Better Than God
Peter Jelen
Unwrapped: The BareBack Anthology
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Chaos Poems from the Brink
Damon Ferrell Marbut
The Big Picture
 Andrew J. Simpson
Impressions Of An Expatriate: China
Peter Jelen
Human Crutches
Damon Ferrell Marbut
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Heaven's Gone To Hell
Andrew J. Simpson

garbage flower
Damon Ferrell Marbut

Be Kind to Strangers
Carl Miller Daniels
Remote Life
Edward Anki
Wayne F. Burke
Knuckle Sandwiches
Wayne F. Burke

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).​

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The Human Condition Is A Terminal Illness
Matthew J. Hall

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.
The Human Condition Is A Terminal Illness
5.25" x 8" 
140 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449111 
ISBN-10: 1926449118 
BISAC: Poetry / General
Knuckles Sandwiches
5.25" x 8" 
116 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449081 
ISBN-10: 1926449088 
BISAC: Poetry / General
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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.
Sedimentary Iguana-Land
5.25 x 8
114 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449128 
ISBN-10: 1926449126 
BISAC: Poetry / General
Sedimentary Iguana-Land
Carl Miller Daniels
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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 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." 

"...staccato hard-hitting lines...Burke has a keen no bullshit eye and style that gets the job done...Like a first round TKO." 
A Lark Up The Nose Of Time
5.25" x 8" 
132 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449142 
ISBN-10: 1926449142 
BISAC: Poetry / General
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"
~ Matthew J. Hall 
5.25" x 8" 
98 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449166 
ISBN-10: 1926449169 
BISAC: Poetry / General

it will never be this time again
5.25" x 8" 
82 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449159 
ISBN-10: 1926449150 
BISAC: Poetry / General

Impressions Of An Expatriate: Korea is a fast, entertaining, and insightful book of poetry from seasoned author Peter Jelen. With a casual conversational style the book takes the reader to the far east without buying a ticket. Often funny, and charmingly romantic, Jelen bares his experiences while living and working in The Land of Morning Calm, from his turbulent arrival to his sentimental departure with an unexpected love.

Impressions Of An Expatriate: Korea
5.25" x 8" 
88 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1926449173 
ISBN-10: 1926449177 
BISAC: Poetry / General