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  • Posted: November 3, 2018

    The Bob Sterry School of Burglary published at last.

    Over the last thirty days I am happy to say that the Kickstarter crowdfunding program to support the publication of my book, ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’ ran successfully, and the book of poetry, vignettes, and essays is now available online from Amazon and Powell’s books, or if you ...



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LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)

  • Before Dreaming: Poems by Arn Strasser, reviewed by Gigi Cooper

    Before Dreaming

    by Arn Strasser

     

    Budding Branch Books, an imprint of Asher & Merriman Publishers

    ISBN# 978-0-9841874-1-6

    2015, 89 pp., $19.95

    www.buddingbranchbooks.com

     

    Before Dreaming almost is correct; Between Dreaming would be accurate. Arn Strasser’s collection investigates the interaction between the dream state and wakefulness. He approaches the enigma of the dream world with both wonder and dread, exploring the boundaries between living and dead, youth and age, adventure and solace. Without magniloquence, he takes the reader on a journey from as close as the dining room and sofa to the markets and shores of Sardinia.

    For Strasser, sleep is not a separate condition, but a way to access both memories and the future. Dream and memory inextricably intertwine in the book, most literally in the penultimate set of poems

    called “The Wanderers.”

     

    1. Night

    … so we may wander

    the landscapes

    of our dreams … .

     

    these constellations of our

    desires, a twilight of

    remembrances.

     

    1. Awakening

    Do you hear

    voices

    of the dead,

     

    who speak in memory … .

     

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MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT

  • 2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, 1st Place Winner

    November 20, 2018

    the mountain in the evening
    by Brad Canfield

    my grandfather had a black mountain and he picked asparagus in his garden just in front of the mountain he pulled each stalk from the dirt with his thick dirty fingers and dropped it gently into an old coffee can shunk. shunk. shunk. each stalk was a like piece of the evening because the sky grew darker as he picked and i think he looked like he was coming up out of the soil while he picked and i also think he looked like he was growing out of the soil and into a mountain

    Judge’s comments
    In three readings of this set of poems, my first choice never changed. The winner, “the mountain in the evening,” caught me with its simplicity, brevity, and a powerful transformative metaphor balanced on the word because. This in a five-line prose poem with the moody feel of ... Read all of this item.

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