Carolyn Martin Launches a New Collection

Carolyn Martin is happy to announce the launch of her latest poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press, 2019).

Celebrate with her at

The Milwaukie Poetry Series
March 13, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Ledding Library Pond House
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR

From the universal to the personal, the formal to the experimental, this collection takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships.

Klonopin Meets Sisyphus – New Chapbook by Adam Levon Brown

The Oregon Poet, Adam Levon Brown, is having a chapbook of poems being published by Weasel Press (Texas) titled, “Klonopin Meets Sisyphus”

You can stay up to date with the book by visiting https://AdamLevonBrown.com

“Adam Levon Brown’s new book Klonopin Meets Sisyphus is an amazing display of true vulnerability. Brown, who I consider to be the fastest growing poet, talent-wise, in the entire literary world, speaks of various struggles throughout his life.

The title perfectly encapsulates what Brown does in this book–a feat often attempted but rarely pulled off with such acumen. From lost first loves to confronting the fact that he has been too humble toward other people in his life, this book scrutinizes both the aspects of mental illness (Klonopin) and the fact that Brown feels he is eternally trying to reach an inner peace only to have to start all over again (Sisyphus).

This is a stage to page book for the ages. The book’s main theme may be vulnerability but there are occasional redemptive moments such as in the poem “Cigarettes and Anxiety” in which Brown utters “I will beat these addictions and conquer these fears.”

Overall, I think this is Brown’s best book yet, as he peels back the layers of viscera and reveals his heart to the world. Brown is a poet I’ve been watching since his very first book and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.”

– Heath Brougher
2018 Poet of the Year – Taj Mahal Review
Head Poetry Editor
Into the Void Magazine

IN THE HUSH by Susan Woods Morse

PRESS RELEASE: Susan Morse’s first chapbook, In the Hush, will be published by Finishing Line Press and is available May 2019. The author currently lives in the Willamette Valley, having recently moved from Maine. The poems in this chapbook explore family relationships and the toll that Alzheimer’s exacts on families, as described below:

By way of the vivid image, the exact reverberating detail, and considerable courage, Susan Morse takes us down through the layers until we reach bedrock. She is the middle generation. Children grow up and leave. Elderly mother descends into dementia. Every stage of life is wrestled into poetry. Describing her own youth: “I railed against my tether, belligerent / like a surprised heifer under the ax.” When she gets a letter from a friend who has witnessed the beheading of a chicken: “I envision my mother; / her cotton wool head on a block. / I think what if sometimes a little death / is better than incoherence / or soundproofed green walls?”

—Shirley Glubka, author of The Bright Logic of Wilma Schuh

Susan Morse’s new collection, In the Hush, unfolds as a journey through relationships, nature, and time, with a sensibility to the harsh edges of the human condition. The persona woven through these poems doesn’t mince words. Titles such as “You Don’t Need to Keep Talking at Me, I Already Know You’re Going” combine with images of Alice in Wonderland’s “glass coffin of summer heat”. Morse’s nuanced, ever-changing landscape is compelling. The reader has no choice but to enter into “the consuming interests of the heart” and to grab hold of these deep mysteries rendered with clear-sighted acumen.

—Judith Skillman, author, Came Home to Winter

To purchase copies, contact www.finishinglinepress.com or Leah Maines, Editor, Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324

Author contact: swmorse18@gmail.com