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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Glimmer Girls – Helen Ruggieri

Glimmer Girls - Helen Ruggieri

Glimmer Girls – Helen Ruggieri

Paper, saddlestitched, 40 pp
$8.00 plus s&h
1999, ISBN 0-932412-16-5

Poems that evoke the author’s blue-collar, rock ‘n’ roll young womanhood. Sharp, gritty, honest and well-crafted.

Information about Helen Ruggieri is available at http://helenruggieri.com


Shoo Doobie Doobie Do
by Helen Ruggieri

Chuck Berry duckwalks across stage.
We clap and scream.
We’re yelling “Maybelline”
rocking up on the balls of our feet.
Nobody sits.
Down front they dance in the aisle
pushing and tugging in double time.
“Why cancha be true. . . .”

About ten rows down the guy
I like puts his arm around
a dark haired girl with spit curls.

…….    Read more about Glimmer Girls – Helen Ruggieri

The Selfsame Planet – Zack Rogow

The Selfsame Planet - Zack Rogow

The Selfsame Planet – Zack Rogow

Poetry. Paper, saddlestitched, 40 pp
$7.50 plus s&h
1999, ISBN 0-932412-15-7

Strata – Hugh Fox

Strata - Hugh Fox

Strata – Hugh Fox

Poetry. Paper, saddlestitched, 28 pp.
$5.50 plus s&h
1998, ISBN-0-932412-12-2

“The poetry of Hugh Fox suggests a sort of mythical exploration of experience, how a particular moment can serve as a coming together of the eternal — cross cultural and cross experiential…” — Mahlon Coop


The Angel of Death Flies By — This Time (part 3)
by Hugh Fox

As you move toward the
end, the Great Clarity
descends and the passage
through willow shadows
becomes an old painting
on the wall of an old room
musty with old books, young
faces pass you and become
instantly old, your own roles

…….    Read more about Strata – Hugh Fox

Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Sifting the Visible - Skip Renker

Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Paper, saddlestitched, 36 pp
$6.50 plus s&h
1998, ISBN 0-932412-13-0

Skip Renker’s poems are grounded, quiet and elegant, reflecting the thoughtful, humorous and meditative style of the man himself.


Fierce Talisman
by Skip Renker

Sooner or later you will need me.
You’ll be lost. Unfamiliar
trees, thick waxy leaves, a sound
like crying when the wind
kicks up. Press your back
to a trunk. Hold me

to your face with a light
but firm grip, leave
the feathers free. Turn me around
three times. Your body
still stands, but that other
you enters me. Use my eyes,

black blossoms on short stalks,
to see with. Fly up
through the leaves, which close
around your wrists and ankles,
your neck. You must
push through their cries, until

you’re above the forest in the dark,
black wings beating in rhythm
with the movement of the stars.

…….    Read more about Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Staying Intact – John Palen

Staying Intact - John Palen

Staying Intact – John Palen

Poetry. Paper, saddlestitched, 28 pp
$6 plus s&h
1997, ISBN-0-932412-11-4

These poems, as with any real poetry, make us see in new and deeper ways. Most of the works involve common feelings or occurances that we do not normally deem significant or beautiful. John’s elegant use of words brings out that beauty (not always a pleasant beauty).


Sundays at the Office
by John Palen

Each office has its individual touch,
a map of Canada or photographs,
cartoons from the New Yorker. It’s with such
details we intersect each other’s paths
and point to life beyond the cubicle.
Her flowers, dried at home, adorn a shelf,
his children’s crayon drawings crowd the

…….    Read more about Staying Intact – John Palen

The American Floor – Kip Zegers

The American Floor - Kip Zegers

The American Floor – Kip Zegers

Paper, saddlestitched, 24 pp
$6 plus s&h
1996, ISBN-0-932412-09-2

Forty-Five
by Kip Zegers

As I walk home from the school yard
where others attacking baskets were twelve years old,
it is a robin-anointed evening,
lingering light on dinnertime streets,
flittings in still naked trees.
Days ago I’d heard only starlings,
jays with rediscovered voices, just arrived grackles
that gasped, clicked, croaked dry-mouth
strangulations, hushed now before robin’s
liquid, lilac song, engorged with April.
Privet, forsythia, antenna, magnolia
birth a music that is so frantic, sweet
and unconcerned with waste, limit or any caution
that I almost genuflect, passing with my worn
basketball.

…….    Read more about The American Floor – Kip Zegers

Territories, Here & Elsewhere – Judith McCombs

Territories, Here & Elsewhere - Judith McCombs

Territories, Here & Elsewhere – Judith McCombs

Paper, saddlestitched, 28 pp
$6 plus s&h
1996, ISBN-0-932412-10-6

“This poetry full of living detail, and within the detail is an ongoing motif of adventure, risk and survival. McCombs is a pleasure for me to read.” –Alicia Ostriker

Pictures Not in Our Albums
by Judith McCombs

Somewhere it is still
a dream of safety, our young
parents hauling us up the dark pass,

Father blocking the wheels of the trailer
while Mother lets go the emergency brake
& eases the Ford into low, pulls forward
& slows, pulls forward & waits.
As if I had watched from a roadcut

I see the small oval Ford
pale

…….    Read more about Territories, Here & Elsewhere – Judith McCombs

Blues for Port City – David Lunde

Blues for Port City - David Lunde

Blues for Port City – David Lunde

Paper, saddlestitched, 24 pp
$5 plus s&h
1995, ISBN 0-932412-07-8

Science fiction poems which are truly science fiction and truly fine contemporary poetry, “written” by an inhabitant of the demimonde of a space station. Includes Rhysling-award winner “Pilot, Pilot.”

Pilot, Pilot
by David Lunde

Your eyes were mirrors then,
silver as pressure domes, your
head raked back fifteen degrees.
The angle of your long neck
against the unwholesome horizontal
of that Port City street, the taut
cords of muscle straining
in my sweat-slick fingers,
are a senso I can’t erase–
neither that image nor the shame,
knowing even then it wasn’t you

…….    Read more about Blues for Port City – David Lunde

a vision of corrected history with breakfast – Al Hellus

a vision of corrected history with breakfast - Al Hellus

a vision of corrected history with breakfast – Al Hellus

Poetry. Paper, saddlestitched, 24 pp
$5 plus s&h
1995, ISBN 0-932412-08-4

These are edgy, raunchy, funny and powerful poems.

a vision of corrected history with breakfast
by Al Hellus

the days’ casting call
includes newsbites on the radio
that could have happened
anywhere between the last fifty years
and breakfast, which is
a plate of poached headlines
& a cup of printer’s ink.

surely the second coming is at hand.

I stare out the window where, suddenly,
the Watergate hearings are once
again in session — a bearded Richard Nixon
is seating on the stand admitting,
finally,

…….    Read more about a vision of corrected history with breakfast – Al Hellus

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

…….    Read more about Nieblas de Luna / Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán