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2013 Chapbook Bundle

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Product Code: 2013bundle
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Eight books published by The Poet's Haven in 2013, available for one low price with FREE SHIPPING!

"The Poet's Haven Digest: On Velvet Feet" (ISBN: 978-1-62590-621-2) (SRP: $6.00, 36 pages)

"On Velvet Feet" features poetry, stories, and other creations about cats, starring cats, and possibly written by cats.

Includes work from Kristina England, Joshua Gage, Janet Garber, Alex Gildzen, Clarissa Jakobsons, Paul Kahle, Thomas Koron, Lori Ann Kusterbeck, Geoffrey A. Landis, Marc Mannheimer, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Rachel M. Newlon, Angela Nichols, Jen Pezzo, Tina Puckett, Lady Kathy Smith, Kevin Frederick Smith, Steven B. Smith, J.E. Stanley, Hannah Stevenson, Melissa Studdard, Mary A. Turzillo, and Vertigo Xi'an Xavier.

"Letter to 20" by Alexis-Rueal (ISBN: 978-1-62590-888-9) (SRP: $6.00, 40 pages)

Alexis-Rueal isn't happy unless she is creating something. From writing and performing poetry throughout Columbus to crocheting and painting, she is always looking for new ways to express her view of the world around her. Alexis has written poetry for 20 years and that took a lot out of her to admit that. She earned her BA in English from Ohio State University. She has worked with the disabled, spent time as a stay-at-home wife, and now works in a law firm. (The lawyer jokes are not true.) Her work has appeared in online journals such as All Things Girl, Loch Raven Review, and Vagina: The Zine, among others. In print, she has appeared in Buzzkill: Apocalypse, Some Weird Sin, and VENDING MACHINE. She is a regular performer at the Writers' Block poetry night and was the first runner up at the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival poetry competition.

"Alexis-Rueal writes about writing to find her voice, lost and tangled in the worlds of men and love. Like the taste of 'cheesecake on the end of [her] fork,' this book is sweet and tangy, leaving the reader aching for the next page."   -- Kara Johnston, author of Map Wrapping Paper Cradle Dangler and 10 Men

"She has sizzle!"   -- C.M. Brooks, author of A Thousand Voices: A City Shaman's Notebook

"Alexis-Rueal's poetry is a whirlwind of heartbreak and resilience. In this collection, she effortlessly engages readers through the music of her poetry and allows them to take a journey to a soul-bearing, starkly honest place."   -- Athena Dixon, editor-in-chief of Linden Avenue Literary Journal

Cover art by Chandra Alderman

"Like Michelangelo Sorta Said" by Steve Brightman (ISBN: 978-1-62590-670-0) (SRP: $6.00, 32 pages)

Steve Brightman lives in Kent, OH, and frequently worships at PNC park ("the finest cathedral in North America"). His poems have been featured in Pudding House, Origami Condom, A Trunk of Delirium, My Favorite Bullet, Vending Machine, and I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems about Ohio.  He is also the author of Sometimes, Illinois, The Logic of Meteors, and Forlorn Teeth.

"Brightman has promise: you can feel the passion wriggling around the poems like a puppy in your arms."  -- Marcus Bales

"A dark savage journey blurring the lines between the industrial machines of man and the coldness of nature in the dark.  Brightman etches his brutal vision in the minds of his readers.  A worthwhile journey for those with the grit for it."  -- Walter Beck, author of As the Cannons and Muskets Roar and Life Through Broken Pens

"Back\words & For/words" by Lori Ann Kusterbeck (ISBN: 978-1-62590-611-3) (SRP: $6.00, 44 pages)

Lori Ann Kusterbeck studied philosophy at Baldwin-Wallace College, completing her bachelor's degree in 2006, and at Cleveland State University, receiving a Master of Arts in 2008. She now teaches philosophy and humanities classes at Cuyahoga Community College. Her first poem was published at age 12, and during her teens she had over a dozen poems featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"The poems in Back\words & For/words illustrate the vicissitudes of love and inspiration, highlighting how the two are interconnected. Kusterbeck's poetry is metaphor rich; using cosmic, nature, and religious imagery she weaves poems of desire, inspiration, heartbreak, and loss. With each poem the reader feels as if they are seeing the world through Kusterbeck's eyes and sharing her life's experiences." -- Laraine Seidl, author of The History of Chickpeas

"Inside the Walls of a Blackened Book" by A.J. Huffman (ISBN: 978-1-62590-169-9) (SRP: $6.00, 32 pages)

A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six poetry collections, and her work appears in both national and international literary journals such as Avon Literary Intelligencer, Eastern Rainbow, Medicinal Purposes Literary Review, The Intercultural Writer's Review, Icon, Poetry Quarterly, Ascent Aspirations, Writer's Gazette, and The Penwood Review.

A.J. Huffman connects the dots one poem at a time, culminating in a raw, 27 piece outline of the soul.  --Brian Fugett, editor of Zygote in my Coffee

Tragically beautiful A.J. Huffman takes the reader on a journey through struggle and pain. With an eloquence that can only come from experience and a willingness to play with punctuation and grammar reminiscent of E.E. Cummings, Huffman paints raw pictures for us of love and life with deadly accuracy. Inside the Walls of a Blackened Book is sure to tantalize anyone who dares to delve into these darkened pages. --the poet formerly known as Andrew, author of Street Corner Poetry

"INHUMAN: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse" by Joshua Gage (ISBN: 978-1-62590-453-9) (SRP: $6.00, 36 pages)

Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon who graduated from the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University.  He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey, and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs.  He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe and hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour.

"Zombies don't do five-seven-five (so many fingers missing)!  This fun book of masterfully written one-gasp poetry proves that the force and beauty of haiku--even those about a walking dead apocalypse--have nothing to do with syllable counting.  Your flesh will crawl--but, hopefully, won't crawl away!"  -- David G. Lanoue, President of the Haiku Society of America

"Gage thoroughly understands the form and his resultant haiku are chilling snapshots of the reality of a world overtaken by a zombie apocalypse...  I audibly gasped several times as I read through this manuscript, the snapshots of his zombie universe felt that real.  I could smell rot, hear the whine of a calliope, feel the warm body of another survivor at my back, taste spiced rum, and clearly see the wiggle of body bags."  -- Deborah P. Kolodji, former President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group

Cover art by Rebekah Moss.

"Universe Gone Dancing" by Mark S. Kuhar with art by Sven Geier (ISBN: 978-1-62314-226-1) (SRP: $6.00, 40 pages)

Mark S. Kuhar is a writer, poet, editor, publisher, artist, and songwriter.  He is also the author of Acrobats in Catapult Twist (2003), Laughing in the Ruins of Chippewa Lake Park (2004), E40th & Pain: Poems from Deep Cleveland (2006) and Mercury in Retrograde (2012).  He was a featured poet in the book Cleveland Poetry Scenes.  He is the founder of the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour (a live monthly spoken-word event) and is the proprietor of Deep Cleveland LLC, which includes Deep Cleveland Press and the Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, a literary e-zine dedicated to the spirit of legendary outlaw poet, artist, and underground publisher d.a. levy.

Sven Geier is employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology.  His artwork was created as a digital fractal energy project.

Universe Gone Dancing is a collection of four poems making up what Kuhar calls a "manic cosmology," which is the vibration of words meant to represent the interlocution of the universe in manifest.  It was originally written to be translated into numbers, but the mental trigonometry hasn’t been invented yet.

"Mark Kuhar is the rustbelt Ptolemy, binding the heavens and the earth to our fragile and miraculous selves."  -- Miles Budimir, author of Departures and Rustbelt Romance

"It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change" by John Burroughs (ISBN: 978-1-62840-867-6) (SRP: $6.00, 40 pages)

John Burroughs is a north-east Ohio poet and publisher. He is the author of many chapbooks including Electric Company, Water Works, and The Eater of the Absurd.  For around a decade, John served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. In 2007 he had a top-ranked blog on MySpace, after which John won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, formed the Poets of Lorain County, has contributed to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs, and is perhaps most proud of his work as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.

"Amid clever wordplay, John Burroughs questions the existence of divinity while yearning for its comfort.  He tries to capture the turmoil and struggle of living within society's capricious expectations and wonders about our capacity to have a good life in spite of an arbitrary and sometimes sinister Fate.  In this book, Burroughs points out the absurd and sometime humorous as he scratches the topics of universal doubt." --Steve Goldberg, author of Tremont Crawl

"With Chance, John Burroughs provides a tasty serving of his playful and anguished lines.  Dig in!"  --Chuck Joy, author of Fun Poetry

Features a wrap-around cover by Steven B. Smith


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