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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Distant Music – John Palen

John Palen Distant Music ISBN 978-1-936419-74-6

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-74-6 $15.95 $12.76 & S&H <<<=== Special Advance Pre-Order Discount

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This book will be published in October 2017. We’ll likely send you your copy a week or two before the “official” publication date.


The poems in John Palen’s Distant Music inhabit a harsh Midwestern America of damaged prairies and inward-turning small towns, whose people are nonetheless touched by moments of grace. Unmarked graves of paupers in a rural cemetery underlie native flowers “in glorious bloom.”

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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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Mercurial – Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-64-7 $12.95

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About Mercurial
Mercurial is the latest collection of poems from Allison Joseph: always accessible, musical, full of hard-earned wisdom, sass, and courage. Joseph writes about everyday situations in deft, heartfelt poems that span the spectrum of poetic ambition–free verse narrative, short lyrics, traditional rhyming forms and topical meditations. She is a poet of song and strut, an ambassador for the written word’s deviations and variations, a

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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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Argelia Fragoso – América (CD)

Argelia Fragoso - The Golden Voice of Cuba

Argelia Fragoso – The Golden Voice of Cuba

Argelia’s compilation CD, América, is being issued in a professional copy including information about Argelia’s recent activities and performances and the names of the musicians who played on the various cuts.

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A few years ago, when Argelia Fragoso burst onto the popular scene, it was the birth of one of the most important musical phenomena to be offered to the international scene by Cuba, the island jewel of Caribbean music. We were confronted by one of those voices whose exceptional gifts are hardly describable in words, earning the attention of critics, composers and musicians.

In addition to a contralto register of great size, warmth and depth, Argelia also possesses that powerful musicality,

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