Mayapple Press is a small literary press founded in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman. We celebrate literature that is both challenging and accessible: poetry that transcends the categories of "mainstream" and "avant-garde"; women's writing; the Great Lakes/Northeastern culture; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry.
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Harmless – Myra Sklarew

Harmless - Myra Sklarew

Harmless – Myra Sklarew

Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-898

Harmless, Myra Sklarew’s tenth collection of poetry, distills the experience of a life spent in the pursuit of truth. Trained as a biologist, Sklarew draws upon the discourses of science and the arts in equal measure. Also versed in history, Sklarew is haunted by the cruelties of the 20th century, even as she affirms the present moment and holds out the promise of renewal. This moving book has something important to say, and it says it in beautiful language marked by extraordinary musicality.


Sleeping in Lithuania
by Myra Sklarew

In Vilnius, Amatininku Pub
sends Morse code
into the dreams of sleepers
on the floors above.

And

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Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems – Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick, eds.

Love Over 60: an anthology of women's poems - Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick, eds.

Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems – Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick, eds.

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 126 pp.
$16.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-874

Read a review of Love Over 60 at Madison.com
Read a review of Love Over 60 at The Verona Press


Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems
Edited by Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick

This diverse anthology includes work by more than 80 poets, some well known and others relatively unknown, all over the age of 60. These poems speak of love in particular lives

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Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems) – Jeanne Larsen

Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems) - Jeanne Larsen

Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems) – Jeanne Larsen

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-959

In Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems), Jeanne Larsen offers us poems filled with sustenance and surprise. In precise, meditative language, she investigates a full range of experience and feeling, from bodily desire to rage to astonishment at the wonders (and betrayals) we find in the world. Some poems grow out of visits to the homes of such writers as Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, and Anne Spencer, searching out what we might gather from the lives they cultivated, and from their art. Others draw us into gardens of the heart and

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Rain When You Want Rain – Betsy Johnson-Miller

Rain When You Want Rain - Betsy Johnson-Miller

Rain When You Want Rain – Betsy Johnson-Miller

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-867

Writing about life’s absurdities, Betsy Johnson-Miller infuses her lines with a winning sense of eros. In this beautifully crafted collection, she explores the fragile grace that is earned by finding a necessary voice in contrasts: mother/daughter, husband/wife, humor/sadness, faith/skepticism, the world of the flesh/the world of the spirit, and so much more.

Hear Betsy Johnson-Miller read 4 poems from Rain When You Want Rain
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Season’s End
by Betsy Johnson-Miller

—To translate the darkness that comes sooner now

We do not name the bees’
addiction, yet we all know

the way they

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The Angel Voices: A Poem – William Heyen

The Angel Voices: A Poem - William Heyen

The Angel Voices: A Poem – William Heyen

Paper, perfect bound, 66 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-881

The Angel Voices is a sort of “luminous dream,” sometimes so real you can feel the heat. In this elegant and haunting work, William Heyen pours forth prophetic words of an almost divine nature. The poems search through images of grace and beauty as well as the grotesque, such as furrows dug to “drain off / human fat / the pyres congealed / with firefolk / villages of them / cities of them….” This gorgeous cycle is so ripe with sound and song that we hear the angel voices in every syllable.


Memory that
by William Heyen

horseshoe crab drags
its dagger
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The Perfect Heart: Selected & New Poems – Geof Hewitt

The Perfect Heart: Selected & New Poems - Geof Hewitt

The Perfect Heart: Selected & New Poems – Geof Hewitt

Paper, perfect bound, 110 pp
$16.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-928

The Perfect Heart documents 45 years of extraordinary work by a poet who, according to David Ray, “is a true heir of Frost and Carruth, their tonalities and breadth of concern and vision, and shares their grounding in mythic Vermont. [Hewitt] is open to a multitude of leadings, never with restricted agendas, and fearlessly takes the reader along as a trusted friend and confidante. This book could aptly be called Love Tokens, for that’s what most of the poems are. This is a collection to celebrate with each reading.”


The Perfect Heart
by Geof Hewitt

Scouring the beach for stones

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Metal and Plum: A Memoir – Andrei Guruianu

Metal and Plum: A Memoir - Andrei Guruianu

Metal and Plum: A Memoir – Andrei Guruianu

Prose. Paper, Perfect Bound. 124pp.
$16.95 plus S&H
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-966


  “Metal and Plum: A Memoir” by Andrei Guruianu is available on Kindle. Download from Amazon here

Metal and Plum: A Memoir by Andrei Guruianu reviewed at New Pages


Soccer balls putter down dusty streets, classmates

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The Doors of the Body – Mary Alexandra Agner

The Doors of the Body - Mary Alexandra Agner

The Doors of the Body – Mary Alexandra Agner

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 36 pp
$12.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-799

Mary Alexandra Agner’s The Doors of the Body travels through ancient Greek mythology to more recent folk tales to ascertain and exclaim in the vatic, sometimes fierce voices of women: Athena, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and even darling Clementine. Poems like “Sweets” and “Oh My Darling” reveal the dark underbelly of our well-loved tales, in a world where Sleeping Beauty escapes her fate—while others are not so lucky. Her musical writing, in poems both free and formal, lends a melancholy grace to the pageant of famous dead women.

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The Kingdom of Possibilities – Tim Mayo

The Kingdom of Possibilities - Tim Mayo


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-768

Meditative, fierce and direct, these poems explore what constitutes identity in our contemporary society. Mayo takes us on journeys across the globefalling off a motor bike and finding refuge with Italians, honeymooning in Athens, and discovering an ammo belt in St. Jean de Luz. Each of these poems reflect the complications of understanding oneself with charm and wit.

Read The Loneliness of Dogs by this author at: Verse Daily

Listen to Tim Mayo read The Uncapping

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Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems – Toni Mergentime Levi

Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems - Toni Mergentime Levi

Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems – Toni Mergentime Levi

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 90 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-836

With grace, intelligence and wit, this lyrical collection illuminates the emotional and psychological subtleties of deeply personal relationships.


Potholder
by Toni Mergentime Levi

Lovely Olivia has made for me a potholder.
I have hung it in the center of my kitchen
and will be pleased to think of her.

I remember weaving dozens as a child —
carefully choosing each limp loop of color
from the tangle in the kiddie-crafts kit,
eying and stretching every loop, to ensure
that they would reach from spike to spike
across the square metal

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