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Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist – Gerry LaFemina

Gerry La Femina - Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-28-9 $15.95


Perhaps it is best to picture this book as a gallery space, for in Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist, Gerry LaFemina curates an exhibit of the curious and quirky. Surrealist art, big foot, magic shows, mythological creatures, love in all its manifestations hang side by side on these pages. Each prose poem is a painted canvas in which the real and what-may-be-real are framed together. Sometimes laugh-till-you-cry funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always fantastic in the truest sense, these modern fables posit the endless possibilities of both the imagination and the ordinary world.


Praise for “Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist”

What joy. What uncompromised and uncomplicated pleasure without the pretense of the huzzah,” Lafemina says

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Mayapple authors Susana H. Case and Gerry LaFemina to read – Brooklyn, NY – Sunday May 10th, 2015

On Sunday May 10th, Mayapple author Susana H. Case, author of 4 Rms w Vu, will take part in a reading to celebrate the release of a new anthology, Clash By Night.

Susana will be joined by another Mayapple author, Gerry LaFemina. Gerry is the author of four books for Mayapple Press. His most recent book is Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist. Gerry is also a prime mover in the CityLit Project and has co-edited the new anthology for CityLit Press. It’s the first in a planned series called “Poets Cover Your Record Collection”.

The reading event starts at 4:30pm and takes place in the salubrious Branded Saloon in Brooklyn. Susana and Gerry will be joined in the reading by many other contributors to the anthology.

Here’s an interesting interview with the co-editor of the anthology, Gregg Wilhelm

Event details

Author: Susana H. Case
Mayapple book: 4 Rms w Vu
Event name: Launch party for “Clash By Night”.

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4 Rms w Vu – Susana H. Case

Susana Case - 4 Rms w Vu - Front Cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-39-5 $15.95 plus S&H

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4 Rms w Vu, Susana H. Case’s latest collection, consists of poems focused on human connections in their various manifestations, including: romantic relationships, both whole and broken, parent-child relationships, and our relationship to death and loss. The work uses the metaphorical floor plan of a New York City apartment, though the rooms are somewhat of a departure from the conventional kitchen and living room, to organize mind and memory. The view alluded to in the abbreviated parlance of

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