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“The Stargazer’s Embassy” by Eleanor Lerman garnering excellent reviews

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9


Eleanor Lerman’s “The Stargazer’s Embassy” is on bookstore shelves now and we’re happy to report that the book is garnering excellent reviews in many venues.

Most recently, issue number 271 of the long-running, highly-regarded, UK science fiction magazine “Interzone” ran a review of the book. The review, written by Barbara Melville, is perceptive and well thought out. Contained in her general praise are a couple of nice passages:

“…a road trip, alone, in the dark, and without a map”

“…it comes down to the reversal of a universal science fiction theme: this story isn’t about what it means to be human but what it means not to be. And that is an idea worth exploring.”

You can read the full review of The Stargazer’s Embassy in Interzone Magazine (UK) here (reviewed by Barbara Melville) (.pdf)

Many Stateside publications have also admired “The Stargazer’s Embasssy” by Eleanor Lerman:

“The Stargazer’s Embassy”, by Eleanor Lerman, is a thrilling reversal

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Sara Carson’s “Buick City” reviewed in Rain Taxi

Sarah Carson’s Buick City is reviewed in the Fall 2015 issue of Rain Taxi (Volume 20, Number 3, #79). Penny Guisinger writes:

Sentences […] seem to careen recklessly around corners, but they are imbued with gravity, built to keep readers from being flung off the track. Each narrative swells to fill every small shred of real estate afforded it on the page.
[…]
Near the end of the book, after readers have been convinced of Michigan’s slide into despair, the author reminds us she wrote this love letter “just cause some things aren’t ever really as bad as they seem.” In Sarah Carson’s hands, this is not a feel-good platitude: it’s a pragmatic anthem of hope.

The Fall 2015 issue of Rain Taxi is Volume 20, Number 3. Or #79. You can order your copy here: Rain Taxi (Volume 20, Number 3, #79)


You can order your copy of Buick City here http://mayapplepress.com/sarah-carson-buick-city/

“The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” is out now! – Reviews are coming in…

The Robot Scientists Daughter front cover

Today marks the official release of Jeannine Hall Gailey’s The Robot Scientist’s Daughter. Mayapple Press is proud to have published this fascinating book and we are happy that other respected voices in the literary field agree with us. It’s a pretty special work.

…her most haunting and masterful book yet

is the conclusion arrived at by Mary McMyne, reviewing The Robot Scientist’s Daughter at TheRumpus.net

… not only a story, but a delicate, balanced meditation on truth, family, nature, and power.

writes Donna Vyrreyer, reviewing The Robot Scientist’s Daughter in Poetry International

There are more reviews coming and we’re confident they will be just as interesting as these. In fact, here are a couple of others:
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“4 Rms w Vu” by Susana H. Case reviewed in Hartskill Review

Hartskill Review Winter 2014 cover

This review originally appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of The Hartskill Review. Subscription details are available at the Review’s website.

Susana H. Case’s 4 Rms w Vu depicts the moments in life when we are most vulnerable. Wrestling with loss whether from death, divorce, or defilement, her poems surpass simple grief and excel in their ability to juxtapose the anguish of loss with a sincere lust for life. Her narrator both laments her tragedies and feverishly clings to moments of passion. “The Red lighter,” while a delightful homage to William Carlos Williams, ends with a moment so tactile it reminds even the most frigid heart of desire:
               my catalyst,
               the seductive monster-thing
               like you
               loved by women sharp and loose.
               Insouciant flame,
               no blame.
               So good when you put your hand on mine
               —then light it for me. (11)
Physicality and the need to touch run throughout Case’s work and reinforce the idea that the moments of passion are

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“Feeding Wild Birds” by Robert Haight reviewed at Poet’s Quarterly

Robert Haight Feeding Wild Birds

Feeding Wild Birds by Robert Haight has been reviewed in Poet’s Quarterly. David James was the reviewer. Here’s a favorite quote:

This book is full of subtle and intelligent connections. The poems tell us that this poet is aware and alive in the world and, by example, urge readers to observe and connect to their worlds.


“Written on Water: Writings About the Allegheny River” reviewed in Pittsburgh Magazine

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Susan Kolodny’s “After the Firestorm” reviewed at Prick of the Spindle

Susan Kolodny reviewed at Prick of the Spindle

Prick of the Spindle Has a new review of a slightly older book.

“After the Firestorm” by Susan Kolodny was published in 2011. Which just goes to show that sometimes it takes a little while for quality to percolate through peoples’ consciousness.

In the end, however, Catherine Moore gets it:

Kolodny is both lyric poet and narrative observer. After the Firestorm gifts the reader each of these styles in its investigations of experienced losses and traumas.

Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life” reviewed at ForeWord Reviews

Eleanor Lerman Strange Life



Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life” has been reviewed by Michelle Anne Schingler at ForeWord Reviews. Here are a few small excerpts of the review, we encourage you to go over to ForeWord Reviews to read the rest of the review and many other informative reviews of other interesting work.

“… a stunning new collection of poetry. Intertwining near-apocalyptic landscapes with language both hopeful and sparing, Lerman’s ungentle, raw lines present compelling intellectual and emotional challenges.”

“Her poetry is frightening and inspiring, and will push readers to the edge of revelation only to make them comforting promises as they teeter at the edge…”

“The poems in Strange Life are constructed with terrible and forthright beauty, and its crumbling roads leading into the austere, promising unknown are well worth traveling.”

Read more at ForeWord Reviews

Lillie Was a Goddess.. reviewed at Your Impossible Voice

Lillie Was a Goddess, Lillie Was a Whore is one of the first reviews at Your Impossible Voice. Daniel Shank Cruz is the reviewer. Your Impossible Voice is a new “literary project dedicated to advancing literary arts by supporting writers and poets, encouraging readership, and promoting academic literary scholarship.”

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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