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Childhood
Emily R. Grosholz

"These eloquent, edgy poems write of youth and parenting in powerful ways. They also go well beyond that, in addressing childhood as revelation: not just the temporal state we all go through, but the crisis of wonder our own children produce in us. Any reader who picks up this book can draw closer to that wonder and share in it again through this lyrical, moving work."—Eavan Boland, Professor of English, Stanford University and Member, Irish Academy of Letters

ISBN: 978-1-936628-27-8
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pendulum
Eric Scott Sutherland

"The poems in this humane collection are hard and beautiful. They are hard, because the locals here are marginalized and somewhat lost, yet beautiful because they live with hope, and because each poem in this heartfelt book is accompanied by singing. Behind this cast of characters is the poet himself, a living spirit, capturing the human voice, swinging back and forth like the symbol evoked by the title of this honest and necessary collection. This is at once a portrait and a vision rendered into lines, notation for a place and time and the saintly people there. It is a gift to be in such able hands, and a further gift to turn the pages of their labor. Three cheers for this delight!"—Maurice Manning

ISBN: 978-1-936628-25-4
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Square Feet
Lori A. May

"Each of Lori A. May's vivid aphoristic poems in Square Feet raises a miniature window into a moment of marriage or domestic life. Unadorned and unafraid, May's lines recreate these scenes of love and angst in dioramas of plain words and short lines. Square Feet gives us sex and despair, yes, but also quizzical whimsy. The truths of wry surprises make these poems the work of a mature heart and a trenchant tongue."—Molly Peacock

ISBN: 978-1-936628-22-3
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Biblia Pauperum
T. Crunk

"I've been a huge fan of T. Crunk's poetry since his marvelous, Yale-winning debut, Living in the Resurrection. The poems in that volume and from the nearly two decades since its appearance have always seemed to me essential, life-giving, full of delights all too rare these days, and wisdom, yes, real wisdom. If the poems in this new volume are leaner, hungrier, more restless and questing, than any we've seen from him before, they've lost none of the vitality, the sense of having grappled with the ineffable and emerged from unknowable, echoing depths, that Crunk's work always possesses. There are poems here ('Crows,' 'Ants,' the long 'Purgatory (Studies)') that are as good as any I know of being written today. T. Crunk is one of my very favorite contemporary poets" —Davis McCombs

ISBN: 978-1-936628-21-6
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Communion
Nettie Farris

"These poems tell the love story of s, a shy everyman who excels at tic-tac-toe and loves small, moist dumplings and n, a right-brained everywoman who reads Wittgenstein and Anaïs Nin and prefers large dumplings. Somehow they make it work. In these big-hearted, clear-eyed, short-lined gasps, Nettie Farris grasps that the key to dilly-dallying is to sigh into little poems, to amuse oneself with a pink balloon from time to time, and to pursue the Rosetta Stone to someone else's heart." - Tom C. Hunley

ISBN: 978-1-936628-19-3
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Broken Tulips
Jeremy Paden

"The poems in this fine collection view love as both a desire and a dilemma, the kind of passion found in other poets willing to confront the heart with such honesty, namely Neruda. If desire is ever perfect, it is only perfect once—and then what? That last flicker of a question is a sharp yet satisfying pang running through these poems. Meanwhile, behind the intensity shared by two, we have the wider world, which is either indifferent or falling apart. These poems are not simply wise or desperate—they are both at once." - Maurice Manning, Author of The Common Man

ISBN: 978-1-936628-18-6
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Reliquary
Matthew Minicucci

"Part flesh, part spirit, partaking of both breath and death like all reliquaries, these poems traverse the Stations of the Cross in order to become, themselves, stations of the human lost&emdash;and found. Compelling in their voice, vision, and craft, Matthew Minicucci's poems seek nothing less than a kind of transubstantiation: 'an incantation in the breath,' a 'simple song that waits and swells the tongue.' This is a remarkable and moving debut." - Angie Estes, Author of Tryst.

ISBN: 978-1-936628-13-1
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The Fifteenth Station
E. K. Mortenson

The Fifteenth Station is the winner of the Judge's Choice award in the Accents 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest. "George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan poses the question: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?" E. K. Mortenson has the imagination cried out for. The Fifteenth Station performs one mighty task of poetry: Gospel-truth. This sequence translates the Passion into compassion, from condemnation to resurrection, using subtle technique in the service of bold story-telling, and story-telling in the service of empathy, challenge and engagement" - J. Kates, Author of Metes and Bounds.

ISBN: 978-1-936628-15-5
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The Long View Just Keeps Treading Water
James Doyle

The Long View Just Keeps Treading Water, winner of the 2011 Accents Publishing International Poetry Book Contest Editor's Choice Award, is a work of poetic art from established author James Doyle. His poetry, like a time machine, takes the reader on a journey into history and offers an opportunity to discover the timeless thread of humanity that joins everyone throughout the ages. "Svelte, smart, amusing, serious and observant poems - many of which I would be proud to have written." - Tony Hoagland

ISBN: 978-1-936628-10-0
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Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs
Andrew Merton

"Andrew Merton's poems have many qualities that are both pleasurable and startling. He demonstrates the simplicity that is only gained by hard application, he brings a wry approach that flips the reader from an ambience of ironic nostalgia into the abyss of historical violence and personal grief, he mixes a playful surrealism with the knack of capturing both the hilarious and the deadly, and pulls off the visual psychologist's trick of making the familiar strange and puzzling. All of this is delivered in that most serious of all modes, a graceful sense of humour. This is one of those collections you will often re-read." - Rory Brennan

ISBN: 978-1-936628-09-4
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Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

"There are sharp flashes of light, moments when the miraculous world reveals itself to us swiftly, fully. And, because the mind is also a miracle, the lucky words sometimes arrive to capture that revelation and through it witness what it means to be alive. That is the gift of this gorgeous collection." - Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Author of At The Breakers: A Novel

ISBN: 978-1-936628-07-0
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Etcetera's Mistress
Thom Ward

Etcetera's Mistress is Accents Publishing's first full-length book of poetry, written by award-winning poet Thom Ward. "Reading Thom Ward is to enter a brilliant and restless imagination – sometimes poignant, sometimes crazy-with-a-purpose, but always with a deep lucidity in the logic of its illogic. His poems remind me how much we need language and how much the language needs us." - Thomas Lux, Author of God Particles

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ISBN: 978-1-936628-03-2
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Fading Into Bolivia
Richard Taylor

"Time is unrelenting, relationships fragile, loss certain, writes Richard Taylor in Fading Into Bolivia, his new collection of clear-eyed and graceful poems. But the reader is not left wanting, for what is broken, Taylor also tells us with characteristic good humor and optimism, will one day 're-incorporate with perfect wholeness.' Reality tempered by hope: what an inviting and useful collection of poems!" - Maureen Morehead, Author of The Melancholy Teacher

ISBN: 978-1-936628-05-6
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How Swallowtails Become Dragons
Bianca Spriggs

"In How Swallowtails become Dragons, Bianca Spriggs proves herself to be a poet of metamorphosis - a shape shifter, a medium for the dead and imagined. She speaks for those long silenced and for those who remind us to never make a pact with our own silence. In these pages we meet Sweet Evenin' Breeze; Orfeu Negro; the Boabab Girl; and even Eurydice Thomas, a lazarus slave sold dead for parts. But in these pages we also meet a poet who is willing to welcome the wild into her own house, and even into her sleep - a poet willing to reach deep into the dark depth and mine that bit of light last remaining." - Rebecca Gayle Howell, Author of The Hatchet Buddha

ISBN: 978-1-936628-01-8
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Of a Bed Frame
Dan Nowak

"From the coldness of the Nebraska winter to the heat of a lover's bed, Dan Nowak takes the reader on a compelling lyric journey. He shares intimate moments with his audience, crafting his words so that we feel the scratchiness of the seldom worn suit, the skinned knuckles from the loading bays, and the sweat of a lover's skin. There are poems here to savor and reread and then reread again." - P. Andrew Miller, Author of The Legend of The Turquoise Knight

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-9-4
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Original Ruse
Barbara Sabol

"There is an attractive restlessness in Barbara Sabol's poems that draws the reader in. Original Ruse begins in the garden with a deft and playful take on Eve's role in getting things moving. Then, with sure craft and lush imagery, Sabol goes on to explore connections between art and survival, the ordinary and the mythic, people and animals, women and men. These are fresh, lively poems to read aloud and savor." - Greg Pape, Author of American Flamingo

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-7-0
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Metes and Bounds
J. Kates

This chapbook was chosen by contest judge Dr. Richard Taylor as the winner of the Accents Publishing 2010 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

"Kates's brief lyrics, in taut lines that employ rhyme, often slant, are full of chainsaws, mauls, and the finished product . These are quintessentially New England poems to savor." - Maxine Kumin, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-5-6
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Meeting Dad
Brian Russell

"Meeting Dad is a suspense story that every father and son should read together. Brian Russell shows how a boy, abandoned by his father, can gradually work his way through longing and regret to understanding and forgiveness." - Neil Chethik, Author of FatherLoss: How Sons Deal With the Deaths of Their Dads

"...With flash, sass, poignancy and the incomprehension that those who are abandoned always retain, Brian Russell tells this story. It is a moving tale, a wicked saga in all ways, since it forces the boys [Brian and his brother] to glimpse what could have been, but was withheld. Meeting Dad recreates a shining hour, a tarnished hour." - Molly Peacock, Author of Paradise, Piece by Piece

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-3-2
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The View from Down Here
Jude Lally

This is Jude Lally's first poetry collection.
"These unflinching poems let us walk in unfamiliar shoes of someone who sees the world from wheels, revealing our customary world with re-imagined perspectives that are powerful and empowering. They give us words and heart to re-discover the ligatures that bind us, world to world, human to human." - Richard Taylor, Author of Rail Splitter

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-1-8
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Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop
Lynnell Edwards

"Through empathy and penetrating observation, Edwards goes deep inside the art of glassmaking. What she brings back in the form of poems is fascinating—she has absorbed and passes on to us the jargon of the guild, as well as the cautions and the glories the 'kings of the hot shop' encounter on the way to finished creations. It is a small, self enclosed universe, and Edwards its sympathetic cosmologist." - Jeffrey Skinner

ISBN: 978-1-936628-26-1
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Her Limestone Bones
Hap Houlihan and Christopher McCurry, Eds.

Her Limestone Bones is a 122-page collection of poems written and submitted by a diverse group of poets during the 2013 Lexington Poetry Month, in which participants were challenged to write at least one poem a day. The result is an exciting, thought-provoking five-section poetry anthology featuring 75 authors.

ISBN: 978-1-936628-24-7
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The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemp- orary Bulgarian Poetry
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

"The Season of Delicate Hunger brings us more than thirty Bulgarian poets whom the translators and editor successfully make us feel we need to listen to. The anthology is a valuable introduction to a wide variety of voices most of us have never heard before. The book comes as a gift both to international understanding and to American literature."—J. Kates, Editor of In The Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era

ISBN: 978-1-936628-44-5
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Scotch Tape World
Tom C. Hunley

"Tom C. Hunley, on the evidence of these poems, is as in love with, as he is bewildered by, the world. And although that might seem a common way of being in the world, Hunley's ability to render his love and bewilderment precisely in his poems is unique and necessary. These poems manage to be funny without being cynical, and they manage to be honest without being cynical, and they manage to seem utterly contemporary without being cynical, and each of these achievements is a small miracle and almost an act of defiance. At one point, Hunley tells God, "I want you to fill my mouth / with water and prayer and maybe a jagged little song." I don't know how Hunley is set for water, and I don't know about his spiritual practices, but these poems read like answered prayers." - Shane McCrae

ISBN: 978-1-936628-20-9
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In Nonestica
Morgan Adams

"Morgan Adams' poems, honed from a marvelous and scrupulous attention to the world and word, simultaneously delight and terrify. In these remarkable poems, the imaginary becomes real and the real, imaginary. Every time I read her poems I am reminded of how enchanted the world is—how strange, how full of wonder." - Catherine Bowman, Author of The Plath Cabinet

ISBN: 978-1-936628-16-2
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ransom notes
Tina Andry

"Exhale! In ransom notes Tina Andry fills the void in between heartbeats. This collection, like the time in between the left and right ventricles, takes you for a gasping ride that may seem brief, yet each poem stays with you, as they float around in your lungs collecting the air that you inhale." - Ricardo Nazario y Colón, Author of Of Jibaros and Hillbillies

ISBN: 978-1-936628-17-9
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A Brief Natural History of an American Girl
Sarah Freligh

Winner of the Editor's Choice award in the Accents 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest. "In A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, Sarah Freligh pulls you into the car of a 1950's girlhood and you stay, compelled by the journey through sexual awakening and into womanhood. It's a difficult story. The narrator loses a lot—she gives kisses to the boss at Donut Delite, her virginity to a boy in a cornfield, her body to men she knows, or doesn't. She gives away a baby. She buries her mother. And hope, how 'easy to give her away.' And yet not quite. Through the accumulation of experience, through the ability to look clearly and name what she sees, Freligh insists on possibility. The poems draw our attention, then elicit a shiver of recognition. This is what one girlhood looks like; this is what human experience looks like. The journey is not over, she reminds us. You 'are not there yet.' - Wendy Mnookin, Author of The Moon Makes Its Own Plea.

ISBN: 978-1-936628-14-8
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Frog Mantra
Suchoon Mo

"Perhaps the rarest gift is to encounter a voice that sings from an unexpected condition. In this lucid collection, poet Suchoon Mo offers this kind of voice. Both worldly and electric, Frog Mantra is a book filled with singing. The poems approach modern life with wit, grace, and keen insight.The reader is presented with scenes that reconfigure our greater concerns about life and death. Mo presents us with a complicated world made clearer by his devotion to observation. The music of Frog Mantra resides in secretive moments, meant to be savored through each page." - Matthew Haughton, author of Stand in the Stillness of Woods

ISBN: 978-1-936628-12-4
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The Sounding Machine
Patty Paine

With intelligence and an awareness of the limits and possibility of metaphor, Patty Paine explores the fierce unclasping and clasping of memory as she writes of family, history, and our bonds to the world. In The Sounding Machine, she works into the complicated, messy, hearts of situations, not shying away from multiple perspectives; in one poem the devoured prey says of the predator: "It was my blood ... muscle and sinew / warming his gut." One believes these strong forays. - Talvikki Ansel

ISBN: 978-1-936628-11-7
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I'm Fine, but Thanks for Asking
Jude Lally

In I'm Fine, but Thanks for Asking, Jude Lally is "still mad as hell" and "ready for the hurt." Illuminating the mundane things in life like going to the bathroom, hopping boulders while hiking, or simply being able to jump out of bed, we are reminded of what is often taken for granted. These poems confess the dreams and demons as well as the daily joys and struggles of a writer facing a rare disease and an uncertain fate. In them, we find him living for today, fully and honestly, with a refreshing sense of humor that offers light and hope amid the darkness. He stares his condition in the face, laughs and escapes into his imagination, determined "not to dry up/and blow away." This collection signals Jude Lally is here to stay, a hardy perennial, a poet that continues to bloom. - Eric Scott Sutherland

ISBN: 978-1-936628-08-7
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The Deer at Gethsemani: Eclogues
Frederick Smock

"Like Virgil's before him, Frederick Smock's eclogues give us the sense of an earned peace in the clear voice of a man at home in the world. These poems are richly allusive, elemental moments of experience and insight. The Deer at Gethsemani is a well-made house of poetry, and it is a true pleasure to spend time in its rooms." - Greg Pape, Author of American Flamingo

ISBN: 978-1-936628-06-3
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Animal Time
Greg Pape

"I used to believe that Greg Pape's intimate knowledge of everything that lives and breathes or gives light was earned sleeping beneath the stars at night, but these poems prove that he is everywhere all at once just like the wind. And we know the wind never sleeps... Brilliant beautiful cinematic gems. I still love Coleman and the deer, but I think the rooster poems have become my new favorites." - Frank X Walker, Author of Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride

ISBN: 978-1-936628-02-5
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Numbered Bones
Bobby Steve Baker

"Bobby Steve Baker pulls out the scalpel and cuts away the superficial and unsecured, slicing through the flesh of lust and musculature of ego until he reaches his own Numbered Bones. Choices are scars chiseled into the body. The bedrock of self is uncovered through the struggle and search for love. The wounds are perfect in their shape." - Eric Sutherland, Author of Incommunicado

ISBN: 978-1-936628-00-1
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Bloom on a Split Board
Nana Lampton

"'Come along, come along,' Nana Lampton sings in these lovely nature poems. Here she gives us ice, the edge of the sea, the half moon, and the dawn. We consort with dogs, salmon, the ravens, the owl, the warbler, deer, thoroughbreds and Audubon's pet turkey. We breathe the fragrance and sight of Daphne, roses, white catalpa and hydrangeas, wild iris. The spirit hovers and explores, unbounded." - Sena Jeter Naslund, Author of Ahab's Wife and Adam & Eve

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-8-7
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Bee-coursing Box
Matthew Haughton

"Matthew Haughton's debut collection honors and extends Kentucky's great literary heritage, which stretches from Greenup to Bowling Green, the 18th century to now. In poems that dare 'pray there's a heaven for snakes,' and dare see a man 'growing like a sycamore out of the untamed earth,' he adds his worthy voice to the chorus." - Frederick Smock, Author of Guest House

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-6-3
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Plein Jeu
E.C. Belli

This English language chapbook is the winner of the Editor's Choice Award for the Accents Publishing 2010 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

"The poetry collection is representative of my esthetics and obsessions over the last year or so," says Belli. "My husband was away for military training this entire winter and I found myself alone in this house full of empty rooms, moths, echoes, and my piano. The collection explores that sense of being new to a place while tugging along memories from previous lives."

"The title Plein Jeu, actually refers to a type of organ registration which is composed of principals, flutes, fournitures and cymbals," explains Belli. "When the plein jeu stop is pulled, it activates all of these other stops as well. It is one of the richest tones that can be achieved. Plein jeu is what the collection feels like to me: all of the voices within me were activated."

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ISBN: 978-0-9844118-4-9
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Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku
Barry George

The haiku in this book blend a distinctly urban content with the nature-oriented perspective of traditional haiku. "What I admire about Barry George's poetry is the possibility for human utterance within a contemporary scene - not unlike the lyric poem in modern English - explored in Japanese short forms. In three lines he paints a scene as contemporary as Edward Hopper, strikes notes as American as Aaron Copland. George focuses our attention visually and aurally, and thus each haiku is a cinematic moment casting an afterimage long after the poem closes. Even those who are not familiar with the ever-evolving Japanese short form will find Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku universal in compression and resonance." - Jeanie Thompson, author of The Seasons Bear Us and Executive Director, The Alabama Writers' Forum

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-2-5
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Stick Tight Man
Jim Lally

This is Jim Lally's first poetry collection.
"Like the man covered with stick-tights that cling after a walk in a summer field, these reports from Jim Lally's world -- about falling barns, clothes-lines, spring peepers, ghost trees, poke berries, Quaker meetings, and Daniel Boone (even an homage to the letter W) -- stick with the reader long after the journey. What holds them to us is a discerning eye, an ear for language and for nature in its hummings, a readiness to explore the small ground which opens to the resonating world around us." - Richard Taylor, Author of Rail Splitter

ISBN: 978-0-9844118-0-1
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