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Middle Island Press Release: Inside the Dark Room by Laken Brooks

Laken-Brooks-Cover-Image-e1444318703731Inside the Dark Room (ISBN 978-0-6925-5205-6) by Laken Brooks, a young and intelligent Appalachian poet, was recently released through Middle Island Press. It’s essentially a contemporary haiku collection on “the beautiful and destructive perceptions of women” – poignant, meticulously arranged thoughts from her own unique perspective.

From the Middle Island Press website:

Brooks’ insights as a woman permeate her writing of Inside the Dark Room, encouraging her to hold a mirror to the cultural standards of health, beauty, domesticity, and criticism of females in contemporary society.

(From page 24 of Inside the Dark Room…)

In the post is a
Refund from the matchmaker:
Enough to buy a heifer

Copies are available via Middle Island Press and Amazon.com. We encourage supporters of Brooks’ work to pen a kind Amazon book review.

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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in News & Reviews

 

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Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Edited by Robert Epstein)

Epstein - Beyond the Grave Cover jpegBeyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku, a Middle Island Press poetry anthology edited by Robert Epstein, is a full-bodied collection with a remarkable introduction by the editor.

From the back cover:

How much thought have you given to whether there is life after death? Some religions, like Christianity and Hinduism, posit the existence of heaven and reincarnation, while others are silent on the question. Those not guided by faith are inclined to relegate this haunting mystery to the outermost margins of their lives. In these pages, contributors from around the world have trained their poetic eye on this all-important quest. Relying on the power of intuition and creative imagination, the poets in this collection give us a glimpse into the great mystery of life after death. Suspend your skeptical mind and accompany the poets here on the adventure into the afterlife; you may not only be surprised, but forever changed.

fragrant wind
my mother’s voice calls
from beyond

~ Roberta Beary

a deceased friend
taps me on the shoulder –
plum blossoms falling

~ Chen-ou Liu

In this collection, poets share brilliant and moving glimpses of immortality and continuous renewal. To read these poems, therefore, is to accept death as the watermark on every one of life’s pages. It is to feel at home in the vastness of existence.

~ Sheila Bender, Author of A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, and Founder of http://www.writingitreal.com

Epstein’s collection is a treasure pot of tiny jewels. Because haiku conveys experiences of the ineffable, it is perhaps the best vehicle for transmitting the impact of encounters with the mysteries that lie beyond the grave.

~ Julia Assante, Author of The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death

248 pages with cover art by Ron C. Moss.

(This anthology is available via Amazon.com and direct through our printer. Readers should consider picking up an extra copy for gift-giving.)

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in News & Reviews

 

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Jupiter Works on Commission by Jack Phillips Lowe: A Book Review by Megan DiBello

We’ve received a review of Jupiter Works on Commission by Illinois poet Jack Phillips Lowe (a poetry chapbook recently published by Middle Island Press) which we would like to share here at Poetica~Place.

It was penned by NYC writer/singer/teacher Megan DiBello and was accepted by Midwest Book Review for the November edition of their “Reviewer’s Bookwatch”:

“Like an acrostic poem of the words “average joe”, Jack Phillips Lowe’s book, Jupiter Works on Commission, runs like the x axis of vignettes defining the relationship between social classes in real life chronicles where humans wear their career to work. A harsh reality most encounter is the need for survival on an economy of living to learn to love to work. If you want to know what it’s like to live in America’s society, read what feels like a biography of one who built this country with generations of hard work. From the normalcy of Norman Rockwell to those stepping outside of his paintings and into a more modern summation of a Dorothea Lange photograph, Lowe creates citizens who wear a library of masks; made from hourly wages, salaries, and the emotions that derive from tired feet, the need for a good meal, and a safe place to call home. In his honest approach towards defining a civilian, with non-cynical commentary, it is aptly remarkable how his historical timeline, drives off the x and y axis of this acrostic lifestyle he creates, to show how life is more like a parabola. Like getting a rejection letter in the mail, his words push kind to a new xy generation.”

Thank You, Megan!

Copies of Jupiter Works on Commission are available via Amazon.com.

Jack Phillips Lowe also has a new poem posted on the Poetry Super Highway, and his book is in the hands of a few reviewers, so we’ll keep readers posted.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in News & Reviews

 

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