Black Lawrence Press
Poetry
THE WIND-UP GODS
Stefi Weisburd
Winner of the 2005 St. Lawrence Book Award

“[T]hat rare book unafraid of ambitions and ideas... ”
— Paul Guest
I CAN ONLY GO AS FAST AS THE GUY IN FRONT OF ME
Frank Matagrano

“Frank Matagrano is a poet of compassion, wit, and wisdom." — Denise Duhamel
              
THE VIETNAM ECCLESIASTES
D.C. Berry

“Not porn and not comics.” — Chiller

“All of these short, like Berry in bed.” — Em Dick

MY WINDOW SEAT FOR ARLENA TWIGG
James Reidel

“[B]rilliant — this book is long overdue.” — Thomas Lux

"Reidel’s debut collection is a marvel." — David Wojahn
AN HOUR IS THE DOORWAY
James Owens

“[F]ew younger poets today...have such a will to transfigure the ordinary.” — David Rigsbee
FIGHTING FOR A PLACE TO PARK by Frank Matagrano
ISBN 978-0-9768993-8-9     $14.00
ISBN 0-9768993-5-3     $14.00
ISBN 0-9768993-1-0     $14.00
ISBN 0-9768993-2-9     $14.00
ISBN 0-9768993-4-5      $14.00
Contemporary Literature & Non-Fiction
THE BROTHER SWIMMING BENEATH ME
Brent Goodman

“...[T]he author's firm craft and uncommonly mature vision transform loss to a complex, buoyant beauty. ” — David Graham
ISBN 978-1-934703-39-7      $14.00
INK FOR AN ODD CARTOGRAPHY
Michele Battiste

“These poems are driven by some super high-octane duende...in tune with the mad universe.” — Jim Daniels

          ISBN 978-1-934703-48-9 $14.00
THE NARCOLEPTIC YARD
Charity Ketz

"Mystical in its delicacy yet scientific in its exactitude, The Narcoleptic Yard  replicates the ineffable,  gives it a location and a name, even as it  acknowledges the mundane or punishing aspects of materiality." — Alice Fulton
ISBN 978-1-934703-48-9     $14.00
GIVE OVER THE HECKLER AND EVERYONE GETS HURT
Jason Tandon
Winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award

"In this book you can find the fingerprints of the trickster, the pilgrim, the lover, the philosopher. I urge you to buy it. You'll be reading it for years." — Mekeel McBride
ISBN 978-1-934703-48-9  $14.00
SAGITTARIUS AGITPROP
Matthew Gavin Frank

"Matthew Frank's new collection of poems exchanges ideas for music and music for pictures...This book is sort of miraculous. I love it." — Norman Dubie
ISBN 978-1-934703-55-7  $14.00
PULLEYS AND LOCOMOTION
Rachel Galvin

"Astonishingly original, Galvin's is one of the voices my generation will be remembered by." — Ilya Kaminsky
ISBN 978-1-934703-72-4   $14.00
TIPS FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL
Hayden Saunier

"This is a breathtaking and stunning debut." — Eric Pankey
ISBN 978-1-934703-81-6    $14.00
STALIN IN ARUBA
Shelley Puhak

"Deeply political and deeply personal, Stalin in Aruba is a startling debut." — Julianna Baggott
ISBN 978-0-615-31930-8   $14.00
SWERVE
Bruce Cohen

“This is terrific work from start to finish, by a bright new poetry star in the American sky.” — Tony Hoagland
ISBN 978-0-9826228-5-8   $14.00
IMMIGRANT
Marcela Sulak

“Sulak’s poems, laden with precise and exquisite images and transcribed with deft diction and prosodic command, confirm to us
that the heart is our deepest thinker."
— Khaled Mattawa
ISBN: 978-0-982622-8-7     $14.00
THE GIVING OF PEARS
Abayomi Animashaun

“Abayomi Animashaun’s poems hum inside like a good cocktail. Their vivid, magical powers of witness lift up the world.”
             —Naomi Shihab Nye

A COLD WIND FROM IDAHO
Larry Matsuda

“Just as Elie Wiesel spoke for the survivors of the Holocaust, Dr. Matsuda in simple, elegant, and heartbreaking poetry gives voice to the silent generations.”
             —Barry Grosskopf

ISBN 978-0-9826364-0-4 $14.00
THE OLDEST HANDS IN THE WORLD
Daniele Pantano

"A romantic with a sharp intelligence, Pantano gives us poems where heart and mind move together as on a verbal bicycle built for two."
              —Billy Collins
ISBN 978-0-9826364-8-0 $14.00
ISBN 978-0-9826318-5-0    $14.00
TIGGERMOOM TRIGGERMOON
Julia Cohen

"Julia Cohen’s poems will knock you out with their fresh logics like some moon-governed dream."
              —Elizabeth Willis
ISBN 978-0-9826364-2-8 SALE: $10.00
SPEECH ACTS
Laura McCullough

"McCullough's poems  are manic, heartfelt and humane; and they crackle with  what the Reverend Marvin Gaye would have called  "textual healing."
              —Tony Hoagland
ISBN  978-0-9826364-4-2 $14.00
THE UNEMPLOYED MAN WHO BECAME A TREE
Kevin Pilkington

"In this rich collection of tender poems, [Pilkington] celebrates the small consolations of daily life that offer spiritual relief in the face of disappointment and loss."
              —Jim Daniels
ISBN  978-0-9826364-6-6 $14.00
AMERICAN MASTODON
Brad Ricca

"In American Mastodon, we meet a brash and arresting presence on the po-biz scene. Go ahead and buy this book now; you may need to stand in line to buy his next one."
              —X.J. Kennedy
ISBN  978-0-9828766-2-6 $14.00
INSTRUCTIONS FOR KILLING THE JACKAL
Erica Wright

"The poems in Erica Wright’s bold debut balance their investigations of danger, dysfunction and bad weather not merely with beauty and poise but also with an imaginative counterforce all her own."
              —Timothy Donnelly
ISBN  978-1936873104  $14.00
KILLING THE MURNION DOGS
Joe Wilkins

"Joe Wilkins has a big, true, highway-running American voice. He remains one of my favorite young poets working today. When you see a new book of his, you should celebrate."
         —Luis Alberto Urrea
ISBN 978-0-9828766-0-2 $14.00
WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME
Pascale Petit

"Pascale’s poems are as fresh as paint, and make you look all over again at Frida and her brilliant and tragic life."
              —Jackie Kay
ISBN  9780982876657 $14.00
FUSE
Marc McKee

"Able to crash with the best of jets, Marc McKee’s poems rise from their own stupendous and generous wreckage with the best that art can give us, the amazement of being alive, the onslaught of music and the suddenness of insight."
              —Dean Young
ISBN  978-0-9828766-4-04 $14.00
THE PRINCIPLE AGENT
Sarah Suzor

"Agile of intellect, resolute in courage, Sarah Suzor calls into question the very nature of agency even as she proceeds to catalyze new equations, new antidotes and new choices that show us, finally, a world where “West is just west, and it never runs out."
              —Elizabeth Robinson
ISBN 978-1-9368731-4-2 $14.00
DOLL STUDIES: FORENSICS
Carol Guess

"Carol Guess' beautiful, sonically-charged studies are dynamic, dioramic boxes of words, where the fictive and the real revealingly complicate causes and effects, where everyday objects are persuaded to disclose their deeper truths, and where 'clues collect, but you've got to be looking.'"
           —Geoff Bouvier
ISBN 978-1-9368731-6-6  $14.00
SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS
David Rigsbee

"David Rigsbee's poems move with philosophical intensities. The perspectives the poems offer are complex, highly nuanced, rooted in critical engagements with a cultural tradition, and often less comfortable than the refusal of perspective practiced by more vertiginous writers.'"
           —Robert McNama
ISBN 978-0-9837945-0-9 $14.00
FLOCK BOOK
Katie Umans

"Flock Book takes stock of the human condition in which Umans’ startling images and irreverent wit give us moments as savory as they are poignant—and in a language as
satisfying as 'the goodsnap of elastic things.'"
           —Beckian Fritz Goldberg
ISBN 978-0-9837945-2-3 $14.00
O HOLY INSURGENCY
Mary Biddinger

"Sometimes surreal, always poignant, Biddinger’s lyricism transcends the whitewash of contemporary verse and gives us something both familiar and new."
           —Michael Meyerhofer
ISBN 978-19378542-0-1 $14.00
PLACEBO JUNKIES CONSPIRING
WITH THE HALF-ASLEEP
Bruce Cohen

"Bruce Cohen is the kind of poet who makes you happy to read and to think, who makes you want to walk into a bookstore as if into a local bar and shout, “Hi! I’ll have a Bruce Cohen, please. Make that two—one for my friend here!"
           —Renee Ashley
ISBN 978-1-937854-21-8 $14.00
FAR FROM SUDDEN
Brent Goodman

"Far From Sudden frequently surprises, even as we are seduced by sights and sounds of the ordinary animated with astonishing and eloquent force."
           —Aimee Nezhukumatathil
ISBN 978-1-937854-25-6 $14.00