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Necessary Myths
Poetry by Grant Clauser
Winner, 2013 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize
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ISBN 978-1-940120-92-8


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Dutiful Heart
Poetry by Joy Gaines-Friedler
ISBN 978-1-940120-91-1
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Speed Enforced by Aircraft
Poetry by Richard Peabody
ISBN 978-0-9826030-6-2
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Domain of the Lower Air
Stories by Maryanne Khan
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The Year of the Dog Throwers
Poetry by Sid Gold
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Exile at Sarzanna
Poetry by Laura Brylawski-Miller

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That Deep & Steady Hum
Poetry by Mary Ann Larkin

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Poetry by Martin Galvin 

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Just Announced!

The Winner of the 2013 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize: Grant Clauser's  Necessary Myths!

Grant Clauser knows where the bodies are buried (or not buried).  At times startling and unflinching, his poetry confronts the worst in us and along the way discovers language freshly marked by compassion.  “Twitter loves a failure,” he writes with characteristic directness and wit.  He finds sources of renewal in images of streams, rivers, and the “gossiping” of springs—and speaks up boldly, memorably, and disarmingly for the guilty and the innocent alike.

—Lee Upton, author of Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy

In "Necessary Myths" Grant Clauser focuses on little things that together gather energy to create a strong sense of place and drama.  In his short poem, "Yin Garden," this:  "And somewhere out in the yard/the dandelions wound their tails/around their neighbors’ throats/killing off the wild sage/then launching their feathery/seeds into the wind."  This is what we experience in poem after poem, this energy, this changing, this launching.  It is a well-wrought collection, and I am pleased to recommend it.

—Harry Humes, author of Butterfly Effect and Underground Singing


Coming this year from 

The Broadkill River Press:



Postcard From Bologna

Poems by Howard Gofreed

  














Dutiful Heart

A new collection of poetry by

Joy Gaines-Friedler


A beautiful collection of clear, grounded, surprising and moving poems about creating friendships and letting go loved ones, taking in whatever good there is to be had, and cutting out the damaged parts, and letting them go. Never over-poetic, simply graceful, smart, and necessary.

                                        –Heather Sellers

Like the bird that ‘curves its tiny bones around the twigs of wobbly branches,’ these poems adapt to and ride the most fierce and fragile of circumstances. Whether from the nursing home or the broken relationship — and with humor and forgiveness — the poems in Dutiful Heart bloom where they are planted. Joy Gaines-Friedler’s tender work reminds us to stay tethered, to keep refilling the feeder and always bring ‘something sweet for the table.’

–Terry Blackhawk

So fine to have Ms. Gaines-Friedler’s poems in the world — recording as they do with grace and proper gravitas the shift between generations, seasons, those watershed moments that move one day irretrievably into another.

                                        –Thomas Lynch








Speed Enforced by 


Aircraft

A new collection of poetry by

Richard Peabody

Nominated for the National Book Award!

Rick Peabody's latest collection of poetry is a testament to the many facets of his career. Though Peabody is a writer, poet, publisher, editor and long-time literary maven who has dedicated a large part of his own life to promoting other writers, especially young and/or emerging writers, this one-time wunderkind of American letters’ own style has matured and his work has taken on a depth and complexity, and the richness of a fine vintage.

                                  — The Publisher

 “Rick Peabody’s work embraces the world. As a generous lifelong champion of poetry, he is peerless. Here in his own poems, he rides his love of language, (“the word ‘Loggia’ turns me on”) to meet friends, family, strangers, students, urban detritus, pine forests, history, jealousy, love, war, moral failings and moral outrage without compromise. “War movies never get it right.  The audience would never stomach the truth,” he writes. In Speed Enforced by Aircraft, Rick Peabody presents the world with artistry and gravity, as well as his characteristic wit. Here is a fresh look at what makes a big embracing life. Cherish this book..”         — Beth Joselow

“Rick Peabody is a master of the quotidian, a keen observer and,    fortunately, a poet who records what most people fail to see, or simply ignore as unimportant. His art is in his artlessness. He does not seek to dazzle--though his images remain or return long after the poem is read and set aside. Likewise, certain lines are so plainly, yet with authority, set down like great eternal truths. These are fine, well-wrought poems that are a pleasure to read and then let tumble around in the brain--polishing.”     H. A. Maxson

“Richard Peabody writes poetry as if every day could be his last. With no time for waste or empty prettiness, he cuts straight to the chase every time. By turns tender, tragic, and elegiac, these large-hearted, achingly human poems take my breath away, deliver necessary lessons about loving and losing and loving again. This is a brave and beautiful collection.”                   — Rose Solari    

“In a voice witty and poignant, these poems address aging.  Peabody embraces the indignities of fatherhood, rails against the lessons of war, and outgrows his own father—and in the process, he drags himself memorably into maturity.  In his distinct and unforgettable style, Peabody embraces ‘the complicated software of the heart.’”                                                  — Kim Roberts

          

                            

Domain of the Lower

Air 

a collection of short fiction by

Maryanne Khan

(National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee)

Maryanne Khan was born in Canberra, Australia, and has lived in Milan, Chicago, Brussels, Rome and Washington D.C., before returning to Australia. Her second home is in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Her prose and poetry have been published in anthologies and literary journals in the United States and Australia. Her novel, Walking to Karachi, won a 2008 Varuna/HarperCollins Award.

“What if Clarice Lispector and Robert Walser spawned a love child obsessed with super-natural cargo cults? Would she step as lightly between good and evil as Maryann Khan does in these eight secular tales of faith, loss, death, disappointment, and lies? Herein, fear of change fuels naïve or shipwrecked characters (insurance cheats, veggie bitches, artists, ghosts, bad Santas, and other survivors), who inhabit exquisitely detailed ‘Our Towns’ in Italy, Australia, and the American South. Khan’s magical creations dance on the proverbial head of a pin, and they dance beautifully.”   

-- Richard Peabody, Editor, Gargoyle Magazine




The Year of the Dog Throwers

a collection of poetry by

Sid Gold

Sid Gold is a teacher of writing, and a poet as well.  That Sid Gold should come to poetry is a remarkably apt occurrence, for few people are quite so excited by words and their meanings as is the Harlem-born, Bronx and Manhattan-raised Gold.  Words, words, words, words.  Sid talks, and there is a danger in talking for most poets – the danger that they will have given as deep a consideration for the verbal as they do to their written language.  In this, Gold is a sort of amphibian, able to breathe in two mediums…But where he may be, on the one hand, conversationally-speaking, broad-ranging and effusive, to say nothing of excitable and plangent, his poetry is finely-tuned, striking exactly the chord he seeks to strike with a minimum of effort.  It is as if all of the words that bubble out of him are part of the creative fermentation process, so much excess verbiage, and somehow, what is left (on the page) is high-octane language.

Merrill Leffler (Dryad Press) calls him “an urban storyteller whose poems….ride the back of a rhythmic jazz-like line.  What may seem conversational is deceptively lyrical, nearly every poem a deliberate — and deliberative — riff in an assured, distinctive voice…”







Exile at Sarzanna

a collection of poetry by

Laura Brylawski-Miller


There is a firmly rooted sense of place in the poetry of Laura Brylawski-Miller, and the reader is likely to find him-or-herself in that place in their own head where similar images are locked away.  That these are resonant places which fill each reader with a new way of seeing, a new perspective, is merely part of the mystery.  That we are human and merely links in the long chain of human history are brought alive for us in her recalling of a line from Dante, armed with the just-purchased food for dinner, food, in Italy, such as Dante himself may have eaten, and thoughts which Dante himself expressed.  

If they appear to be small poems – with few epic themes or grand emotional bombast, they are nonetheless poems that describe a frozen moment, a moment under the glass slide of the microscope and ready for her inspection, that define the human condition for her as clearly as a slice of the human heart does for a forensic biologist.  So much poetry sits on the page, without breath, without life, words without price, lines that exact no cost – not so the poetry of Laura Brylawski-Miller.  Grace Cavalieri says of her that “Poetry needs her, as she awakens the beauty in language and lifts it from sleep.”  Galileo might also have added of her poetry,     “E pur si muove.”  "And yet it moves."




That Deep & Steady Hum

a collection of poetry by

Mary Anne Larkin

Mary Ann Larkin’s poetry is deceptively uncomplicated, with a flow like the deeper current of water or the hum of low-voltage electricity. Her work is as simple as that of Robert Frost was, which is to say not at all. Her work is as domestic as the Goddess Diana and as warlike as the goddess Demeter; her work is honest, but not blunt, uncompromising, but not confrontational, fearless, yet humble.  The echoes of an ancient world run through her work, even that work which is pointedly modern. If Rhiannon were to read it, she would see much of herself in these poems. 

Larkin is the author of five prior chap-books of poetry.  Much of her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, New Letters, Poetry Greece, and in a score of anthologies, including America in Poetry and Ireland in Poetry, both published by Abrams. In the 1970's, she cofounded the Big Mama Poetry Troupe, a group of feminist poets who performed from Chicago to New York. She has been able to support herself with her writing, supplementing her income as a fund-raiser and a teacher, most recently at Howard University.  In collaboration with Patric Pepper she co-founded the Pond Road Press.  Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she divides her time between Washington, DC and North Truro, on Cape Cod.


    




Sounding the Atlantic

a collection of poetry by

Martin Galvin

Martin Galvin’s bio reads like a who’s who of literary accomplishments. He has published his poetry in prestigious little magazines with small circulation and in mass-market magazines with very large circulation numbers. His first book, Wild Card, was selected by then-US Poet Laureate Howard Nemerov to receive the Washington Prize in 1989.  He won First Prize for a Narrative Poem from Poet Lore in 1992, First Prize from Potomac Review in 1999, and First Prize from Sow’s Ear Poetry Journal in 2007, and was also in that year awarded a writer’s residency at Yaddo.  He recently finished a five-year stint as the Book Review Editor at Poet Lore. 

Rod Jellema, Director Emeritus of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland, writes that, “Martin Galvin reminds us that poems say things the way most people would say them if only they could.  In conversation with the reader, each of these poems has its own voice, a voice that is usually quirky, folksy, and yet somehow surprising and hooked and lyrical.  The good talk is often tinged with echoes of Galvin’s boyhood among the Irish of his Philadelphia neighborhood.”

 

 

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