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The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman

The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover

Yiddish/English
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 94 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-71-5 $15.95 + S&H

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Original Yiddish poems are presented with

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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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Leavened – Doris Ferleger

Doris Ferleger Leavened Front Cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-47-0
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Come to the first supper in America with Momma and Poppa, two surviving aunts and two surviving uncles who speak in flawed English, who first think catsup is a disinfectant, who hunger for luck, salt, safety and family, who will proudly feed their children the sliced white bread of assimilation and the bread of memory. The bread of memory is leavened and triple braided with: Holocaust, shtetl and Sabbath light; the voices and points of view of immigrant parents, their children and grandchildren; disaster, miracles, and

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The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 38 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-720

Rivkin’s keen and unblinking eye, great verbal energy, and wry wisdom confront her subjects with continuous, genuine surprise.


My Mother’s Lace Curtains
by Sophia Rivkin

My Mother grew with a pitchfork in her heart—
something planted by the Russian peasants.
Surrounded by enemies, she became an enemy,
fought daily battles with my father.

They fought over money.
Bread and knives flew in the kitchen
They didn’t sleep together. She slept with us,
two kids and a mother in one small bed.

They fought like cats and dogs,
but I know cats and dogs who live together

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Away – Joel Thomas Katz

Away - Joel Thomas Katz

Away – Joel Thomas Katz

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 42 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-638

In these snappy and unique poems, Katz views the world from some slanted perspective most of us aren’t careful enough to see. Katz imagines Emily Dickinson rolling dice in an Indian casino and a man in a car pondering the possibility of honking himself back to childhood. Humorous, lyrical and touching, Katz’s poems take the reader along for the ride. And, as Susan Terris notes, “with delight, we follow as his generous yet skeptical Jewish soul skitters through the joys and sorrows of a challenging modern world.”


Honk
by Joel Thomas Katz

He first noticed it driving to work. When a car alongside him

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Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich

Defying the Eye Chart - Marilyn Jurich

Defying the Eye Chart – Marilyn Jurich

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 120 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-577

Defying the Eye Chart reaches beyond time to bring the mythic into our contemporary world. The poems in this collection focus on different ways of seeing, or not seeing, the fantastic in reality.

Honorary Mention, New England Poetry Club, Sheila Motton Book Award, 2008



Reading the Eye Chart

by Marilyn Jurich

Trick the gullible eye —
Lines stick out their tongues, diagonals curve.
Vipers hiss from Druid stones under a white sky.
Advancing shadows dance or die,
trick the gullible eye —
embracing fitful ghosts, longing to tie

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Like Vapor – Joy Gaines-Friedler

Like Vapor - Joy Gaines-Friedler

Like Vapor – Joy Gaines-Friedler

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-652

In these poems we are assured of humanity, our existence and our eventual extinction, with a grace and comfort that uplifts our spirits and encourages our own consideration of life.


Distracted Angels
by Joy Gaines-Friedler

An angel assigned to me is day-dreaming.
She files her nails, chews on Juicy Fruit,
and makes up names for herself in Spanish; can’t
decide between Chiquita and Sylvester;
she’s pretty sure Sylvester is Spanish.
An angel assigned to me listens to the wind
chimes outside my

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I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems – Larry Levy

I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poem - Larry Levy

I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems – Larry Levy

Paper, saddlestitched, 60 pp
$12.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-45–9

This expanded edition replaces the original chapbook, which is out of print.


Little League
by Larry Levy

The fathers always called us “men,”
and drilled by growling “hey” and “hup”
and, for any hurt, shrugged “rub it up.”
After pre-game prayer, I prayed again
for dark or fire or ice, amen.
Fingering the scripture on my chest,
I dreamt I was home already, undressed
for dreams of stroking a home run;
then angled my brim, blocking the sun,
and threw the ball past

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Occupied Territory – Evelyn Wexler

Occupied Territory - Evelyn Wexler

Occupied Territory – Evelyn Wexler

Paper, perfect bound, 80 pp
$10 plus s&h
1994, ISBN 0-932412-06-8

“These intense, visceral poems cover the territory occupied by fear, pain, memory, loss and desire. The ultimate paradigm is that of the self–dual embodiment of victim and aggressor. Wexler’s clear, steady voice convinces us that everything is both personal and political.” — Jane Flanders

The Suitcase
by Evelyn Wexler

for Lukacs Denes

When he was nine
and on the run,
his mother gave him
a small maroon
leather suitcase.
He carried it with him
to all the places.
Taped inside the lid,
a cellophane envelope
of cyanide, in case
they caught him alive.

He lived

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Naked Woman Listening at Keyhole – Sophia Rivkin

Naked Woman Listening at Keyhole - Sophia Rivkin

Naked Woman Listening at Keyhole – Sophia Rivkin

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 44 pp.
$13.95 plus s&h
2011, ISBN 978-1936419-043

Sophia Rivkin’s poetry simmers with visceral energy and surreal leaps. It is made of the dark soup of her Russian heritage, the light broth of her word play, and the sustaining whimsy of her artist’s eye. If language—in a well-chosen epigraph for the title poem—covers our nakedness, Rivkin’s lively lyrics both clothe (comfort, celebrate, ameliorate) our struggles and unwrap the hard truths within. Naked Woman Listening at Keyhole contains comedic elements marked by Rivkin’s trademark wit and surprise, even as it reveals the unerring heart of a poet who can take

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