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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Live from the Tiki Lounge – Angela Williams

Live from the Tiki Lounge - Angela Williams

Live from the Tiki Lounge – Angela Williams

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-706

Angela Williams brings humor, sensuality, a wise eye and a clear voice to poems reflecting her life in Northern Michigan.


To Persephone as a Man in the 21st Century
by Angela Williams

I prefer waltzes in the morning.
Strauss at seven, or so.
I wear a bell-shaped gown,
glide across a gleaming floor in your arms.
It can never be, but I feel

your hand at my waist
remembering you once led me
away from myself so completely
our skin disappeared.

Before you return home
you’ll choose a bauble at

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The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 38 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-720

Rivkin’s keen and unblinking eye, great verbal energy, and wry wisdom confront her subjects with continuous, genuine surprise.


My Mother’s Lace Curtains
by Sophia Rivkin

My Mother grew with a pitchfork in her heart—
something planted by the Russian peasants.
Surrounded by enemies, she became an enemy,
fought daily battles with my father.

They fought over money.
Bread and knives flew in the kitchen
They didn’t sleep together. She slept with us,
two kids and a mother in one small bed.

They fought like cats and dogs,
but I know cats and dogs who live together

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Forms of Intercession – Jayne Pupek

Forms of Intercession - Jayne Pupek

Forms of Intercession – Jayne Pupek

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-591

Ghostly and energetic, Jayne Pupek’s poems range in content through an ambivalent abortion, a lover’s abandonment, childhood abuse, a bad case of the flu, and her own longings. Each poem’s graceful and intense meditations connect to the reader’s own world.

Forms of Intercession reviewed at Weaver Magazine


Wintering With a Stillborn
by Jayne Pupek

Powerlines collapse under ice-glazed trees.
I am in the dark, a place I sometimes visit
of my own volition. When I’ve had enough,
I hum a battle hymn and change my underwear
near the window

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Seven Floors Up – Cati Porter

Seven Floors Up - Cati Porter

Seven Floors Up – Cati Porter

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 66 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-676

Intimate, tender, at times funny and at others erotically charged, Porter’s poems dwell on the subjects that affect us deeply: relationships complicated by circumstance; childbirth; illness; unseasonable death. She reminds us that it is in the everyday entaglements that we find poetry.


The Mum Bell
by Cati Porter

Eight months, and I can hardly
breathe, waiting for it to drop.
My almost-three-year-old son wonders
what this is all about:

          a ball that is bound to flesh,
          a globe that does not spin,
          an inverted bowl with potential
          to knock one down.

He tells me there is

…….    Read more about Seven Floors Up – Cati Porter

Saunas – Jane Piirto

Saunas - Jane Piirto

Saunas – Jane Piirto

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Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 100 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-645

From the frozen landscapes of her Finnish forebears to the ice-clear rivers and cold fields of Michigan’s Upper Pennisula, Jane Piirto paints a personal and extraordinary picture. These deeply moving poems are like chants celebrating what sustains us, reminding us of the wonder and mystery in the everyday.


Trespassing
by Jane Piirto

          “Rocks in the middle of the river/
          Boulders on the crest of the foam.”
                    Runo 40, Kaleval

No Trespassing
No Hunting/ No Fishing
Danger: Blasting
Private Property
By Order of
Cleveland

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Fables from the Jewish Tradition – Rabbi Manes Kogan

Fables from the Jewish Tradition - Rabbi Manes Kogan Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Fables from the Jewish Tradition – Rabbi Manes Kogan Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Jewish Fables. Paper, illustrated, perfect bound, 104 pp.
$19.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-669



Buy the Fables and the Teacher’s Manual together and save! Get both books for $29.95.


Fables from the Jewish Tradition reviewed

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The Question of Rapture – Claire Keyes

The Question of Rapture - Claire Keyes

The Question of Rapture – Claire Keyes

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 72 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-690

Imagistic language and unique imagination shape this stunning book. These musical, detailed poems capture the intricacies of Keyes’ worlds: her family, childhood, Boston, Key West and even Greece.



Nauset Beach, October

by Claire Keyes

How admirable the waters looked,
waves surging in, collapsing on shore
and the two of us strolling by.
It’s summer no more though the air is warm,

the sky blue. My lover adores the surge
beneath him, so he strips to his trunks
and flings himself into the surf. How blue
his skin turned and how

…….    Read more about The Question of Rapture – Claire Keyes

Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop – Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt, eds.

Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers' Workshop - Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt, eds.

Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop – Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt, eds.

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-683


Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop
Edited by Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt

The Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop/Retreat was inspired by the work and life of Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), who was born and brought up in Saginaw, Michigan. The Workshop has met each July since 2002, providing experienced writers with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere of peer (teacherless) workshops and public readings. This anthology was published during the centennial year of Roethke’s birth as part of the year-long Roethke Centennial celebration.

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Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Dominant Hand - Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 64 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-584

Dominant Hand is a world filled with the pantomime of love, the trickster coyote, and the conflict between widowed father and concerned grandparents. These poems are set in the seemingly ordinary places of life, but they are not ordinary; here Kerlikowske reveals profound truths that shock and amaze, and put smiles on our faces.


Domestic
by Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Here she sits in her ivory tower
         Here she stands in her kitchen
                                             Aren’t they the same?
Scraping dried egg from a plate
Deleting excess punctuation

    And before that bent over a tub
    where the two creations

…….    Read more about Dominant Hand – Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich

Defying the Eye Chart - Marilyn Jurich

Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 120 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-577

Defying the Eye Chart reaches beyond time to bring the mythic into our contemporary world. The poems in this collection focus on different ways of seeing, or not seeing, the fantastic in reality.

Honorary Mention, New England Poetry Club, Sheila Motton Book Award, 2008



Reading the Eye Chart

by Marilyn Jurich

Trick the gullible eye —
Lines stick out their tongues, diagonals curve.
Vipers hiss from Druid stones under a white sky.
Advancing shadows dance or die,
trick the gullible eye —
embracing fitful ghosts, longing to tie

…….    Read more about Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich