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The Wild Severance

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The Wild Severance contains six poems that serve as a prologue and an epilogue and introduce each of the book’s four sections. They form a loose narrative depicting a deadly encounter between a hawk and a crow and stand as an extended metaphor exploring the difficulties of living a complex human life—loss, loneliness, desperation, joy, sorrow, love. As the poem “O” observes, ‘The hawk bows to the breast of the crow / with the abandon of a lover. Beak for teeth / tearing away at the heart’s cover.’ The book opens with a poem entitled “Orison,” which calls into consciousness its central symbol of brutality, the hawk, and is followed by “Crow,” which introduces the book’s first section and initiates an exploration of the dark dualities of predator and prey, perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence, fear and fearlessness, terror and assurance. The Wild Severance concludes with “Hawk and Crow,” which begins ‘When morning returns’ and ends with ‘prayer.’ This book takes its reader, therefore, on an undulating flight through darkness to light.
The type and layout of The Wild Severance were designed and composed by Bertha Rogers, using Adobe InDesign. The book and cover are set in Adobe InDesign Lapidary333 Book Type.The book was printed on 60-lb. offset, acid-free, recycled paper in the United States of America. This first edition is limited to copies in paper wrappers.
About the Author
V. P. Loggins is the author of The Green Cup (2017), winner of the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, The Fourth Paradise (Main Street Rag 2010) and Heaven Changes (Pudding House Chapbook Series 2007). He has published one book of criticism on Shakespeare, The Life of Our Design, and is co-author of another, Shakespeare’s Deliberate Art. His poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, First Things, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Healing Muse, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Poetry Ireland Review, The Southern Review and Tampa Review, among others. He has been a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the May Swenson Award, and the Tampa Review Prize. Talking Drums, an art exhibition and installation by sculptor and ceramicist Andrew Cooke, music by Paddy Craig, based on poems in The Fourth Paradise, appeared in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. His work has been featured in A Universe of Dreams, poetry and music performed nationally by Neal Conal of National Public Radio and Ensemble Galilei. Born in
Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Illinois, V. P. Loggins holds a Ph.D in English Renaissance literature from Purdue University and has taught most recently at the United States Naval Academy.
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Capital Ironies

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David Bachner’s Capital Ironies explores Washington, DC’s monuments and public spaces, its boulevards and side streets, its trails and riverside promenades, to delve into the deeper life of the city, Bachner writes, whose “blatancies, nuances, and contradictions” he has come to know well after forty years of residency. “In a genial voice beset by the anxieties of a fractured nation, Bachner takes us across the intersections of his life and the life of the city, monumental and momentary alike,” writes editor Robert Bensen. Dr. Bachner was dean of Global Studies at Hartwick College and scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of International Service.

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Caught Before Flight

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With Caught Before Flight, Vicki Whicker fashions a lyric memoir that takes us on a trip from a stark 60’s childhood to her technicolor adulthood. These poems spring from a strong feminine gaze: edgy, sensual, lyrical and vivid. Poet Jack Grapes writes, “Read these poems as you would inhale oxygen, both before and after you’ve lost your breath reading these feathery poems, each one as profound as a mountain.” Memoirist Josh Kilmer-Purcell writes, “Caught Before Flight is overflowing with exquisitely succulent imagery of Whicker’s personal relationships…creating residual longing that lingers beyond the final page…Rich, mature, and impressively lyrical, these poems demand to be savored.” Whicker left the West Coast and her fashion career to experience and interpret, as poet and fine art photographer, the bucolic life of upstate New York.

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Last Stop, Ronkonkoma

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*Limited edition signed copies from the author (only 8 in stock)
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*All proceeds will benefit Bright Hill Press.
Last Stop, Ronkonkoma Description:
After the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers to L.A., Brooklynite and devout Yankee hater Harry Sisler leads his family as far away from Brooklyn as his money, wife, and (mistakenly) the Long Island Railroad will allow… fifty miles… to Ronkonkoma, where the air squeaks and the trees are filled with ticks.There, Harry determines to play his own god and is consumed by two of his own prophecies: that he will die at the age of fifty (promptly!), but first raise a centerfielder better than the “damn Joe DiMaggio”Good plan, except his wife sets a prophecy of her own, that she will raise the same son to be the family’s first priest, driving Harry away to the pipeline of Alaska. It’s a dog race to the finish for all of them, and as Harry nears his fiftieth birthday, and his last chance to be right about anything (the timing of his own death), the son wrestles with a nagging call to find him.
About the Author:
Fred Schneider (Cooperstown, NY) earned his B.A. in American Literature from SUNY Geneseo. Following an executive career, Fred now owns the Landmark Inn in Cooperstown with his wife Robin. He is a three-time novelist and a two-time invitee to Colgate University’s Novel Intensive. Fred’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in Congo Lust, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Newsday, and Backpacker Magazine as well as Public Radio, where he enjoyed an extended gig as humor essayist for NCPR and where one of his essays, The Distance of Fathers was short-listed for national release. His novels, including his latest Last Stop, Ronkonkoma (October 2019) have found much critical success. Fred’s current projects include a fourth novel, as well as a play titled, The Glass Eye of James Fenimore Cooper, based on Mark Twain’s famous essay on literary offenses, which he also hopes to produce locally in 2021.
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More Than A Handful

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Lynne Kemen’s More Than a Handful revisits childhood to see things things both as a child and as an adult, and to come home and delight in Upstate New York. Kemen “asks unanswerable questions” as her poems illuminate dark family houses and recall childhood being “natural in a body that belongs,” writes poet Lisa Wujnovich. Reviewer Linda Lowen compares the collection to “a spoonful of honey stirred into a cup of tea, swirling the sweet and the bitter into a warming, perfectly-steeped blend.” After a career in New York City theatre, dance medicine, and biopsychology, Dr. Kemen moved to her family home in Franklin and is on the board of Bright Hill Literary Center.

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Seeing Things: An Anthology of Poetry

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The volume includes poems by both well known and newly published authors David Bachner, Robert Bensen, Rana Bitar, Diane Bliss, Jesse Hilson, Liz Huntington, Lynne Kemen, Annie Kuhn, Karen Miritello, Cicada Musselman, M. W. Piercy, Bertha Rogers, Liz Rosenberg, Pam Strother, Julie Suarez, Lexington Swartwood, Mary van Valkenburg, Julene Waffle, Vicki Whicker, Teresa Winchester, and Lisa Wujnovich.

The 135-page book features rural photographs by Vicki Whicker as well as voices as diverse as the many Upstate communities that the poets come from: Franklin, Walton, Schenevus, Delhi, Binghamton, Niskayuna, Middletown, Bovina Center, Hobart, Laurens, Burlington Flats, Otego, Hancock, Laurens and Oneonta.

The Seeing Things poetry workshop met at Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell from March 2019 until the pandemic forced the group online, where it meets weekly. The Seeing Things anthology is edited by Robert Bensen, with type design by David Hayes, and is published by Woodland Arts Editions, Oneonta.
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So I Will Remember

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Julene Waffle’s So I Will Remember captures the beauty and turbulence of the past and present to vividly populate a future when memory fades. In her tribute to family, Waffle shows we are who we are because of the choices our ancestors made and the world that shaped them. Poet Liz Rosenberg said the book “is filled with small, shining gems—glimpses of her young son; an ode to the world of wind and stars. In fact her book is full of nature—the nature around us, and insight into the human nature within us.” Poet Julie Suarez said that Waffle “helps us to remember our own panoply of losses and delights…She makes the everyday luminous and catches ‘moments of awe and beauty in a web of words’—no small task.”  Waffle teaches and coaches at Morris Central School and operates Colonial Ridge Golf Course in Laurens with her family.

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The Ruined Walled Castle Garden

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Beginning with the forest wanderings of a mentally lost father in the twentieth century, and ending with Eve’s original choice of wisdom over obedience, THE RUINED WALLED CASTLE GARDEN’s lyrics are spoken by or about actual historical figures such as Lizzie Borden, Emma Mille, Nikola Tesla, Virginia Woolf, and by unidentified representative contemporaries who work in a factory or model for an art class, visit Doha or Baghdad, weed a Scottish garden, walk beneath a New York winter sky. The poems interrogate faith, justice, militarism, madness, and the endless relation between two sexes.

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Porcupine in Freefall

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Poetry. “There are a lot of young writers with talent but Rainie Oet has a strange and mature vision as well, which dwells in a convergence of clarity and swerve, comedy and disquiet, privacy and sociability, tenderness, and something just a touch hard. PORCUPINE IN FREEFALL is no mere concept album, though it has got a rather original driving concept. Combining the authentic feel of seeming autobiographical narrative with surrealistic, whimsical, sometimes lyric, sometimes anti-lyric adventures, this debut is a curiosity and a delight.”—Daisy Fried

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The Threshold of Light

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“If ever a book found words for cosmic energy, it’s THE THRESHOLD OF LIGHT. ‘Light’ becomes the dynamic force here; and in this sallow time in history we need this book more than ever. To live at the highest level of human thought is to refresh language; and Glaser shows that our ordinary daily acts are divine ones. This poetry blesses every day, and us, with its descriptions.”—Grace Cavalieri, The Poet and the Poem from The Library of Congress

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