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Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem  
(2008)

By Peter Neil Carroll

"A narrative, book-length poem that flows the length of America, spiced with quotes from Mark Twain. A poem of people, and places, and a historic surprise – but you'll have to give yourself the pleasure of reading Riverborne to find out what it is."  
—Richard Silberg, author, Deconstruction of the Blues

"A journey through memory and time ... a clear-eyed and saddening look at what America's great river, the Mississippi, has come to..." 
—Charlotte Muse, coauthor, Trio

"A fine eye for the found poetry of the small towns and the natural power of the river." 
—John T. Daniel, author, Missing the Boat

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Peace/La Paix: Ballades et contes en quete verite   
(2008)

Poems by Hugh Fox

Sharpening his insights ever more rigorously, this mature poet continues his experiments in two languages and intensifies his focus on the harsh and destructive aspects of American culture.

"One of the most active and enlightened minds in the contemporary poetry scene." 
Poetry Review

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New Poetry

The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations   
(2008)

Poems by Jared Smith

 

Jared Smith, scientist and acclaimed poet, offers his seventh volume of verse.

 

"He will be compared to Sandburg and Whitman... Readers will see his spiritual kinship to C.K. Williams and compare his work favorably."

--Harry Smith, publisher, The Smith, NY

 

"Smith's work, carefully read and meditated on, is a course in cosmic-personal sanity."

--Hugh Fox

 

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Glass-Bottom Boat     
(2007)

Poems by Herman Asarnow

 

“Maybe these poems are glass: furiously made, blurred, coming clear. Through them, we begin to see what the poet sees - flashes of childhood and married love, nature and art, how what is mortal in us locks and unlocks. There’s a genuine quest in this work, musical and layered-rich.”  -  Marianne Boruch

 

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Defiance    
(2007)

Poems by Hugh Fox

 

There are no barriers here, for Fox is a shaman who walks through walls, ignoring all social rules and regulations. Fox is a poet who paints without inhibition or games. These are poems of human history, which cry out to be heard and read…”
--B. L. Kennedy

 

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Firmament    
(2007)

Poems by Kathleen L. Housley

 

In the sacred dimension between faith and science, awe retains its terror and wonder. The poems in Firmament are like iron filings between two magnets, revealing lines of force that are both scientifically complex and beautifully simple.

 

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Bring Me Her Heart       Pulitzer Nominee 2006

(2006)

Poems by Sarah Getty

These new poems focus on the pain and joy of creating art, the endurance of love, and the prospect of old age and mortality. By turns thought-provoking, witty, and deeply felt, the pieces evoke realms as disconnected as ancient Greece and Snow White's cottage, and offer vivid imagery, meticulous structure, and a sly effort to dismantle stuffy ideas about literary history.


Sarah Getty's The Land of Milk and Honey won the 2002 Cambridge Poetry Award.

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In Memoriam: Hugh Ogden (1937-2006)
 

Bringing a Fir Straight Down
Poems by Hugh Ogden

“A leading American nature poet with a voice and an attitude distinctly his own, the late Hugh Ogden brought 'the earth-language tumbling inside' him into our language, and 'the water of life' and the 'smell of the future' into our lives. His impassioned, caring poems come between the forest's loss and the child's leafy dreams, between the changing sea and the things the tides measure. By skill and fantasy in his naturalized imagination, Ogden brings forth 'the seasons of his own dimension' and shows how they are ours. He has profound respect for nature's force and for man's place in it. Life in natural action, like the words in these beautiful poems, is a series of acts of love.”

-- Franklin Reeve, author of  Concrete Music

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Turtle Island Tree Psalms
Poems by Hugh Ogden

"I have seldom been as touched by the sincerity and quiet certainty of a collection of poems as I am by this."
—Joseph Bruchac, author, Breaking Silence

Pleading for focus on the world of trees, this collection of modern poetry implores humankind to reevaluate the destructive nature of society. In the voices of many species of trees—including box elder, sugar maple, mountain ash, and walnut—the poems ask that humans heed their warning of environmental deterioration while celebrating the life and majesty of nature.

Hugh Ogden published seven books of poetry, including Bringing a Fir Straight Down, and 500 poems in 300 periodicals. He taught at Trinity College, where he co-founded the creative writing program. “He believed poetry could save lives. He believed everyone's voice was important as was finding one's voice—the true voice in deep places inside that we all need to listen to. He made the voices of the unheard heard.” –Pamela Nomura

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Directions 21: Tomorrow's Great Books

Series Editor: Randall Conrad

 

Transcendence: Seers and Seekers in the Age of Thoreau
by François Specq
(2007)

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An incisive intellect illumines these dazzling essays on Emerson, Thoreau, Melville and other artists, many translated for the first time.

 

"Specq's multiple perspectives are what make these essays so refreshing. Though shot through with great breadth of reference and knowledge, they have a winning intimacy of tone."

--Laura Dassow Walls, editor, The Concord Saunterer; author, Seeing New Worlds

 

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A Sounding Mirror: Courage and Music in our Time

by Thomas Stumpf (2005)

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"A fearless attempt to tackle thorny issues. Stumpf is uncompromising in his search for honesty and in his analysis of our responses to music; his prescriptions are tough and demanding, but offer rich rewards. He sheds enormous light on the link between music and spirituality, and offers fascinating comparisons between the two. Enlightened by Stumpf's palpable honesty, integrity and humility, this is a truly outstanding book that will tell you things about yourself, your reactions to music and your spiritual nature that you have never examined."
--F. L. Dunkin Webb, composer

"Many thanks for the collection of your sermon-essays. Such insights and experience, such varied quotes and great footnotes. I am deeply enriched."
--Rev. Carl Scovel, Minister Emeritus, King's Chapel, Boston.

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Henry David Thoreau: Cycles and Psyche

by Michael Sperber M.D. (2004)

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"This intriguing and very interesting book brings a neuropsychiatric perspective to the well-described mood swings and oddities of personality peculiar to Thoreau's genius. Sperber incorporates literary and mythological perspectives into his understanding of this complex figure."
—Ronald Pies, M.D., poet (Creeping Thyme) and Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University

 

Elegantly written and filled with surprising insights adds a new chapter to our understanding of Thoreau.” 

Alan A. Stone, Professor of Law and Psychiatry, Harvard University

 

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Essays

Flotsam: A Life in Debris     
(2007)

Essays by Denis Horgan

Illustrations by Merle Nacht

“The same personality with the same blend of wisdom and wit shines from all of these essays, the same generous love of the world and its beings.”    
         – Nuala O'Faolain, author of "Are You Somebody?"

 

"This is a long way from flotsam. In fact, it's downright lyrical.” 
 – Susan Campbell,
Hartford Courant

 

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New Fiction


The Banana Shooter II
(2008)

A Novel by Dick DeBold

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"DeBold’s obsession with the Now turns everything he writes into HDTV believability. Altogether a great read!" -- Hugh Fox, poet

"This is a work that the country will do well to hear about, read, and reflect on."
--Jared Smith, poet
 

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More Distinguished Poetry & Prose from HHB


Home, Miss Moses (2006)
A Novel in the Time of Harriet Tubman

Margaret Ross Seward Peters (with Eric M. Anderson)

 

Told in the first person, this compelling fictional account begins with Tubman’s life as a slave and follows her fearless pursuit of freedom, both for herself and countless others, on the Underground Railroad. Gripping and highly graphic, the novel reveals Tubman’s days as a spy for the Union during battles in the South, presenting a new image of the horrors of war.

Margaret Ross Seward Peters was a niece of Harriet Tubman, who inspired much of Peters’s work. E. M. Anderson is a nurse in a surgical clinic for children in rural Ethiopia.

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Caldecott
Poems by Robert Funt


Penned by a night watchman, this collection of poems explores the netherworld of American society and offers a vision of modern decay and loss of values. Elements depicting the corruption of virtue and the separation of social barriers are fused with a wry and somewhat grotesque humor. A mixture of fantasy and double-entendre reveal a second level of meaning in ordinary objects and events, moving the criticism of darkness to a special appreciation of society's dregs. Particular focus is given to the complex choices made in the service of art.

 

"A writer of surpassing clarity and grace." –Jim Dodge, author of Stone Junction

 

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Catch the Light
Selected Poems 1964-2003
by Douglas Worth

 

"Douglas Worth is a visionary dream-weaver of the future global tribe."

—Howard Zinn


Weaving together humankind and nature, these poems contain a plea for the human race to attend to the damage of technological advancement that is making the future a literal wasteland. Moving through changing seasons and the incursions of people on the earth, these observations show how we must step back and reassess humanity's assault against the very natural world that created it.
Douglas Worth is the acclaimed author of Bulloughs Pond, Echoes in Hemlock Gorge, From Dream, From Circumstances, Grumpy the Christmas Cat, Invisibilities, Of Earth, Some Sense of Transcendence, and Triptych.

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Echoes in Hemlock Gorge

An American Sequence for the New Millennium
by Douglas Worth
(2003)

 

“Let the new millennium at long last bring a sense of humanity to human beings. Douglas Worth's poems contribute to this new sensibility.”
—Dr. Bernard Lown, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"Like good wine, Douglas Worth excels with age."

Daniel Berrigan

 

"Bravo!"

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

Weaving together humankind and nature, these poems contain a plea for the human race to attend to the damage of technological advancement that is making the future a literal wasteland. Moving through changing seasons and the incursions of people on the earth, these observations show how we must step back and reassess humanity's assault against the very natural world that created it.

 

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Door

Poems by Peter Viereck
 

"Viereck's talent rises like a lovely bird ... lyrical, sensitive, distinguished in feeling."
William Carlos Williams

 

"Possibly the greatest rhymer of the modern period, heart‑rending, gorgeous, outrageous. Viereck's art is a brand new art form."
Joseph Brodsky

 

Peter Viereck is one of the most important of our living poets. He takes up anew the ancient task of the poet... He presents a new synthesis, for our own age, of the ideas of freedom, sacrifice, time, knowledge, sexuality, technology, nature, and the divine. And he does it in a way which is startlingly original: both shocking and recognizable, traditional and demotic, lyrical and dramatic. One reads his poetry books with the same amazement and trembling that The Waste Land must have inspired in its first readers. The language blazes out as if it had never been used before.                 

Frederick Turner, author, The Value of Values.

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Keeping Still

Poems by Lois Hayna

Winner of the Colorado Writer’s League Award:

Best Book of Poetry, 2005.

"Keeping still is part of the process, a kind of hiding in wait, then opening up into light, air, and language."
—Bin Ramke, editor, Denver Quarterly

With lyrics both musical and sharply focused, this collection of poetry concentrates on perceptual restructuring of common realities in an ordinary life. Subjects vary from shadows and storms to wasps and dancing and convey the message that every life contains pain, failure, joy, and love, all of which can only be fully felt with honest self-examination. Conjoined in surprising ways, the subjects of the poems, as well as the words themselves, take on new clarity and vivacity.

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The Long Black Veil
Poems by Robert Cooperman

"Cooperman once again turns his poetic skill, using the perfect metaphor and the finely crafted line, to create a narrative which keeps the reader turning the pages. . . . A great read!"
—Carol Hamilton, former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma

"This is the real soup, thickened with sex, violence, betrayal and liberal doses of moonshine—verses for people who like their poetry peppered with polecats, silver daggers, hanging judges and Voodoo Sallys. All told, a rich and satisfying pot of cruel ironies and bittersweet resignations, served up with all the classic ingredients—ignorant pride, misplaced passion and estranged notions of honor. Place this book squarely on the shelf between Harper Lee and Edgar Lee Masters." —George Wallace, editor, poetrybay.com

This collection of poems offers a clever take on an old Appalachian folkstory, The Long Black Veil—in which an accused murderer chooses to be hanged instead of admitting that he was making love to his best friend’s wife while the murder was being committed—with more than 90 poems recounting the tale from various townspeople’s points of view, including the best friend, the murder victim, the judge, and the murderer.

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Petitions for Immortality

Scenes from the Life of John Keats
Poems by Robert Cooperman
(2004)

A vivid, unorthodox portrait by the writer of In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains.

"Earthy, surprising and original." –Marie Harris, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire

"Copperman’s Keats is clear-eyed, earthy, mercurial, achingly young, long-suffering..." Joseph Hutchison

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Words of Silence
Poems by Patricia Terry

"Gems of elegant precision and vivid suggestion, Patricia Terry's poems instill a deep sense of the larger life that breathes in us and around us - whether in orchids, pine trees, ants, penguins, or deerhounds, in our gardens, or in Ladakh or Antarctica."

Robert M Durling, author of Time and the Crystal

 

"Patricia Terry's luminous poems display a hardheaded and precise depiction of the world of the senses. But like the best nature writing, Terry's careful descriptions and observations lead us from body to soul, ever higher, ever more beautiful." 

Robert Cooperman, author of The Long Black Veil

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Winter by Richard C. Debold (2004)

A wide-ranging, always acute look at the society that has shaped us - thirty years of cultural criticism from the author of The Banana Shooter and LSD: Man and Society.

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A Season in My Garden

by Kenneth Pobo
(2003)

"In its deceptive simplicity of language and tone ... Ken Pobo's poetry bears a family resemblance to Oriental nature poetry."

– Charles Rammelkamp, author of I Don't Think God's That Cruel

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Ha Ha Tonka:
A Book of Rune

by Ryan Van Cleave
(2003)

A Wisconsin poet explores his relationship with his father, the environment in which he matured, and the culture of his youth.

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Restoring America's Failed Democracy:
New Roles for the Elite College

by Louis T. Benezet
(3rd ed., 2003)

"A persuasive case for a multicultural, democratic approach to undergraduate education." –  Steven Koblik, President, Reed College

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The Sunshine Soldiers
by Peter Tauber

"Peter Tauber's hilarious diary of basic training is the most likeable work of lightly serious non-fiction." –Richard Schickel, Harper's

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You've Got Mail from Kazakhstan
by Sally Mesh and Stan Mesh
(2003)

"A charming book, told in e-mail… Touching, funny, and heartwarming… A wonderful read and an inspiring story." – Readers Online

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