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LAST CALL – THE BUKOWSKI LEGACY CONTINUES

Last Call-new frontCharles Henry Bukowski, Hank to his friends, was born in Andernach Germany in 1920. He died in 1994, at the age of 73. Even though it was 20 years ago, I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news…it wasn’t devastating, but it was hard. I still think of the old coot occasionally, and his name still comes up in conversation…such is the power of Buk (rhymes with Duke).

Bukowski spawned a school of poets who write in a kind of gritty, street-wise style. The Buk persona, Henry Chinaski or just Chinaski, has inspired many a young person to devote their lives to boozing and chasing skirt and being a loud-mouth. They wrongly assume that by emulating the actions of Buk’s alter ego, they will be able to write like him…this would be the school of BAD Bukowski poetry & fiction (oh yes, he wrote some great novellas and short story collections).

I have attempted to capture some of the GOOD Bukowski writing out there, beyond the boundaries of Los Angeles, because the Bukowski Legacy has spread world-wide.  Many of the poems I have chosen to include in this collection don’t seem to fit the misconception of “Classic Bukowski” (i.e. Boozing, Broads and bad behavior); but the writers employ the strength of the line and don’t mince words, an economy of words if you will, and to me, this is the real “Classic Bukowski”.

At his core, Buk was a good story teller. Last Call is one man’s homage to a man known as the “Underground Poet Laureate of Los Angeles”. I hope you enjoy this collection.

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Lummox 6

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Who’s in Lummox 6?

RD Armstrong, Rosemary Aubert, Brenton Booth, Kate  Booth, Matt Borokowski, Lynne Bronstein, Ronnie R. Brown, Wayne F. Burke, Helmut C. Calabrese, Calokie, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Pris Campbell, Micah Card, Alan Catlin, Grace Cavalieri, Jonathon Church, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Mitch Cohen, Sharyl Collin, Ed Coletti, Pat Connors, Blair Cooper, Kit Courter, Henry Crawford, Bill Craychee, Sue Crisp, Steve Dalachinsky, James Deahl, Steven Deeble, Jen Dunford, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Mark T. Evans, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Brian Fanelli, Mike Faran, Joseph Farley, Joseph Farina, Venera Fazio, Claire T. Feild, Tyler Ferreira, Mark A. Fisher, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Jennifer L. Foster, Michael Foti, Amelie Frank, Bill Gainer, William Scott Galasso, Martina Gallegos, Katherin L. Gordon, Lorraine Gow, Taylor Graham, Ken Greenley, John Grey, Kenneth P. Gurney, Vijali Hamilton, Mark Hartenbach, Debbie Okun Hill, Gil Hagen Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Yuan Hongri, Susan Ioannou, Todd Jackson, Gary Jacobelly, Ellen S. Jaffe, Ed Jamieson, Jr., Alex Johnston, Ted Kane, Frank Kearns, lalo kikiriki, Diane Klammer, klipschutz, Ronald Koertge, Raundi Moore Kondo, Donna Langevin, Laura Munoz-Larbig, Hiram Larew, Kyle Laws, Marie Lecrivain, John B. Lee, Linda Lerner, Bernice Lever, Norma West Linder, Jane Lipman, Jeffrey Lipsky, Ellaraine Lockie, Philomene Long, Ron Lucas, Cynthia Lukas, Argos MacCallum, John Macker, Adrian Manning, Georgia Santa Maria, Denny Marshall, Wayne Mason, Ellyn Maybe, Daniel McGinn, Mary McGinnis, Michael McInnis, Rhonda Melanson, Micheal D. Meloan, Dr. Bruce Meyer, Basia Miller, Joseph Milosch, Elaine Mintzer, Tony Moffeit, Deborah Morrison, Evan Myquest, Naushena, Linda Neal, Robbi Nester, Ben Newell, normal, Toti O’Brien, Norman J. Olson, Scott Thomas Outlar, John Pappas, Lorine Parks, Simon Perchik, Richard King perkins II, Jeannine M. Pitas, Charles Plymell, Charles Rammelkamp, Thelma T. Reyna, Kevin Ridgeway, C. C. Russell, Judith R. Robinson, David Roskos, Kat Sawyer, Robin Scofield, Patricia L. Scruggs, Michael Seeger, Nancy Shiffrin, Linda Singer, Apryl Skies, Dr. Rick Smith, Clifton Snider, Donna Snyder, t. kilgore splake, Winnie Star, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Patti Sullivan, John Sweet, Lynn Tait, Tim Tipton, G. Murray Thomas, H. L. Thomas, John Thomas, Maja Trochimczyk, AJ Urquidi, Rolland Vasin, Richard Vidan, Grace Vermeer, Jade Wallace, Kari Wergeland, Lavonne Westbrooks, Linda Whittenberg, Charles Wilkinson, Pamela Williams, Scott Wozniak

 

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The Mother Goose Market

 

“I have been writing all my life. As a child in rural KY, I wrote long, highly derivative, doubtlessly horrible novels and intuitively mailed them to the only address I knew: my hillbilly transplant grandparents in Indiana. As an adult, I’ve been publishing poetry in the small presses for decades. I also suffer from anxiety and depression… when the “Great Recession” hit, I lost my car, my job, my place, and… my mind. I became so deeply depressed I even stopped writing for the first time ever. Several years later, when I started again, I found myself writing about my childhood; a topic I’d virtually never covered. And I found it very cathartic. This book grew, rather organically, out of that. I chose the title and cover because that old architectural oddity of a market is such a powerfully evocative symbol of that time and place for me.” — Ron Lucas

BIO

Ron Lucas is an autodidactic, former factory and warehouse laborer. He was born in kendallville, IN, raised in the rural, Appalachian mountains of South Eastern, KY, and attended Morehead State University. He lives in Fort Wayne, IN and spends the harsh Midwestern winters in Atlanta, GA with his eldest child, an Emory University alumnus. His poetry has appeared in various publications for decades. This is his first collection.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

THE MOTHER GOOSE MARKET is high voltage poetry. This is poetry as poetry was meant to be experienced: the right word next to the right word; the right line next to the right line; the right poem next to the right poem. Nothing extra. Nothing wasted. Hell, this isn’t even poetry, this is an autopsy, a death-bed confession, a roadside bomb. This book was written to explode.” 
—Wolfgang Carstens, Epic Rites Press

Rd Armstrong‘s Lummox Press isn’t merely surviving, it’s forging ahead with a vengeance—with books like THE MOTHER GOOSE MARKET by Ron Lucas, Lummox Press continues to put out books of essential poetry. And by “essential poetry,” I mean you need to buy this book—you can thank me later.

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Carousel

ABOUT THIS BOOK

While “Carousel,” contains new material, it is also the culmination of many years of work and publication.  I am grateful to my publisher, Lummox Press, and its editor, RD Armstrong,  for an opportunity to share this writing with an expanded audience.  For me, reading and writing are the two sides of world-exploration. Poems and stories, at their best, are at once personal and universal, and as necessary to a fully realized life as food and drink—and more, a human pleasure. My hope is that this book will bring some measure of that to readers.                    Judith R. Robinson

“Judith Robinson is a poet of image and motion. She composes poems like songs with clarity and vision, trimmed with memory. She’ll take you along on the road she’s traveling, and it’s the least dangerous place you’ll ever be—filled with flowers and colors—sometimes sadness—but even that will endear – as she holds her mirror up to the world.”

Grace Cavalieri
The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress”

Read some selections from Carousel.

CAROUSEL by Judith R. Robinson
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WANNBERG BOOK LAUNCH

FEB. 18th @ 8 pm
BEYOND BAROQUE (681 VENICE BLVD)

M. C. RD ARMSTRONG
PUBLICATION SOIREE FOR

SCOTT WANNBERG – THE LUMMOX YEARS 
1996 – 2006

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JOIN US FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME CELEBRATION OF THE ULTIMATE YES MAN!!! 

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Scott Wannberg – The Lummox Years 1996 to 2006

A poem from the book as read by its author, Hank Beukema.

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Scott Wannberg was born in Santa Monica in February of 1953. A big man with an even bigger presence, he attended Venice High School and then went on to receive his master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. He was a poet’s poet and a human’s human who spent his life working as a sales clerk and book buyer for independent bookstores, most notably Dutton’s Books in Brentwood, where he held court and worked the stacks for almost 25 years. His book  Nomads of Oblivion (Lummox Press) made the Los Angeles Times‘ bestseller list in 2000, and in the late 90s,  Los Angeles Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Coolest People” in L.A. In 2008, he relocated to Florence, Oregon, where he died too soon at the age of 58 in August of 2011.

Special thanks to S.A. Griffin for Scott’s bio (above) and other permissions and info.

This book concern’s itself with Scott’s involvement with an obscure outpost located in the far reaches of his sphere of influence…namely the Lummox Press. It chronicles Scott’s involvement with all things Lummox: the Lummox Journal, including his interview; the two Little Red Books of his poetry (Equal Opportunity Sledgehammer and Nomads of Oblivion), and his contributions to Eyes Like Mingus (Little Red Book #9), Last Call (Anthology of poets influenced by Bukowski), and The Colorado River Song sequence (about Scott’s mother’s passing). Scott was named “Lummox of the Year” in 1999 and a drawing was commissioned to artist and long-time Lummox friend Michael Paul. This same drawing appears on the cover of the book.  He was actively a part of Lummox for 10 years. Also included are remembrances by several of his friends…Doug Knott, Lynn Bronstein, Steve Goldman, Dona Mary Dirlam, Hank Beukema and Victor Infante. 

Scott was the kind of guy who made a good impression on those receptive to that sort of thing. He delighted in playing with language, linking metaphors together that quite often seemed unlikely and impossible but, in the end, worked out as if by magic!  For a sampling of Scott’s work, go here. Or listen to Scott read a poem here.

For info on the book launch in Feb. 2017 go here.
To see other Scott related Merchandise, go here.

WORDS OF PRAISE

Scott was someone I saw every weekend during my childhood when Dad would take me to look at books there [Dutton’s Books]. Upon getting older and realizing I was “different” I found  solace in Scott’s company, as I had learned to communicate better with people by the time I was that age. One day in particular during my high school years I remember talking to Scott about Mystery Science Theater and a strange dream involving “Sesame Street”s Bert and Ernie in a noir film on Turner Classic Movies. He combined these ideas (and then some) into a spontaneously written poem and I still have it in my room at my dad’s house.

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We talk the old stuff: SA’s mac & cheese/ Dutton’s deceased bookstore, the endless forever Carma Bums,/ How Dustin Hoffman leaped up when he heard/ Scott was waiting for him with books! “What? Scott’s waiting for me?”/ Yes, Dustin jumped for Scott – and Mr. Dylan, Jackson Browne/ And all those movie people with the flagship names/ Always sought out Scott/ Because he was already an angel,/ and lifted them up/ despite their weight of fame/…

An excerpt from Doug Knott’s poem, Scott Wannberg in Florence, Oregon, July, 2010

Bill Craychee (reader) review:

I just finished reading your book about Scott Wannberg. I was around and not writing poetry during the years 96-06. Now I wish I was. Made me feel more a part of the poetry/art community I’m looking at through the corner of my eye… The book did a good job of introducing one to SW, making one curious enough to read some more, after a rest, of course, because SW was so relentless. “White noise Wannberg”. Nice book RD. Wonderful gift for a friend. Inspired me. Got me all fired up to be a poet.

wannberg“I wanted to publish this collection of Scott’s work to bring it to a wider audience and be entered into the American canon of literature. Though his work was peppered with metaphor, the message always comes through. Whether he’s talking about a little girl raped and murdered in a casino bathroom, or a young man bludgeoned to death in Wyoming because he was gay, or the power of Ella Fitzgerald’s voice, his words were true and free from moralizing. I think this was the real power of his work. I hope that the reader enjoys this cross-section of Scott’s work as it appeared in my old Lummox Journal (not to be confused with the Lummox Poetry Anthology that I have been publishing annually since 2012). I wish he were alive today if for no other reason than to hear him read some of my favorite poems. I hope you will agree with me after you have read this book, that he was one helluva writer! Scott was special. I can’t emphasize that enough. He was magic.”

Excerpt from the Introduction to the book by Raindog.

Scott Wannberg – The Lummox Years 1996 – 2006
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COMMENTS

COMPLEMENTING COFFEE TABLES & ADDING TO CONVERSATIONS 
GLOBALLY SINCE 2012

COMMENTS:

I like the democratic approach to the appreciation of poetry that I get from Lummox. The last issue discussed the MFA culture and (as I remember) the Boston group which was consciously outside of that. This issue has the explicit motto “Game not Fame.” It is a celebration of thousands of poetry voices rather than a measurement of position on some kind of poetry pyramid. That celebration is what I want to experience.

Frank Kearns

I have long admired your dedication to the small press venue and the voice it gives to the poets in the shadows, alleyways and hot LZ’s of life. 

George Q. Johnson Jr.

Readers respond to poems that resonate not only with the wide continuum of human experience but also to the particulars of their own.

Amelia Raymond

Kudos to you for an excellent job done all round. You should be well and justly proud. #5 is an impressive work, especially its visual presentation. You are to be commended for your continuing work in making the contests and the anthologies happen. You are trying to keep art alive and bring it into people’s lives. Keep fighting the good fight.”

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L5 Readings

Lummox5CoverLummox & Lummox 5 Readings 2016 – 2017

 

Out of State Readings are marked in red

Should you find yourself out and about looking for something to do, check the list below and see if one of these locations is near you. If so, avail yourself to some of the area’s best poets. Copies of Lummox 5 will be on sale at all events!

L  5 designates Lummox Poetry Anthology #5 readings

Sept. 18
A Quiet Book Launch…no reading planned.
Viento y Agua (4007 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814) Noon to 3 pm.  Locals Pick up books.

Oct. 8 – SANTA MONICA  L 5

Cafe 212 Pier (212 pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA) 8 – 10 pm
Readers: Raindog, Amanda Ortiz, Linda Singer, Nancy Shiffrin, Ted Kane, Christian Elder, Lynn Bronstein & Doug Knott. The Philosopher Stone Poets: Chase Maser, John Capone, Lashay Malone, Laura Beverly, Daria Gavrilova and Mario Padilla.

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October 18 – CANADA

Toronto Public Library
Parliament St. Branch;
269 Gerrard St. E. Toronto, Ontario M5A 2G3
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

To Be With A Woman by James Deahl
Landscapes by James Deahl & Katherine L. Gordon
Tall Stuff by Norma West Linder
Copies of books will be on sale.

Oct. 21 – PASADENA – RAINDOG

Pasadena Central Library  (285 E Walnut St. Pasadena) 6 – 10 pm
4th ANNUAL AUTHORS FAIR – RD Armstrong represents LUMMOX PRESS

Oct. 22 – LONG BEACH  L 5

Viento Y Agua (4007 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814) 7 – 9 pm
L 5 Readers: RD Armstrong, Clifton Snider, Sharyl Collin, Linda Singer, Lorraine Gow, Kevin Ridgeway, Gary Jacobelly, Kelsey Bryan-Zwick & Anna Totta.

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Viento y Agua Reading

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Kevin Ridgeway reading

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Linda Singer reading, too.

October 23 – CANADA

Book Keeper
500 Exmouth St. Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5P4
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

To Be With A Woman by James Deahl
Landscapes by James Deahl & Katherine L. Gordon
Tall Stuff by Norma West Linder

Oct. 28 – HUNTINGTON BEACH – RAINDOG

Golden West College (15744 Goldenwest St. Huntington, CA 92647) 8 – 10 pm
Raindog (RD Armstrong) Reads at Tebot Boch (RD will read from his latest book TRACKING THE RABBIT) as well as some of his favorite poems. Copies will be on sale.

Nov. 9 – CANADA  L 5 

Toronto Public Library (Main Street Branch)
137 Main St. Toronto, Ontario M4E 2V9
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Readers: James Deahl (Sarnia), Kate Marshall Flaherty (Toronto), Jennifer L. Foster (Hamilton), Debbie Okun Hill (Sarnia), Eryn Hiscock (Toronto), Larry Hopperton (Toronto), Donna Langevin (Toronto), Norma West Linder (Sarnia), Michael Mirolla (Oakville), Lynn Tait (Sarnia).

Nov. 12 – CANADA  L  5

John’s Restaurant (in the Famous Room)
1643 London Line Sarnia, Ontario N7W 1A9
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Readers: James Deahl (Sarnia), Debbie Okun Hill (Sarnia), John B. Lee (Port Dover), Norma West Linder (Sarnia), Denis Robillard (Windsor), Lynn Tait (Sarnia).

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The Canadian poets (J. Deahl holding L5 on the right.

Nov. 17 – DOWNEY  L  5

Stay Gallery (11140 Downey Ave. Downey, CA) 7 pm to 10 pm
Readers: Lorine Parks, Frank Kearns, Raindog, Sharyl Collin, Linda Singer, Kevin Ridgeway, Jackie Chou; Mark Evans, Don Campbell & Calokie.

Dec. 13 – REDONDO BEACH L  5

Coffee  Cartel (1820 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach 90277) 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Readers: Raindog, Sarah Daugherty, Linda Neal, Gil Hagen Hill.

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Jan. 9 – LONG BEACH  L  5

The Fox Coffeehouse (437 W/ Willow St. Long Beach, CA) 7 pm – 9 pm
Readers: Mark Evans, Gil Hagen Hill, Sarah Daugherty, Ted Kane, Bill Craychee, Frank Kearns & Raindog.

Feb. 9 – VENTURA  L  5

E. P. Foster Library (651 East Main St. Ventura, CA) 7 – 9 pm
Readers: F. Albert Salinas; Raindog; Glenna Luschei; Tim Tipton; Nancy Shiffrin; Doug Knott.

March 25 – VENICE L  5

Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA) 8 – 10 pm
Readers: Mike Meloan, Patricia Cherin (lower middle), Sharyl Collin, Linda Singer, Ted Kane, Kevin Ridgeway, Lynn Bronstein (top left), Mark Evans, Nancy Shiffrin, Linda Neal (lower left), Doug Knott (top middle), H Lamar Thomas (lower right) & Raindog (upper right).

Out of State

April 30, 2017 – NEW MEXICO  L  5

Teatro Paraguas (3205 Calle Marie Santa Fe, NM) 5 – 7 pm
Readers: Debbi Brody, Kenneth Gurney, Vijali Hamilton, Kyle Laws, Jane Lipman, John Macker, Georgia Santa-Maria, Basia Miller, Mary McGinnis & RD Armstrong.

May 4 – COLORADO  L  5

Innisfree Cafe and Bookstore (1301 Pennsylvania Boulder, CO 80302) 7 – 9 pm
Readers: RD Armstrong, Kyle Laws, Jared Smith, Bear Gebhardt, Jerry Smaldone, Diane Klammer.

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To Be With A Woman

ToBeWithCover.inddI generally do not believe that books, especially poetry books, require an introduction. I make an exception here because there is a genuine break between the poetry I wrote from 1964 until 2007 and the poetry contained in this volume.

My wife, Gilda Mekler, died on February 7, 2007. Four months later (on June 5th of that year) I wrote the firs poem collected here. When Gilda died very shortly after her fifty-third birthday, I thought I would also die. Readers will note that this feeling informs several of the poems that follow. A few months later, my grief entered its second phase. When it appeared that I was not going to die, I passionately wanted to die, I longed for my days of sorrow to end. Eventually, this led to a third and quite shocking phase of what might be called the death experience: the realization that I had, in fact, died with Gilda on February 7th. Our lives ended together.

The Creator, however, had other plans for me, and the James Deahl who has written poetry and prose since that date, is a very different writer from the James Deahl who had written and published poetry for over four decades. I retain all the memories of that other poet, and I live in his body. And like him, I also labour in God’s vineyard, as Czesław Miłosz put it so well. Using the same name, I continue the work our Creator set out for us when that other writer was born following the close of World War II.

But I truly have been born anew. So this collection opens with twenty-three poems written between June 5 and November 14, 2007. These were published as a limited edition chapbook
by my friend and fellow poet, Allan Briesmaster, through his Aeolus House in 2008. This chapbook was my first writing since my death and rebirth.

The present volume closes with a handful of love poems written during the latter half of 2010 to an outstanding novelist and poet, Norma West Linder, who has, perhaps rashly, consented to join her life to mine. Between the Gilda poems of 2007 and the Norma poems of late 2010 lie several meditations on mortality. During this four-year period, a number of my friends died. This had, of course, been happening for quite some time, but their deaths had not been at the front of my mind. Many of these friends were younger than I was. After my wife died, I became keenly interested in the connection between love and death. And I questioned the passionate relationship between human joy and agony on the one hand and, on the other hand, Divine love.

I also took a deeper look at the theology of the Christian faith and the teachings of the Torah. I believe this activity is common, if not universal, among people who have already died once and know they will die again. Confronting death tends to clear the mind of all trivial concerns. Throughout this process, the writings of Father Thomas Merton were, and continue to be, my constant guide and companion. As this good priest has written, we should seek solace in God’s love.

No one knows my failings better than I do. I don’t propose to rehearse them here. Yet despite being a sinful and undeserving man, somehow — and I’m not sure how — I continue to live and enjoy all the beauty of this physical realm. I write, edit, translate, and do the work set out before me. I continue to love my three daughters and my granddaughter, and I love and honour my Norma and strive to be the man she deserves. All these and more are unexpected, and unearned, gifts. Clearly the bounty of our Creator’s grace and compassion passes all understanding.

From the Introduction by James Deahl, Sarnia, Ont. Canada, 2016

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Lummox 5

Lummox5CoverLummox 5 Poetry Anthology 2016

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Cover by Claudio Parentela

CONGRATULATIONS TO DOUG KNOTT – winner of the 2016 Lummox Poetry Prize
And to Georgia Santa-Maria – First Runner up
and Jane Lipman – Second Runner up!

LUMMOX 5 Reading Schedule

In this issue. . .

Mike Adams, Jeff Alfier, Tobi Alfier, Sudeep ahikari, Ed Ahern, George Anderson, RD Armstrong, Christopher Barnes, Belinda Berry, Chris Bodor, Debbi Brody, Lynne Bronstein, Nadya Brown, Ronnie Browne, Christopher Buckley, Wayne Burke, Helmut Calabrese, Calokie, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Pris Campbell, R. S. Carlson, Alan Catlin, Grace Cavalieri, Neeli Cherkovski, Patricia Cherin, Jackie Chou, W. M. Clevenger, Ed Colleti, Sharyl Collin, Bill Craychee, Steve Dalachinsky, Cassandra Dallett, Sarah Daugherty, James Deahl, James Decay, Diane Dehler, Matt Dennison, Jen Dunford, Christian Elder, Gail Eisen, Michael Estabrook, Mark Evans, Hazem Fahmy, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Brian Fanelli, Josepf Farley, J. A. Farnia, Kate M.Flaherty, Mike Faran, Robert Foss, Dan Flore III, Alex Frankel, Jerry Garcia, J.W. Gardner, Jack Gebhardt, Loraine Gow, John Grey, Kenneth Gurney, Ryan Guth, Vijail Hamilton, David M. Harris, Clarinda Harriss, George Held, Lenore Hildebrandt, Debbie Okun Hill, G. Hagen Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Lawrence Hopperton, Susan Ioannou, Gary Jacobelly, Ed Jamieson, Jr., George Johnson, Jr., Ted Kane, Frank Kearns, Lalo Kikiriki, Diane Klammer, Doug Knott, Laurie Kolp, Ron Koertge, Donna Langevin, Kyle Laws, John B. Lee, Norma West Linder, Jane Lipman, Ellaraine Lockie, Alexander Long, Ron Lucas, Glenna Luschei, Sharon Mahany, John Macker, Ed Marcowski, Ellyn Maybe, Mary McGinnis, Michael D. Meloan, Basia Miller, Joseph Milosch, Richard Modiano, Tony Moffeit, Kyle Moreno, Deborah Morrison, Linda Neal, Robbi Nester, Ben Newell, normal, Norman J. Olson, Amanda Ortiz, Scott Thomas Outlar, Claudio Parentels, Lorine Parks, Tim Peeler, Richard King Perkins II, Dustin Pickering, Charles Plymell, Kennon B. Raines, Kevin Ridgeway, Denis Robillard, Judith Robinson, David Roskos, F. Albert Salinas, Georgia Santa-Maria, Eric Paul Shaffer, Nancy Shiffrin, Linda Singer, Jerry Smaldone, Graham Smith, Jared Smith, Rick Smith, Clifton Snider, Ken Stange, Winnie Lee Star, SB Stokes, Kevin and Patti Sullivan, John Sweet, Lynn Tait, Kelly Talbot, H. L. Thomas, Tim Tipton, Cynthia Toronto, Anna Totta, John Townsend, Grace Vermeer, Richard Vidan, Scott Wannberg, Eternity Wauls, Charles Webb, Scott Wozniak, Mark Wyatt, Chris Yeseta, Carrie Zhang, Kelsey Bryan-Zwick.

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INTERVIEWS with John Sweet (George Anderson) and Ryan Guth (Dustin Pickering); ESSAYS by RD Armstrong; Christopher Buckley; James Deahl; Alex Frankel; Bear Jack Gebhardt; Richard Norman J. Olsen; Lorine Parks and Charles Plymell.

REVIEWS of Body and Soul by Ryan Guth (Dustin Pickering) and The Laundress of Time by Donna Langevin (Katherine Flaherty).

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Tracking the Rabbit

rabbitsThomas K. Armstrong, my father, died in early January 2015, in his sleep of a heart attack. He had suffered, over the past six years, from Vascular Dementia (the lesser-known half of senility, Alzheimer’s being the more widely known form). A month before, in Dec. of 2014, I had been to see him. This chapbook contains poems and blogs about that visit and his subsequent death.

People deal with the death of a parent in many ways: denial, anger, guilt, bargaining, transference…it goes on and on. Grief has no timetable either so it may take years for that loss to resolve itself (or it may never happen). In my case, I turned to a projection of my dad as a black rabbit. Some might call this transference or an animal fetish; I dunno.

I had a dream after his death and in the dream…”Suddenly, something was thrust into my arms: a medium sized furry thing as black as this night, unidentifiable except for its two white, buck teeth. Then I knew it was a black rabbit. I could feel its heart racing in fear (but also alive!) and pulled it closer. But just as suddenly as it had appeared it now leaped out of my arms and bolted into the dark! I was devastated, thinking that it had been a gift from my father, that I had not understood what it was until it was too late and now it was gone for good (like the old man)…but then, out of the darkness, the rabbit came bounding and leapt into my arms again!

I awoke from this dream wondering what in the world did this mean? I knew enough about Native-American lore to realize that the black rabbit was my father’s spirit animal and that it would guide him through the death process; and this little black bunny would serve as a talisman for me, as well…” (from the Introduction to the chapbook).

RD Armstrong uses the power of poetry for his elegiac mythology of grief. Everyone who has ever been on earth has died, and we never get used to this. Poets especially have to  speak/define/make sense of it. Armstrong’s natural strength as a writer uses an archetypal Rabbit as the central focus. This metaphor extends the glandular process of a body lost and born again. Armstrong commands the structure of prose narrative—as well as the economy of the poem— to memorialize his love for his father. In doing this, he brings everything to life again.

— Grace Cavalieri, “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress”

A black rabbit jumps into a bereaved dreamer’s arms, bounds out, comes back, leaves. RD Armstrong tracks it through dream, poem, memoir, waking life, waking dream, blues, and rain. This mixed genre   tale of the poet’s loss of his real father and dreamed-of father, and coming to terms with it, is a stunner–– image-rich, narratively and descriptively tight and moving, emotionally powerful. The images and emotional honesty make the reader feel all the transformations of the dad and to the son in his journey of awakening.

— Jane Lipman, author of On the Back Porch of the Moon, winner of the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Poetry Book and a NM Press Women’s Award

You can read selections from this book, here.

ISBN 9781929878789
40 pages; $12

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