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Distant Music – John Palen

John Palen Distant Music ISBN 978-1-936419-74-6

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-74-6 $15.95 & S&H

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The poems in John Palen’s Distant Music inhabit a harsh Midwestern America of damaged prairies and inward-turning small towns, whose people are nonetheless touched by moments of grace. Unmarked graves of paupers in a rural cemetery underlie native flowers “in glorious bloom.” A victim of childhood sexual abuse grows into her own recovery by “Learning to Breathe.” A snow-plow driver burdened with guilt finds respite after a long night’s work, waking to snow-banked streets and “all that weight pushed aside.”

These poems also range

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White Food – Toni Mergentime Levi

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-65-4 $15.95 + S&H

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Doris’ Red Spaces – Gretchen Primack

Doris' Red Spaces by Gretchen Primack

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 75 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-33-3 $15.95 plus S&H


Does everyone have a half-imaginary-friend, half-alter-ego figure walking beside them? That’s what Doris is for author Gretchen Primack. Doris’ Red Spaces moves back and forth between poems from the author’s perspective and those about or in the voice of Doris. The two characters’ attitudes and actions converge and diverge on wide-ranging topics. There are poems that affirm both characters’ desire to not bear children, poems that talk frankly of suicide, poems that explore adolescence, sexual hunger, and grief. The poems’ language, simultaneously sharp and lush, brings the characters to life. “Doris is proud to love the fall,” starts one poem. “I’m

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Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology – Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, eds.

Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology - Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, eds.

Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology – Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, eds.

Paper, perfect bound, 114 pp
$16.50 plus s&h
2005, ISBN 0-932412-36-X

The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the history of art. It continues to inspire reproduction, parody and countless theories. We see facsimiles of it everywhere: on buildings and mugs, on computer ads, in cartoons. In honor of her 500th birthday, 2003-2006, Mona Poetica celebrates not only the painting but also inspiration and creativity. This rich and varied anthology includes work by: Stephen Dunn, Grace Bauer, William Blake, Edward Hirsch, Natasha Saje and many others.

Mona Poetica: A Poetry Anthology

Edited by Diane Shipley DeCillis and Mary Jo Firth Gillette

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