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Catalogue Archive

Titles are listed alphabetically by author. All titles are currently out of print.

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Neither World

Poems

Ralph Angel

1995. ISBN: 1-881163-12-1 / 1-881163-13-X

“A fully realized book of poems — which is just what Ralph Angel’s award-winning new volume, Neither World, is — performs a strange feat of magic. It both evokes a landscape that's already there, describing some chosen portion of the outer world, and takes us to a new interior dimension of that landscape... Angel’s poems are stamped indelibly with the mark of a unique, shaping imagination, and they’re fresh with the news of how it feels to live right now.”
—Mark Doty in The Los Angeles Times

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Now

Poems

Judith Baumel

1996. 1-881163-14-8 / 1-881163-15-6

“The passionate and personal poems in Now, Judith Baumel’s second collection, often unfold in long sentences that picture the world in sometimes harsh detail. But if they reflect an essentially troubled view of life, they also articulate a readiness to be astonished by beauty and heartened by love.”
—Jonathan Aaron, The Boston Globe

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What Wind Will Do

Poems

Debra Bruce

1997. 1-881163-18-0 / 1-881163-19-9

“What strikes me about What Wind Will Do is Debra Bruce’s wonderful eye for the luminous detail and the wrenching but understated lyricism of imminent loss... Along with such poets as Marilyn Hacker, Jane Kenyon, and Mary Oliver, Bruce has given us another woman’s voice we have to listen to!”
—Julia Alvarez

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The Disappearing Town

Poems

John Drury

2000. 1-881163-31-8 / 1-881163-32-6

From Venice to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, from one disappearing town in the marshes to another, John Drury, in his first full-length book of poems, navigates through the twisty channels of memory and perception, loss and desire, where what’s real and what’s a wavering reflection attract and perplex the bedazzled explorer. …Like a camera’s viewfinder in which two halves of an image must line up perfectly to come into focus, Drury pieces together the past and the present into “one likeness that is whole.”

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This Perfect Life

Poems

Kate Knapp Johnson

1993. 1-881163-04-0 / 1-881163-05-9

“What I love about this luminous book is its courage, its wit, and its unrelenting honesty, but most of all I love the almost spiritual joy at its center, the calm there, the generosity, the strength.”
—Thomas Lux

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Wind Somewhere, and Shade

Poems

Kate Knapp Johnson

2001. 1-881163-33-4 / 1-881163-34-2

“Kate Johnson’s gift is to make the inner life so clear and concrete as to fix a self to the page. She confronts suffering without erasing the possibility of love, or denying the presence of joy. Distilled and direct, plain and mysterious at once, these poems involve us in moments in the work of soul-making.”
—Mark Doty

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Brilliant Windows

Poems

Larry Kramer

1997. 1-881163-22-9 / 1-881163-23-7

“Larry Kramer brings to his poems, as Brilliant Windows generously brings to its readers, that rarest element in poetry these days: a feeling for the human comedy so profound and far-reaching in its sympathies that it restores one’s faith in what earlier ages called ‘wisdom.’ Lyrically charged, passionately conceived, completely free of the moribund trappings of literary fashion, the music of these poems rises to the pitch of their grandly secular vision. This is a book that— like a talisman for the twenty-first century—one could, in all faith, slip into the hands of one’s children, or one’s children’s children.”
—Sherod Santos

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Kisses

Poems

Steve Orlen

1997. 1-881163-20-2 / 1-881163-21-0

“Orlen is a wonderful poet and one of the best practitioners of free verse writing today. The sounds of his poems bang and glide. Most fine poetry strikes the mind and heart. This is true of Orlen as well, but his poems also strike the ear. They feel good in the mouth.”
—Stephen Dobyns

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Selected Poems

1965-1995

Hugh Seidman

1995. 1-88163-10-5 / 1-881163-11-3

“[T]he anguish of these poems remains immediate, absolute... I know few collections so lacking in complacency, so adamant in their refusal to charm or console, so fiercely intelligent.”
—Louise Glück, The Village Voice

Selected Poems: 1965-1995 was chosen as one of The Village Voice’s “25 Favorite Books of 1995” and was listed as one of the top 10 poetry books of the year—the only book published by a university press—by a panel of professional literary critics from such places as The Chicago Tribune, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Washington Post.

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Long Distance

Poems

Aleda Shirley

1996. 1-881163-16-4 / 1-881163-17-2

“Reminiscent of poems of the late Richard Hugo, Shirley’s measured lyric language and seamless craftmanship reveal the offroad intimacies and profundities of the American landscape.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Kingdom Come

Poems

Jim Simmerman

1999. 1-881163-26-1 / 1-881163-27-X

“Jim Simmerman’s new book...offers troubling and resonant satisfactions both in its poetic mastery and its heartfelt inquiries.. If forced to compare him to another contemporary poet, I'd have to posit a composite: Bill Knott (for playful inventiveness) plus Marilyn Hacker (for formal competence) plus Philip Levine (for his good heart). If that seems like an unlikely aesthetic mix to dwell in one poet, such are the surprises in these poems.”
—Alison Deming, Sonora Review

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Moon Go Away, I Don't Love You No More

Poems

Jim Simmerman

1994. 1-881163-08-3 / 1-881163-09-1

“There is a powerful, conversational ease and intimacy to Jim Simmerman’s new poems, a deceptive nonchalance that masks their deep ironies and hard-won truths. In Simmerman’s world, the delicate cracks just below the surface of our decorum are always about to erupt into chasms. Beyond the silver face of the mirror, a skeletal leer is forming. Yet the deep tenderness and fierce humanity of these poems restore us to a faith in our own futures, even as Simmerman’s ‘grievous angels’ watch over us in our private, solitary voyages. This is without question Jim Simmerman’s finest poetry.”
—David St. John

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Gender Studies

Poems

Jeffery Skinner

2002. 1-881163-37-7 / 1-881163-38-5

“Jeffrey Skinner’s new book—his best yet—is powered by a deep bittersweet nostalgia, a wry skeptical intelligence, and a canny sense of humor—all of which he uses to take aim at what is fleeting and tenuous, what is lost and passing away. Gender Studies is a literary accomplishment, a humane achievement.”
—Edward Hirsch

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After A Spell

Poems

Nance Van Winckel

1998. 1-881163-24-5 / 1-881163-25-3

“Van Winckel’s angels are those of experience, of a life lived in a world populated by the strange and sordid, the supremely fictional and the shockingly real: bizarre relatives of mythic proportions, criminal friends shuffled off to lengthy prison sentences, tragic lovers and their selfish needs, seductive strippers in the dance of provocation. These people and others blossom to vivid life in memory's fertile dirt.”
High Plains Literary Review

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The Dirt

Poems

Nance Van Winckel

1993. 1-881163-06-7 / 1-881163-07-5

“After reading The Dirt, Nance Van Winckel’s second book of poetry, I had the feeling that I was standing on the cusp of the poems and would not be allowed access to their meanings until I had read the book several more times… What makes so many of the poems so good is the elegant language and imagery that made me want to reread them, to understand each poem on its own terms.”
—Laurie Byrne Bouck, Indiana Review

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