NEW in Rag Queen Periodical – Not a Baby Doll by Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook

“I growl through another nightmare in the bathtub.
I give birth to more fetal flesh
then use it like shampoo for a witch.”
the beginning of Juliet Cook’s poem “Not a Baby Doll”, now up at Rag Queen Periodical

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Bestiary – by Michael Estabrook (CC#86)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of Bestiary by Michael Estabrook. This modern bestiarum vocabulum is the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.
Where Do You Want It?
United States $4.99 USDElsewhere $8.99 USD
Estabrook’s writing has been described as growlingly good. His Bestiary includes “Extremophiles,” “Humboldt Penguin,” “Burmese Python,” “Megalodon,” “Colossal Squid,” “Giant Huntsman Spider,” “Mountain Gorilla,” “Grendel” and “Swarm Bots.” This chapbook is available beginning 24 March 2017 for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.
Bestiary is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features white cover stock, pastel lavender end papers and pastel ivory pages. Cover art by John Burroughs. 8.5 x 5.5″. Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-38-7. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Michael Estabrook is a recently retired baby boomer child-of-the-sixties poet freed finally after working 40 years for The Man and sometimes The Woman. No more useless meetings under fluorescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms. Now he’s able to devote serious time to making better poems when he’s not, of course, trying to satisfy his wife’s legendary Honey-Do list.

Source:: Crisis Chronicles Press

NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review – “When I Used to be a Little Girl” by Juliet Cook…and NEW FLAPPERHOUSE #13

By Juliet Cook “My sisters and I picked bunches of the dead
off the ground and formed a mound,
then carried one of the cats in front
of the cicada mountain
and watched the cat eat our offering.”

from Juliet Cook’s poem “When I Used to be a Little Girl”, now up at The Rising Phoenix Review, HERE –


Also, FLAPPERHOUSE #13, Spring 2017 is newly available today, HERE –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Lyn Lifshin’s LITTLE DANCER

By Dianne Borsenik

Please join us as NightBallet Press celebrates Women’s History Month with the release of Lyn Lifshin’s newest collection of poems, Little Dancer – The Degas Poems!

Little Dancer -The Degas Poems is the fourth NightBallet Press book by the legendary American poet Lyn Lifshin. (The first three were Moving Thru Stained Glass – The Maple Poems, Tangled as the Alphabet – The Istanbul Poems, and Knife Edge and Absinthe – The Tango Poems.) In this newest book, Lifshin imagines and explores the world of Marie Van Goethem, the “Little Dancer” sculpted by Edgar Degas.

In her introduction, Lifshin writes:

“Now loved, Degas’ original wax version of the little dancer was hated, though his paintings had been greeted enthusiastically. His sculpture of The Little Dancer, Aged 14, was considered shocking and unsettling, like a little monkey. It is said one father cried, ‘God forbid my daughter should become a dancer.’ Many were shocked by her pose and the material used: human hair, beeswax, silk. Degas loved the opera and ballet but this statue was called ‘repulsive’ and ‘vicious,’ a threat to society. It forced viewers to look at the seamy side of life since most of the young girls came from very poor slums and working class families. Others were horrified that she seemed to champion ugliness and depravity. Degas never again exhibited the sculpture. And, though he painted ballerinas all his life, The Little Dancer was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered with dozens of other sculptures. His fascination with making sculpture was little know in his lifetime, unlike his portraits, history paintings, scenes from modern life, the world of horse racig, and the theater and ballet.”

Christina Zawadiwsky, winner of a National Endowment Award, and author of The Hand on the Head of Lazarus, wrote this review:

“We now recognize The Little Dancer sculpture by Degas as arresting and compelling, but there was a time when she was considered scandalous and disturbing. Lyn Lifshin’s poems celebrate her creation as a symbol of so many young and impoverished French female dancers who attempted to fill our world with grace, energy, and beauty. And Lifshin’s insightful and incisive Little Dancer poems remind us to remember her name, Marie Van Goethem, so that she will never fade into obscurity.”

Little Dancer – The Degas Poems contains 29 poems on 40 pages, printed on creamy white paper in a clean Arial 10 font. The front cover cardstock is a pale dove gray, and the heavy cardstock insert is a rich gray-green. The cover photo and inside photos were taken by Albert Jordan at the National Gallery of Art.

Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It’s Light, and the Texas Review Award for The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. She’s been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, and Richard Eberhart, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary Not Made of Glass. Lifshin earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses” for her dedication to the small presses which first published her. Her most recent books include Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle (Texas Review Press, 2014) and #AliveLikeALoadedGun (Transcendent Zero Press, 2016). For much more, visit her website at

Little Dancer – The Degas Poems
is available beginning March 19, 2017, for only ten dollars plus four dollars shipping/handling, right here, directly through PayPal. (Canadians and overseas buyers, please do not use the PayPal button. Contact the press – nightballetpress at gmail dot com – for your shipping costs. Thank you!)

Mention “Women’s History Month” in the order’s “note to the seller” section, and I will include another NightBallet Press book authored by a woman (my choice) for free!

You can also find Little Dancer on Amazon, and of course, it will be available from Lifshin herself at her website. Order your copy today!

Source:: NightBallet Press

The Blood Pudding Press chapbook submission period has now come to an end

By Juliet Cook The Blood Pudding Press chapbook submission period has now come to an end – and everyone who submitted should have received a small email, either last night or tonight, informing you that your submission was received.

If you submitted and did not receive that email, please let me know ASAP.

As mentioned in my guidelines, I hope to let each of you know by the end of March whether or not I would like to receive your entire chapbook manuscript submission.

Thank you for your interest in Blood Pudding Press.

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

this is an x-ray by Michael Bernstein

By Writing Knights Press

$6.00 USD
Chapbook (plus Free PDF)
$0.99 USD
E-Book (PDF)

in seconds,
in corners
where the

by tics,un-

— this is an x-ray

About the author:
Michael Bernstein is an American writer and musician. He currently lives in Wisconsin, where he works as a prison librarian and music instructor.
Publication Date:
Mar 15 2017
1544611374 / 9781544611372
Page Count:
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General

Reviews on Goodreads

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Less Than 24 Hours to Submit to Blood Pudding Press!

By Juliet Cook

A little less than 24 hours left to submit samples from your poetry chapbook for Blood Pudding Press consideration.
This submission period ends right after midnight Wednesday March 15 (when Wednesday turns into Thursday).
See the details in this previous blog post –
ALSO, tonight I sent a small group email to everyone whose submission has been received so far – so if you didn’t receive that email, that means I didn’t receive your submission yet.
I will send another email a little after midnight tomorrow, to those who submit tomorrow.
Thank you for your interest in Blood Pudding Press.

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Juliet Cook reading “House on Fire” by Susan Yount

By Juliet Cook

Thank you very much to Pretty Owl Poetry for inviting women to read poems by other women in honor of Women’s History Month.
Blood Pudding Press editor Juliet Cook chose to read “House on Fire” by Susan Yount, the title poem from Yount’s Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of the same name.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked our contributors what feminism means to them. For Juliet Cook, it means “That I’m more than just a body part and should be able to make my own choices in regards to my own body and mind and spirit.
Listen to her reading of Susan Yount’s, “House on Fire” from Blood Pudding Press –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

3 Days Left to Submit to Blood Pudding Press!

By Juliet Cook

3 days left (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday March 15th) to submit samples from your poetry chapbook for Blood Pudding Press consideration.

Read the details in this previous blog post –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review – “This Body is a Blooming Corpse Flower” by Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook

“Sugar skulls turn into embryos.
I shove them down my throat
in order to abort them again.”
from the poem, “This Body is a Blooming Corpse Flower” by Juliet Cook, now up at the Rising Phoenix Review

Source:: Blood Pudding Press