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The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali
Evolution of the Genus Iris
Songs for a Summons
Detroit as Barn


The Art of Absence

by Joy Passanante

Like Passanante’s other work, the stories in this volume are moving because of their humanity and the beauty of the writing. . . . each story is a visit to a different room in the house of the soul (though there are doors between the rooms and influences move from one to another). Passanante’s writing is sensuous, in its concreteness, its imagery, and the descriptions of sensation and feeling. . . . This is one of those writers who, even in her more gothic moments, describes a human being in a way that makes you recognize, sometimes reluctantly, some secret in yourself.

The Baseball Field at Night

by Patricia Goedicke

The last poems of Patricia Goedicke, completed before her death in 2006, will only further her reputation as a poet full of life, emotion and energy. The Baseball Field at Night—her thirteenth collection—published by Lost Horse Press in 2008, demonstrates her devotion to craft and the emotional quick-wittedness that defines her work.

The Book of Shadows

by Carlos Reyes

Over the years Carlos Reyes has written poems of the highest order and it’s a pleasure to see so many of them gathered together in The Book of Shadows. This is a necessary book that clearly shows the author’s deep humanity and his sophisticated skill; like all first-rate work it returns our lives to us. In poem after poem readers are given those quick shocks of recognition which make them say, Yes, this is the way it is! Such an important contribution to our literature deserves to be recognized and honored by everyone who cares about the art of poetry.

—Vern Rutsala

The Cheap Seats

by Scott Poole

The Cheap Seats awakens us to the delightful power many of us have forgotten since childhood that we possess: the power of transforming prosaic objects and events into poetry . . . Poole’s imagination is of the heart; he shows us how to spread a quiet, wry, and genuinely humble wonderment over the field of our vision. I love the poems in The Cheap Seats . . . I feel sure that those of you who think that poetry is not for you will change your minds when you read this book . . .

—Pierre Delattre

The Empty House

by Nathan Oates


The Empty House by Nathan Oates is the 2012 winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Oates’ is the first book that Lost Horse Press has collaborated with Eastern Washington University’s Willow Springs Editions to publish the annual book contest administered by MFA creative writing students. The staff of Willow Springs Editions is comprised mostly of MFA creative writing students under the direction of poet Christopher Howell and publisher Christine Holbert, founding director of Lost Horse Press. As part of an internship for which they receive graduate credit, students gets hands-on experience in every phase of the publishing process, from acquisitions to editing, design and production, promotions and marketing. Lost Horse Press oversees the design and typesetting process, assists with promotions and marketing, and distributes the final product through its own website and via our distributor, the University of Washington Press.

The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali

by Yayha Frederickson


The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali delivers us into an Arab world stripped of exoticism, a world made palpable by mundane reality, an ordinary world made luminous by the vision and speech of a genuinely gifted poet.

—Sam Hamill, Final Judge for the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2013

The Little Spokane

by Tom I. Davis

Tom Davis is the land he writes of: Davis has broken himself against basalt and coast from Tacoma to Yakima and beyond—here, in these tight poems, a great and original voice delivers us a poetry as sparse, hard, clear, and original as himself.

—Sebastian Lockwood

The New Hand

by Sean Gillihan

Sean Gillihan is a vivid and accurate, true new voice in the American West. He’s been down the roads, worked the crops, fed the cattle—he knows the drills, and dignifies each quiet thing he talks about.

—William Kittredge

The Radium Watch Dial Painters

by D.S. Butterworth

The Radium Watch Dial Painters is a book of sheer power and range, poems that burn in brilliant flashes and with searing luminescence. There are great stories in here, flurries of fresh images and graceful turns of music and wit. Above all, you find Dan Butterworth’s pitch-perfect gift for language, his acrobatic intelligence, his fierce decency. I loved this book.

—Jess Walter, author of The Zero, Citizen Vince, and Beautiful Ruins

The Storehouses of the Snow

by Philip Memmer

Like the biblical tales these poems often echo, Philip Memmer’s The Storehouses of the Snow is a book of fire and hope, of light and blood. Consisting of three different kinds of poems—psalms, parables and dreams—this collection continues the search for meaning he began in his earlier books. The inventiveness with which Memmer revisits these age-old forms surprises and entertains, while also subtly reinforcing the impossibility of certainty: in these pages, the kingdom of heaven might be a garden or a mass grave; the god who calls it home is by turns an absent business partner, a burning house, the poet’s own new-born child. And the narrator’s own position on his subject bears a similar honest fluidity . . . sometimes the cynic, sometimes the seeker, Memmer brings his timeless questions firmly into the present.