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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 these Honorable Mentions: Donna Snyder (El Paso, TX); William Taylor, Jr. (San Francisco, CA); James Deahl (Canada); and April Bulmer (Canada).

SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAND
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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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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

I’m finding Orphaned Words  very deep company…especially because the milieu(s) we come from are so different, and it’s such a damn privilege  to be allowed inside yours through your books. So I’m not gobbling it; I’m savoring…going back to read whole sections again before going on. Quite  moved by your candor and realness and sharing so much of yourself and what moves/unnerves you, with your readers. Sometimes people from different backgrounds are not always comfortable with each other…so the chance to get close through reading your books is one of the things I most cherish about poetry and life….Jane Lipman, poet

Hey got the books today in the mail (yours, Wannberg’s) — damn.  The books are worth twice the price.  I’ve just been dipping through but am floored and opened and amazed and so happy I have so much more to learn and more to learn it from….Mike Mahoney, poet

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, editor/publisher

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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
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The Mysterious Book

Bill Gainer’s world is not a safe place, not for the old men, not for him. It’s a place of mysterious things, happenings, people, and times. It’s a place where the mysteries of old men are told, not with guilt, but as they happened. The Mysterious Book of Old Man Poems tells of a time mostly past, not forgotten, but hidden away in the hearts of old men, its magic intact.

Down the road, before I die, I want the ghostly poetic angel Bill Gainer to visit me and tell me all about the extraordinary place they’ve carved out in the afterlife for creative beings like him … The arrangement of his Old Man Poems is a fantastic reflection of mortal man through the eyes of a poet who can communicate like a playwright. This is a brilliant collection that should be accompanied by fireflies, a marathon night of piano playing by Tom Waits, a dancehall till dawn, some bourbon, and the warm breath of a lover’s before life flashes and as Gainer puts it, ‘time calls no more.’”

Daniel Yaryan ~ Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts

A warm and gentle melancholy flows through this collection, in which the poems manage to be both intimate and conversational. They speak of aging and the passing of time; friends and lovers lost to the years. Yet even when the matter is dark, the pieces have an inherent playfulness and good humor. At the end of it you feel you’ve shared some heavy conversation and a good many beers with the old fellow down at the end of the bar. When they finally close it down and you have to go home, you might still feel a bit sad about the way of things, but you’ll be chuckling a bit as well.”

William Taylor Jr. ~ To Break the Heart of the Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hear “A Lonely Love” from this book.

“Listen up, kid!”   Bill wants to share his wisdom with you!

ISBN 978-0-9984580-5-2
6 X 9; 120 pages; Trade Paper

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Lummox 6

LUMMOX POETRY ANTHOLOGY #6
ISBN 
978-0-9984580-2-1
FORMAT: 8 x 10 INCH; 216 pgs; PAPERBACK
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CONTRIBUTORS: 169

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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, 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 (COVER), Grace Vermeer, Jade Wallace, Kari Wergeland, Lavonne Westbrooks, Linda Whittenberg, Charles Wilkinson, Pamela Williams, Scott Wozniak

RED = Artist,  BLUE = Poet/Artist, GREEN = Poetry Contest winner  SKY BLUE = 2nd & 3rd place

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Videos of Lummox 6 readings

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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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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.

Spencer Lane Griffin

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
ISBN 9781929878543
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Edited by RD Armstrong

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L6 Readings

Lummox & Lummox 6 Readings 2017 – 2018

 

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 6 will be on sale at all events!

More readings to follow…

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L  6 designates Lummox Poetry Anthology #6 readings

Oct. 28 – VENICE L 6 – 4pm

Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA)

Readers:
Lynne Bronstein, Calokie, Don Campbell, Micah Card, Mitch Cohen, Sharyl Collin, Bill Craychee, Mark Evans, Gil Hagen-Hill, Bill Gainer, William Scott Galasso, Marie Lecrivain, Mike Meloan, Linda Neal, Lorine Parks, Kevin Ridgeway, Linda Singer, Paul Suntup, Maja Trochimczyk, Vachine & Raindog, your host…

Nov. 6 – REDONDO BEACH L 6 – 6pm

Redondo Beach Public Library, main branch (303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, RB 90277) 2nd Floor

Readers: Linda Singer, Linda Reardon Neal, Gil Hagen Hill, Elaine Mintzer, Kit Courter and RD Armstrong (host)

 

 

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Viento y Agua Reading 2016

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Kevin Ridgeway and Linda Singer reading.

 

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Some of the Canadian poets from 2016 (J. Deahl holding L5 on the right).

Some of the readers at the 2017 Beyond Baroque reading (below).

 

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