What Music Remains

Greg Watson
6 x 9 78 pp
ISBN: 978-1-935666-21-9

In What Music Remains, Greg Watson chronicles moments of poignancy and loss, and helps readers discover what might be in the next room, transforming the domestic usual into the universal extraordinary. These poems begin in the silence of loss and disappointment, and moves toward music and light—
“all that good blonde sunlight spilling / out onto the ground at once.”

The Next Best Thing

Linda Back McKay
6 x 9, $16.00, pb,
96 pp

Traversing the landscapes of love, time, grief, humanity, and hope, the poems in this book offer a rollicking range of styles and tones from poignant lyricism to mordant prose, from somber honesty to wild speculation. McKay is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, poet, teaching artist, citizen, traveler, floor scrubber, motorcycle enthusiast, old soul and nature lover. (She can tap dance, too.)

Book of Fire

Cary Waterman
6 x 9, $16.00 pb
96 pp

Cary Waterman writes about travel to Iceland, the myth of Persephone, the luxuriousness of the Minnesota seasons and the difficult realities of a nation at war. There are poems about childhood, parenting, marriage, and divorce, occasionally dark but also laced with wry humor and tenderness toward life. Waterman has a knack for evoking the beauty and solace of nature, which shines through with special force in the section devoted to a solo driving trip she took around the outer reaches of Iceland.

The Gravity of Flesh

Jill Breckenridge
$16.00 (pb), 102 pages
ISBN 978-932472-81-3

This collection of funny, formally inventive, clear-eyed poems deals with intertwining lives, human and animal, close and far, with a special section depicting the experience of attending the Minnesota State Fair. We see such everyday family concerns as the pet goldfish, making cinnamon applesauce, and attending a powwow at Grand Portage in a new light. The author’s own battle with cancer is a theme of one of the final sections. “What makes The Gravity of Flesh so special and so welcome is its largeness of spirit,” says poet Sondra Zeidenstein. “Some of the poems seem Chaucerian in spirit.

Milk and Tides

Margaret Hasse
$16.00 (pb), 80 pages
ISBN 978-1-932472-75-2

In this lyrical collection of poems, Margaret Hasse covers a wide range
of experience, from adoption and childrearing to reflections on war, changing seasons, and hand-me-down clothes. Meditative, humorous, or rhapsodic, they invariably spring from close observation and the deft use of images to expose the beauty, challenge,
and mystery of common life.

Flying: Prose / Poems

Beverly Rollwagen
$14.00 (pb) 84 pages
ISBN 978-1-932472-48-6

The author sifts through childhood memories, her years as an airline stewardess, and experiences of later life, including loss and grief, in this second collection of poems and prose poems. Whatever the theme—relationships, childrearing, or skating in the park--we can be sure there will be a flash of insight before the end told in a voice that rings with humor and intelligence. As Natalie Goldberg writes, “The poems are at once funny, poignant, direct and full of unbearable truth…In this second book, Rollwagen continues to fulfill her promise as a totally original voice.”

She Just Wants

Beverly Rollwagen
$14.00 (pb), 96 pages
ISBN 1-932472-32-0

“Has anyone taken Freud's exasperated question—
“What does a woman want?”—as generously to heart as Beverly Rollwagen? Her linked daisy-chain of responses forms a spirited tour of that enduring conundrum. In her deft considerations, the question is no longer an impertinence
but a lavish invitation to delight.” --Patricia Hampl

All This and More: New and Selected Poems

Carol Connolly
$16.00 (pb) 96 pp

Carol Connolly, Saint Paul’s Poet Laureate, is well-known for her zany, ribald voice and her deep experience with the anguish and humor of human relationships. In this new collection she continues to explore the vein she first probed many years ago in her first volume, Payments Due: Onstage Offstage, and in a series of poetry readings produced by Dudley Riggs in the comedy hit What’s So Funny About Being Female? Her new collection is irreverent, political, poignant—and filled with the insight and perspective of a woman who has seen life from many angles.


Morgan Grayce Willow
$16.00 (pb) 84 pp

Morgan Grayce Willow’s first full-length poetry collection is a quiet, layered map of shapes and spaces, love and not-love, sound and silence. Some of the poems offer witty and cultured reflections, as when she weaves together Pythagorean algebra and the TV satellite dish on the roof, or draws out the character of an aged Voltaire by examining the planes of his face and the twinkle in a tired eye .Acute observation, natural history, physics, and neighborly concern rub shoulders time and again in this diverse collection by one of Minnesota's most consistently inspired poets .

From Here Across the Bridge

Evelyn Klein
$17.00 (pb), 112 pages
ISBN 1-932472-42-8

Evelyn Klein explores the moods and experiences of family life, her divorce, and her progress toward a new sense of self in this exquisite series of poems, illustrated with stunning woodcuts by her father, Wolfgang Klein.

Why Still Dance : 75 Years, 75 Poems

Phebe Hanson
96 pp, $17.00 (pb)
ISBN 1-932475-05-5

Phebe Hanson has been writing poems since 1941, both describing and pondering a wide range of personal experience. Her images are drawn from a childhood in rural Minnesota, her career as a writer and teacher, her years raising a family, and her thoughtful participation in the civic and political upheavals of our times. Her wry humor and descriptive elán advance a subtle and penetrating vision, rich in human texture but never obscure.

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