The Heartland Review Press
Robert Villanueva, A Fable of Freedom
Robert Villanueva has a knack for opening lines that grab his readers from the beginning. Following these lines, he delivers in full with stories that highlight the struggles, triumphs, desires, and strains of his characters. The people he creatively illustrates through the written word are original in how they handle what life has thrown at them, for good or bad. He carves out authentic stories that readers can relate to in one way or another (sometimes more) and leaves them with satisfactory endings that linger in their memories in impactful ways.
--Savannah Campbell, author of Dreamer and Learning to Live
Winner of 2018 The Heartland Review Press Chapbook Contest
Roberta Senechal de la Roche, After Eden
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.
Ted Higgs, Plank by Plank
His 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
Part of the proceeds from the sale of this volume will be donated to the Maryville College Veteran Program.
Whittney Jones, The Old Works
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
Winner of 2019 The Heartland Review Press Chapbook Prize
M. H. Perry, The Country We Live In, 9780999686881
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
Winner of the 2021 The Heartland Review Press Chapbook Contest
Kevin Oberlin Steamboat Alley 9798787888515
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. The body's delights and its limitations, the lovers we cherish and the ghosts who crowd our tables--Kevin Oberlin's poems engage the sorrows and compensations of domestic life with compelling insight.