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In Angled Light
Selected Poems
by Joan Joffe Hall

Joan Joffe Hall's third full-length poetry collection presents a life's worth of writing and reflects the author's feminist stance as well as her humanist concerns and Jewish heritage. The poems are by turns outraged, elegiac, lyrical, and comic.

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Stumbling into the Light
Poems by Edwina Trentham

Gorgeously and honestly depicting the author’s passionate and painful youth in Bermuda, the poems of Edwina Trentham’s first book show the compassionate fury and troubled love she felt toward those closest to her. Stumbling into the Light presents “a child who learns to make her way ‘alone in paradise’ into adulthood, where she finally ‘adds up’ the past so it will ‘let her go.’ ”

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Leaning In
Poems by Norah Pollard

Poems by Norah Pollard, daughter of Red Pollard, jockey for famed racehorse Seabiscuit, subject of a best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, a PBS documentary, and a movie. Many of the poems in this book provide a compelling portrayal of the complex man who was the poet’s father as well as the most renowned jockey of the 1930's.

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Learning the Angels
Poems by Rennie McQuilkin

The fifth book of poems by award-winning poet Rennie McQuilkin. Depicting love's labors and delights, the collection moves from sensual delights to more problematic moments in the course of true and untrue love, arriving in the end at a sort of balancing.

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Report From The Banana Hospital
Poems by Norah Pollard

In her second volume of poems, Norah Pollard tells of her despairs, delights, and famous father, Red Pollard, Seabiscuit’s jockey. His love of wild things, the poems proclaim, is much like his daughter the poet’s.

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The Burning Bush
Essays with Poems by Polly Brody
In her second book, a collection of essays with interspersed poems, Polly Brody has given us a splendid ensemble of autobiography, natural history, and personal tribute. She moves from depictions of a country girl’s childhood to graphic portrayals of safari life to meditations on natural wonders great and small, bringing into play her training as a biologist, her passion for ornithology, and her poetic sensibility. In the course of the book, we come to know a woman who has lived her life with remarkable independence and generosity of spirit.

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Though War Break Out
Poems by Brad Davis

Presenting meditations on the biblical Psalms, this is the first of a multi-volume series entitled Opening King David. Davis’ poems express a wide variety of moods and attitudes ranging from rage to exultation and are always informed by wit, wisdom, and a passion for justice and love.

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Barbarians in the Kitchen
Poems by Ginny Lowe Connors

Focused on the conflict between the “barbaric” and the “civilized,” these poems move from school room to bedroom to the domain of tiger and bear. They are marked by compassion, wry wit, and an exquisite eye for the telling detail. Connors is that rare teacher and parent who welcomes the need of the young to rebel

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A Brief Eureka for the Alchemists of Peace
Poems by John Popielaski

After considering the folly, indifference and mayhem of which the human race is capable, John Popielaski’s poems examine the quality of mercy through which mankind sometimes redeems itself. The poems arrive at a tentative accommodation with a world which often seems on the verge of the Apocalypse.

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Getting Religion
Poems by Rennie McQuilkin

In his eighth book of poems, Rennie McQuilkin praises the human spirit but also sees the havoc it can wreak. The poems suggest that the animal world has much to teach us and that in it we may find our best hope for redemption. The book ends with poems considering various sorts of unchurchly immortality.

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First & Last
Poems by Rennie McQuilkin
In his ninth book of poems, Rennie McQuilkin focuses on the joys & perils of childhood and adolescence, along with the return to childhood that is part of aging.
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Painting to Poem
An anthology of poetry based on art
A forty-page chapbook containing poems by fifteen writers based on paintings and photography by members of the Avon Arts Association. The artworks are presented in color adjacent to the poems which were inspired by them.
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Like Fire Catching Wind
Poems by Lynn Hoffman
The settings for the poems in Like Fire Catching Wind range from the kitchen stove to the slopes of the Andes, and in between lie stories about what it means to be a wife, a mother, a daughter, and the granddaughter of Italian immigrants.
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Profligate with Love
Poems by Theresa C. Vara
“You are a poet,/Stay awake” advises “a voice beyond/hearing” in the opening poem of Theresa Vara’s stunning exploration of the complexities of family love. And stay awake she did and still does, paying close attention to the ways in which we learn about love and how that early instruction guides us through the twisting passages of adult passion in all its complicated forms.
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Ecstasy Among Ghosts
Poems by John L. Stanizzi
These are poems in which the poet’s generously extended Italian family, terrible despair and regenerating love are as salty as the ocean that beats just beyond the margins. To read this book is to ride a roller coaster of unbridled emotion. 
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A Place at the Table
Poems by Steve Foley
Steve Foley writes about parents and young people, both his own children and his students, with “deep emotional awareness” and “tenderness of feeling.”  Foley’s poems also display the sort of wit and wisdom that adds toughness to highly charged emotion and raises his work to the level of truly great poetry. Despite their apparent simplicity, the poems continue to reveal new dimensions with each reading.
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Private Collection
Poems by Rennie McQuilkin

This volume contains poems written over a period of forty years in response to works of art ranging from known masterpieces to crayon drawings, graffiti and household objects. The book contains 30 pages of notes presenting topics for writing and discussion as well as personal notations and ways of gaining internet access to artworks on which the poems are based.

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The Physics of Transmigration
Poems by Pit Pinegar

This third poetry collection by Pit Pinegar tells the story of a love affair, its beginning, middle, end, and new beginning. The poems, replete with life's "quotidian miracles," are gorgeously sensual and at the same time philosophical and mystical. The "transmigration" mentioned in the title underscores an element of psychic communication that is quite extraordinary. This is a wholly life-affirming book and one that no reader can peruse without being changed.

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Song of the Drunkards
Poems by Brad Davis
In this second book of the four-part series Opening King David, Brad Davis gives us poems which are by turns questioning, reverent, lyrical and witty. Though each poem is based on a particular psalm, the poet has roamed far and wide in his very contemporary responses ranging from the personal to the political, from rage to joy, from melancholy to meditation. The first volume, Though War Break Out, was also published by Antrim House.
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Playing with Gravity
Poems & Translations by Joan Kunsch
By turns lyrical, joyful, melancholy, and wonderfully funny, these poems take us on journeys of many sorts: into the northland of Scandinavia, onto the streets of St. Petersburg and Torrington, into the world of classical ballet, and most of all, into the heart and mind of an extraordinary woman who has mastered several art forms with consummate grace. Not the least of those arts is that of translation: the book includes stunning translations of two Norwegian poets.
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Inside the Box
Poems by Michael Cervas
In his first book, Michael Cervas give us a stunning array of poems that deftly combine the physical and metaphysical, ebullience and irony. Moving from his own past to meditations on seizing the moment and laments for the inhumanity of humanity, Cervas examines the human heart with unclouded vision and ends with a suite of love poems quite astonishing in their honesty and passion.
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At the Flower's Lip
Poems by Polly Brody
These are poems which move from the anguish of divorce to the sensual and spiritual ecstasy of passionate and deeply felt love of the sort that comes most fully to those who have lived long enough to give and receive it. N.B.: THE ORIGINAL EDITION HAS BEEN REPLACED BY AN EXPANDED 2ND EDITION.
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Slant Light
Poems by Jim Pearce
Jim Pearce writes of his grandfather's farm where poetry and raw milk were everday realities, of grief's "sharp memories," of Nerudian Common Things and of the marvels that underlie the commonplace. His tone is by turns lyrical and satirical, elegiac and sanguine. He writes to be understood, and he understands the joys and sorrows we all share.
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This Weather is No Womb
Poems by Parker Towle
In his first full-length collection of poems, Parker Towle ranges from the mountains and rivers of New England to Central America, from hospital halls to the days of his youth. He “writes poignantly about love and longing, youth and death,” delving into what is both “universal and yet very personal, even intimate.” (Dana Cook Grossman).
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Boreal
Poems by Bruce Pratt


Ranging from the sensuous high spirits of its first section to the darker currents and satirical barbs of its second section, and concluding with a gorgeous prayer to the Maker of all that is bright and dark, Bruce Pratt’s first book of poems is a tour de force placing him among the finest poets writing today.
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Geisha
Poems by Jocelyn Sloan
Illustrations by Norah Pollard
A handsomely illustrated gift book in chapbook style, Geisha contains the geisha poems written by Jocelyn Sloan toward the end of her life. Beautifully Illustrated by Norah Pollard, the poems tell the story of a geisha who falls in love against all the rules of her profession, and suffers the consequences.
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Perspective
Poems by Bob Jacob
Written in response to his work as a Hospice volunteer, Bob Jacob’s poems depict moments of epiphany, utter honesty, and spontaneous joy experienced by those passing from one world to another. These poems will surprise you with their unorthodox insights.
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Down to the Waters
Poems by Cheryl Della Pelle
Down to the Waters tells a story, the story of one woman’s search for herself and for the sort of fulfillment that comes only to those who refuse to settle for less than everything. The poems in this book are utterly honest, uninhibited, and close to the bone.
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No Vile Thing
Poems by Brad Davis
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis In the third part of his four-part series entitled Opening King David, Brad Davis once again presents a series of contemporary responses to the biblical psalms. As in the two earlier volumes, Though War Break Out and Song of the Drunkards (see above), the poems range from the personal to the political, from rage to joy, from melancholy to meditation.
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Silk Fist Songs
Poems by Marilyn E. Johnston
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis Silk Fist Songs is a stunning debut depicting the author’s childhood, coming of age, love and marriage; her troubled and loving relationship with a father and brother; her grief at the loss of both; and her search for personal identity in the wake of shattering loss. “These poems are true, and human, and ones you’ll want to live with. This is a very strong first book” (Doug Anderson).
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Crazy Girl with Lighter
Poems by Jen Gates
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

This is more than a poetry collection: it is an archetypal tale of paradise lost and regained, or at least glimpsed again. Through the story of her descent into the hell of drug addiction and difficult ascent back to the world from which she’d dropped out, Jen Gates has given us a modern morality tale.

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Quarry
Poems by Jim Kelleher
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

These are tough-minded poems quarried out of a life and a region full of hardship. They show a man and his neighbors — human, animal, vegetable and mineral — that endure and, more often than not, prevail. Quarry will give courage to its readers.

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Tightrope Walker
Poems by Geri Radacsi
Based on works of art of all sorts, these poems present “an abundance of sensual particulars” and are marked by “candor, perspicacity and passion.” They pierce to “the very heart of the human endeavor” and remind one reader of “repeatedly slicing into one’s very first orange.”
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North Northeast
by Rennie and Sarah McQuilkin
Rennie and Sarah McQuilkin have collaborated on a revised and much expanded edition of North Northeast, she adding new illustrations and he, new poems, all in keeping with the book's focus on the people, places and fauna making their nook of New England such a lively microcosm of the world at large.
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From the Front of the Classroom
Poems by Elizabeth Thomas
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

Ranging from her childhood, young adulthood, and marriage to her passionate involvement with teaching the young and the not so young to appreciate the joy of poetry, these new poems by Elizabeth Thomas are strikingly honest, direct and energetic, always instilled by enormous empathy and compassion.

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Until Crazy Catches Me
Poems by Ellen Rachlin
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

In her first full-length poetry collection, Ellen Rachlin displays a wit, minimalism and passion for particulars reminiscent of Marianne Moore.  Always behind the reticence of these sometimes playful, sometimes anguished poems is a passion for honesty and for a life in which the sensual cohabits with the cerebral. In Rachlin’s verse, Marjory Wentworth finds “objects and landscapes [that] seem suddenly brilliant and suffused with meaning we had never considered.”

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Like Those Who Dream
Poems by Brad Davis
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

In this final volume of his OPENING KING DAVID series, Brad Davis once again celebrates the art of living in harmony with a higher power, whether we call it God, our Better Selves, or the Hope and Charity prescribed by David’s successor. Davis’ meditations on the Psalms (107-150) are, as ever, fierce, joyful, lyrical and witty. They constantly surprise with their unexpected turns of phrase and event.

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Sleepwalking
Poems by John L. Stanizzi
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

This illuminated gift edition is devoted to a single subject: Night. It begins in the crepuscular “blue hour” of Civil Twilight, descends into the darkness of nightmare, then ascends to a realm of moon-lit magic and surreal beauty before ending with the risen colors of birdsong dawn.

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The Price of Water
Poems by David K. Leff
No Vile Thing - Poems by Brad Davis

In his first poetry collection, David K. Leff has created exquisite prose poems ranging from expressions of joy in the natural world to laments for “civilized” degeneracy. His reportorial eye and environmentalist’s knowledge have been conjoined with a philosopher’s wisdom and a poet’s passion for le mot juste. These are poems to savor with delight.

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The Water Sonnets
Poems by Kenton Wing Robinson
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

Written in a highly distinctive style, the latter-day sonnets in this volume are as modern as they are traditional, as witty as they are emotional. And their range is enormous: from the highly satirical to the utterly sensual, from absolute joy to philosophical despair.  As John Surowiecki says, they are an absolute delight.

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Returning Light
Poems by Lisa Sornberger
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

In her second book, Lisa Sornberger presents poems whose exuberance and passion encounter a deep melancholy which the poet fights through in the pages of her book, arriving at a hard-won balancing of opposites. The result is a collection with enormous emotional torque.

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Chisel of Remembrance
Poems by Vera Schwarcz
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

This book is devoted to the premise that in the cultural and communal traditions of all peoples, be they Chinese, Jewish or Tibetean, there is what Yeats called a “ceremony of innocence” offering salvation from the “mere anarchy” loosed when the past is forgotten. In poems concerning the classical arts of creation, the value of remembrance, the havoc wrought by war and revolution, and the peace gained by ancient practices of meditation and devotion to the present, the author urges us to hear “the voice within the silence.” 

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Down by the Riverside Ways
Poems by Susan Allison
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

These poems revel in all the sensual pleasures life has to offer. They also lay bare the injustices afflicting too many of the poet’s fellow townspeople, who respond to the various wars waged against them with the fortitude of survivors and with a love for one another not shown by their persecutors. Susan Allison has done for Middletown, Connecticut, what Williams did for Paterson, New Jersey: she has seen past its pedestrian surface to its mythical underpinnings. She has written a book whose passion, honesty, and visceral style make it an important contribution to the world of poetry.

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The Weathering
New and Selected Poems by Rennie McQuilkin
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

A compilation of poems written between 1969 and 2009, including about 15 new poems and much revision of earlier work. Ranging from verse steeped in the natural world, to love poems, to reminiscences of the poet’s youth during World War Two, to poems in which epiphanies do battle with the Grim Reaper, McQuilkin’s work comes down on the side of hope and faith, but not without a fight and not without humor. The book ends with a series of lyrics dedicated to the poet’s parents and a sense that after life’s cataracts and hurricanoes, ripeness is indeed all.

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Death & Rapture in the Animal Kingdom
New Poems by Norah Pollard
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

The poems in this third book by Norah Pollard display the wild joy and savage despair that mark her earlier books. The poet revels in the physicality of the animal world she finds in man and beast; she also suffers the anguish of loss and death, especially that of her beloved brother. Like her father, Seabiscuit’s jockey, Norah Pollard rides the wild currents of a world that takes her where it will, takes her dangerously and deleriously.

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Simply This
Poems for All Ages by Ingrid Grenon
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

Younger and older readers alike will relish these poems, which are often written in a traditional style and arise from the very New England soil that has nurtured the poet, who operates a small horse farm. She sings of the natural world and farm life, of living in the present moment, of growing up unbridled. The book is enhanced by a series of lovely illustrations.

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Seasoning
Poems 2005-2009 by Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers
Seasoning by Elizabeth Kincaid Ehlers

In this, her second poetry collection, Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers gives us work seasoned with her unique brand of humor and laced with rage, rue, nostalgia, and unstinting love. Much of that love springs from the marriage of her children and the advent of grandchildren, about whom the poet has no mixed feelings at all, simply sheer joy.

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That Dark Lake
Poems by Don Barkin
The Water Sonnets by K W Robinson

There is much pain and sorrow, much loss in these brilliant, energetically formal poems; but there is also a faith that in wilderness and in the young lie possibilities of preservation. Don Barkin’s work presents a metaphorical parallel as well, suggesting that although dark lakes of the spirit threaten to drown us and all our attachments, there is deep down in us, in the wilderness and forgotten innocence within, a countering mystery.

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Gandy Dancing
Poems by Jean Sands
Gandy Dancing - Poerms by Jean Sands

Jean Sands has written a book that chronicles one woman’s victory in a struggle for survival against all the odds. Beginning with poems about a childhood sometimes happy, sometimes threatened, the poet goes on to describe abuses, betrayals, and losses that she has been able to survive, displaying remarkable courage and understanding in the process. The book ends with a series of loving tributes to sons and friends. Its coda is a memorable song of triumph.

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My Daughter Is Drummer in the Rock ’n Roll Band
Poems by Alexandrina Sergio

Alexandrina Sergio’s first full-length poetry collection presents a wide range of feeling, from depths of profound sorrow to heights of raucous humor. Marked by utter honesty, its ascents and descents are sheer and enormously invigorating. This is a book to cherish.

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Homeless Souls
Photographs and Poems by Jake Anderson
omeless Sluls by Jake Anderson

In his photographs and poems, Jake Anderson shows powers of empathy that remind one of Walker Evans and James Agee. It is no wonder that the homeless people he came to know during his time with them were willing to reveal so much in their faces and in the commentary each of them wrote. The author will donate 30% of all proceeds from the book to organizations supporting the homeless.

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Weight of the Angel
Poems by Marilyn E. Johnston
Weight of the Angel by Marilyn E. Johnston

In her second book, Marilyn Johnston again focuses on family, but this time turns from the men of her family to the women, in particular to the way she and her mother have grown emotionally in their relationship to one another and in their own lives. Other women in the poet’s family also make important appearances in a book that will open the hearts of its readers.

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Explorations
Poems by Dick Greene
Explorations

In this collection distilled from a lifetime of poetizing, the author deftly and vividly describes his early life, his joy in the natural world, his darker meditations, his continuing delight in childhood pleasures, and his abiding love for the woman he married.

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How Much of Love
Poems by Nancy Daley
Gandy Dancing - Poems by Jean Sands

Nancy Daley’s finely wrought debut collection runs a gamut of emotions from delighting in love, to mourning its loss, to a hard-won letting go – with an assist from the Pacific – to feeling the stirrings of new departures, and in the end, new love.

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What Gets Lost
Poems by Doris Henderson
Explorations

These are poems that defy easy categorizing. They are full of high spirits and mischief, and they are haunted by the spectre of vacancy; they are by turns earthy and surreal, filled with the joy of the natural world and the possibilities of love, but also keenly aware of what gets lost. Always, however, they blaze with verbal pyrotechnics and wit. Be prepared for a wild ride.

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Stirring Shadows
Poems by Polly Brody
Stirring Shadows

As the title of Polly Brody's third book suggests, the poet portrays both the darkness of life and its heart-stirring beauty. Dire death and a variety of other cruelties are graphically described in Stirring Shadows, but equally vivid are the possibilities of love, redemption, mercy, and resurrection.

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In the End a Circle
Poems by Peggy Sapphire
Explorations

In her second book of poems, Peggy Sapphire again shows herself to be one of the most humane, honest, generous-hearted poets now writing, and one of the most spirited. In the End a Circle will give the rueful heart a change of mood.

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To Join the Lost
Poetry by Seth Steinzor
To Join the Lost by Seth Steinzor

Seth Steinzor has written a latter-day version of Dante's Inferno. In this, the first of his three-part transformation of the Divine Comedy, contemporary sinners are treated to contemporary variations on the torments of the original Nine Circles of Hell.

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Journeys
Poems by Mollie Pilling
Journeys by Mollie Pilling

In her first poetry collection, Mollie Pilling draws upon her many years of living, journeying, and teaching in foreign lands. In these intelligent, visceral, sometimes rambunctious, sometimes heart-breaking poems, the author’s journeys are emotional as well as geographical. She glories in the joys of motherhood and all varieties of love, but she also mourns the losses that follow unleashings of the heart.

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55 Poems
by members of the Yale Class of 1955
edited & assembled by Donald H. Werner
55 Poems by members of the Yale Class of 1955

In this remarkable collation of poems by fellow classmates of Yale’s Class of 1955, Donald H. Werner has assembled and edited work showing that 1955 was a very good year for sending poets out into the world, at least in New Haven.

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Liberty Street Hill
Poems by Paul Scollan
Poems by Paul Scollan

In his first book of poetry, Paul Scollan has distilled a lifetime of observation, some of it joyful, some of it rueful. We are treated to vivid characterization and description, an unflinching look at the worst life has to offer and an ebullient presentation of its shining moments. Scollan embodies Shakespeare’s definition of the poet as one who “gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.” In this case, the local habitation and name are those of Meriden, Connecticut.

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Haberdasher’s Daughter
Poems by Suzanne Levine 
Poems by Suzanne Levine In her first poetry collection, Suzanne Levine shows us the joys and perils of growing up female and feisty in the 1950’s and of having a poet’s sensibility in a pedestrian world. And yet the poet never loses her capacity for love. Although she faces deaths of several kinds, she ends with a series of poems in which loss is lost and love is found.

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God, Put Out One of My Eyes
A Memoir by Arlene Swift Jones

In this memoir depicting her days as the wife of an undercover CIA agent on Cyprus just before and during the bloody civil war between Cypriot Greeks and Turks, Arlene Swift Jones has written a page-turner that describes the beauty and barbarity of landscape, customs, and ethnic duality on an island that has long been regarded as the Jewel of the Mediterranean but descends into a paradise lost when hostilities begin in 1963.

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Shadow Sounds
Poems by Joan Kantor
Shadow Sounds by Joan Kantor In poems dealing with childhood, family (both private and public), the natural world, and the world of art, Joan Kantor shows herself to be a poet on whom nothing is lost. She faces personal and public demons with great honesty, and she relishes beauty of all kinds with uninhibited zest. Love and loss, hope and despair do battle here, and the victory (won with courage and determination) goes to the stronger impulse: love and hope.
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The Sweet & Low Down
Poems by Mary Leonard

In her third chapbook, Mary Leonard gives us the lowdown on life. Though it turns out to be less than savory at times, she shows its sweets as well as its sours. There is loss and yearning here, but there is also a rising into new life through the energy of color, zest, and most of all, love.

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Depth of Field
Poems and photographs by David K. Leff
Depth of Field In Depth of Field, his second poetry collection, David Leff ups the ante, allowing us ever more deeply into his private world: his sorrows, his joys, his yearning. The book portrays a paradise both lost and rediscovered: in the midst of a synthetic civilization, the poet finds havens in the natural world, in history, in relics of the past. And that is only half the story: the other half is told by Leff’s photography. The poems in Depth of Field are accompanied by splendid photos that extend and illuminate the words they join.
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Transitions & Transformations
Poems by Sherri Bedingfield
Transitions & Transformations

In her first book, Sherri Bedingfield’s transitions and transformations are many. How naturally she moves from joy to deep sorrow and back to hard-earned joy, which she finds in the world of nature and in the dance of love; and how seamlessly she shape-shifts from human to animal existence and back again.This is a poet deeply in tune with psychic and physical mysteries.

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Learning to Love
Poems by Nick Harris
Nick Harris cover In his first poetry collection, Nick Harris focuses on his own and Everyman's attempt to find enduring love despite its fragility. He portrays the impermanence of relationships in the face of wanderlust and insecurity, but he also portrays a compelling urge to return, to cross thresholds left behind.
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All Roads Go Where They Will
Poems by Phyllis Beck Katz
Transitons & Transformations

In her first book, Phyllis Beck Katz moves from poems reflecting on the troubles of childhood to poems expressing joy in the worlds of nature and art. The book has a dark underside, but in the end joy and hope prevail. The poems are elegantly spare and simple but richly reward multiple readings.

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Just Say Yes
A memoir by Miriam Brooks Butterworth
In her fascinating, moving and beautifully illuminated reminiscences from a long and richly engaged life, Miriam (Mims) Butterworth treats us to a cultural and political history of the Twentieth Century. En route, we meet her celebrated husband, Oliver Butterworth, author of "The Enormous Egg," along with her splendid children and grandchildren. Most of all, we get to know the author, a woman of prodigious powers in political and educational arenas, a committed humanitarian, an exraordinary mother, and a woman with enormous love of life.
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Unguarded Crossing
Poems by Bob Brooks
Unguarded Crossing

The sprightly wit and incisive satire of Bob Brooks’s first full-length book are a delight, all the more so when their philosophical underpinnings reveal themselves. There is a keen intelligence at work here and an equal measure of heart. Be prepared for double-takes, constant surprises, rare honesty, and startling images.

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A Wheel in a Wheel
Poems by Gretchen Schafer Skelley
A Wheel in a Wheel cover This first book by Gretchen Schafer Skelley is steeped in a sense of the redemptive powers in the natural world, be it the world of rivers, mountains, or Tibi the Cat. There is much playfulness in these poems, but also a dark side, a sense of love's fragility. In the end, however, darkness is dispelled by faith in the "eternal sun" which undoes even death.
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Divided Eye
Poems by Katharine Carle
A Wheel in a Wheel cover Here are vigorous, adventurous, beautifully crafted poems replete with wit, deep emotion, honesty, and generosity of spirit. Holding back nothing, they are in part a love letter to a mother and in part the record of a life lived fully, courageously, and lovingly.
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Captivated
Poems by Michael Cervas
In Captivated Michael Cervas pulls out all the stops. As in his earlier book, we are given splendid poems in which history, science, foreign culture, and sport are metaphors for essential truth, but now there is an even greater admixture of hilarity and irony, increased emotional depth, and a series of love poems to die for, though beneath it all a current of melancholy runs deep.
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Small Circles of Time
Poems by Lorence Guttermen
In his first book, subtitled “Poems from a South Dakota Childhood,” Lorence Gutterman writes in a clear-cut style reminiscent of Ted Kooser. The difficulties and joys of childhood, a memorable cast of small town characters, and a love of the natural world—all of this is the stuff of a latter-day Spoon River Anthology in which neither the good nor the bad is short-shrifted. This book reaches deep into the heart.
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Flounder In: Fishers Island Sketches
by Charles B. Ferguson
In his most recent book, Charles Ferguson presents watercolor sketches from the past six summers on Fishers Island, to which he returns every year. He feels that these 4 x 6 inch sketches are his best work, thanks to their spontaneity. They are accompanied by haiku-like poetry capturing their essence.
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Laughing in the Face of Cancer
A Memoir by Pam Lacko
Derived from a blog written during her battle against cancer, Laughing in the Face of Cancer is must-reading. It describes in vivid detail and with a large dose of life-saving humor the ways in which its author survived and thrived after her diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer and her double masectomy. This book will invigorate and inspire all who read it, whatever their personal battles may be.
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Mick: A Celestial Drama
by Jim Kelleher

Jim Kelleher’s drama-in-verse can be read as a novel or performed on stage. In it, a homeless, presumably hopeless Viet Vet named Mick redeems himself with the help of St. Peter and a NYPD beat cop/Iraq vet. His failed wife and son, both in Heaven, also help. This book will change you.

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Beyond the Margins
Poems by Jeff Dutko


In his first book of poems, Jeff Dutko protests against the stupidity and heartlessness of an inane and indifferent world, often including himself in that world, but he also praises its sudden and shocking beauty. There is much sadness here and abundant anger, but also wit, incandescence, and intimations of a better way.
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How Do I Hate Thee?
A Sampler of Poetic Rage Against Cancer
by Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers
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In this remarkable collection of verse transforming well-known poems-of-the-past into versions that are at once raucous and heart-breaking, Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Be prepared for the unexpected!

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Rescue Mission
Poems by Kathleen Dale
Rescue Mission cover In these rueful yet hopeful poems, Kathleen Dale mourns loss in its manifold forms but also finds possibilities of salvation, of learning new ways in which to rescue oneself, diving into deep waters and rising up from them, renewed.
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Almost Everything Takes Forever
Poems by Kirsten Wasson

At the heart of these poems is yearning, the trope for which is desire for a permanent home. Such desire and an attendant yearning for amorous love are less fulfilled here than is the love between mother and daughter, mother and son. No matter how threatened by time, such love is a permanent “buoy in lapping distance.”

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Everything Waits To Be Noticed
Poems by Carol A. Armstrong
In her enormously imaginative poems, Armstrong draws upon the full range of a life deeply and richly lived. She relates the experience of aging with youthful zest, looks the imperfections of life squarely in the face, embracing them, her "irrepressible merriment obliterating darkness." The child in her is given free rein, and also the sage.
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Window On The River
Ann Anderson Stranahan
In the emotionally charged and moving poems of her first book, Ann Stranahan depicts with unusual honesty the trials and joys of a daughter, a mother, a wife, and a fighter for human rights. The generosity of spirit, wit, and empathetic compassion of these poems will enrich the lives of all who read them.
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Love Like This
Poems by Margaret Keane - Sister Marie Michael Keane
These posthumous poems, written both before and after Margaret Keane became Sister Marie Michael, recall Emily Dickinson’s. The poet’s passion and love of the natural world are very like the Belle of Amherst’s; only in her orthodox religious belief does she differ, but even then she has a personal, often unexpected way of expressing Catholic conviction. One is reminded of the 17th Century Metaphysical Poets.
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On the Irreversibility of Time
Poems by Mame Willey
In these refreshingly iconoclastic poems, Mame Willey looks unflinchingly at the worst life has to offer, staring it down and countermanding it with unfailing compassion, resilience, and a lovely dose of irony and wit.
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Thinking like a Canyon
New and Selected Poems, 1973-2010 by Jarold Ramsey
Cover art Oregon rancher, teacher, family man, good friend, and aficionado of all things native, Jarold Ramsey wears his many hats with grace and presents us with poems rich in wit, benevolence, and energy. In this long-awaited compendium, earth and heaven intermarry.
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Full Face to the Light
Poems & Illuminations by Marye Gail Harrison
These poems and watercolor sketches show Marye Gail Harrison to be a painterly poet and a poetic artist. Ranging from her youth in Maryland to her joys and suffering as a wife and mother, her love of the natural world, and her search for self-fulfillment, this is a spiritual guidebook.
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Listening to Africa
Poems by Diana M. Raab
In her quest for health of mind and body, Diana Raab travels to the heart of Africa with her family, experiencing the beauty of another world and the distress but also the delight and dignity of those, both human and animal, living in difficult conditions.
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Poems by Judy Kronenfeld
Judy Kronenfeld cover It is good that this prize-winning book is being reissued in a revised second edition. What makes it especially memorable is its rare combination of intelligence and passion, reverence and iconoclasm, love of the past and hope for the future.
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Sweet Spot
Poems by Kenneth Lee
In his second collection of poems, Kenneth Lee rings all the changes life has to offer, from the joys and mysteries of childhood and married love to the “breakers” of later life countered by the sunny promontories that remain at the end of day.
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Until Nothing More Can Break
Poems by Kate Fetherston
In her first, much-awaited book, Kate Fetherston says “every story spills out as emergence or / emergency depending / on one's view...” And indeed her poems are lushly ambivalent yet utterly down to earth. Their wit, wisdom, and vivid detail are a delight.
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Journeys
Poems by Barry. L. Zaret

In his first poetry collection, Barry Zaret has unleashed a long-withheld torrent of gorgeous verse drawn from the riches of his Jewish heritage, his life as a cardiologist, his intense sorrows and equally intense joys, and his love of the natural world, especially his beloved Berkshires.

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Night Spirit
Poems by Ann Mirabile Lees

These spare, exquisitely phrased poems pull no punches, facing the realities of personal and extra-personal hardships unflinchingly. But they also find solace in the world of nature, and the book ends with celebrations of life-saving moments to be found in that world.

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When Less Than Perfect Is Enough
Poems by Patricia Horn O’Brien

The poems in this marvelously various collection ring all the changes: from sorrow to elation, bitterness to acceptance of the semi-sweet joys life offers between bouts of weather. There is rue here, and raucous humor, love lost and found, and always a steadfast onwardness.

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Hidden Drive
Poems by Chivas Sandage
Hidden Drive These are riveting poems! The sorrow and pain riddling them are countered by a joy as deep as the poet’s sounding whales, as mysterious as the "dark totem" that tells her who she is, as rampant as the “flesh of leaves.” Always, love is the hidden, perilous, and absolutely vital drive behind the outer movements of a life for which betting against the house is the only way to savor the essential.
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Big Dipper
Selected Poems by Kenneth S. Robson

In this generous helping of poems from a lifetime of writing, we are offered both rue and joy, sorrow and laughter, and new beginnings at the end of things. What a savory book!

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The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line
Poems by Ginny Lowe Connors
Connors cover How often the sadness of things gives way to brief but unforgettable moments of elation in these poems. Joy and regret cohabit here like the poet's dragonflies joined together brilliantly in their courtship over the shimmer of evening water.
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Dance Against the Wall
Poems by John L. Stanizzi

These exceptionally vivid poems stun us into fuller a livelihood of the heart. Here is all the pain and self-incrimination that strike those who feel deeply, but in the end it is love and a sense of the brotherhood among all living creatures, human and animal, that inform this book.

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12 floors above the earth
Poems by Myra Shapiro

These new poems are extraordinarily passionate, sensual, honest, and heart-felt evocations from a life richly lived. They draw upon the author’s Jewish background, questioning intellect, love of family, and refusal to abide by conventional strictures. More than enduring, Myra Shapiro prevails.

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Lee Lee: A True Taill and A Thanksgiving Story
two illustrated children’s stories by Charlie Ferguson

These charming children’s books will make perfect gifts for young people at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The text and drawings are witty, unpredictable, and heart-warming.

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Letter from Italy, 1944
Poems by Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely

The daughter of an army doctor serving with the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two has written a searingly honest and loving series of poems about her father’s post-traumatic return to civilian life and the winning courage he showed in his losing battle.

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Knit Together: An Orphan’s Spiritual Journey
a memoir by JoAnne Taylor

What an inspiring, heart-breaking, and heart-strengthening book this is! It is also a page-turner, as we follow the author’s attempts to locate and learn to know the sister from whom she was separated at the age of two.

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Somewhere a Bird
Poems by Karen Silk

The sense of grief and loss in these poems is countered by equally strong courage, love of life, and faith in the healing properties of the natural world. You will be stronger for immersing yourself in this book

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My Father, Humming
Poems by Jonathan Gillman

Jonathan Gillman’s moving series of poems depicts his extraordinary father’s drift into dementia, the love that father evoked in his family, and the author’s turbulent relationship with him, followed by reconciliation and a sense of his own mortality. The world of music is a leitmotif throughout the book, which reads like a novel.

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A Prism of Wings
Haiku by Rebecca Lilly

The delicate haiku in this volume are vivid in detail, fascinating in philosophy, accurate in science, and gorgeous in coloration. The same can be said for the full-color illustrations that illuminate the book. If you weren’t one before, you will be an aficionado of butterflies and moths when you put down the book.

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In Deep
Poems by Norah Pollard

In her wistful and joyous new book, Norah Pollard asks, “What else is there to write about but love and death?” And those are her subjects. But neither is what you might expect it to be. There is enormous vitality, joy, sadness, and wit in these poems. The poet is at the top of her game in this brilliant new collection.

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Small Gods of Summer
Poems by Gregory LeStage

In verse steeped in tradition but contemporary in its freedoms, we are presented with an argument between opposites: the losses and griefs of a world gone dark are set against the joys and triumphs of a world bathed in light.

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That's How the Light Gets In
Poems by Alexandrina Sergio

These poems combine gusto and empathy with such passion that they seem to leap off the page. Sandy Sergio lavishes her love on the young, on creatures of the wild, and on all strangers in a strange land, but she never forgets that “there are tears for things.”

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Oh Days of Happy Memory
Poems by Cecelia D. Johnson

Nostalgia, wit, vivid detail, strong feeling, and the omnipresence of water (especially the Delaware River) make these remarkably clear and accessible poems a joy to read.

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Nantucket Revisited
Poems by Tom Mallouk

Although Tom Malluck's poems tell us he is a man acquainted with grief and aware of the destructive forces of the natural world, they also remind us of the healing properties of sea and shore, in this case those of the poet’s beloved Nantucket. The book is graced by nine exquisite photographs of the island.

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Visitations
Poems by Rennie McQuilkin

In his new book of poems, McQuilkin describes a series of visitations from the natural world, the human world, and the Other World. Though the poet presents plenty of reasons to look askance at life, his poems are celebrations.

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Sounds of House and Wood
Poems by Sara Ingram

These poems offer a grand amalgam of joy and doubt, summer and winter, play and work. Most of all, they are love poems: love of childhood, of marriage, of self-discovery, of New England—its harsh but gorgeous winters, its boulders, its resurrection in spring, its wild life.

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Ancestral Intelligence
Renditions and Poems by Vera Schwarcz

Vera Schwarcz has added this forceful and fascinating work to her ever-growing list of publications depicting the cultural landscape of contemporary China. Here, she has created stunning “renditions” of poems by a mid-20th Century dissident poet, Chen Yinke, and has added a group of her own poems in harmony with Chen Yinke’s. Like his, her poems show a degradation of culture and humanity, in this case through comparison of classic and modern Chinese logographs.

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Light's Reservoir
Haiku by Rebecca Lilly

This lovely sequel to the author’s collection of butterfly haiku is another triumph, combining philosophy, botany, and poetry in ways that allow us to share the author’s emotional and intellectual joy in the wildflowers we all too often take for granted or know little about.

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Waiting for Wisdom
Poems by Anne Magee Dichele

These are strong, honest poems that do not shy away from the pain life doles out, but face that pain with such philosophy, joie de vivre, and generosity of spirit that they have much to teach us.

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October's Gallery
Poems by Jim Pearce

These poems “ring the changes” from joy to sorrow to irony, but beneath such variety the world of nature remains a saving grace. There is a generous spirit creating the music in this most harmonious of books.

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Airplants
Selected Poems by William H. Matchett

What a generous selection from the poet’s several books written over a long writing career, including “Water Ouzel,” which received national acclaim after appearing in The New Yorker. We are fortunate to have this compilation from one of the country’s foremost poets.

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Stunned by Illumination
Poems by Jeanne Weston Cook

Like Frost, Jeanne Weston Cook has been one "acquainted with the night." But despite the sorrows darkening her book, she has been stunned by the illumination of the world’s beauty. In the end, her book is a Song of Joy.

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Where Inches Seem Miles
Poems by Joel F. Johnson

Often ironic, sometimes sad, these poems consider love lost and found. In voices casual, lyric, witty or intense, they touch on war, death and sex in clear, dramatic language. Joan Houlihan calls the book “a stunning debut.”

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Migrations
Poems by Phyllis Beck Katz
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These brilliant poems consider life’s emotional and physical migrations. The author counters the sometime perils of such migrations with the consolations of the natural world and memories of less unpredictable times.

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Willing Suspension
Poems by Rhett Watts
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These are the poems of a humanist who embraces all arts and sciences, one whose desire to know moves her closer to family both past and present, then expands outward to focus on the lives and work of artists and sages. Her world view excludes neither the terrors of war nor life’s manifold joys. This book is itself a manifold joy.

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The Overgrown Copse
Poems by Jane D'Arista

In the gorgeously honest, passionate and vivid poems of The Overgrown Copse, Jane D’Arista records her lifelong search for an Eden, a home—however temporary—and the mixed blessings that come with that search. In the end, joy trumps distress.

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Coming Back
Poems by Joan Hofmann

Joan Hofmann’s first chapbook looks loss squarely in the face but also depicts the restorative powers of the natural world in lush detail. At its heart is a hard-won joie de vivre.

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Bereft and Blessed
Poems by Joan Seliger Sidney

Focusing on the twin holocausts of Multiple Sclerosis and the Final Solution of World War II, the poet shows that being doubly bereft has led to double blessing through her determination to survive and the very act of recording the past in poems that make this book such a blessing.

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The Collected Poems
Paul Petrie

Seldom does a book as important as this one come along. Paul Petrie’s work is greatly admired by many of the country’s major poets and was published in leading journals and magazines, as well as in his eleven poetry collections. The work is astounding in its emotional depth, range of emotion, and variety of form.

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Lake Effect
Poems by Kenneth Lee

Childhood joy, the delights of long marriage, moments of quiet reflection, the losses attendant on aging, and the life-saving gifts offered by the natural world and grandchildren—they are all here in a book that is in itself life-saving.

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In Defense of Worms
Poems by Victoria T. Murphy

As the title suggests, these poems can be witty, irreverent, lots of fun. But they can also be nostalgic and lyrical. In short, this book – one that includes translations and a good many poems inspired by fly-fishing – is a work for all seasons by a poet whose intelligence matches her poetic sensibility. And she actually rhymes!

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Cliff Walk - Poems and Paintings of Mackinac & Beyond
by Melissa Croghan

If ever there was a book which is pure epiphany, this is it! We are presented with the blessings of an island where motorcars are not allowed and where forebears, family, and all manner of islanders (dogs, horses, and bats not least of all) are intensely alive, whether past or present.

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Tasting Precious Metal
Poems by Danny Dover

These poems take us on an expansive journey across ranges of emotional terrain spanning loss, love, nostalgia, and wonder. Danny Dover writes like a prospector, examining any crevice of human nature that might yield a glimpse of something rare and immutable.

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From Nought Anew
by Alex Kochkin

These posthumous poems ask questions that many are afraid to ask and express an idealist’s dismay at the world’s destruction of ideals. But they are also in love with a world the poet was about to leave. Alex Kochkin was a philosopher who loved to tango.

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Fresh Voices
Poems by winners of Hill-Stead Museum’s Young Poets Competition

The voices of the five high school poets appearing in this chapbook sparkle with fresh insights.

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The Quickening
by Elizabeth Schultz

These poems take us from the tribulations and terrors of the poet’s early years through a series of losses that call forth her powers of empathy, finally arriving at “gusts and expectations of rapture.” This is indeed the record of a quickening.

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Sometimes When Something Is Singing
Poems by Wanda S. Praisner

Despite their courageous facing of dire fact, these poems open vistas filled with childhood delight and love. While passing through an Inferno portrayed in Dantean detail, they also demonstrate the restorative powers of travel, the ocean, and wild nature. The song of joy, muted at times, always returns.

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In from the Dark
by Susan T. Moss

In these beautifully crafted and deeply felt poems, Susan Moss tells of much that has been lost but also of all that remains a solace: the saving grace of memory, the world of nature, and the continuing presence of good friends, all that allows her to come in from the dark.

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Gypsy Song
by Deming Holleran
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In this much-awaited first book, we are rewarded with poems which refuse to flinch at life’s inevitable disruptions but also revel in its manifold joys. How splendid to find such juxtaposition of honesty and empathy, head and heart, wit and sentiment, philosophy and sensuality!

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The Uncommon Nativity of Common Things
by Katharine Redfield Carle

In her third book, Katharine Carle presents us poems by turns raucous and religious, witty and lyrical, iconoclastic and philosophical. A tomboy become a devoted mother, she looks back to the past nostalgically but forges into her 85th year with “a joy, an exulting.” A continuing undercurrent in the book is the belief that though “we’re made of different colors…no one [is] below, no one above.”

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This Sliding Light of Day
Collected poems by Nicholas Giosa
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In this generous collection of verse from a richly varied lifetime, Dr. Giosa looks facts squarely in the face, accepting with good grace and wit the brevity of life and primacy of nature, but also praising the glories of our brief residence on Earth. In poems both philosophical and visceral, richly allusive and down to earth, he values love above all else, decries the folly of egoism, and calls on us to seize the joys of the day.

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Searching for Angels
by Lana Orphanides

The angels in this newest book by Lana Orphanides are both worldly and otherworldly: lovers, newborns and nereids as well as visitors from another sphere. The delights of “heavy, soft bellied earth,” with its sensual intoxications and local habitations (Greece, the Grand Canyon, Cornwall, Paris) are set against the omnipresence of an extraterrestrial dimension. Both are “what give the heart ease” in a book that is a universal celebration.

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Singing with Starlings
Poems by Victor Altshul
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Joyful and anguished, witty and lyrical, passionate and philosophical, this second book is a romp, a descent into the Abyss, a flight into song, an outcry against the willful ways of the world, and a lover’s shout-out. Always, these poems have the utter honesty of one who knows by heart the depths and dancings of the human spirit.

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Life: Still the Greatest Show on Earth
by Curt Plaskon

These are poems culled from a life passionately lived. Their wisdom comes from a man who sees clearly the atrocities life visits upon us and still has faith and philosophical resolve enough to call life the greatest show on earth. Curt Plaskon sings praise songs in the face of disaster. Here, love is stronger than its Adversary.

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My Felonious Friends
by Miriam Brooks Butterworth

Mims Butterworth tells of friendships with felons of several stripes, friendships based on her belief that felons share the hopes and fears common to all humanity. She makes a compelling case for reforms in our judicial system, informed in part by observation of prison systems in Central America, which she visited often.

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Going On
New & Collected Poems by Rennie McQuilkin
Going On
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In this sequel to The Weathering, McQuilkin offers over two hundred new poems, many written during the past six years, along with the addition and revision of earlier work. The book reflects the exuberant, sensuous, often witty way he does battle with the powers of destruction, denial, and death, finding ways of prevailing despite and even because of them.

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The Case of the Restless Redhead
Poems by Anne Carroll Fowler
The Case of the Restless Redhead
Poems by Anne Carroll Fowler

In this terrifying, beautifully written, entirely unconventional history in verse, the senseless and brutal murder of the author’s beloved grandmother is depicted from many perspectives, sparing no one but also being entirely fair to the perpetrators and presenting a loving tribute to the author’s namesake.

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World Spread Out
Poems by Parker Towle
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These poems burst with love—for mountain and lake, for the joys and mysteries of childhood and early love, for friends and family members lost and for those who sustain the poet in his later years: children, grandchildren, and most of all the poet’s wife of many years, to whom the book is dedicated.

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Kilco Co
A Vietnam Memoir by Les Kay
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The poetic vignettes in this memoir of a warrior are the work of a man who fought and bled for his country, a country that betrayed him but which he continues to love as he loves his fellow marines, though he suffers from PTSD, which has made his life a bunker to defend against the continuing onslaughts of an invisible enemy.

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In the Aftermath of Grief
Poems by Harper Follansbee, Jr.
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What a courageous, sad, joyful, honest, and passionate book this is! The poet is Everyman in his experience of childhood's joys and dismays, young manhood's delights and tragedies, and the saving grace of love amidst the beauties of the natural world.

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A Tilted World
Poems by Carol Gabrielson Fine
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In these poems, we experience a chronicle of loss, deeply moving in its honesty and courage. Yet the poet continually delights in the sensory experiences of life, which leads naturally to poems of quiet joy and acceptance.

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Searching for the Northern Lights
Poems by Laura Altshul
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Honest, concise, witty, and heart-felt, these poems are as intelligent as they are humane. They move from delight through loss and grief to redemption, regaining delight and arriving in the end at a lovely raison d’être.

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Stone Walls
Poems by Gerda Walz-Michaelsl
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In a series of exceptionally honest, revealing, emotionally charged poems, we are taken from the joyful though sometimes troubled childhood of a young German girl through difficult trials as an adult and finally on to a balanced life combining writing, family and friends.

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Unaccounted For
Poems by Paul Scollan
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Like Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, the poet’s hometown stands for more than itself. In all their vivid specificity, its people and places achieve mythical dimensions, though always in down-to-earth language. The same is true of all the unsung heroes in this set of entirely American praise songs, which depict the pain and joy of life in unvarnished terms.

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A Wilderness of Chances
Poems by Michael Cervas
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Not shirking the heart of darkness, Michael Cervas still glories in ecstatic moments such as the vision of a “plain white van” on the Mass. Pike advertising 1-800-RENEWAL. He celebrates renewals of all kinds, his words aptly joined by gorgeous lotus photographs by Jane Tomasello Toner.

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Food for a Journey
Poems by Tom Gannon
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Having lived many lives, Tom Gannon sees with the eyes of a priest, journalist, attorney, and artist. He is a Renaissance poet journeying through a world that fascinates, appalls, and delights him. His long-awaited first book is rich in variety, wit, and passion.

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Turning Over Leaves
Poems by V. Jane Schneeloch
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Humanity, divinity, and wit underlie these “nature poems,” which belie the term, since their energy and occasional descents into darkness are not common in poems about the beings of wood and field the poet celebrates, along with friends living in harmony with nature. This is a field guide for life we should all carry with us.

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Passerby
Poems by Emily H. Axelrod
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The poet sees clearly the grime, the grief and danger of the world, but her vision is essentially a redemptive, celebratory one. Her poems are informed by moments of reunion and by childhood joys. We are offered epiphanies that find beauty in the midst of turmoil.

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My Ríastrad
Poems by Kevin Hogan
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If you are not bi, you may want to be when you finish these beautifully bi-attitudinal poems ranging from battle frenzy (“ríastrad”) to gentleness, from hurt to courage, horror to humor, disillusion to hope for a better world.

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Flood Patterns
Poems by Jessica Gigot
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These poems vividly depict a lowland place and its people in the farthest northwest corner of the country. As Kevin Craft writes, “The poems are informed by the determined if contested optimism of someone who knows the ground she walks on and its potential to yield both bounty and treachery.”

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Rare Grasses
Poems by Maria Sassi
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These poems ring all the changes, all the joys and sorrows of a life lived to the hilt. We are gifted with love poems, praise poems, ekphrastic poems and moving elegies. They are formal, they are free; they are very Italian, they are entirely American. They are a blessing.

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Outlaw Odes
Poems by Garrett Phelan
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The poems in this fine first book balance deftly on a high wire stretched between outlawing and “inlawing,” between distrust of establishmentarianism and a passionate defense of all those treated unfairly by circumstance.

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Through Salt and Time
Poems by Theresa C. Vara
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Extremes of feeling permeate these poems, which run the gamut from sheer grief to pure joy. Happily, they move out of the darkness and into the light of full blown love.

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The Physics of Wrinkle Formation
Poems by Vera Schwarcz
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In this new book, a fascinating foray into medical and scientific lore is combined with a highly charged, moving series of elegies which morph toward poems offering ways of prevailing over grief.

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Ankle Deep and Drowning
Poems by Anne Magee Dichele
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The early poems in Ankle Deep and Drowning express a sense of loss and yearning but are dispelled by a breakthrough of “the goodness of it all.” In the end, the poems in this exhilarating volume affirm the power of love and the “glorious abundance” of things.

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Rutted Field of the Heart
Poems by Priscilla Wear Ellsworth
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These are courageous, finely wrought poems expressing anguish, love, and hope following the loss of a husband after many years of blessed marriage. They are imbued with faith in the natural world and belief in the importance of family.

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Gods in the Foyer
Poems by Srinivas Mandavilli
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These poems juxtapose opposites in startling ways: joy and sorrow, the new world of Connecticut and the old world of India, the life of a renowned pathologist and the life of a poet. The uncertainty sometimes described in the poems is belied by the self-assurance of their lines. Such clear, vivid work is a joy.

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CALLED: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun
a memoir by Marge Rogers Barrett
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Margaret Rogers grew up in a large family in a small town on a prairie in Minnesota, lively and free-spirited. But in high school, God called her, and in 1963 she entered a convent to become Sister Zoë. And then she was called again. This is her story.

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Across the Divide
Poems by Bernita Woodruff Sunquist
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Though death is a constant and joy hard-earned in these poems, the joy they present is so gorgeous that we leave them as uplifted as the mountains and western expanses that inform this remarkable book.

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Just Above the Bone
Poems by Susannah Lawrence
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Opposites cohabit happily in the poems of Just Above the Bone: the wild and the civilized, sorrow and joy, intellect and sensuality. Reading this cornucopia of poetry will leave you more aware, more in love with all the world has to offer.

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Toward the Hanging Tree
Poems of Salem Village by Ginny Lowe Connors
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This is a devastating and inspiring book that depicts the depths to which the human spirit can descend but also exalts the courage and humanity of that spirit in the reactions of many to the Salem witch hunt of 1692.

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A Quorum of Saints
New & Selected Poems by Rennie McQuilkin
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“This may be the most unusual and entertaining Lives of the Saints ever written.” – Eamon Grennan.

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Traveling Light
Poems by Geraldine Zetzel
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These poems pull no punches, delineating graphically life’s difficulties and losses but also savoring its saving graces. Delicious leavenings of humor and joie de vivre permeate this new book by an author who has lived life to the hilt.

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The Meeting House
Poems by Marilyn Nelson
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By focusing on the history of the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme, CT, Marilyn Nelson presents not only ecclesiastical history but also a report on slavery and bigotry in a presumably enlightened part of the Union. Her dismay is leavened by generosity of spirit.

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Grand Canyon Older Than Thought
Poems and Prose Poems by Suzanne Levine
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This is a sprightly excursion through life's foibles and joys, the dark and light of the world in which the author lives with extraordinary verve, insight, and exuberance.

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Journey into Space
Poems by Ina Anderson
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How rich an experience it is to share the superbly presented jubilations, griefs, thrills and shocks of recognition in Ina Anderson’s journey into the space of a life lived to the hilt.

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The Widest Eye
Poems by Brooke Herter James
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In their lively combination of wit and wisdom, these poems ring every change from jubilation to grief, with love for all of creation as an underlying continuum.

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Forged by Joy
Poems by Laura Mazza-Dixon
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Showing how the cauldron of grief and despair can produce hard-earned joy wrought on the anvil of courage and faith, the poet has forged a book to inspire all who yearn to move past seemingly insurmountable losses.

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Houses
Poems by Don Barkin
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Both domestic and fierce, accessible and resonant, Houses includes many poems that have the audacity to follow traditional patterns of rhyme and meter. Published in many of the country’s leading literary journals, these are poems you won’t want to miss.

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Let the Wind Push Us Across
Poems by Jane Schapiro
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This photo-illustrated book is in the great tradition of the odyssey, as presented by authors from Steinbeck to Kerouac. In their cross-country bicycle trek, the author and her sister endure all sorts of hardships and see both the best and the worst of the U.S.

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Ode to My Autumn
Poems by Victor Altshul
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This is a book that rings all the changes: from nostalgia to satire, from melancholy to joy, from the personal to the ekphrastic, from the traditional to the whimsical. It is as various and as fascinating as life itself.

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Lull Before the Storm
A memoir by Miriam Brooks Butterworth
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Consisting of the author’s journal entries and later commentary, this is a harrowing report on people and conditions in 1938 Germany just prior to World War II, when the author spent a summer there, traveling on bicycle and foot.

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