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Able Muse Review - Print Edition (Number 21): Summer 2016

Here for Summer 2016, I'm pleased to announce that the new Able Muse, Summer 2016 (Print Edition, Number 21), has just been released, with order/subscription information (for print & Kindle, NOOK, Kobo & iBooks editions), with online excerpts and the subscribers' online edition at:

Able Muse Review - Print Edition (Number 21): Summer 2016
Featured Poet: Amanda Jernigan
Featured Artist: Andy Biggs

Able Muse, Number 21 - Summer 2016

editorial:Alexander Pepple
featured artist: Andy Biggs featured poet: Amanda Jernigan (interviewed by Ange Mlinko) • fiction:Andrew Valentine, Terri Brown-Davidson, John Christopher Nelson, Timothy Reilly essays:Ron McFarland, N.S. Thompson, Barbara Haas book reviews:Amit Majmudar, John Ellis poetry: Midge Goldberg, Jean L. Kreiling, Sankha Ghosh, Timothy Murphy, Pedro Poitevin, Joseph Hutchison, Pierre de Ronsard, Heinrich Heine, Catharine Savage Brosman, Rachel Hadas, Stephen Palos, Bruce Bennett, Doris Watts, Jeanne Emmons.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to -- Stephen Kampa, Callie Siskel, Richard Meyer, Nicole Caruso Garcia (Assistant Poetry Editors); Robert B. Shaw, N.S. Thompson (Nonfiction Editors);  Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Jonathan Danielson, Janice D. Soderling, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).

Alex Pepple, Editor


SB Able Muse Press  announces the release of
Second Rain - Poems
by Elise Hempel
FINALIST, 2015 Able Muse Book Award

ISBN 978-1-927409-73-2 • August 29, 2016 release • 76 pp.


Now available for Pre-Order:

The apparently domestic poems in Second Rain (poems about family, gardening, dogs, birds, and a few memorable tigers) deliver enough controlled intensity “to shake the trees all down.
—Rachel Hadas

[Elise Hempel’s] curiosity and insights singled her out as special, but her ability to shape her feelings into words remains what I find most unique.
Bruce Guernsey (from the foreword)

From the title poem on, Elise Hempel’s Second Rain matches form with feeling, delivering insights that seem at once inevitable and necessary.
Vince Gotera

. . . each piece in Second Rain each piece in Second Rain “briefly blesses you.”
—Edward Byrne

Second Rain - Poems by Elise Hempel
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Bed of Impatiens - Poems by Katie Hartsock

FINALIST, 2015 Able Muse Book Award

ISBN 978-1-927409-65-7 • Fall 2016 release • 144 pp.


Has American poetry ever produced a fresher, savvier, grittier, more elegant, and drop-dead formally exhilarating sequence than Katie Hartsock’s “Hotels, Motels, and Extended Stays”? If so, I’ve yet to see it. Hartsock is as deft (and loving) with the vulgarities of truck stop rent-by-the-hour as with the secret wit of rhyme, or the venerables of Homeric epic: her range and her inventiveness appear to know no limit. And this is just a fraction of what bursts to life in Bed of Impatiens. I’m dazzled by the sheer bounty of it.
Linda Gregerson

Like René Magritte I want to paint “This is not a first book” under this first book. It is Lolita all grown up and taking us on a cross-country tour of the motels she stayed in with Humbert. It’s St. Augustine as Dennis Rodman, elbowing us out of position underneath God’s basket. But it’s not a cacophony of surrealism.
James Cummins

Katie Hartsock’s book of poems Bed of Impatiens is, for a first volume, unusually broad in its range and fierce in its attitudes. . . . . Hartsock is a sharp and clever reader of the books of nature and of art, yet writes in nobody’s shadow.
Mary Kinzie

Bed of Impatiens - Poems by Katie Hartsock
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** NEW RELEASES from Able Muse Press ***
Times Square and Other Stories - poems by William Baer

by William Baer  

Times Square and Other Stories engage the reader all the way from the title piece, an ambitious tale that draws upon art, love, and the complex beauty of the human narrative, through eight other works that touch upon the timeless questions of what it means to create and to act, to be and to pretend.
— A.G. Harmon
. . . read more

The Borrowed World - Poems - poems by Emily Leithauser

by Emily Leithauser  

 Winner, 20154 Able Muse
Book Award

In The Borrowed World, Emily Leithauser’s formal mastery—her consummate knack for writing lines and sentences as crisp and elegant. The Borrowed World marks the arrival of a major talent..
— Peter Campion, 2015 Able Muse Book Award judge
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Slingshots and Love Plums - Poems - poems by Alfred Nicol

by Alfred Nicol  

Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this book, and that will happen to you too. Read, for instance, the very last poem, “Nuts,” and read the great “How to Ignore an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked forever.
— David Ferry
. . . read more

Bad Fame - Poems - poems by John Ridland
SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT - a new Modern English translation

by John Ridland  

With his loving rendition of a great classic into vigorous metrical lines, John Ridland has given Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a fresh lease on life. I’ve seen several other versions of this masterpiece, but none so engagingly readable as Ridland’s. His preface, too, is useful and illuminating. Here is a book to enjoy right now and to cherish forever.
— X.J. Kennedy
. . . read more


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