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Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology – Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, eds.

Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology - Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, eds.

Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology – Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, eds.

Paper, perfect bound, 114 pp
$16.50 plus s&h
2005, ISBN 0-932412-36-X

The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the history of art. It continues to inspire reproduction, parody and countless theories. We see facsimiles of it everywhere: on buildings and mugs, on computer ads, in cartoons. In honor of her 500th birthday, 2003-2006, Mona Poetica celebrates not only the painting but also inspiration and creativity. This rich and varied anthology includes work by: Stephen Dunn, Grace Bauer, William Blake, Edward Hirsch, Natasha Saje and many others.

Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology

Edited by Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillette

Poems by:

A Weakness for Boleros – Lidia Torres

A Weakness for Boleros - Lidia Torres

A Weakness for Boleros – Lidia Torres

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp
$12.50 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-34-3



A Weakness for Boleros

by Lidia Torres

The bolero was composed for you and me.
For all the ten year olds drawn
to the plastic dials of the radio,
drooling a bit perhaps,
swaying uncontrollably as the air
in the room tensed, focused
on the sweet vortex of the singer’s voice.
Our breath caught between
the violin strings and the keys
of the piano, the soft beating
of the cowbell in the shadows of the song.
What did I know of that word querer
as I slow danced with

…….    Read more about A Weakness for Boleros – Lidia Torres

Some Very Soft Days – Margo Solod

Some Very Soft Days - Margo Solod

Some Very Soft Days – Margo Solod

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 84 pp
$15.50 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-32-7


What Is True in This Story
by Margo Solod

The gold plastic loving cup
filled with new pennies, broken,
treasure scattered before it
could be awarded. The way a print
of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers brings the taste
of a blue gumball to my tongue, another prize,
this one for brain and not body. How the scent
of lavender still makes me wince, remembering
a long dead teacher who expected more from me
than I could bother with. I made her cry. She might
have been in love with me though she

…….    Read more about Some Very Soft Days – Margo Solod

In Drought Time: Scenes from Rural and Small Town Life (2nd ed.) – Douglas M. Smith, Melody Vassoff and Karen Woollams, eds.

In Drought Time: Scenes from Rural and Small Town Life - Douglas M. Smith, Melody Vassoff and Karen Woollams, eds.

In Drought Time: Scenes from Rural and Small Town Life 2nd ed. – Douglas M. Smith, Melody Vassoff and Karen Woollams, eds.

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the publication of In Drought Time

Paper, perfect bound, 114 pp
Includes 62 full color and black & white illustrations
$27.00 plus s&h
(First edition 2005)
This edition 2015, ISBN 978-1-936419-57-9

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In Drought Time: Scenes from Rural and Small Town Life
(2nd ed.)

Edited by Douglas M. Smith, Melody Vassoff and Karen

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Open Communion: New and Selected Poems – John Palen

Open Communion: New and Selected Poems - John Palen

Open Communion: New and Selected Poems – John Palen

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 98 pp
$16 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-31-9

This selection, reaching back twenty years, establishes John Palen’s quiet eloquence in poems which convey a deep, straightforward honesty about the fumblings, failures and occasional radiance of human life.


Prurience
by John Palen

“It’s like playing the slots,” my doctor says.
“The right allergens line up,
and — ka-ching! — you hit the jackpot.”
I’m naked and cold on his examining table,
my skin distressed like a faux antique.

These scaly spots and bumps
itch like fire — like the thoughts
Ann Landers says we all have,
but should try not

…….    Read more about Open Communion: New and Selected Poems – John Palen

Markers – Suzanne Keyworth

Markers - Suzanne Keyworth

Markers – Suzanne Keyworth

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 72 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-35-1

Aunt Maggie Mae Harrison-Norton
October 8, 1900—May 30, 1977

by Suzanne Keyworth

after Bobby’s death, 1936

At the edge of a highway a child waits
to cross over. He is difficult to see
through the whirring layer of years, almost impossible
to feel. Dressed in a summer shirt, he balances
on one bare foot, then the other,
the sweltering heat of his fifth year sears
his soles, blisters break
into callouses, and I furiously thread
the thinning string of my 36th year
back through the needle of his eyes, form a loop,
jerk an awkward knot in the

…….    Read more about Markers – Suzanne Keyworth

The Fingernail of Luck – Conrad Hilberry

The Fingernail of Luck - Conrad Hilberry

The Fingernail of Luck – Conrad Hilberry

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 32 pp
$10.00 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-33-5


Oboe
by Conrad Hilberry

Your lips move moist around
my double reed, and I feel
the sad wind rising
through your throat. Some child
of yours is lost. If I were your
psychiatrist, I’d listen,
nod, prescribe. Instead,
I take your breath, shape it, let it find
a passage down this wooden
shaft, curl out around the ankles
of the clarinet. The horns
have forged a monumental
fountain on the stage and now
the strings supply the water,
surging up, looping, falling in
great sobs. The

…….    Read more about The Fingernail of Luck – Conrad Hilberry