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Paradidomi 2

Paradidomi 2

Paradidomi 2

Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp
$5 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-25-4

To order, send email to andydylewis@yahoo.com


Paradidomi 2

A semi-annual literary magazine of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and reviews.

Poetry

  • Daniel Crocker
  • M.L. Liebler
  • Skip Renker
  • Kristen Garcia
  • Leigh Grant
  • Theresa Rosado
  • Megan Michelle Ward
  • Larry Levy
  • Helen Raica-Klotz
  • Nancy Tolson
  • Judith Kerman
  • Patricia Wellingham-Jones
  • Pamela Miller
  • Melissa Seitz
  • Gerry LaFemina

Prose

  • Mary Ann Samyn
  • Dennis Hinrichsen

Short Fiction

  • Jeff Vande Zande
  • Laura Derocher

Reviews

  • Michael Mosher
  • C. Vincent Samarco

White Doe – John Repp

White Doe - John Repp

White Doe – John Repp

Paper, perfect bound, 40 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-27-0

In these musical poems, John Repp’s Zen eye and moral sensibility transform the landscape of American home places and human relationships.


White Doe
by John Repp

Sleet driving down,
the white doe browses
in my rented field.

I take a step
& she bolts up the hill.
__________

The buttery funk
of my morning beard,

the coppery tang
of my morning fear.
__________

Out there, nothing
but wind shivering
the five leaves left
on the maple.

In here, dread
of the phone,
a friend’s joke,
the power

shutting off,
the next

…….    Read more about White Doe – John Repp

In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

In the Garden of Our Spines - Susan Azar Porterfield

In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 54 pp
$12.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-30-0

With an intensity of vision sometimes touching on the mystical, Susan Portfield crafts poems rich with strong imagery and compelling music.

Perhaps I Can’t Explain
by Susan Azar Porterfield

I was about to say that my hand rimmed like this with light
from the window
hints at some kind of truth, something
I can almost know or feel, something
that involves me so that this truth, or whatever, enters,
swirls around, lights up my body or x-rays me
like this early sun passing through my hand,
the webbing between

…….    Read more about In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

What a Mouth Will Do – Betsy Johnson

What a Mouth Will Do - Betsy Johnson

What a Mouth Will Do – Betsy Johnson

Paper, saddlestitched, 36 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004 , ISBN 0-932412-29-7

Betsy Johnson’s poems speak about being on the edge, about being on the border of loving and not-loving, of faith and no-faith, of acceptance and resistance.


Psalm: my daughter’s drawings
by Betsy Johnson

Arise
O people
of seventy legs
and afflicted hair.

Lift up
your succulent
bodies.

How great
are your hands
(if they can be found)

and under prosperous eyes

your mouths
stand flat and silent
as altars.

Sometimes flowers
and seven blades
of grass reign

but how often
you are overtaken
by a wilderness

…….    Read more about What a Mouth Will Do – Betsy Johnson

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God – Dennis Hinrichsen

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God - Dennis Hinrichsen

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God – Dennis Hinrichsen

Paper, perfect bound, 42 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-26-2

Christine Hume comments:
“For Hinrichsen, paradox is a way of knowing. He enacts this philosophical stance in the quick yet attentive movement of his lines…. Hinrichsen’s unhinged singing lets momentum have its way. Yet we are moved in the old sense–by empathy.”

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God
by Dennis Hinrichsen

This is the child drowning: face-up in an amniotic pool of tap water:
my crucible, liquid garment; eyes spanked open in the rocking

inches of light.
Above me: my mother’s face torn,

…….    Read more about Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God – Dennis Hinrichsen

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs - Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Paper, saddlestitched, 52 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-23-8

A bilingual collection translated from the original Spanish by the author.
This is the first title in our new Mamey Editions project, focused on bilingual publications and Caribbean literature.

Judith Kerman comments:
“The poet’s voice explores the distances of desire with a quiet yearning equally moving in both languages, a romanticism in which the strangeness and distance of the world illuminate and map the strangeness and distance of the beloved.”


The Chess Player
by Johnny Durán

For Leandro Morales

In his beloved chaos barely touched by anguish
Jose has arranged on an invisible board
The

…….    Read more about Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

The Mysteries of the Rosary – Martin Achatz

The Mysteries of the Rosary - Martin Achatz

The Mysteries of the Rosary – Martin Achatz

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 62pp.
$10.00 plus S&H
2004, ISBN 0-932412-28-9

Based loosely on the Catholic Rosary and other devotional prayers, this collection of poems is quiet and intense, walking the mysterious line between sacramental and sacrilegious.


Sleeping with Grief
by Martin Achatz

I don’t know what to do with my wife’s grief,
How she clutches my shirt,
Weeps the way Eve wept for Abel,
Sorrow wild, thick as locusts.

She says grief sits in her stomach,
Fills her up like Thanksgiving dinner.
I imagine carving grief, serving

…….    Read more about The Mysteries of the Rosary – Martin Achatz

Nieblas de Luna / Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs - Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Paper, saddlestitched, 52 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-23-8

A bilingual collection translated from the original Spanish by the author.
This is the first title in our new Mamey Editions project, focused on bilingual publications and Caribbean literature.

Judith Kerman comments:
“The poet’s voice explores the distances of desire with a quiet yearning equally moving in both languages, a romanticism in which the strangeness and distance of the world illuminate and map the strangeness and distance of the beloved.”


The Chess Player
by Johnny Durán

For Leandro Morales

In his beloved chaos barely touched by anguish
Jose has arranged on an invisible board
The

…….    Read more about Nieblas de Luna / Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán