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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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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Leavened – Doris Ferleger

Doris Ferleger Leavened Front Cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-47-0
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Come to the first supper in America with Momma and Poppa, two surviving aunts and two surviving uncles who speak in flawed English, who first think catsup is a disinfectant, who hunger for luck, salt, safety and family, who will proudly feed their children the sliced white bread of assimilation and the bread of memory. The bread of memory is leavened and triple braided with: Holocaust, shtetl and Sabbath light; the voices and points of view of immigrant parents, their children and grandchildren; disaster, miracles, and

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What Snakes Want – Kita Shantiris

Kita Shantiris - What Snakes Want - front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-51-7 $15.95 + S&H

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Slyly sexual, intense and funny, in What Snakes Want Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate spinsters, and an army medic—struggle to escape their shadows. Throughout, Shantiris’ startling use of language animates her portraits.

A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health

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Woman With A Gambling Mania – Catherine Anderson

Woman With A Gambling Mania

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 60 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-41-8 $14.95 + S&H

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Woman with a Gambling Mania is an intimate journey of witness to the powers of love and art we summon within ourselves to survive. The title of the book is taken from the name of a painting by the great French Romantic artist, Théodore Géricault. In Catherine Anderson’s poem about the painting, the artist attempts to capture the fine line separating madness from

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