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Absolute Zero – David Lunde

Absolute Zero by David Lunde front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 82 pages
2018, ISBN: 978-1-936419-80-7 $16.95 + S&H

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Veteran poet David Lunde’s newest work, Absolute Zero, paints an always fantastic, often tender, and occasionally frightening portrait of humanity’s place among the stars. Lunde has a gift for distilling great expanses of time and space into a single poem, an ability that makes sitting down with his work feel like strapping in for an intergalactic journey. Throughout the voyage, Lunde finds a strange humanity in both the cosmic and the microscopic: black holes resemble Shakespeare characters, subatomic love stories rise out of

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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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Recipe for Disaster – Pamela Miller

Recipe for Disaster - Pamela Miller

Paper, perfect bound, 66pp
$12.00 plus s&h
2003, ISBN 0-932412-19-X

A collection of tough, extremely funny poems by a woman whose imagination never runs dry. Quirky, edgy, sometimes poignant and sometimes uproarious.


What Makes a Man a Man
by Pamela Miller

for Richard

I tried to make a man out of
diamonds and quartz,
with a big rectangular ruby for a heart
and a mirrorball head that shot light all around,
but the jewels clouded over
or kept falling off
or smelling like eight-month-old green cottage cheese,
so I broke him apart
and buried him in the ground
and that was the nasty end of that.

Then I tried to build

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