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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Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems – Johanny Vázquez Paz

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

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Little Promises – Rachel Eshed

Little Promises - Rachel Eshed

Little Promises – Rachel Eshed

Poetry. Translated by David Cooper
Bilingual edition (Hebrew/English)
Paper, perfect bound, 104 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-42-4

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


My Man
by Rachel Eshed

My man has burning feet;
he treads
on holy ground.
My nakedness blossoms with him, sated.
The soles of his feet on my belly
slowly descend with his toes to
the bitter opening,
the mouth of my dark cave.
Glittering in the darkness, wet
in madness of flesh,
my hair, erect to see,
we make love in the morning
Good morning Israel
love at noon
love at night
Good night Israel
a

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Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs - Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Paper, saddlestitched, 52 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-23-8

A bilingual collection translated from the original Spanish by the author.
This is the first title in our new Mamey Editions project, focused on bilingual publications and Caribbean literature.

Judith Kerman comments:
“The poet’s voice explores the distances of desire with a quiet yearning equally moving in both languages, a romanticism in which the strangeness and distance of the world illuminate and map the strangeness and distance of the beloved.”


The Chess Player
by Johnny Durán

For Leandro Morales

In his beloved chaos barely touched by anguish
Jose has arranged on an invisible board
The

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Nieblas de Luna / Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs - Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Paper, saddlestitched, 52 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-23-8

A bilingual collection translated from the original Spanish by the author.
This is the first title in our new Mamey Editions project, focused on bilingual publications and Caribbean literature.

Judith Kerman comments:
“The poet’s voice explores the distances of desire with a quiet yearning equally moving in both languages, a romanticism in which the strangeness and distance of the world illuminate and map the strangeness and distance of the beloved.”


The Chess Player
by Johnny Durán

For Leandro Morales

In his beloved chaos barely touched by anguish
Jose has arranged on an invisible board
The

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Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia – Judith Kerman, translated by Johnny Durán

Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia - Judith Kerman translated by Johnny Durán

Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia – Judith Kerman translated by Johnny Durán

Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Paper, perfect bound, 134 pp
$15 plus s&h
2002, CCLEH (Santo Domingo)
ISBN 0-932412-20-3

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Plane Surfaces
by Judith Kerman

The mirror says, “Big deal.”
You look like a balloon: taut and prosperous
or wrinkled, sad, leaked-out.
Ancestors part the veil,
peer through an impression of your face,
but only momentarily,
like putting a finger into water—
then the surface heals.
Silver fluid: time, mercury
from a broken fever thermometer
chasing its tail
on

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