In a Homeland Not Far: New & Selected Poems
by Yahya Frederickson

ISBN 978-1-941209-54-7
9 x 6 paperback, 132 pages

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In a Homeland Not Far is a marvelous travelogue through places where one would hardly venture now . . .Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia . . . but places and people seen here in warm detail of the everyday before the misrule of violence. Frederickson's narrative moves with delightful lyric grace, as if William Carlos Williams had somehow been transported to Arab deserts and towns.
— John Balaban, author of Path, Crooked Path
Total Balance Farm by Clint McCown

9 x 6 paperback, 96 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-50-9



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​I read Total Balance Farm with real pleasure. This is a fine book steeped in hard work and even harder questions. Using precise depictions of the natural world and honest portrayals of human ambition, these poems perceptively consider our mysteries and our limitations. 
—Mark Cox, author of Natural Causes
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Blue Star by Barbara Presnell

9 x 6 paperback, 84 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-44-8

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A mother’s voice shines in the striking family of voices crisscrossing generations in Barbara Presnell’s Blue Star. In this treasure tracing war, race, and the Quaker faith through her family history, Presnell’s heart belongs to her son, to whom the book is dedicated and who she prays “will never see a battlefield.” .... We find ourselves in these poems, in each moment of a family’s embattled past and uncertain present, holding “what flutters,” knowing it is our heart. 
—Heather H. Thomas, author of Blue Ruby and Resurrection Papers
That Rain We Needed by Sam Barbee

9 x 6 paperback, 106 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-40-0

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​That Rain We Needed is one man’s search for his place of true belonging in an imperfect world. Sometimes comical, other times poignant, always willing to be vulnerable—here Sam Barbee unfolds his map for negotiating family and its complicated relationships. Little escapes his keen eye. “Snagged in the belly of combed clouds / I release all I am into wind,” he says—he who bravely bares his soul to us all.
—Susan Laughter Meyers, author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass

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Light Is the Odalisque by LaWanda Walters
​Silver Concho Poetry Series, edited by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root

ISBN 978-1-941209-39-4
9 x 6 paperback, 122 pages


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The poems I read for years in magazines come full into their glory when set in their rightful context. This is mature, eye-opening work, meticulous and exhilarating, that only a writer at the height of her powers can give us. 
—James Cummins, author of Still Some Cake
Paper, Cotton, Leather, by Jenny Sadre-Orafai
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-941209-08-0          
8 x 5 paperback, 108 pages

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"Eloquent, wistful, and inventive, Jenny Sadre-Orafai's first book proves “everywhere is an atlas.” She enlarges moments of wonderment and sadness into poems that map radiant intimacies and flickering bonds. Her vivid and exact phrasing streamlines lines, amplifies sonic pleasures. Syllables tick forward beautifully: “Gutting this love, I listen for the grind/ still.” Paper, Cotton, Leather is an exhilarating and moving debut."
Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning

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Land of Amnesia, by Joseph Bathanti

8 x 5 paperback, 84 pages
ISBN 978-0-9816280-7-3



Not since Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology has a grouping of poems powerfully linked by viewpoints and voices—spoken or spelled out from a particular landscape in time—excited me so deeply.

Al Young, California Poet Laureate and author of Something About the Blues
Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers: Second Edition by Joseph Mills

8 x 5 paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 978-0-9793049-9-6

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To Joe Mills a glass of wine reveals a little of 'the almost infinite risk in being who we are.' Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers is, then, a collection of revelations, truths to be found in and about wine. Witty, mordant, melancholy, funny, these bright poems fix and illumine the many moods we may encounter in a bottle of happy red.
Fred Chappell, author of Family Gathering
Wake Wake Wake, by Valerie Nieman

8 x5 paperback, 90 pages
ISBN 09772283-5-5


Like the millwright in her poem, Valerie Nieman seems 'with bare hands (to) embrace live steam.' Wake Wake Wake is sinew and tendon, hard muscle and bruised bone; the volume sings with every inch of the body and every breath of the spirit.

Fred Chappell, former NC Poet Laureate
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Somewhere During the Spin Cycle, by Joseph Mills

8 x 5 paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 0-9772283-6-3


"These are poems borne of the poet's heart and spirit as he gracefully spins fleeting moments into memories. Mills experiences life deep into the marrow and shares his visions with readers. The striking cover art, "Sudestada" by Liliana Italiano, entices the eye and prepares readers for the profound poetry inside the book. If you enjoy poetry, Mills' work is highly recommended.

Laurel JohnsonMidwest Book Review
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Telling Tales of Dusk, by Terri Kirby Erickson

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 100 pages
ISBN 978-0-9824416-3-3



Whether writing about butter mints, the daisy chain of a group of daughters locked arm in arm, or a man burying his dead wife, Terri Kirby Erickson's poems have the characteristics we all strive for in our poetry. These lyrical narratives are sensuous, tender, evocative, and familiar, bringing to life things we've all noticed but lacked the wisdom to put into words.

Scott Owens, editor of The Wild Goose Poetry Review
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Dirt Sandwich, by Linda Annas Ferguson
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 Pages
ISBN 978-0-9824416-6-4


Linda Annas Ferguson's work exists at the shimmering mid-point between an urge to celebrate the world’s beauty and a pained recognition that this beauty is mutable. She has given us a book of tender, clear-eyed, complex meditations, a lovely book by a poet whose vision we can trust. 

Chris Forhan, author of Black Leapt In
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The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, by Marjory Heath Wentworth
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 88 pages
ISBN 978-0-9825760-7-6



This wonderful, necessary, urgent collection, is just that boat—sturdy, sleek, and sea-worthy in even the roughest of seas, with Wentworth at the helm—a most able Captain steering us back towards safety and grace, and back home, at last, to ourselves.

Lisa Starr, Rhode Island Poet Laureate
Red Lily, by Isabel Zuber

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-03-2



Isabel Zuber's poems are like last night's dreams—familiar and mysterious. Like dreams, they are short and last forever. When I awake from them, I feel comforted.

Emily Herring Wilson, author of Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener
The Onion's Dark Core: A Little Book of Poetry Talk, by David Bottoms
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8 x 5.25 paperback, 176 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-02-5


“From the start, Bottoms has written deceptively accessible poems that become more complex, more mysterious with each reading . . . Bottoms’s poems do what the best poems have always done: They compel us to reread them. They linger in our minds. They alter our perception of the world.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Love and Other Collisions, by Joseph Mills

8.5 X 5.5 paperback, 88 pages
ISBN 978-0-9825760-8-3


Joseph Mills is a poet who understands that Love’s great nemesis isn’t Hate but Time. Time and again, the poems in Love and Other Collisions explore the inherent pain created when Love and Time meet. Love and Other Collisions is at once ambitious, unflinching, and tender—It is definitely a must-read.

Shaindel Beers, author of A Brief History of Time
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The Atrocity of Water, by Kirsten Hemmy
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-935708-12-4



“Within Kirsten Hemmy’s The Atrocity of Water, ‘everywhere, we are swimming,’ in waters deep and voiceless, holding life, death, and involuntary pain. Her poems, wrenching and seductive, wring from our imagination oceans of memories and possibility.”

Joanne V. Gabbin, Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University
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Like Shining From Shook Foil, by Cathy Smith Bowers
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 142 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935708-20-9


One of the great pleasures of Like Shining From Shook Foil is the opportunity to revisit these poems and find that their wisdom, beauty, and mystery is only deepened upon re-reading. Cathy Smith Bowers’ poetic gifts are immense and, as these poems show, so is her heart.

Ron Rash, author of Serena and Raising the Dead
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In the Palms of Angels, by Terri Kirby Erickson

8.5 x5.5 paperback, 120 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-27-8



"More than a poet, Terri Kirby Erickson is the best friend you always wanted, the kind you can count on both to tell you the truth, and to help you bear it. Her poems shimmer like moonlight on water in the farthest corners of your soul." 

Sharon Randall, syndicated columnist, author of Birdbaths and Paper Cranes 
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Thirteen Departures From the Moon, by Deema K. Shehabi
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 92 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-23-0


An amazing richness of imagery, deep political awareness, an authentic emotional pulse, and a sure mythic imagination mark Deema Shehabi's Thirteen Departures From the Moon. Each poem in this collection is a clear, honest yet intensely transformed communication, dripping with a honey-like sweetness of literary gifts.

Annie Finch, author of Calendars
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Pretty Little Rooms, by Katie Chaple
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-39-1



Katie Chaple's poems are highly intelligent and her imagination is prodigious—she goes right to the edge of ‘too far’ but never over it. Show me a better first book and I'll drop an anvil on my toe.

Thomas Lux, author of God Particles
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Unaccountable Weather, by Kathryn Kirkpatrick
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-37-7


Kathryn Kirkpatrick is a poet of such thoroughgoing honesty that reading some of these poems feels like eavesdropping. She weaves her own perspective into a tapestry of other presences, creating a chorus of wounded, healing women rather than one solitary woman’s encounter with death and renewal.

Kathryn Stripling Byer, former NC Poet Laureate, author of Coming to Rest: Poems 
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This Metal, by Joseph Bathanti

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 144 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-28-5



Integrity is the shield and defender of all good writing. It shines in Joseph Bathanti’s work, whatever subject he engages. This admirable book glows with it in joy and pain and tenderness. Let whatever Gods may be take note. True mettle.

Ronald H. Bayes, founder of St. Andrews College Press
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Stealing the Dog's Prozac, by Charlotte Lowe
Silver Concho Poetry Series

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 92 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-51-3


Whether she’s regaling us with tales of mothers and daughters, tender, lost husbands, neurotic dogs, dust-dreaming babies or the chattering teeth of javelinas, ‘the bad blonde, lucky blonde’ of these poems is passionate, sexy, witty and always smart. Charlotte Lowe has made of her poetry an exuberant landscape we traverse with deep pleasure.

Karen Brennan, author of The Real Enough World
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Cold Spring Rising, by John Thomas York

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 112 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-52-0



John Thomas York tunes a guitar strung from the stars to the dirt of a farm where memories grow. The melody may catch on tobacco or hemlocks, cobwebs or sleet, a dog or a dental appointment or the fate of a loon. And the voice shows a solid, barefoot familiarity with every setting, even when it's a two-ton Chevy flatbed that's left the ground.

Sarah Lindsay, author of Twigs & Knucklebones
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What the Trapeze Artist Trusts, by Malaika King Albrecht

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-54-4


Through Albrecht's poems flow both the literal water she has lived alongside, its tides and currents rendered lovingly, and the metaphorical water that gathers up the things of this world, the way, as she says, "Menokin Bay can hold the image of the whole / sky and a single eagle.” 

Kathryn Stripling Byer, former NC Poet Laureate, author of Southern Fictions
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Sending Christmas Cards to Huck & Hamlet, by Joseph Mills

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 100 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-53-7



I have been reading Joseph Mills’ work for years, but this, his fourth collection, is my favorite. Ultimately, his poems do what poetry should do: simplify the complicated and complicate the seemingly simple. You’ll never think of Rapunzel as a victim again.

Lori Ostlund, author of The Bigness of the World
Eyes Like Broken Windows, by Seth Michelson
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 86 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-55-1


These poems—courageous, world-aware, joyful, terrifying—by Seth Michelson, a young poet who has learned his trade, move me very much. They make me feel like shooting off a cannon, make me feel like grabbing strangers by the lapels, saying: Read these poems, read these poems, he wrote them for you!

Thomas Lux, author of God Particles
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Eating the Heart First, by Clare L. Martin
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-66-7
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 90 pages



You could swim in this hot water, but there are things down inside its darkness that might pull you away forever. It is an exquisite drowning.

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America
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Blood Sisters of the Republic, by Wendy Willis
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-64-3
9 x 6 paperback, 104 pages



'Here's a full-out, 21st-century poet — wrangler with history, domestic confidante, disrupter of narratives, down-home story teller, linguistic fire breather. Wendy Willis fills this striking book to bursting with the rich matter of home life and the world's grand, baffling sweep.

Greg Glazner, author of Opening the World
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In the Company of Spirits, by Carmen Calatayud
Silver Concho Poetry Series

ISBN 978-1-935708-69-8
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 88 pages



In the Company of Spirits is a collection to be devoured on the first read, savored on the second, and taken deep into the heart on the third, the fourth, and beyond.

Naomi Benaron, winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction for Running the Rift
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Tables, by Alfred Corn
Silver Concho Poetry Series

ISBN 978-1-935708-74-2
9 x 6 paperback, 98 pages


​​Alfred Corn is one of our finest living poets. He works in the visionary tradition of Whitman and Crane, and makes bold new use of classical and European influences.

Grace SchulmanThe Nation, April 29, 1997
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Tea in Heliopolis, by Hedy Habra
Silver Concho Poetry Series

ISBN 978-1-935708-76-6
9 x 6 paperback, 100 pages         


​Hedy Habra's hospitable poems, lush with intricate landscapes of relating and remembering, are so rich they make me homesick. Here are worlds, both ancient and modern, spun and sung in shining wonder.

Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer
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Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, by Howard Faerstein
Silver Concho Poetry Series

ISBN 978-1-935708-77-3
9 x 6 paperback, 108 pages         


Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn marks the debut of a poet of deep feeling, one who filters the 'pear light of hope' through daily existence and who recognizes each 'odd hour… pressed by love.' In poems resplendent with 'creation’s frenzy,' with jazz, lovers, and 'Noah’s lucky ones,' those creatures great and small, Howard Faerstein acknowledges a world, past and present, that remains "wonderful even with death."

Michael Waters, author of Gospel Night
$14.95
Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded, by Shivani Mehta
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-78-0
9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages


The marvelous prose poems in Shivani Mehta’s debut collection live at the intersection of language and imagery. Even if you won’t be losing your head anytime soon, Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in spending some time with a wild imagination set to beautiful use.

Rick Bursky, author of Death Obscura  
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Anson County, by Joseph Bathanti

ISBN 978-1-935708-81-0
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 72 pages



In Anson County Joseph Bathanti's generous heart turns the local into universal praises. Radiant as a welcome sun after rain, his reverence for people, places, and things fashions rare and extraordinary truths. Anson County is a substantive union of hymn and prayer.

Shelby Stephenson, author of Play My Music Anyhow

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Scissored Moon, by Stacy R. Nigliazzo
​A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-88-9
9 x 6 paperback, 140 pages



Scissored Moon is as bold and astonishing as it is tender. Its poems are drenched in tactility—in the blood and bones of our lives, and they are informed by a fierce intelligence. The language is lush, rich, and exquisite in its details. A remarkable debut collection that introduces us to a poet whose stark poems, permeated by kindness itself, will linger palpably in our minds and hearts.

Jay Neugeboren, author of The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company
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Solving the World's Problems, by Robert Lee Brewer
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-90-2
9 x 6 paperback, 92 pages


​Rather than solving the world’s problems, this collection turns them to the sun like a prism—casting bright and spare images of humanity in flux...Brewer’s sound-play has the power to take us to unexpected places...Compassionate, challenging, and filled with slinky swerves of phrase, these poems refresh how we look at our daily lives."

Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox

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The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, by Kathryn Stripling Byer

ISBN 978-1-935708-92-6
9 x 6 paperback, 92 pages



"This is one of those rare books of poetry—earthy, sensuous, brave-spirited—that gives us the feeling of a full human life as vividly as a novel aspires to do."

—Comment by Frederick John Nims, judge for the 1985 Associated Writing Programs Award Series for Poetry

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The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-94-0
9 x 6 paperback, 342 pages

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Hardship, cruelty, heartbreak, bleak sorrow—these sad themes are plentiful in the pages of Cathy Smith Bowers. But in its smoldering heart, her poetry holds, like the piñata in “The Party,” a “sweet, dark center."
Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

$24.95
The Clock Flower, by Adrian Rice

ISBN 978-1-935708-99-5
9 x 6 paperback, 126 pages

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Adrian Rice has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove.
Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature
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Guernica, revisited, by Richard Vargas
Silver Concho Poetry Series

ISBN 978-1-941209-03-5
9 x 6 paperback, 110 pages

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It’s the small miracles that bear the most light, allow dignity. Each of these poems is like a friend you can kick back with and talk religion, politics, sex, anything you are not supposed to speak of in polite company, and it will be all right. Each of these poems is a light. Some are irreverent and rowdy, and others bear reverence to the earth and sky.
Joy Harjo, 2013 American Book Award winner for Crazy Brave: A Memoir

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In a Country None of Us Called Home, by Peg Bresnahan

ISBN 978-1-941209-01-1
9 x 6 paperback, 88 pages

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What a true gift we have in Peg Bresnahan’s dazzling new collection, In a Country None of Us Called Home. The narrative voice in these poems has a focus that is honest, steady, and absolutely clear.... This poet’s gift is to offer the ordinary a moment of uniqueness that each life deserves. This collection indeed is a gallery of the extraordinary and small planted in time...
Katherine Soniat, author of The Swing Girl

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A Lake of Light and Clouds, by Terri Kirby Erickson

ISBN 978-1-941209-02-8 
9 x 6 paperback, 122 pages

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"T.S. Eliot would call what she does mastering the objective correlative. I call it incarnating light. As Erickson shares images and experiences in her richly textured poems, she invites her readers into her own psyche, a place where we are all likely to feel accepted and warm." 
Felicia Mitchell, author of The Cleft of the Rock
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Sigodlin, by Robert Morgan

ISBN 978-1-941209-05-9
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 74 pages

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Any new collection of poems by Robert Morgan is a gift …. In the past thirty years I have learned a great deal from this man, who is exemplary as a poet, as a prose writer, and as a human being.
Ted Kooser, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

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Waltzing with Horses, by Felicia Mitchell

ISBN 978-1-941209-08-0         
9 x 6 paperback, 108 pages

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“This beautiful, magnificent book touched me almost beyond words. Felicia Mitchell is a poet whose voice matters, and here she enters a rare and healing place of art and grace. This volume, with its spare, moving words, will be with me for the rest of my days.”
Philip Lee Williams, author of Elegies for the Water
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This Miraculous Turning, by Joseph Mills

ISBN 978-1-941209-09-7     
9 x 6 paperback, 82 pages

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In general, poets are not saints, yet in his quiet but unapologetic intelligence, his passion, humility, and wisdom, and his understanding of good and evil, Joseph Mills gives us poems that could change the world. Everything here is true: measured, faultless. You do not want to miss this book. This Miraculous Turning is a bona fide miracle.
Kelly Cherry, former Poet Laureate of Virginia and author of The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems
$14.95
Frozen Latitudes, by Therése Halscheid
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-941209-12-7     
9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages

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In Frozen Latitudes, Therése Halscheid welcomes the lucky reader into a world of deep love, familial illness, and the dual human urges to speak and be heard. These are moving, masterful poems in a brilliantly cohesive collection.
Donna Baier Stein, editor of Tiferet

$14.95
Fiddledeedee by Shelby Stephenson
​Poet Laureate of North Carolina

ISBN 978-1-941209-17-2     
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 72 pages

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"I am very moved by Fiddledeedee, by the accumulating strength of its forward movement as well as by telling details, of the natural and spiritual world."
A.R. Ammons, winner of the 1973 and 1993 National Book Award for Poetry
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Hotel Worthy by Valerie Nieman

ISBN 978-1-941209-18-9
9 x 6 paperback, 98 pages

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At last, a book that states clearly the purpose of life. According to Val Nieman's Hotel Worthy, it's to know things, especially the names for things—Candor peaches, Marvel-of-Peru, pipsissewa. It's a pleasure to hear the quiet, sure voices of these poems, to be caught off guard when some swoop wide at the end like the trumpets of lemon lilies, to be reminded that "the personal . . . holds hands with the larger all the way up."
Sarah Lindsay, Lannan Literary Fellow

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Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust
Winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-941209-16-5
8 x 5.25 paperback, 122 pages

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There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona: Pilgrim, who ‘like most of we’ is good and bad, hapless sometimes, other times approaching wisdom, always sending deeper and deeper her primary roots.
Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand and God Particles

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Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore by Dannye Romine Powell

9 x 6 paperback, 84 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-24-0

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In these delicately observed poems, Dannye Romine Powell shines a light on the moments that become the markers of our lives. This is intimate poetry, finely and, at its best, feverishly rendered.
Enid Shomer, author of The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
$14.95
Under Brushstrokes by Hedy Habra

9 x 6 paperback , 106 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-23-3

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Under Brushstrokes is an astonishing collection of poems responding to art. Through Habra’s accomplished pen, these ekphrastic poems create an immediate world of rich textures and image, giving the reader intimate access to such diverse talents as Klimt, Guccione, Bosch, Tanning, and Hokusai.
Sam Rasnake, Editor of Blue Fifth Review

$14.95
Stay by Kathleen McGookey
​A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages
​ISBN 978-1-941209-28-8

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McGookey infuses her poems with sensuality and mystery — the mystery of being alive, and of death, and of love — and yet the poems are open, accessible, quietly startling in their unfolding, each playing out like a fable or a fairytale, each with a kind of aching magic inside it.
Cecilia Woloch, author of Carpathia

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she: robed and wordless by Lou Ella Hickman
​A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

8 x 5.25 paperback, 110 pages
​ISBN 978-1-941209-25-7

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These terse little poems are often bright nuggets of insight into the psyches not only of the Biblical women who speak through this poet’s imagination, but they are also deep insights into our own psyches. Although the voices imagined here are the voices of many women from the Bible, the truths revealed are universal. These new takes on stories that are often familiar make for fascinating reading. Lou Ella Hickman has provided here a fine testimony to the power of imagination and myth.
David Bottoms, Georgia Poet Laureate and author of We Almost Disappear
$14.95
Red Clay Gypsy by Maria Ingram Braucht

9 x 6 paperback, 112 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-26-4

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Some travelers are restless personalities; they are tourists. Others are searching spirits; they are pilgrims. Maria Ingram Braucht is a passionate pilgrim, finding revelation in every locale, especially in her memory-laden home ground. This poet will voice soulful thought in a brisk vernacular or set down lines that flicker like fireflies. Our Red Clay Gypsy is a journeyer and a sojourner and a warm-hearted companion. I’d go with her anywhere.
Fred Chappell, past Poet Laureate of North Carolina and author of Familiars: Poems

$14.95
Hickory Station by Adrian Rice

9 x 6 paperback, 178 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-32-5

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Rice knows how to bear simple and eloquent witness to family life, the reckonings of self, and to distant and adopted homelands. Like many before him, Rice cannot forget the fields and woods outside the porch, the animals that make up the world without us. His poems are concise, poignant, and lyrical. Hickory Station is a warm-hearted, beautifully crafted tour de force.
—Jefferson Holdridge, Director of Wake Forest University Press and author of The Poetry of Paul Muldoon

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a scrap of linen, a bone by Ginger Murchison
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

​9 x 6 paperback, 82 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-33-2

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These are made poems. These are earned poems. These are poems of a full-fledged grownup who understands and celebrates the “slow hungers” that “breathe / beneath leveled dreams, / the South’s muscular sky / painted over now, paler blue.” This book will offer you welcome and pleasure.
Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand

Porridge by Richard Garcia
​Winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Poetry
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

​8 x 5.25 paperback, 88 pages
ISBN ​978-1-941209-35-6

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Porridge is an outstanding collection of adult fables, remixed lullabies, and ars poeticas. The poem, "Vasko Popa," is the best critique of big data I've read ("The computer wants you to save everything"). "The Promise" delivers a heartrending, mythical coming-of-age tale. Richard Garcia is a superlative fabulist.
—Jillian Weise, author of The Book of Goodbyes

Exit, pursued by a bear, by Joseph Mills
poems inspired by Shakespeare's stage directions

​9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-36-3

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What an inspired collection! The lines between reality and the stage, between life and art, between past and present—they're all blurred into an exciting whirligig of poetry based on Shakespeare's stage directions. You don't have to be a Shakespeare nut to fall in love with this collection.
—Robert Lee Brewer, author Solving the World’s Problems and editor of Poet’s Market
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Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1993 – 2015 by Yahia Lababidi
Silver Concho Poetry Series, edited by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root

8 x 5.25 paperback, 204 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-37-0


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I find myself pausing everywhere among these wisdoms, wondering why the world stumbles and staggers through such a dark and greedy time when there are people alive with such keen, caring insight. . . If Yahia Samir Lababidi were in charge of a country, I would want to live there. 
—Naomi Shihab Nye, author of There Is No Long Distance Now 
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Elegies for Small Game by Shelby Stephenson

9 x 6 paperback, 88 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-41-7

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In poem after poem Stephenson catches the exuberance of childhood, the romance of hot-rods, the delight of barnyard basketball, and the poignant poetry of birdlife in the countryside. In dialogue and hymn, this singer and laureate meditates on issues of race, history, and the bonds of abiding love.
—Robert Morgan, author of Dark Energy

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What My Hand Say by Glenis Redmond

9 x 6 paperback, 102 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-45-5

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In What My Hand Say, Glenis Redmond digs deep, risking peace of mind, the comfort of ignorance and the assurance of being numb to history and memory, to make poems that are urgent, full of alarm, and marked by the realization that the best art is one that dares to look boldly at hard experience and still find a music in it.  
Kwame Dawes, author of City of Bones: A Testament
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When She Was Bad by Gabrielle Brant Freeman

9 x 6 paperback, 76 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-47-9


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​Lust. Love. Betrayal and loyalty. Temptation and hilarity. Gabrielle Freeman dissects her speakers’ hearts, tenderly, with supreme attention to what it is to be human, female, and fierce. Gabrielle Freeman’s poems are bad—by which I mean badass bold. Michael Jackson bad. Freeman’s bad and you know it. That’s why you read her. When She Was Bad is a smart, compassionate, tightly crafted and explosive debut. 
—Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout
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Swimming Through Fire
by Seth Michelson

8 x 5.25 inches, 66 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-51-6

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"These poems—courageous, world-aware, joyful, terrifying—by Seth Michelson, a young poet who has learned his trade, move me very much. They make me feel like shooting off a cannon, make me feel like grabbing strangers by the lapels, saying: Read these poems, read these poems, he wrote them for you!" 

​— Thomas Lux, author God Particles
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Lion Brothers 
by Leona Sevick

9 x 6 paperback, 78 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-52-3

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Leona Sevick’s Lion Brothers is a psychologically astute, keen, and powerful sequence of poems that harness the luminous particulars of experience and race to reveal worlds within and behind the immediate, visible one. This is a marvelous debut.

— Arthur Sze, author of Compass Rose
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