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Figures for a Family Portrait

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“The noblest aim of FIGURES FOR A FAMILY PORTRAIT may be to gather all the poet’s knowledge, experience, and mystical realization into single, singular expression. Steve Lautermilch’s world is rendered as palimpsest; all moments are superimposed upon one another, even as they are flowing inward and outward at once. His observations are those of the precise visual artist, the patient photographer for whom each and every detail is of eager importance. Meditation is his means of discovery, his language ‘a fountain in spilling water’ that ‘shapes a double, mirror image’ of the All…No more genuine a poetry has ever been written.”—Fred Chappell

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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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