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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A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-70-8 $12.95 + S&H

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In A White Page Demands Its Letters, Toni Ortner records the pain of divorce and other loss. The poetic cycle, Dream Sequence, placed here in chronological order, has a raw intensity that strikes the reader like a knife in the heart. The poet must invent a new self in order to survive. The book is a sequel to Traveling, a Perspective, published by Kelsay Press.


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Memos from the Broken World – Jean Nordhaus

Jean Nordhaus - Memos from the Broken World

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-56-2 $15.95 & S+H

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Taking her title from the kabbalist creation tale of the clay vessels that had to break so God’s light could scatter through the universe, Nordhaus mourns and celebrates a world that comes into being through continuous acts of breakage. She recalls a child who would eat nothing broken, a kewpie doll with a crack that “spidered across his plaster skull” with blackness trickling from “the hollow place inside,” conjures a spark of light that “splashed into the

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Leavened – Doris Ferleger

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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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Alloy – Jan Bottiglieri

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 82 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-52-4 $15.95 + S&H

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A butterfly casts the shadow of a man; a homesick mermaid cleans teeth; a young girl pushes a heavy iron, singing. In Alloy, these and others (daughter, mother, astronaut; an occasional zombie or alien) find voice through poems exploring memory in all its shifting sense and purpose: from childhood recollection to adult reckoning, from folklore and fairytale to family relationships. Bottiglieri’s poems live in large moments and small, in the shimmering balance between grieving and consolation, between loss and what comes after. How do our memories—of our keenest pleasures, our deepest

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Women Longing to Fly – Sara Kay Rupnik

Women Longing to Fly - Sara Kay Rupnik

Prose. Paper, Perfect Bound. 106 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-50-0
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From Lila, who buys a handgun to ease her broken heart, to Maura, who takes a stranger to a motel, Women Longing to Fly contains stories of women on the brink. There is the Yankee-born mother trying to raise Southern children, and the daughter whose sister disappeared after the Kent

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4 Rms w Vu – Susana H. Case

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-39-5 $15.95 plus S&H

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4 Rms w Vu, Susana H. Case’s latest collection, consists of poems focused on human connections in their various manifestations, including: romantic relationships, both whole and broken, parent-child relationships, and our relationship to death and loss. The work uses the metaphorical floor plan of a New York City apartment, though the rooms are somewhat of a departure from the conventional kitchen and living room, to organize mind and memory. The view alluded to in the abbreviated parlance of

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