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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The Sky Over Walgreens – Chris Green

The Sky Over Walgreens - Chris Green

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 978-0932412-546

Chris Green is a wonderful poet of contemporary American life. Compassionate, candid, funny and smart, these poems explore things we know but are often unable to say about our everyday lives. Encountering other poets, books, animals, marriage, family, even the suburban strip mall – the experiences created by these poems are sources of surprise, light and shadow.

The Sky over Walgreens by Chris Green reviewed at New Pages

Hair Tips for Poets
by Chris Green

Look at Frost: “The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the

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Fever – John Repp

Fever - John Repp

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 36 pp.
$11.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-52-1
ISBN+13 978-0932412-522

The poems in Fever sweat through the discontents of a love affair, a childhood, a marriage, a malfunctioning farm, the speaker’s aging father and his own illness. Dream and the gritty details of life flow together in the hallucinatory and yet grounded language of these short, sharp pieces, which form an integrated sequence with both unity and emotional range.

Air so wet breathing
by John Repp

Air so wet breathing
is work.

The long light of summer solstice
curls down vermilion in the west,

new love or promise of love or lust tempered
enough to spade this trodden earth

on her way, bearing wine & hunger
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Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems – Johanny Vázquez Paz

Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems - Johanny Vázquez Paz

Poetry – bilingual. Paper, perfect bound,
74 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-46-7

These sensuous and passionate poems explore one of the many strands of contemporary Latino immigrant experience, dancing the tropical sensibility of Puerto Rico among Chicago’s concrete and broken glass. In Spanish and English, with translations by the author.

2007 PEN Beyond Margins nominee
2007 Pushcart Prize nominee
Honorable Mention, Mariposa First Book Award, 2008 International Latino Book Awards

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La ciudad donde habito / The City Where I Live
by Johanny Vázquez Paz

Esta ciudad donde habito con sus muchas

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Frost Lights a Thin Flame – James Owens

Frost Lights a Thin Flame - James Owens

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp.
$13.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 978-0932412-553

James Owens writes his observations, and what he observes is spectacular. He directs our attention with fantastic metaphor coupled with a kind of precision in language that brings the sounds and sights of his natural and mythological world to the reader’s senses. The myth of these poems tranforms the real.

by James Owens

Near the end, she spoke as if waking from a dream
to common light,
her fingers on the bedclothes
untying words to loose like petals of fog.

Whenever her husband’s bees
swarmed from their hives, the noise
like a saw inside her pulse, she had to run
after them and bang a kettle with a big spoon,
a sound the escaping swarm would take for thunder
and settle on a branch to be caught and housed.

She cried then, she said—just sat and wept,
every time she saw the bees betrayed—
and couldn’t

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Taking Notice – Patricia McNair

Taking Notice - Patricia McNair

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 60 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 978-0932412-560

Patricia McNair’s poems combine an earthy honesty with consistent alertness to the beauty of everyday life, especially in family and nature. Whether noticing the ordinary miracles of the suburban backyard, remembering her Oklahoma girlhood, or struggling with the difficulties of divorce and illness, she explores the resonances of her life in a voice which is humorous, comfortably familiar and uncomfortably direct.

by Patricia McNair

(In the voice of a grandson)

Grandma is a poetry pusher
and she belongs to a gang.
It was years before I realized
what a menace she is.
A book every birthday, Pat the Bunny
through Winnie-the-Pooh,
on to

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Instead – David Lunde

Instead - David Lunde

$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-48-3
ISBN+13 978-0932412-485

David Lunde’s second title with Mayapple Press, Instead, is a collection of the various ways memory is evoked. Lunde finds similarity between a man and his dog-headed cane, the reconstruction of an ancient building and the uneasy integration of two cultures, and his toddler and a communist country. Each memory is provoked by a singular, vibrant image. Lunde’s craft is one of images woven together with his uniquely whimsical voice.

First Will and Testament
by David Lunde

I give my right eye to hunters
for it sees the death in everything it touches.

I give my left eye to diamond cutters
for it squints at the flawed world through glass.

I give the

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I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems – Larry Levy

I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poem - Larry Levy

Paper, saddlestitched, 60 pp
$12.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-45–9

This expanded edition replaces the original chapbook, which is out of print.

Little League
by Larry Levy

The fathers always called us “men,”
and drilled by growling “hey” and “hup”
and, for any hurt, shrugged “rub it up.”
After pre-game prayer, I prayed again
for dark or fire or ice, amen.
Fingering the scripture on my chest,
I dreamt I was home already, undressed
for dreams of stroking a home run;
then angled my brim, blocking the sun,
and threw the ball past everyone.

I came to bat with three men on.
The coach said,

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The Book of Clown Baby / Figures from the Big Time Circus Book – Gerry LaFemina

Popup Edition - The Book of Clown Baby / Figures from the Big Top - Gerry LaFemina

Paper, perfect bound, 60 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-50-5

Special Pop-up Edition $19.95 plus s&h

This is a double collection of playful and surprisingly moving poems on themes of clowning and circus life. The Book of Clown Baby relates the fantastic character of Clown Baby, occupied by visions of trick horses, parades and high-wire acts, to the common reality where he finds himself. Figures from the Big Time Circus Book captures the

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Out of the Garden – Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Out of the Garden - Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 76 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2007 ISBN 0-932412-51-3
ISBN+13 978-0932412-515

In a dark world of loss, betrayal and regret, Kathryn Kirkpatrick powerfully reveals experiences that we find recognizable yet surprising. These poems weave together the obsessions of a woman’s mind with the physical passion she experiences.

Finalist, 2007 SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association) Book Award.

Out of the Garden, 4
by Kathryn Kirkpatrick

When nasturtiums bloom
offering their spiced petals,
we try to be grateful.

They sprawl over the zinnias,
outgrow borders, tangle the lawn,
their rubied excess and startle of flame
make a mess of our plans.

Even pulled up by the handful
they bloom again in compost,
ribbed seeds soon sheltering
under each leaf.

What can we do but give in?
Insistent, unfathomable abundance
remakes our desires. Perhaps,
after all, this is the flower we need.

Raised in the nomadic subculture of the U.S. military, Kathryn Kirkpatrick was born in

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Lands I Live In – Zilka Joseph

Lands I Live In - Zilka Joseph

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 42 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-47-5

In richly detailed, exuberant poems, Zilka Joseph embraces the vivid passions of her childhood home in Calcutta and the complex hopes and fears implicit in her move to the Midwest. These poems capture in evocative and specific ways the living-in-two cultures of America s new immigrants. Joseph highlights the experience of arriving in the United States, a first snowfall, and communicating with a family that warns to “stay away from the snow.” Enlightened and sometimes humorous, Lands I Live In allows the reader make the journey, too.

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