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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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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Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist – Gerry LaFemina

Gerry La Femina - Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-28-9 $15.95


Perhaps it is best to picture this book as a gallery space, for in Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist, Gerry LaFemina curates an exhibit of the curious and quirky. Surrealist art, big foot, magic shows, mythological creatures, love in all its manifestations hang side by side on these pages. Each prose poem is a painted canvas in which the real and what-may-be-real are framed together. Sometimes laugh-till-you-cry funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always fantastic in the truest sense, these modern fables posit the endless possibilities of both the imagination and the ordinary world.


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What joy. What uncompromised and uncomplicated pleasure without the pretense of the huzzah,” Lafemina says

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Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape – Marjorie Manwaring

Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape - Marjorie Manwaring

Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape – Marjorie Manwaring

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 94 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-15-9

Marjorie Manwaring lives in Seattle, where she is a freelance writer/editor, co-editor of the online poetry and art journal the DMQ Review, and editorial board member for Floating Bridge Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including 5 AM, Sentence, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, and her work has been featured on National Public Radio affiliate KUOW. Marjorie holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is the author of two chapbooks, What to Make of a Diminished Thing (Dancing Girl Press)

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Zarathustra in Love – Gerry LaFemina

Zarathustra in Love - Gerry LaFemina

Zarathustra in Love – Gerry LaFemina

Paper, perfect bound, 44 pp
$8.50 plus s&h
2000, ISBN 0-932412-18-1

Taking on everything from Persian prophets to Bigfoot, Jim Nabors to UFO’s, Berlitz tapes to the George Forman grill, these prose-poems elevate the notion of unpredictability and delight.

Early Experiments in Ingesting Fire
by Gerry LaFemina

I was born in the month of multiple fires and grew up watching my father before the crowds: his neck arced back, hair dangling, veins as if embossed on the tender flesh, and his mouth wide. Above him the baton, its small dollop of blue flame descending until his lips closed around it. I started with marshmallows that got too close to the coals; held them on their

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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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Mothering & Dream of Rain – Judith Kerman

Mothering & Dream of Rain - Judith Kerman

Mothering & Dream of Rain – Judith Kerman

Paper, perfect bound, 88 pp
$12 plus s&h
1996, Ridgeway Press
ISBN 0-932412-22-X

Mothering is also available in a computer-based hypertext, published in Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext #2.2


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from Mothering
by Judith Kerman

she sees him walking toward her across the sea floor, slow-motion . the light is

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