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Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize

How to enter the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Contest:

Reading period starts April 1st and ends on April 30th. Enter 3 poems via poetraindog “at” gmail dot com . Pay the $15 reading fee (non-refundable) by using the PayPal button here.  I prefer this method of payment but if you must  pay by check or M.O. please make it out to Lummox Productions in the amount of $15 and mail to: Lummox – 3127 E. 6th St. Long Beach, CA 90814Please use “poetry prize” to identify what it’s for; or on the subject line of your check/MO.

This year the Poetry Prize is FIRST PLACE – $500, SECOND PLACE – $200, and THIRD PLACE – $100. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL (in late Aug. or early Sept)! I try not to send out too many emails (saves confusion) but please read the ones that I send you (important info within)…don’t be the one who tells me they didn’t have time to read it and wants special treatment. Hell! We all have to do the ‘work’…remember it’s all about your game!

ABOUT ANGELA:

Though the Lummox Poetry Anthology has had a poetry contest for the last four years, from now on it will be the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize (thanks to the generosity of her husband, Richard Mankiewicz). 

Angela (1944 – 2017) was born in Brooklyn, NY, but later moved to the west coast. She was fortunate to be able to devote two-thirds of her life to her true loves: poetry and theater. She authored hundreds of published poems and four poetry chapbooks, Cancer Poems, An Eye, Wired and As If and a recorded children’s story, The Grummel Tales. She was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. She also wrote a play that later became the libretto for “One Day Less,” a one-act operetta.

Throughout her life, Angela corresponded with hundreds of poets on all things poetic. She generously supported many literary groups such as Poets and Writers, Poets House (NYC) and Pen West. She was, to my way of thinking, a poet’s poet… and she was a friend of mine. It’s my fortune to be able to honor her memory with this prize.

RD Armstrong
Publisher
Lummox Press

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Speak the Language

Speak the Language of the Land is the first of what will be an annual showcase of talented poets, presented by the Lummox Press in conjunction with The LUMMOX Poetry Anthology and the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize (courtesy of the estate of Angela C. Mankiewicz and her husband, Richard Mankiewicz). The winners of this year’s contest are: Jeffrey Alfier (Torrance, CA), 1st place; Mike Mahoney (Wallingford, PA), 2nd place; and Vachine (Los Angeles, CA), 3rd place.

New to the contest are the Honorable Mentions of which there are four: Donna Snyder (El Paso, TX); William Taylor, Jr. (San Francisco, CA); James Deahl (Canada); and April Bulmer (Canada).

SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAND
ISBN  9780999778432
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Circle of Bones

The past haunts these highly allusive poems, rich with thoughtful, precise images that convey “numinous ambiguities,” as in the title poem.  A Circle of Bones is a welcome addition to 21st-century American poetry.  —- Clifton Snider

 

As I recall it, back in the mid 90’s I got this crazy idea to put on a very casual poetry workshop in San Pedro (final resting spot of Bukowski). It was held weekly and didn’t last too long (I was younger), but once I’d settled back and took each individual as they came, it turned out to be helpful, mostly. One of the best things that came out of that workshop was getting to know Gil. I think Gil had sent me poetry before I met him, so I already was a fan. There are so many aspects to his imagery… there is humanity, honesty (sometimes brutal), regret, erudition, grief and eloquence. The man can write!

Over the years, Gil and I kept bumping into each other, until one night in Downey we hatched a plan to publish a book of his poems (something I had been meaning to do at least 10 years earlier). That was almost 5 years ago and it’s taken us this long to bring this book to fruition. I hate to use an alcohol metaphor since neither of us drinks but, poetry sometime needs to age (and the danker the cellar the better). And, trust me, this book is aged to perfection! I hope this collection wets your whistle.

–RD Armstrong
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Circle of Bones by Gil Hagen Hill
ISBN 9780999778401
Retail $12   52 pgs.   Perfect Bound

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LUMMOX 7

Poetry Anthology #7 and Contest

In this issue... First off, I owe a debt of thanks (and a wealth of swag) to the Patrons, without whom it would be very difficult to commit to the 5 months that this project requires! They are   Anonymous, Linda Albertano, Thomas Brod PHD, Georgia Cox, William Craychee, Sue Crisp, John Davis, Liz Jackson, Frank Kearns, Hiram Larew, Lyn Lifshin, Heather Lowe,  Steve & Michael Meloan, and Micheal West.

Next, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the first Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize: Jeffrey Alifier – FIRST place, Mike Mahoney – SECOND place and Vachine – THIRD place! They all receive a cash prize, plus some cool swag (isn’t being associated with Lummox Press enough?)…

In the beginning, I was worried that there might not be enough content (something I do every year), so I began adding “extras”. But in the end, the old lummox cup is not only overflowing, it’s running hot with excellent poetry (as usual); kudos to all the poets who contributed to this issue! Also included is the ever-expanding micro or flash fiction section with 7 stories by Seven Dhar, Roseanna Frechette, Ken Greenley, Tom Laiches, Felize Zoota-Lucero, Michael Meloan and Lucile Shulklapper. I think the interviews are interesting this time around… my interview with poet, professor, gay historian and rights advocate, Clifton Snider and George Anderson’s interview with Nor-Cal poet, bon-vivant and gad-about-town, Bill Gainer. Both cover a wide range of human experience, and I’m happy to be able to include them! There are several essays on plagiarism, one by the esteemed G. Murray Thomas and one I pulled out of the vault (from the old Lummox Journal – 2005), which is still timely. Norman J. Olson muses on poetry, while Christopher Robin mourns the passage of his good friend, Joe Pachinko. Finally Jay Jones (no relation) writes about Australian poet and artist Billy Jones‘s penchant for illustrating letters with some pretty amazing Outsider drawings. I had the privilege of publishing Billy’s last book, complete with drawings and poesy. Rounding it out are some reviews representing the English speaking world: Australia’s George Anderson (The Mysterious Book of Old Man Poems), England’s Christopher Barnes (The Predicament, and The Non-Herein); Canada’s Katherine Gordon (Life and Death in the Forest of Angels); and America’s Nancy Shiffrin (Canticle of a Bored Hausfrau); Judith Skillman (Orphaned Words) and Stirling Davenport (Tracking the Rabbit). I must applaud the artists who have graced this issue, beginning with the great cover photo by Canadian poet and photobug, Richard M. Grove. Also kudos go out to Steve Dalachinsky, Alexis Fancher, Debbie Okun Hill, Charles and Pam Plymell, Steven Meloan, Jennifer Roskos, Clifton Snider, T. K. Splake, Lynn Tait,

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Here are your contributors:

Mike Adams, Roy Adams, Jeff Alfier, Tobi Alfier, George Anderson, RD Armstrong, Chris Barnes, Belinda Berry, Genevieve Betts, Chris Bodor, Brenton Booth, Debbi Brody, Lynne Bronstein, Dereck Brown, Dr. Patricia Brown, April Bulmer, Wayne Burke, Helmut Calabrese, Don Campbell, Pris Campbell, Francine Caron, Alan Catlin, Chuka Susan Chesney, Jackie Chou, Jonathan Church, Wanda Clevenger, Sharyl Collin, Patrick Connors, Gaiyle J. Connolly, Kit Courter, Henry Crawford, Bill Craychee, Sue Crisp, Steve Dalachinsky, Lucia O. Damacela, Sterling Davenport, James Deahl, Seven Dhar, John Dorsey, Jennifer Dunlop, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Mark Evans, Alexis R. Fancher, Joe Farley, Kate Flaherty, Jennifer Foster, Roseanna Frechette, Bill Gainer, William Galasso, Martina Gallegos, John Gardiner, Katherine Gordon, Jonathan Greenhause, Kenneth Greenley, Vijali Hamilton, Charles Harmon, Clarinda Harriss, Debbie Okun Hill, Gil Hagen Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Lori Holloway, Keith Inman, I. B. Iskov, Gary Jacobelly, Ellen Jaffe, Paulette Johnston, Jay Jones, Frank Kearns, lalo kikiriki, Linda King, Diane Klammer, Ronald Koertge, Raundi Kondo, Maureen Korp, Andrew Lafleche, Tom Laichas, Michou Landon, Donna Langevan, Gayle Lauradunn, Kyle Laws, Marie Lecrivain, John B. Lee, Linda Lerner, Bernice Lever, Lyn Lifshin, Norma Linder, Jane Lipman, Ellaraine Lockie, Ron Lucas, Cynthia Lukas, Radomir Luza, Argos MacCallum, John Macker, Mike Mahoney, Jesus Maya, Mori McCrae, Michael Meloan, Steven Meloan, Mary McGinnis, Basia Miller, Joe Milosch, Tony Moffeit, Deborah Morrison, Laura Munoz, Evan Myquest, Linda Neal, Ben Newell, normal, Norman Olson, Scott Thomas Outlar, Lorine Parks, Jeannine Pitas, Charles Plymell, Pam Plymell, D. A. Pratt, C.J. Prince, Kevin Ridgeway, Christopher Robin, Judith Robinson, Dave Roskos, Jennifer Dunford-Roskos, Georgia Santa Maria, Patti Scruggs, Michael Seeger, Eric Shaffer, Nancy Shiffrin, Lucille Shulklapper, Linda Singer, Judith Skillman, Jerry Smaldone, Rick Smith, Clifton Snider, Donna Snyder, T. K. Splake, Jeanine Stevens, Cynthia Stewart, Carl Stilwell, Phil Taggert, Lynn Tait, H. L Thomas, Murray Thomas, Tim Tipton, Anna Totta, Wyatt Underwood, Ed Valfre, Rolland Vasin, Grace Vermeer, Richard Vidan, Linda Whittenberg, Pamela Williams, Scott Wozniak, Chris Yeseta and Felice Zoota-Lucero.

 

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Can-Antho 2018


photo by Debbie Okun Hill

Tamaracks ~ Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century

Got a hankering for the Great White North? Want to let your inner Canuck out? This is your lucky day! Order your copy here.

Tamaracks is the first survey of modern Canadian poetry (in over 30 years) to be published by an American small press outfit. This mammoth undertaking was hammered out in half a year’s time and was fraught with setbacks and near-fatal difficulties. But through it all, editor and publisher managed to work together, so that Tamaracks could come into being.

— RD Armstrong, publisher, Lummox Press.

Timber! Debbie Okun Hill

 

 

Read an excerpt from TAMARACKS here.

Here are the contributors to this book:

Robert S. Acorn, Sylvia Adams, Becky D. Alexander, Donna Allard, Rosemary Aubert, Henry Beissel, Nancy M. Bell, Sharon Berg, Steven Michael Berzensky  (Mick Burrs), Clara Blackwood, Robert A. Boates, Kent Bowman, Frances Boyle, Mary Lee Bragg, Allan Briesmaster, Ronnie R. Brown, April Bulmer, Rebecca Clifford, Pat Connors, Gaiyle Connolly, Tony Cosier, Lorna Crozier, Phillip Crymble, Robert Currie, David Day, James Deahl, Stewart Donovan, G.W. Down, Gertrude Olga Down, Jennifer Lynn Dunlop, Bernadette Gabay Dyer, Margaret Patricia Eaton, Ronda Wicks Eller, Daniela Elza, Joseph A. Farina, Venera Fazio, Fran Figge, Doris Fiszer, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Jennifer L. Foster, Linda Frank, Ryan Gibbs, Sharon  Goodier, Katherine L. Gordon, Elizabeth Greene, Andreas Gripp, Richard M. Grove, David Haskins, Rhoda Hassmann, Debbie Okun Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Lawrence Hopperton, Laurence Hutchman, Luciano Iacobelli, Keith Inman, Susan Ioannou, I.B. Iskov, Ellen S. Jaffe, Carol Keller, Eva Kolacz, Maureen Korp, Laurie Kruk, Donna Langevin, Ruth Latta, Beth Learn, John B. Lee, Bernice Lever, Norma West Linder, Annick MacAskill, Carol Malyon, Blaine Marchand, Steven McCabe, Elizabeth McCallister, Mori McCrea, Ian McCulloch, Susan McMaster, Bronwen McRae, Rhonda Melanson, Bruce Meyer, Michael Mirolla, Lynda Monahan, A.F. Moritz, Deborah A. Morrison, Colin Morton, Marion Mutala, Lois Nantais, Shane Neilson, Diane Attwell Palfrey, Brian Palmu, Deborah Panko, Chris Pannell, Gianna Patriarca, Nolan Natasha Pike, Stella Mazur Preda, Robert Priest, Brian Purdy, Kathy Robertson, Denis Robillard, Kate Rogers, Linda Rogers, Karen Shenfeld, Glen Sorestad, Ken Stange, J.J. Steinfeld, Dane Swan, Lynn Tait, Jennifer Tan, Grace Vermeer, Wendy Visser, Bruce Whiteman, Elana Wolff, Jan Wood, Ed Woods and Anna Yin.

Read a review by William Oxley in the Canadian magazine Devour (edited by Richard M. Grove).

Sunset by Nancy Bell

“It is about time a contemporary anthology of Canadian poetry was published for the U.S. market, and James Deahl of Sarnia, Ontario, is the perfect choice as editor. Deahl surely knows more about Canadian poetry than anyone else today. Tamaracks is a splendid collection, remarkable in its depth and breadth.”

—-Michael Wurster and Judith R. Robinson, co-editors, The Brentwood Anthology, Lummox, 2014

113 strong, contributing 178 poems to this anthology. Remember, if you want a copy, go HERE.

Calm Before the Storm by Richard M. Grove

 

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Tamaracks

photo: Debbie Okun Hill

Tamaracks – Canadian Poetry for the 21st-century edited by James Deahl
ISBN 978-0-9997784-2-5
240 pgs.  8 X 10 inches Paperback
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Orphaned

NEW FROM RD ARMSTRONG

 

Watch a video interview with RD and here him read some Orphaned poems.

 

His first book in eight years. . . a collection of poetic “orphans.” Poems that had fallen by the wayside because they didn’t seem to be anything that anyone would want to have around (hence the “orphan”).

The poetry in this collection hopscotches around encompassing the years 1993 to 2016. It represents the forgotten poems from four previous collections: Fire and Rain (Volumes 1 & 2), E/OR and the expurgated version, Living Among the Mangled.

Remarkably, many of the poems are still relevant to the concerns that many of us have today. . . perhaps proving that RD is a savvy visionary or (more likely) that the story doesn’t change, only the characters do. 

We here at Lummox Press hope that you will find the contents of this book worthy of your time. Read a sampling of poems here.

An excerpt from the foreword. . .

“I was working as a handyman/laborer/jack-of-all-trades and had done so for thirty years (my main income). I did okay, but it was a smallish life. I had been sober for almost 20 years – that was something I was proud of! Then in 2004, something broke inside me…I began drinking again (like a fish!), as if I was trying to undo my best behavior by releasing my demons. It’s not remarkable, many have experienced it. I spun effortlessly out of control for four more years, until late in 2008 when I entered the hospital with a septic ulcer on the heel of my right foot. This was to be the beginning of my immersion into the health care machine. When they told me I was diabetic, I quit drinking (but really, I just substituted the drug of alcohol for the many drugs required to maintain a diabetic. I was 57 years old. . .” 

COMMENTS ABOUT RD —

RD Armstrong is an unsung local treasure… Bondo Wyszpolski, Easy Reader newspaper

RD, other than choosing a possibly un-guru like name, shows all the wisdom of life experience, and has dealt as a poet, and publisher with many of the already recognized greats of his generation. His talents and wisdom deserve to be showcased and supported by those who have the means and ability to do so… Stephen Morse 

RD is one of my favorite poets. He’s the kind of writer who hasn’t been unduly influenced by his influences…. all muscle and absolutely fat-free. As long as he contributes to Flash!Point, I’ll publish him. When I’m reading RD’s work, I can turn off my bullshit meter… Frances LeMoine

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Dreaming

These poems are my grateful response to those who dream. To my own ancestors and family members, without whom I would not be alive to write these words. To the many women who, despite terrible circumstances, have refused to be silenced. To all those people who acknowledge the truth that political borders are nothing but imaginary lines drawn on a map. To those who feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and comfort the afflicted. Thank you so much. Now, more than ever, this world is needful of your compassion and hope. — Jeannine Pitas

An excerpt from the introduction to Thank You For Dreaming

In this powerful collection of poems, Jeannine Pitas lays bare the wounds of our time—the fractures in our understanding and compassion, the heartache of loneliness, the dissonance between our instincts and actions, the general chaos of our technologically advanced, spiritually degraded societies. In an effort to treat those wounds, thank you for dreaming stands in defiance of boundaries and unnecessary demarcations of difference; whether it is “aging teachers, early-morning office cleaners, executives sitting alone on a million dollars,” Frida Kahlo, Athena or God her/himself, the speaker of these poems reaches out in empathy and in love. These are poems in pursuit of connection, that seek to bridge the distance between the past and the present, between knowing and mystery, between the secular and the sacred. Pitas traverses the internal worlds of the soul and the external world of politics, environment, and technology, and brings the two spheres into dialogue with each other… These are poems that urge us to give up the preconceived notions that hold us hostage in our own ignorance, wisely pointing out the limitations of such living:
until I cross the river
naked
on a raft made of my own clothes
what can I say I know
(the line)
They invite us again and again to participate in a radical reaching toward those who are different, disenfranchised, and dismissed, and show us how in so doing, we are engaging in our own healing. They give us new commandments through which we can live our most fruitful and fulfilling lives.
– Lauren K. Alleyne, author of Difficult Fruit.

For our friends in and around the Dubuque area, Jeannine will be reading at River Lights Bookstore on April 13th. Visit HERE for details.

Read samples here.

ISBN 9780998458083
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Alex Johnston

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For me, writing poetry is like solving, and then creating a puzzle. I see or experience things I know I want to write about, we all do. Figuring out a way to put those experiences on paper, so as to make them readable, is how one solves the puzzle. Avoiding straightforwardness and balancing on a knife edge, between enigmatic and readability, is how one creates the puzzle. I spent nearly three years revisiting, rewriting and re-getting pissed off at, The October Horse. I reference this poem so much because it is also almost entirely autobiographical (as is most of the book). I trudged through problems with addictions, like so many other 20 somethings, and I was maybe one or two bad decisions away from writing this book in prison (lucky me). The poem is so important to me because even when I was in the total animal soup of time (Ginsberg again!), I knew I wanted to write about that chapter of my life.   — Alex Johnston

ISBN 978-0-998458076
Lummox Press   $15 + S & H
108 pages, Trade Paperback

Read a sampling of poems from this book here.

Read an interview with Alex Johnston here.

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Painless

ISBN: 9780998458069
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2 poems from Painless Life

Love and

We have air and we have water and even good coffee—the rest is neurosis…

(love
can give time and love can certainly take time
but time only takes love)
Someone’s knocking because the bell doesn’t work
(and time will kill us,
you and I,
all,
taking the best
away)
Someone’s knocking
and the sound reminds me of
the taste of my own tongue
in my mouth
It’s you
You’re knocking because the bell doesn’t work
I’ll answer it like an addict
and look at you
(and the sad Hawaiian shirt blue ceiling of the world behind you, as beautiful as a wall of butterfly wings
but in that instant that you realize that the butterflies all had to die to be pinned there)
my mouth full of rope
and tasting like my own tongue
and my eyes stung with rusted moths
or dead butterflies
I will say
(or roses that bloom after they are cut
that is,
after they are dead
as well)
I will tell you
(all I want is something appropriate to say when people ask me how I’ve been doing, how I’ve  been, something that won’t sound false, something to say that won’t mention you)
something
stupid


sense

I say
I babble I mumble
&
I slip in
front of a whole big Pile Of Myself
     & I speak I demonstrate:
I keep Forgetting I still miss her

I say
I attest
her lips so soft she wakes me like a HAT she could wear

I say
I demand
bring us a pilotless ship

I say I plead
     I am bound in joys
that nag us to emulate Paris
dead in bloom;

with sighing
and then, arbitrarily
I yearn
I pray I implore
whom heedest our desires?
spoken
as the black
sweet eruptive flower in exquisite warmth

I say
   I shout
      I give voice to thick plate glass
I sound and hum
   through to state
a sound between soulless and solace

I chant I bleat
   morning/slash/birdsong
like a scratched skipping
   record dripping
millefiori false splendor

I say
   I entreat
smother me in blankets of sense
stun me with reasonable blindness
ride me on the back of this slipped spidered goal

I say
  I speak
    I assert
writhing behind this precise curtain of meat

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