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Swing In The Hollow by Ryan Knighton

Swing in the Hollow

By Ryan Knighton

Swing In the Hollow is a debut collection that struggles with the service and spoil of lyrical attention. In quirky and precise turns, Knighton’s language teases a sense of phenomena from the rubbish and rubble of atrophied urban experience.


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A Temporary Stranger

By Jamie Reid

A Temporary Stranger is the final manuscript that Jamie Reid was working on when he died unexpectedly in June of 2015. The book is comprised of three sections: “Homages,” “Fake Poems,” and “Recollections.”

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This Drawn & Quartered Moon

By klipschutz

This Drawn & Quartered Moon makes pre-millennial San Francisco its epicenter, and from there ranges out in time and space. Characters abound. The reader will meet a plagiarist, a Vietnam vet named Othello, a Mafia don, a drug mule en route to jail, Elvis Presley (the poet’s father was his doctor), a “Sculptor of the Lower Fillmore Head Shot,” a dying Arab king and a pre-fame Courtney Love.

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Trobairitz

By Catherine Owen

Twenty-first century metalheads; twelfth century troubadours and their female counterparts, the trobairitz—what could they possibly have in common?

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Under the Abdominal Wall by Sharon McCartney

Under the Abdominal Wall

By Sharon McCartney

Under the Abdominal Wall is a moving collection of poetry, an elegy for ones loved and lost. The pieces in this volume focus largely on the subjects of childbirth, illness and loss—of a sibling and a parent. While the subjects of death and illness are forefront, they are countered by a theme of rejuvenation. McCartney addresses difficult, emotionally straining subjects head-on with strength, wonder and passion.


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