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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
no need to speak By Emily Pineau
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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
Shore Lines By Philip E. Burnham, Jr.
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Philip Burnham’s poems have a slow-building intensity to them, a quiet meditative force that gathers from the first few lines and takes the reader into the heart of his experiences of nature,... More > love, history, and place. Shore Lines is a rich trove of the well-observed and the deeply felt. Adam Haslett, Author of You are Not a Stranger Here National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Finalist< Less
Ibbetson Street #32 By Doug Holder
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In this issue we are glad to be featuring the work of Diana Der-Hovanessian, longtime president of the New England Poetry Club. Not only has Diana directed the Poetry Club for decades, arranging... More > countless readings of world-renowned as well as local poets, she has also won numerous awards for her poetry and poetry collections. Diana has written extensively about the Armenian Holocaust and has been a strong voice in making sure this Holocaust will not fall into the dustbin of history. We are also pleased to feature the work of such writers as Afaa Michael Weaver, X.J. Kennedy, Marge Piercy, and many other fine poets. You may also notice the striking photograph on the front cover by Jennifer Matthews, a mysterious, winding, nocturnal street in Perugia, Italy, and a haunting portrait on the back cover by Ibbetson Street Press' art editor Richard Wilhelm.< Less
God Lights His Candles By Dorothy E. Morris
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Dorothy E. Morris, poet and freelance writer, publishes poetry regularly in the South Boston Literary Gazette and in 2009 won its first prize for a short memoir piece. She has published two... More > chapbooks, and she co-hosts a poetry reading series at the South Boston Library. Dorothy is currently marketing a children’s picture book and is working on a memoir. Additionally, she is an officer of the South Boston Arts Association and a member of the Special Libraries Association. In a prior life she was an assistant vice president at Standish, Ayer & Wood, as Director of Corporate Information. For 13 years she wrote travel articles for the Patriot Ledger. She resides in Quincy, Massachusetts.< Less
The Custom House By Dennis Daly
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Again and again, in poems of precision, conscience, and formal elegance, Dennis Daly arrests our vertiginous world so we may see its beauty, horror, and promise. Daly is a masterful poet, whether he... More > is writing in free or formal verse, and the poems in this substantial gathering of his work accrue to a mature vision of our world as it is and as it could be. The Custom House is a book to savor, a book to treasure. — Richard Hoffman, author of Gold Star Road and Emblem< Less