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Can-Antho 2018

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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

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Tamaracks – Canadian Poetry for the 21st-century edited by James Deahl
ISBN 978-0-9997784-2-5
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Lummox 6

LUMMOX POETRY ANTHOLOGY #6
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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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To Be With A Woman

ToBeWithCover.inddI generally do not believe that books, especially poetry books, require an introduction. I make an exception here because there is a genuine break between the poetry I wrote from 1964 until 2007 and the poetry contained in this volume.

My wife, Gilda Mekler, died on February 7, 2007. Four months later (on June 5th of that year) I wrote the firs poem collected here. When Gilda died very shortly after her fifty-third birthday, I thought I would also die. Readers will note that this feeling informs several of the poems that follow. A few months later, my grief entered its second phase. When it appeared that I was not going to die, I passionately wanted to die, I longed for my days of sorrow to end. Eventually, this led to a third and quite shocking phase of what might be called the death experience: the realization that I had, in fact, died with Gilda on February 7th. Our lives ended together.

The Creator, however, had other plans for me, and the James Deahl who has written poetry and prose since that date, is a very different writer from the James Deahl who had written and published poetry for over four decades. I retain all the memories of that other poet, and I live in his body. And like him, I also labour in God’s vineyard, as Czesław Miłosz put it so well. Using the same name, I continue the work our Creator set out for us when that other writer was born following the close of World War II.

But I truly have been born anew. So this collection opens with twenty-three poems written between June 5 and November 14, 2007. These were published as a limited edition chapbook
by my friend and fellow poet, Allan Briesmaster, through his Aeolus House in 2008. This chapbook was my first writing since my death and rebirth.

The present volume closes with a handful of love poems written during the latter half of 2010 to an outstanding novelist and poet, Norma West Linder, who has, perhaps rashly, consented to join her life to mine. Between the Gilda poems of 2007 and the Norma poems of late 2010 lie several meditations on mortality. During this four-year period, a number of my friends died. This had, of course, been happening for quite some time, but their deaths had not been at the front of my mind. Many of these friends were younger than I was. After my wife died, I became keenly interested in the connection between love and death. And I questioned the passionate relationship between human joy and agony on the one hand and, on the other hand, Divine love.

I also took a deeper look at the theology of the Christian faith and the teachings of the Torah. I believe this activity is common, if not universal, among people who have already died once and know they will die again. Confronting death tends to clear the mind of all trivial concerns. Throughout this process, the writings of Father Thomas Merton were, and continue to be, my constant guide and companion. As this good priest has written, we should seek solace in God’s love.

No one knows my failings better than I do. I don’t propose to rehearse them here. Yet despite being a sinful and undeserving man, somehow — and I’m not sure how — I continue to live and enjoy all the beauty of this physical realm. I write, edit, translate, and do the work set out before me. I continue to love my three daughters and my granddaughter, and I love and honour my Norma and strive to be the man she deserves. All these and more are unexpected, and unearned, gifts. Clearly the bounty of our Creator’s grace and compassion passes all understanding.

From the Introduction by James Deahl, Sarnia, Ont. Canada, 2016

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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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Lummox #3

RevisedL3Cover.inddLummox 3 is out and ready to be shipped to interested buyers. This issue contains poetry by some 180 poets, plus interviews with Grace Cavalieri, Doug Holder, Daniel McGinn, John Macker and Rick Smith; plus essays by James Deahl (Canadian Poetry in 2014), Daniel McGinn (A Bouquet dropped on Laura Nelson’s Grave), Linda Lerner (Just Another word for Plagiarism), Ellaraine Lockie (The Poem in Public), Bill Mohr (the First No School Anthology of L.A. Poets – a book excerpt), Lucille Shulklapper (My Life in a Book), Judith Skillman (the Fine Art of Revision), Norman Olson (Failure – Musing on Art) and finally RD Armstrong (the View From Down Here).

There are also reviews by Nancy Shiffrin (the Unexpurgated Dairy of Anais Nin), RD Armstrong (A Shot Across the Bow), Bill Gainer (Relics of Lust), Joseph Gardner (Songs of the Glue Machines) and Angela C. Mankiewicz (What the Wind Says).

And of course, the poetic musings of this year’s first Poetry Contest winner and runners up… John Sweet (winner); William Taylor, Jr. (first runner up) and Christina Foskey (second runner-up)! Their poetry was really quite good…some of the best I’ve seen to be honest (in my opinion). The poetry in this issue is really something special!!! There’s so much to be explored in this big-assed book!

Check it out on ISSUU. com where you’ll find the “sampler” edition…

Readings are being scheduled all over the country and even beyond! Check this link to see if there’s one near you!

In the ‘IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING’ DEPT.

amelia raymondA little about the two covers controversy: originally I was going to use a drawing by Amelia Raymond (that’s her holding up her copy of the original cover design) but it was deemed too racy for general consumption, which really surprised me (but I came to realize that what I thought was “normal” was way too liberal, even for the poetry crowd). So, the artful layout designer, Yazoota, created the cover you see at the top of the page. But I was saddened by the loss of the more radical cover, so I decided to print a second book with the original cover and to make it really special, I made it a Ltd. Edition (only 125 copies would be printed). So make sure you are ordering the right book (the contents are the same in either book, only the covers are different).

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SCHEDULE OF PENDING LUMMOX READINGS

In 2012, fMike Adamsor LUMMOX #1, groups of poets who came from the same regions held readings from this issue to promote sales. A series of events held in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles County, California (Venice, Downey and Santa Ana) were either co-sponsored or curated by Lummox.

Then in 2013 for LUMMOX #2, similar readings were held the SoCal towns of Venice, Downey, Long Beach, Canoga Park and Orange. A reading also took place in Sacramento, CA. Other readings happened in Pittsburgh, PA and Boulder and Denver, CO. 

(Left) The late Mike Adams reading from Lummox #1 in 2012 in Colorado.

2014 – 2015 READING SCHEDULE for LUMMOX #3

NOV. 9 – SANTA FE NM

Jane Lipman HOSTS a reading at Teatro Paraguas, (3205 Calle Marie Suite B Santa FeNew Mexico 87505) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 5 pm. Featuring Blair Cooper, Mary McGinnis, Jane Lipman, Mitch Rayes, Judith Toler, Linda Whittenberg and John Macker.

NOV. 13 – DOWNEY CA

RD Armstrong HOSTS a reading at the Stay Gallery (11140 Downey Ave, Downey, CA 90241) on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. Featured are Trista Dominqu, Lorine and Jeff Parks, Nancy Shiffrin, Daniel McGinn, Radomir Luza, Linda Singer, Frank Kearns, Murray Thomas, Rick Smith and RD Armstrong. This event is sponsored by the Downey Arts Coalition.

There will be copies of both LUMMOX #3 and LUMMOX #3 LTD. Edition on sale as well as other Lummox Press merchandise.

JAN. 24 – WHITTIER CA        

Eric Morago HOSTS the Lummox gang at Half-Off Books in Whittier (6708 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier CA 90601) on Saturday night at 7 pm. Featured to read are RD Armstrong, Heather Browne, Kevin Ridgeway and Linda Singer. Others TBA.

FEB. 12 – LONG BEACH CA

Join us at Viento y Agua (4007 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814  (562) 434-1182) for some of the local flavors that Long Beach is known for. The reading starts at 7 pm. Featured readers are RD Armstrong, Heather Browne, Tom Thomas, RD Armstrong and Linda Singer. Others TBA.

FEB. 19 – VENTURA CA

This reading features poets from the Camarillo to Santa Barbara. Come down to the E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY in old town Ventura (651 Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 805-648-2716). Starts at 7 pm and features Ron Alexander, Tim Tipton, Dane Baylis, Katherine Hamilton, Jackson Wheeler and RD Armstrong. Others TBA. 

MARCH 21 – VENICE CA

RD Armstrong hosts the Lummox gang at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd. Venice CA) on Saturday night at 8 pm. Featured readers are Jeanette Clough, Michael Meloan, Julia Stein, Lynne Bronstein, Nancy Shiffrin and RD Armstrong. Others TBA.

PENDING READINGS TBA

SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA; TORONTO, ONT. CANADA; ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND; and others TBA.

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