Gregg Glory [Gregg G. Brown]

Gregg Glory [ Gregg G. Brown ] has devoted his life to poetry since happening across a haiku by Moritake, to wit: Leaves / float back up to the branch-- / Ah! butterflies. He runs the micro-publishing house BLAST PRESS, which has published over two dozen authors in the past 25 years. Named in honor of the wild Vorticist venture by Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, BLAST PRESS is forward-looking and very opinionated. He still composes poems on his departed father's clipboard, which he's had since High School.

Hellgrammite by Mathew V. Spano

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Mathew V Spano

“Hellgrammite” masquerades as a humble book of fishing poems and tales, but it is much more than that. It is a mythological multi-legged creature, creeping and crawling with vivid nature poems, ink drawings, sensitive haiku and two remarkably crafted short stories. By turns terrifying, tragic, witty and surreal, author Mathew V. Spano serves as the reader’s guide, turning over river rocks of the unconscious and inviting readers to reach down into the wet darkness to probe mysteries of Mother Nature and human nature.

Publication Date:
Jul 04 2016
ISBN/EAN13:
0692761705 / 9780692761700
Page Count:
132
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US Trade Paper
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5.5″ x 8.5″
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English
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Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands

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Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands

An anthology of contemporary New Jersey poets

Edited by
Emanuel di Pasquale, Gregg G Brown

Introduction by
Daniel J Weeks

As the title "Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands" implies, the book at hand has grown from New Jersey roots. More specifically, it is an outgrowth of the Pier Village Poetry Festival, held in view of the Atlantic in Long Branch, New Jersey, on the Fourth of July 2015. For that event, organizer and Long Branch Poet Laureate Emanuel di Pasquale called together some twenty poets from the far-flung New Jersey poetry tribe. A sampling of their work, along with that of others who could only be present in spirit that day, is included in the present volume. As its genesis and development suggest, "Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands" is meant to be a celebration of contemporary New Jersey poetry and a continuation of a long poetic tradition in the Garden State that stretches back to colonial times.

Poets in the anthology: Gabor Barabas, Laura Boss, Jesse Burns, Olivia Calabrese, Emanuel di Pasquale, Prescott Evarts,Frank Finale, Maria Mazziotti Gillian, Gregg Glory [Gregg G. Brown], David Sten Herrstrom, Carrie Pedersen Hudak, Charles H Johnson, Laine Sutton Johnson, Hank Kalet, Sarah Keane, XJ Kennedy, Ronna Lebo, HA Maxson, Jack Monahan, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Peter E. Murphy, Susanna Rich, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Mathew Spano, Frank J. Valentino, Emily Vogel, BJ Ward, Michael Waters, Daniel Weeks, Joe Weil, Dan Zimmerman, Sander Zulauf

Publication Date:
Feb 08 2016
ISBN/EAN13:
0692605215 / 9780692605219
Page Count:
294
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5.5" x 8.5"
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Grasmere: A Book of Days by H. A. Maxson

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H. A. Maxson

4 February
Midges or small flies spinning in the sunshine
that filters late afternoon through the Plain trees.
I stop to watch the mass of them twisting as one.
I lean on the gate to stare. Days grow shorter
as midges or small flies are spinning in the sunshine
to punctuate that truth. And I think of the Master, Issa,
who would have fabricated a whole poem, a world
from midges or small flies spinning in the sunshine.

Collaborating with the Dead
In 2007-2008, I concocted an experiment I called the Quotidian Project in which I wrote the first draft of a new poem every day for a year. In fact it went beyond a year and I wrote 411 new poems in 389 days. Much was dreck—as would be expected—but many poems, revised, were better than I could have expected.

To jumpstart a poem-a-day I came up with a number of prompts—some more successful than others. One that yielded some very interesting poems came from borrowing passages from Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal, excerpts of which appeared in a textbook I was using at the time.
~~H. A. Maxson

About the author:
H. A. Maxson is the author of 17 books-5 collections of poetry (Turning the Wood, Walker in the Storm, The Curley Poems, Hook and Lemon Light); a book-length poem (The Walking Tour: Alexander Wilson in America) and a novel in free verse (Brother Wolf); two novels (The Younger and Comfort-co-authored with Claudia H. Young); a study of Robert Frost’s sonnets (On the Sonnets of Robert Frost), and seven works of historical fiction for young readers, co-authored with Claudia H. Young. Over 1000 poems, stories, reviews, essays and articles have appeared in periodicals, journals and anthologies. He has been nominated several times for Pushcart Prizes. He holds Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and has taught literature and creative writing for over four decades at the college level. Married to Maureen Maxson, a nurse and photographer, they are organic gardeners in Milford, DE.
Publication Date:
Jul 30 2016
ISBN/EAN13:
0692736506 / 9780692736500
Page Count:
136
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5.06" x 7.81"
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English
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Meet Me in Botswana: What is BLAST PRESS?

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Mar 082016
 
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A speech for national poetry month about BLAST PRESS.

by Gregg Glory

Ab li dolen in l’air [look up: beauty falls from the air]

“A book should be a ball of light in your hands.” — Ezra Pound

As we all know, April is “International Guitar Month.” But my heart twangs for poetry, and I was invited here to tell you a little bit about a tiny poetry publishing company called BLAST PRESS.

Let’s start with what BLAST PRESS is not. BLAST PRESS is not a community. It is not a community-building venture. It is not by, about, or for “the people.” Unlike the pretentious magazine anthologies that weigh down the shelves and slander the individual by gluing him into some historian’s scripted story, BLAST PRESS is not a collection of individual voices expressing the vibrancy, meaning, and tradition of the creative community–nor of any community. In this respect, BLAST PRESS, as its critics have bitterly asserted, is nothing at all.

BLAST PRESS has published over 100 chapbooks by some twenty authors over the past two decades. Each author’s work stands singularly alone and apart. BLAST PRESS does not take part in the mish-mosh of the magazine market, where a hundred tentative voices are corralled by brute binding into an ersatz herd. We go alone, each of us, to where the crocs swim alertly in the bulrushes and the nights are long. Meet me in Botswana, if you will meet with me at all.

What is a chapbook? A chapbook is a saddle-stapled booklet of plain paper stock folded in half with a sheet of colored card stock for a cover. In the first decade, booklets would be stapled together by hand, each staple closed with a bloody fingertip to save the two-cent per staple cost. All small publishers are unified in this regard: we are exceedingly cheap.

In the next few minutes, for a brief moment, we will hear the voices of some poets that have been published by BLAST PRESS. Their words have been put into chapbooks with a BLAST PRESS logo on the back, and my current address somewhere inside the front flap. Words torn from the air and swatted into print. That is all. But, that is everything.

Collected Poems by Gabor Barabas

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Gabor Barabas

As this earth marches toward another twilight ravaged by greed and ignorance, I write these poems to convey to the besieged generations to come, those that will preside over the final plunder and irrevocable destruction of our once green planet, to provide a sense of what was once best in man. I do this so that we will not be judged and remembered entirely for our failed guardianship and conveyance of the unearned riches that were once bestowed upon us, but also for the occasional and rare flickerings of nobility that animated some of our kind. So judge and remember us not for our perfidy but grant us that we were once touched also by goodness, as these poems will attest. Let this be a requiem to last until words are no more. An elegiac cry to commemorate not only man but the countless, ill-fated, voiceless sentient beings that through a lamentable turn of fate were consigned to share this waning earth with us in the depravity and debasement of our time. Remember that their souls and worth were no lesser than ours, and perhaps more glorified through their innocent suffering. And though they may not have commended their voices and stories to page, their song was greater than ours.


I Have Been a Poet

I have been a poet and that is enough
But these lines are not my lines
They were written long before I was born
Before I ever thought to write them down
Before there were mountains or rivers, stars or firmament
They were read long before there was anyone to see
They were heard long before there was anyone to hear

About the author:
Gabor Barabas’ poetry has appeared in various journals including California Quarterly, Iodine, Plainsongs, Innisfree, and This Broken Shore. His translations of selected poems by the Hungarian poet, Mikls Radnti, were published in Great River Review where his Hadrian Poetry Project also appeared. An animated film of his poem, The Spider, has won awards in the U.S. and overseas. In 2014 McFarland Press published his translation of The Collected Poems of Mikls Radnti. His collection, Russian Chronicles was published by Gray Falcon Press.
Publication Date:
Mar 11 2016
ISBN/EAN13:
0692640118 / 9780692640111
Page Count:
192
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US Trade Paper
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5.5" x 8.5"
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English
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A Raven’s Weight by Gregg Glory

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Gregg Glory, Gregg G Brown

LOW WATER
Let me be as low as low water, I pray.
Let me fall from myself like shattered glass ungathered.
Let me be humiliated totally, right now, while I live.

See those trapeze artists spinning flawlessly in air?
See their powdered hands that never miss the bar?
See them stick the landing, slender feet relentless as pegs?

They are passing like bleached sand through a narrow space
And into the grave…. Whatever I am is not whatever
I will become everlastingly in that last, lowly room.

FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
Emotional suffering gives us access to the real world in a way that ideas, and even love, cannot attain.

We turn death and generation into a fable of sacrifice. Plants are buried and honored in their going, the Crop King is executed, and from his everlastingly renewed body the spring stalks arise to be culled again. His death is willingly embraced by him, or by his stand-in chosen from among the farmers–and this freely chosen death is overcome, in the Christian story, by God’s intervention. Or the sacrifice is invested with meaning by the very act of undertaking the self-imposed burden of sacrifice. Perhaps by the pagan anti-wish-fulfillment of tragedy–their heroes marching off-stage with a chin-lifted "tragic gaiety."

Publication Date:
Dec 25 2015
ISBN/EAN13:
1522948619 / 9781522948612
Page Count:
132
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US Trade Paper
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5.06" x 7.81"
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English
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West of Home by Joe Weil and Emily Vogel

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Mar 082016
 
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Joe Weil, Emily Vogel

"West of Home" is a collaborative book of poetry which reflects the present and ongoing sentiments of Joe Weil and Emily Vogel. It includes 14 "responsorial" poems (call and response), between the two poets, as they respond to one another’s themes and ideas, as well as two sections of poems, one for each poet’s individual work.

About the author:
EMILY VOGEL Emily Vogel’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, most recently in Lyrelyre, Maggy, Lips, The Paterson Literary Review, The Comstock Review, [Spaces], and The Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has published five chapbooks: most recently Digressions on God (Main Street Rag, author’s choice series, 2012). The Philosopher’s Wife, a full-length collection, was published in 2011 (Chester River Press). She has work forthcoming in New York Quarterly, Tiferet, San Pedro River Review, and 2 Bridges Review. She is the poetry editor of the online journal Ragazine, and finds solace at home with her husband, the poet and essayist, Joe Weil, and their daughter, Clare.

JOE WEIL Joe Weil has three chapbooks published by Iniquity press/Vendetta books, another on line at Cartographer Electric, and three full length books of poetry, the latest of which (besides this one) The Plumbers Apprentice came out from New York Quarterly books in 2009. He has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart prize, and has appeared in Big Hammer, Paterson Literary review, Lips, Journal of New jersey Poets, Edison Literary review, The Idiom, The Saranac Review, MAGGY, The Boston Review, The New York Times, The San Pedro River Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, the New Renaissance, and Best American Poems online, among others. His reviews and essays appear regularly in thethepoetry.com. Weil’s work was featured on Bill Moyers Fooling with Words. He has read with such noteworthy poets as Allen Ginsberg, Gerald Stern, Stephen Dunn and Quincy Troupe. Weil is fiction editor of the online Magazine, Ragazine, co-poetry editor of MAGGY, and one of the founders of Monk books. He is an assistant professor in creative writing at Binghamton University and very much enjoyed making this book with his wife, Emily, while their daughter, Clare, learned to crawl.

Publication Date:
Aug 01 2013
ISBN/EAN13:
0615878415 / 9780615878416
Page Count:
98
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5" x 8"
Language:
English
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Self-Symphonies by Daniel Weeks

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Daniel Weeks

Inspired by listening to the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms, Daniel Weeks’s Self-Symphonies explore the landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes that are the backdrop to a life lived on the New Jersey shore. The four long poems in this collection provide meditations on family, inheritance, and loss, society, nature, and culture, and stasis and change–all of the elements that Coleridge said bething the individual self.

About the author:
Daniel Weeks has published six collections of poetry-X Poems (Blast Press, 1990), Ancestral Songs (Libra Publishers, Inc., 1992), Indignities (Mellen Poetry Press, 1999), Small Beer (Blast Press, 2007), Characters (Blast Press, 2008), and Virginia (Blast Press, 2009). His translations have appeared as Les Symbolistes: Translations and Collaborations (Blast Press, 2013). He is also the author of Not for Filthy Lucre’s Sake: Richard Saltar and the Antiproprietary Movement in East New Jersey, 1665-1707, a history of colonial New Jersey politics, which Lehigh University Press published in 2001. He has received four grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission for research on New Jersey colonial history. His poetry has appeared in The Cimarron Review, Pebble Lake Review, The California Quarterly, Mudfish, Puckerbrush Review, Zone 3, Slant, The Raintown Review, Barbaric Yawp, The Northwest Florida Review, The Roanoke Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Mobius, NY Arts Weekly, and many other publications. Two of his poems were also published in Wild Poets of Ecstasy: An Anthology of Ecstatic Poetry (Pelican Pond, 2011). His translations of French symbolist poetry have appeared in Blue Unicorn.
Weeks earned a Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University in 2012. He also holds an M.A. in history from Monmouth University (1995) and a B.A. in American history from Washington & Lee University (1980). He is currently an assistant research professor at the Thomas A. Edison Papers, Rutgers University.
Publication Date:
Jun 06 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
0692238581 / 9780692238585
Page Count:
146
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7.44" x 9.69"
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English
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Surfing for Jesus by Susanna Rich

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Authored by
Susanna Rich

"Surfing for Jesus" is a 3-D IMAX picaresque where J.C. Penney is the tabernacle; Walter Cronkite, a confessor; and drivers express their "Lordy-Lord" perfections by hugging the speed limit (exactly). These poems variously mourn, moon, lampoon, side-step, meditate, bash, tweak, and imagine their way through the thickets of contemporary commerce and religiosity-to find meaning with the Dalai Lama on the basement bowling alley of a defunct Jesuit seminary; with a sand dolphin and mermaid on a New Jersey beach; and with Jesus resurrected as a Laotian drag queen. Ultimately, "Surfing for Jesus" celebrates that the personal lyric is both a vehicle for and the destination of spiritual authenticity.

About the author:
Poet and songwriter, Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee for her poetry and a Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing. She is founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, with a repertoire that includes ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust and the poetry musical Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back. Susanna is author of two previous poetry collections: Television Daddy, and The Drive Home. She received the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry and the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Kean University. Visit her at www.wildnightsproductions.com.
Publication Date:
Aug 15 2015
ISBN/EAN13:
1517021154 / 9781517021153
Page Count:
132
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5.5" x 8.5"
Language:
English
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