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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With a Cherry on Top: Stories, Poems, Recipes & Fun Facts from Michigan Cherry Country – Angela Williams

With a Cherry on Top: Stories, Poems, Recipes & Fun Facts from Michigan Cherry Country - Angela Williams

With a Cherry on Top: Stories, Poems, Recipes & Fun Facts from Michigan Cherry Country – Angela Williams

Paper, perfect bound, 130 pp
$17.95 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-41-6

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


With a Cherry on Top: Stories, Poems, Recipes & Fun Facts from Michigan Cherry Country
by Angela Williams

Do you know: How maraschinos are made? Why there aren’t any pitless cherries? What makes a great cherry margarita?

Cherries are to Northern Michigan what oranges are to Florida! In this highly personal view of Michigan’s cherry industry, Angela Williams cooks up a delightful confection of reminiscences, poems, recipes, facts and photos. Find out how cherry growing got started in the state and which Michigan cultural traditions

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The Secret Box – Kathleen Tyler

The Secret Box - Kathleen Tyler

The Secret Box – Kathleen Tyler

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-43-2


Why I Left Florida
by Kathleen Tyler

One Saturday afternoon at the bowling alley when I was eight, I ran off. Shrieking with cleverness, I hid behind racks of shoes, flashing pinball machines. The thunder of balls rolling down lanes, smashing into pins, was so loud that I could not hear my mother call. When I giggled my way into the house, her head was cradled in the hook of my father’s arm, his fist slamming into her face. After all, I was his favorite. For years, they tried to make it up. Easter egg hunts in the park, home-made sun dresses, summers at

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Detroit Stories – Rhoda Stamell

Detroit Stories - Rhoda Stamell

Detroit Stories – Rhoda Stamell

Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp
$18.50 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-38-6

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Mayapple Press’s first fiction publication. As Charles Baxter says, “All the grit, humor, intelligence and darkness of Detroit” can be found in this collection of stories about people struggling to love

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The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

The Futurist's Mistress - Lorraine Schein

The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

Paper, perfect bound, 44 pp
$13.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-39-4

Enid Dame says, “Playful, anarchic, often hilariously funny glimpses of the world we know from a skewed, sophisticated angle.”

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


The Queen of Velcro
by Lorraine Schein

The Queen of Velcro is fuzzy and black on one side, and has sharp plastic teeth on the other. Her lovers are kept in a state of suspense, never knowing which side of her to please. But the truth is, she can only achieve satisfaction by pressing each opposing side of herself against the other till they adhere, then attaining release as she pulls herself apart in a long, ripping sigh.


Lorraine Schein

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The Transparent Dinner – Christine Hamm

The Transparent Dinner - Christine Hamm

The Transparent Dinner – Christine Hamm

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 90 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-44-0

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


Who has not wished her husband into a cat?
by Christine Hamm

We see how the world enters him without us,
how his eyes focus elsewhere
when we wear our new dress.

Who has not wanted to pluck
from between carburetor and crankshaft
a small white puppy–
and have it be his heart?

If only he could be fixed forever
in the shape of the animal he becomes
inside us —

some mixture of salmon and giraffe,
something as eloquent as a Labrador’s sigh,
or as relentlessly solid as the rub

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Little Promises – Rachel Eshed

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
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Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking - Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-40-8

In these richly sensuous poems, Lynn Pattison explores the natural world, body politics, the life and work of Marc Chagall, Asian cultural influences filtered through an American sensibility and more, within an overall sequence loosely structured as a journey. The book’s stunning imagery and musicality lead us into a world both artistically beautiful and emotionally resonant.

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee

Cedar
by Lynn Pattison

It’s not about resisting
gravity, or she’d lean back

into shade. Last spring her roots
had toehold, held her almost plumb

at the riverbank, but acting
on code from the heartwood she’s thrown

a

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Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking - Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-40-8

In these richly sensuous poems, Lynn Pattison explores the natural world, body politics, the life and work of Marc Chagall, Asian cultural influences filtered through an American sensibility and more, within an overall sequence loosely structured as a journey. The book’s stunning imagery and musicality lead us into a world both artistically beautiful and emotionally resonant.

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee

Cedar
by Lynn Pattison

It’s not about resisting
gravity, or she’d lean back

into shade. Last spring her roots
had toehold, held her almost plumb

at the riverbank, but acting
on code from the heartwood she’s thrown

a

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