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Loose Talk

by Joseph Gastiger

A long road of history behind him, Joseph Gastiger has turned experience into poetry. Loose Talk is a collection of poetry from Gastiger as he reflects on his life, his runs with politics and runs with a not so perfect world. Gastiger uses a freeform style that blurs the lines between typical poetry and prose, and makes for driven work. Loose Talk is a fascinating blend of memoir and verse, very much recommended reading.

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume I

by Gwendolyn Cash, Boyd W. Benson & Lisa Galloway

These samplings, presented with as few trappings as possible, will reaffirm for readers the nature of the poetry in poetry. Serious poetry is not written to satisfy literary opinion. Poetry, like philosophy, is a survival skill.

—Marvin Bell

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume II

by Tim Krcmarik, Patricia Staton, and Victor Camillo

This book, like the volume that initiated the series, is appearing during a terrible time in our country. Let it be remarked, therefore, that we who can see the reality, or can imagine something better, will not close up shop. In a time of hate radio and the cruelest forms of capitalism, during a period of unsurpassed government corruption and incompetence, poetry, like every art, remains a survival skill.

—Marvin Bell

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume V

by Valentine Freeman, Robert Peake and Jensea Storie

For the past five years, Marvin Bell has edited and written introductions to New Poets/Short Books, a series he suggested as a way to put more poets into print by combining them, three to a book. Published annually by Lost Horse Press, the books eschew cover blurbs in favor of brief excerpts from the poems. The books include personal statements from the poets about the origins of their writing rather than conventional biographies. The poets were told not to note publications or awards, and not to mention their jobs “unless you sweep up after the elephants.”

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume III

by Emily Bobo, Joel Craig & Amy Lingafelter

The lunatics and hacks that have made up our national government for eight years could not keep Americans from singing and dancing, from imagining and pretending, or from making art in numberless ways. And they could not make poetry small. For the poets of any age are not only of their time. They hold hands with the poets of ancient times and of all time since. Poets and other artists have kept alive the life force of nations when it was hidden from the rest of the world. Let it be so again.

—Marvin Bell

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series: New Poets, Short Books | Volume IV

by Abby E. Murray, Jesse S. Fourmy & Karen Holman

This fourth volume of the Lost Horse Press New Poets | Short Books series offers three strong voices, each with a personal brand of courage. Their lives are as different from one another as can be, and their sensibilities are very much their own, yet in practicing the art of poetry they share something too mysterious and vital ever to be replaced by a new technology. That is because poetry is a primary and, one might argue, primal manifestation of the life force itself. All of our brilliant inventions notwithstanding, what life feels like remains inside us. Here are three poets, each of whose personal language is part of that richness we cannot do without.

—Marvin Bell

LOVE

by Valerie Martin

Few have written so surprisingly, so convincingly, as Valerie Martin about sexual obsession.

—Margaret Atwood

Lucifer, A Hagiography

by Philip Memmer

Lucifer is on a non-linear trajectory, revolving its readers through the profane and the pious swinging door of heaven and earth. Memmer’s collection, with a few pitches and an unexpected saint we can all root for, has the power to provoke, enlighten and unsettle. The paradox remains the same—so much is at stake in these poems, and so little—but Memmer has managed to give us an original and remarkable passageway.

—M.L. Smoker, Final Judge for the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry

Necessary Angels

by Carolyn Maisel

Necessary Angels, Carolyn Maisel’s second book of poetry, is actually two new books in a single volume—Pig Woman, written in the 1970s, and Light and Shadow, completed just before her death in 2006.

Of a Monstrous Child: An Anthology of Creative Relationships

by edited by Nate Liederbach & James Harris

Unlike many anthologies, the focus of this collection is not on its contributors’ individual pieces, but the relationships between its featured authors. Assembled as organically as possible, these poets and prosists have partnered themselves—as mentor and mentee—in an exchange of introductions and creative works.