October Excerpts: What the Waking See by J. Tarwood

Cover Image: Two people in marriage attire walk down a street crowded with houses. They walk away from us. TEXT: WHAT THE WAKING SEE, New and Selected Poems by J. Tarwood

Greetings, BHB friends and family! Time for another monthly edition of our featured excerpts! This month, we’re reading poetry from J. Tarwood‘s latest BHB release, What the Waking See.


AUTHENTICITY

When he says he understands
how we feel, he means,
shut up and grieve, girl, for me!

So many props we need to be
ourselves, brown hair rivering
an eye. cheeks a brisk shine,
heels rocketing, rings blessing—
all the little sisters inhaling labor
to make one lovely enough
to step out the door.

Whatever he says, he wants
a mask, as do we. Stay
grateful with coffee in hand,
morning reddening shade, alone
as granite in a dune.
He’ll be outlasted beautifully,

understanding nothing.

AESTHETICS IN SKOPJE

I
Reason flowers
beautifying necessity,
most enchanting of knots.

II
The ugly love the beautiful.
Of course. Wisely,
the beautiful learn
to love the ugly.
Who else would die for them?

III
Light’s late in winter.
Hand in hand, so many
furred lovelies, laughing
in morning mist, every kiss
tightening the knot.


What the Waking See is available now at online retailers

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Adrian Koesters’ October Appearances: Panel Presentation and Readings

Adrian Koesters (Three Days with the Long Moon, Many Parishes) will appear as part of the combined panel and reading “Poetry in Print: The Poetry Book and the Publishing Process” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on October 5th. If you miss that reading, or you just can’t get enough of her extraordinary poetry, worry not! She’ll also appear for a reading later that night at Francie and Finch Booksellers in Lincoln, and later that week at the Book Worm in Omaha.

SAVE THE DATES!

Thursday, October 5th, 11am
“Poetry in Print: The Poetry Book and the Publishing Process”
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Andrews Hall, Bailey Library
625 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

Thursday, October 5th, 6pm
Francie and Finch Booksellers
130 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Saturday, October 7th, 1pm
The Book Worm
Loveland Centre
90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124

September Excerpts: The Light of the Sun Become Sea by Peter Weltner

Welcome back to another edition of BrickHouse Books’ Featured Excerpts!  Last month, we delved into John C. McLucas’ debut novel, Dialogues on the Beach!  This month, we’re heading into the world of poetry with Peter Weltner!

The Light of the Sun Become Sea is Weltner’s latest release with BrickHouse Books. Accomplished poet Joseph Stroud wrote of this collection:

. . .These poems. . .meld the past and the present, the personal and the historical, Classicism and Romanticism, myth and the quotidian, Eros and Thanatos. These poems look directly at the world. They don’t flinch in the face of loss and death. They strive for a transcendence where “All’s right. All’s water. All’s paradise shimmering.”

Join us as we explore the beautiful language of this collection, with three excerpts hand-selected by Weltner himself!


from “Santiago”

5.

All passion’s a chant before sunrise, what is
real, unstoppable, that sanctifies the world,
makes it holier, a man abandoned, his
hopes denied him, mine by women that hurled

you from me. I followed your route. I watched
you walking not to get away, but to be
less ruined, to return some day, touched
by my hands, my lips, your wanting to see

more clearly the rooms we might dwell in, poorer
but more free, seeking to renew what’s below
you, what you’d seen in water flowing under
the bridge, enough rubble there to restore Santiago.


from “The Way Open to Other Ways”

3.

So far north, June shocks as in a Russian
novel. First winter thaws in shadows. Raw
mud turns grass’s emerald. Then the land
flares into the Chinese colors I saw

as the sun shone through crane-white clouds
on an ancient silkscreen, a monk, plain,
hog-fat, sucking plums, making no sounds,
quieter than lotus on the mountain. Plums stain

his robe wine-red. A boat waits by his hut.
In farewell, he embraces the farmer who hoes
his beds, its flowers topaz, agate.
If beauty’s found in decay, winter snows,

in labor, the raked-over loam, the ice-
laden gates, then summer’s paradisal. By stone
walls and cliffs, his skiff flows. Rice
fills his bowl. Peace comes to everyone.


from “Testament”

3.

The great good place of the world
is tremulous with light:
a forest of vines and brush,
its pathless ways through loblolly stands,
the flocks of birds encircling a lake,
the geese diving,
each blessing the water,
as ivy, trees sanctify the words
you use, offering you
their meaning, their eloquence.

A sun shines through you
as through a thick fog
that settles over the morning hours
of the city you grew up in, street sounds, songs,
what no one’s ever done with,
the stories they know of glory,
a cooling rain in June,
wet sidewalks, brownstones,
you, a dialogue between dawn and mist,
the light of the sun become sea.


To learn more about Peter Weltner and his works, visit Peter’s BHB Profile Page.

The Light of the Sun Become Sea is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Itasca Books.

Washington Independent Review of Books Features Doritt Carroll’s Latest Release

“What powers the work of Carroll is bold truth, intellectual firepower, and emotional experiences that raise good dust — after the settling, nothing is the same.” — Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

Grace Cavalieri’s recent review of Doritt Carroll’s sorry you are not an instant winner reads like the poetry that appears in her monthly column. Head over to WIRoBooks and read why Cavalieri calls Carroll’s writing something she “won’t forget.”

Congratulations, Doritt!


Doritt Carroll is BrickHouse Books’ Poetry Editor and author of two BHB titles, In Caves and GLTTL STP. sorry you are not an instant winner was published with Kattywompus Press earlier this year.

American Life in Poetry Features P. Ivan Young’s “Visiting the Neighborhood”

Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and founder of American Life in Poetry, recently featured BHB author P. Ivan Young‘s poem “Visiting the Neighborhood” in his weekly column.  The poem was originally published by The Cortland Review in 2013.

Visiting the Neighborhood

The entrance at the back of the complex
led onto a road, where an upended couch
tilted into a ditch and a washing machine
gleamed avocado beneath pine needles.

[ Continue reading at American Life in Poetry ]

P. Ivan Young published his poetry collection, Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, with BHB in 2015, available now at major online retailers.

 

Stonewall Chapbook Competition – Deadline Aug. 15th!

Stonewall, BrickHouse Books’ LGBTQIA+ imprint, is still accepting submissions for its annual Stonewall Chapbook Competition! This competition offers LGBTQIA+ authors the opportunity to have a chapbook published by Stonewall.

The ides of August are on the horizon – submit now to meet the deadline!

For more information, and a wonderful sample of work from previous Stonewall winner Kathi Wolfe, head to our Stonewall submissions page. Click the “share” buttons to tell your friends about Stonewall. We’re so eager to see all the brilliant works you have to offer!

NEW RELEASE – Donald Richardson’s ReUNIONS

Cover of ReUNIONS by Donald Richardson. Cover is mostly blank, with the sketch of a man with his back slightly turned toward us. His posture is relaxed; his hands are in his pockets, his sleeves rolled up, and he appears to be reflecting on his life. A signature of the artist, Bob Callahan, is prominently figured beside the man. TEXT reads: ReUNIONS: New and Selected Poems by Donald Richardson.We are happy to announce the release of ReUNIONS, New and Selected Poems by Donald Richardson!

This new collection of poetry from Donald Richardson is quilted from decades of work, spanning from Knocking Them Dead and Night Waters to Romantic Unions, new poems from 2016 and 2017. In many ways, the poems are messages to loved ones, a scrapbook of memories and reflections, things so deeply personal yet ubiquitous to the human experience.

Portraits on the cover, beautifully rendered by artist Bob Callahan, capture the essence of reflection, and are the perfect partners to Richardson’s poems.

You can pick up your fantastic copy, available in paperback for $15.00 USD, directly from BrickHouse Books!  The first 100 orders receive FREE SHIPPING!  Simply click the link below for our order form.  Mail your order, along with a check payable to BrickHouse Books, Inc., to:

BrickHouse Books, Inc.
306 Suffolk Road
Baltimore, MD 21218-2521

BrickHouse Books, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit corporation.  10% of your payment is tax deductible.

Click here to order ReUNIONS ]

or

[ Visit ReUNION ‘s page in the BHB Catalogue for more information ]