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Promise Supermarket By Elizabeth Quinlan
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As consciously and effectively as a short novel, Promise Supermarket depicts the life of a family moving ever downward, from a house on a hill to a one-room cellar apartment. . . . One of the marvels... More > of this book is that Elizabeth Quinlan is able to depict the immense difficulties of her childhood with both quiet understatement and clear detail, allowing us to share her experience with the deep involvement that fully inhabiting a new literary space, however bleak, may give. . . . The magic of Promise Supermarket is to turn the power of visual imagination and memory into unforgettable stories—to “grow treasures” out of what was planted in the treeless ground of a difficult but tenderly remembered childhood. —Martha Collins, from the foreword< Less
Manufacturing America, Poems from the Factory Floor By Lisa Beatman
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Manufacturing America bears witness to the lyrical life of a factory and the individuals who inhabit it at the start-up of the 21stcentury. Lisa Beatman adds the stories of immigrant workers, heard... More > through the ear of a poet on site to teach literacy skills, to the growing literature of work poetry. — Susan Eisenberg, author of Blind Spot< Less
Blood Soaked Dresses By Gloria Mindock
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In her fascinating poem cycle, Gloria Mindock jolts back into memory the roots of El Salvador’s present day violence. Mindock coaxes to the page the voices of the dead who lie, less in peace,... More > than in restless obsession with the atrocities they suffered. She brings forth as well the voices of the living who seem startled to find that they died somewhere between the horrors they witnessed and the grave they have yet to lie down in. Blood Soaked Dresses is a beautiful, harrowing first book. - Catherine Sasanov< Less
Sonatina By Johnmichael Simon
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Discords, misses and tangles, are all addressed and folded into the Sonatina while the carousel revolves. What this book accomplishes for us is the vision of all events meshing in the music of life,... More > the bizarre just another octave, the sweet and miraculous all plucked appropriately in reprise and return: "the clouds and God are all that exist and the music, the music." Katherine L. Gordon, author, editor, publisher, literary critic,< Less
Outpost - A Collection of Poems By Abbott Ikeler
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The settings of these poems are not 'poetic'--the suburbs, the commuter's routine, the sad pilgrimage from anticipation to regret, from the promise of life to the certainty of death, with all its... More > preliminary indignities. The themes and voice--disciplined by traditional craft, enriched by detachment, conscious of the immensities of time and space that frame our lives, diminishing and exalting them--are another matter. They contain gravity, delight, and mockery within them. One thinks of the Frost of "Desert Places," but in the context of our own time. There is a consolation in making music and a consolation in facing facts. OUTPOST, with many variations, provides both." --Franklin Burroughs< Less
self portrait drawn from many By Irene Koronas
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Irene Koronas has written both an anthem and a clear-eyed appraisal of our very human selves. When you are finished reading self portrait drawn from many, you will likely be drawn to read it again.... More > It is that rare combination of immediacy and intimacy, coupled with the unraveling texture of a verbal fugue. Something new and provocative emerges upon each reading. Koronas understands our need for fantasies and the pain of giving them up as she considers a “list of reasons to live without lovers/ addiction rejection notices on/ refrigerator door all fantasy kissed/ goodbye this morning.” and our desire for faith in something more, “...knowing/ cannot explain relationships with the/ unknown even though knowing Gods/ yes I am who I am is as close as warm hands building sandcastles.” -- William Kollock Professor Emeritus, School of Contemporary Arts, Ramapo College< Less
Shadow People By Molly Lynn Watt
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Shadow People begins far away and takes us on a journey home. We move from the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska to the Redline in Boston. We begin among Yup'ik craftspeople, and travel toward the heart... More > of family life, sometimes in painful memory, sometimes in loving recognition. We begin as observers but by the end of this book we have joined with Molly Watt in the dance of her life, and our own. ― Fred Marchant Author of Full Moon Boat & Director of The Poetry Center at Suffolk University< Less
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The achingly beautiful cover of timeless trees, earth, flowers and rock, is redolent of Israel’s destiny. This little land, so hallowed in human history, seems the literary and spiritual core... More > of existence to most of humanity. If strife is ever present here, how can there ever be the peace of ancient promise? This land seems to symbolize the eternal quest for harmony where forces of turmoil march ceaselessly. Bar-Lev and Simon explore this theme for us. Cyclamens and Swords will become a treasured classic, echoing as it does so fluently, the longing, fearing and questing that marks these troubled times. Helen Bar-Lev’s poem Beauty sums up the reader’s feelings as we reluctantly finish this special book: “and I,/the ingrate,/ ever insatiable,/implore you,/please,/ show/ me/more.” Katherine L. Gordon Author, Editor, Publisher, Judge and Reviewer, Resident Columnist for Ancient Heart Magazine.< Less
From Poland to the Lower East Side: Interviews By Dorothy McCurry
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An interview with Henry Kirschenbaum, a denizen of the Lower East Side of New York City in the early part of the 20th century. This book deals with the Kirschenbaum family and their immigration from... More > the "Pale of Settlement" in Eastern Europe to their time selling books on pushcarts in the Lower East Side of NYC. Later David Kirschenbaum, would go on to be a leading bookseller on New York's famed "Book Row" and the owner of the Carnegie Bookstore. These are raw interviews, with many long forgotten details of an old New York.< Less
Louisa Solano: The Grolier Poetry Bookshop By Doug Holder & Steve Glines
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The Grolier Poetry Bookshop is the "oldest continuous bookshop" devoted solely to the sale of poetry and poetry criticism, was founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie; the... More > subsequent owner, Louisa Solano, a 1966 graduate of Boston University, took over operation of the store in 1974 after Cairnie's death. An interview with Louisa Solano and thoughts about the Grolier by many patrons.< Less