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
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
FORMAT: 5.5 X 8.5 inches; Perfect Bound
$12; 40 pgs.
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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WINNER OF THE SECOND LUMMOX POETRY PRIZE
H. Marie Aragon of Santa Fe, New Mexico has won the 2015 Lummox Poetry Prize with her poem The Dark and Light Side of the Moon. The prize consists of a cash award of $250 and forty copies of a chapbook created by Lummox Press for the author. When Desert Willows Speak is the chapbook. It’s 46 pages long and can be ordered from Lummox Press (see the ordering information below). Read a sample from the chapbook here. We hope you will enjoy it.
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When Desert Willows Speak by H. Marie Aragon
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I have waited a long time to publish these two poets. When I first broached the subject of publishing a collection of poetry by John Macker, I had no idea that it would also include the work of the gifted (and award winning) poet Lawrence Welsh. These two men, one from Santa Fe, New Mexico and one from El Paso, Texas, have been pivotal in creating a school of Southwestern Poetry which was inspired by the likes of Tony Scibella and Tony Moffeit.
This is a solid, 50 poem collection. All stand alone poems, yet all linked to each other as if pointing out the intrinsic influence of both the people’s and landscape that unites these two poets. New Mexico is aptly named “the land of enchantment” and it has served as a backdrop for this fantastic page turner! You won’t be disappointed!
“In this collaboration, you’ll find two completely different ways to put words on the page. I was Larry’s idea to join forces, so to speak, to present differing styles right next to each other, up close and personal, to communicate not just a vision, but an assemblage of visions. We realize that part of our job description is to, as Lorca explained, break open the pomegranite (the English language translation for Lorca’s beloved Granada), and discover ‘the blood of the wounded earth.’ Its passions and mysteries.” — from the Introduction by John Macker.
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