By Dianne Borsenik
What a glorious summer this has been! NightBallet Press took a few weeks off from the press to relax, bask in the sun, and write some poetry. Now, we’re back at it full throttle…and über-excited about announcing the publication of a new book:
Room Enough poems by M. J. Arcangelini!
Room Enough is a 44 page book of 26 poems. Both the front cover and the back cover are graced with stunning artwork by Bree. The poems are printed on richly textured ivory paper, matching the textured ivory cardstock of the cover. There’s a thick denim-blue cardstock insert.
And the poems…ah, what wonderful poems! From meeting The Bob Kauffman (“Bob at the Bank”) to speaking at International Women’s Day (“Written for the Occasion”) to having “Room Enough” for the loves in his life, Arcangelini writes with a quiet assurance, with humor, and with heart.
In “Written for the Occasion,” he writes (excerpt)
say what? i agreed to do what?
read poetry at International Women’s Day?
i don’t remember that part—i’m not a woman
i’m a guy, and a queer guy at that—
what do i know about women?
i don’t even fuck them—
In “Room Enough,” he writes (excerpt)
Four chambers, four doors.
In and out lovers move
through the rooms of my heart.
Four chambers, four rooms,
each man who moves in
makes a room his own and
when he leaves he leaves behind
a room doubled out of itself.
Each poem is a gem, polished and clear, shining with truth and sparkling with the soul of the man who wrote it. This is a must-read, can’t-put-it-down, treasure-chest collection!
photo by Michael Starkman
M. J. Arcangelini was born in 1952 in western Pennsylvania; he grew up there and in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s lived on the west coast since 1973, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California. He began writing poetry at age eleven, stories in his teens, and memoirs in his late forties. His work has been published in nine anthologies, and in many newspapers and small magazines. He is also the author of With Fingers at the Tips of My Words (Beautiful Dreamer Press, 2002, available on Amazon). Arcangelini maintains an occasional blog with memoirs and poems at https://joearky.wordpress.com.
You can purchase a copy of Room Enough for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling right here through PayPal–and you don’t need to be registered with PayPal; all you need is a debit or credit card! (US and Canadian customers only; all overseas customers, please email me at email@example.com for shipping charges.)
You may also purchase a copy of Room Enough at the official book release this coming Wednesday evening (August 31, 2016) at Mac’s Backs, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights , 7pm. The best part of it? The Man himself, M. J. Arcangelini, will be there to read from his book! I bet if you asked him, he’d sign one for YOU! Please join us there; we’d love to see you!
Room Enough rounds out our extended Season 5 at the press, just in time for Season 6 to begin in September. Watch for new books to be published monthly!
Source:: NightBallet Press
By Writing Knights Press
I just heard about the Pocketwatch Demos today. There are a couple early versions of Foo Fighters songs (and Marigold which was a Nirvana song too). This is a pretty grand collection. Definitely check it out if you like to learn about the origins of bands.
You can hear the early nature of the Foo Fighters here. Ear candy.
3/5 for an album. 5/5 for a demo.
Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst by day and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press.
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Source:: Writing Knights Press
By Juliet Cook
“a cow deteriorates
in the summer sun
on the lawn
of a church
is that a dying saint
or a new plant
or a rancid implant
sent to me to help
translate the rough
I am very bloodily creepily excited to announce “A Red Witch, Every Which Way”, which is a new full-length poetry book collaboration by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook, newly published by a new small press, Hysterical Books!
Hysterical Books is focused on the BEAUTIFUL AND STRANGE.
“A Red Witch, Every Which Way” is “aboil with the grotesque and macabre. These poems explore the recesses of the body in all its glory and all its shame.”
Available via the Hysterical Books website AND via Amazon.
Source:: Blood Pudding Press