Steve Brightman says History, Too, Is A Simple Machine.

By Dianne Borsenik

It’s going to be a glorious weekend here in northern Ohio, and what better way to celebrate than a fantastic new chapbook of poetry by Steve Brightman? History, Too, Is a Simple Machine has arrived, flaming-hot off the press, on the NightBallet shelves!

History, Too, Is a Simple Machine boasts a stunning cover photograph taken by Ohio artist/poet/photographer Kevin Eberhardt of his original art piece, “The Simple Machine.” (Eberhardt was calling it “Untitled” and graciously gave editor Dianne Borsenik permission to name it. I’m truly honored to have done so.)

History, Too, Is a Simple Machine contains 36 pages of 28 poems. The cover is a textured ivory, and the thick cardstock insert is a rich goldenrod yellow. The text is printed on textured ivory paper.

The titles of the poems alone are intriguing; they tempt you to turn the pages, step inside the Wonderful World of Brightman, and discover such gems as “Wild Honey in There,” “The History of Coaxial Cable,” “And Radius Is,” “Upon the Snout,” “Tracing the Perforation,” and of course, ” History, Too, Is a Simple Machine.” Brightman’s poetry is addicting; the more you read, the more you want!

Steve Brightman, a prolific poet who writes every day, lives in Akron, Ohio. He firmly believes in two seasons: winter and baseball. About his biography, he says “Short version: my writing is my author statement. Long version: my writing is definitely my author statement.” His first full-length collection, The Wild Gospel of Careening and Other Sermons from the Rumble Strip, was recently released by Red Orchid Publishing. NBP has published two previous chapbooks of poetry for Brightman: Sometimes, Illinois, and, based on a season of the Cleveland Indians, In Brilliant Explosions Alone. Both are available through this website, and on Amazon.

photo by Christina Brooks, used with permission



History, Too, Is a Simple Machine is only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling, and is available right here on this website! Get your copy today!

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NEW H_NGM_N #17!

By Juliet Cook

The new H_NGM_N #17 is alive and surrounded by exciting poetry!
One of Nicole Ross Rollender’s poems, “The preparation of the body” in this new H_NGM_N, will also appear in her chapbook, “Bone of My Bone”, to be published later this year by Blood Pudding Press!
Blood Pudding Press editor Juliet Cook also has a poem in here, “Gurgling Screams”, which will appear again next month, within the book Oct Tongue 2, published by Crisis Chronicles Press and featuring 8 different poets and their poems from every day of October!
http://www.h-ngm-n.com/hm-17/

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A NEW Review of Fiddle Is Flood by Lauren Gordon

By Juliet Cook

“vivid and visceral. The lines in these poems are short, spare. Each image is sharp and singular… and each poem pushes against our need for story as well as for sense. We read of the pull of the physical, and much is left to be discerned between the lines.”
from a new Book Review of the Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook “Fiddle Is Flood” by Lauren Gordon, reviewed at Extract(s) Daily dose of lit
read more of the review here – http://dailydoseoflit.com/2015/05/20/book-review-fiddle-is-flood-by-lauren-gordon/
partake of and consider purchasing a copy of this chapbook for yourself here – https://www.etsy.com/listing/227740935/new-fiddle-is-flood-by-lauren-gordon?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Fiddle Is Flood by Lauren Gordon is recommended reading!

By Juliet Cook

“Fiddle Is Flood” by Lauren Gordon (published by Blood Pudding Press just a few months ago) is uniquely featured HERE!
“Recommended Reading is a semi-regular feature wherein Sarah and/or Jeff recommend something to read. We’ll be sharing poems, stories, essay and texty bits that defy categorization–the kinds of things you won’t find in a Barnes and Noble.
What: Fiddle is Flood, a chapbook of poems by Lauren Gordon”
http://www.flashbangwritingstudio.com/blog/2015/5/15/recommended-reading-fiddle-is-flood-by-lauren-gordon

And it is available in the Blood Pudding Press shop HERE!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227601065/new-fiddle-is-flood-by-lauren-gordon?ref=shop_home_active_8

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2015 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology – by 104 authors (CC#69)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to present the 2015 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology, featuring work by 104 poets from around the world. Join us for the official release 13 May 2015, 7pm, at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. This book is perfect bound, 129 pages, edited by John Burroughs and available for $14, exclusively from Mac’s Backs or on May 16-17th at the Hessler Street Fair itself.
Click here to buy. Contributors may show up at either event or contact Suzanne at Mac’s to procure a copy for half price.

Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

(216) 321-2665
info@macsbacks.com
This edition of the annual Hessler Street Fair anthology is the biggest yet, featuring work by word artists from around the world. Contributors include Alexis-Rueal, Michael Joseph Arcangelini, Dana Aritonovich, Thandiwe Augustin-Glave, Stephen Benefit, Cyndi Birkmeier, Kim Boccia, Rose Mary Boehm, Dianne Borsenik, Jeffrey Bowen, Steve Brightman, Christina M. Brooks, Patricia Brodsky, Skylark Bruce, Chad Burrall, Michael Ceraolo, Kathleen Cerveny, Shelley Chernin, Charles Cicirella, Caitlin Cogar, Roger Craik, Subhankar Das, Natalie Dickerson, Christine Donofrio, John Dorsey, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Poetessa Leixyl Kaye Emmerson, Michael Fiala, Giselle Fleming, Diane Vogel Ferri, Ethan Fittro, Luba Gawur, Ken Gradomski, Dana Grant, Susan Grimm, Zachary Scott Hamilton, Austin Heath, Charles Hice, Veronica Hopkins, Christine Howey, Preston & Paul Hrisko, Clarissa Jakobsons, Azriel Johnson, Krysia Jopek, Jeremy Jusek, Janne Karlsson, Diane Kendig, Kim theBwordpoet, Ian Koenig, Leonard Kress, Tom Kryss, Craig Kurtz, Lori Ann Kusterbeck, Geoffrey A. Landis, Jim Lang, Jessica D. Lewis, Lennart Lundh, Caitlyn Lux, Susan Mallarnee, Marc Mannheimer, J.W. Mark, Molly McCann, Bob McNeil, Ray McNiece, Lila McRainey, Philip Metres, Marisa Moks-Unger, Patrick O’Keeffe, Mary O’Malley, Ashley Pacholewski, Renee Pendleton, Tanya Pilumeli, David S. Pointer, Sally Queen, Ben Rader, Valentina Ranaldi-Adams, Georgia Reash, Poetess REDD, Elizabeth Rees, rjs, Amy Rosenbluth, Elizabeth Rudibaugh, S. Renay Sanders, Heather Ann Schmidt, Erika Schoeps, Dennis Shanaberg, Kevin Frederick Smith, Larry Smith, Steven B. Smith, Vladimir Swirynsky, Brian Taylor, Joseph Testa, Steve Thomas, Jonathan Thorn, Kerry Trautman, Nick Traenkner, Mary A. Turzillo, D.R. Wagner, Mary Weems, Batya Weinbaum, Laura Grace Weldon, Eva Xanthopolous & Shkehlaht Yisrael.

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Andy Roberts and the Pencil Pusher!

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce the publication of the second NightBallet Press title by Ohioan Andy Roberts: Pencil Pusher!
cover photo by Jeffrey Alfier, used with permission

Pencil Pusher
is a gritty, honest look at the life of a blue collar working man. It’s a poem with its finger on the pulse of addiction. It’s an eye on the trials of growing up poor. It’s “How I Loved Myself On Drugs” and “How I Learned To Play Guitar,” it’s “Daddy Wasn’t Much On Brains” and “The Way They Never Laughed At Home.”
Officially published and released to the public on Tuesday, April 28, Pencil Pusher is 32 pages long with 23 poems printed on creamy ivory paper. The cover, a pale tan with a steel-blue cardstock insert, boasts a handsome photo taken by Jeffrey Alfier; the subject of the photo is the shuttered Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

Andy Roberts, a skilled storyteller and accomplished writer, is shown here reading poems from Pencil Pusher at Sips coffeehouse in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He has had poems appear in many small press journals over the last thirty years, including Albatross, Atlanta Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, and Slipstream (with a 2014 Pushcart Prize nomination for his poem “Walking to Iceland”). Previous chapbooks include Who’s On My Land, Ditch Duty, and Ghost Notes & Candle Smoke (Pudding House Publications), and The Green World (NightBallet Press).

Pencil Pusher is only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling. It’s available right here on the website, plus it’s available on Amazon. Get your copy today!



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Happy May! – NEW Rogue Agent

By Juliet Cook “Screaming on the other side
of a fallen down mirror.
Imprisoned inside my own
twisted cells. Gagging out
bloody coins until drained.”

The new Rogue Agent Issue Two has now gone live and includes a new poem by Blood Pudding Press editor and poet, Juliet Cook, “Every Hole Is Broken”, surrounded by lots of other body-focused offerings too, all here – http://www.rogueagentjournal.com/issue2

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New Review of Sister, Blood and Bone by Paula Cary

By Juliet Cook

A new review written last week about the Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, “Sister, Blood and Bone” by Paula Cary (Blood Pudding Press 2013) – http://alt-current.blogspot.com/2015/04/thevolt74.html
Thank you to The Spark:Alternating Current Blog, The Volt and reviewer Julia Hy.
I like how it says at the bottom of the review – “This book was purchased at AWP by an Alternating Current staffer who visited the press’ table. The reviewer does not know the author or publisher and received the book from Alternating Current at random”.
So someone randomly chose a Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook at the Blood Pudding Press AWP table and then reviewed it. Neat.
And if you would like to procure a copy of this chapbook for yourself, here it is – https://www.etsy.com/listing/150775648/sister-blood-and-bone-by-paula-cary-2013?ref=shop_home_active_3

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Ohio Triangle – by Alex Gildzen (CC#59)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to present a new masterwork by the legendary Alex Gildzen, inspired by his rich experiences in three Ohio cities: Elyria, Cleveland and Kent. Ohio Triangle is 75 pages, perfect bound, featuring many of his best poems and a handful of color photographs. Officially published on 25 April 2015 to celebrate National Poetry Month and Gildzen’s 72nd birthday, Ohio Triangle is now available for $10.99 from Crisis Chronicles, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111 USA.
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Love for Ohio Triangle:

“Alex Gildzen rushes to the heart with the clearest of memories, tacking them to our own with perfectly wrought images from his own life and calling out real people from the shadows of the past. His work glows with the power of a master poet. There is not one word in this book that doesn’t ring true. Be glad. You can share a remarkable vision in this book that echoes through time every time Gildzen fixes his focus on his Ohio Triangle.”
D.R. Wagner, author of The Night Market
“Just as any 3 non-collinear points determine a unique plane, so Alex Gildzen’s 3-part book of chiseled poems defines and explores the unique plane that is Gildzen’s life in three different cities in Ohio. Here is a triangle considered in the context of the space-time continuum, where people, places and things combine to bring the past into the present and the present into the past. It is in the dimension of time, the loving remembrances and the sad recognition of the inevitable future of each person, place and thing within Gildzen’s triangular plane, and by extension, within the reader’s own unique plane, that brings warmth and heart to this multifaceted diamond of a book.”
Shelley Chernin, author of The Vigil

I was first introduced to the work of Alex Gildzen a few years back now and out of everything I’ve read, this latest collection, Ohio Triangle, is without a doubt the most touching look into the memories that make up his highly colorful life, so much so that I almost teared up at several points, because this is the way we all want to be able to look back on things, on a life well lived, only, Alex has been able to put it into words in a way that feels immediately relatable and effortless, as the passing of time should be.”
John Dorsey, author of Imaginary Foxholes

Deluxe Package:


For a mere $5 extra you can receive two great Gildzen books: Ohio Triangle and the rare New Notes: Poems 1971-76 (Kent, OH: Shelly’s Press, 1978). New Notes features paper wraps and a hand sewn binding. While supplies last. Only 15 deluxe packages available.
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Alex in front of Loomis Camera in Elyria, Ohio

He was born in California, first walked in Texas and now lives in New Mexico but Alex Gildzen spent the majority of his life as a resident of Ohio. He was two weeks old when he arrived in Lorain. When his father returned from the war in Europe the family moved to Elyria. He began visiting Cleveland as a child. Following graduation from Elyria High School he went to Kent State University where he was student, teacher and librarian. In 1993 Kent presented him with the President’s Medal for “extraordinary and unique service” to the university. The same year the Ohio Arts Council honored him with the Ohioana Citation in the field of humanities and education.

To learn more about Alex, visit the Literary Underground wiki and follow his Arroyo Chamisa blog.

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SAFTAcast Episode 27 – Juliet Cook!

By Juliet Cook

Scott Fynboe and Blood Pudding Press editor/poet Juliet Cook.
He conducted my awesome SAFTAcast Interview, Episode 27, which went live the day I headed to AWP.
You can listen to the interview here –

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