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CHURCH & STATE
by Lewis MacAdams
This is a 5.75 x 8.75 broadside of a 
great little poem by MacAdams. 
VERY limited edition, printed on 80#
Fox River coverstock.
2014.  $5.00

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2012 

by Joanne Kyger

A suite of 9 exquisite poems. Read a terrific review here.

 

2013. 5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. $10.00

 

A special limited edition of 10 copies numbered

and signed by Joanne Kyger are being offered

at $20.00 each.

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FALL FOR YOU

by Todd McCarty

This is poet Todd McCarty’s first published collection,

& it is a blast.  The poems are very tight, tough, and

somehow transcendent.  Deftly negotiating

unexpected hairpin turns as they skid from humor to

tenderness to simple awestruck wonder, these lyrics

confidently claim that rare place between language

& thought, as poetry should.  Dig the music & the

measure, as the strange, the familiar, & the

inevitable collide, bouncing off each other in ways

you never thought possible.

2012. 5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. $10.00

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PATIO POEMS

by Edward Ainsworth

This crystalline set of lyrics is reminiscent

of Coleridge’s Conversation Poems, if they

were written by a lovesick De Quincey doing

his best Keith Richards imititation. The tone

is often meditative, drawing on memories that

fit the rhythms of the present, day to day,

struggle to claim the simple complexities of the

heart, and “Ain’t that just a pretty little burden”,

writes Ainsworth in the lead-off poem “Acts of

Love (1)”.  Bare knuckle sincerity, nimble

Chaplinesque pirouettes, and sheer poetic nerve

drive the measure and the emotion built into the

narrative these poems create. It is a variegated

narrative thread that could unravel anyone’s

chainlink kimono, maybe even yours. 

2012.  5,25” x 8”, hand stitched.

$10.00

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GREEK TO ME 

by Michael Wolfe

The classical Greek remix that underscores 

these poems serves as both a reference & a 

backbeat to the lyric resilience of the poet's

voice.  Time is a measure, as is timelessness, 

& Michael Wolfe's wristwatch is also a sun- 

dial.  In these verses the light in the dark 

& the dark in the light create a stunning

chiaroscuro, leaving you with the feeling 

that you've returned to a place you've  

never been before. 

2012.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. 

$10.00

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BOLINAS POEMS 

by Jim Carroll

Poet Jim Carroll, who died in September 2009,

moved to the small counterculture enclave of

Bolinas, California in 1973 and lived there for 5

years.  Bolinas during that time was home to a

remarkable number of poets, including Joanne

Kyger, Lewis MacAdams, Robert Creeley, Duncan

McNaughton and Bill Berkson, to name a few.  Of

his time in Bolinas Jim said “I was a total recluse,

just using the landscape”  He was also attempting

to kick heroin.  The 10 previously uncollected

poems now published under the title Bolinas Poems

were written during this time.  They offer a lyric

window that opens and shuts on a landscape that

is both external and internal.  These are tough,

beautiful and essential poems by one of the

purest poets to ever snap off a rhyme.

Cover photo by Mary K. Greer.

2010.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. 

$15.00

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ALTOON'S FROG 

by Duncan McNaughton

A selection of 12 poems mysterious & droll & terrific.  The arrows of desire making a u-turn smack in the center of a heart-shaped bullseye.

Cover by John Altoon.

2009.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. 

$10.00

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COSTANZA

by Bill Berkson

A three page poem that hinges upon a visit to the Getty Museum & the portrait bust of Costanza Bonuccelli by Gianlorenzo Bernini

that the poet never gets to see.  There is an amazing Cendrars-like song quality to the poem, to my ear at least, with historic short-hand digressions & lyric somersaults.  A brilliant work.  Also included are Berkson’s “Notes on the Poem”. 

2010.  7” x 8”, hand-stitched.  $10.00

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SPINNING THE DIAL 

by Edward Ainsworth

The story behind the story like the pipes

of redemption, with the crackle of old vinyl

or the pop of a damaged CD, yet lifted from

there in this extended set of short poems

sung to the static of a heart beating right on

time.  The goof & wonder of it as the lyric

segue preempts the contraband cell phone

while the clincal diagnosis takes 12 steps back,

turns on a dime, & queues up Louie-Louie on

the iPod.  Cover by Kevin Opstedal.

2010.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. 

$10.00

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POACHING THE KING'S PUSSY

IN THE DOVER WOOD

by Duncan McNaughton

A four page poem that will scatter your poor brains

hither & yon.  A truly beautiful work from a master

poet.  Originally published as part of the Blue Press

Portfolio in 2007.

2007.  7.75” x 10”, side-stapled.  $10.00

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AGAINST THE WEATHER 

by Owen Hill

You'll dig the measure, the sly humor and

the sledgehammer accuracy of this sweet

suite of 13 poems.

Cover by Kevin Opstedal.

2008.  5.25” x 8”, saddle-stitched. 

$7.00

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IN THE CITY OF WORD PEOPLE 
by Noel Black
A truly inspired lyric set of ruminations,
permutations & bi-polar drive-bys with all
the goof, wonder & clarity that can only
come from an authentic poetic soul.
Cover painting by Marina Eckler.
2008. Paper, 5.25" x 8", saddle-stapled
$7.00

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DON'T SAY A WORD 
by F.A. Nettelbeck
Highgrade, heavy-duty lyric torque
from the last of the great Amerikan
poets.  18 new poems all laying it
down solid"I doubt anyone will be /
the same again."  2008. Paper,
5.25" x 8", saddle-stapled$7.00

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THE RIVER: BOOKS ONE, TWO & THREE
Revised 2nd Edition
by Lewis MacAdams
Lyrically resonant, like the call of a lute in flames.
"Read this book as if it were an ancient scroll
written in a very hip language..."
- Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Revised 2nd Edition 2007. Paperback,
perfect bound. $15.

Copyright (c) Blue Press, 2011.

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THE POETIKAL WORKS OF DUDE THE OBSCURE
by Kevin Opstedal
A nice set of 9 poems, gritty and windswept.
Published by Seven Fingers Press of 
Colorado, and available from Blue Press.
2014. 5.25" x 8", hand-stitched. $10.00

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New from Seven Fingers Press...
MEMORY FOAM

by Kevin Opstedal

"Here, in Kevin O land, the Rimbaud epigraph feels

wholly apt. California's long, lean Pacific coastline

is Kevin O’s exilic Red Sea refuge. The difference is,

the surfer’s pen still works. The landscape may look

narrow (until you glance out to sea), but his topic,

life’s evanescence—is vast. 'Burnt Orange' sets

the tone, but feel free to dive in anywhere."

- Michael Wolfe

2013. 5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched. $10.00

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THREE WHEELS 

by Joanne Kyger, Lewis MacAdams, & Kevin Opstedal

Three poems by three poets. A special limited edition

published to commemorate their reading sponsored by

the SFSU Poetry Center on September 8, 2012.

2012. 5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched.

 

$10.00, not signed

$20.00, signed by all 3 poets

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GYPSY & POET

by Michael Price

Torch songs, ballads, & lullabys in the heart’s smoke-filled back-room, these beautiful poems by Michael Price are loaded with lyric echoes of Wyatt, Campion, or maybe Andrew Marvell, thus furthering that poetic tradition into the 21st Century situational ethics of the windswept Colorado this poet calls home. “There is a healthy / Dependence on truth / And love’s nameless / Dream,” he says, and he means it. But “her voice from below / crawled into my dark mood / and took up home where the mystery / of feeling normal continually / plays Judas to my Steve McQueen”.  There’s no other poet I know that can pull off the old switcheroo like that.  Price has the chops, the know-how, and an ear so finely tuned to the lucid ambiguities inherent in the American language, that it is simply dazzling.  It is a true pleasure to experience his poetry as it plays out upon the page.

2012. 5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched.

$10.00

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The Varieties of Religious Experience

by Kevin Opstedal

This sequence of prose poems is a rogue’s tour of

a kind of West Coast/Dude the Obscure

consciousness owing nothing to William James

except for the stolen title. Joanne Kyger says,

“A very succinct paragraph form for the long

road back with your punk Taoism. We’re delighted.

And also with PW’s [Philip Whalen’s] geography of

Europe.”

2012.  5,25” x 8”, hand stitched.

$10.00

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LYRICS BY LEWIS MACADAMS 

“The beautifully achieved line and tone, natural as can be―a 65 year-old teenager, best of both innocence and experience, perfectly fused into

the third form of being, adamantly optimistic.  Clean as a whistle with a ton of art behind it. 

     There’s been so much bullshit for years re: “the lyric”―from all sides, friendlies

and not.  All of it imbecilically ignorant, finally, of the

real rules of the game.  LYRICS is a gift.  I regret that

John Wieners is not around to read it.  Love poems

that get it."  -Duncan McNaughton

Cover painting by Ed Ruscha.

2009.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched.  $10.00

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WORLD AT LARGE

by Donald Guravich

These poems range from Canadian backwoods snow

flurry epiphanies, small town political union hall & strip

mall generosity (with telepathic details carefully

measured), to red dust Mexican incantations, all with

clear-eyed lyric precision. 

 

             World at large

                     gets larger       Door opens

          so large it disappears

 

A beautiful collection, augmented with elegant line

drawings by the poet, World at Large is published in

a limited edition of only 175 copies. 

2011.  7” x 8.5”, hand-stitched. 

$15.00

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DREAMLAND COURT
by Dale Herd

Known for his brilliant short prose pieces as published in the books Early Morning Wind, Wild Cherries, and Diamonds, Dale Herd is a

meticulous recorder of the language we move around in, and he possesses the skill and the guts to take it all the way.  His underground novel Dreamland Court is simply a masterpiece.  Written in the 70’s, 80's and 90's, and never published, the novel is a collection of monologues that often overlap so that they occur simultaneously on the page.  The effect is totally Rashomon.  This Blue Press edition prints the first chapter of the novel.  It provides a tantalizing peek into the swirling maelstrom of voices that inhabit Dreamland Court. 

Cover photographs by Dale Herd.

2010.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched.  $10.00

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PARADISE: READING NOTES 

by Michael Wolfe

These thirteen poems patiently invent a primary language of intelligence, grace, & expectation.  Whatever dances around the next corner, the light & the dark of it intertwined.  Clear as a bell jar ringing on the ocean floor. 

Cover image by Pamela Dewey.

2010.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched.  $10.00

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DRINKING & THINKING

by F.A. Nettelbeck

Outrageous, sad, funny, courageous, this collection of a dozen poems are pure unadulterated Nettelbeck.  You can peg him as a latter-day beat, an underground hero, a mad wordsmith, a booze-driven shaman, but all that really matters is that this man is one hell of a poet.  Get this book & set fire to your mind.

Cover photograph by F.A. Nettelbeck.

2010.  5.25” x 8”, hand-stitched.  $10.00

 

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GOODS AND SERVICES 

by Bill Berkson

A fine, classic, and classy set of 9 poems.

Clear, keen-eyed, subversive hilarity, “A

panoply of perfect / luster bouncing” in

sharp perceptive lines.

Cover painting by Mitch Temple.

2008.  5.25” x 8”, saddle-stitched. 

$7.00

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THE YEAR OF THE MOTHER
by Michael Price
Poems smuggled in from a dirt floor
cantina in an undisclosed location in
Central America.  Tough, true and forever
in your debt, Triste...these are the kind of
road songs Deke Thornton forgot to telegraph
Townes Van Zandt that night in El Paso.
2007.  Paperback, Paper, 5.25" x 8", saddle-
stitched$10.

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FROM CHANSONNIERS 

by Patrick Dunagan

A tender lyric sequence like a tight-rope

walking tuba band performing without a

net 20,000 feet above your tired eyes. 

Cover by Ryan Coffey.

2008.  5.25” x 8”, saddle-stapled. 

$7.00

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USER'S MANUAL TO THE
PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
by Kevin Opstedal
Poems shot full of west coast high-
grade roadtrip neon.  Published by
SEVEN FINGERS PRESS of Boulder,
Colorado.  2007.  Paperback, saddle-
stapled.  $10.00

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