September, 2022: Buoyant, Poems by Rebekah Bloyd
“Rebekah Bloyd takes us on a wide-ranging, hydrological journey: her words—solid, fluid, vaporous—traversing a ‘globe without axis.’”—Ellen Orleans
“Whether responding to the behavior of water, the epidemic of gun violence, or a social media text, Bloyd examines the spiritual energies that both connect and separate us from the natural world and from one another.”—Caroline Goodwin
“From the first poem’s kinetic opening, ‘a field of children roars/into a seascape/swimming perpendicular’ to the last poem’s poignant ending, ‘Handsome, her hand on the world/burst/open/of its own accord’ the reader encounters precise, surprising imagery and form. In this beautiful, haunting collection, ‘our planet is wide/as earth eggs, soil grubs, caterpillar, beetle … wide as cricket pulse/under night skies satellite saturated.’”—Judith Serin
Forthcoming: Review of Sundown at Faith Regional Poems by Barbara Schmitz. Review by Mark Sanders in Western American Literature
“…She confronts headlong the hard topics of loss and grief, how one resolves the contradiction of living a full life while facing mortality’s dissolution; furthermore, she willfully opens doors to interior dialogues that transport us to our own consciousness and experience.…”
October, 2022: Vintage Yosemite Glass Plate Photographs of Early 20th-Century Yosemite by Harold A. Taylor
From 1902-1907, Harold A. Taylor photographed Yosemite, operating out of his Studio of the Three Arrows in Yosemite Valley, and using dry glass plate negatives. Glass plate negatives, though fragile and heavy, permit stunning clarity and depth of light—and celluloid would all but replace them by the late 1920s.
October, 2022: Fall Pinyon Review, #22: Heart of the Shadow
Poetry and Prose in a Handmade Limited Edition
Contributions by: Geer Austin, Suzanne Kelm, Edward J. Rielly, and Luci Shaw
Fall, 2022: “Afterglow: An Appreciation of Robert B. Shaw’s What Remains to Be Said” by A. E. Stallings in Literary Matters Issue 15.1
“From Shaw’s debut and throughout his work, longer blank verse narratives (sometimes haunted with the mirroring longueurs of age and childhood, other times simmering with darker suggestions of desperation or violence) are leavened with shorter lyrics on the passage of time, and still lifes, sometimes playfully in the voice of the object or concept itself—whether it be a gargoyle, a bookmark, or a contagious yawn.” Read the Review
June, 2022: “Homage to the Word”: On Robert B. Shaw’s What Remains to Be Said , in the Los Angeles Review of Books “He practices meter and storytelling with unaffected dexterity … intelligent and, at times, abstrusely original … Shaw writes, as do Dickinson and Robert Frost, in the faith that even nature’s humblest phenomena and organisms illuminate reality and merit investigation and contemplation.” Read the Review, written by Timothy Steele
June, 2022: Book Review of What Remains to Be Said, in the Daily Hampshire Gazette—“These poems cover a wide range of topics and also examine the span of the poet’s life … His voice is an engaging one, at times wry and plainspoken and sometimes more satiric and critical.” Read the Review, written by Steve Pferrer.
Spring, 2022: A Conversation with Robert B. Shaw, in Literary Matters—“I felt deeply compelled, not just to write, but to rewrite; to master expressive clarity and technical skills. … ” Read the Conversation, conducted by Ryan Wilson.
April, 2022: What Remains to Be Said New and Selected Poems by Robert B. Shaw
“Robert B. Shaw gives us the full human range of his verse as he charts his life from gains to losses, joy to grief, with irony, wit, and compassion.”—Mark Jarman
January, 2023: Ripples Poems by Ahrend Torrey
Ripples invites an awakening—“the sun lifting itself, over the fence, and the tree.” As we read, “a ripple wave appears … a pine nut falls into the dark, still pond …”
Dying monarchs, oily waters of the Mississippi, emaciated polar bears—the mindless rush of life is transformed through a meditation of the moment. Mindful observations allow us to see through our fears.
Ask the delicate holy basil leaves why we live; watch it grow; steep tulsi; and hear “There’s not just you, there’s us.”
March, 2023: Trapped in Amber Poems by Nikia Leopold
COPIES SHIP APRIL 2023
Ekphrastic Poems—With paintings and sculpture by Marc Chagall, Piero della Francesca, Alberto Giacometti, Edward Hopper, Simone Martini, Tommaso Masaccio, Giorgio Morandi, Henri Rousseau, Johannes Vermeer, and unidentified early artists.
In Nikia Leopold’s poetry—responding to and creating great art anew—the theme of a woman feeling trapped creates a courageous sense of unease. Alongside is a a liberating tone of mystery, tenderness, and power.
Handmade Limited Edition: 100 numbered copies; 6”x9”, 68 pages, full color, 100-lb paper; Cover made with Thai Momi marbled and Bugra papers, sewn with stone beads.
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