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XXX pages, poetry

Ground Guide Required by Amy Fox-Angerer
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141 pages, nonfiction

Price / Donation $18.00 

In this engaging collection of short essays, Fox-Angerer recalls her time spent in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. In 2007, the author flew to Iraq to hire interpreters for the U.S. Army stationed there. As an American civilian, Fox-Angerer bridged a world of cultural differences between the Iraqi 'terps' she hired and the Army personnel they served. Her shared experiences range from humorous to tragic... [T]his memoir reveals a young American woman's private tour of self discovery in a war-ravaged country. ms take a moment to pause, sip slowly, watch the fish swim, and remember." --Yvonne Morris,  author of Mother Was a Sweater Girl

The Heartland Review, Fall 22 issue
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This literary journal is published twice per year.  

55 pages, poetry, fiction, & creative nonfiction

The Heartland Review, Spring 22 
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Purchase the current issue for $7.00

This literary journal is published twice per year.  The Spring Edition showcases the winners of the annual Joy Bale Boone Poetry contest.

Steamboat Alley by Kevin Oberlin

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Price / Donation $6.50 

 

Kevin Oberlin's Steamboat Alley won the 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest Winner.

"From the look behind the refrigerator door that opens the collection to the grim tale of Papa duck that ends it, Steamboat Alley presents a dark, distinctive vision. The music here is sinuous, the images so striking they seem glazed." 

—Don Bogen

The Heartland Review, Fall 21 Edition

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This literary journal is published twice per year.

The Heartland Review, Spring 21 Edition

Gertrude Sitting: Portraits of Women
by Jeanine Stevens
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Purchase/Donation $10.00

 

Jeanine Stevens' Gertrude Sitting won the 2020 Chapbook Prize Winner

Minor Heresies by Nina Murray

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Price/Donation $11

"Murray celebrates the mystery of existence, of man’s place in nature, and explores the intimacies of that relationship.  She investigates too the harmonics of language, how sound builds meaning, and stands as witness to moments of illumination, when we too can “divine/the blessing of stillness/from the bark’s cryptic lines.”  Her poetry challenges us to understand the subtleties that surround us, if we dare" - Ted Higgs, author of Plank by Plank & Archipelago

The Old Works by Whittney Jones
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Price/Donation  $8.00

In The Old Works, Whittney Jones takes us to rural Illinois on the Ohio River, where lives are shaped by the coal mining industry, where the grit "stains everything," where "you consider the weight of money over black lung," where families test fate daily for a better life. Here, Jones questions the sacrifices made to sustain a family, where hardship only magnifies the tenderness between lovers, between parent and child. When I finished this book, I turned to the beginning and read these moving and necessary poems all over again. 

​—Blas Falconer, author of Forgive the Body This Failure

The Country We Live In by M.H. Perry

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Price / Donation $8.00

"A modern pastoral, The Country We Live In blends narrative ease with a lyric punch—the hummingbird with a Cummins engine. Between sips of breakfast beers and evening wines, these poems meditate on the hardships of past harvests, the shadows of lineage and lost loves, and the many changes time, technology, and tenderness present us. From the haiku to the long line of the prose poem, this collection moves as consistently and dynamically as water over a tin roof rusting one season at a time. You’ll find love here, and tractors, ancestors and bottles buried in the sandbar. Even as everything changes, these poems take a moment to pause, sip slowly, watch the fish swim, and remember." --Clay Matthews, 2019 Judge, author of Pretty, Rooster and Shore

Plank by Plank by Ted Higgs
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Purchase/Donation $15.00

Higgs' poems show us this is the way memory works: Recall happens at the edge of witnessing—in a painting, through a window, on the wing of a gull, while listening to another poet read . . . pockets of time stretch, scattered / along the tracks like poems fallen. In Higgs' collection, the train track's ribbon continuously figure-eights until "One recognizes something along the road," and in this recognition that must present itself to us to be seen at all "till nothing’s left despite our efforts, / as though locking them away would save them, as though this were answer enough / . . . why they leave us / and return, blurred images lost in time." —Trish Lindsey Jaggers, author of Holonym: a collection of poems

Mother was a Sweater Girl  by Yvonne Morris

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Price/Donation $8.00

Yvonne Morris serves up enticing slices of contemporary life.  Whether her subject is a cowboy in a bar, a groom at a wedding, a dream of Vienna, a memory of her sweater-girl mother, or a nervy stranger in the back of a Pinto, in all these vivid, free-verse poems Morris infuses sensuality, imagination, and verve. Typical is the character who "gathers men like / ready berries" and "makes wine from their tears."  In poem after distinctive poem Morris whets the reader's appetite for more.   
--Matthew Brennan

Archipelago by Ted Higgs

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Price / Donation $12.00

In this chapbook, Higgs's poetry echoes all of our lives, no matter if we've never been to Antwerp or Fujisan or a NATO Camp; the truths transcend space and time, find us all, if we're willing to listen.     

                 --Kevin Brown

After Eden by Roberta Senechal de la Roche

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Price/Donation $12.95

]Influenced by the author’s Native American background, the poems in After Eden express a rage against transience, a sense of alienation from nature, and a search for the lost supernatural in a secular age.  Here voices speak to the dead, and the dead speak back. On occasion God or spirits speak, then disappear.  In a disenchanted world, lost voices complain of faithlessness and decay, of failed love and failed myths, of boredom, excess, and simple bad taste.