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If you come here and read more than two words, you’re probably a lover of poetry and fiction.  You’ve hit the jackpot this week.

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Here are a few good reads (in no particular order).  I hate to put them all on one post, because they deserve much more attention.  But if I wait until I have time to do them all justice, a year might roll by.

Some are just coming out.  Some I meant to shout out ages ago.  They’re all good.

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….Poiesis #4:   I just ordered a copy.  Woot!

Poiesis #4 is a poetry chapbook (compilation of various authors), edited by leah angstman of Propaganda Press.  I’m not going to wait to read it before I recommend it, because everything leah does is awesome.  I know it is good.  And it’s only four bucks plus shipping!

You can get all of the details about Poiesis #4 and easy ordering  HERE.

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No One Gains Weight In The Shoulders

by leah angstman. Propaganda Press.

 

 

 

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Some Misplaced Joan Of Arc by leah angstman

Propaganda Press

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Yes, leah is an excellent poet, too.  I love her voice and her style.  Some Misplaced Joan Of Arc blew me out of my seat.  It is one of my favorite chaps of all time.  But I love both of these poetry chaps.

Propaganda Press titles are affordable, which is one of the reasons I’m a big fan.  But the MAIN reason I’m a fan is that they are good.

Order No One Gains Weight In The Shoulders HERE.

Order Some Misplaced Joan of Arc HERE.

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The Map of Our Garden by Rebecca Schumejda.

Verve Bath Press.

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……Falling Forward by Rebecca Schumejda.

Sunnyoutside Press.

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The Map Of Our Garden is fantastic–and probably one of the most physically beautiful chapbooks I’ve ever seen.  It even comes with a bookmark in a pocket on the inside back cover.  It’s obvious the editor takes great care with what she presents.

I do love it.  But I wouldn’t mind if Rebecca’s words were written on a paper bag.  She is an amazing poet.  The beautiful presentation just makes it that much more of a pleasure. 

Falling Forward is equally as beautiful.  The poetry is excellent.  I plan on coming back to tell you more about both of these books.  But why wait for me?

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Order The Map Of Our Garden HERE.  Scroll down and take a look at the images of the chap.

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Order Falling Forward HERE.

Take a look at some reviews and information about Falling Forward HERE.

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And read a great review of Falling Forward at

Open A Real Book Reviews.

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You can also see more of Rebecca’s books at her site.   The next must buy on my list is Dream Big, Work Harder.  I love that title!

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Male, Pale and Old:  16 Outstanding Men of the Small Press.

Edited by Jenifer Wills of Literary Mary, this online journal is exactly what it says.  Outstanding.  Powerful work.  And it’s free to read by clicking HERE.  What more do you want?  Great work that’s free!

Be sure to read it all.  And read Jenifer’s introduction, which explains how she came up with the name for the zine.  It’s right on.

I love the cover, too.  The desk sort of looks like mine, but it’s a lot neater than mine is.

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….Blood & Irony by Joaquin Carvel.

Available at LuLu

Joaquin is one of my blog friends and is an awesome writer (both poetry and fiction).  Joaquin has heart and soul.  I dig that.  I love Joaquin’s voice and stories.  We are on opposite ends of the country, but Joaquin feels like kin.

You can order Blood and Irony by clicking HERE.

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You can also read more of Joaquin’s work at Lyrics and Maladies.

Joaquin also has a poem recently published at The Smoking Poet.

And another excellent poem at Deuce Coupe.   Coffee Machine is one of my all-time favorite Joaquin Carvel poems.  Go read it now.  You’ll see what I mean.

And be sure to check out Blood & Irony.

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………..OUT ON A LIMB by Ed Galing

Propaganda Press

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…………..DINER by Ed Galing

Propaganda Press

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Have you ever read a poet’s work and felt as if you would really like that poet as a person?  I don’t know Ed Galing, but I wish I did.  He’s open and honest, and his words always stop me in my tracks.

Ed Galing has been through many things (born in 1917), and his poems tell it all.  I love his work.

Order OUT ON A LIMB HERE.

Order DINER HERE.

OUT ON A LIMB and DINER are also Propaganda Press chaps, and you can find more of Ed Galing’s books in the catalog.

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Now Might As Well Be Then

by Glenda Council Beall

Finishing Line Press

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Glenda Council Beall is one of North Carolina’s finest poets.  I know that’s a big statement to make, but it is true.  She doesn’t waste a word, and her poems are pure music.  Glenda’s poetry touches my soul.

But you don’t have to be a Southern writer or poet to enjoy Glenda’s work.  It reaches across all geographic boundaries and paints a picture of humanity.

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You can read more of Glenda’s work at Writing Life Stories.   Scroll down to Glenda’s October 6, 2010 post and read the poem Tomato Man.  You’ll see why that’s one of my favorites. 

Tomato Man was the winner of the 1997 Clay County Arts Poetry Contest.  It is also included in Now Might As Well Be Then.

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You can also read more about Glenda and read her poem Miracle of Love at Scott Owens’ Musings.  I love how he calls Glenda a “MVP” or “Most Valuable Poet.”   It’s so true!

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Order Now Might As Well Be Then HERE.

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Adopted Behaviors:

Flash Memoir, Short Stories & Flash Fiction by James R. Tomlinson

Motor City Burning Press.

James is another one of my blog friends, and I know him as JR of  JR’s Thumbprints.  Now, before you go thinking I just shout out people because I know them from my blog…take a look at his site.

James Tomlinson works as a teacher in a Michigan prison.  He sees more in one day than many people see in a lifetime.  Week after week, I wonder how he does it.

His words are powerful.  James Tomlinson is one of the best flash fiction writers I have ever read.

And the book is only four bucks!  Motor City Burning Press does a great job of bringing us good reads at low prices.

HERE is one of James’ recent stories at Staccato.

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The first story in Adopted Behaviors is posted at Sleet Magazine.   It is called The Trigger Man and His Accomplice, and you can read it HERE.

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You can also read more by checking out his site.  Click on his link and look on the right sidebar for places where his work has been published.

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Anything Kell Robertson has ever written.  Okay, I just had to mention Kell Robertson again.  You knew I would didn’t you?  He’s the greatest.

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Speaking of Kell, check this out.  Yep, it’s him.  Cool and Dark Inside is his song.  I have the CD, and it’s awesome.   I don’t know who Bob is, but I love him for making this video.  It’ll probably look weird here, because I don’t know what I’m doing.  But take a listen if you can.

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There are many more books I want to tell you about.  But there’s just so much my squeaky wheel can do in a free hour.  I’ll try to be better in the future.

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Be sure to bookmark the links.  I highly recommend it all.

Thanks for reading!

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Workers’ Compensation Blues

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Julie Buffaloe-Yoder

My head

is pounding

from fighting

for a month

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with the boss

who told

Leon Jonson

he’d get fired

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if he filed

a claim

for Workers’

Compensation.

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My head

is pounding

from trying

to convince

Leon Jonson

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who has

a sick kid

and another

in braces

and another

in glasses

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and an arm

that’s black

and blue

and broke

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that he’s

got rights,

too, damnit.

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The above poem was originally published in Big Hammer #13 (edited by Dave Roskos of Iniquity Press).  You can find Big Hammer and many more excellent reads from Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books HERE.

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I highly recommend Dave Rosko’s work.  You can read some of his poems HERE.  Powerful words.

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And here’s another must read from Iniquity Press.  If you’ve been around for a while, you’ve heard me talk about Kell Robertson.  Some of my male friends tease me about my flaming arrow reference in that post.  Sometimes, I can’t help but act like a girl.

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Anyway, I like to bring his work up as often as possible, in case any new folks are reading here.  Kell Robertson is one of my favorite poets.

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Watch out for those flaming arrows, boys.

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Thanks for dropping in.

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Big Hammer 004Three of my poems are in Big Hammer

#13.  The poems are titled Worker’s

Compensation Blues, They Bill Him Out,

and Jobs Are Hard To Find In Rural Ohio &

If You Call OSHA, This Place Will Close.

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I’ve been grinning like a fool for the past

two days, because I’m holding a copy in

my hands.  Edited by Dave Roskos, who is

an excellent poet, Big Hammer is an

awesome zine full of big names and even

bigger poetry. 

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Big Hammer #13 is dedicated to Mary Beth Roskos and Dave Church.

Many people are familiar with Dave Church’s powerful work.  Yes, it is in

there!

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I found a link for ordering from outlaw poetry and free jazz network,

which is one of my favorite places to read on the net.   To check it out or place

an order, click HERE.

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After you click the above link, scroll down and look at that fellow’s picture.

Yep.  Kell Robertson is in there showing the world how it’s done.  If you’ve

read this site for any time now, you know how much I love Kell’s work.  But

I’d better hush about that, or I’ll start talking about flaming arrows going

through my country soul or some such girlie stuff.

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My tip of the hat to Kell isn’t intended to discredit anyone else, though.  I love

it all.

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Dave Roskos has been bringing great poetry to the world for a long time, and

IniquityPress/Vendetta Books publishes high quality work.  If you want

to read poetry about real people, poetry with teeth, blood, soul and sweat,

then this is the place to go.

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Instead of looking at my pathetic attempts to download pictures, look at this

link from outlaw poetry and free jazz network to see more Iniquity

Press titles HERE. There is a great bio of Dave Roskos and his work.  I also

love the description of the people Dave publishes.  I almost fell off my chair

when I read about the old tire soap trick.  I thought my family invented that

one.

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The books are excellent.  Right now, I’m reading light dark light by Tom

Kryss, and I’m blown away.  Thank you, Dave.

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I encourage everybody to check out all the titles and all the Big Hammer

issues in the links above.  It will be easier for folks in the states to order Big

Hammer #13 by sending ten bucks via paypal to iniquitypress@hotmail.com

or by mail (no checks please) to  POB 54, Manasquan, NJ 08736.   The work is

beautiful.

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A friend introduced me to Kell Robertson’s poetry when I was a kid. I was thunderstruck. Sure, I had heard of Kell, even before I read his work. People used words like cowboy, underground, or outlaw to describe him. But that’s not the first impression I had of Kell’s poetry. I was amazed at how well he portrays the human condition. Kell writes about people I know, and his voice sent a flaming arrow straight to my soul.

Kell Robertson speaks my language–the voice of the working class, the strong, aching backbone of the world. Here is a poet who’s not a poser, a poet who truly knows what the word hardscrabble means. And it is beautiful, damnit. Not contrived or stereotypical. When I read Kell Robertson’s poetry, the pages in my hands sing.

You don’t have to be working class or a cowboy or a lover of campfires to appreciate Kell’s work. Anyone can love lines like these from his poem, Song:

“A mad old man staggering down the road

mumbling to himself of bones and promises

of bells that ring in his heart at night

and corpses that actually sing to him

from beneath the rocks of silence”.

I’m surely not a reviewer, because everything I try to say about the poetry of Kell Robertson comes out sounding like a high school groupie screaming in the front row. Freaking awesome poet are three words that instantly come to mind.

So, I’d better leave the reviewing to the professionals. Here’s a really good review by Todd Moore about Kell’s latest book, The Goofy Goddess On The Wall. The above passage from Song is from this book. Of course, you probably know that Todd Moore is also an excellent poet.

Check out Todd’s review HERE

Outlaw poetry and free jazz network is a great site, so stick around there and read it all.

To order Kell’s book, send $5.00 to Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books, POB 54, Manasquan, NJ 08736. Dave Roskos is the editor and can tell you much more than I can. All I know is that I have read the book at least fifty times, and yes, the words still sing.

Kell is also one of my favorite musicians. Here’s a link to a video posted by hipbilly on Myspace Videos of Kell and Jason Ecklund playing and singing. I wish I had been there. Watch the video HERE

Check out Pathwise Press for more about Kell’s books.

A sample of Kell’s poetry from The United States of Poetry (World of Poetry) site can be found HERE

Here’s a great Lummox Press Interview with Kell by RD “Raindog” Armstrong (also inspired by Todd Moore). After you read the interview, go to their home page and check out the awesome stuff going on there, too.

Mike Good and the Blonde Boy Grunt & The Groans site also has more information about ordering Kell’s books and/or CD’s. Another very cool site.  I’d also love to hear them play.

If I’m not crediting everyone correctly, please set me straight, and I’ll try to fix it. I don’t know what I’m doing three fourths of the time, especially here.

I could go on and on about my admiration for Kell Robertson’s poetry. But it’s closing time now. So let’s just have one more round and one more song in his honor.

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