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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Strata – Hugh Fox

Strata - Hugh Fox

Strata – Hugh Fox

Poetry. Paper, saddlestitched, 28 pp.
$5.50 plus s&h
1998, ISBN-0-932412-12-2

“The poetry of Hugh Fox suggests a sort of mythical exploration of experience, how a particular moment can serve as a coming together of the eternal — cross cultural and cross experiential…” — Mahlon Coop

The Angel of Death Flies By — This Time (part 3)
by Hugh Fox

As you move toward the
end, the Great Clarity
descends and the passage
through willow shadows
becomes an old painting
on the wall of an old room
musty with old books, young
faces pass you and become
instantly old, your own roles

…….    Read more about Strata – Hugh Fox

Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Sifting the Visible - Skip Renker

Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Paper, saddlestitched, 36 pp
$6.50 plus s&h
1998, ISBN 0-932412-13-0

Skip Renker’s poems are grounded, quiet and elegant, reflecting the thoughtful, humorous and meditative style of the man himself.

Fierce Talisman
by Skip Renker

Sooner or later you will need me.
You’ll be lost. Unfamiliar
trees, thick waxy leaves, a sound
like crying when the wind
kicks up. Press your back
to a trunk. Hold me

to your face with a light
but firm grip, leave
the feathers free. Turn me around
three times. Your body
still stands, but that other
you enters me. Use my eyes,

black blossoms on short stalks,
to see with. Fly up
through the leaves, which close
around your wrists and ankles,
your neck. You must
push through their cries, until

you’re above the forest in the dark,
black wings beating in rhythm
with the movement of the stars.

…….    Read more about Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker