Backlist Wednesday, e-books

Backlist Wednesday: Library Land by Jane Graham George

Library Land by Jane Graham George
Library Land by Jane Graham George

Library Land was published in 2008. At that time the author, Jane Graham George, lived and worked in Minnesota, her job a reference librarian at the Dakota County Public Library in Eagan. Not unlike the stacks and shelves among which the author moved during her workday, the poems hold a lot of variety in small compass, from swine judging to the Book of Kells. Shortly after the book’s publication, the author changed residence, moving with husband and horse to the Kapiti Coast, northwest of Wellington, New Zealand. Here’s the opening poem:

BELGIAN HORSE

Houses vault up like medieval cathedrals
on land where once there were pastures,
oaks, raspberries, space for long walks.
Chevron-winged killdeer heralded the chaos
of buying and selling, backhoes and downed trees.

Today through the picture window of the largest home,
I imagine the heavy Belgian who used to pull a plow
in the sorghum and sweet corn right here in the 60s,
flying now over a white leather sofa, a dream version
of himself, chestnut Pegasus in slow motion.

Floor lamps and tables shatter behind his mane,
plate glass shards strike me as if they were the myrrh
of a priest’s censer, the house made transparent,
drafty and strangely like its own aspirations, Chartres
and St. Michel, the haunt of angels or ghosts.

Not of that faith, the Belgian and I stand outside,
bound as in the days of chivalry and before,
where we do no harm, are pure in friendship
and the knowledge we haven’t yet lost all ground
and live still in the green time of the world.

I’ve always admired the way the glass of the suburban window gets shattered by the poet’s vision. It’s not justice, exactly, but an elegiac acknowledgment of the overtaking sprawl of growing populations that overwrites most any pastoral or wild landscape. And I value the poet’s stance, almost optimistic, certainly fierce, when she states that “we haven’t yet lost all ground / and live still in the green time of the world.”

Library Land is now available as an e-book.
(Print copies are still available as well: click here)

e-books, Publication Announcement

New Publication: Patches of Light by Chad Hanson

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2013 DAVID MARTINSON – MEADOWHAWK PRIZE WINNER

Chad Hanson, a resident of Casper, Wyoming, and author of two previous books of creative non-fiction about trout and trout fishing, here applies his considerable talents to the prose poem, evoking an abundance of interesting characters and interesting experiences, from Medicine Bow to Boulder, from the Midwest to the West Coast, disclosing those odd moments-often absurd, often profound-when life pauses and the imagination jumps at a chance to improvise. In describing the emergence of the giant stoneflies in the poem ‘Salmonfly Armada,’ Hanson could just as well be describing the workings of the poems in Patches of Light: “They swim to the top. They wrestle with their skeletons. When the great bugs finish with the ordeal, they fly.”

Purchase from Red Dragonfly Press: Patches of Light ($15; free shipping)

Purchase from Small Press Distribution: Patches of Light ($15)

Purchase ebook ($7.99; ePub format for iBooks, Bluefire Reader, and most other readers)

Purchase Kindle edition ($7.99)

Chad Hanson serves as Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. His creative nonfiction titles include Swimming with Trout (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) and Trout Streams of the Heart (Truman State University Press, 2013).

e-books, Publication Announcement

New Publication: The Initiation of Praise by Larry Gavin

The Initiation of Praise by Larry Gavin
The Initiation of Praise by Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin’s fourth collection of poetry with Red Dragonfly Press, contains poems about Carp and post holes and rivers, poems about weather, fishing, and friends. Like a river persists past all obstacles, these poems simply insist on gratitude. They suggest that everything begins with The Initiation of Praise.

Purchase from Red Dragonfly Press: The Initiation of Praise ($12; free shipping)

Purchase ebook ($5.99; ePub format for iBooks, Bluefire Reader, and most other readers except Kindle)

Larry Gavin is a poet from Faribault, Minnesota. This is his fourth book of poetry, and he’s still trying hard to figure it all out. Walking the swamps and groves with a brace of beagles, or fishing, makes things clearer, but only momentarily. The carp have taught him to keep moving past all obstacles, and he does that the best he can.

e-books, Publication Announcement

The Wandering Heron by Sid Gershgoren

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The Wandering Heron by Sid Gershgoren, with an introduction by Thomas McGrath, is now available as an ebook. This book was first published in 1999 as a limited edition, letterpress book, hand-bound in a Japanese style. Unfortunately, this title has been unavailable for many years. It’s my hope that these wonderful haiku by Gershgoren and the introductory essay by McGrath can now travel farther afield, on e-wings, to find new readers.

The Wandering Heron (iBooks)
The Wandering Heron (Kindle)
The Wandering Heron (Epub3 for most other e-readers)

E-book conversion and coding has been done in house and by hand to ensure proper formatting of poetry and a clean reading page.

e-books, Publication Announcement

Joyce Sutphen’s AFTER WORDS now available for iPad

Joyce Sutphen’s After Words is now available as an e-book. Please note that our e-books are hand-coded to ensure that the poetry, its lines and stanzas, display properly on the screen. This book is available for iPads at the iBookstore. And for other e-readers that use ePub format (almost all except Kindle) it can be purchased and downloaded from our online store at the link below:

After Words (ePub format)