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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

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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.

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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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The Mother Goose Market
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Body and Soul

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When the deaths of her ex-convict father and pedophile grandfather trigger a flood of repressed sex-abuse memories from her childhood, divorcee Cassandra Hart descends into alcoholism and destructive sexual relationships, until repeated DUI convictions finally land her in a court-ordered treatment facility. There she begins – reluctantly at first – the hard work of physical and psychological recovery. As she learns to trust her own spiritual inclinations and her capacity for self-reinvention, she is ultimately able to reclaim her life and achieve a long-delayed moral victory over her abusers. Within this narrative framework of verse, prose, and other hybrid forms, author Ryan Guth has interspersed other lyrics exploring the quintessentially southwestern mix of Hispanic, Anglo and Pueblo lore which informs Cassandra’s personal theology and sense of self.

Featured Title at the 2015 Southern Festival of Books

Ryan Guth and his family live in Jackson, Tennessee where he teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at the University of Memphis Lambuth campus. His first full-length poetry collection,Home Truths, was published in 2006 by the Alsop Review Press. This is his second book of poetry and mixed literary forms.

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“In Body and Soul, Ryan Guth further develops the deeply personal narrative poetry that has always characterized his work. Cassandra, having barely survived a horrendously abusive childhood, struggles as an adult to separate fact from fantasy and come to terms with her difficult past. While the clues, distorted by personality disorders and the vagaries of memory, are sometimes deceptive and misleading, moments of surprising grace and transcendence shine through as Cassandra’s journey ultimately reaffi rms the possibility of redemption. Ranging from southern Ohio to the breathtaking beauty of the New Mexico desert, hers is a geographical odyssey as well. Whether we choose to read it as a gathering of poems or as a single, sustained narrative, Body and Soul is a major achievement by a daringly original poet.”

Robert Lavett Smith, author of Smoke in Cold Weather and The Widower Considers Candles Considers Candles

BODY and SOUL by Ryan Guth
ISBN 9781929878079  302 pages
8.5 x 8.5 inches; Perfect Bound; $20

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Prosthesis

prosthesisBipolar Disorder is a homegrown tornado, a swarm of insects buzzing in your ear, a picture of an eye that winks back at you. Discover it in a way you never have before. Discover prosthesis. Discover in prosthesis mental illness, the human mind, human hope and fear, love and hate, dream and defeat. It is a place of struggle, planning and realization, willing and creating. Walk a journey unlike any other, meeting fellow travelers, obstacles and unexpected turns, a labyrinth of recovery that seems to suspend time and invite you to embody the experience of mental illness in completely new way.

“Throughout prosthesis, the wisdom within this small community is remarkable and generously given. Den Bleyker has a beautiful way with words and the book is made strong through the use of metaphor….This is a book that people with bipolar disorder, and those who love them, can both learn from and take solace in. No one, not even a person in a place of darkest suffering, is utterly alone.”         —Leslie McGrath, author of By The Windpipe and Out From the Pleiadas

Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native currently residing in Upstate New York, a wife and mother of two. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family and every once in
a while sleeps. She is the author of several poetry chapbooks and collections and the novelette Finger : Knuckle : Palm (LucidPlay Publishing, 2014). Ariana is the founder of ELJ Publications, a small press featuring a number of serials, series and contests, including Emerge Literary Journal and scissors & spackle. Ariana believes in words, what they have to say to the world, to the reader, to you. She hopes her words touch you and thanks you for your interest in prosthesis.

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ISBN 9781929878581
132 Pages, 7.5 X 9.25 inches, Trade Paper
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