Soft Spots In The Dark

By Juliet Cook

A NEW one-of-a kind painting/collage art hybrid creature has been added to the Blood Pudding Press shop! – “Soft Spots In The Dark”.
Available for more perusal (and/or purchase) within the Blood Pudding Press shop HERE –

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Special Watch – by Richard M. O’Donnell (CC#77)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is happy to announce the publication of Special Watch, a chapbook by Richard M. O’Donnell, on 31 January 2016. These prose poems are sensitive and often dark true accounts from the author’s time working around maternity, pediatrics and the mentally disturbed at the nation’s oldest naval hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia.
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Special Watch is 24 pages, hand assembled and saddle stapled, 8.5 x 5.5″, laser printed on white pages with black card stock end papers wrapped in pale charcoal cover stock. ISBN 978-1-940996-29-5. Limited edition. Only $7 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.

O’Donnell [photo by Kathleen Horton]

Richard M. O’Donnell‘s works have appeared in many venues including Sniplits audio stories, Everyday Poets, Everyday Fiction, the North Coast Review and The Gamut, to name a few. He is the co-founder and facilitator of The Oberlin Writers Group and the founder and facilitator of the Infinite Monkey Sci-fi/Fantasy Writers. A link to his online publications and YouTube films is available at

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The Generation of Forms by D. R. Wagner!

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is excited to announce the publication of The Generation of Forms,
a new book of poetry by D. R. Wagner!
The Generation of Forms boasts a cover photo of a striking art piece by Ohioan Kevin Eberhardt, the coloring of which is complemented by a heavy, goldenrod-colored cardstock insert.

The book contains 23 poems printed in Century Old Style font on 36 crisp, white, textured pages, matching the white textured cardstock cover. The intriguing titles of the poems reach out and pull you to them with blue-eyed wonder: “An Epiphany of Circumstance” and “The Generation of Forms” and “Fog Fog Fog” and “Touching My Bones” and “In the Rigging: Tears Began to Fall.” Wagner’s landscapes call forth tales of glory and heartache, of grace and storm, of giants and birds. In “The Fire Chairs,” Wagner writes

The ends of my fingers burst
Into flame. One, two, three,
Four, five. I stand outside the house.

The giant storms have begun again.
They walk on legs made of lightning,

Thousands at a time. The night stinking
Of ozone and the wettest of heat.

And in “Guided by Voices,” he writes

Burned into the flesh
But never showing as brands,
Cold sparks coming from the mouth
Like a child’s friction toy.

We sit inside our skeletons,
An electricity of energy flowing through us,
Firing desire, rooms of actions and reactions.

Wagner guides us through his rooms, gently holding our hands but never allowing us to turn from the terrible beauty of seas and seasons, of flame and fog. And in the end, we “find love bursting from every heart.”

The Generation of Forms is available now, for only $10 plus $2 shipping!
(For orders outside the U.S., please contact us at

Come, get yourself some D. R. Wagner today!

D. R. Wagner is the author of over 30 books of poetry and letters. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with d. a. levy in the late 1960s, and read with Jim Morrison of the Doors in a legendary reading with Michael McClure. He has also read with Lawrence Ferlighetti, Al Winans, Anne Waldman, and many, many other poets over the last 40 years. His work is much published and has appeared in numerous translations. He has exhibited visual poetry with the likes of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, bpNichol, and John Furnival in venues ranging from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, Paris, to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He is also a visual artist, producing miniature needle-made tapestries that have been exhibited internationally, and are included in numerous publications and museum collections. He is, further, a professional musician, working as a singer-songwriter, and playing guitar and keyboards. He currently plays and sings with the band Some Time Tonight.

photo by Glenda Drew, used with permission

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By Juliet Cook

NEW! a Collaborative poem in the Inaugural Issue of REALITY BEACH!

Very excited to have a poem by JJ Hastain & Blood Pudding Press editor/poet Juliet Cook appearing in the NEW Inaugural Issue of Reality Beach, surrounded by lots of other poets and glowing spasms of debris.

Crooked Clock Work is HERE –

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NEW Review of Bone of My Bone by Nicole Rollender (Blood Pudding Press, 2015)

By Juliet Cook The speaker grapples with her own creation, and the subsequent birth of her children. The body is gruesome, especially in its decay, but Rollender wrangles this gore into “a giant star’s last open into brilliance.” The waxy and dead skin of her grandmother is given a second life in the speaker’s skin and the Frankenstein effect is a reconciliation

some thoughts about the 2015 Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, “Bone of My Bone” by Nicole Rollender, newly reviewed by Lauren Gordon at damfino

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The first Thirteen Myna Birds flock of 2016 has arrived!

By Juliet Cook

The first Thirteen Myna Birds flock of 2016 has arrived!
Brimming with disconcertingly delicious poetry by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Julia Gaskill, Kristen Williamson, Charles Cicirella, and Davide Nixon.
too many legs swiveled over – sliced the earth – thunder cloud behind glassy eyes – the smiling pictures on walls, cracked – all bone rubble and crying muscles – and the sickly pangs of joy – sleeping silently next to me – how we bend and do not break – before you become sour and muted – legs will only bend so far back before they snap – ooze glitter, and spit powdered make-up – the word “sorry” across her forehead – drown in a sea of black balloons…

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Discombobulated Doll Heads

By Juliet Cook

Two new discombobulated doll head creatures currently live in the Blood Pudding Press shop.
-Discombobulated Doll Head One –

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The Gravity of Chainsaws – by Azriel Johnson (CC#76)

By John Burroughs

cover photo by Steven B. Smith

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Azriel Johnson‘s latest poetry chapbook, The Gravity of Chainsaws, on 18 January 2016. This themed cycle of poems is being called Johnson’s best poetic work yet, and we agree. Get it while it’s hot.

The Gravity of Chainsaws is 34 pages, hand assembled and saddle stapled, 8.5 x 5.5″, laser printed on white pages with dark cream parchment endpapers wrapped in blue-gray cover stock. ISBN 978-1-940996-28-8. Limited edition. Only $7 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.

Where do you want it?
North America $7.00 USDElsewhere $10.00 USD
author photo by Jen Pezzo

Azriel Johnson is a poet, novelist, and all around shady character; an ink spatter analyst by day and a serial writer by night; shaman of the International Temple of Self Expression; the founder and director of Writing Knights Press. His other books include Hellfire, Heavensent thru Writing Knights, Poemaholic thru The Poet’s Haven and his recently released fantasy / alternate history novel Sunset Red.

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By Juliet Cook

FLAPPERHOUSE editor Joe O’Brien with his copy of DIVE BACK DOWN, a new collaborative poetry chapbook by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook (published by Dancing Girl Press, November 2015).
Acquire your very own copy of DIVE BACK DOWN from dancing girl press HERE –

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Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations by James Schwartz

By Writing Knights Press

$8.00 USD
Land of lapping lakes,
Peninsula, / & / Pine.
Alexis de Tocqueville,
Frontiersmen, / & / Forefathers.

Detroit flood, / & / Detroit debt,
Our kingdom for a drop of water.

— A Drop of Water

Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations examines the role of the poet in the current Age of Terror. By turn “Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations” includes both political (“Je Suis Charlie”, “A Drop of Water”) and personal meditations on love, loss, disability, sexuality and the author’s Alpine/ Alsace Amish heritage.
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité About the author:
Schwartz’s poetry has been published by various poetry journals including Poetry 24, Politiku, @7×20, Babel: The Multilingual Multicultural Online Journal, The New Verse News, Nostrovia! Poetry, piecejournal and Silver Birch Press blog.

His book, The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by inGroup Press in 2011 and poetry in Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (2012), Milk and Honey Siren eBook (2013), The Squire: Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015, Writing Knights Press 2014 Anthology, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (2015) and Alpine Suite (2013), Poetry 4 Food 2 (2013), Poetry 4 Food 3 (2014), Arrival and Departure (2014) chapbooks and FourPlays.

Most recently, essays by Schwartz have appeared in RFD Magazine, The Good Men Project, Best of Books by the Bed 2 anthology (2014) and a short story in Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction (2014). He resides in Michigan.

Publication Date:
Jan 11 2016
1523384840 / 9781523384846
Page Count:
Related Categories:
Poetry / LGBT

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