In this current issue of Ibbetson Street we are glad to have the work of Brendan Galvin, Richard Hoffman, Rhina Espalliat, Marge Piercy, Diana Der-Hovanessian, Jean Valentine and others. On the front... More > cover you will notice the Ibbetson Street/Somerville Ave. sign. This is an artful rendition of the sign that marked the first front cover of Ibbetson Street in 1999 as well as marking the first location for the press. The back cover, a painting by Ibbetson Street Press Art/Editor Richard Wilhelm, is a signature scene from the city of Somerville, Massachusetts, where our press continues to thrive.< Less
Fans of European 19th century verse, thick with symbolism and multi-syllabic, will find little to love in Dan Sklar’s work. Sklar’s poetry could be characterized as American Primitive,... More > clean and bracing as creek water. Like Whitman, Sklar celebrates the mystery and profundity of the everyday. This is “guy” poetry, muscularly chronicling the days and to-do list of the contemporary American male, helplessly and joyfully committed to the challenges of raising a houseful of boys, teaching sleepy-eyed college students, and handling the ignominies of manuscript rejection letters. Sklar’s poems tumble and sing with enormously universal appeal.
--Lisa Beatman, Author of Manufacturing America< Less
Emily Pineau’s poetry is honest, exhibiting a wisdom
beyond her age as a sophomore at Endicott College. She
promises a future in poetry that will enthrall readers. Her
relationship with an... More > unnamed male in I would for you is
one which many women have encountered but have not
had the courage to enunciate.
— Zvi A. Sesling, Muddy River Poetry
Review, author King of the Jungle< Less
You have before you the intimate story of a man’s journey from self-doubt and isolation to self-mastery and a deeper connection to life itself – an evolution of a single individual. That... More > this transformation should occur against the backdrop of a crime ridden and prejudicial city in the 20/21st Century in the persona of a black man makes it all the more accessible and fascinating.< Less