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 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
through sandshelled surf

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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 pulls
her raspberry top down over orange

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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

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,
unshed, stuck between bones or

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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.

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 to rub an amulet, to touch his luck, his mother love.
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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 the revelatory. This is the Green movement

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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 vinegar down
to his bones, eyes like pepper.

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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 some
bazaar, hide it in your pocket

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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.

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 Cliffs Iron Company

Duck beneath

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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.

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. It showcases the work of all participants in the first 5 years of workshops who came from as far as

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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.

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 squirm
    barely able to contain

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