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You Carry the Woods By Kimberly Pavlovich
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No two ages of life encounter precisely the same moments. If poetry relies on the rendering of experience so genuine as to wake the imagination, the poems from Kimberly Pavlovich’s first book... More > are admirable in their unflinching courage and versatility. Between the lines, we see emerging a literary Romantic, with an eye for the strange beauty of unseemliness (or, as Hopkins put it, “pied beauty”). The wonderfully titled You Carry the Woods makes for an auspicious beginning. Michael Todd Steffen, author of Partner, Orchard, Day Moon (Cervena Barva Press, 2014).< Less
Ibbetson Street #36 By Doug Holder
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Well, yet another Ibbetson Street has arrived. You will note the striking front cover – an arresting photograph of an enigmatic spiral staircase from Jennifer Matthews, with splendid graphic... More > touches (note the spectral birds) by Rose Gardina. On the back, our long time contributor the accomplished artist Bridget Galway, has a haunting painting of a woman captured in the face of a clock – of all things. Ah! sweet mystery of life! Not only do we have fine art, but we have our usual lineup of fine poetic talent with folks like Jean Valentine, George Kalogeris, Teisha Twomey, Marge Piercy, Kathleen Spivack, X. J. Kennedy, Diana Der Hovanessian, Victor Howes, Mike Ansara, Rhina P. Espaillat, Maggie Dietz and so many others.< Less
On Wings of Song By Molly Lynn Watt
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On Wings of Song… … is a journey into the heart, the place of deep caring for the state of being human.  Watt has written with the sincere and sympathetic hand to mark a path for... More > the reader to return to the Civil Rights Era of the 50’s and 60’s, a history that never leaves us.  As she writes, there is no time for fear.  In the inscape of her journey we see the time for caring is now.  These are gentle but sure lines of conviction, lines worthy of a standing applause. — Afaa M. Weaver, The Plum Flower Trilogy< Less
Ibbetson Street #35 By Doug Holder
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Ed Galing Tribute Issue. Poetry from Ted Kooser, Michael Collier, Marge Piercy and others ....
That poem that you didn’t understand that the poet read at the jazz bar By Jason Roberts
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Poems by Jason Roberts. From the Ibbetson Street Press/Endicott College, Young Poet Series
The Girl Who Wore Sunshine By Meghan Perkins
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Meghan Perkins' poems are a pleasure to imbibe. They are straight-shootin' charms of incidental show-downs and revery of memory. Her endings are crafty without being too lick and she seems right at... More > home in her bones and her vision of things. These poems represent a very promising first collection, sharp, concrete and humorous, walking a line between a reverence for life and a discerning and ironic laughter at its ironies and twists. --Lo Galluccio (Cambridge Populist Poet) With disarming precociousness and pearl-like insights Meghan Perkins pulls on life's loose threads and unravels them before our eyes. Her poems speak to what she knows best and her powers of sassy observations amaze.--Dennis Daly (Author of The Custom House)< Less
Ibbetson Street #34 By Doug Holder
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In this issue we are thrilled to have the work of such noted poets as: Martha Collins, John Skoyles, Jennifer Barber, Daniel Bosch, Dan Tobin, Andrea Cohen, Marge Piercy, Alfred Nicol, Fred Marchant,... More > Kathleen Spivack, and many others. This is the first issue edited by our new managing editor Rene Schwiesow. We are sure you will be pleased with the issue she puts together. Schwiesow and Lawrence Kessenich work on alternate issues and we are lucky to have these skilled folks on Ibbetson Street. Also – in Ibbetson Street 34, we have the artwork of Bridget Galway that adorns the front and back covers. Bridget’s artwork and poetry have appeared in a number of issues and we are glad she continues to contribute her fine work to our magazine.< Less
FLYING CATS (actually swooping) By Dan Sklar
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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
Ibbetson Street #33 By Doug Holder
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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
The Shutting Door By Timothy Gager
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Timothy Gager is a genius of the quotidian, keenly observing the details of our lives and rendering them so that we can hear the deep pulse of our identities, of our pure being, within them. The... More > Shutting Door is a ravishing, wonderful, enlightening book. - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author of 18 books.< Less