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Fables from the Jewish Tradition – Rabbi Manes Kogan

Fables from the Jewish Tradition - Rabbi Manes Kogan Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Jewish Fables. Paper, illustrated, perfect bound, 104 pp.
$19.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-669

Buy the Fables and the Teacher’s Manual together and save! Get both books for $29.95.

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Away – Joel Thomas Katz

Away - Joel Thomas Katz

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 42 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-638

In these snappy and unique poems, Katz views the world from some slanted perspective most of us aren’t careful enough to see. Katz imagines Emily Dickinson rolling dice in an Indian casino and a man in a car pondering the possibility of honking himself back to childhood. Humorous, lyrical and touching, Katz’s poems take the reader along for the ride. And, as Susan Terris notes, “with delight, we follow as his generous yet skeptical Jewish soul skitters through the joys and sorrows of a challenging modern world.”

by Joel Thomas Katz

He first noticed it driving to work. When a car alongside him
swerved, he jammed on the

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Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich

Defying the Eye Chart - Marilyn Jurich

Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 120 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-577

Defying the Eye Chart reaches beyond time to bring the mythic into our contemporary world. The poems in this collection focus on different ways of seeing, or not seeing, the fantastic in reality.

Honorary Mention, New England Poetry Club, Sheila Motton Book Award, 2008

Reading the Eye Chart

by Marilyn Jurich

Trick the gullible eye —
Lines stick out their tongues, diagonals curve.
Vipers hiss from Druid stones under a white sky.
Advancing shadows dance or die,
trick the gullible eye —
embracing fitful ghosts, longing to tie

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Like Vapor – Joy Gaines-Friedler

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 her nails, chews on Juicy Fruit,
and makes up names for herself in Spanish; can’t
decide between Chiquita and Sylvester;
she’s pretty sure Sylvester is Spanish.
An angel assigned to me listens to the wind
chimes outside my bedroom, stares at the swaying
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I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems – Larry Levy

I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poem - Larry Levy

Paper, saddlestitched, 60 pp
$12.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-45–9

This expanded edition replaces the original chapbook, which is out of print.

Little League
by Larry Levy

The fathers always called us “men,”
and drilled by growling “hey” and “hup”
and, for any hurt, shrugged “rub it up.”
After pre-game prayer, I prayed again
for dark or fire or ice, amen.
Fingering the scripture on my chest,
I dreamt I was home already, undressed
for dreams of stroking a home run;
then angled my brim, blocking the sun,
and threw the ball past everyone.

I came to bat with three men on.
The coach said,

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Little Promises – Rachel Eshed

Little Promises - Rachel Eshed

Poetry. Translated by David Cooper
Bilingual edition (Hebrew/English)
Paper, perfect bound, 104 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-42-4

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee

My Man
by Rachel Eshed

My man has burning feet;
he treads
on holy ground.
My nakedness blossoms with him, sated.
The soles of his feet on my belly
slowly descend with his toes to
the bitter opening,
the mouth of my dark cave.
Glittering in the darkness, wet
in madness of flesh,
my hair, erect to see,
we make love in the morning
Good morning Israel
love at noon
love at night
Good night Israel
a portion of God

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Occupied Territory – Evelyn Wexler

Occupied Territory - Evelyn Wexler

Occupied Territory – Evelyn Wexler

Paper, perfect bound, 80 pp
$10 plus s&h
1994, ISBN 0-932412-06-8

“These intense, visceral poems cover the territory occupied by fear, pain, memory, loss and desire. The ultimate paradigm is that of the self–dual embodiment of victim and aggressor. Wexler’s clear, steady voice convinces us that everything is both personal and political.” — Jane Flanders

The Suitcase
by Evelyn Wexler

for Lukacs Denes

When he was nine
and on the run,
his mother gave him
a small maroon
leather suitcase.
He carried it with him
to all the places.
Taped inside the lid,
a cellophane envelope
of cyanide, in case
they caught him alive.

He lived

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