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 vision of corrected history with breakfast – Al Hellus

a vision of corrected history with breakfast - Al Hellus


Poetry. Paper, saddlestitched, 24 pp
$5 plus s&h
1995, ISBN 0-932412-08-4

These are edgy, raunchy, funny and powerful poems.

a vision of corrected history with breakfast
by Al Hellus

the days’ casting call
includes newsbites on the radio
that could have happened
anywhere between the last fifty years
and breakfast, which is
a plate of poached headlines
& a cup of printer’s ink.

surely the second coming is at hand.

I stare out the window where, suddenly,
the Watergate hearings are once
again in session — a bearded Richard Nixon
is seating on the stand admitting,
finally, that he always was a crook, and

Joe McCarthy breaks

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Submissions

Submissions & Inquiries

Mayapple Press is a highly-selective small press established in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman. We focus on literature not often celebrated by either the mainstream or the avant-garde. This includes poetry which is both challenging and accessible; women’s writing; the rustbelt/rural culture that stretches from the Hudson Valley to the Great Lakes; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry. We also welcome poetry anthologies, short fiction and science fiction poetry. Publications are in trade paperback formats (30-100 pages). In general, we publish only authors with prior publications with reputable presses or literary magazines.

Mayapple Press will read manuscripts between July 1 and July 31, 2012. Please do not submit during other times of the year. Our normal response time is 3-4 months.

Please read the submissions guidelines outlined at the bottom of this post before sending your manuscript. If your work has not previously been published (or if you have published only in anthologies or magazines where authors pay or are required to

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Nieblas de Luna / Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs - Johnny Durán

Nieblas de Luna/Moon Fogs – Johnny Durán

Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Paper, saddlestitched, 52 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-23-8

A bilingual collection translated from the original Spanish by the author.
This is the first title in our new Mamey Editions project, focused on bilingual publications and Caribbean literature.

Judith Kerman comments:
“The poet’s voice explores the distances of desire with a quiet yearning equally moving in both languages, a romanticism in which the strangeness and distance of the world illuminate and map the strangeness and distance of the beloved.”


The Chess Player
by Johnny Durán

For Leandro Morales

In his beloved chaos barely touched by anguish
Jose has arranged on an invisible board
The

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A Prehistory of Mind – Brian Aldiss

A Prehistroy of Mind - Brian Aldiss


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 76pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-614

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Published here for the first time, on an exclusive basis, is Aldiss’ new short story, “Mortistan”. Experience a different side of Brian Aldiss in this volume-soon to be a collectors’ item!

This self-revealing volume allows readers to:

  • ramble through a Martian desert and other fantastic realms
  • visit the Kremlin, Ulan Bator, a European cafe
  • get a glimpse of Aldiss’ personal life
  • live through the eyes of a volcano
  • witness the terror of war and creation of the world

    Colour Contrast
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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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Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking - Lynn Pattison

Light That Sounds Like Breaking – Lynn Pattison

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-40-8

In these richly sensuous poems, Lynn Pattison explores the natural world, body politics, the life and work of Marc Chagall, Asian cultural influences filtered through an American sensibility and more, within an overall sequence loosely structured as a journey. The book’s stunning imagery and musicality lead us into a world both artistically beautiful and emotionally resonant.

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee

Cedar
by Lynn Pattison

It’s not about resisting
gravity, or she’d lean back

into shade. Last spring her roots
had toehold, held her almost plumb

at the riverbank, but acting
on code from the heartwood she’s thrown

a

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As If Anything Could Grow Back Perfect – Toni Ortner

As If Anything Could Grow Back Perfect - Toni Ortner

As If Anything Could Grow Back Perfect – Toni Ortner

Paper, saddlestitched, 16 pp
$5 plus s&h
1979, ISBN 0-932412-02-5

A collection of short lyrics with a contemporary flavor and imagery centered on popular music. Published in cooperation with Earth’s Daughters magazine.

As If Anything Could Grow Back Perfect
by Toni Ortner

These days
I spend all day
burning my past
watching sheets of paper
shoot up in orange flames.
There is less and less I wish to say.
Much of what I said was useless.

I study a single stone
its purity of line
shimmering in the heat
set grape ivy
in the sun
keep

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Translate into English – Don Cellini

Translate into English - Don Cellini

Translate into English – Don Cellini

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 70 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-911

Translate into English is framed with grammatical instructions from a turn-of-the-century Spanish lesson book. Possessing a rare elegance and integrity, Cellini’s poems are intelligent and clever while capturing subtle emotions. From the compelling concept to the fine execution of these poetic vignettes—each work, each poem, every page is necessary to the whole. And the whole is a unique and beautiful experience.

No es cosa fácil el escribir un buen poema.
by Don Cellini

The wind blew a few syllables under the crack of the door. A few syllables, perhaps a phrase, that’s it. February’s fury. Some consonance. A subtle rhyme. Through the

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Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia – Judith Kerman, translated by Johnny Durán

Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia - Judith Kerman translated by Johnny Durán

Plane Surfaces / Plano de Incidencia – Judith Kerman translated by Johnny Durán

Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Paper, perfect bound, 134 pp
$15 plus s&h
2002, CCLEH (Santo Domingo)
ISBN 0-932412-20-3

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Plane Surfaces
by Judith Kerman

The mirror says, “Big deal.”
You look like a balloon: taut and prosperous
or wrinkled, sad, leaked-out.
Ancestors part the veil,
peer through an impression of your face,
but only momentarily,
like putting a finger into water—
then the surface heals.
Silver fluid: time, mercury
from a broken fever thermometer
chasing its tail
on

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