Frederic Kusseler

Frederic Kusseler is a Belgian poet you are probably entirely unfamiliar with. This would be due, of course, to the fact that this entry marks his first publication.

Having been introduced to the works of Edgar Alan Poe at the age of twenty, Frederic decided to use the English language exclusively for any literary expression. His long-standing love affair with poetry started when he stumbled across Charles Baudelaire’s ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ only one year later.

À la carte

À la carte

The salad’s bid farewell to muscle tone,
the soup sprawls apathetic in the dish,
the roast is spavined gristle, fat and bone,
the snickerdoodles aftertaste of fish.

The soup sprawls apathetic in the dish,
not caring whether it is slurped or sipped.
The snickerdoodles aftertaste of fish;
at least no one can call them nondescript.

Esther Greenleaf Mürer

Esther Greenleaf Mürer lives in Philadelphia.  Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Unsplendid, The Umbrella, and Pemmican.

A Snowball's Chance

A Snowball’s Chance...

Collapsing on the learner's slope at Aspen
I skied downhill into Hell.
I can recall as my aneurism burst,
Clutching snow; then an acrid smell.

The devil came striding toward me.
Still feeling mortal, I did as mortals do:
I squeezed the icy crystals into a ball
And, hard as I could, I threw!

It melted as it left my phantom fingers
Resolving into a dew.
Satan cackled, "Son! The fun has just begun!
Every cliché here comes true!"

Que Bella!

Que Bella!

David Alpaugh

David Alpaugh's first collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. Journals that have published his poetry include Evergreen Review, The Formalist, Light, Poetry, Raintown Review, Rattle, The HyperTexts, and Zyzzyva. His essays—"The Professionalization of Poetry" and "What's Really Wrong with Poetry Book Contests"—have been widely discussed on and off line.

Counterpoint (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize Library)

From the winner of the 7th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize comes Counterpoint, a contemporary book of poems with many bizarre twists and zany turns. Alpaugh's subjects include POWs, salespeople, art, and the dead. His work has appeared in many journals such as Asylum, Exquisite Corpse, and Twentieth Century Literature.

cover of Counterpoint (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize Library)author: David Alpaugh
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0934257558
binding: Paperback
list price: $11.95 USD
amazon price: $11.95 USD

Heavy Lifting: Poems 1995-2006

cover of Heavy Lifting: Poems 1995-2006author: David Alpaugh
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0978578619
binding: Paperback

Saint Bruce

Saint Bruce

             As Stephen who looked to heaven and prayed
             into thy mercy all innocents accept,
             and as James, the Reconciler,


Pity the World

Many of Taylor's poems take place at the very moment a man might miss, the moment he realizes he's a stranger in the territory of his own life. Flashes of color and force resound from one poem to another. The poems, chant for all of us who are walking through this world. Frank Smoot (Farm Life) The evidence that this collection has been too long in coming resides in its purity and its economy, the way the everyday particular of mind and garden, heart and home has been made to shine.

cover of Pity the Worldauthor: Bruce Taylor
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1891386522
binding: Paperback
list price: $14.95 USD
amazon price: $12.45 USD

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