Category Archives: 2015

In Between the Places Where Night Falls


Something Like Paris

the doe teeters from Rosehill Cemetery
crossing Ravenswood Avenue
seeming lost on Mother’s Day, 8:15 a.m.
even fog and rain in the corner
this scene from a movie
except for the city as backdrop

you’re asleep in 14E
perhaps we’re above Roswell
the sky a bit too blue
babies silent since take-off
the gentleman in 8F with a mustache,
sunglasses atop his head, and blue shirt
seems distracted, sore, or both
the attendant hilarious
flight 1156 to Las Vegas
shifts for the first time
and you awaken, fearful

In Between the Places Where Night Falls unveils the first years of a relationship. These free verse poems journey through rural Michigan and the Pacific Northwest, eventually leading to the urban backdrops of Chicago, Dubuque, London, Sarasota, and Vancouver. Beauty and grit revolve around two people through a unique voice. — Joris Soeding

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Last Man Standing

LastManCoverLast Man Standing
“Let’s ride the angels goodbye.”
—Jack Micheline

Just before the bar war to end all
bar wars, the girl with an unbreakable
heart leaned over the bar, ripped
the buttons off her shirt and said,
“I don’t need no ink or silicone to
prove I’m a 100% Grade A
American Babe.”
The way she said it seemed more
like a statement of fact than an offer
or a dare: regardless, no one was
inclined to disagree. So the barman
was thinking, momentarily distracted
before the overhead rail lights were
pulled down, long neck Buds hit the back
bar bottles and wall to wall chaos ensued:
a flash flood of violence taking out
everything in its way. If this were
an indie movie all these bodies in motion
would be slowed to half speed,
made into a grotesque ballet,
a techno Rave with flickering lights
momentarily revealing distorted faces,
flexing muscles, a strange, almost
beautiful, mise en scene only a 911
call could interrupt, could make complete,
with police whistles, drawn truncheons,
and Taser light shows; but it wasn’t
a movie, only something like real life.
Hours after, the blood dries on
the hardwood floors, the click of
the muted jukebox cycling most
played songs, priming the invisible
crowds, and an almost suffocating
rush of forced wet air as the lifeless
night turns into day. The last man
standing behind the bar sips his
bottomless pint, and cut glass shots,
through a short straw, dulled pains slowly
ebbing into an alcoholic daze.

Alan Catlin

LAST MAN STANDING (the title poem appears above) could be a crazy memoir of Alan’s 35 years in the barman/bartender business; but it is also a testimonial to his story telling abilities… consider the poem, Dead Enders

Dead Enders

They were coasting the long
unlighted downhill, engine off,
headlamps out, the guy in driver’s
seat holding on to the wheel as if
it could provide life support, wasted
out of his mind, the others in varying
degrees of unconsciousness, driver
telling the other clowns not to breathe
so much the inside windows were
fogging so he couldn’t see a damned
thing through the ice on the windshield,
gas gauge way below empty, near-bald
tires sliding on slick patches of black
ice; the moonlight on dented guard rails
in the hard curving dark.

Here, he builds you up to a crescendo, describing the scenery, the structural integrity of the storyline and then, almost matter of factly, he tosses out a clue as to what’s led up to this point in time.

This is an excellent book full of poetry that is, at times, dead pan it its delivery and at other times, almost sardonic. Alan has a dry sense of humor; one expects this from a man who was the confidant to countless intoxicated patrons and an observer of 35 years of sad examples of the human race!

Alan Catlin has been part of the small press scene for over forty years. During that time he has watched the evolution of the alternative presses from mimeographs to online publishing.  His rich publishing history includes venerable small press standards such as the Wormwood Review. He considers that having two of his books considered the most neglected book of the year by Marvin Malone, legendary editor of Wormwood, his highest honor. One of his claims to fame is that he is only poet ever to have been published by Street Bagel, Poked with Sticks, Comet Halley, The Literary Review, Descant, The Seattle Review and Wordsworth’s Socks. Among his many full length books and chapbooks are: Visiting Day on the Psychiatric Ward, Self Portrait of the Artist Afraid of His Self Portrait, The legendary Killer Drinks Series which includes a little red book (Lummox Press), Death and Transfiguration Cocktail, Alien Nation and Beautiful Mutants. He is a retired professional barman who can now claim to be a full time working poet with a straight face and mean it.

Listen to Alan do his thing.

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Unbroken Lines

UnbrokenCoverHiResHere is the definitive book of prose-poems, destined to be a classic of the genre on every reference shelf. A new adventure in the evolving presentation of Canadian poetry, a welcome innovation of compact vision, allowing many threads of existence to wind together on a brief, powerful page. The lyricism, the heart-tug of common human experience, is strongly present, just as the emotional highs we have come to expect of great poetry.

James Deahl’s prose-poem form allows the freedom of disparate experiences to be gathered with meaningful connection into the paragraphs poetically linked. The form is not limited to a single insight, but has the sweeping vibrancy to allow geography, time, season, and circumstance to flow together, like a stony riverbed, ever changing, ever the same, as we imprint personal events onto the backdrop. A story unfolds and surprises inside each prose-poem here, enhanced by natural setting, a history straddling the tides of our memories and experiences in cities and towns that have watchfully witnessed our arrivals and departures.

 Unbroken Lines heralds a welcome new experience in poetic expression, leaves you hungry for more. The introductory poem, “Damp Stones,” encapsulates the hammer power of compact lines, shadowing myth, beauty, fear, desire, old yearnings caught in knots of the woods in all our subconscious minds. Deahl’s poem “The Meadow” expresses these revelations searingly: “only the realm of indestructible forms remains, a realm outside the tarnished world of matter, like a meadow of endless spring living in the imagination of a child.”

James Deahl has a very special gift, it marks him as one of our great contemporaries: he can impart the geography he has absorbed into his poetic persona, make it places that resonate with the joys and sorrows of those who lived in those places, leaving them mute testimony to change and often decay, a part of our bones. Here the stalwart Yankee beginnings, his travels to Europe, old DNA touchstones, the wilds of Canada that hold and transfix. The prose-poem is a perfect vehicle for this complex painting.

I anticipate that Unbroken Lines will herald a freer form of lyrical expression for coming generations of Canadian writers.

Katherine L. Gordan

A review and interview with James Deahl…

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Henry River by Tim Peeler

Henry_RiverThe ghost town of Henry River is located in the southeast corner of Burke County in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, the village, as it is often called now, has been mostly deserted since the 1970’s when, soon after a change in ownership, the mill burned. The brick company store still stands along with twenty or so haggard rent houses that line State Road 1002 as it meanders uphill toward Interstate 40, a little over a mile away.

In 2011, a film company chose Henry River as the location for the protagonist’s childhood home in the first Hunger Games movie. Interest in the site sky rocketed. Individuals and tour groups made the location a destination. What had been a popular spot for photographers and those with an interest in local and regional history now became a part of pop culture.

The poems in this volume reflect on the historical Henry River with some reference to the intrusive forces of the film industry. Some are responses to photographs; others are based on stories that Henry River natives have shared with me, while some are sheer flights of fancy. All of them, however, share an empathy and reverence for those who lived and worked in Henry River.


It’s always been difficult for me to wade through the subjective haze, which has become contemporary American poetry.  At first glance that might seem to be a rather bland statement.  Yet, since Whitman and Dickinson introduced the world to the concept of “organic verse,” American poets have taken the genre in multiple directions that continue to expand.  To list the exponentially growing movements would be little more than a rudimentary exercise in “who knows what.”

However, when the smoke clears the method of overwhelming choice has become the free verse narrative.  That which seems easy while being anything but.  Think about writing a song.  Consider the relationship between Brian Wilson and Mike Love when Love focuses upon “the hook.”  A poet has that luxury only in the context of the more primitive levels on the rung.  The present day narrative wordsmiths are often torn between their concepts of what is or is not profound.  Dr. Williams showed us that profundity has a natural existence in the simple recording of reality and the concept of “things.”

I met Tim Peeler in 1999.  Oddly, it was a simple complimentary note related to a piece of fiction I’d read in a small press journal.  He immediately directed me to his recently published book of poems, “Touching All the Bases,” a collection of baseball poetry.  I knew immediately that I had to meet him.  After that we began a correspondence that hasn’t lost its strength over these past 15 years.  I’ve had not only the pleasure of publishing several of his books, but the privilege of watching him hone his craft on a daily basis.  I can’t recall the exact moment when I realized he had found “it,” but I remember vividly realizing at some point that he’d reached a very significant plateau and that all the tools were in order to allow his visions and perceptions to take hold.

In America, we’ve long since passed a point in which “culture” can be an all inclusive concept.  We are a potpourri of cultures.  Some so tiny as to be almost less than obscure.  Tim Peeler looks at the amalgam of community, breaks down the cultures, and assesses them poetically with the keenest of visions.  He sees the things that the rest of us have viewed for so long that we no longer notice.  There is a value in such perceptions as well as a beauty that only the weakest among us can ignore.

Carter Monroe
April 21, 2015
A past winner of the Jim Harrison Award for contributions to baseball literature, Tim Peeler has also been a Casey Award Finalist (baseball book of the year) and a finalist for the SIBA Award. He lives with his wife, Penny in Hickory, North Carolina, where he directs the academic assistance programs at Catawba Valley Community College. He has written thirteen books and this is his third chapbook.

Henry River – An American Ruin
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When Desert Willows Speak


DesertWillowsCover.inddH. Marie Aragon of Santa Fe, New Mexico has won the 2015 Lummox Poetry Prize with her poem The Dark and Light Side of the Moon. The prize consists of a cash award of $250 and forty copies of a chapbook created by Lummox Press for the author.  When Desert Willows Speak is the chapbook. It’s 46 pages long and can be ordered from Lummox Press (see the ordering information below). Read a sample from the chapbook here. We hope you will enjoy it.

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When Desert Willows Speak by H. Marie Aragon
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Lummox 4

Lummox4CoverThis is the fourth Lummox Poetry Anthology. Like the previous issues, this Lummox contains a lot of poetry (one hundred and sixty eight poems to be exact); plus three interviews, one by heavy hitter Scott Wannberg, the late, great Los Angeles poet; Philip Levine, the former U.S. poet laureate, late of planet earth and interviewed by Grace Cavalieri and AIDS Activist and poet, Ron Alexander; plus essays by James Deahl (he tackles the Canadian poem), Norman Olson writes about art, Diane Klammer approaches therapy via the poem, Frank Kearns writes about the arts in Downey and Jonathon Church shares his recollections of his dad, poet Dave Church; plus reviews by Nancy Shiffrin and Raindog. There’s also a lot of photos by Canadians Ken Stange, Lynn Tait  and Richard M. Grove, by Long Beach shutter bug Jackie Joice, by the vixon of DTLA Alexis Fancher-Rhone, Collages by Steve Dalachinsky and other found art by Raindog. The cover image comes from Patti Sullivan. And last but not least, The View from Down Here by the publisher and editor-in-chief, RD Armstrong.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the PATRONS without whom it would have been a lot harder to do this 5 month long job. They are: Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Michael Meloan, Drs. Tom Brod and Stacy Berlin, Georgia Cox, Rolland Vasin, Bill Craychee, Bill Gainer, Frank Kearns, Dr. Rick Smith, Alan Catlin and Ron Koertge. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

The winner of this year’s Lummox Poetry Prize is H. Marie Aragon for her poem, The Dark and Light Side of the Moon. The PRIZE is 40 copies of a chapbook (When Desert Willows Speak, Lummox Press 2015) plus $250. You can view here chapbook here and order it here.

The runners up are Nancy Shiffrin and Cynthia Stewart. Their poems appear in the middle of Lummox 4 in a special featurette, along with H. Marie Aragon.

treeHere’s a list of the poets in this issue:
Mike Adams, Ron Alexander, Jeffrey Alfier, Tobi Alfier, Matt Amott, H. Marie Aragon, RD Armstrong, Alisha Attella, Babala, Bettina Barrett, John Bennett, Linda Benninghoff, Jay Blommer, Chris Bodor, Brenton Booth, Heather Boyd, John Brantingham, Lynne Bronstein, Ronnie R. Brown, B. J. Buckley, Wayne Burke, Calokie, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Pris Campbell, John Casquarelli, Alan Catlin, Grace Cavalieri, Maura Cavell, Patricia Cherin, John Church, Todd Cirillo, Wanda Clevenger, Mitch Cohen, Ed Coletti, Larry Colker. Sharyl Collin, Blair Cooper, Bill Craychee, Ann Curran, Steve Dalachinsky, James Deahl, Diane Dehler, Liz Dolan, Trista Dominqu, William Doreski, John Dorsey, Doug Draime, Inna Dulchevsky, Gail S. Eisen, Michael Enevoldsen, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Joseph Farley, Joseph Farnia, Venera Fazio, Jennifer Foster, Bill Gainer, Jerry Garcia, Joe Gardner,Dalchinsky-skeleton John Gardiner, Nancy Gauquier, Katherine L. Gordon, Richard Grove, Steven Gulvezan, Ryan Guth, Sam Hamill, Katherine Hamilton, Clarinda Harriss, Mark Hartenbach, David Haskins, Dianna Henning, Debbie Okun Hill, M. J. Iuppa, Ellen S. Jaffe, Larry Jaffe, Ed Jamieson, Jr., George Q. Johnson Jr., Jackie Joice, Frank Kearns, Lalo Kikiriki, Jan King, Diane Klammer, Ronald Koertge, Laurie Kolp, Laura Munoz-Larbig, Donna Langevin, Hiram Larew, Kyle Laws, Marie Lecrivain, John B. Lee, Linda Lerner, Donald Lev, Bernice Lever, Philip Levine, Madeline Levy, Lyn Lifshin, Jane Lipman, Norma West Linder, Ellaraine Lockie, Gerald Locklin, Philomene Long, Jeffrey Longo, Radomir Luza, John Macker, Adrian Manning, Rhonda Melanson, Michael Meloan, Basia Miller, Joe Milosch, Tony Moffeit, Bill Mohr, Deborah Morrison, Linda Neal, Sheryl L. Nelms, Robbi Nester, Liz Netto, Ben Newell, normal, Terrance Oberst, Suzanne O’Connell, Norman Olson, Al Ortolani, Carl “Papa” Palmer, Lorine Parks, Michael Paul, Tim Peeler, Richard King Perkins II, Jeannine Pitas, Valli Poole, David Proskauer, Ester Prudlo, Cynthia Quevedo, Amelia Raymond, Judith R. Robinson, Justin Rogers, Dave Roskos, Mary Kay Rummel,  mousetrap-joiceC.C. Russell, Patricia L. Scruggs, Eric Paul Shaffer, Nancy Shiffrin, Linda Singer, Arnold Skemer, Judith Skillman, Jerry Smaldone, Rick Smith, Mike Sonksen, Gregory Spencer, Ken Stange, Winnie Star, Roseanne Sterne, Cynthia Stewart, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Patti Sullivan, Paul Suntup, John Sweet, Phil Taggert, Lynne Tait, H. Lamar Thomas, John Thomas, Jeri Thompson, Tim Tipton, Judith Toler, Julie Valin, Rolland Vasin (Vachine), Alisa Velaj, Scott Wannberg, Charles Webb, Lawrence Welsh, Charles Wilkinson, Scott Wozniak, Kit Zak.

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In the Shadow of the Bomb


GardnerCoverThis book of poems was written for people who normally wouldn’t read poetry. Through these stories you are taken on a forty year journey that began during the height of the cold war and carries onto the new millennium; from one side of the country to the other.

Nothing is hidden in these words, all the veneer is stripped away to show the beautiful vulgarity that is life and humanity. These poems read like the pink slip the foreman just handed you or the three day pay or quit notice tacked to the door of the apartment. It is the beeping of the repo-truck and the sudden surprise of the electricity being turned off. It is the first kiss, the first fight, and the first divorce.

-Timothy Spencer

Poems like “Paying Rent,” In the Shadow of the Bomb,” and “Bar Fighting with Mullets,” demonstrate both his matter of fact ethic and his combination of humor and pathos. Gardner can use the same 16-line poem to make you laugh and make you pause for a moment.

The geography of Gardner’s imagination is the California of Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie, Bukowski and Tom Waits. Family memories are recounted and childhood heroes populate the poems. The vocabulary is everyday life and Gardner’s objective is to show you the world through his eyes.

-Mike “The Poet” Sonksen

I think Joe Garner deals with life the way he does because I think he grew up in uncertainty, in the shadow of the bomb. I knew a few of these kids in their 20’s who came into this life living under a cloud…of radioactivity; never knowing when or where the end would come, but having this “truth” rammed down their throats for the first 20.

And then,suddenly, it was over…the threat was gone!?! This generation stumbled on trying to shed the suspicious mind that had brought them through. And we all heaved a sigh of relief and let our guards down. This generation became complacent and unfocused.  Then 9/11 happened and the old paranoia got a reprieve…

When you read this book, you can join Joe in bearing witness to this part of our history  See our world. your world as Joe sees it. Perhaps, you’ll notice a voice in your head, crying out against our treatment of our world…and if you do, don’t be scared, you’re not going crazy…that’s the voice of your moral outrage!!!!

Savor it while you can…

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In the Shadow of the Bomb by Joseph Gardner
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Blood in the Mix

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I have waited a long time to publish these two poets. When I first broached the subject of publishing a collection of poetry by John Macker, I had no idea that it would also include the work of the gifted (and award winning) poet Lawrence Welsh. These two men, one from Santa Fe, New Mexico and one from El Paso, Texas, have been pivotal in creating a school of Southwestern Poetry which was inspired by the likes of Tony Scibella and Tony Moffeit.

This is a solid, 50 poem collection. All stand alone poems, yet all linked to each other as if pointing out the intrinsic influence of both the people’s and landscape that unites these two poets. New Mexico is aptly named “the land of enchantment” and it has served as a backdrop for this fantastic page turner! You won’t be disappointed!

“In this collaboration, you’ll find two completely different ways to put words on the page. I was Larry’s idea to join forces, so to speak, to present differing styles right next to each other, up close and personal, to communicate not just a vision, but an assemblage of visions. We realize that part of our job description is to, as Lorca explained, break open the pomegranite (the English language translation for Lorca’s beloved Granada), and discover ‘the blood of the wounded earth.’ Its passions and mysteries.” — from the Introduction by John Macker.

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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
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