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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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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…

Read an excerpt of In the Shadow of the Bomb.

In the Shadow of the Bomb by Joseph Gardner
252 pages Trade Paper 6 X 9
ISBN 978-1-929878-68-0
$18 (+ S & H)

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How Long The Night Is

HowLongNightCoverIn musically charged lyrics, Christine DeSimone takes on the big questions: “Where is the life you want?” and “So how do you do it? Where do you go to begin again?” Her poems travel the globe looking for answers, from a diner in Chatsworth to a Lisbon night that “drops like an exiled heart,” from an “office with no windows,” to the Cliffs of Dover, from Billie Holiday’s deathbed to the “fluorescent gloom” of the Tenderloin. At each stop, DeSimone listens with “dog-whistled acumen / to find what the world is really saying,” rendering all she hears in stark, unflinching detail. –Cheryl Dumesnil, author of In Praise of Falling and Love Song for Baby X

In this, her first full-length collection, Christine DeSimone strikes gold!
How Long The Night Is Sampler

ISBN 978-1-929878-42-0
100 pages, 6 X 9, Trade Paperback
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5150 – A Memoir

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5150: A Memoir is no ordinary collection. It is a mixture of poetry and prose that explores her own personal journeys inside and outside of the psych ward. Dealing with issues such as sexuality, self-mutilation, eating disorders, substance abuse, and mental health, her book addresses a lot of issues that are seldom talked about (but need to be). She is currently on her way to recovery, and she hopes that by sharing her story with the world, she can help others in difficult times find the light and confidence within themselves to succeed in this difficult and fast paced world that we live in.

The term 5150 refers to the section of the California Penal Code which deals with subjects who are, or may be, a danger to themselves because of mental disturbance. It allows law enforcement to hold a person for 72 hours for observation , to determine if they require a further, longer stay in the hospital (5250).

“As a reader, I treasure your work; as a writer, I greatly admire your creativity and skill; as someone who also endures the temptations of addiction, I empathize with your daily challenges but, most of all, I respect the determination with which you have successfully worked to control those demons.” – James Greco, fan & writer

5150 Sampler

ISBN 978-1929878-39-0
140 pages, 6 X 9, Trade Paperback
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