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“Written on Water: Writings About the Allegheny River” reviewed in Pittsburgh Magazine

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Susan Kolodny’s “After the Firestorm” reviewed at Prick of the Spindle

Susan Kolodny reviewed at Prick of the Spindle

Prick of the Spindle Has a new review of a slightly older book.

“After the Firestorm” by Susan Kolodny was published in 2011. Which just goes to show that sometimes it takes a little while for quality to percolate through peoples’ consciousness.

In the end, however, Catherine Moore gets it:

Kolodny is both lyric poet and narrative observer. After the Firestorm gifts the reader each of these styles in its investigations of experienced losses and traumas.

Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life” reviewed at ForeWord Reviews

Eleanor Lerman Strange Life



Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life” has been reviewed by Michelle Anne Schingler at ForeWord Reviews. Here are a few small excerpts of the review, we encourage you to go over to ForeWord Reviews to read the rest of the review and many other informative reviews of other interesting work.

“… a stunning new collection of poetry. Intertwining near-apocalyptic landscapes with language both hopeful and sparing, Lerman’s ungentle, raw lines present compelling intellectual and emotional challenges.”

“Her poetry is frightening and inspiring, and will push readers to the edge of revelation only to make them comforting promises as they teeter at the edge…”

“The poems in Strange Life are constructed with terrible and forthright beauty, and its crumbling roads leading into the austere, promising unknown are well worth traveling.”

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Howard Schwartz’s “Breathing in the Dark” reviewed in Home Planet News

Breathing in the Dark” has been reviewed by Nikki Stiller in Home Planet News

The review is not available online, we reproduce it here. See below to learn more about Home Planet news.


Howard Schwartz has been quite a force in the world of poetry. The noted editor of Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets has already made his mark with many works edited and written. And now this lovely mystical book with its epigraph from Rabbi Nachman: “Through breath the world was created.”

The title poem sets the tone for the entire book:

While you sleep, .
an angel whispers the secrets of creation,
showing you
every branch of the tree of life.

And this is what Howard Schwartz sets out to do:

You wake,
a lilac
waiting for the wind,
a sensual stone,
a leaf
thirsty for a kiss.
From now on
you will wake with this thirst

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Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape – Marjorie Manwaring

Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape - Marjorie Manwaring

Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape – Marjorie Manwaring

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 94 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-15-9

Marjorie Manwaring lives in Seattle, where she is a freelance writer/editor, co-editor of the online poetry and art journal the DMQ Review, and editorial board member for Floating Bridge Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including 5 AM, Sentence, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, and her work has been featured on National Public Radio affiliate KUOW. Marjorie holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is the author of two chapbooks, What to Make of a Diminished Thing (Dancing Girl Press)

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A Palette of Leaves – Edythe Haendel Schwartz

A Palette of Leaves - Edythe Haendel Schwartz

A Palette of Leaves – Edythe Haendel Schwartz

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72pp
$14.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-14-2

Edythe Haendel Schwartz is the author of “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press, 2007, a nominee for the California Book Award. Her poem “A Natural Phenomenon,” won first prize in the 2012 Friends of Acadia Poetry competition, and her poem “Resist” was a winner in Persimmon Tree’s 2011 Western States Poetry Competition. In 2006 and 2008, Edythe was awarded grants for residencies at The Vermont Studio Center. Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Cave Wall, California Quarterly, PMS, Poetica, Natural

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Breathing in the Dark – Howard Schwartz

Breathing In the Dark - Howard Schwartz

Breathing In the Dark – Howard Schwartz

Illustrations by Erica Kriss

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2011, ISBN 978-1936419-005

Also available in laminated hardcover.
$24.95 plus s&h.

Howard Schwartz is a contemporary master of the parable, the short lyric and the tale. In Breathing in the Dark, he has multiplied his dreams, his myths, and his stories into poems that grow quietly and firmly from the

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No Eden – Sally Rosen Kindred

No Eden - Sally Rosen Kindred

No Eden – Sally Rosen Kindred

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 70 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2011, ISBN 978-0932412-980

The poems in No Eden merge the landscapes of a rainy girlhood in the American South and the mythic world of Noah and the Flood. In these poems, a backyard stretches between a mother and daughter–the lessons of “distance tender and biblical.” The Carolina yard opens to hold the fruits of Eve and Lilith, the flight of Noah’s raven and dove, the small terrors of curbs and classrooms. These are poems of a “family awake through a storm,” an intimate theology of floods, loss, and betrayal.


No Eden

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Metal and Plum: A Memoir – Andrei Guruianu

Metal and Plum: A Memoir - Andrei Guruianu

Metal and Plum: A Memoir – Andrei Guruianu

Prose. Paper, Perfect Bound. 124pp.
$16.95 plus S&H
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-966


  “Metal and Plum: A Memoir” by Andrei Guruianu is available on Kindle. Download from Amazon here

Metal and Plum: A Memoir by Andrei Guruianu reviewed at New Pages


Soccer balls putter down dusty streets, classmates

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The Sky Over Walgreens – Chris Green

The Sky Over Walgreens - Chris Green

The Sky Over Walgreens – Chris Green

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 978-0932412-546

Chris Green is a wonderful poet of contemporary American life. Compassionate, candid, funny and smart, these poems explore things we know but are often unable to say about our everyday lives. Encountering other poets, books, animals, marriage, family, even the suburban strip mall – the experiences created by these poems are sources of surprise, light and shadow.

The Sky over Walgreens by Chris Green reviewed at New Pages


Hair Tips for Poets
by Chris Green

1.
Look at Frost: “The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
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