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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The Theory of Everything – Josie Kearns

The Theory of Everything - Josie Kearns

The Theory of Everything – Josie Kearns

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 86pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-744

These poems discover the answers to the fantastic questions of the world: the value of divining rods and other inventions, termite love, a Babylonian god, or what types of things can be found in Loss Universe.


Vampires at the Laundromat
by Josie Kearns

All the women are thin, stick-like
in their leftover clothes, pale as white ash.
There are apparitions of plaids and stripes:
the wrong thing with the wrong thing.
A woman in a gold print skirt

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Voice: Poems – Allison Joseph

Voice: Poems - Allison Joseph

Voice: Poems – Allison Joseph

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 36pp.
$12.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-751

This enjoyable collection further demonstrates Allison Joseph’s uncanny grasp of language and image, along with a kind of playful and soulful voice that makes her poetry accessible to all.


Allison Joseph interviewed at LunchTicket


Extraction
by Allison Joseph

If there’s a poem in you,
get it out by any means necessary—use pliers
if you must, or grab it with your bare
hands and pull, dislodging stony roots,
thorny bushes. Don’t let that poem
hunker beneath your skin, unsaid,
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This Awkward Art – Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry

This Awkward Art - Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry

This Awkward Art – Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 58 pp.
$13.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-829


Adam’s Christmas
by Conrad Hilberry

Too small to know a gift
or give one. Too new

to understand
annunciation, a peculiar

star, a crowded inn.
Like the first Adam,

you’re setting out to name
the colors, faces, lights—

this blurred and lushly
peopled garden—

before any of it
needs to be redeemed.


Nexus
by Jane Hilberry

Once dad is drunk, brother and sister sneak out,
catching the screen door so it doesn’t slam.
They knock at every hour: Is Adam awake? They come
as if

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Epiphany School – Chris Green

Epiphany School - Chris Green

Epiphany School – Chris Green

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 66 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-805

Chris Green is a poet who writes with wings. His clear-cut honesty embraces his subject matter. Epiphany School, penned with all the wonder and curiosity of a wise child, is not a book for the timid, the slack-minded, the duped or sleeping. These are poems that hold us in their headlights and tap our backs in the dark, that beg us to notice life and death, the big and small moments of illumination in our lives. The poems range from gut-wrenching to heart-breaking, but, throughout the book, a sense of humor prevails. Each turn of thought and phrase arrives unexpectedly with a poignancy that touches on

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The Clock of the Long Now – Marion Boyer

The Clock of the Long Now - Marion Boyer

The Clock of the Long Now – Marion Boyer

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 88 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-775

Many images here begin with the natural world and end in a human gesture of freedom, of release. Marion Boyer creates a world of imagination. She goes as far as to create a character, Jake, whose life unfolds in the pages of this book. Boyer’s elegance ruminates throughout the lyric in these poems.

Read a review of The Clock of the Long Now at 360 Main Street.


Once, When the Sky Was Copper
by Marion Boyer

The firecrew boss is

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Live from the Tiki Lounge – Angela Williams

Live from the Tiki Lounge - Angela Williams

Live from the Tiki Lounge – Angela Williams

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-706

Angela Williams brings humor, sensuality, a wise eye and a clear voice to poems reflecting her life in Northern Michigan.


To Persephone as a Man in the 21st Century
by Angela Williams

I prefer waltzes in the morning.
Strauss at seven, or so.
I wear a bell-shaped gown,
glide across a gleaming floor in your arms.
It can never be, but I feel

your hand at my waist
remembering you once led me
away from myself so completely
our skin disappeared.

Before you return home
you’ll choose a bauble at

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Saunas – Jane Piirto

Saunas - Jane Piirto

Saunas – Jane Piirto

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Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 100 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-645

From the frozen landscapes of her Finnish forebears to the ice-clear rivers and cold fields of Michigan’s Upper Pennisula, Jane Piirto paints a personal and extraordinary picture. These deeply moving poems are like chants celebrating what sustains us, reminding us of the wonder and mystery in the everyday.


Trespassing
by Jane Piirto

          “Rocks in the middle of the river/
          Boulders on the crest of the foam.”
                    Runo 40, Kaleval

No Trespassing
No Hunting/ No Fishing
Danger: Blasting
Private Property
By Order of
Cleveland

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Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop – Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt, eds.

Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers' Workshop - Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt, eds.

Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop – Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt, eds.

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-683


Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop
Edited by Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt

The Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop/Retreat was inspired by the work and life of Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), who was born and brought up in Saginaw, Michigan. The Workshop has met each July since 2002, providing experienced writers with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere of peer (teacherless) workshops and public readings. This anthology was published during the centennial year of Roethke’s birth as part of the year-long Roethke Centennial celebration.

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Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Dominant Hand - Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 64 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-584

Dominant Hand is a world filled with the pantomime of love, the trickster coyote, and the conflict between widowed father and concerned grandparents. These poems are set in the seemingly ordinary places of life, but they are not ordinary; here Kerlikowske reveals profound truths that shock and amaze, and put smiles on our faces.


Domestic
by Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Here she sits in her ivory tower
         Here she stands in her kitchen
                                             Aren’t they the same?
Scraping dried egg from a plate
Deleting excess punctuation

    And before that bent over a tub
    where the two creations

…….    Read more about Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske

This Must Be the Place – Alice George

This Must Be the Place - Alice George

This Must Be the Place – Alice George

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-7136

Alice George’s poems meet the threats of everyday life with a lifted chin, a jaundiced eye and a sense of humor. Exploring materials from folklore and fairy tales, politics and science within the matrix of her clear lyric, she invites us into an imaginative world of unusual range and immediacy.


The disconcerted atheist resorts to Google
by Alice George

to bolster her loyalty to unbelief. And finds
exactly what she needs: Spirituality is the human

expressed in terms of the non-human, claims
Dr. David Eller in the American Atheist,

…….    Read more about This Must Be the Place – Alice George