Set in the bucolic, yet brutal South of his youth, My Mother’s House is a memoir by novelist David Armand. It recounts the young author’s early memories of being born to a schizophrenic mother, then given up for adoption, only to be raised in a home with an alcoholic and abusive step-father. In this sharply remembered portrait of the people and places that shaped him, Armand paints his seemingly negative experiences with a sympathetic and understanding brush. As the reader follows Armand through his childhood and later into adult life—when he is reunited with his mother after she makes a failed suicide attempt—a surprisingly new world of hope and possibility is rendered, despite the overwhelming challenges of this reunion.
[Armand’s] writing is reminiscent of Hemingway: straightforward descriptions of manly action punctuated by laconic dialogue.”—New York Journal of Books
“Armand writes in a comfortingly familiar literary voice that blends Ernest Hemingway’s laconic but rhythmically complicated explorations of the mysteries of masculinity with William Faulkner’s more fabulist, Southern Gothic twang. It’s a heady, seductively intoxicating combination.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
DAVID ARMAND, who lives in Hammond, Louisiana, teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010, he won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist’s Wife, which was published by Texas Review Press. His second novel, Harlow, was published by Texas Review Press in 2013. David’s third novel, The Gorge, is forthcoming this fall from Southeast Missouri State University Press.
978-1-68003-073-0 paper $18.95 978-1-68003-074-7 ebook 51/2x81/2. 192 pp. Literary Nonfiction. March
The novellas and stories in American Originals convey the power of the West Texas desert to swallow people—literally, or through the rituals of labor, or through the raptures of ecstatic vision, induced by blessings or madness—and people’s ability to forge connections in spite of extreme conditions. Each piece in this thematically-linked collection assumes a unique shape, whether poetically compressed, echoing (only to break) the contours of mystery stories, or redolent of the forms of classical prayer. The Texas of American Originals becomes the landscape of strife and hope, struggle and love, lost and found.
The characters in the stories and novellas here learn, sometimes the hard way, the truth of T. S. Eliot’s insight that the “end of all our exploring” in life is to “arrive where we started” and to know, for the first time, who we really are. Saints and sinners, and the blurred lines between them, drive these spare narratives set in the plains and deserts of Texas.
“[Daugherty’s fiction] leaves us dry-eyed and wiser in that place far beyond tears that we know from our own lives.”—Shelby Hearon
“Daugherty combines the serious and literary with the funny and offbeat, resulting in sparkle-plenty prose with an ear for dialogue that never fails.”—Beverly Lowry
TRACY DAUGHERTY, a native of Midland, Texas, is the author of nine previous books of fiction, a book of personal essays, and biographies of Donald Barthelme, Joseph Heller, and Joan Didion. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
978-1-68003-077-8 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-078-5 ebook 51/2x81/2. 288 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. March
A riveting story of how a suicidal African American teenager’s forcing a young white cop to kill him devastates the teenager’s mother as well the rookie cop. It also sparks a massive race riot and puts the mother and rookie in the crosshairs of a deranged gunman.
The only place Emma Jennings, the mother, and Russell “Rusty” Carter, Jr., the cop, find refuge from the chaos engulfing them is the teenager’s serenely beautiful grave. Through initially awkward meetings there, Emma and Rusty establish a bond that they must ultimately rely on to rebuild their lives and help heal their city.
Praise for Sandra E. Johnson’s earlier work:
“Standing on Holy Ground is an inspiring work of good overcoming evil. It is a ruthlessly honest account of the new progressive South still struggling with a very old legacy of hate.”—USA Today
SANDRA E. JOHNSON is the author of Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South that received glowing reviews from O, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, and Southern Living. She lives in Hopkins, South Carolina, and is currently at work on a novel set in SC’s Low Country.
Pichaske’s stories take us from the halls of academe to small-town Minnesota to a little village on the edge of the Bavarian National Forest. Speaking in voices of a farmer right out of Deliverance, a disgruntled professor of English, and his dog Harley, Pichaske says what many people think, but few have the courage to say. While he is especially strong on details of history, place, and language, the hard-nosed wisdom his narrators offer transcends place and even time.
From “Daisy”: Look—there are always dreams. And in dreams the ultimate purity: by now she may be fat and forty, stretch marks, grey hair, three kids. The ravages of time, you know? Look at you and me: not exactly the bright and rising stars we were twenty years ago, eh? But in dreams, the years are invisible. People never age in dreams.
David Pichaske has spent fifty years as a college professor, and forty years as editor-publisher of Spoon River Poetry Press and Ellis Press. He taught four years in Poland, Latvia, and Mongolia on Senior Fulbright Fellowships, and authored two dozen books, most recently his memoir Here I Stand. He lives in Granite Falls, Minnesota.
978-1-68003-071-6 paper $16.95 978-1-68003-072-3 ebook 51/2x81/2. 128 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. May
Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume I: Virginia
Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, of which this Virginia collection is the first volume, serves as a valuable resource for scholars, students, writers, and general readers interested in creative nonfiction both from specific areas of the South and across the region as a whole. The writers included in each volume come from diverse backgrounds, generations, and artistic traditions. Most, if not all, volumes in the series indirectly reflect literary changes over time and/or how literary variations have manifested themselves in a given state. In some cases, publisher permissions and other factors have foiled the editors from including the work of deserving writers. Nevertheless, the abundant literary talent across the South has lessened the impact of the occasional unfortunate omission.
“TRP has for years now published an annual collection of poetry from each of our Southern states, and these anthologies have done very well for us, both inside and outside university classrooms. We welcome this new series on Southern nonfiction and look forward to visiting these fine essayists, state by state.”—Paul Ruffin, Director, Texas Review Press
CASEY CALBOUGH (Series Editor) is the Lynchburg, Virginia-based author of three books of creative nonfiction and numerous other titles dealing mostly with the US South. THORPE MOECKEL English graduate director at Hollins University in Virginia and the author of several volumes of poetry and creative nonfiction, lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.
978-1-68003-075-4 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-076-1 ebook 51/2x81/2. 228 pp. Literary Nonfiction. April
New from 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate . . . This book features Morton’s best work to date from her ten collections. While her poems range in style, topic and region, they capture each universal emotion, delving into our desire to know our place in this world; the reason for our very being. Her words are comfort and wonder and hope. She writes: This is a book of poems to swallow, to seep in your bloodstream/ and pound open the chamber doors/ of your own heart, reminding us of our huge capacity for love, guiding us through each tiny fold of synchronicity to discover the big picture--what it means to truly be alive.
Time And where did the day go? A late Sunday of mingling legs, sermons of hawk and crow, a choir of mockingbird. Sitting outside, legs still reaching for one another, together; just words. The hours, dulcet and vaulting like dog years. These are the best unremarkable days of our life, when nothing happens but the bloom of tiny wildflowers, the kind you have to sink to your knees to see.
KARLA K. MORTON, Texas State Poet Laureate in 2010, is a resident of Ft. Worth. She is a Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, twice an Indie National Book Award Winner, and North Texas Book Award Festival Winner. Morton is the recipient of the Writer-in-Residency E2C Grant and has ten books of poetry. 978-1-68003-087-7 paper $10.95 978-1-68003-088-4 ebook 6x9. 200 pp. Poetry. May
New from the winner of the 2010 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize . . .
Just as an orchard grower, when harvesting its fruit, discards the tart, the bitter, the overripe and the stunted, so, too, any poet tries to judiciously reject less than sterling poems when assembling his Selected. Pastoral Habits is a selection of carefully chosen poems from fifty years and five volumes of poetic harvests. If “pastoral” connotes good shepherding, or good harvesting, then George Drew’s collection will resonate for those who value the worlds of poetry.
Mother, have you looked on this masterpiece? Seen how you hold me as you did when I was but a child? Here joy has been exiled, and sorrow set upon the throne. You will not see it on your perfect brow draped by its kerchief. Nor on your firm chin, nor in your inward-looking marble eyes, nor even in my horror-riddled shape draped like a smock across your lap. Now do you see it? There—in your left hand: the fingers splayed like broken wings, the deeply chiseled lifeline, and the blood, or shadow, smudging palm and fingertips. Here, mother, piety and pity are the same.
GEORGE DREW, born in Mississippi, lives in Poestenkill, New York. He is the author of five collections of poetry.
978-1-68003-079-2 paper $10.95 978-1-68003-080-8 ebook 6x9. 200 pp. Poetry. May
The poems of Barrier Island Suite are inspired by the life, art, and writings of Walter Inglis Anderson, who spent much of his adult life exploring the barrier islands of Mississippi, sketching and painting their flora and fauna, and chronicling his adventures in numerous logs. The islands form a liminal space between the land and sea, between nature and culture, between madness and conformity. Elements of Anderson’s life, including his travels, his struggles with mental illness, and his murals are also incorporated.
from “The Islander”
Painting his subject, Wen Yü K’o becomes bamboo. Han Kan turns to horse. Walter merges with island, follows pig tunnels through brush. In flotsam shoes, he walks on water moccasins and on copperheads. Not immune to their venom he suffers fevered visions. He’s the young heron seen climbing a dead pine spar with feet, wings, and bill, stretching out to mount a cloud and take the heavens by storm.
KENDALL DUNKELBERG is the director of creative writing at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, where he also directs the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium.
978-1-68003-065-5 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-066-2 ebook 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. March
New from the 2014 Donald Justice Prize winner . . .
The Garden of Earthly Delights Book of Ghazals ranges across time and place in visiting personal as well as historical and even imagined experience. As an abecedarian was once used to teach the basics of a thing—say, to recognize an alphabet—Gibson, who has labelled his collection a “scrambled abecedarian,” suggests that all meaning arises out of disorder. However, it is from this disorder that the varied subjects of the poems are shaped into a significance.
In Degas’ The Absinthe Drinker, the woman in the bar looks so alone and depressed as she stares at her drink. Earlier, she was imagining she would meet someone as she was getting dressed; now, she stares at her drink. There are drunks all around. Everyone drinks absinthe. Lower-class women love it best. They stare at the drink (it’s a poison, literally; they could care less), as they pour it over sugar to cut its bitterness. They stare and drink. Degas said he viewed women as if through a bathroom keyhole: she gazes into her crystal ball’s green mist—stares, drinks.
STEPHEN GIBSON is the author of five previous fulllength poetry collections and a chapbook. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife Clorinda.
978-1-68003-081-5 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-082-2 ebook 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. February
Linda Parsons Marion’s fourth poetry collection, This Shaky Earth, straddles time, family divisions and legacies, and the regions of her native Tennessee. From her grandmother’s indwelling kitchen and raggedy garden plot to now being a grandmother and gardener herself, she cultivates the lessons and language of the past in her own backyard. Marion’s poems are leavened with a hunger to understand the upheavals of childhood and its growing pains, to be fed full to bursting on life’s vegetable immensity, to face the passing seasons with grace, where all she knows of this black-eyed earth is perishing even as it flowers.
The old words you polish and peel, choice fruit for my stirred ruminations: ballpeen and tenpenny hammered anew, cotoneaster spreadeagle by the wayside. I say them with you and after you, honeydew on the tongue, a tad sigoglin. Here of late, memory’s diction slips, my lexicon less akimbo, loose lipped. What to do but stagger punchdrunk on the lawn’s glissando, turn, turn ecclesiastical. Sanko on over here, drop pebbled syllabics, six-stringed enjambments like you never done before, howl wordful under a blue moon twice risen. Rapture my puny breath to high heaven: sotto voce, big as all getout. Speak, sacred harp.
LINDA PARSONS MARION is poet, playwright, and an editor at the University of Tennessee and a resident of Knoxville.
978-1-68003-085-3 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-086-0 ebook 6x9. 88 pp. Poetry. May
Winner, TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series, North Carolina
Inhabiting myriad landscapes, including the marshes, rivers, and sounds of the North Carolina foothills, as well as gulfs, floodplains, and the overflowing banks of the Chattahoochee, Sally Stewart Mohney’s Low Country, High Water consists of delicate, often minimal explorations of family, mortality, nature, and the world behind perception. Often dreamlike and painterly, these poems brim with a lyrical and imagistic power, a contemplative force that ignites the imagination.
Salvation can finally come as simply as lighting heat in an early kitchen. You enter, chilly in slippers, start several small fires to find your way. Coffee, chimney, b a c o n , then toast. Setting out white cups bowls, plates—a creamer pewter spoons. Light pours in, as pale blue mercy
SALLY STEWART MOHNEY currently lives in Atlanta and is the author of pale blue mercy, as part of Main Street Rag Publishing's Author’s Choice Series, and A Piece of Calm, from Finishing Line Press.
978-1-68003-067-9 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-068-6 ebook 6x9. 72 pp. Poetry. March
The Empress of Kisses explores the landscape of the human heart through free and formal verse. The poems chronicle a wide variety of relationships past and present, real and imagined, with family, friends, lovers, pop culture icons, mythological figures, historical events, and with words themselves. The collection features a special focus on the experiences of Generation X, the “forgotten generation.”
“This book offers all the pleasures that poetry affords—sonic felicities, skilled wordplay, resonant insights, and unexpected destinations.”—Beth Ann Fennelly, final judge, author of Unmentionables
November 9th, 1989
For thirty years there is no kiss. Then there is the possibility of a kiss, like a rumble or a half-heard shout— did it come from this side or that side? When the kiss breaks through, we all struggle to register the impossible, how the wall came down, how their lips found each other, every obstacle reduced to rubble around their feet, the bright paint of her lipstick smeared, unintelligible graffiti all over the changed angles of his face.
GWEN HART teaches writing at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and is the author of several chapbooks and the poetry collection Lost and Found.
978-1-68003-089-1 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-090-7 ebook 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. April
The stories in Get a Grip depict a range of imagined lives. There are Estonian brothers trekking from their blighted neighborhood to a college interview. There’s a TV meteorite hunter in town to search for otherworldly treasure. We meet a widow addicted to physical pain and a successful ad executive who loses all his worldly possessions in one day. All of the characters work out their struggles in the Baltimore region, channeling, in turns, the area’s charm, its despair, its humor, its self-doubt, its compassion. Get a Grip is a book about who we are when the cameras are off and the phone has died.
KATHY FLANN, whose fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, The North American Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications, teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore, where she lives with her husband, Howard. Her previous publications include a short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, and novella entitled Mad Dog.
“In her smart and beautifully observed stories, Kathy Flann drops us straight into the complex lives of a collection of imperfect strivers, who want love, want to be good, or want somehow to transcend their makeshift existences, and who are often their own worst enemies. Each of these tales is simultaneously a portrait of its grim-funny, yet touching protagonist and of a land, very like the United States, where everything is possible, and nothing is quite what it should be.”—Stephen O’Connor
978-1-68003-051-8 paper $14.95 978-1-68003-052-5 ebook 51/2x81/2. 160 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. October
After thirty-six years as book-editor in New York, Robin retires and moves back to her girlhood home in Oberlin, Ohio. She takes with her copies of items she had kept in a special file.
The items had come not from literary agents but directly from writers, reflecting their quirky, original, creative, passionate, ironic, even bizarre voices. All the items enlighten and entertain.
A Hall of Fame for Unknown Writers is Robin’s story as she reproduces the comic items and nominates them for induction into America’s first (and only) hall of fame for unknown writers, where the motto reads: “We’re in Kansas forevermore.”
S. P. AREHAM is a retired self-employed writer-editor who lived in Kansas, the state that houses the fictional Unknown Writers Hall of Fame in the first novel authored by Areham. Areham now lives in Honolulu, HI, swims in the Pacific on a regular basis, and climbs Diamond Head every now and then as energy, health, and time permit.
“For thirty-six years, I was an editor at a family-owned (now part of a bulky conglomerate) book-publishing house in New York. In retirement, I thought it might be enjoyable to write not the Great American Novel (my authors are trying to do that) but the Fun American Novel. Over the years, I had accumulated all sorts of material that I could weave into the novel: material that came to me directly from the country’s most unforgettable unknown writers and professors.”—Robin
978-1-68003-041-9 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-042-6 ebook 51/2x81/2. 280 pp. Literary Novel. November
It’s 1981, and thirteen-year-old Roscoe McAdams and his brother and sister have always lived with their parents, Sebastian and Moonstar, in an isolated cabin high on a ridge in California’s northern Sierra, though often in spring when Moonstar can’t stand the snow anymore she takes them for a stay down below. They’ve mostly been home-schooled.
Then, through a fluke that April, Moonstar becomes a substitute teacher in a small town and enrolls the kids in school there. Roscoe assumes that when summer comes, they’ll go back to the ridge and Sebastian: that’s how it’s always been. But they don’t, and then everything Roscoe thinks he knows for sure begins to fall apart.
ERNEST J. FINNEY, who lives in Sierra County, California, writes stories and novels, mostly set in the San Francisco Bay area or in the Central Valley or the Sierras. His books include Winterchill, Lady With the Alligator Purse, Words of My Roaring, California Time, Birds Landing, Flights in the Heavenlies, and Sequoia Gardens: California Stories.
“This is a novella of beauty, imagination, and the unique bonding of a unique family in a unique situation that captivates from the first few lines and never releases its grip. It is unrelentingly honest, often difficult to absorb because of the discomfort it creates. Peopled by fascinating and original characters, it comes alive on the page and enters the heart, often leaving one breathless.”—Clay Reynolds, Final Judge
978-1-68003-049-5 paper $12.95 978-1-68003-050-1 ebook 51/2x81/2. 128 pp. Novellas. November
Does Houston need its own Iliad? If it's Mike Lieberman's, it does. In this nervy adaptation of Homer's classic, the story of Achilles' rage is told with a deft touch and a large dollop of humor.
Achilles, an MIT-trained engineer, has dropped out and with Patroclus, his white macaw, cruises around Houston on an old BMW motorcycle looking for trouble. And he finds plenty.
The result is a wry take on Houston and an uncompromising exploration of the rage of men in contemporary society.
Here's how Lieberman's narrator introduces the story:
Achilles' wrath is where our tale begins then spools out venom and his mortal sins. It's tempered true but false to Homer's style, suffused with guile, grit, and mordant wiles. The enterprise is underpinned by myth— Achilles' soul and psyche are the plinth on which our story's force and verve depend, and which the meddling gods and fate upend. Men savage men in violent travails though in the end it's humor that prevails.
MICHAEL LIEBERMAN, retired research physician, is the author of six books of poems and three previous novels: Never Surrender--Never Retreat, The Lobsterman’s Daughter, and The Women of Harvard Square. He lives in Houston with his wife, the writer Susan A. Lieberman.
978-1-68003-055-6 paper $18.95 978-1-68003-056-3 ebook 51/2x81/2. 208 pp. Literary Novel. October
Associate Professor Gale Ruthven, a vampire with nearly four hundred years of service at eighty-three colleges and universities, teaches British Romantic poetry at an obscure commuter college somewhere in far West Texas, enjoying an existence of literary research, student papers, and the bare amount of blood-sucking necessary to survive. His chief aggravation is the Regency Romantic poet, Lord Byron, on whom he fed in 1816 and who refuses to play the role of submissive underling.
When a powerful and seductive vampire named Tempest joins the faculty, Ruthven becomes entangled in a dark mystery involving ancient vampire cults in Mexico and the American Southwest, a hippie vampire named Via Medea, grave robbers in Byron’s Gothic ancestral estate in Nottinghamshire, and a shadowy vampire associate from Ruthven’s early nineteenth-century past—all of which lead him on a wild chase across two continents and to a final showdown in the New Mexico badlands.
THOMAS H. SCHMID lives with his wife Joanie in El Paso, where he has taught for 25 years. He is Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and the author or editor of books on Humor and Transgression in the Shelley circle, Romanticism and Pleasure (coedited with Michelle Faubert), and A Student Guide to Writing about Literature.
“Tom Schmid has written the ultimate vampire novel. The unholy crew has invaded academia, where the wellsprings of blood are fresh and abundant. Fools of Time is easily the most entertaining novel I’ve read in years.”—Rick DeMarinis
978-1-68003-057-0 paper $18.95 978-1-68003-058-7 ebook 51/2x81/2. 224 pp. Literary Novel. November
Memoir of a Central Texas Baby Boomer “All the more desirable coastal land of the New World had been acquired by the 1840s and ’50s. The Scots-Irish entered this country through the Mid-Atlantic States rather than New England. They settled first in Virginia and Maryland and then moved on to Kentucky and Virginia. Some went further south from there, while others moved west.
Raiders and Horse Thieves is the story of my early childhood in Cedar Creek, Texas (Bastrop County), during the final days of World War II. Due to Reconstruction and the Great Depression, economic growth in this central Texas County had been severely restricted. The residents maintained the pioneer values and lived the lifestyle of a much earlier period. This is a true story of the human will to persevere, against Nature and against one another. I describe growing up in a ramshackle old house called The Holcomb Place, in Cedar Creek, Bastrop County. All the elements of life in rural Texas are there: drought; storms; rattlesnakes; religion; guns. . . .”—Jackie Ellis Stewart
From the book: It was Judy who found the family plot hidden among a clump of young mesquites. The larger headstone was broken; lying face down and embedded in the earth. A number of smaller markers had once surrounded it, but time and the weather, as well as grazing animals and invasive vegetation, had worn them down to indecipherable sandstone lumps. The men were able to pull the larger marker free; they used Joe’s handkerchief to clean off the inscription. Sure enough: Absalom Ellis.
JACKIE ELLIS STEWART, born in Bastrop, Texas, was educated in the central Texas public school system, the University of Texas at Austin, and George Peabody College in Nashville. She married Jack Stewart in 1968. The couple has four children and four grandchildren and currently are living in a suburb of Memphis, with their better-than-standard poodle, George.
978-1-68003-061-7 paper $18.95 978-1-68003-062-4 ebook 51/2x81/2. 200 pp. Literary Nonfiction. November
This is the most complete selection of work by 2005 Texas State Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach ever put in one volume. It brings together selections that represent his more recognizable pieces, work that has only been available in journals, work that has only been available in books that are out of print or unavailable, plus a generous selection of new work.
In Case of Poetry Reading Break Glass
It is almost certain this is a scenario that will never happen: if someone spontaneously combusts while reading something by Bukowski then perhaps they should be allowed to burn. Then let’s all go for the axe.
Of course, the sign there would read, “In case of fire break glass,” and inside the tiny little alcove, the shelf barely big enough to hold an ancient dwarf mummy, would be a poetry book
which most of us, I fear, would not know how to use. We would stare blankly at it for several seconds, wondering what possible good it could do us, how it might yet save our lives.
ALAN BIRKELBACH, a native Texan currently living in The Colony, Texas, was the 2005 Poet Laureate of Texas. He has been named as one of the Distinguished Poets of Dallas, was nominated for Wrangler, Spur, and Pushcart Prizes, and is a member of both the Texas Institute of Letters and The Academy of American Poets.
978-1-68003-043-3 paper $10.95 978-1-68003-044-0 ebook 51/2x81/2. 200 pp. Poetry. October
Winner, 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize
Set in the drought-plagued landscape of Central Texas, Ascension is a collection of lyric poems that chronicles life in and around Llano, Texas (population 3,033). Brownlee’s poems meditate on the inescapability of place.
Organ Solo with Oblivion and Gar
Skittish fish lay eggs in this shallow stone cleft of an algae chorus. Turn my soul into song, if you can, River Lord. Treat believing the same as each minnow slipping coin-like into deep murk. Your spirit mimics me unblinking, fishbone face framing brackish absence, saying, Kneel into this. Lean low, sinner, & drink. Bitter infidel, swallow the black granite whole if you are not afraid of what comes after it: ___________. Live forever.
J. SCOTT BROWNLEE is a founding member of the Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes placebased writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class. His poems appear in The Kenyon Review, Narrative, Beloit Poetry Journal, RATTLE, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
978-1-68003-045-7 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-046-4 ebook 51/2x81/2. 48 pp. Poetry. September
William Virgil Davis is a widely published, awardwinning poet. Among his many honors, fellowships, and awards are the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. His poems regularly appear in leading journals, both in this country and abroad. His Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New brings together a generous selection of Davis’s poetry to date. It includes samples of his early uncollected work, poems from his previously published books, and selections from his most recently published work.
Driving Alone in Winter
Driving alone in winter through acres of land deserted by everything save the snow trapped in the ruts of the road, the moon broken by the bare trees, I remember the days when my brothers and I would fall asleep in the backseat on the way home.
Tonight, coming home, I remember the faint light on the dashboard holding my father’s face, my mother’s soft voice, my brothers asleep, the moon running among the trees beside the car.
WILLIAM VIRGIL DAVIS, of Austin, Texas, has published five other books of poetry: The Bones Poems; Landscape and Journey; Winter Light; The Dark Hours; and One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. A widely published scholar, he is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Baylor University.
978-1-68003-047-1 paper $12.95 978-1-68003-048-8 ebook 51/2x81/2. 200 pp. Poetry. October
Set primarily in a garden alongside a tidal river in Maine, River Road maps the troubled path of a middle-aged man torn between longing for an idealized past that never existed and realizing he must remain vulnerable to a future of love despite “the sure blights and wilt to come.”
. . . he said, We need to reinvent ourselves, meaning not so much the pair as the each of us, as if we could unroll the raw blue-print of being, right there on the table between us by setting our bowls and cups at the corners to fix it in place and staring down abstract anew the physics of stress and tolerance into other schemata, as if time were a constant and love, an infinite variable that always yields a positive future, but one yet together, as if mindfulness were will and will by necessity commands action. So we sat, long, looking each into the other’s eyes.
RICHARD FOERSTER is the author of Sudden Harbor, Patterns of Descent, Trillium, Double Going, The Burning of Troy, and Penetralia (Texas Review Press, 2011). Recipient of numerous honors, including the “Discovery”/ The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and two NEA poetry fellowships, he lives on the coast of Southern Maine.
978-1-68003-053-2 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-054-9 ebook 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. September
Winner, 2014 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize The poems in Inked—full of twisting roads and highways, of inhabited rooms and abandoned houses—chart a course of departure and return. These are finelycrafted, musical poems, attentive to the world’s rhythms in an Ohio apple orchard, at a Midlands train station, in the throbbing life of the South.
Instructions for Return Follow the serpentine river roads toward the Little Miami’s lip. Pass through the sycamores, their molting whitewashed limbs. These are curves I can still ride hard, roads I can trace along a back’s bare skin. Feel that wind, saturated, undercut with vespertine chill. Let it frizz your hair. Turn up the Smashing Pumpkins or the Cowboy Junkies. That’s river musk on your teeth. See how the lightning bugs burn their bulbs just ahead? In the rearview, bats unstitch your wake. Now the humming bridge in your fingertips and thighs. Remember that darkening vein underneath, how it pushes and pushes toward main stem waters. The truss will bear your weight ten thousand times.
CORINNA MCCLANAHAN SCHROEDER received her MFA from the University of Mississippi and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award in poetry, and her poems have been published in numerous journals. She lives with her husband, Matthew, in Los Angeles, California.
978-1-68003-059-4 paper $8.95 978-1-68003-060-0 ebook 51/2x81/2. 64 pp. Poetry. September
Southern Poetry Anthology, VIII: Texas
Edited by William Wright, Paul Ruffin, and Nick Lantz
Part Bible-belt, cotton-belt, corn-belt, and firmly set within tornado alley, with the sparse and austere beauty of the Panhandle and remote Dell City, the green lushness of the Hill Country, and the urbanity of cities such as Austin and Houston, Texas is a complex world unto itself.
The eighth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology reflects this variegation with poems both traditional and experimental, Texas-centered and universal.
Chomping her chocolates of fresh road kills, she swaggers through her slop, oblivious of the piglets she crushed during last night’s slumber, squishing through the splits of her thick, cloven hooves. The last boar which tried to straddle her fabulous girth fractured both forelegs. She dined on his carcass for days, grunting in the shade.
WILLIAM WRIGHT, author of four books of poetry and series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, lives in Marietta, Georgia. PAUL RUFFIN is the author or editor of over thirty books. He lives in Willis, Texas. NICK LANTZ, author of three poetry collections, teaches poetry at Sam Houston State University and lives in Huntsville, Texas.
978-1-68003-063-1 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-064-8 ebook 6x9. 296 pp. Poetry. November