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  1. In the Desperate Kingdom of Love

    In the Desperate Kingdom of Love


    Author Dr. Brad Sachs is a psychologist specializing in clinical work with children, adolescents, couples, and families. He is the author of several books, including The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Perfectly Satisfied and The Good Enough Teen: Raising Adolescents With Love and Acceptance (Despite How Impossible They Can Be). He is also the author of a previous poetry collection, Blind Date: Poems of Expectant Fatherhood. The 90+ poems in this new collection come directly and poignantly out of Dr. Sachs’ personal experience.

    In the Desperate Kingdom of Love was featured recently on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio. Learn More Add to Wishlist

  2. The Kit Poems

    The Kit Poems


    Powerful poems of love—man for man, for friends, for family—betrayal, resolution.

    “Sherrill’s lyric achievement alone warrants a permanent place for The Kit Poems in the collection of anyone who cares about the future of poetry.”—Dan Jones

    “Allusive, sensual, and utterly human, Jan Sherrill’s The Kit Poems trace the trajectory of love, loss, and what we end with. From the beauty of Nureyev in the Atlanta Airport and ‘the roar of jet engines’ carnal/ lullaby’ to the ‘bruises, like clematis’ that are sustained both inside and out, these poems bespeak humanity in all of its loveliness, rawness, and sadness. Finally though, this searing collection shows us how, in the act of moving on, we do learn how to be ‘Saved,’ even if it is with ‘bruise/ absence, fear and trembling.’” –Moira Egan Learn More Add to Wishlist

  3. Sirens’ Songs

    Sirens’ Songs


    Sirens’ Songs is a facsimile edition of an unbound, limited collector’s-edition Livre d’Artiste containing original renderings of the drawings which illustrate BHB’s edition of SIRENS’ SONGS.

    The poems and drawings range from serious and even scary to comic, but all of them are erotic and all are brilliantly executed. Learn More Add to Wishlist

  4. Ghetto Medic

    Ghetto Medic


    Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ’Hood is the remarkable true story of the life of Bill Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a city which today boasts the busiest fire stations in the United States. The story begins in 1945, when Bill, aged four, is badly burned in a terrible fire started by an older child playing with matches. When he reaches adulthood, he begins searching for his purpose in life and identifies fire as “the enemy.” He joins the still-segregated Baltimore City Fire Department at the height of the civil rights movement, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the ensuing infernos.

    When the upper and middle classes abandon the city, Bill sees a “wasteland” and develops empathy for those people left behind. He tries to make a difference by becoming a paramedic, a service then in its infancy. His story is set against the history of Baltimore, known for its rich black heritage, the home of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a spiritual journey as he risks his own life in caring for the poorest of the poor in a city with one of the world’s highest crime rates.

    In this poignant biographical memoir about her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American story with vibrant characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the heart with a thought-provoking and universal message about the enduring power of compassion.

    "If H. L. Mencken were here he would say, 'Go out immediately and buy a copy of Ghetto Medic' for nobody knew more than Mencken about story telling, language refinement, or the city of Baltimore. This book is an absorbing tale, beautifully written, and tells us more insightful facts about Baltimore than we ever thought we would know. How I wish there were more family memoirs in our literature, and I know that Mencken, arch-memoirist, would agree."--Dennis Smith, author of the bestseller Report From Engine Company 82 and founder of Firehouse Magazine.

    "Bill Hennick is an unsung hero in the history of Baltimore and in the battle against racism and segregation in the south. He was a daring fire fighter and medic as an adult and a victim of a devastating fire when he was a young child. His remarkable story, a courageous comeback, is vividly told by his daughter, Rachel Hennick, in her new book Ghetto Medic."--Lee Gutkind Author and Editor, Creative Nonfiction

    "[Ghetto Medic] has the tension of a good novel. It reads easily pulling me through with every turn of the story. Though I know the outcome, I know not the tale. Though I know the ending of some of the story I am riveted by Hennick’s telling of it."--Marc Steiner WEAA 88.9 FM

    "A beautifully written, instantly captivating account of one man's unfaltering dedication to helping those in need. A story of incredible courage, empathy and compassion, Ghetto Medic leaves the reader touched, inspired."--Craig Jurisevic, author of the Australian bestseller Blood on my Hands (soon to become a film produced by Academy Award winner Eva Orner)

    "This book about the paramedic career of the author's father is packed with many amusing anecdotes and well told stories. It transports you to Baltimore in the 1970s and 1980s. It tells tales that are individual, but will be instantly recognizable to paramedics from all around the world. It is entertaining, amusing and in places poignant. It is a fitting tribute to a dedicated and caring man and his profession. It is well worth a read."--Australian of the Year 2006, Associate Professor William (Bill) Griggs AM ASM Director, Trauma Service, Royal Adelaide Hospital

    "This is a frightening and uncomfortable history, told with vivid evocation and a strong sense of event. It describes what has become a forgotten experience in a way that makes us relive it with the added sense that it is universal and, alas, repeatable. Rachel Hennick makes the vast social world at once personal and immediate. This is writing that cannot be put down; it tingles with life and authenticity."--Thomas Shapcott, award winning author and Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, University of Adelaide Learn More Add to Wishlist

  5. Yiddish Genesis

    Yiddish Genesis


    Yiddish Genesis is a chronological gathering of personal essays, written between 1968 and 2010, which explores Fein’s relationship to Yiddish and the Book of Genesis. The book may be seen as informal forays into his obsessions with this material, these obsessions going back to his childhood. Fein has entered this material as a way of enabling him to claim his obsessions, or them to claim him--not so different from the way his poetry works.

    (Author’s intro) "This book could not have been written without obsessions that go back to my childhood and that then re-emerge as findings of the adult I became. When obsessions have obtained a voice, they then can shape experience. Whatever the conceptions and chimeras that rove here, I ride them to travel more deeply into Yiddish and Genesis. I have entered and re-entered my materials as ways of enabling me to claim them, or them to claim me--not so different from the way my poetry works.

    I have also come to see that a goodly part of the book deals, directly or indirectly, with translation. The chemistries of translation and reflection on that process have entered my life and my engagement with poetry. It is not sidework for me, but part of whatever development I might claim. Translation is for me a form of second birth.

    These essays are visitations of Jewish literatures long haunting me. I am also a reader trying to understand himself--explication as double events, extending over decades. To adapt a Chagallian image, I eye the horse that eyes me in my village of memory and reading." Learn More Add to Wishlist

  6. The Real Deal

    The Real Deal


    Abe Featherman, elected as the first Native American President of the United States, discovers that he is a pawn of his wealthy backers who don't want him to run for a second term. His campaign manager, Franklin, who knows all his secrets, takes charge of the outrageous kabuki designed to get him out of office. Meanwhile Featherman transforms himself from a phony to the real deal. Learn More Add to Wishlist
  7. Impossible Interludes

    Impossible Interludes


    In Impossible Interludes, original copperplate etchings illustrate the unusual experiences of Stevens’ characters. The three plays are individually titled I Told You So, The Other Shore, and The Aura.

    As in all Stevens’ books, words work with images to depict strange and fascinating circumstances. This is Stevens’ first published book of plays, though she has publishedsix books of poems, six books of short fiction, and many articles. “Like the process of writing an imaginary narrative, the process of etching metal plates with acid produces unpredictable, often surprising results.” The same is true of the way the characters in Impossible Interludes live their lives.

    “Stevens’ narrators ‘revel in the magic underlying the quotidian…’” – Perry Crow, Kirkus Discoveries, 2010

    “Death and loss are in the palette of her words and graphics. There is also an erotic element.” – Dan Cuddy, LITE, Baltimore’s Literary Newspaper, 1999

    “The world of which I do not tire is the world of the imagination.” – Elisabeth Stevens’ interview with Rosemary Klein and Barbara Simon, Household Words (2nd ed.), 2009 Learn More Add to Wishlist

  8. Epitaphs for the Poets

    Epitaphs for the Poets


    Wesli Court’s Epitaphs for the Poets consists of 100+ very short poems (in various forms including the limerick) encapsulating the lives (and often the manner of death) of poets ranging from the extremely well known, such as Christopher Marlowe--whose handsome and touchingly youthful portrait appears on the cover-- to the gifted-but-obscure. Not all the poets included are quite ready for their tombstones to be carved; some are alive and well. But not a one of them is exempt from the mordant wit of Wesli Court, aka Lewis Turco, author of The Books of Forms (revised edition just out) and many collections of his own poetry.

    “This wonderful catalogue of witty and sometimes poignant, sometimes caustic observations on the ‘lives of the poets’ entertains and provokes us as its pithy barbs penetrate the crusty surface of literature—I loved them all!”—Clay Reynolds, Ars Poetica Learn More Add to Wishlist

  9. The Night Ballerina

    The Night Ballerina


    The Night Ballerina is a fast-moving, cinematic word-montage that flows through seven uninterrupted sections to create what Dan Stryk calls an “artistically adventurous vision.” Its eclectic verse and occasional prose passages enact the rhythmic interplay of desire, anxiety, and elation in a journey of the psyche, melding together contemporary scenes with ancient parallels. Some of them are a crowded subway car racing under Manhattan, and a subterranean trance-journey in aboriginal Africa; a river baptism in the American South, and a Mithraic initiation rite in Roman Britain; a Freudian analysis of our perennial obsession with Sherlock Holmes, and a rain-soaked climb to a stone circle on a Yorkshire moor; a painter’s conception of a fire-ringed, Shiva-like Jesus calming the sea, and, in the book’s central metaphor, an ascetic ballerina framed in the window of a practice studio on a snowy night. Learn More Add to Wishlist
  10. The Outerlands

    The Outerlands


    San Francisco's outerlands is where the city's once barren dunes end at the Pacific. The poet walks there religiously most mornings, remembering his past, recalling some of the places and people, the art and the artists he has most treasured, while brooding on those ultimate concerns that have obsessed him since childhood, the oldest questions that have no answers. The Outerlands is where life, like the land, ends and finds itself at its outermost reaches where death, like the sea, begins.

    "What they said about Weltner’s previous poetry collection, News From the World at My Birth -- this is a marvelous book. It demonstrates the necesssity of poetry.” -- Bill Mayer

    "These poems speak of how real the past still is, how much it still pleads." -- Linda Gregg Learn More Add to Wishlist

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