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Counterclockwise, by Yvonne Cannon

Each poem in Counterclockwise is a kind of diorama, and we watch Yvonne Cannon shape every figure and event and absence, each miniature sky and room, out of paper, time, and memory. There is such generosity, such playfulness and precision in this language, coming as it does from a poet’s “word-hungry” childhood. Cannon knows that to be a self is to travel through multiple selves, and so there is a deep attention to migration here—be it etymology, genealogy, immigration, movement from one home to another, from innocence to experience, from life to death and back again. Yvonne Cannon is a master clockmaker, and she knows that every moment requires a clock of its own. The ticking of each poem goes on inside us, long after we turn the page.

—Brent Armendinger, poet and professor of English & World Literature, Pitzer College

—Johanna Garfield, author and essayist


Playing Bach in the D.C. Metro, by David Lee Garrison

David Lee Garrison, since 1979, has taught Spanish, Portuguese, and Comparative Literature at Wright State University, and poetry workshops at various other colleges and universities. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines nationwide, and his co-edited anthology of food poems by poets from Robert Frost to Billy Collins, O Taste and See (Bottom Dog Press, 2003), won the 2004 American Poetry Award from Pudding House Press. Two poems from David's book SWEEPING THE CEMETERY (Browser Books Publishing, 2007) were read by Garrison Keillor on his nationally syndicated radio program The Writer's Almanac, and U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser chose another for his American Life in Poetry website.
Waters of the Afternoon, by Claudia Jensen Dudley

"Welcome back to the narrative poem, where time, place and character are braided together with metaphor and music to carry us off into other worlds and at the same time deeper into ourselves.  Claudia Dudley's new book seduces us with vibrant images that flow with such ease between the inner and outer we are not aware the barriers are dissolving.  Until suddenly there we are-face to face with the dazzling, horrible, luminous, question: What is real?

-Partho Sereno, author of
Creating a Stir and Call from Paris

  $20


A Common Glory, by Penelope Duckworth

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Carrying the sound of plain chant and wearing the scent of the sea, Penelope Duckworth's generous, deeply-felt poems record, witness, and celebrate each image, thought, and story they so richly bring forward and keep."
-Jane Hirshfield, author of Afterand 
Nine gates:Entering the Mind of Poetry

$16
 
With Teeth in the Earth, by Malka Heifetz Tussman; translated by Marcia Falk

Poetry. Jewish Studies. Translated from the Yiddish, Edited, and Introduced by Marcia Falk. This is the first full-length collection in English of the poetry of acclaimed Yiddish-American poet Malka Heifetz Tussman. Selected from her six books of verse and from a last unpublished manuscript, these poems reflect her love of nature, her deep enjoyment of the physical and sensual world, and her experience of spirituality. "[Tussman's] elegant, deft lyrics subvert the central myth of women's lives: the belief that happiness and fulfillment come from devotion to others.... Marcia Falk has gracefully and intelligently captured Tussman's subtle ironic tone"—Miriam Levine, American Book Review.
The author re-creates the ancient telling of the Passover story based on his lifelong academic interest in comparative religion and longtime experience with Zen. "Listen to this tale that I first heard from my grandmother, who heard it from hers who had heard it from her grandmother and so on all the way back to as far back as anyone can remember. I hope I get it right, just the way I heard it, not adding and not subtracting, just telling."
Sweeping the Cemetery, by David Lee Garrison

D
avid Lee Garrison's poems have breadth and great feeling for life.  These poems are about this life, this world, and the people in it, yet they resonate somewhere deep within us.

"Garrison is a poet of the Comedie Humaine.  In the Edgar Lee Masters' traidtion he looks at all of us, with wisdom, satire, and verbal grace as his figures rise from the earth.  He ranges 'wide and deep' as did Masters and as Frost might have said." - Willis Barnstone, author of The Gnostic Bible and Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho

$14

How Else to Love the World, By Myrna Stone


Myrna Stone has mastered her craft.  This is accom­plished, literate poetry. It is highly sensuous yet remarkably tasteful. This is poetry that feeds not only the mind, but our feelings and senses as well.  It is in turns, subtle, evoca­tive, and powerful. 

Myrna Stone's poetry has appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, and Boston Review, and over a dozen other journals.  She is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in Poetry as well as a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center.  In 2001, the State of Ohio awarded her Ohio Poet of the Year for her first book, The Art of Loss, Michigan State University Press.

$14

When This You See, by Yvonne Cannon

In Yvonne Cannon’s highly readable poetry, life’s difficul­ties are survived and ultimately transcended as she ques­tions her personal life and our collective lives with her keen perception and empathy, sometimes offered with heart-breaking irony.

When This You See includes po­ems directly motivated by what she experienced during her 48-year-old daughter’s crushing struggle with cancer. These poems will resonate not only to anyone who has had a similar experience, but to all of us.  Her telling descriptions and her sympathetic, never mawkish, lines linger long after the book has been put down.


There's a Hole in Your Sky, by Bob Scher

Poetry. Drawings by Peter Szasz. As many have noted, limericks seem to be programmed in our genes. And interestingly, nonbawdy or "clean" limericks, or as Bob Scher calls them, limes, predate the bawdy ones. Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, and W.S. Gilbert all employed perfect or nearperfect limes in their works. However, a lime capable of standing on its own requires a twist or a neat turn in the last line, which is true of none of the above. Nor was it necessary since in these cases the verses are all part of longer works, some consisting entirely of limes. These are limes in form, but not in essence.

Lightning, by Bob Scher

The distilled wisdom of over twenty years of corporate consulting and meditation practice,
Lightning: The Nature of Leadership combines powerful words and evocative nature photography that remind us of the larger context in which we live our lives. It indicates how natural laws apply to such seemingly mundane activities as meetings, phone calls, and daily decisions each of us are called to make. A gift to 
keep nearby for inspiration and guidance, and as a con­stant reminder of the bigger picture.

“Elegant, enchanting, and deeply wise. This book is a dance between word and image, with the power to capti­vate and transform...simple yet profound..”

- Larry Dossey, M.D. author of Reinventing Medicine  and Healing Words

“Lightning flashes from a deeper dimension of leader­ship...”

- Jacob Needleman, author of The American Soul and Money and the Meaning of Life

“Opening this book to almost any page can open the mind and heart.”

- Robert Cameron, aerial photographer and pub­lisher, Above Paris, Above San Francisco, etc.

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