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Posted on 7 June 2012


Black as CaviarBlack as Caviar

Poetry by Menno Wigman

Translated from the Dutch by Stephen Frech

Midwest Writing Ctr, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-098341163-5

Paperback: 72pp; $12.00

Menno Wigman is one of the Netherlands' most celebrated living poets and has published four poetry collections and two books of prose; he has also edited three anthologies. According to translator Stephen Frech, Menno's poems "have a Hopper-esque loneliness: solitary figures staring into the distance or the cup near at hand, occupied with sadness and regret."


Maleficium coverMaleficium

Fiction by Martine Desjardins

Translated from the French by Fred A. Reed, David Homel

Talon Books, May 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0889226807

Paperback: 160pp; $14.95

In Maleficium, Martine Desjardins delivers to readers the unexpurgated revelations of Vicar Jerome Savoie, a heretic Catholic priest who has violated the sanctity of the confessional. In Savoie's confession-within-a-confession, seven penitents, each afflicted with a debilitating malady or struck with a crippling deformity, relates his encounter with an enigmatic young woman whose lips bear a striking scar.


My Tranquil War & Other Poems coverMy Tranquil War and Other Poems

Poetry by Anis Shivani

NYQ Books, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-58-0

Paperback: 134pp; $16.95

Composed over the last decade, My Tranquil War and Other Poems tackles head-on a question: What is the poet’s responsibility when terror becomes a general condition of dread, and even beauty and truth assume grotesque masks? Anis Shivani is a poet, fiction writer, and critic in Houston. He is the author of three other books, and his work has appeared in numerous journals. He studied at Harvard College and has won a Pushcart Prize.


New Poetry from Spain coverNew Poetry from Spain

An Anthology

Ed. by Marta Lopez-Luaces, Johnny Lorenz, Edwin M. Lamboy

Talisman House, April 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1584980872

Paperback: 192pp; $18.95

The poetic texts chosen and translated here represent a profound transition psychological and political undergone by the new Spanish citizen. This anthology focuses on the poetry written in Spain after 1975. All the poets included were raised under Franco's dictatorship, which lasted forty years. A new conception of the self had to emerge after Franco’s death in 1975 and the transition to democracy, and this was expressed in the work of many poets as a liberating, though painful, transformation.


The Place I Call Home coverThe Place I Call Home

Poetry by Maria Mazziotti Gillan

NYQ Books, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-67-2

Paperback: 84pp; $14.95

The place that Maria Mazziotti Gillan calls home is a universal haven built of enduring memories and peopled by loving family. In Gillan’s newest book of poetry, The Place I Call Home, we share her complex emotions of an immigrant childhood in Paterson, New Jersey, in the 1950s, her long marriage, her husband’s devastating illness, and her subsequent widowhood.


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Posted 7 June 2012


New Poetry from Spain: An Anthology, Ed. Marta Lopez-Luaces, Talisman House



The Flood, Molly Brodak, Coconut Books

Nectar, Lisa Bellamy, Encircle Publications

Purgatory, Amelia Martens, Black Lawrence Press

The Spokes, Miranda Mellis, Solid Objects


Children's/YA Fiction

Alicia's Fruity Drinks / Las Aguas Frescas De Alicia, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Piñata Books

A Day without Sugar / Un Dia Sin Azucar, Diane Deanda, Piñata Books

Sofia and the Purple Dress / Sofia Y El Vestido Morado, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Piñata Books



As Close as You'll Ever Be, Seamus Scanlon, Cairn Press LLC

The Bird Saviors, William J. Cobb, Unbridled Books

The Block Captain's Daughter, Demetria Martinez, Univ of Oklahoma Press

The Canvas, Benjamin Stein, Open Letter

Captivity, Lander Hawes, Unthank Books

Crusoe's Daughter, Jane Gardam, Europa Editions

Flesh, Khanh Ha, Black Heron Press

Inukshuk, Gregory Spatz, Bellevue Literary Press

The Lemon Grove, Ali Hosseini, Northwestern Univ Press

Love, In Theory, E.J. Levy, Univ of Georgia Press

Maleficium, Martine Desjardins, Talon Books

People are Strange, Eric Gamalinda, Black Lawrence Press

The Pugilist's Wife, David Armand, Texas Review Press

Seven Houses in France, Bernardo Atxaga, Graywolf Press

The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter, Susan Hahn, Fifth Star Press

The Touch of the Sea, Ed. Steve Berman, Lethe Press

Two, Two, Lily-White Boys, Geoffrey Clark, Red Hen Press

The White Forest, Adam McOmber, Touchstone Books



Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail, Suzanne Roberts, Univ of Nebraska Press

Auspicious Good Fortune: One woman's inspirational journey from Western disillusionment to Eastern spiritual fulfillment, Sumangali Morhall, Mantra Books

Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics, Robert Mann, Louisiana State Univ Press

Democrips and Rebloodlicans: No More Gangs in Government, Dick Russel & Jesse Ventura, Skyhorse Publishing

Hiking to Siberia, Lawrence Millman, Sunnyoutside

My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus, Kelly Barth, Arktoi Books

The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-publishing, Alison Baverstock, Bloomsbury Publishing

Stranger to History: A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands, Aatish Taseer, Graywolf Press



And We'd Understand Crows Laughing: Poems (1997 - 2010), W. Nick Hill, Dos Madres

Armor, Amour, Amy Pence, Ninebark Press/RACA

Between Dusk and Night, Emily McGiffin, Brick Books

Black as Caviar, Menno Wigman, Midwest Writing Ctr

Blood Red Dawn, Jon Shutt, Kitsune Books

Bursts of Light, William Bronk, Talisman House, Pub

Coyote Bush: Poems from the Lost Coast, Peter Nash, Off the Grid Press

The Day Judge Spencer Learned the Power of Metaphor, Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow, Dufour Editions

Desiring Map, Megan Kaminski, Coconut Books

Dire Straights, Edward Foster, Marsh Hawk Press

How to Survive a Hotel Fire, Angela Veronica Wong, Coconut Books

I see my love more clearly from a distance, Nora Gould, Brick Books

Infinite Variations, Marci Nelligan, Black Radish Books

Journey to the Sun, Brent Cunningham, Atelos

My Tranquil War, Anis Shivani, NYQ Books

The Occasions of Paradise, John Blair, Univ of Tampa Press

The Organ Builder, Austin MacRae, Dos Madres

Paradise, Indiana, Bruce Snider, Pleiades Group, Inc.

The Place I Call Home, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, NYQ Books

The Reindeer Camps, Barton Sutter, BOA Editions

Reveal, All Shapes & Sizes, Bruce Covey, Bitter Cherry Books

Ways We Hold, Jennifer Arin, Dos Madres

What Next, Old Knife?, David Axelrod, Lost Horse Press

Y, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Graywolf Press

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