Saunas – Jane Piirto
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…

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…

Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske
Poetr. 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…

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…

Like Vapor – Joy Gaines-Friedler
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64pp. $14.95 plus S&H 2008, ISBN 978-0932412-652 In these poems we are assured of humanity, our existence and our eventual extinction, with a grace and comfort that uplifts our spirits and encourages our own consideration of life. Distracted Angels by Joy Gaines-Friedler An angel assigned to me is day-dreaming. She files…

Philip & the Poet – Andy Christ
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 28pp. $12.95 plus S&H 2008, ISBN 978-0932412-607 These humorous, moving and sometimes even philosophical poems revolve around Christ’s love for writing, his exploration of faith and knowledge, and above all, his admiration for his audience. An adventurous journey through Christ’s imagination. Read a review of Philip & the Poet in 360…

The Sky Over Walgreens –  Chris Green
Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp. $14.95 plus s&h 2007, ISBN 978-0932412-546 Chris Green is a wonderful poet of contemporary American life. Compassionate, candid, funny and smart, these poems explore things we know but are often unable to say about our everyday lives. Encountering other poets, books, animals, marriage, family, even the suburban strip mall…

Fever – John Repp
Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 36 pp. $11.95 plus s&h 2007, ISBN 0-932412-52-1 ISBN+13 978-0932412-522 The poems in Fever sweat through the discontents of a love affair, a childhood, a marriage, a malfunctioning farm, the speaker’s aging father and his own illness. Dream and the gritty details of life flow together in the hallucinatory and yet…

Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems – Johanny Vázquez Paz
Poetry – bilingual. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp. $14.95 plus s&h 2007, ISBN 0-932412-46-7 These sensuous and passionate poems explore one of the many strands of contemporary Latino immigrant experience, dancing the tropical sensibility of Puerto Rico among Chicago’s concrete and broken glass. In Spanish and English, with translations by the author. 2007 PEN Beyond…

Frost Lights a Thin Flame – James Owens
Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp. $13.95 plus s&h 2007, ISBN 978-0932412-553 James Owens writes his observations, and what he observes is spectacular. He directs our attention with fantastic metaphor coupled with a kind of precision in language that brings the sounds and sights of his natural and mythological world to the reader’s senses. The…