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Just Waking, Second Edition

by Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell’s poems rely on a redeeming darkness to bring themselves into the world. Through meditative, short lyrics, and an eerily quiet approach, Howell redefines the place of the self in a poem. These deceptively triumphant views of discovery and survival arrive in a place that welcomes us as both witnesses and participants.

—The Bloomsbury Review

Late at Night in the Rowboat

by Donald Junkins

I admire the affection these poems display for the place on Earth in which they occur, and the way in which they constantly refresh that affection.

—Albert Goldbarth


by Ray Amorosi

[This book is] . . . a phoenix of a book, rising out of the ashes of long silence as though there were no tomorrow. And there isn’t; the poems say this again and again: there is today, refreshed, troublingly and laughably bemused, tricksterish, reverent, irreverent, glowing and infused with the world’s ironic loveliness.

—Christopher Howell

Like Men, Made Various

by Paul Bowers

The men in Paul Bowers’ debut include an unlikely hero and a university president, a farmer (and his deadly mule), an expectant father and a father preparing to grieve. These characters know something about hope and anger, duty and powerlessness, loneliness and love. Bowers knows something about telling stories that are absolutely true.

—Diana Joseph, author of Happy or Otherwise

Like This, Like That

by Libby Wagner

Libby Wagner’s first full-length collection of poetry, Like This, Like That, is a work of disciplined emotion: an autobiography of the body and soul, and the record of a journey of a young girl into womanhood in America.

—Bruce Weigl

Loose Talk

by Joseph Gastiger

A long road of history behind him, Joseph Gastiger has turned experience into poetry. Loose Talk is a collection of poetry from Gastiger as he reflects on his life, his runs with politics and runs with a not so perfect world. Gastiger uses a freeform style that blurs the lines between typical poetry and prose, and makes for driven work. Loose Talk is a fascinating blend of memoir and verse, very much recommended reading.

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume I

by Gwendolyn Cash, Boyd W. Benson & Lisa Galloway

These samplings, presented with as few trappings as possible, will reaffirm for readers the nature of the poetry in poetry. Serious poetry is not written to satisfy literary opinion. Poetry, like philosophy, is a survival skill.

—Marvin Bell

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume II

by Tim Krcmarik, Patricia Staton, and Victor Camillo

This book, like the volume that initiated the series, is appearing during a terrible time in our country. Let it be remarked, therefore, that we who can see the reality, or can imagine something better, will not close up shop. In a time of hate radio and the cruelest forms of capitalism, during a period of unsurpassed government corruption and incompetence, poetry, like every art, remains a survival skill.

—Marvin Bell

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume V

by Valentine Freeman, Robert Peake and Jensea Storie

For the past five years, Marvin Bell has edited and written introductions to New Poets/Short Books, a series he suggested as a way to put more poets into print by combining them, three to a book. Published annually by Lost Horse Press, the books eschew cover blurbs in favor of brief excerpts from the poems. The books include personal statements from the poets about the origins of their writing rather than conventional biographies. The poets were told not to note publications or awards, and not to mention their jobs “unless you sweep up after the elephants.”

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume III

by Emily Bobo, Joel Craig & Amy Lingafelter

The lunatics and hacks that have made up our national government for eight years could not keep Americans from singing and dancing, from imagining and pretending, or from making art in numberless ways. And they could not make poetry small. For the poets of any age are not only of their time. They hold hands with the poets of ancient times and of all time since. Poets and other artists have kept alive the life force of nations when it was hidden from the rest of the world. Let it be so again.

—Marvin Bell