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The Devil's Fools

Infused with eco-logic, informed by feminism, and taking cues from Eve, Cain, Proserpine, Ulysses, Parsifal, and selves present and past, the fifty poems of The Devil’s Fools question and illustrate myths of nature and the nature of inherited myth.

Fire in Paradise

A collection of poems written by father and daughter during the Pandemic Year 2020.

Line of Sight

A unique, firsthand account of working with a spiritual master in the midst of "ordinary" life.

Watch Me Trick Ghosts

Strangers and spirits intersect between surreal city streets and tactile dreams in this fourth collection from the award-winning poet.

Sole Impression

New poems by the author of Winter Crows.

Sweet Ride

As the '90s spiral towards the new century, a Manhattan nightlife ingenue and her gritty East Village dive-bar crowd fight long odds to win at love, friendship, and ambition.

Fried Goldfinch

A volume of lyric poetry including ekphrastic works, animal poems, life studies, and found objects.

Forty Two Greens

Translated by Youngshil Cho
Subjects: General Interest

The poems in this book, by the way they speak to all parts of our minds, invite us to come alive and experience each movement, each emotion and action, and some statements therein, intuitively and aesthetically.

Muddy Dragon on the Road to Heaven

Poems that explore social and ecological struggles, personal and public nostalgia, family and solitude and seek to balance it all with hope.

Opening to the Real

Recollections and reflections that introduce the reader to the equivalent of the practice of the presence of God.

Tales from the Temple

By Oh-hyun Cho
Translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl
Subjects: General Interest

A collection of prose poems by Musan Cho Oh-hyun (1932–2018), celebrated poet-monk of the Nine Mountain school of Korean Zen.

The Catcher in the Loft

A novel of political intrigue and coming of age, centered in a torture operative who is a fugitive and his unsuspecting daughter who must shelter him.

In the Region of the Heart

An exploration of states of consciousness as well as journeys in the imaginal realm.

The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All On Fire

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Award for 2018, this collection unveils surrealistic imagery and apocalyptic moments to explore cityscapes external and internal.

Tilt / Hover / Veer

Poems depicting the planetary tilt that shuffles the seasons, the dynamic poise of a bird hovering, the tendency to veer as we aim for the polestar but wake up awry.

An Apple in Her Hand

A collection of poetry and prose by a Hudson Valley–based group of women writers.

A Hard Rain

In spring 1972, Brenda Hudson, wife and mother, disappears while vacationing on Hatteras Island, North Carolina.

Reflecting Pool

Edited by Laurence Carr
Subjects: General Interest

Both an anthology and an informal textbook that features poetry and essays by twenty-five New York State poets.

Fraying Edge of Sky

Poetry that takes nature by surprise, observing the world while making it anew.

Paper

By Shin Dal-Ja
Translated by Cho Young-Shil
Subjects: General Interest

This poetry book is a grain of seed in light of the poet’s longing for warm human nature, and of her effort to restore it; it also bears her love for paper.

Memory Is the Medium

A poetic visual meditation on creativity and the nature of imagination and experience.

The Enneagram of G. I. Gurdjieff

Explores the meanings of G. I. Gurdjieff’s enneagram.

Loving Violet

By Steven Lewis
Subjects: Literature

A love story told against the backdrop of “the writing life. ”

In the Gorge

Poems that contemplate the fraught interdependence of the human and more-than-human in an era of extreme environmental degradation.

Threnodies

Takes the reader on a journey through time and place, with stops along the way to visit Madame Curie, Charlie Parker, Scheherazade, Madame Bovary, Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin, and God, among others.

Black Irish

Lyric and blank verse poetry sifting darkness in the author’s life and in the lives of others, both real and imagined.

Red, White, and Red

A longtime member of the Communist Party travels across the USA in 1950, wondering what he will tell the House Un-American Activities Committee, and whether he will ever return home.

Meridian

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Award for 2015.

Request Line at Noon

By Lee Jangwook
Translated by Sun Kim & Tsering Wangmo
Subjects: General Interest

A collection of poems by the South Korean poet Lee Jangwook.

The Stones of Strasbourg and Other Poems

A multilayered study and poetic evocation of one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, Strasbourg Cathedral.

Take This

One man’s always humbling and sometimes humorous path to forgiveness and redemption.

Dancing with Diana

By Jo Salas
Subjects: General Interest

A bright young man with cerebral palsy has his destiny intertwined with Princess Diana’s.

Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Award for 2014.

The Crazy Thing

A love story entwined with a philosophic quest.

Together / Apart and other poems

Poems on relationship, intimacy, and longing, the poetics of postcards, and places real and imagined.

A Warm Family

By Kim Hu-Ran
Translated by Cho Young-Shil
Subjects: General Interest

The first collection in English of this renowned Korean poet's work.

Every Root a Branch

Poems that express the wonder and challenge of being human in a conflicted world.

Mandalas

Poems that explore our place in the cosmos.

The Glory and Other Stories

Eight intimate stories that speak to the spiritual question of what matters in life.

Rain, Sky, Wind, Port

Poems on nature and the human condition.

Proof

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Award for 2013.

A Slant of Light

A collection of contemporary prose and poetry by women writers from New York’s Hudson Valley.

Freeze

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2012.

Selected Poems

In these idiosyncratic, subtly rhymed and occasionally violent lyrics, Frost runs her tongue along the edge of the knife dividing wit from rage.

Scout's Honor

By Charley Rosen
Foreword by Phil Jackson
Subjects: General Interest

A scout’s iconoclastic views of basketball, love, and American culture.

Trine Erotic

The first novel to fully explore evolutionary psychology, Trine Erotic explores what it means to love and write in a memetic, Darwinian world.

Man in the Cosmos

Explores the relationship between the mystical cosmology of G. I. Gurdjieff and the discoveries and theories of modern science.

Letters and Found Poems of Edisa and Chloe

The story of two women and their quotidian existence in rural New York.

Rumi's Holistic Humanism

Rumi’s universal approach to life is compellingly revealed in easy-to-read prose with excerpts from Rumi’s poetry.

Midwestern Heart

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2011.

Floodplain, The

Riveting novel that deals with themes of action and inaction, guilt, and innocence.

Pacem in Terris

The banner of humankind blows over Pacem in Terris whenever it is open. The five stripes symbolize five subdivisions of the one human race; brown, black, red, white, yellow, unite at the top, each one ...

Song of Myself and Other Poems

Uses new poetic forms to explore various themes such as the nature of the self and our relations with nature.

Voices of Women Singing

A radically innovative blend of poems, prosepoems, and memoir.

Martin Benson Speaks

The robust memoirs of an unusual twentieth-century seeker and student of G. I. Gurdjieff.

Promise Kept, A

A thrilling adventure and a tale of our time, this is the story of Jared’s mythic quest to fulfill an ancient promise and save his people from endless war and spiritual poverty.

Pancake Hollow Primer

By Laurence Carr
Subjects: Literature

An insightful and often humorous tale of rural life and how an old house and its land can bring a broken person back to wellness.

In Search Of…

Edited by Haifa Mahabir

Stories traversing oceans and continents in the common search for identity and place.

The End of the Folded Map

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2010.

Circular Migrations

Poetry that helps to explore the details of life.

Wisdom Sings the World

Wisdom, this book argues, is found in the poetry of things.

Learning to be Human

Compilation of Stern’s columns from Chronogram in which he explores the intriguing concept of regional culture in its full meaning.

Crush Test

Poetry that sifts the possibilities of an American ethos and probes for a usable truth.

A Hellsmouth for Orpheus

To the poet's quest for immortal vision, A Hellsmouth for Orpheus offers the longing of human desire. Raw but discreet, deliberately sensual, evoking an elusive authority, this book-length poem turns ...

The Book of Nine Elixirs

sucked two small drops
of blood
& I suddenly saw
the lust of his attack
& felt its
most serious
misunderstanding
of my life.

Only the Sound Itself

Poetry that reminds us to think about the experiences that made us who we are.

Pistols and Hearts

"First finalist for the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2008, Sibyl James's Pistols and Hearts captures the beauty and ruggedness of daily life in Mexico through inventive lyricism. Oscillating between ...

Winter Crows

"Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2008, Barry Sternlieb's Winter Crows recalls the directness of Asian master poets, its offerings as deft as calligraphic brushwork, as acoustically sound ...

Endless Trace, An

An impressionistic history of the Western spiritual tradition.

Weathered Heart, The

This collection of sonnets, written over a fifty year period, treats such universal themes as loss, parental love, the cycle of the seasons, the everpresence of flux and change, and the tragic state of ...

Nieuw Pfalz, Book 2

Book 2 of an epic poem on the history and people of the town of New Paltz, New York.

Wytheport Tales, The

"In The Wytheport Tales, Laurence Carr observes 'Time is warping in the palace. ' And our nights and days are warping in these sly, canny (or are they uncanny?) poems. Most interested in the world when ...

Thirst

Searching for Things to Worship
Sorting through fluttering debris
of thick boyhood days, tangle of jungle
browned with our absence,
I remember how you cupped
water at Cedar Creek,
your hands a chalice. ...

Zen Book of Hours, A

"When at seventeen I had become a medical student in Holland, my eye fell on a slim volume that carried in large yellow characters the title 'ZEN. ' This was in 1926, when Zen was still unknown in the ...

Thumbtacks, Glass, Pennies

I pick up thumb-tacks in the street
and put them in my pocket. Some I use
to stick up times on the corkboard, some I put
back in the desk. Once a tack stuck
straight through the ball of my foot as I ran ...

Heartbeats in Stones

The poet's eye never misses the incongruity of things that cuts to the bone, "an obsidian scalpel of love" that keeps racing with her in the space between life and death, adoration and hatred. It may ...

Nieuw Pfalz, Book 1

An epic poem on the people and history of New Paltz, New York.

Passion for Seeing, A

In A Passion for Seeing, Frederick Franck establishes himself as a prime minister witness to the twentieth century. Read in this anthology the best of Franck's observations: from the onset of the Second ...

The Way I Wait for You

David McCann is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature at Harvard University and the translator/editor of numerous volumes of Korean poetry. His own poetry has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, ...

Diary of a Vagabond

By Song Yong
Translated by Jason Park
Introduction by Jason Park
Notes by Jason Park
Subjects: General Interest

"Song Yong's strange complex stories exhibit masterful control of language and narrative drive. They explore themes of existentialism such as existential anxiety and despair and deal with the plight of ...

The Apple in the Monkey Tree

"Mr. Murphy is a very carful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quite but packed, carefully ...

Seeing Venice

"Venice is so much more than canals, bridges, gondolas. It is an unbroken sequence of ever-changing moods; festive; frivolous, elegiac and melancholy, forever foreign yet totally intimate. " –from Seeing ...

While I Was Dancing

This collection of poems was written between 2004 and 2009. Working with various partners Steve Clorfeine developed a form, "moving and writing," in which one person moves with eyes closed and the other ...

The Hairpin Tax

The fragmentary poems are of flight, written in the full fury of movement from a known habitat to one full of strangeness. The uncanny is their constant envoy. They enter into things at an obtuse angle ...

Rafting into the After-Life

"The 42 poems in this book were culled from a 365-poem opus titled One Year. Each poem in One Year was composed according to the following method:

I would take a day--say, January 18--and, sifting through ...

Missives

The etymology of the word "missive" according to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary comes from Middle French: lettre missive, literally translated as "a letter intended to be sent. " Missives is a book composed ...

What the Bee Knows

"The Sphinx, the Pyramids, the stone temples are, all of them, ultimately, as flimsy as London Bridge; our cities but tents set up in the cosmos. We pass. But what the bee knows, the wisdom that sustains ...

The Robe of Love

"Irresistible. A major force in the renaissance of storytelling in America. " —New York Times

"The Robe of Love takes us straight to the heart singing, glorious reminding us in story after story that ...

Charlie

Abraham Burickson's chapbook Charlie is an exploration of what it means to find oneself living without an instruction manual in a world filled with strangers. The poems follow Charlie and Sal, two very ...

Shorewards Tidewards

Full Moon Tide

I want to stop listening.

I'm tired
of making sense, of having to listen, of taking
the ocean in day after day, of holding on
to its labor; you have to let go--and it blanks out lost
to ...

Enneagrammatic Improvisations

The poems in this volume are experimental in nature. They came out of a study of the enneagram—a symbol best described in P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous. While looking for a way to experience ...

Blue Cliff Record

By David Rothenberg
Foreword by Sam Hamill
Subjects: General Interest

"Revisiting these 100 classic case studies, Rothenberg enlivens the process, and if he returns one to translations from the original, if his practice deepens another's practice, so much the better. " ...

Field Road Sky

Praise for Steve Clorfeine's work:

"I found myself carried by his words. ..often an unremarkable or extravagantly beautiful list of things and events was made brilliant by the attention paid to their existence. ...

Gas Light

"A Short Piece"

It must be that the azaleas
Bloom at dawn
And fall at dusk.

Over the low pine grove
Behind the rocks in Samchung Dong
They droop
Whenever the clouds pass.

All through April
Unnoticed by ...

Tilting Gravity

"Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2009," Elizabeth Rees's Tilting Gravity shimmers like moonlight on tidewater, illuminating the ebb and flow of brokenness and recovery with rippling imagination ...

Hurricane Hymn and Other Poems

Poetry cannot perform search and rescues.
Words are not water or food or shelter.
Grief cannot put a roof over storm-refugees.
Compassion's not a substitute for action.
Come in from the wind, let ...

Riverine

Edited by Laurence Carr
Subjects: General Interest

Riverine is a contemporary anthology of memoir, short fiction, and poetry by over seventy Hudson Valley writers.

The memoirs reflect Hudson Valley life along with life outside the U. S. Intriguing short ...

Feral Idylls

With each poem in this series, Bauman explores the life of an animal native to the Catskill region, delving into their secret suffering, fear, and determination. Through their daily struggles, he reveals ...