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Burnt Offerings by Donna Jean Tennis; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Donna Jean Tennis's second poetry collection has been published by Curbow Publications. Burnt Offerings, a book of tender, tough, and often witty poems (sometimes labeled "Gothic" by judges). It placed second for ASPS 2001 Book of the Year.
Mulled Memories by Joseph L. Whitten; Poetry; Staple Stitched

Collection of 52 poems in various forms: sonnet, villanelle, quatrains and free verse.
Mississippi Delta Women In Prism by Claire T. Feild; Poetry; Perfect Bound

In her debut collection, Claire T. Feild offers narrative poems about women living in the Mississippi Delta iin the 1950s and the early 1960s. Many of the poems speak of proprieties revered by these women during a time of placidity that eventually sparked radical change. A darker meaning pervades these poems, for black-white relationships are explored by a writer whose formative years were spent collecting images from the kudzu-covered hills along Highway 49, the sultry cotton fields of the Yazoo Delta, and locales such as Henick's Auto Supply and Goose Egg Park.
Blood Must Bear Your Name by Sue Walker; Poetry; Hard Cover

A book about the lasting effects of blood ties.
The Appearance Of Green by Sue Walker; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Poems about poets and writers and about family.
Discovering Pigs by Catherine Moran; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection of poems views people, places and pigs as a part ofthe poet's insight into coping with the world that we must address.
What The Moon Knows by Sue Scalf; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection is undoubtedly her most mature work and the most unified in theme. The theme is, simply put, loss and survival. And as a leitmotif underlying the poems, there runs the subtle thread of affirmation.
The Earth Still Turns by Barbara Blanks & Brown Bag Poets; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Brown Bag Poets is a critique group of six award-winning and published women. The Earth Still Turns is their eclectic collection of the joys, doubts, mysteries, humor & grief we all encounter in life--and is about the courage and strength that help us survive.
Rejoice and Bah Humbug! by Joseph L. Whitten; Poetry; Staple Stitched

Christmas prose and poems. The title expresses the range of content.
Pinned-on Wings by Betty Spence; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Collection of 72 poems written in various forms. Three chapters, Flights of Feeling, Flights of Fancy, and Flights of Faith reflect the poet's devotion to art, message, and faith. "Pinned-on Wings" was runner-up in the ASPS 2004 Book of the Year award.
Searching for Ambergris by Kathleen Thompson; Poetry; Staple Stitched

Searching for Ambergris gains its title from a substance secreted by a sperm whale and used as a fixative for perfume, and was very well known in the whaling communities of the 18 C. The cover art is a detail from an engraving by Carolyn Watson. The thread which stitches these poems together is the often ambivalent quest for the perfume of life with its accompanying joys and pains.
SUBIC: A Sailor's Memoir by Barbara Perkins Brown; Nonfiction; Perfect Bound

Growing up in the South, Bobby Earl Perkins, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, knew firsthand the abrasive issues of segregation and racial tension; as a way to escape, he joined the military only to find himself in the middle of it again as a 23 year old, an E-4, and a ship's cook many oceans away. This is Perkins's untold testimony on the plight of African American sailors during the late 1960s while stationed on the shore of Subic Bay Naval Base, a U.S. military installation situated in the Philippines. Although serving on foreign soil, Perkins and fellow black servicemen suffered the same intolerance there--from getting demoted in rank to facing criminal charges-- all because of their skin color. A Sailor's Memoir reads like a diary format covering almost two years of Perkins's duty tour while taking the reader on a heartfelt journey. The subject gives a panoramic glimpse into the happenings around the naval base. For example, Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968 spurred racial outbreak and riots inside Subic Bay. This piece of history is shrouded in the story of Subic since it mirrors the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This little-known but historically relevant testimony is a story that is not so ordinary; however, its significance is not alien to many.
I've Heard Verse: awfully good poetry by Barbara Blanks; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Poetry is not a curse word. Poems can be full of pun and nonsense--and I’VE HEARD VERSE is certainly full of something. Barb’s word play is strangely amusing, slightly twisted, and simply fun. Suitable for ages twelve and up, these light-hearted and delightful poems may make you see the light--that is, if you think you don’t like or understand poetry, this book will either change your attitude or … Poof! Barb will change you to a pigeon. (see page 29 ) Contact Barb at www.barbara-blanks.com
Out of the Wreckage: The Pop Stories by Barbara Blanks; Nonfiction; Perfect Bound

Age happens--then everything else hits the fan. When my father-in-law's life changes overnight, mine does, too. These mostly light-hearted stories offer encouragement to others in a similar situation--past, present or future. See Pop romance the Little Debbie brownies, battle against bathing, and enjoy being the "only rooster in the henhouse." Meet the Old Lady Gang at Mayberry, and Bossy Barb, the elf Santa doesn't talk about. Pop's stories also candidly describe how he adjusts to communal living, handles his increasing infirmity and his approaching death from pancreatic cancer. We're all riding the same train, so join us on our simple adventures as we haul ourselves out of the wreckage.
What It Means To Climb A Tree by Carey Link; Poetry; Staple Stitched

What It Means To Climb A Tree is a chapbook sequence of tree climbing poems.
Giant Steps by Barbara Blanks and Mary Winklebleck; Fiction; Perfect Bound

Barbara Compton’s twelfth summer is supposed to be the best ever—and then her world humpty-dumpties when her parents die. Not only must she deal with her older sister (aka Old Grim and Gruesome) as her guardian, but she’s threatened with the additional losses of her home, old friends, and her dog. Barbara resists all attempts that would force her to take giant steps into her future. How can she hang on to what’s left of the only world she’s ever known? Set in the 50s, life might seem simpler then, but death is never easy. Even so,humor still finds its way into the sisters' lives.




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