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 Doors of the Body – Mary Alexandra Agner

The Doors of the Body - Mary Alexandra Agner

The Doors of the Body – Mary Alexandra Agner

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 36 pp
$12.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-799

Mary Alexandra Agner’s The Doors of the Body travels through ancient Greek mythology to more recent folk tales to ascertain and exclaim in the vatic, sometimes fierce voices of women: Athena, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and even darling Clementine. Poems like “Sweets” and “Oh My Darling” reveal the dark underbelly of our well-loved tales, in a world where Sleeping Beauty escapes her fate—while others are not so lucky. Her musical writing, in poems both free and formal, lends a melancholy grace to the pageant of famous dead women.

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The Kingdom of Possibilities – Tim Mayo

The Kingdom of Possibilities - Tim Mayo


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-768

Meditative, fierce and direct, these poems explore what constitutes identity in our contemporary society. Mayo takes us on journeys across the globefalling off a motor bike and finding refuge with Italians, honeymooning in Athens, and discovering an ammo belt in St. Jean de Luz. Each of these poems reflect the complications of understanding oneself with charm and wit.

Read The Loneliness of Dogs by this author at: Verse Daily

Listen to Tim Mayo read The Uncapping

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Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems – Toni Mergentime Levi

Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems - Toni Mergentime Levi

Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems – Toni Mergentime Levi

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 90 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-836

With grace, intelligence and wit, this lyrical collection illuminates the emotional and psychological subtleties of deeply personal relationships.


Potholder
by Toni Mergentime Levi

Lovely Olivia has made for me a potholder.
I have hung it in the center of my kitchen
and will be pleased to think of her.

I remember weaving dozens as a child —
carefully choosing each limp loop of color
from the tangle in the kiddie-crafts kit,
eying and stretching every loop, to ensure
that they would reach from spike to spike
across the square metal

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The Blonde on the Train – Eleanor Lerman

The Blonde on the Train - Eleanor Lerman

The Blonde on the Train – Eleanor Lerman

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 164pp.
$16.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-737

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From Greenwich Village in the ’60s to Woodstock, NY, to an airport in the Midwest, Eleanor Lerman’s stunning short stories explore the disenchantment of this world, with love

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The Theory of Everything – Josie Kearns

The Theory of Everything - Josie Kearns

The Theory of Everything – Josie Kearns

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 86pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-744

These poems discover the answers to the fantastic questions of the world: the value of divining rods and other inventions, termite love, a Babylonian god, or what types of things can be found in Loss Universe.


Vampires at the Laundromat
by Josie Kearns

All the women are thin, stick-like
in their leftover clothes, pale as white ash.
There are apparitions of plaids and stripes:
the wrong thing with the wrong thing.
A woman in a gold print skirt

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Voice: Poems – Allison Joseph

Voice: Poems - Allison Joseph

Voice: Poems – Allison Joseph

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 36pp.
$12.95 plus S&H
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-751

This enjoyable collection further demonstrates Allison Joseph’s uncanny grasp of language and image, along with a kind of playful and soulful voice that makes her poetry accessible to all.


Allison Joseph interviewed at LunchTicket


Extraction
by Allison Joseph

If there’s a poem in you,
get it out by any means necessary—use pliers
if you must, or grab it with your bare
hands and pull, dislodging stony roots,
thorny bushes. Don’t let that poem
hunker beneath your skin, unsaid,
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This Awkward Art – Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry

This Awkward Art - Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry

This Awkward Art – Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 58 pp.
$13.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-829


Adam’s Christmas
by Conrad Hilberry

Too small to know a gift
or give one. Too new

to understand
annunciation, a peculiar

star, a crowded inn.
Like the first Adam,

you’re setting out to name
the colors, faces, lights—

this blurred and lushly
peopled garden—

before any of it
needs to be redeemed.


Nexus
by Jane Hilberry

Once dad is drunk, brother and sister sneak out,
catching the screen door so it doesn’t slam.
They knock at every hour: Is Adam awake? They come
as if

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Epiphany School – Chris Green

Epiphany School - Chris Green

Epiphany School – Chris Green

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 66 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-805

Chris Green is a poet who writes with wings. His clear-cut honesty embraces his subject matter. Epiphany School, penned with all the wonder and curiosity of a wise child, is not a book for the timid, the slack-minded, the duped or sleeping. These are poems that hold us in their headlights and tap our backs in the dark, that beg us to notice life and death, the big and small moments of illumination in our lives. The poems range from gut-wrenching to heart-breaking, but, throughout the book, a sense of humor prevails. Each turn of thought and phrase arrives unexpectedly with a poignancy that touches on

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The Clock of the Long Now – Marion Boyer

The Clock of the Long Now - Marion Boyer

The Clock of the Long Now – Marion Boyer

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 88 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-775

Many images here begin with the natural world and end in a human gesture of freedom, of release. Marion Boyer creates a world of imagination. She goes as far as to create a character, Jake, whose life unfolds in the pages of this book. Boyer’s elegance ruminates throughout the lyric in these poems.

Read a review of The Clock of the Long Now at 360 Main Street.


Once, When the Sky Was Copper
by Marion Boyer

The firecrew boss is

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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



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Fables from the Jewish Tradition reviewed

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