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Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party – Charles Rafferty

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 38 pages
2018, ISBN: 978-1-936419-83-8 $14.95 & S+H

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Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party explores what it means to encounter crisis in a godless world. The poems range from lyrics to dramatic monologues, and while they do not all address the idea of religion directly, the sense of our aloneness informs each of the poems.


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Absolute Zero – David Lunde

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 82 pages
2018, ISBN: 978-1-936419-80-7 $16.95 + S&H

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Veteran poet David Lunde’s newest work, Absolute Zero, paints an always fantastic, often tender, and occasionally frightening portrait of humanity’s place among the stars. Lunde has a gift for distilling great expanses of time and space into a single poem, an ability that makes sitting down with his work feel like strapping in for an intergalactic journey. Throughout the voyage, Lunde finds a strange humanity in both the cosmic

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Wild Roses – Jan Minich

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 100 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-77-7 $16.95 + S&H

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Wild Roses explores the ravishing complexities in the lives of women from the 18th through the 20th centuries, revealing how society’s boundaries did not prevent some women from realizing who they were, or what they wanted. These poems celebrate women pirates, outlaws, based on research, but gently depart from the usual historical accounts, because they seem true to those who embraced lives they chose, not

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Video: Zelda Kahan Newman presents “The Thirteenth Hour” at the Library of Congress

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On September 19th, 2016 Zelda Kahan Newman, translator of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim’s The Thirteen Hour, was a guest of the Library of Congress. Her presentation was cosponsored by the Hebraic section of the African and Middle East Division at the library and the Hebrew Language Table, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.
The presentation is about 54 minutes long. It includes readings from the book in Yiddish and English. There is also a question and answer section.

If you cannot see the embeded video above, you can find the originaL at:
http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7758&loclr=eanw

Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces – Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright

Trazas de mapas, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces - by Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 138 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-60-9
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Bird Years – Dicko King

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-69-2 $16.95 + S&H

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This is a book of false memories and myth — and recollection and revelation excavated out of the author’s unconscious, the pieces laid out and puzzled over. This is the moment’s archeologist hovering over the lost past.

One enters as if falling into a painting—a near desolate landscape . . . of harsh reds . . . where lizards go to die, a primal world of early-risen angst and longing, disappointment and disconnectedness begun when a child is left at a kindergarten door by

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Distant Music – John Palen

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-74-6 $15.95 & S&H

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The poems in John Palen’s Distant Music inhabit a harsh Midwestern America of damaged prairies and inward-turning small towns, whose people are nonetheless touched by moments of grace. Unmarked graves of paupers in a rural cemetery underlie native flowers “in glorious bloom.” A victim of childhood sexual abuse grows into her own recovery by “Learning to Breathe.” A snow-plow driver burdened with guilt finds respite after

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The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman

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Fiction. Paper. Perfect Bound. 306 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-73-9 $18.95 + S&H

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In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals – Eric Torgersen

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 44 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-72-2 $12.95 + $4 S&H

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With In Which We See Our Selves, Eric Torgersen begins with the formal structure of the ghazal as popularized by Agha Shahid Ali and unapologetically makes a more American thing of it, arguing in his Afterword that this transformation is as inevitable as what happens when the children of immigrant parents pass through an American junior high school: not everyone is pleased with the result. “I’ve tried to avoid faux-Eastern themes and tones,” he writes. Fluently

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A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-70-8 $12.95 + S&H

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In A White Page Demands Its Letters, Toni Ortner records the pain of divorce and other loss. The poetic cycle, Dream Sequence, placed here in chronological order, has a raw intensity that strikes the reader like a knife in the heart. The poet must invent a new self in order to survive. The book is a sequel to Traveling, a Perspective, published by Kelsay Press.


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