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B.J. Buckley Bio

Lummox Press welcomes poet and educator B.J. Buckley to the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Contest. As judge she brings a wealth of experience with her, so you better send her your best!

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B.J. Buckley is a Montana poet and writer who has worked in Arts-in-Schools programs throughout the west for over 40 years. Her prizes and awards include a Wyoming Arts Council Literature Fellowship; The Cumberland Poetry Review’s Robert Penn Warren Narrative Poetry Prize; the New York-based Poets & Writers “Writers Exchange Award” in Poetry; the Rita Dove Poetry Prize from the Center for Women Writers at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC; and the Joy Harjo Prize from CutThroat: A Journal of Arts and Literature; the Winning Writers award for formal poetry, and the Comstock Review Poetry Prize. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Colrain Manuscript Conference.

Her poems have appeared widely in both print and on-line journals including Pilgrimage, Cut Throat: A Journal of the Arts, About Place Journal, MezzoCammin, The Big Sky Journal, Green Mountains Review, Visions International, Sequestrum, december,The Cortland Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, Ellipsis, Sky Island Journal, and Epiphany. Her work is included in many anthologies, including Leaning Into the Wind, Woven on the Wind, and Crazy Woman Creek (Houghton Mifflin); Wyoming Fencelines, a collection of poems about fences and other boundaries by Wyoming authors; and Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry About Birds (Henry Holt). Her books include Artifacts; Moon Horses and the Red Bull, ProngHorn Press, with co-author Dawn Senior-Trask; a letterpress chapbook, Spaces Both Infinite and Eternal, 2013, Limberlost Press; and Corvidae, Lummox Press 2014.

Here’s an example of her craft as a poet:

Eating Seven Pips of a Pomegranate
           in Defiance of Winter

The fruits of February

are tight and sweet and small,

the rich dark red of blood

that’s settled into the limbs

and begun to cool. Two days ago

all rodent auguries were ambivalent,

contradictory under partly cloudy

heavens soft with thaw – men

in top hats far too squeamish

for consulting entrails, for cutting

anything open. Persephone

was wiser than her years

to take that gut-slashed womb

into her hands, suck the sweet juice

sluicing through her fingers,

tease out pips to feed the wolf

in her belly lest it devour her

will. Seven: snowdrift, sleet-knife,

ice-lock, gale, blizzard, ravens,

burial. Seven pips: and so, I,

against the spell of turncoat

January with its melts and drips.

Last night together cold and darkness

fell and fell and fell, the snow ground glass

against all flesh, and wind a beast

whose claws, like ghosts, could reach

through walls, fierce bird who broke

each branch it rested on. So I,

so nourished, loosed my hair,

went out to marry:

sparrows dropped frozen

from the lilac hedge. Old cottonwoods,

their shattered bones. Blood

where an owl fed.

That flame of ice, my heart.

That flame, the moon.

               for Jane Wohl

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Lummox Number Eight

Poetry Anthology #8 and Contest

This year more than ever, I am indebted to the PATRONS without whom I don’t know where I would be (not that I’m saying that I’d be out on the street but I’d certainly be living on Top Ramen – definitely off my diet).

To that end, a big heartfelt thanks to the following: Georgia Cox, Thomas Brod, Kit Courter, Rolland Vasin, Bill Gainer, H. Lamar Thomas, Michael M. Meloan, Tony Moffeit, John Donahoe, Alexis Fancher, Mark Evans and Debbi Brody.

And while we’re on the subject, a big “Hell Yeah!” goes out to the intrepid Yazoota who, even though he retired last year after 21 years of service to LUMMOX, decided that he’d continue to work on this anthology; as this project is as much his baby as it is mine!

Next, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the second Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize: Nancy Shiffrin FIRST place, Austin Alexis SECOND place and B.J. Buckley  THIRD place! They all receive a cash prize, plus some cool swag.

IN THIS ISSUE
There is POETRY, lots of it, some of the best I’ve seen in a while. There are the three winners of the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize, as mentioned above.

MICRO-FICTION
Then in the Micro-fiction section, there are a variety of little stories by some writers who range from bent to warped in their fiction mindset. They are RD Armstrong – Fear Moves to a New Town (from his Manx Tales series); Seven Dhar – The Shaman; Helen Donahoe – Lives ChangeAlexis Fancher – She Says Stalker / He Says Fan; Roseanna Frechette – For Sarah; Micheal Meloan –PapoulisJeanine Stevens – The Language of Corn; H. Lamar Thomas – A Red Mule Named Red Mule; and Felice Zoota-Lucero – You Can Call Me Mom.

As Tom Waits once said “They all came from good families but somewhere along the line they just got kinda weird!”

Articles / Essays
In June, I was surprised to hear that this is the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth year (a vision just surged through my imagination as a flash mob of academics danced around a giant statue of Uncle Walt while the rest of the poetry rabble get on with their ignorant lives), so I had to throw in my two cents with the article, Walt Whitman – Radical Optimist? I asked Gil Hagen Hill to help me out with his poem, We Was Robbed and Henry Crawford came in with a nice poem entitled: Walt Whitman Ekphrastic. Then there’s Poetry X Hunger: Looking into the Empty Cupboard by Hiram Larew. This is a project that Hiram has been working on for several years with the goal in mind to tackle world hunger, no less! A worthy cause, indeed. Then we have an excerpt from Acetylene Sunsets, a new book of selected essays (due out this year from Lummox Press), Tony Scibella: the Poet in America by John Macker. This is a memoir of sorts as Macker knew Tony back in the day. Homage to Pierre Seghers, French Publisher and Songwriter-Poet (1906-1987) by Basia Miller is an essay about one of the most influential poets / songwriters of his time. Through his publishing house, he brought French poetry out of the“dark ages” (of lyrical expression) into a more expanded, reality based world view, using all styles including free verse. For thirty years from 1939 to 1969 his influence spread across France, through WWII and subsequent crisises, Pierre was the Quincey Jones of French Culture. I think it’s a fascinating article and I hope you will agree… Imagine being a hungry fly on the wall of Allen Ginsburg‘s Haight Ashberry address, listening to the intellectual conversations over some delish dish recipes… Can you? By reading this article, Eating And Drinking With The Beats (part one) by Charles Plymell, perhaps you’ll understand. Plymell was an integral part of the beat experience and still has a hand in the game today. This next rather personal essay came by way of an email exchange. It was sent as a sort of bio by Ms, Ramirez but it was too long for a bio and too short for an essay. I was pleased when she took me up on my request for more details (to be more informational not more grisly). The result is Living on the Edge by Coco Ramirez. It’s an insight into what many of us struggle with, finding and keeping our balance. Memories of Hubert “Cubby” Selby by M. G. Stephens is a remembrance of a different time in Brooklyn, NY and a book entitled Last Exit to Brooklyn. Perhaps Mr. Plymell knew Hubert Selby too. This guy actually has a lot of friends. ANTS by G. Murray Thomas explores the relationship between the group (or ‘superorganism’) and the individual. He uses ants as an example. I found it interesting, so here it is. Finally, an interesting article on Normon Olson, artist and poet, who’s work has been seen by thousands of readers of Small Press magazines and books over the last twenty years or so. Notes on the Drawings of Norman Olson by Bill Tremblay provides some insight into Olson’s work. He is one of the most prolific artists I know (his work has been featured in most of these Lummox issues).

Reviews
The Blues Drink Your Dreams Away – Selected Poems (1983 – 2018) by John Macker
Reviewed by RD Armstrong…. A rare full length review of John Macker’s latest collection. Good stuff.

Café Crazy by Francine Witte
Reviewed by Linda Lerner. Linda is no slouch in the poetry dept. herself and if she applauds a book then I can endorse it too. I trust her implicitly.

New Found Land by Carolyn Clark
Reviewed by Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D. Dr. Reyna was very impressed by this book! Her thoughts: “thoughts and values find themselves voiced elegantly in this book, much to the enrichment and contentment of our collective souls!”

Fairfax and Other Poems by David Del Bourgo
Reviewed by Nancy Shiffrin. While this is an old review, the work of the poet, David Del Bourgo, still holds up according to Ms. Shiffrin. Worth checking out.

Flow by Robin Scofield
Reviewed by Donna Snyder.
“Robin Scofield’s book is well named as both the poet and the poems in it epitomize the diverse theories of flow, a law, not a theory, that can be seen as applying to everything from the design of leaves to the natural pattern of rivers.  

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California RD Armstrong, Belinda Berry, Jay Blommer, Lynn Bronstein, Helmut Calabrese, Don Campbell, Chuka S Chesney, Jacki Chou, Sharyl Collin, Beverly Collins, Kit Courter, Sue Crisp, Seven Dhar, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Alexis Fancher, Gwen Fleischer, William Galasso, Martina R. Gallegos, Bill Gainer, Kathleen Goldman, Lorraine Gow, Friday Gretchen, Charles Harmon, Gil Hagen Hill, Lori Holloway, Jackie Joice, Frank Kearns, Lalo Kikiriki, Radomir Luza, Marie Lecrivain, Rick Leddy, Felice Zoota-Lucero, John Pappas, Michael Meloan, Joseph Milosch, Elaine Mintzer, Laura Munoz-Larbig, Linda Neal, Terri L. Niccum, Corrine Ramirez, Thelma Reyna, Kevin Ridgeway, Gerard Sarnat, Patricia Scruggs, Lisa Segal, Nancy Shiffrin, Linda Singer, Dr. Rick Smith, Jeanine Stevens, Carl ‘Calokie’ Stilwell, Patricia Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, Mary Thompson, Maja Trochimczyk, Wyatt Underwood, Rolland Vasin, Richard Vidan, Mike West. Colorado Kenneth Greenley, Diane Klammer, Kyle Laws, Tony Moffeit, Bill Tremblay, Roseanna Frechette. FloridaChris Bodor. Georgia H. Lamar Thomas. IllinoisWanda Clevenger. Iowa – Jeannine Pitas. Louisiana – Dennis Formento. Maryland – Clarinda Harris (Peter Bruun), Henry Crawford, Hiram Larew. Michigan T. K. Splake. MinnesottaNorman Olson. Mississippi – Ben Newel. MontanaB.J. Buckley.New Jersey – Dave Roskos, Jen Dunford-Roskos, Helmut Calabrese. New Mexico – Dr. Patricia Brown, James Gould, Vijali Hamilton, Jane Lipman, John Macker, Georgia Santa Maria, Mary McGinnis, Basia Miller, Linda Whittenberg, Pamela Williams, Stewart Warren, Michou Landon. New YorkAustin Alexis, Alan Catlin, Steve Dalachinsky, Matt Galleta, Alex Johnston, Linda Lerner, normal, Charles Plymell, G. Murray Thomas. PennsylvainiaHeath Brougher, William Craychee, Ann Curran, Joseph Farley, Sarah Henry, Michael Mahoney, Judith Robinson. TexasDonna Snyder. VermontWayne Burke. Washington – Edward Nudelman, Judith Skillman, Doc Sigerson. CanadaPatrick Conners, TG Hamilton, Debra Hill, Maureen Korp, Donna Langevan, John B. Lee, Bernice Lever, Michael Mirolla, Marion Mutala, David Pratt, Lynn Tait. Australia – Brenton Booth. Portugal – Mark Evans. 135 strong!

Legend: poet/artist; contest winners; poet/writer.

 

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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
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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“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

Interested in submitting? Go HERE for info.

 

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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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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ISBN 9781929878550

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