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Cauldron

A DANCE AROUND THE CAULDRON —
Prose by LINDA LERNER with Illustrations by DONNA JOY KERNESS

ISBN 978-0-9984580-3-8
FORMAT: 5.5 X 8.5 inches; Perfect Bound
$12.00; 36 pgs

Watch Linda read from this book here.

About the book:

Between 1692—93 twenty people were accused of being witches and executed in Salem Massachusetts. Nineteen were hanged on Gallows Hill, and one elderly man was pressed to death by heavy stones after he wouldn’t enter a plea. Several others died in jail.

My purpose in this collection is not to retell what happened, which is widely known, or to give an account of Arthur Miller’s powerful, play, The Crucible. Instead, I’ve chosen to use his technique and blend characters together with people we know living among us.

What is going on now in this country makes it especially poignant for me, but to restrict it to that, is also too limiting. I see the situation as something ongoing, barely noticeable, until an accumulation of incidents makes it impossible to ignore, its darkness sweeps down on us, and we have no choice but to rise up and confront it.

400 years is next door, across the street, the place where you live and work; it is the distance between one neighbor and another. The village was called Salem then. Its villagers walk among us; they act like us. We do not recognize them. We prefer not to.

— from Linda Lerner’s introduction

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Linda Lerners collection, Yes, the Ducks Were Real, was published by NYQ Books (Feb. 2015) as was her previous full-length collection, Takes Guts and Years Sometimes. A chapbook of poems inspired by nursery rhymes, illustrated by Donna Kerness, Ding Dong the Bell Pussy in the Well (Lummox PressFeb. 2014.) She’s been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. In 1995 she and Andrew Gettler began Poets  on the Line, the first poetry anthology on the Net for which she received two grants. In Spring, 2015 she read six poems on WBAI for Arts Express.

Donna Joy Kerness has been producing Art of various mediums over the years.  Her inspirations have emerged from her past… She was a Dancer at The Henry Street Playhouse with Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, a casual fellow poet and friend of Linda Lerner, and an Underground Cinema Super Star in the movies of the Kuchar Brothers, during the Sixties in New York.  After relocating to San Antonio and raising a family,  now working with sketching , drawing and painting and multimedia Art which has been exhibited at the Highwire  Gallery and the Candlelight Cafe, in San Antonio,Texas.  Donna also did the Art work for Ding Dong the Bell, Pussy in the Well, by Linda Lerner, which was published by Lummox Press in 2014.

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lerner-lrbLerner_ChapbookGet a copy of Linda Lerner’s Little Red Book (#19 in the series), No Earthly Sense Gets It Right* (2000) plus a copy of her latest chapbook, Ding Dong the Bell, Pussy in the Well (2014) for $13 (+ S&H)!

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Ding Dong the Bell

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Linda Lerner, a small press veteran of numerous years, has wives tale-3put together a volume of “nursery rhymes” with a distinctly modern interpretation. Along with the drawings of her friend and artist, Donna Kerness, Lerner takes on such classics as London Bridge is Falling Down, Ring Around the Rosy, Jack Sprat, Rip Van Winkle and Humpty Dumpty.

“Poet Linda Lerner pens modern day nursery rhymes, playful but with well-placed poetic barbs, thrown at our everyday insular lives, and the injustices that are ignored by us or experienced by us. Lerner gives us rhyme for our time.”

 Doug Holder/ Lecturer in Creative Writing/Endicott College/Beverly, MA

 

CONTENTS

We
What Just happened
Catch Me If You can
The Sound of London Bridges Falling in NYC
Ring Around the Rosy:  A Danse Macabre
The Mother Who Gives Birth to a Poem
Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Stumbling on Jack’s Road
An Old Wives Tale or a Rip Van Winkle Story
When Every Color Became Red
Humpty Dumpty

Linda Lerner’s Takes Guts & Years Sometimes was published by NYQ Books, June, 2011; she’s previously published thirteen collections of poetry and been nominated twice for a pushcart prize. Her poems have recently been in New Verse News, Gutter Eloquence, The Brooklyn Voice, Danse Macabre, Two Bridges, Presa, Fall, 2011 (featured poet) Lummox, Home Planet News, Big Hammer, and The Mom Egg; her essay “Land Grab: Putting Down Stakes” appeared in The Brooklyn Voice, March, 2013. Her next collection, Yes, the Ducks Were Real, will be published by NYQ Books.

Donna Kerness  has been producing Art of various mediums over the years. Her inspirations have emerged from her past… She was a Dancer at the Henry Street Playhouse with Alwin Nikolais, and Murray Louis, a casual fellow poet and friend of Linda Lerner, and an Underground Cinema Super Star, in the movies of the Kuchar Brothers, during the Sixties in New York.

After relocating to San Antonio and raising a family, now is working with Sketching, Drawing, Painting and Multimedia Art which has been exhibited at the Highwire Gallery, in San Antonio, Texas.

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