♥ A Passion for Poetry ♥ __________________________________________ A broad selection of poetic voices for widely varying tastes -- from classic modes to lyrical outbursts to solemn examinations of the human heart, and, yes, sweeping epic poetry ____________________________________________________ "It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound-- that he will never get over it."--Robert Frost ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Contents: 1/Poetry in Mostly Classical Modes. 2/Elegant Poetics. 3/Inspired by Europe. 4/Poems for Lovers. 5/ Science & Poetry. 6/The Darker Heart of Poetry. 7/Epic Works. ____________________________________________________
art by Bertha Rogers
________________________________________________________ 1/≈Poetry in Mostly Classical Modes≈ _________________________________________________________ THE ARCHITECT, THE PHYSICIAN, & THE POET, by Rolf Sigford. The evolution of a physically intense, intellectually passionate romance through the lush, enchanting language of Shakespearean and Petrarchan sonnets which remain true to their classical models. Yet the poetry is in modern American idom. Art by Stephen Dwoskin. 64 pages. Letterpress softcover: $18.00. ISBN: 0-913559-93-8. Limited (100 copies) hardcover edition: $40.00. ISBN: 0-913559-94-6.
BALLADS FOR THE POSSESSED, by Harry Smith.A rich collection of story-poems on the nature of good and evil. Printed on antique presses from handset 12 pt. Baskerville. Valencia Red heavy paperback cover stock with Mohawk Vellum text. 78 pages. Letterpress softcover edition 100 copies signed by the author: $25. Letterpress regular edition: $12. ISBN: 0-913559-06-7.
BEOWULF, translated & illustrated by Bertha Rogers.The first volume of Beowulf to be both translated and illustrated by a woman. Presented in a handsome letterpress edition printed from hand-set metal type. "Roger's ten illustrations supply insight into her treatment of the translation . . . derived from Anglo- Saxon art . . . yet with a contemporary edge."--CHELSEA REVIEW. 136 pages of Cool White Mohawk Vellum. Letterpress softcover: SOLD OUT. Limited hardcover edition: Only a few remain: $75.00.
CONFESSIONS OF A RATIONAL LUNATIC, by Marcus Rome. This fifth collection of poetry by a NYC psychoanalyst grips and holds onto the reader's psyche through an urgent, seductive, sometimes terrifying voice just beneath the surface of every line. The rhythms and refrains have been likened to the throbbing of blood through the brain as the poet leads us through dark corridors of the mind in search of love and security. . . Wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. 96 pages. Letterpress softcover: $18. ISBN: 9780913559987.
DAIMONION SONATA, by Steven Owen Shields.Using traditional forms and metrics, the poet presents an allegorical world that is fantastic yet credible. These parables of complex beauty and spiritual longing are created on the wings of a remarkable range of poetic styles, from the Keatsian ode to the villanelle. Engraving by Rose Orcutt, featuring hand-coloration. 64 pages. Letterpress softcover: $18. ISBN: 0-913559-92-x.
HUMAN/NATURE, by Lance Lee. The poet's latest collection "bears witness to a lyricism rare in much of today's writing. His 'Actaeon' is a monumental poem, weaving ancient myth and modern angst with a robust command of language, evidence of a master at work"--Jackson Wheeler, Editor, SOLO. "Lee's great strength is his ability to look with unflinching honesty at the condition of being human . . ." --Myra Schneider, author, Insisting on Yellow . . . " Brings voices as diverse as Hannibal, Rembrandt, Orpheus and Eurydice into the modern world."--Martin Bax, Editor, AMBIT. "Browning pushed his impulse to write large, and this author follows suit..."-- David Castleman, THE NEW FORMALIST. 120 pages. Trade paper: $19.00. ISBN: 9780913559994.
JACK'S BEANS, by Tom Smith. Poetry presented in the unique, compelling format of a five-year diary. "This work builds upon itself eloquently, allowing the reader to explore, hand-in-hand with Smith, domesticity and decadence, the consumptive and restorative yearnings of youth, love and that which thwarts it..." --Yvonne Daly, Prof., San Francisco State University... "By turns sad, profound, funny, incisive, poetic and moving". . . --George Drury Smith, founder/editor, BEYOND BAROQUE. Striking cover art by Anita Lobel. 372 pages. Softcover offset edition: $32.00. ISBN: 978-0135599-70.
LONGING FOR LAURA, translated by AM Juster. Delicious translations of a shrewd selection of Petrarch's love sonnets. "Juster's translations remain true to the Italian and Petrarch's abbaabba rhyme scheme..."--Prof. Sam Maio, California State University. Hand-colored wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair grace this charming book. 56 pages. Printed from metal type on Mohawk Vellum. Letterpress soft: $17. ISBN: 0913559-709.
SHADWELL HILLS, by Rebecca Lilly. A crisply articulated collection of haiku by a writer whose dedication to and intimacy with this poetic form, backed up by solid esthetic and philosophical underpinnings, provides the reader sometimes serene, sometimes dark glimpses of our relationship with the natural world. "Her poems make you feel that they have been the result of long thought, and that no one has seen things in quite this way before..."--MODERN HAIKU. Original wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. 72 pages. Letterpress soft, Mohawk Vellum: $19. Limited hard: $48.. ISBN: 0-913559-79-2.
___________________________________________________ 2/≈Elegant Poetics≈ ___________________________________________________ THE SINGING INSIDE, by Michael Miller.The author of "The Joyful Dark" has published a new collection which is anchored by a startlingly honest, moving, and intimate sequence on married love as the couple adjusts to the changes which long-term relationships undergo. "I read Miller's poems with great satisfaction in their accurate seeing, their assured phrasing, their true and proportionate feeling."--poet Richard Wilbur. This letterpress edition features three wood engravings by master engraver Frank C. Eckmair and was printed on 80 lb. Cream White Mohawk Vellum with Antique Gray cover stock. 56 pages. Letterpress soft: $18.00. ISBN: 978-984-2003-1-3.
THE MELANCHOLY OF YORICK, by Joel Chace. Sharply carved poems that combine a disarming elegance with a classical conceit in works such as "A Whoreson Mad Fellow," "Prince Hamlet's Ghost," and "Schubert's Leider." Chace is a former winner of the Persephone Press Award. Wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair amplify the mood of this remarkable poetic experience. (See The Gallery on this website for the cover of this book.) 64 pages. Letterpress soft: $16.00. ISBN: 0-913559-44-x.
THE MOONLIT DOOR, by Frank Fagan. A selection of fresh, wise, wry poems of human connections, including their aspirations, fears and dreams, with this poet's special brand of insight brushed with humor. Collection includes Fagan's important earlier poem, "Four-Part Invention." Two graphically exciting wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. Letterpress softcover: $16. ISBN: 0-913559-76-8.
RISKING THE WIND, by Warren Carrier. An autumnal poetic flight carried off with aplomb, including vivid insights and a deft touch and respect for the word. "A sure intelligence, a perceptive sensibility, and a decent care for language..."-- Donald Justice, Pulitzer Prize Poet. 56 pages. Letterpress softcover edition: $16.00. ISBN: 0-913559-56-3.
SERMONS IN STONE, by Christopher Munford. A stunning journey through the geographical map of the world and the emotional map of the individual. "Munford's effects are subtle, his surprises adroitly sprung..."--Patricia Eakins, novelist. Munford is the first-prize winner of the Notthingham Poetry Society's Lake Aske Contest. Cover art by Harold Shapinsky. 92 pages. Beckett Cambric cover in charcoal. Letterpress softcover edition: $15.00. ISBN: 0-913559-22-9.
WOODSTOVES & RAVENS, by Robert Farmer. A wild-land sojourn with woodstoves and ravens in the boreal forest on the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior, near Thunder Bay. The author, a forest-ecologist, distills two decades of back-country living into vivid, lyrical poems--on wilderness, the mind's seasonal darkness, relationships with plants, animals and, occasionally, human beings. Grounded in Tang Dynasty poetry and Buddhist philosophy, his work moves beyond description to focus on the irony and agony of self-awareness. These poems reflect the author's deep fondness for northern wild lands and life in remote regions. Seven original artworks by Alanna Mahronic, a native of Ontario, are printed from metal engravings. "Farmer's meditative poetry on twenty years of life on a homestead near Ferguson Creek is like an extended visit with the best of tour guides--one who knows when to shut up and let you simply take it all in."--Peter Fergus-Moore, THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE-JOURNAL. A letterpress edition printed from handset type. ISBN: 9780978997403. 88 pages. $19.00.
_____________________________________ 3/≈Inspired by Europe≈ _____________________________________________ THE HUNGARIAN SEA, by Hollace Lee Gruhn. The theme "all is connected" runs through these sharply observed, intimately understood connections between the natural world, humanity, and their interwoven histories. The author had an idyllic perch from which to contemplate these poetic, sometimes stark truths: Lake Balaton in Hungary. Three wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. Hand-colored cover. Letterpress softcover edition printed on Mohawk Vellum. 96 pages. $18. ISBN: 0-913559-87-3.
ROME BURNING, by Helen Barolini. This gathering of insistently powerful poems evokes the author's past life in Rome, with its rich, classical traditions. Individual poems focus on the literary history of the city, as well, with titles such as "Keats' Room in Rome," "Thinking of Milton in Rome," "Hawthorne's Rome." "Evokes an older, miasmic Rome, as well as the very present Rome of derelict antiquities and passionate love..." --Christine Lehner. 56 pages.Letterpress soft: $17. ISBN: 0-913559-86-5.
________________________________________________ 4/≈Poems for Lovers≈ ________________________________________________ THE HALO BRACE, by Jeffrey Thomson. A cycle of poems on the lingering vibrations of love's effects on life after love, of sorrow and regret, of the "lush spice" of sex. "Mellow celebrations of heterosensual appreciation and of cunning linguistics..."--MANDRAKE POETRY REVIEW. "Beautifully written!..."--ECLECTIC BOOKS. 64 pages. Letterpress soft: $16.00. ISBN: 0-913559-51-2.
WHEN EYES MEET OVER THE MINESTRONE,by Jonathan Russell.
This selection of traditional poetry offers readers a sometimes
humorous, sometimes unsmiling view of the joys and the
disenchantments of married as well as unmarried love. The
author swims into the capricious waters of human relationships
armed with poetic hindsight, utilizing classical conceits, end
rhyme, and orderly metrics to achieve his effects. The result is
accessible, entertaining poetry with plenty of old world charm
coupled with moments of new world angst. Previous books by
Russell include The Sea Cries Over My Shoulder and Whispers.
Handsome trade paperback. 80 pages. $15.00.
___________________________________________________ 5/≈Science & Poetry≈ __________________________________________________________ UNCERTAIN RELATIONS, by Joel Chace. An exploration of Heisenberg's "physics of poetry" aNd his "uncertainty principle" via the poetic medium. "A carnival of Science-gone-aesthetic..." --SMALL PRESS REVIEW. 56 pages. Cover and interior wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. Letterpress soft: $16.00. ISBN: 0-913559-60-1.
WALKING THE PERIMETERS OF THE PLATE GLASS WINDOW FACTORY, by Jared Smith.Eloquent, engaging, sometimes unsettling poetic examination of the changes that time, and its attendant technology, imposes on our personal as well as national histories. "Finely crafted, paced well, with effective images of how technological processes evoke the sense of contemporary alienation..."--SMALL PRESS REVIEW. Hand-colored wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. 68 pages. Letterpress soft: $18. ISBN: 0-913559-660.
WIND & WATER, by Osmond Beckwith An engaging collection of poetry which invokes classical allusions while immersing itself in the land the poet loves, echoing early days in Michigan growing up on a farm, or listening to the wind soughing the pines through a screen door in Maine, or even as he absords the tableau of Manhattan's streets. But no matter where the poet observes human and natural life, his ambition remains the same: to become one with the wind, to remember the rain. Original wood engraving by Michael McCurdy. $17. + $4.50 shipping/packing. 56 pages. ISBN: 978-7-913559-92-4
________________________________________________________ 6/≈The Darker Heart of Poetry≈ __________________________________________________ ABREACTIONS, by Marcus Rome. Using sharp, intense language the poet examines the repressed emotions which arise out of human conflict, feelings which must be released for healthy living. Printed from hand-set metal Baskerville type in sepia ink on Mohawk Vellum. Softcover: $17. ISBN: 0-913559-13-x. Limited edition signed/numbered hardcover with French marbled end papers: $35.00. ISBN: 0-913559-12-1. 144 pages.
CONTEMPORARY MARTYRDOM, by John Popielaski. Unflinching poetry on contemporary relationships and social "truths" that are "crafted and strong. I look forward to reading them again and again..."--Henry Taylor, Pulitzer Prize Poet. Dramatic cover wood engraving by Joanna Price. 64 pages. Letterpress soft: $16. ISBN: 0-913559-73-3.
IF THERE WEREN'T SO MANY OF THEM, YOU MIGHT SAY THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL, by Barbara de la Cuesta. A powerful narrative prose-poem set among the inmates of a nursing home in Waltham, Massachusetts, where the author worked as an aide. Four original linocuts by the author are printed in sepia ink. 64 pages. Letterpress edition, bound in heavy rust-colored Strathmore stock: $15. ISBN: 0-913559-17-2.
THE LIFE & DEATH OF PETER STUBBE, by Jesse Glass. Startlingly original poetry in which the human monster roams from past to present and back again, wreaking his havoc. "Glass interlaces bizarre, archaic and medieval figures, events and diction with contemporary ones.... Beware! Glass's tales are exempla."--Robert Peters, University of California. Handset in 12 pt. Deepdene and printed letterpress on 80 lb. Cool White Vellum, with medieval art printed in red. Artemis decked edge cover. 64 pages. Letterpress soft: $18. ISBN: 0-913559-27-x.
REPERCUSSIONS, by Marcus Rome. Profound and forthright poetic investigations by a NYC psychoanalyst into the darkest secrets of the human heart. At times unsettling and disturbing, at times uplifting through understanding gained via the poet's insights. "Deeply absorbed in introspection, Rome's language is nevertheless always accessible..."--AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW. 136 pages. Wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. Letterpress soft: $21.00. ISBN: 0-913559-55-5.
_____________________________________________________ 7/≈Epic Poetry≈ _____________________________________________________ IMMIGRANT/Books I, II, III, IV, by Stanley Nelson. A four-volume poem is written in imaginatively rendered verse splashed across the pages with epic scope and power, bringing a sweeping vision of Brooklyn's past into the present. "One of the most important books of the second half of the 20th century..."--ASYLUM MAGAZINE. "Here we see one of the most complex and original poets of our time grappling with issues that underlie the framework of our culture..."--poet Jared Smith. Immigrant may be the richest, and most diversely focused, most personal and liturgical of any poem dealing with a limited American territory..."--Donald Phelps. All four books printed letterpress. Book I: 84 pages. $12.00. ISBN: 0-913559-14-8. Book II: 112 pages. $15.00. ISBN: 0-913559-21-0. Book III: 96 pages. $13.00. ISBN: 0-913559-31-8. Book IV: 96 pages. $14.00. ISBN: 0-913559-42-3. All four books of Immigrant may be purchased for
only $40. Plus shipping/packing.
MENKE, The Complete Yiddish Poems of Menke Katz, translated by Benjamin & Barbara Harshav. Published by The Smith, this 779-page book is epic in its collective scope and vision of the only Yiddish poet to become a major poet in English as well as in his native language. In his lifetime he published nine books in each language, synthesizing shtetl life and life in New York City with kabbalist mysticism. Extensive introduction by Dovid Katz. Maps depict the poet's boyhood and adult travels.Trade hardcover $39. plus $9.50 to pack/ship. ISBN: 1-882986-21-0.
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