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Sarah Carson – Buick City

Prose Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-48-7 $14.95 + S&H

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Told in prose poems, Buick City is a coming-of-age tale about growing up in the deindustrialized Midwest – about trailer park kids fending for themselves while laid-off parents navigate their new minimum wage jobs; about teenagers inventing sex on the loading dock behind the convenience store; about young people yearning for a life beyond making a living and fighting with customers at the 24 hour supermarket. From neighborhood Casanovas to part-time hitmen to grandmothers run-ragged,

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Mayapple author Josie Kearns to read in Ann Arbor – Wednesday December 4, 2013

On Wednesday December 4th, at 7pm, Josie Kearns, author of The Theory of Everything (Mayapple Press 2009) will read from her works at an Ann Arbor celebration for the Poetry In Michigan Michigan In Poetry anthology.

Josie will be joined by David Cope. Tom Lynch, Laura Kasischke, Keith Taylor and Linda Gregerson.

The reading is at
Literate Books
124 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104


Feeding Wild Birds – Robert Haight

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
$15.95 plus S&H
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-27-2

Feeding Wild Birds is a collection of poems rooted in the Michigan landscape, as seasons and lives undergo their seamless and subtle transformations. These are meditative poems in spare and simple language that examine the energies in animals, woods, lakes, land, weather and the human heart. In the silences and sounds of nature, the poems speak of the spirit that hovers just beyond the realm of our ideas, that whispers to us in stillness and that lights the paths of our awakening to the beauty of the world.

Praise for “Feeding Wild Birds”
Like the Buddhist and Taoist sages whom he admires, Haight places human life within the great realities—seasons, weathers, the

…….    Read more about Feeding Wild Birds – Robert Haight

Mayapple Press author Zilka Joseph appears on Michigan Radio’s new show “The Living Room”

Zilka Joseph, author of Lands I Live In

Zilka Joseph, author of “Lands I Live In”

Zilka Joseph, author of Lands I Live In, appeared on the pilot episode of “The Living Room” on Michigan Radio. From the show’s website:

The Living Room is a one hour exploration of a theme through stories, song, and writing.

In this episode, host, storyteller, and songwriter Allison Downey takes a look at how stories of migrations are interwoven into the lives of Michigan residents.

You can get the mp3 audio from Michigan Radio’s space at NPR. Zilka’s segment starts at the 43:55 mark.
Michigan Radio: Living Room : Pilot

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Philip & the Poet – Andy Christ

Philip & the Poet - Andy Christ

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 28pp.
$12.95 plus S&H
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-607

These humorous, moving and sometimes even philosophical poems revolve around Christ’s love for writing, his exploration of faith and knowledge, and above all, his admiration for his audience. An adventurous journey through Christ’s imagination.

Read a review of Philip & the Poet in 360 Main Street.

Contras in the News
by Andy Christ

I was fourteen or fifteen.
I was reading a Sunday paper –
the Cleveland paper – about Contras in Nicaragua.
Interesting, I

…….    Read more about Philip & the Poet – Andy Christ

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

I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poem - 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 everyone.

I came to bat with three men on.
The coach said,

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Open Communion: New and Selected Poems – John Palen

Open Communion: New and Selected Poems - John Palen

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 98 pp
$16 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-31-9

This selection, reaching back twenty years, establishes John Palen’s quiet eloquence in poems which convey a deep, straightforward honesty about the fumblings, failures and occasional radiance of human life.

by John Palen

“It’s like playing the slots,” my doctor says.
“The right allergens line up,
and — ka-ching! — you hit the jackpot.”
I’m naked and cold on his examining table,
my skin distressed like a faux antique.

These scaly spots and bumps
itch like fire — like the thoughts
Ann Landers says we all have,
but should try not to scratch.

After 10 weeks
I’ve given up

…….    Read more about Open Communion: New and Selected Poems – John Palen

The Fingernail of Luck – Conrad Hilberry

The Fingernail of Luck - Conrad Hilberry

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 32 pp
$10.00 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-33-5

by Conrad Hilberry

Your lips move moist around
my double reed, and I feel
the sad wind rising
through your throat. Some child
of yours is lost. If I were your
psychiatrist, I’d listen,
nod, prescribe. Instead,
I take your breath, shape it, let it find
a passage down this wooden
shaft, curl out around the ankles
of the clarinet. The horns
have forged a monumental
fountain on the stage and now
the strings supply the water,
surging up, looping, falling in
great sobs. The audience is weeping,
but you and I have

…….    Read more about The Fingernail of Luck – Conrad Hilberry

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God – Dennis Hinrichsen

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God - Dennis Hinrichsen

Paper, perfect bound, 42 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-26-2

Christine Hume comments:
“For Hinrichsen, paradox is a way of knowing. He enacts this philosophical stance in the quick yet attentive movement of his lines…. Hinrichsen’s unhinged singing lets momentum have its way. Yet we are moved in the old sense–by empathy.”

Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God
by Dennis Hinrichsen

This is the child drowning: face-up in an amniotic pool of tap water:
my crucible, liquid garment; eyes spanked open in the rocking

inches of light.
Above me: my mother’s face torn, her print dress blown

to flame, refraction making me seem—at least to

…….    Read more about Message to Be Spoken into the Left Ear of God – Dennis Hinrichsen

The Mysteries of the Rosary – Martin Achatz

The Mysteries of the Rosary - Martin Achatz

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 62pp.
$10.00 plus S&H
2004, ISBN 0-932412-28-9

Based loosely on the Catholic Rosary and other devotional prayers, this collection of poems is quiet and intense, walking the mysterious line between sacramental and sacrilegious.

Sleeping with Grief
by Martin Achatz

I don’t know what to do with my wife’s grief,
How she clutches my shirt,
Weeps the way Eve wept for Abel,
Sorrow wild, thick as locusts.

She says grief sits in her stomach,
Fills her up like Thanksgiving dinner.
I imagine carving grief, serving it
With stuffing, black and full of

…….    Read more about The Mysteries of the Rosary – Martin Achatz