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New Publication: Patches of Light by Chad Hanson



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).

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Emergence Chapbook Series Prize

Emergence Chapbook Series Prize

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Red Dragonfly Press is currently accepting submissions for the Emergence Chapbook Series.This series is an annual prize from Red Dragonfly Press for a chapbook-sized collection of poems. This prize is restricted to Minnesota authors who have yet to publish a book of poems. Entrance/reading fee of $25.

Last year’s prize was awarded to Scott Lowery of Rollingstone, Minnesota for his chapbook Empty-handed (2013).

For complete details or to submit a manuscript visit the Red Dragonfly Press Submittable website:

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.

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New Publication: The Yellow House by Dave Etter

The Yellow House by Dave Etter
The Yellow House by Dave Etter

Dave Etter, now in his eighties, continues to write at the top of his powers. Like the irrepressible dandelions the poet admires, those flowers “of the easy, relaxed way of life,” his poems spring so naturally and easily from the page you could miss, at first, the impeccable craftsmanship, though never the keen eye, the even keener imagination.

Etter takes out a folding ruler, a pencil, and a piece of paper, poetically measures some interesting bit of conversation, then builds a poem. The results surprise. They teach us something about ourselves, about this world, and about this odd language we use. On one page a spire of two-syllable lines proceeds through the white space like mouse tracks through the snow. On another page long lines go gutter to book edge, end mirroring beginning like a syntagmatic half-pipe. The results leave you wondering, How did he do that? or Why didn’t I think of that? Most often, however, they’ll have you running to find someone with whom to share the poem.

The Yellow House, Dave Etter’s thirty-third collection, presents a dizzying variety of characters and voices, litanies and lists. Rooted in rural Illinois, the poet’s house literally stands within earshot of Main Street while providing a view across the railroad tracks to where the prairie breeze rustles the corn in the fields outside of town. The day-to-day blues, the bitter-sweet pangs of sex and mortality, the down-to-earth joys of small town, USA – it’s all here. Who’d ever think a small town could be this large?

No matter how you’ve arrived at The Yellow House, don’t pass by. The welcome mat is out, the gate door open. Come on up to the porch for a lemonade or a scotch. Come on, Etter insists!

Purchase from Red Dragonfly Press: The Yellow House ($15; free shipping)

Dave Etter is the author of thirty-three books of poetry. He has published his poems in numerous American and foreign magazines, anthologies, and textbooks and his work has been translated into German, Polish, and Japanese. Among his awards are the Carl Sandburg, Society of Midland Authors, Theodore Roethke (from Poetry Northwest), Illinois Sesquicentennial, and Chicagoland magazine prizes. Etter’s Alliance, Illinois and Sunflower County poems have been performed on stage by college, high school, and little theater groups throughout Illinois. He lives in Lanark, Illinois, with his wife, Peggy, and a handsome male cat named Georgie, who has become the heart and soul of their house on East Locust Street.

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A Quartet of New Chapbooks

The last month of last year was a busy time for the press. So much time was spent printing, binding, and shipping books, that I didn’t have a chance to announce the December publication of these four new chapbooks. But now that I’ve sort of caught up, it seems time to let more people know about these new additions to the Red Dragonfly Press list.

Fields by Robert Edwards

Between Nectar & Eternity by Naomi Cohn

Empty-handed by Scott Lowery (2013 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize Winner)

This World Is Not Altogether Bad by Mike Hazard

Each is available for $10, but supplies are limited and they’re going fast.

e-books, Publication Announcement

The Wandering Heron by Sid Gershgoren

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.

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New Publication: Buddha, Proof by Su Smallen

ISBN 978-1-937693-34-3   $15
ISBN 978-1-937693-34-3 $15

We’re very pleased to announce this collection of poems by Su Smallen. In Buddha, Proof, Buddha befriends Barbie, shops at Target, rides roller coasters, considers a career change, and contemplates the complete perfection of toast. With this new & expanded edition, now containing twice as many poems, author Su Smallen honors the center, not-center of Buddhism with humor and gravity. Here’s one of the poems:

Buddha needs only health food and 
the barest of home furnishings, like, 
perhaps, a home. The Riverside 
Shakespeare would be superfluous but handy 
to sit on for breathing practice, for meditating on 
William calling rehearsal somewhere 
for another Midsummer Night’s Dream, saying, 
“Buddha, I’m sorry I can’t use you 
—unless, of course, you might consider the role of 
the ass,” turning away with a queenly laugh. 
Suffering is breath to Buddha. 
Suffering is a health food snack.


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New Publication: The Art of Patience by Eugénio de Andrade

ISBN 978-1-937693-37-4 $15

We’re very pleased to announce this collection of poems by Eugénio de Andrade, one of Portugal’s most important modern poets, and the first collection to appear in the United States in over a decade. Translated and introduced by Alexis Levitin.

The Art of Patience is not a selected poems with poems chosen across numerous collection, but rather, that rarity among poetry translations, a single book in its entirety. Here’s one of the poems:


Even where the fingers touch the warmth

of clay, the hand knows 

before knowing. 

It’s more alive, this knowing, the knowing

of a bird: eagle swan falcon, 

animals almost at their end, 

like the fire of these days. 

Standing witness to the lynx 

is now our obligation.

Because it is so blue. 

To purchase a copy at the Red Dragonfly Press website click here