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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Mapping the Sands – Geraldine Zetzel

Mapping the Sands - Geraldine Zetzel

Mapping the Sands – Geraldine Zetzel

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 76 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-850

This book is a record, not so much of making life one’s own as of allowing it to emerge. Evoking the journey of a long life, Geraldine Zetzel’s accomplished poems express a potent, often playful imagination that reaches through strictures of propriety and convention to the bedrock of connection. This is mature work in a world where there is great thirst for it.


The Canyon, 1945
by Geraldine Zetzel

Five kids—wartime ranch hands
let off for a few days’ rest—
we go camping in Clark’s Fork Canyon.
The Shoshone runs muddy and loud
from the year’s late ice-melt.
Charlie and

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The Other Place You Live – Jane O. Wayne

The Other Place You Live - Jane O. Wayne

The Other Place You Live – Jane O. Wayne

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 80 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-973

The Other Place You Live explores “the world’s slow unwinding.” With intensity of language and a bounty of imagery, she reveals those other places wherever she is in the world. The poems move effortlessly from metaphor to metaphor, gradually building an atmosphere of dark disquiet, then suddenly revealing, as by moonlight, the burnished joy at the heart of things. This is a book of serious riches and profound human pleasures.


As It Happens
by Jane O. Wayne

In a wide realm of refusals
where doorknobs fall off
in her hands and trains
pull away

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Cyborgia – Susan Slaviero

Cyborgia - Susan Slaviero

Cyborgia – Susan Slaviero

Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-904

Melding the language of sci-fi and sensuality, Cyborgia, Susan Slaviero’s redolent, ambitious debut, wallows delightfully in its rhythm and vocabulary yet remains sharp and meticulous. In this lyric guide to cyborg feminism — complete with robosexuality and teledildonics — Slaviero traverses traditional female tropes, including fairy-tale heroines, mermaids, and brides. Full of lucent wit, imagination, intelligence, and a scathing playfulness.


Consider the Dangers of Reconstructing Your Wife As a Cyborg
by Susan Slaviero

1.
If you ask, I will explain the paradox of a virus that infects only metal. I am not your celluloid marionette. Not marriage material, or hulled fruit. You think I am cruel as the moon,

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Harmless – Myra Sklarew

Harmless - Myra Sklarew

Harmless – Myra Sklarew

Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-898

Harmless, Myra Sklarew’s tenth collection of poetry, distills the experience of a life spent in the pursuit of truth. Trained as a biologist, Sklarew draws upon the discourses of science and the arts in equal measure. Also versed in history, Sklarew is haunted by the cruelties of the 20th century, even as she affirms the present moment and holds out the promise of renewal. This moving book has something important to say, and it says it in beautiful language marked by extraordinary musicality.


Sleeping in Lithuania
by Myra Sklarew

In Vilnius, Amatininku Pub
sends Morse code
into the dreams of sleepers
on the floors above.

And

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Six Lips – Penelope Scambly Schott

Six Lips - Penelope Scambly Schott

Six Lips – Penelope Scambly Schott

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 80 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-843

Six Lips is an imagistic and offbeat approach to the old standards of love, death, and the planet where they happen. The poems are feisty, thoughtful, fun to read; they riot with original and often dreamlike images: monkeys “who have learned to speak in words,” a “broom of violets,” and even a child as a horse. The speaker of these poems is nothing if not multiple and shape-shifting. Nimble and tender, sensuous and biting, deliciously daring, and always grounded in felt experience, Penelope Scambly Schott’s poems take us on wild and glorious flights of womanhood.

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The Livelihood of Crows – Jayne Pupek

The Livelihood of Crows – Jayne Pupek

The Livelihood of Crows – Jayne Pupek

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 90 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-942

In Jayne Pupek’s poetry, we experience the slipperiness of language, of meaning, of life. She offers stories of mystery, luck, and particularly a humane understanding for the lapse in judgment and love. Her poems are filled with notes and reminders that you might well need to hear.

Read a review of Jayne Pupek’s The Livelihood of Crows in Weave Magazine


Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm
by Jayne Pupek

       after Edvard Munch

Black asks for nothing; it asks for everything.
What it wants most is to wrap you

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Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems – Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick, eds.

Love Over 60: an anthology of women's poems - Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick, eds.

Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems – Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick, eds.

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 126 pp.
$16.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-874

Read a review of Love Over 60 at Madison.com
Read a review of Love Over 60 at The Verona Press


Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems
Edited by Robin Chapman & Jeri McCormick

This diverse anthology includes work by more than 80 poets, some well known and others relatively unknown, all over the age of 60. These poems speak of love in particular lives

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Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems) – Jeanne Larsen

Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems) - Jeanne Larsen

Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems) – Jeanne Larsen

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-959

In Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems), Jeanne Larsen offers us poems filled with sustenance and surprise. In precise, meditative language, she investigates a full range of experience and feeling, from bodily desire to rage to astonishment at the wonders (and betrayals) we find in the world. Some poems grow out of visits to the homes of such writers as Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, and Anne Spencer, searching out what we might gather from the lives they cultivated, and from their art. Others draw us into gardens of the heart and

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Rain When You Want Rain – Betsy Johnson-Miller

Rain When You Want Rain - Betsy Johnson-Miller

Rain When You Want Rain – Betsy Johnson-Miller

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-867

Writing about life’s absurdities, Betsy Johnson-Miller infuses her lines with a winning sense of eros. In this beautifully crafted collection, she explores the fragile grace that is earned by finding a necessary voice in contrasts: mother/daughter, husband/wife, humor/sadness, faith/skepticism, the world of the flesh/the world of the spirit, and so much more.

Hear Betsy Johnson-Miller read 4 poems from Rain When You Want Rain
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Season’s End
by Betsy Johnson-Miller

—To translate the darkness that comes sooner now

We do not name the bees’
addiction, yet we all know

the way they

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The Angel Voices: A Poem – William Heyen

The Angel Voices: A Poem - William Heyen

The Angel Voices: A Poem – William Heyen

Paper, perfect bound, 66 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-881

The Angel Voices is a sort of “luminous dream,” sometimes so real you can feel the heat. In this elegant and haunting work, William Heyen pours forth prophetic words of an almost divine nature. The poems search through images of grace and beauty as well as the grotesque, such as furrows dug to “drain off / human fat / the pyres congealed / with firefolk / villages of them / cities of them….” This gorgeous cycle is so ripe with sound and song that we hear the angel voices in every syllable.


Memory that
by William Heyen

horseshoe crab drags
its dagger
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