Jay Mead, A Little Farm Story

A Little Farm Story
Jay Mead

Harbor Mountain Press, 2010
ISBN 9780981556048
Children, Full-color, 9″x8″, 28 pages

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Harbor Mountain Press’s first intergenerational picture story about the life of a farm, complete with local v. industrial end notes, A Little Farm Story, by Jay Mead. A Little Farm Story celebrates the hard work that goes into small family farms. It is an intergenerational guide through the seasons of a year in the life of a family farm. The originals are painted on canvas pages 35”x40.” Jay created it as a “flippy book,” which refers to a giant puppet technique of story telling that is commonly used by Bread and Puppet. A Little Farm Story has been featured in Farm Fests, at open mics, and at the Hartland elementary school.

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Peter Money, Che

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Che
Peter Money

BlazeVOX [books], 2010
ISBN 9781935402862
Novel, 5″x8″, 210 pages, paperback

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Extraordinary… an ocean of beautiful and harrowing language that casts up its characters like great drift logs seen through heavy surf. The novella… speaks to and out of his refusal of artificial separations between the possibilities of art and the strictures of history … Peter reveals a commitment to the beauty and precision of language–lyrical flights end-stopped by a sentence like a punch to the gut: ‘People died trying.’ This is writing that requires readers to think and feel in equal measures…

—Jan Clausen

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Robert Farnsworth, Rumored islands

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Rumored Islands
Robert Farnsworth

Harbor Mountain Press, 2010
ISBN 9780981556031
Poetry, 5″x8″, 88 pp., paperback

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More than 20 years after his last book, Farnsworth (Honest Water) returns with poems of wonder and shame, loneliness and “the strange, sun-spun fabric of the world.” In carefully sculpted lines, alternately lyrical and narrative, cultured and stripped down, he offers poems that arrive unannounced and track the unexpected turns life takes, the way an unanticipated moment can become part of a story we were meant to hear. He captures the long sigh of a stoplight, thoughts from Westminster Bridge, finding someone drowned staring up from the bottom of a pond, and the complicated distances and intimacies of family life—fathers and sons, husbands and wives—with grace and muscular music. Farnsworth knows his way around a stanza and is capable of lines that both surprise and seem inevitable, whether he’s “full of the melancholy/ pleasure of being far away from home” or stating that “The past should always be/ this allusive gift.” Near the end of the book comes “At Sea,” a tender, restrained and stunning poem in which, four years after his father’s death, Farnsworth begins to find him. Rather than ask forgiveness—presumably for the many unnamed separations between a father and a son—the writer acknowledges, “I recognize the things I know that you’d have loved.”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants

Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants
Elena Georgiou

Harbor Mountain Press, 2009
ISBN 9780981556024
Poetry, 5″x8″, 88 pages, trade paperback

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Award-winning poet Elena Georgiou’s second collection, Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants, prompts us to look beyond the question, “Where are you from?” to a more complicated array of questions regarding multiple migrations, invasions, post-colonial freedom, and the ability to board international flights. As the child of Cypriot immigrants, as a British immigrant herself, and as an ex-dancer, Georgiou is an expert in the art of moving—the choreography of words is the hallmark of this collection. Her poems invite us to consider what it is we are looking for, hoping for, and what we expect to find in the ever-changing landscape of our lives.

Elena Georgiou has the unbordered tongue of an immigrant. Her poems travel through the public and private geographies of citizenship, building homes made of bodies and language. Her work is an alphabet, a Greek chorus, a praise poem for the English language and its many tongues. It is your visa to the poetry of immigration.

—Lisa Birman, author of For That Return Passage: A Valentine for the United States of America, and co-editor (with Anne Waldman) of Civil Disobediences Poetics and Politics in Action

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Nancy Stohlman, Searching for Suzi

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Searching for Suzi
Nancy Stohlman

Monkey Puzzle Press, 2009
ISBN 0980165067
Fiction, 5″ x 7.75″, 96 pp., paperback

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What happens when an ex-stripper in her mid-thirties, married with children, awakens one day questioning what brought her to a current life of complicated domesticity? Compelled to return to Omaha after seventeen years, the narrator we only know as Natalie begins a quest into her past, an adventure that takes the reader from childhood beauty pageants to the sex and glamour industries. Natalie’s search becomes an intrepid journey through her own sexuality, a woman not only claiming herself but also accepting her contradictions. With inquisitive perception and agile use of perspective, Searching for Suzi is an investigation into the tragic shadows of a past preferred to be forgotten.

The exploitation has to be turned around on itself at some point. Searching for Suzi tells the story of Natalie, an ex-stripper who reflects on her life as she returns to Omaha, Nebraska where she grew up. Discussing the obsession with appearance and the concept of sexy that ranges from the glamour and stripping industry down to childhood beauty pageants, Searching for Suzi is a fascinating and very highly recommended read.

Midwest Book Review

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