BareBackPress is an independent publisher that began as an online literary magazine. Through the magazine we found heaps of new and innovative talent and decided to conceive BareBackPress.
We are dedicated to publishing BareBack writing, that is, writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves and bare themselves, giving the world honesty. Truth we may not like, but are forced to accept.
Our focus is on providing readers with an entertaining emotional elevator ride by sincere, passionate artists who want to contribute to the evolution of literature and poetry.
Knuckle Sandwiches is a punch in the face to art, culture, and society. A smack in the mouth to propriety. Knuckle sandwiches of the literal kind as well as the more common, but no less painful, metaphorical kind, which life gives to everyone regardless of race, creed, class, or gender.
~"Knuckle Sandwiches is not only the most original and authentic collection of poems I've read in years, it's one of the best books period. I loved every poem. Some are both as funny and as tragic as could ever be imagined. These poems come from a lifetime of real experience in the REAL world and straight from the heart...A masterpiece." Howard Frank Mosher, author of the novel A STRANGER IN THE KINGDOM (winner of The New England Book Award).
To be human is to come to terms with a repetitive and trying history; an acceptance of the potential beauty and the overiding toxicity of mankind. The Human Condition is a Terminal Illness, pulls individual and societal insecurities out from our collective subconscious in an effort toward analysis and question. More often than not, in the midst of a confused, selfish, self-hating populace, the answers are left wanting.
I've always believed the best compliment to give a writer is to say he or she is generous, and Matthew J. Hall is undoubtedly so, with a variety of observations and declarations, organized between remembrances only poets can make. From love to death, to all the aching moments in between, Hall finds sympathy for his subjects at each and every turn, usually when they need it the most. All this, while he asks optimistically, if everything is meaningless, why does the heart beat so fiercely?
~Matthew Snee author of the novel, The Cardboard Spaceship and poetry collection, Evil Summer.
The Human Condition Is A Terminal Illness full of troubling reality and its many disturbing elements of flaws, sadness, and banality brimming with pain underneath. These real life story poems have small glimmers of hope repeatedly sinking down beneath disappointment and heavy dankness. When you want more, but you feel inundated with the many pointless parts of existence. When you crave connection to genuine love, but that is overtaken with glitches of hurtfulness. When part of you desires to fix people's broken pieces, but the other part of you knows that you can't or you won't.
~Juliet Cook, poet and editor of Blood Pudding Press, which published Matthew J. Hall's poetry chapbook, Pigeons and Peace Doves (2015)
You will find nothing here but raw emotion, honest language, and truth--as Hall pulls every photograph from the scrapbook and tries to put together a desperate salvage mission.
~Wolfgang Carstens, Founder of Epic Rites Press and author of poetry collections, Crudely Mistaken For Life, The Abyss Gazes Also and Factory Reject.
Sedimentary Iguana-Land consists of rants, musings, lists, poems -- and yes secret forbidden thoughts -- all of which Daniels had scrawled onto 3x5 cards over a period of many years, put into a dusty cardboard box, and kept there in that box, until he said what the heck, and decided to dig them out. Sedimentary Iguana-Land is a kinda-crazy, experimental, kinda-wild, and downright fun book. A fast read. Fun to read. Fun to hold in your hands and look at. Sure to offend some folks, sure to please some folks, sure to puzzle some folks -- and sure to be remembered by everybody who buys a copy. Sedimentary Iguana-Land -- ya ain't seen nothin' like it.
A Lark Up The Nose Of Time, Wayne F. Burke's fourth full length book of poetry, extends from the poet's childhood to present circumstances with accessible and viscerally inclined poems, whimsical and serious by turns...Let the rhythmic language take you on a trip through a harsh poetically-rendered landscape, earthy as well as highly imaginative.
"Not only the most original and authentic collection of poems I've read in years, it's one of the best books period. I loved every poem. Some are both as funny and as tragic as could ever be imagined. These poems come from a life-time of real experience in the REAL world, and straight from the heart. A masterpiece!"
~ Howard Frank Mosher, author, A STRANGER IN THE KINGDOM, New England Book Award Winner.
"...paradoxical twists, wordplay, subtle associations and darkly funny atmosphere. (Burke) is an earthy pragmatist with a surreal inner life...an insomniac dreamer."
~ Ada Fetters, Editor, The Commonline Journal.
"The word genius is bandied about far too freely, and most geniuses are not recognized as such in their life time. With that being said I am not the least bit hesitant in claiming Burke's poetic genius and I hope it is recognized in his life-time."
~ Matthew J. Hall, author, THE HUMAN CONDITION IS A TERMINAL ILLNESS
"...staccato hard-hitting lines...Burke has a keen no bullshit eye and style that gets the job done...Like a first round TKO."
Set in the cum-soaked hole of Amsterdam's Red Light District, "50 EURO" is a dark neon glimpse into the activities of those who enter and work these windows.
"Karina Bush is a bright new talent. Keep your eye on her . . . she's one to watch."
- James Frey, author of "A Million Little Pieces" and "Bright Shiny Morning"
"Karina's work transcends characterization as prose or poetry; she creates her own genre with lyrical flow, masterful form, and unrelenting originality."
- Christopher Byck, 48th Street Press
Poems that walk the line of heartbreak, it will never be this time again is a book of both observation and reconciliation. Damon Ferrell Marbut, with his fourth collection, continues to define the South based on soul rather than geography.
"Reading Damon Ferrell Marbut is like reuniting with an old friend, an intimate experience of reflection where history is freed and the moment is embraced. There is a red-wine warmth which tingles throughout the conversation, and questions cut loose from the burden of answer are broached in whiskey whispers. These poems, though birthed from a life lived with chaos, are rooted in strength and peace; strength in recognizing the past and the future as their own beasts and peace in knowing, it will never be this time again"
Mental illness, survival, sweet homo sex, gooey ejaculations, love, fear, lust -- it's all here in String Bean, the newest book of poems from Carl Miller Daniels. String Bean is sweet, gentle, angry, absurdist -- a nice mix of easy-to-read, conversational-style poems that will leave you smiling, chuckling, maybe teary-eyed, and maybe even horny!
"Be a voyeur into a wild and sexy universe, dripping with life. This book is an Eden, but where the illicit is transcendental. In an age where everyone is glued to a device it is a sagely reminder that the gate to experience lies in our bodies and the natural world. Urgent, provocative and dreamy - Carl Miller Daniels is a master at work. He makes me want to take off my clothes and run into the woods. "
Impressions Of An Expatriate: Korea, is a sharp and insightful book of tightly themed poems from seasoned author, Peter Jelen. Conversational in style, the collection takes its reader to the far east, where Jelen bares his experiences of living and working in The Land of Morning Calm. From his turbulent arrival, to his sentimental departure with an unexpected love, these poems are sometimes funny, often surprising, and without exception, they brim with personality.
‘BRAIN LACE’ explodes into a landscape of consciousness and consequence, navigating the space where union meets decay. From “Sutra of the Computer Body”, which captures the transcendental elements of the unspoken in an email exchange, to “Cloud" I through X, a series of poems extracted from the dream state as the unconscious processes desire - ‘BRAIN LACE' slices this desire from the urgency of the flesh, dissects it, and, perhaps, destroys it.
“This collection further cements Karina’s evolving voice in contemporary poetry… an unparalleled dynamic poetic output.”
- 48th Street Press
“Bush is a conjurer, a magician. She creates, via language, a presence both alien and familiar. A wise sibyl - feminine archetype.”