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Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize

How to enter the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Contest:

Reading period starts April 1st and ends on April 30th. Enter 3 poems via poetraindog “at” gmail dot com . Pay the $15 reading fee (non-refundable) by using the PayPal button here.  I prefer this method of payment but if you must  pay by check or M.O. please make it out to Lummox Productions in the amount of $15 and mail to: Lummox – 3127 E. 6th St. Long Beach, CA 90814Please use “poetry prize” to identify what it’s for; or on the subject line of your check/MO.

This year the Poetry Prize is FIRST PLACE – $500, SECOND PLACE – $200, and THIRD PLACE – $100. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL (in late Aug. or early Sept)! I try not to send out too many emails (saves confusion) but please read the ones that I send you (important info within)…don’t be the one who tells me they didn’t have time to read it and wants special treatment. Hell! We all have to do the ‘work’…remember it’s all about your game!

ABOUT ANGELA:

Though the Lummox Poetry Anthology has had a poetry contest for the last four years, from now on it will be the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize (thanks to the generosity of her husband, Richard Mankiewicz). 

Angela (1944 – 2017) was born in Brooklyn, NY, but later moved to the west coast. She was fortunate to be able to devote two-thirds of her life to her true loves: poetry and theater. She authored hundreds of published poems and four poetry chapbooks, Cancer Poems, An Eye, Wired and As If and a recorded children’s story, The Grummel Tales. She was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. She also wrote a play that later became the libretto for “One Day Less,” a one-act operetta.

Throughout her life, Angela corresponded with hundreds of poets on all things poetic. She generously supported many literary groups such as Poets and Writers, Poets House (NYC) and Pen West. She was, to my way of thinking, a poet’s poet… and she was a friend of mine. It’s my fortune to be able to honor her memory with this prize.

RD Armstrong
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Lummox Press

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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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Can-Antho 2018

photo by Debbie Okun Hill

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

photo: Debbie Okun Hill

Tamaracks – Canadian Poetry for the 21st-century edited by James Deahl
ISBN 978-0-9997784-2-5
240 pgs.  8 X 10 inches Paperback
$25 USD

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Dreaming

These poems are my grateful response to those who dream. To my own ancestors and family members, without whom I would not be alive to write these words. To the many women who, despite terrible circumstances, have refused to be silenced. To all those people who acknowledge the truth that political borders are nothing but imaginary lines drawn on a map. To those who feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and comfort the afflicted. Thank you so much. Now, more than ever, this world is needful of your compassion and hope. — Jeannine Pitas

An excerpt from the introduction to Thank You For Dreaming

In this powerful collection of poems, Jeannine Pitas lays bare the wounds of our time—the fractures in our understanding and compassion, the heartache of loneliness, the dissonance between our instincts and actions, the general chaos of our technologically advanced, spiritually degraded societies. In an effort to treat those wounds, thank you for dreaming stands in defiance of boundaries and unnecessary demarcations of difference; whether it is “aging teachers, early-morning office cleaners, executives sitting alone on a million dollars,” Frida Kahlo, Athena or God her/himself, the speaker of these poems reaches out in empathy and in love. These are poems in pursuit of connection, that seek to bridge the distance between the past and the present, between knowing and mystery, between the secular and the sacred. Pitas traverses the internal worlds of the soul and the external world of politics, environment, and technology, and brings the two spheres into dialogue with each other… These are poems that urge us to give up the preconceived notions that hold us hostage in our own ignorance, wisely pointing out the limitations of such living:
until I cross the river
naked
on a raft made of my own clothes
what can I say I know
(the line)
They invite us again and again to participate in a radical reaching toward those who are different, disenfranchised, and dismissed, and show us how in so doing, we are engaging in our own healing. They give us new commandments through which we can live our most fruitful and fulfilling lives.
– Lauren K. Alleyne, author of Difficult Fruit.

For our friends in and around the Dubuque area, Jeannine will be reading at River Lights Bookstore on April 13th. Visit HERE for details.

Read samples here.

ISBN 9780998458083
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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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L6 Poetry Contest Winner

LUMMOX PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2017 LUMMOX POETRY CONTEST…Mary McGinnis of Santa Fe, New Mexico!! Her winning poem was “No Father”. As part of her prize, Mary received 30 copies of this chapbook. She also is featured in the 6th edition of the Lummox Poetry Anthology and receives a small cash prize.

Breath of Willow by Mary McGinnis
ISBN 9780998458045
FORMAT: 5.5 X 8.5 inches; Perfect Bound
$12; 40 pgs.

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ABOUT THIS BOOK: 

Mary McGinnis loves this world where we are, where “the first March ants can drift up your arm”; where “sassy women hold democracy up”; and “wells have never spoken before”. In one small chapbook, her poems move from lyrical to wildly imaginative, funny, and irreverent, to facing love, loss, and letting go. Lover and master of the acrostic poem, McGinnis is “an evangelist for words”. “Look for beauty, never forsake it,” Mary McGinnis exhorts us, “it will touch you like the breath of willow/ Even as earthquakes and deception fill the news, even as fascism/ eats at our hearts”….“it was a mountain all along that called me”.

Jane Lipman, Author of On the Back Porch of the Moon
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award
for Poetry Book and a 2013 NM Press Women’s Award


Mary McGinnis has been writing and living in New Mexico since 1972 where life connected her with emptiness, desert, and mountains. Besides being published in over 70 magazines and anthologies, she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also has published three full length collections:
Listening for Cactus (1996), October Again (2008), and See with Your Whole Body (2016).  Most recently, she has had work in Kaleidoscope (2017), Lummox 6 (2017), and Malpais Review (2016). The publisher hopes that you will enjoy reading this new collection by this very talented poet.

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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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WANNBERG BOOK LAUNCH

FEB. 18th @ 8 pm
BEYOND BAROQUE (681 VENICE BLVD)

M. C. RD ARMSTRONG
PUBLICATION SOIREE FOR

SCOTT WANNBERG – THE LUMMOX YEARS 
1996 – 2006

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180 PAGES OF SCOTT IN JAW-DROPPING 4D MADNESS

See Scott battling Godzilla…
raw poetry brilliance versus raw monstrous insanity!

See Scott soothing the savage beast in all comers!
JOIN US FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME CELEBRATION OF THE ULTIMATE YES MAN!!! 

WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!!

                                                          Flyer execution: Chris Yeseta                                                              Flyer Concept: Raindog

 

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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
180 pgs. $20 USA only (includes shipping)
Edited by RD Armstrong

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