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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Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist – Gerry LaFemina

Gerry La Femina - Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-28-9 $15.95


Perhaps it is best to picture this book as a gallery space, for in Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist, Gerry LaFemina curates an exhibit of the curious and quirky. Surrealist art, big foot, magic shows, mythological creatures, love in all its manifestations hang side by side on these pages. Each prose poem is a painted canvas in which the real and what-may-be-real are framed together. Sometimes laugh-till-you-cry funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always fantastic in the truest sense, these modern fables posit the endless possibilities of both the imagination and the ordinary world.


Praise for “Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist”

What joy. What uncompromised and uncomplicated pleasure without the pretense of the huzzah,” Lafemina says

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Zarathustra in Love – Gerry LaFemina

Zarathustra in Love - Gerry LaFemina

Zarathustra in Love – Gerry LaFemina

Paper, perfect bound, 44 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2000, ISBN 0-932412-18-1

Taking on everything from Persian prophets to Bigfoot, Jim Nabors to UFO’s, Berlitz tapes to the George Forman grill, these prose-poems elevate the notion of unpredictability and delight.

Early Experiments in Ingesting Fire
by Gerry LaFemina

I was born in the month of multiple fires and grew up watching my father before the crowds: his neck arced back, hair dangling, veins as if embossed on the tender flesh, and his mouth wide. Above him the baton, its small dollop of blue flame descending until his lips closed around it. I started with marshmallows that got too close to the coals; held them on their

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Argelia Fragoso – América (CD)

Argelia Fragoso - The Golden Voice of Cuba

Argelia Fragoso – The Golden Voice of Cuba

Argelia’s compilation CD, América, is being issued in a professional copy including information about Argelia’s recent activities and performances and the names of the musicians who played on the various cuts.

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A few years ago, when Argelia Fragoso burst onto the popular scene, it was the birth of one of the most important musical phenomena to be offered to the international scene by Cuba, the island jewel of Caribbean music. We were confronted by one of those voices whose exceptional gifts are hardly describable in words, earning the attention of critics, composers and musicians.

In addition to a contralto register of great size, warmth and depth, Argelia also possesses that powerful musicality,

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Jewelry / Judaica

Jewelry Judaica

Jewelry Judaica

Judith Kerman creates a limited quantity of unique hand-made Judaica.

Shown on this page are “Shekinah” mezuzot, crafted of polymer clay and glass.  (The scrolls included are not kosher.)

Also available: tzitzit kits, mezuzot made of crocheted copper wire and glass, knitted and crocheted kippot/yarmulkahs, hand-painted silk tallits. For more information, contact jbkerman@mayapplepress.com.

Long Live the 2 of Spades – Daniel Crocker

Long Live the 2 of Spades - Daniel Crocker

Long Live the 2 of Spades – Daniel Crocker

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound
Green Bean Press, 1999
ISBN 1-89140810-0
$7 plus s&h

This House
by Daniel Crocker

this house is kept warm
except around the edges
of rattle drawn windows
and loosely hinged doors

a beautiful woman
who in secret hates her husband
sleeps peacefully alone
on the bedroom floor

this house is well lit
except in the closets
where cobwebs have grown thick
behind tightly closed doors

this house is kept clean
and the books are stacked neatly
and cockroaches crawl through
the cereal boxes at night
while I sleep

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Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia – Judith Kerman, translated by Johnny Durán

Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia - Judith Kerman translated by Johnny Durán

Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia – Judith Kerman translated by Johnny Durán

Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Paper, perfect bound, 134 pp
$15 plus s&h
2002, CCLEH (Santo Domingo)
ISBN 0-932412-20-3

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Plane Surfaces
by Judith Kerman

The mirror says, “Big deal.”
You look like a balloon: taut and prosperous
or wrinkled, sad, leaked-out.
Ancestors part the veil,
peer through an impression of your face,
but only momentarily,
like putting a finger into water—
then the surface heals.
Silver fluid: time, mercury
from a broken fever thermometer
chasing its tail
on

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People Everyday and other poems – Daniel Crocker

People Everyday and other poems - Daniel Crocker

People Everyday and other poems – Daniel Crocker

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound
Green Bean Press, 1998
ISBN 1-89140806-2
$12 plus s&h

On the Bus
by Daniel Crocker

faces look the same for a while
and are a little bit frightening
but after a few hours or so
they gain their own kind of focus
and a little boy with a drity face
turns to spit on new shoes
and homeless men with generator voices
bum cigarettes at every stop
and everyone in 10 minutes
inhales the same greasy food
while handsom black men give
basketball scores for the asking
and debate over who will take it all
and

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Shattered Hours – Gerry LaFemina

Shattered Hours - Gerry LaFemina

Shattered Hours – Gerry LaFemina

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound
Red Dancefloor Press, 1997
ISBN 1-881168-09-3
$12.95 plus s&h

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The Complex Task of Refolding an Open Map
by Gerry LaFemina

I understand scars, the pair
on your leg, long and linear— one above your left knee, the other
just below. Rivers on your skin map.

I imagine all the wounds I might
have received, a life in which I resist
the man who forced me, at seven,
to discover the contours of his cock.
A knife in his left hand, the right
imitating a lover’s against my cheek.
I knew the valleys a

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3 Marbles – Judith Kerman

3 Marbles - Judith Kerman

3 Marbles – Judith Kerman

Paper, saddlestitched, 28 pp
$7.00 plus s&h
1999, Cranberry Tree Press
ISBN 0-9684218-1-4

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Fireflies
by Judith Kerman

In the dark, fireflies
above the tall grass, in the leaves,
over the lake, a circling fermentation.
We slide out
from overhanging trees,
our paddles disturbing
reflections of stars.
|The bubbles rise,
the green light of the bug’s tail
floats up gleaming
below the blur of wings,
random, and not random,
and friendly,
and driven.
On and off
the flash of need
across the dark:
it’s how I know you, that rhythm,

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Mothering & Dream of Rain – Judith Kerman

Mothering & Dream of Rain - Judith Kerman

Mothering & Dream of Rain – Judith Kerman

Paper, perfect bound, 88 pp
$12 plus s&h
1996, Ridgeway Press
ISBN 0-932412-22-X

Mothering is also available in a computer-based hypertext, published in Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext #2.2


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from Mothering
by Judith Kerman

she sees him walking toward her across the sea floor, slow-motion . the light is

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