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The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems


The Art of Absence

by Joy Passanante

Like Passanante’s other work, the stories in this volume are moving because of their humanity and the beauty of the writing. . . . each story is a visit to a different room in the house of the soul (though there are doors between the rooms and influences move from one to another). Passanante’s writing is sensuous, in its concreteness, its imagery, and the descriptions of sensation and feeling. . . . This is one of those writers who, even in her more gothic moments, describes a human being in a way that makes you recognize, sometimes reluctantly, some secret in yourself.

The Baseball Field at Night

by Patricia Goedicke

The last poems of Patricia Goedicke, completed before her death in 2006, will only further her reputation as a poet full of life, emotion and energy. The Baseball Field at Night—her thirteenth collection—published by Lost Horse Press in 2008, demonstrates her devotion to craft and the emotional quick-wittedness that defines her work.

The Book of Shadows

by Carlos Reyes

Over the years Carlos Reyes has written poems of the highest order and it’s a pleasure to see so many of them gathered together in The Book of Shadows. This is a necessary book that clearly shows the author’s deep humanity and his sophisticated skill; like all first-rate work it returns our lives to us. In poem after poem readers are given those quick shocks of recognition which make them say, Yes, this is the way it is! Such an important contribution to our literature deserves to be recognized and honored by everyone who cares about the art of poetry.

—Vern Rutsala

The Bushman’s Medicine Show

by Gary Copeland Lilley

Gary Copeland Lilley’s collection, THE BUSHMAN’S MEDICINE SHOW, is a southern gothic testament delivered by an archetypical denizen of the modern south, a sort of Everyman from the Carolina low-country traversing the territories of family, the spirits, society, culture, and identity, while refusing to be eradicated.

The Cheap Seats

by Scott Poole

The Cheap Seats awakens us to the delightful power many of us have forgotten since childhood that we possess: the power of transforming prosaic objects and events into poetry . . . Poole’s imagination is of the heart; he shows us how to spread a quiet, wry, and genuinely humble wonderment over the field of our vision. I love the poems in The Cheap Seats . . . I feel sure that those of you who think that poetry is not for you will change your minds when you read this book . . .

—Pierre Delattre

The Clouds of Lucca

by D.S. Butterworth

In The Clouds of Lucca, encounters with diverse cultures and the unknown lay bare the tension and beauty of human experience by mapping out the range of feeling and understanding of which we are capable.

The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems

by Boris and Luidmila Khersonsky

Boris Khersonsky and Ludmila Khersonsky write poetry that speaks to the crisis of our time . . .

The Empty House

by Nathan Oates


The Empty House by Nathan Oates is the 2012 winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Oates’ is the first book that Lost Horse Press has collaborated with Eastern Washington University’s Willow Springs Editions to publish the annual book contest administered by MFA creative writing students. The staff of Willow Springs Editions is comprised mostly of MFA creative writing students under the direction of poet Christopher Howell and publisher Christine Holbert, founding director of Lost Horse Press. As part of an internship for which they receive graduate credit, students gets hands-on experience in every phase of the publishing process, from acquisitions to editing, design and production, promotions and marketing. Lost Horse Press oversees the design and typesetting process, assists with promotions and marketing, and distributes the final product through its own website and via our distributor, the University of Washington Press.

The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali

by Yahya Frederickson


The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali delivers us into an Arab world stripped of exoticism, a world made palpable by mundane reality, an ordinary world made luminous by the vision and speech of a genuinely gifted poet.

—Sam Hamill, Final Judge for the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2013

The Keys to the Cottage: Stories from the West of Ireland

by Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes has an almost Joycean ear for the nuances of Irish speech, and in The Keys To The Cottage he catches the energy and music of the talk and the crosstalk of a rural Ireland which scarcely exists any more. From his first bewildering encounters with people who see him as just another Yank, an outsider passing through, we watch him being enfolded into a culture and a family which he observes with a clear but loving eye. A rich and gentle humor suffuses this book, and as Ireland changes rapidly Reyes holds on to a vision of a slower time of hard farmwork, long sessions of poetry and pints, and endless cups of tea lubricating talk of politics and pigs. He gives us a host of characters, in that special Irish sense of the word which mixes personality with an engrossing crookedness of individuality. By the end, the outsider has become the genial chronicler of the kinds of lives that will not be seen again, and has become an insider more Irish than many of the Irish themselves.

­—Ger Killeen