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In his new book of poetry Richard Craig Sipe explores what happens in the aftermath of a life, a town, or a love. These are the LOVELY DREGS: what is left over, what remains, what is never the same, except that, somehow, oddly, it is.
LOVELY DREGS is available from Atmosphere Press
Released in 2018 by Soma Publishing, this is the first full-length collection of poems from widely-published and award-winning poet Karlo Sevilla. Based in Quezon City, Philippines, his poems appear or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, DIAGRAM, Small Orange, Radius, Spank the Carp, Matter, Eclectica and other literary journals, anthologies and platforms worldwide.
"Carson Pytell’s First-Year is a moving collection of quiet and contemplative poetry. With deceptively simple narratives, Pytell captures the weight of our personal histories and the hidden significance of our trifles..."
- Brian Geiger (Founder/Editor, Vita Brevis Press)
Vincent J. Tomeo
My Cemetery Friends is timeless. Walk with renowned author and poet Vincent J. Tomeo through garden pathways of life. Along the way, encounter other travelers trekking a similar trail, embrace new acquaintances, and this will make all the difference.
“Annette Sisson’s heart-driven poems are clear, well-shaped and loaded with sharp imagery. A Casting Off mixes metaphor with landscapes which become spiritual in-scapes filled with wonder and mystery, loss and grief.” –Bill Brown, poet
Complex Simplicity reprints the first 101 entries from Peter Dabbene's monthly column in the Hamilton Post newspaper, plus assorted essays focusing on comic books, movies, social media, politics, mixed martial arts, astronomy, and more. With humor and style, these pages probe the important and not-so-important issues of everyday life in New Jersey, and America at large.
William Quincy Belle
A post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi thriller.
Antigravity: floating cites. Pandemic: 80% dead. Flesh-eating disease: artificial body parts. Insects as food. And murder in dystopia.
Patrick T. Reardon
This exceptional book enables us to see, as if for the first time, something that is right under our noses. It is almost impossible to imagine downtown Chicago and the Loop ‘L’ without each other, and Patrick T. Reardon explains just why that is so in a lively narrative full of information and insights.”
—Carl Smith, author of Chicago's Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City
In “Requiem for David,” Patrick T. Reardon wrestles with the suicide of his brother and the pain they shared as the children of demanding and emotionally absent parents. Novelist-poet Sandra Cisneros calls Reardon's book “the heart’s howl,” and poet Haki Madhubuti writes: “Reardon’s poetry reminds me of the great poet and Catholic priest, Daniel Berrigan.”
John Michael Flynn
John Michael Flynn’s language dazzles to a very real end: the exploration and delineation of the free-floating breakdown known as “America.” The range of tones and locales he uses is impressive but more impressive is the feeling invested in what almost inevitably slips through time’s fingers. Anyone wondering where the Whitmanesque impulse has gone need look no further.
A collection of fantastical mini-fictions. A man who encounters mammoth rustlers. Houses that begin to move on their own, forcing the inhabitants to finally introduce themselves to their neighbors. Giant chickens that are hunted for processing in the chicken sandwich industry. And much more.
Humor, irony, mythical realism, surrealism, soft science fiction.
"McGavran’s are stories of obsession and experience. They are the stories of characters who are nearing death and who are thinking about what they will leave behind. They are deeply human, and entirely serious, with a touch of humor and a little bit of magic to light the way." - Anna Kasik, Englewood Review of Books
Hear Roberta Schultz's review on WVXU