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Ten Seconds In-Between
by Doug Hoekstra

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A delightful literary collection of 24 stories, in a mix of short and flash fiction. 111 pages.

Ten Seconds In-Between is a collection about connection. There’s something elusive yet immediate about the characters in these tales; as a line in “Performance Art” goes, “You remember reading somewhere that psychologists say when people meet, they decide within 7 and 17 seconds whether or not they will like each other. You wonder about the 10 seconds in between.” The pieces herein range from flash to extended, mirroring ephemeral transactions and relationships; as with life, the hope is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
— Doug Hoekstra 2021

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Read about Doug's new music release, The Day Deserved, here.

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Glamoury

poems by Susan Sheppard

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A collection of vividly haunting poems by Susan Sheppard.

When I first read the poems of a young woman from Appalachia, thirty years ago, I knew she was one of the best poets I’d ever met. I never forgot the brooding witchcraft, the mystery and magic in her work. There’s no writer like Susan Sheppard. She writes like a woman who has nothing to lose and I place her at the top of poetry’s canon. It is the world’s fault that a Sheppard poetry book is not in our libraries. Every page of Glamoury is rich, resolving to bring truth to life with language smoldering, ready to burst into flame. I read this book and feel lucky to know a poet who keeps poetry alive. This is the book of the year.

—Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

Mist in Their Eyes

by William Doreski

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Everything is alive in Doreski’s delightful poems. They take the time to see the small things of the world, and they do it beautifully. I also love how he’s not afraid to poke the people around him with wry social needling. You’ll read this book and feel like you walked through your hometown wearing some kind of special glasses that let you see what’s always being going on.

— Matthew Rohrer, Hopwood Award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize recipient.

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Black Bamboo

Better Than Starbucks Haiku Anthology 2020

Kevin McLaughlin

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In this anthology, Kevin presents 131 haikuists and 446 of their haiku. He has chosen 307 haiku from BTS issues 2016-2020. 139 of the haiku are new and not previously published. There are also ten of Kevin’s haiku included in his chapter introductions, and well as the one on the back cover, and six bonus haiku on the hardcover dustjacket.

This is a wonderful collection Kevin! I find your parenthetical comments insightful.  As an undergraduate many years ago at SUNY Oswego, I studied with the formalist poet Lewis Turco.  I read and wrote poems following the structure of many forms, including haiku.  This anthology has inspired me to write more haiku.  I like how you remind readers in your foreword to not "speed-read haiku.  Savor the verse.  Be open to the possibility that the haiku may present unexpected gifts."  Well, this anthology is an unexpected gift!

— Steven M. Smith

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An epic Russian poem, MTSYRI by Mikhail Lermontov

translated into English by Don Mager.

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