Solving the Wolrd's Problems, by Robert Lee Brewer

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. “We spill ourselves all over ourselves,” one poem observes, “our excess light / our forgiving natures.” 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

Swimming Through Fire by Seth Michelson

8 x 5.25 paperback, 66 pages






Exquisitely crafted, powerfully driven by an inner purpose that transcends the immediate and reaches into the heart and mind with amazing force—should be read by every students and poet! A timely book in chaotic times, that begs for a follow-up!

—Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Pretty Little Rooms 
by Katie Chaple

Winner of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award for Poetry
​8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages

Paper, Coton, Leather by Jenny Sadre-Orafai

8 x 5.25 paperback, 80 pages




“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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Tom Lombardo Poetry Selections
"Welcome to Tom Lombardo Poetry Selections, where you will find poetry collections by poets who have either been referred to me or whom I have discovered by way of reading print and online journals or attending readings. Since joining Press 53 in 2009, it has been my goal to discover excellent poets nationwide to expand Press 53's reach and influence in the world of poetry."

Tom Lombardo
Poetry Series Editor

Dirt Sandwich 
by Linda Annas Ferguson

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 76 pages
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The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle
by Marjory Heath Wentworth
Poet Laureaute of South Carolina

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 92 pages
The Onion's Dark Core:
A Little Book of Poetry Talk
by David Bottoms
Former Poet Laureate of Georgia

8 x 5.25 paperback, 194 pages
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The Atrocity of Water
Poetry by Kirsten Hemmy

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 84 pages
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Like Shining From Shook Foil: 
Selected Poems 
by Cathy Smith Bowers
Former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 142 pages
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Thirteen Departures From the Moon 
by Deema K. Shehabi

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 92 pages
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Unaccountable Weather 
by Kathryn Kirkpatrick

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages
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After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events
edited by Tom Lombardo

9 x 6 paperback, 387 pages
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115 poets from 15 nations share their poems of recovery.

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What the Trapeze Artist Trusts 
by Malaika King Albrecht

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 80 pages
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Eyes Like Broken Windows 
by Seth Michelson

8.5 x 5.5 inches, 86 pages
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Eating the Heart First 
by Clare L. Martin

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 90 pages
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Blood Sisters of the Republic by Wendy Willis

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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Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded by Shivani Mehta

9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages




Shivani Mehta’s Useful Information for the Soon-to-Be Beheaded is full of useful information on how to write a prose poem. Mehta strikes a perfect pitch between memory and magic. These are separate poems in the fabulist tradition, but the book also has interwoven threads that form a tale or a novel in prose poems. Her opening sentences are doors that open on surprise. Her last sentences spring open and shut like a trapdoor beneath your feet, and you find yourself falling, falling and pleasingly confounded. 

—Richard Garcia, author of Chickenhead: Prose Poems
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Scissored Moon by Stacy R. Nigliazzo

9 x 6 paperback, 118 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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The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers

9 x 6 paperback, 340 pages




Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers is celebrated with this impressive volume of her collected poems. Four complete collections: The Love That Ended Yesterday in TexasTraveling in Time of DangerA Book of MinutesThe Candle I Hold Up to See You, with an introduction by another former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell, who says, "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.'"
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Winner of the
SIBA Book Award for Poetry
Frozen Latitudes by Therése Halscheid

​9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages




The wrenching attempt to comprehend a father's dementia fires Therése Halscheid's Frozen Latitudes. Past starvation, past an encounter with a demanding landscape, the poet emerges tougher, wiser, her compassion intact. “But give me your words,” she writes, “that I might wear / what is unspoken outward / into the world.” This wondrous book does just that, with light, exactitude, and a respect for raw mystery.

— Paul Lisicky, author of Unbuilt Projects

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Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust
Winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry

8 x 5.25 paperback, 122 pages





​“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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Stay by Kathleen McGookey

9 x 6 paperback, 90 pages





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

8 x 5.25 paperback, 110 pages





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
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FIRST PLACE
2014 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Public Interest and Creative Works 

FINALIST
Texas Institute of Letters First Book Award for Poetry
a scrap of linen, a bone by Ginger Murchison

9 X 6 paperback, 82 pages





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

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Porridge by Richard Garcia
Winner of the 2016 Press 53 Awared for Poetry

8 x 5.25 paperback, 88 pages




​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

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Lion Brothers by Leona Sevick
Winner of the 2017 Pres 53 Award for Poetry

9 x 6 paperback, 68 pages




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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