Thistle Wins by Gregg Glory [Gregg G. Brown]

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Gregg Glory [Gregg G. Brown]


FROM THE INTRODUCTION

Once all wilderness was innocence. Later, all wilderness was sin. What does it say about wilderness, that it could be both sin and innocence—a space of condemnation and reprieve—at once? What does it say about us, limber interpreters of vastness? Every day someone takes a snapshot of themselves with the Statue of Liberty on his shoulder, or the moon upheld in her palm, the violent grandeur of the universe turned by metaphor and pixel-flash into a beachball.

Now we find our wildness in suburban glimpses: long weekends away to a campsite, the unwonted sting of a bee. Yet we were made by wildness; we were wolves before we mellowed to dogs.

FROM Dimwelter

In the dimwelter of evening we met for a swim.
The gawp of the lake aping the moon’s smooth light
Took our floating bodies with a silver swallow
As we swept our smiles filling with pushed water
Into easy depths

About the author:
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. Author of approximately 50 books and chapbooks, including poetry, novels, criticism, YA literature, and children’s illustrated books. Published in, among other places: BlueLINE, Exquisite Corpse, Blunderbuss, Monmouth Review, Middlesex: A Literary Journal, Asbury Park Press (60K circulation). Co-Host of the long-running River Read reading series in Red Bank, which features NJ and national poets. Associate Editor of the literary magazine This Broken Shore. Founder and CEO of BLAST PRESS, a literary mirco-publisher that has published over a hundred poetry and literary titles over the last quarter century. Two-time Asbury Park Poet Laureate award winner.

Publication Date:
Apr 01 2018
ISBN/EAN13:
1986811271 / 978-1986811279
Page Count:
132
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5.06" x 7.81"
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Call It Sleep by H. A. Maxson

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Sep 182017
 
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H A Maxson


Call It Sleep contains a final section of poems about a son’s experience of a father’s illness and death. It give us a snapshot these events in a series of moments, from the onset of the illness to the final moment of death. The book is full of small and large acts of understanding, resonance and respect for one who has gone before. The book touches areas of feeling and experience that confront universal passages of living in a way only very fine poetry can do.

The controlled language, the integrated images, the sense of connectedness with life are undeniable. H. A. Maxson transforms harsh reality into indelible art with truthfulness and beauty-and an edge of, if not bitterness, perhaps a tragic clarity.

There are also poems that continue to express Maxson’s hallmark interest in the natural world. Swans, ducks, goldfinches and gannets all get their own poems. The processes of nature are examined with astute feeling in poems like "A Braille of Ice" and "The Snake." A passionate conversion with the natural world is what this book delivers: deftly observed, and always aware of of nature’s human resonance.

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 a 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:
Aug 01 2017
ISBN/EAN13:
0998482927 / 9780998482927
Page Count:
106
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Night, Night by Gregg Glory

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FROM THE INTRO:

Our legs look broken when light bends them in the swimming pool. Once our heads are under, immersed in the experience of wetness, the illusion disappears. Our legs are restored to us in their wholeness, where they can be repurposed as impromptu fins to propel us elsewhere. Which of these sets of legs are our “real” legs? The broken set, the restored set, or the Aquaman set?

Entering a poem is like entering that other, underwater world. We are restored to a wholeness the pain of life and its deceptions has convinced us is missing. But, we can only hold our breaths so long before our imaginations burst! And still we go down like clockwork into the dark otherwhere of metaphor, easing past the shallow end of simile, our imaginations and lungs aching. However dangerous the journey, we will not be denied our diving, our entry into depths.

The act of writing is a way for poets to break the surface tension, to transform and explore with all of their sets of legs at the same time—water-skimmer and octopus at once. The act of, not just imagining, but creating the distortion of a written record, a pool for others to enter, is part of the mystery. This writing things down, however, is not what may be called a clarification; that’s a mistake many neopyhte divers make, arriving back at the deck of their exploration vessel with the bends.

FROM "Among the Whales"

Down came the feathered
Waters, the bowing plumes
Of drum majors among us
Dancing a disparate rhythm
On the slick deck.

And it was hot, hot as a kiss,
Hot as blood the spume spray
Splatting about us in blots
Viscid as afterbirth,
And we grinned like kids
Shamelessly running, running
Through tumescent sprinklers-
No awe, no shame at all in all that
Fantastic whiteness blown
Hissing around us. *

Publication Date:
Jul 04 2017
ISBN/EAN13:
1548801348 / 9781548801342
Page Count:
134
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5.06" x 7.81"
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Disappearing Acts by Gregg Glory

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FROM THE BOOK:

Day After Tomorrow
The police artist is drawing my face
In charcoal, line by line, in grim brimstone
For a stranger, one who attended the ill-
Attended impromptu poetry reading
Under a chilly streetlight flickering
Where we used the forbidden words
With facile ease as in the old days:
She is as in a field a silken tent.
Genders, pronouns, she, he and all that.
The stranger hadn’t seen much, though,
Just a zee zaying zomething, a blur
Like a face wearing a beard or sprouting one,
Two feet, or maybe one was fake, the stranger
Hesitated to say: other-abled, some color
Or other. Yes, yes, I think zee was a shade.

FROM THE INTRODUCTION:

Dark Poet, your pen scratches at the heart of life.
~~Antonin Artaud

Nonsense is often the most sensible kind of sense. […]
Nonsense reveals all of us—our self, our situation—in a single pop of recognition as we are trampolined from our usual assurances and then forced to regain our footing, to regain our meaning, on the fly. Like an old-fashioned photographer’s flash powder, we are exposed to an extreme of light, with no visible space left for secrets or lies. This is part of the odd exhilaration of nonsense. And, don’t get me wrong, nonsense isn’t some sly encyclopedia where all hidden truths are stored and we must simply discover the index—oh, no. Rather, the puzzles that nonsense reveal are genuinely unsolvable. Gregor Samsa will never come back from being a cockroach; his transformation in the story “Metamorphosis” has simply revealed the pickle he was already in, but didn’t know that he was in.

What nonsense reveals, at its best, are genuine mysteries.

Publication Date:
Aug 29 2017
ISBN/EAN13:
1975749685 / 9781975749682
Page Count:
134
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The Changing Room by Carrie Pedersen Hudak

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Aug 312016
 
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Authored by
Carrie Pedersen Hudak

Illustrated by
Nuria Tomas Mayolas

A girl loses sight of her three sisters while shopping at the mall. She will stop at nothing to find them again, but will it be enough?

The Changing Room is full of underground rivers we feel but cannot see. It’s a book for all the siblings of the world.”
—Peter Sís, MacArthur fellow and three-time Caldecott honoree whose many books include Tibet through the Red Box and The Conference of the Birds

“This fantastical tale takes flight with a magical synergy of story and pictures to charm our imaginations. Through metaphors of estrangement, it touches on the reality of loss, and emerges to celebrate the triumph of the sisterly bond.”
—Linda Johnston Muhlhausen, Host of River Read Poetry Reading Series in Red Bank, NJ

“A whimsical riff on the power of love to transform and tame us.”
—Magdalena Schmidt, author of The Cranky Boddhisattva

Publication Date:
Apr 22 2016
ISBN/EAN13:
0692589821 / 9780692589823
Page Count:
38
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8.25" x 8.25"
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English
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Hellgrammite by Mathew V. Spano

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Aug 162016
 
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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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5.5″ x 8.5″
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English
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Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands

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Jul 302016
 
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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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English
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Black and White
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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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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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5.5" x 8.5"
Language:
English
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A Raven’s Weight by Gregg Glory

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A Raven’s Weight

 

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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
Trim Size:
5.06" x 7.81"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
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