vine (Yale University Press, 1953)


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By a Lake Near a Moon
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By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters

DeWitt Clinton

978-0-9896245-7-2

In By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters, a collection of 114 poems—variations based on Kenneth Rexroth’s translation, 100 Poems from the Chinese (New Directions, 1971)—respected poet DeWitt Clinton places the poems in a contemporary landscape of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with lyrical scenes of the change of seasons, the Lake Michigan beach front, bridges across the Milwaukee rivers, and roads and highways of the nearby countryside. While the themes of the classical Chinese poets (8th–13th Centuries)—Tu Fu, Mei Yao Ch’en, Ou Yang Hsiu, Su Tung P’o, The Poetess Li Ch’ing Chao, Lu Yu, Chu Hsi, Hsu Chao, and The Poetess Chu Shu Chen—remain the same, these adaptations bring life and energy from Classical China to the modern-day world with the changes in the landscape and temperament of the Chinese poets retold by a contemporary American Midwest poet.

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$23.50

More Than Moon
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More Than Moon

Jennifer Juneau

978-0-9896245-6-5

Jennifer Juneau’s poems aesthetically explore broken relationships, love, the world around her, life, and mental health in clear imagery that conveys life in the 21st Century. She explores her life and world as a careful observer of the details that reflect mood and emotion while letting us feel the glimmers of joy and hope that are possible. Her writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Million Writers Award and a Sundress Best of the Net. It is gathered here for the first time in a collection. Readers will treasure these poems and return to them again and again.

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$21.50

Skull-Filled Sun
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Skull-Filled Sun

Valérie Déus

ISBN 978-0-9896245-3-4

In her début short collection of poems, Skull-Filled Sun, Haitian-American poet Valérie Déus evinces a strong voice full of “…jazz riffed, watercolor vignettes that create a gorgeous melange of Kreyol garnished musings…The voice is at once experiencer and witness, revealing multiple perspectives on the roads that all children of the African diaspora must travel” (Keisha-Gaye Anderson).

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$11.50

Heartbreak Elopes Into a Kind of Forgiving poetry by gary lundy ISBN 978-0989624558 click on image to buy
heartbreak elopes into a kind of forgiving
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heartbreak elopes into a kind of forgiving

gary lundy
  

ISBN 978-0989624558

In his second is a rose press poetry collection, gary lundy continues honest deliberations on relationship, vulnerability, love, sexuality, and gender—transforming every day images into doorways to conscious and unconscious constructions of body, self, and world. His poems still seek out understanding, even while revealing the slipperiness of “truth.”

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$15.50

The Palm Reading after The Toad's Garden flash fiction by Michael Dickel ISBN 978-0989624541 click image to buy
The Palm Reading after The Toad’s Garden
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The Palm Reading after The Toad’s Garden

Michael Dickel
Illustrations by Ayelet Cohen

ISBN 978-0989624541

Michael Dickel’s highly engaging fourth book of flash fiction gathers in one place his experimental-hybrid writing–from a series of surreal memoryscapes to flash thrillers to psychological experiments. This hybrid writing blurs genre lines across poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and cultural criticism in an entertaining montage of imagery. The woman with a beard–the unnamed main character of the first series of stories–travels as much in her mind as in the world around her, but somehow all merges with her memories to reveal emotional realities of being human. The palm reader in the second series of stories predicts the uncertainty of multiple futures which unfold in the following stories—less connected than the toad’s garden, the palm reading follows many lines of possibility through a collection of somewhat, but not much more conventional tales.

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$16.50

Front Cover War Surrounds Us Michael Dickel
War Surrounds Us
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War Surrounds Us
 
 

Michael Dickel

ISBN 978-0-9896245-2-7

Michael Dickel’s third book of poetry collects poems he wrote during the Israel-Hamas conflict of summer, 2014. The poems evoke a resistance to the violence all around, and make acute observations of its effects on family and daily life—from the provocations before, through the disruptions of rockets falling on Jerusalem and devastating loss of human life during attacks on Gaza, and past the line of failed cease fires to an uneasy truce. The closely observed incongruence of daily life while war rages comes through as the poet witnesses his young son’s responses and considers the question of the future we want versus the one that is coming.

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$11.50

when voices detach themselves
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when voices detach themselves

gary lundy

ISBN 978-0-9896245-0-3

Poetry that is constructed of bits and pieces of relationship, vulnerability, love, narrative, images, bodies and longing while seeking to find understanding, or at least calm, amid the discordant endings and beginnings life provides. Full of striking and provocative writing at the internal and external edges of awareness.

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$11.49

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