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
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132
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West of Home by Joe Weil and Emily Vogel

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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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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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Surfing for Jesus by Susanna Rich

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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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Knowing the Moment by Emanuel di Pasquale

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Love is the Mouth

Love is the mouth
that tears rind,
that chews pulp
and sucks juices.
Love is the mouth
that swallows seeds.
And love is the mouth
that bitches
at orange bits
stuck in its teeth.

From the Introduction
There is something elemental about the poetry of Emanuel di Pasquale, an immediacy that comes from a direct and visceral relation to whatever he is writing about-whether nature or human interaction. It is the kind of directness that di Pasquale admires in Whitman and Dickinson-evidence that he, like them, has more than an academic acquaintance with the world and its changes. He has experienced them and understands how to make us experience them, too, through words.

 

About the author:
Emanuel di Pasquale

I was born in Ragusa, Sicily, in 1943, and came to America, by ship, in December of 1956.
My mother, a clairvoyant, had a vision: if she brought me to America, I would accomplish great things. So she did. I went to Sleepy Hollow High School, in Tarrytown, New York, and graduated in three years. Then I went to Adelphi University, English major, and then went to NYU, Greenwich Village, for a master’s plus in English. From 1966 to ’68 I taught English at one of the original ‘Negro Colleges,’ Elizabeth State University in North Carolina. In 68 I moved to Middlesex County College, NJ, where I am still teaching.

Book Publications
My first poetry book was:
Genesis (BOA Editions, 1980)
Then came:
The Silver Lake Love Poems (Bordighera Press)
Escapes the Night (Gradiva Publications)
Cartwheel to the Moon (a book for children, Cricket Books, 2003)
Europa (Gradiva Publication, 2006)
Writing Anew: New and Selected Poems (Bordighera, 2007)
Siciliana (Bordighera Press, 2010)
Harvest (Bordighera Press, 2011)
Out of Stars and Sand (Gradiva Publications, 2012)
Love Lines (Bordighera Press, 2013)
The Ocean’s Will (Guernica, 2013)
Self-portrait (The New York Quarterly Press, 2014)

Prizes
The Bordighera Poetry Prize for translating Joe Salerno book, The Magnolia Tree, into Italian.
The Raiziss de/Palchi Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for translating the poetry of Silvio Ramat.

Translation
Among my many translations from the Italian is Dante’s La Vita Nuova (Xenos Books, 2012)

Editor
I am the editor-in-chief of my college’s literary journal (Middlesex County College). For a number of years, I was the poetry editor of Chelsea, a NYC literary journal.

The Pilot Light by Gregg Glory

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Divers missives to absent others

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Gregg Glory, Gregg G Brown

We live in a mist of continual whispers. And these whispers bring us news of the world, and arm us, Galileo-like, with telescopes to view our inner landscapes: our pasts, our nattering presents, our dreams and desires-all at once, or in a movie-montage series that takes on the serried wheels of the kaleidoscope for its deployment and re-deployment of pattern in the search for meaning. Childhood faces, lovers breathing intensely close, the lick of an insistent pet, all compete for their place in the panorama, their time in our arms at the square-dance of selfhood. What fiddler calls the tune? Will we always respond, stomping in time to the quibbling ifs that life presents? This is all process, the creation of context from which our daily self emerges: the hourly display of faces from which Shakespeare chose his masks, and where Dickens lived amid Pickwickian semi-visionary laughter.

FROM THE POEM "TWO RENEGADES":
Quick as mischief, you slip the sash up,
smiling wild as the shivering air invades,
and laughing grab me back, and, simple,
look upon the winter swirl outside. And so
we hold hands at the now open window,
letting large new snow touch and dissolve
on our upturned faces, feeling our heat
and the cool emptiness of other lives beyond
our small life together.

Publication Date:
Apr 01 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1499101139 / 9781499101133
Page Count:
132
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Les Symbolistes by Daniel Weeks

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Daniel Weeks

My purpose in making the translations which follow was simply to better understand these important poems and to practice reading French. In the process, I consulted some other translations, notably Roger Fry’s beautiful work on Mallarm, some translations of other Symbolist poets by C.F. MacIntyre, and the prose translations Carol Clark made of Baudelaire. I decided to do a poetic translation of my own whenever the French original touched an emotional chord for me and when I thought I could contribute something beyond what others had already done in their English renderings.

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:
Aug 01 2013
ISBN/EAN13:
1492153370 / 9781492153375
Page Count:
60
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Wild Onions by Gregg Glory

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Gregg Glory, Gregg G Brown

These poems occur within the punctuation of a pause, in the incompleteness of a phrase broken across the spine of several lines of verse. Like the tense energy of a bullwhip that gathers to a crisp crack that then echoes in the listeners ears….

HIEROGLYPHIC

Delicately
she bends to
readjust the rose

its stem
too thick the petals
about to fly

off and shout
but, having initially
advanced,

she
fails at everything
the frail limbs disposed

as before exactly
everything
unchanged

she
smiles they are
too beautiful

Publication Date:
Oct 24 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1502867060 / 9781502867063
Page Count:
214
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Assembling the Earth by Gregg Glory

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Assembling the Earth

dark nature poems

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Gregg Glory, Gregg G Brown

A victim of depression during the composition of these verses, I noticed an inability or unwillingness to assign purpose within myself-I was lax and ready to suffer unmitigated disasters with little more than a shrug and a tear. This is really a rather hopeless state of affairs-as a number of the poems outline. I remained staunchly impressed, however, with Dame Nature’s capacity to excite the recognition of meaning within myself. As meaningless and adrift as I may have been, I could not help but notice that Nature still evoked in me the wry acknowledgement of a more masterful hand in the pictures I kept seeing-both before me and within me. "No Wood to Sing Through" shows the adaptability of natural instincts and impulses. It was inspired by my observation of a catbird still thriving without its native habitat, and by my own reflection that I was seeing something meaningful-even when my depression had revoked my self as any inherent source of meaning. Something was helping meaning to survive even in the brain of someone who refused to acknowledge any meaning. Something in me wanted, at least, for meaning to survive-or, more exactly, for the expression and acknowledgement of meaning to continue happening, despite my conscious wishes. This is a form of nature’s nurturing weather-it is harsh and humbling. Can’t I be meaningless if I want to? Don’t take that shred of self- definition away from me! But, opposite of Sartre perhaps, it seems that meaning remains contiguous with essence, even when that essence wishes to exile meaning. It is this co-created weather of inner and outer that is charted in this volume of verses.

Publication Date:
Apr 01 2013
ISBN/EAN13:
148412989X / 9781484129890
Page Count:
158
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Of flares, of flowers by Gregg Glory

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Of flares, of flowers

142 erotic sonnets

Authored by
Gregg G Brown, Gregg Glory

From the Intro:

This assemblage of sonnets is neither a trumpet of blind praise, nor a morose ogling of the pains of passion. It is more on the order of an exploration of the situation of love. Of being subjectively in love, and, more objectively, of loving someone besides oneself. So, there are eager rehearsals of coming joys and somber reappraisals of old impious passions both in this collection.

The biographical circumstances are simply that I had an intuition that I was on the cusp of some new union with love; there was a dating service, fresh faces and swaying ladies; a kiss occurred, other details.

Spring has arrived with its brash boings and raindrop doings!

GGB, March 15-April 15, 2012

My other books on CreateSpace are:
createspace.com/3842640 Of flares, of flowers (142 erotic sonnets)
createspace.com/3679722Greetings from Mt. Olympus (Collected poems)
createspace.com/3671917 Sipping Beer in the Shadow of God (Travel Notes and Prose Poems in the spirit of Basho)
createspace.com/3646295 Evil Interludes (Novella inspired by the life of the French symbolist poet, Charles Baudelaire)
createspace.com/3679708 The Singing Well (YA coming-of-age novel)

Publication Date:
Jun 03 2012
ISBN/EAN13:
1475144350 / 9781475144352
Page Count:
164
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