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THE AMERICAN RHYTHM
Studies and Reëxpressions of Amerindian Songs
By Mary Austin

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Mary Austin was one of the first to recognize that Native American myths and culture were in danger of being eroded and lost. She then took upon herself the duty of tracking down American Indian songs and poems, saying that she was not giving a translation of the original but what she preferred to call a “re-expression” which she referred to as “reëxpressions.” It was her belief that the life and environment of the person who made up the words was an important part of understanding the rhythm and meaning of the work. She considered tribal dancing an essential part of the sung or spoken words and her extensive research led first to lectures and later to the publication of The American Rhythm. It was her work in this field that resulted in Austin being named an Associate in Native American Literature by the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.

Sample Chapter
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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-570-6
204 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-082-7
204 pp.,$19.99


AND THEY CALLED IT HORIZON
Santa Fe Poems
By Valerie Martínez

“The poetry delicately born into this book reflects the beauty and tragedy of a place older than its name and still, ever changing. These words bear witness to wisdom and nurture births yet unknown. While she could, our Poet Laureate does not wear the laurel leaves of Apollo, but carries a wreath woven from the Santa Fe horizon itself.” —Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Executive Director, National Hispanic Cultural Center

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During her two-year tenure as Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate, award-winning poet Valerie Martínez appeared at over 50 public events—in schools, museums, cafés, galleries; in public parks and local banks and libraries; for children, youth, adults, and families. While traversing the city, she wrote about it—occasional poems, meditations, narratives, lyric poems that capture the present and past of the capital city and its people, all collected here, in this volume. The title poem imagines the creation of the land and its people and unfolds forward to the present. “Blue Winding, Blue Way” watches the Santa Fe River as it threads through the city. “History, Apology” tries to grapple with complex issues of history and race, and “Days Like This” captures the whimsy and resonance of the annual Pet Parade.

There is a poem for everyone in this book, and those who love Santa Fe (residents and visitors, alike) will trace the city’s streets as they read, find themselves at familiar street corners and buildings, and navigate the historical, cultural and social issues that lie at the center of community life. Drawings by Linda Swanson (whose work is in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum and The Newark Museum) accompany the poems and capture the tenderness and beauty of families.

Valerie Martínez is the author of four books of poetry and one book of translations (selected poems of Uruguay’s Delmira Agustini). Her poems have appeared widely in journals, anthologies and magazines. She was the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe from March 2008 – March 2010.

Sample Chapter
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Email: valmatz@comcast.net

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-790-8
118 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-020-9
118 pp.,$4.99


ANNIVERSARY WINGS
Poems Centric and Eccentric
By William N. Gates

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In Anniversary Wings, a poet has found that, though life may start in loss and suffering, it can climb to celebration—which he believes is the point of poetry. This book is written in praise of New Mexico mountains and canyons, of the gala of the spring runoff, of the sounds and smells of Santa Fe nights. Above all it celebrates the love that grew between two who explored those highs and lows together. The reader will discover a phonetic harmony in odd columns of one-word lines, sometimes solemn as a bare tree, or wild and scattered as snow. And will find a poet who believes in form shaped by sound. As musical time and dance time are measured, so too is poetic time. This poet reaches out to all who believe that poetry begins in the music and the dance of words.

Poet and author of Spell, House Born of Mud, Minutes Toward Night, River Riding Writing, and In Words Dive, William Gates grew up in Ohio but always felt the allure of New Mexico. He and his wife Helen live and work in Santa Fe.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-132-0
108 pp.,$16.95


AT LAGUNITAS WITH OTHER POEMS
By Peter Dechert

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In this first published collection, Peter Dechert makes a statement that deserves and rewards study. Composing his poems in many forms, he matches form to content with unexpected and striking results. His book is the essence of a lifetime of thought-provoking productivity. Although not widely known as a poet, Dr. Dechert served for several years as president of the then-nascent New Mexico Poetry Society and some of his poems have been published over the years in magazines and anthologies.

Peter Dechert earned his doctorate in English Literature in 1955, and is probably best known for his five books and many articles on photographic subjects, especially the historical development of varying makes of cameras. For more than ten years he wrote monthly articles about cameras for Shutterbug Magazine. Also an active professional photographer for many years, he has been named an honorary life member of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Sample Chapter
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Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-617-8
111 pp.,$22.95

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-618-5
111 pp.,$16.95


AT THE EDGELESSNESS OF LIGHT
Poems
By James McGrath

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The author says, "These poems express my 75 years of experiencing the world as a child, adult, teacher, artist, son, father, husband, lover, adventurer: a poet. I have spoken with stones, clouds, bugs, ghosts, a grandson, Native American elders, a mother and father, students, ex-wife, and friends in Greece, Japan, Yemen, Santa Fe, and my birthplace, Tacoma, Washington. I care about what and how I write while letting the poems speak on their own, in their own time.

"A poem may come in a meeting with Natalie Goldberg, David Whyte, Joan Logghe, Morgan Farley, Sharon Olds, a friend in a local writing group, at a stoplight, on the Hopi Reservation, in the middle of the night in my home, with a group of artists at the Congo River, at Coole Lake in Ireland with my daughter, on a beach in Leros, in the Dodecanese, in India, or in a classroom of children in Seoul, Korea. Each time, place, thing, or person is sacred.

"And what does the edgelessness of light mean? It means that place where love and light are revealed: a vibrant, gentle, lonely place where the tides of feeling and understanding move in and out with constant illumination and exposure of what is important in the moment before fading, leaving the edgeless shadow of a poem.

"Writing a poem is my way of blooming, bearing fruit, decaying and returning to that edgelessness of life with a word of praise. I try to share a revelation as I have glimpsed it. When something I have written is felt by you, that for me is a blessing."

JAMES McGRATH, poet, visual artist and teacher is known for his narrative poetry in the PBS American Indian Artist Series in the 1970s. He has published poetry in 12 anthologies including “Dakotah Territory,” “Passager,” “Inside Grief,” “In Cabin Six,” and “Mercy of Tides,” among others. McGrath was poet-artist-in-residence with Arts America in Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Congo in the 1990s and his 50 year retrospective as artist was held at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco in 2002. He lives in La Cieneguilla, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=ql09XwgsYKwC

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-453-2
118 pp.,$16.95


AT THE RIM
Selected Poems
By Bob Johnston

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Bob Johnston is a retired petroleum engineer and translator. His published works include a number of papers in the scientific press and eight books translated from Russian. He waited until his sixtieth year to begin writing serious poetry, and over the next thirty years he has been trying to catch up. His poetry and short stories have been published in twenty-odd literary journals. He lives in the original Las Vegas, New Mexico with a wife and some hope of completing his memoirs and The Great American Novel.

“As a poet, Bob Johnston is unique. After spending a lifetime as a man of science, he now proves to be a man of rich literary gifts. At the Rim offers this collection of wit, insight, and above all, a direct honesty that will be recognized as a rare poetic voice that touches, stirs, and ultimately satisfies. What lover of poetry could ask for more?” —Joyce Ellen Davis, author of Chrysalis, In Willy's House, and Pepek the Assassin

“Bob Johnston is a poet of incredible range, whether narrating the rural lands of ‘dry lightning,’ invoking Rambo in a sonnet, dreaming ‘drowned corpses’ in a lyric, or voicing the dark monologues of deadly sinners. There is poignancy, humor, regret, and acute insight in At the Rim, everything at the heart of the human condition, and it is a pleasure to read a book of poems that allows us the breadth of what it means to be to be alive in this world.” —Valerie Martínez, author of Each and Her, And They Called it Horizon, World to World, and Absence, Luminescent

“Having found itself in a slipping down life, Bob Johnston’s soul force proceeded sure-footed. The course of a man’s life becomes history, and what we find within these pages is one man’s journey, written in poetry, that yields a page turner.” —Stellasue Lee, Editor Emeritus of Rattle, author of Crossing the Double Yellow Line and Firecracker Red

Sample Chapter
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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-814-1
86 pp.,$14.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-056-8
86 pp.,$4.99


AUGUST IN ABIQUIU
Poems
By Diane Jackson

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In the author's own words, this illuminating volume of sharp, insightful poems took place "in August 1976 at my home in Abiquiu, New Mexico after a two-week-old kitten suddenly clawed a vertical stripe deep into the cornea of my right eye... Due to a lack of balance and depth perception, I was literally forced to sit, to think, to listen, to write..."

Combining personal, hard-won philosophy with lyrical truth, the book shines with faith and good humor.


Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-913270-87-5
64 pp.,$9.95


THE BIRD CHART BOY
Poems
By James J. Raciti

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The Bird Chart Boy explores how a child, an adolescent, a mature man and an octogenarian face their daily emotional trials. It is also about how the mind distorts reality to deal with situations beyond its experience or comfort level. The reader may be convinced that the distorted view is the true one, or maybe not. The characters that populate the pages of this book share their distress in many ways including being caught in an illicit love affair, arrested in a foreign land, shot at in a war zone, learning about the birth defect of a son, being pushed into a bread line, and withdrawing from a world no longer tolerant or understandable. Raciti selects poetic styles that fit the speaker—be it simple child-like rhyme, free verse expressing cynical snobbery, sneering anger or political criticism. He reserves the formal nature of the sonnet to speak reverently of love or death.

James J. Raciti, PhD, has had a home in Santa Fe, New Mexico for many years. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has spent more than twenty-five years in Europe as a university educator. His previous collections of poetry were Charles and Dabs of Myself. Sunstone Press has published his non-fictional Old Santa Fe and the playful, irreverent fictional history of Santa Fe, Pulling No Ponchos, along with his other non-fiction works, Ask About Florida and Ask About Santa Fe.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-986-5
126 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-259-3
126 pp.,$9.99


BURST AFRESH
Poems
By Larry Frank

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The voice in the poems of Siftings as well as those of Burst Afresh, Frank’s second and final collection, are at times humorous, at other times scalding, at still other times full of charm—even playfully silly—but, in the end they are honest—a human being speaking to other human beings—and intimate.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Larry Frank graduated from the University of California Berkeley in English literature and philosophy and traveled in Europe and India before enrolling at UCLA’s cinema school. He wrote, directed, and produced educational films and a fictional feature that won an Edinburgh Film Festival award. After locating in northern New Mexico, Larry Frank studied Native American cultures and Spanish Colonial art, researching and collecting materials from both cultures for over forty years. He wrote a major book on New Mexico santos, The New Kingdom of the Saints. He lectured on santos at Stanford University, Roswell Museum, the University of New Mexico, and Saint John’s College Santa Fe in conjunction with an exhibit of his collection. Author of Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians and Indian Silver Jewelry of the Southwest, Frank also co-wrote A Land So Remote, a three volume set featuring Religious Art of New Mexico (1780-1907) and Wooden Artifacts of Frontier New Mexico (1700s-1900s). Frank is also the author of Train Stops, a book of short stories; Fragments of a Mask, a novel; and a collection of poems, Siftings, all from Sunstone Press. His landmark collection of Native American and Spanish religious iconography is now part of the permanent collection of the State of New Mexico at the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe. Married to the well-known artist, Alyce Frank, they raised three children, Ross, Melissa, and Chad. Larry Frank died peacefully at home and in his sleep while napping on August 7, 2006.

Sample Chapter
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Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-664-2
108 pp.,$22.95


BYGONE DAYS OF THE OLD WEST, REVISITED
By Fred Lambert

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This unique collection of poetry and pen and ink drawings recall the lore, traditions and romance of the Old West. Originating from recollections of Fred Lambert’s childhood in New Mexico, as well as carefully chronicled stories gleaned from legends and traditions picked up during his years as a lawman, it gives a glimpse into life on the American western frontier that is no more. Bold artwork accompanying each and every tale entertains and transports the reader back in time.

Fred Lambert was a lawman, poet and artist. He was born in 1887 in Cimarron, New Mexico in the historic St. James Hotel, which was built and owned by his father, Henry Lambert. He knew many famous and infamous characters including Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, Black Jack Ketchum, Charlie Siringo, Pawnee Bill Lillie, and Buckskin Charley. He grew up working on his father's cattle ranch and bartending in the saloon at the St. James. At age sixteen he became Deputy Sheriff of Colfax County, a Commission he retained for thirty years. In 1910 he became Marshal of Cimarron at age 23 and in 1911 he received a governor's appointment to the New Mexico Mounted Police.


Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-904-9
490 pp.,$45.00


CAUGHT HEART
Poems
By Noreen Norris

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Caught Heart offers a poignant look at how heart and mind cannot be separated. Noreen Norris’s words integrate the familiar with the surreal: conflicted pleasures of childhood; the power of illness, death, and rebirth—seals in a flooded basement, Jews on the Madonna’s lap. She pits the tenderness in people and in nature against hardness—our nobility against our dark sides. Exploring daily life, the strength needed in times of chaos, and the return of joy, Norris speaks a vivid truth. “Scrambling down the mountain through wailing wind / I’m forced to think of cherry blossoms.”

Noreen Norris, born in Highland Park, Michigan, grew up in Detroit and its suburbs. She graduated from Detroit’s Wayne State University before moving to San Francisco in 1959. She has been a bookstore manager, an advertising copy editor, print production manager for Regis McKenna Public Relations, and a member of a grant-giving team at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Before relocating to Santa Fe in 1995, Norris and her husband wrote marketing documents for Silicon Valley executives.

“Noreen Norris writes like the sea coming in and going out, leaving surreal traces of family life mixed with the haiku of flowers, loss, and love strewn across the beach of her life. This is risky, fearless writing by a poet willing to pause in the silence long enough to shout her honesty, leaving echoes for us to hear again and again in our own lives.” —James McGrath, author of At the Edgelessness of Light and Speaking with Magpies, both from Sunstone Press

“Even as Noreen Norris’s poems expose the ‘hidden rifts in a mortal heart’ and the difficult sorrows of our time, they portray the world with a clear-eyed dispassion, a quietly authoritative exactness of vision, a nucleus of joy. Haiku of birds, clouds, narcissi, and bombs intersperse with portraits and scenes ranging the decades. Memories, ‘so much lint,’ are not so much preserved as relived, with the dead humming alongside us, and a grandmother’s voice ‘like a mourning dove’s call/ when first light shines/ through silver rain.’ Historical memory, imagination, the lived life, and the life of the spirit share these pages with a rich grace.” —Carol Moldaw, author of The Widening, a lyric novel, and The Lightning Field, winner of the 2002 FIELD Poetry Prize.

Sample Chapter
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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-655-0
144 pp.,$16.95


CHINESE CAMP
Poems
By John C. Pine

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Pine's poems have the clarity of in-focus snapshots. His words are clear and concise but always underneath there is that sense of past history still influencing the present. California life, customs and nature are themes that run through CHINESE CAMP. Here is the California of mountains, marinas and migrants; the California of tennis courts, parks and valley farms.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=4e_5AAAACAAJ&dq=0865340781&hl=en&sa=X&ei=83rWT5HqE8TC2wXBm8m3Dw&ved

Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-078-7
60 pp.,$6.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-991-2
60 pp.,$5.99


CHOKECHERRY HUNTERS AND OTHER POEMS
By Joseph L. Concha

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These verses reflect a child’s response to nature: the first snow, twilight on the prairie, dark of the desert, winter footprints. Yet they all carry an undertone of sadness, of the transiency of life, unusual to a young boy. The title poem has the same brooding vision imbuing the great lyrical poetry of the ancient Nahua people of Mexico, the Aztecs and the Toltec poet-king Nezahualcoyotl. In the foreword Frank Waters salutes Concha, not only for his precocious talent and enviable success, but as a growing artist of substance and integrity, “…recording the steps of his way toward that wholeness of spiritual maturity that sometime must be achieved by us all.”

Joseph L. Concha was born and grew up at the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. He attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico.


Softcover:
5 1/1 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-913270-57-8
32 pp.,$12.95


CIRCUS AMERICANA AND OTHER POEMS
By Michael Scofield

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The arrangement of the eighty-one poems inside Circus Americana creates a story arc. The first two sections—“Not Getting Along” and “Bewilderment”—set the stage for the third section, “Burned Out.” The last two sections, “Friends” and “I Love You,” share incitements for enjoying more of the show. For you, my reader, I wish a sense of enlightenment (however false, however fleeting) and a little fun.

Yale University graduate Michael Scofield received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2002. In 2006, Sunstone Press published Whirling Backward into the World, his second collection, and Acting Badly, the first novel in his Santa Fe trilogy, followed by Making Crazy and Smut Busters.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-93293-028-6
140 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-326-2
140 pp.,$0.99


A CLEAR DROP
Poems
By Cynthia West

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Cynthia West says, “As a poet, I travel a different map, one with sand traps and tunnels that lead to clouds mirrored in mountain pools. Writing with pen and paper is my way of heeding the wordless ones who have much to teach us. When morning light sighs in the leaves, green veins gather water beyond ideas of line and form. My hand is a nameless bird, dropping feathers that point to distances and depths. The lake which disappears at the touch, emerges, reflects. Sometimes the stanzas breach like whales, huge upheavals that leap, swallow the sun, then plunge, full of light, to the depths.” Known for her visionary paintings, Cynthia is also a poet, photographer, digital imager, potter and book artist. Her home with many gardens, in the Santa Fe River Valley, where she has lived with her husband and family for more than forty years, is a healing center as well as her studio and gallery. West is the author of five previous collections of poetry, For Beauty Way, 1000 Stone Buddhas, Rainbringer, The New Sun, and In the Center of the Field, the last three from Sunstone Press.

“Poet-artist, Cynthia West, takes us to “the place where we are all one bird...with no shoes for the journey.” Here are poems from a multiple lifetime of catching lonely stars to polish into this brilliant, unmasked gathering of gifts. Cynthia assures us we are alone, while inhabited by mountains, birds, rabbits and clouds.” (James McGrath, author of Speaking with Magpies and The Sun Is A Wandering Hunter, both from Sunstone Press)

“These poems testify that Cynthia West has been so present in the world surrounding her that her hand itself “is made of the valley, the mountain, the seasons.” Reading her work gives us access to the world outside of our skin. These poems translate West’s experience to the reader, a welcome excursion.” (Joan Logghe, former Poet Laureate of Santa Fe)

“These poems arise out of a powerful, quiet generosity and hold the kind of wisdom that is wrought from living close to the earth as well as the human heart. They occupy a long breath; they are spacious. Within them is the “voice of the wind” and the mountains—a deep listening, inside and out.” (Renee Gregorio, author of The Skins of Possible Lives, The Storm That Tames Us, Water Shed, and Drenched)


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-069-9
102 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-383-5
102 pp.,$4.99


CONVERSATIONS WITH QUIJÓTE
A Poet’s Decades-Long Quest to Reconcile His Ideal Love Affair with Reality
By Arturo Lewis Jaramillo

A literary work in prose and rhyme with a focus on the search of ideal love, with the mythical knight Quijóte as mentor and guide.

Love is the most consequential of all human emotions. To experience it is elation; to express it is to speak from the heart; to receive it, the finest moment; to lose it, the worst day; and to write about it is poetry. This book is a literary quest for love in its most idyllic form and the author’s journey, as a young man, to reconcile the love he discovers with reality. Using verse and prose in contrasting styles in collaboration with his imaginary sixteenth century mentor, the famous Don Quijóte de La Mancha, the author explores the depth and breadth of love in a literary style quite unlike most anthologies of poetry. Set in the late 1960s, the poet’s work explores a succession of romantic relationships influenced, pointedly, by the “love generation,” its freedoms, imagination and contradictions. As the author describes it, “it’s a series of love stories told, day by day, in a most unique and lyrical way.” While the pace, distractions and complexities of present-day America lessen our ability to be in love, Conversations with Quijóte reawakens the reader to the sensations and sensibilities of true romance, its rewards and consequences.

The author is an eleventh generation New Mexican, tracing his roots to 1693, with the group of settlers recruited by Don Diego de Vargas to travel from Mexico City to New Mexico after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. A poet in his youth, his early poetic skills brought energy and creativity to his legal and business writings as a trial lawyer and executive manager. Now, early in retirement, his life experiences, realized dreams and expressive writing style bring meaning and character to his poetry.


Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-291-4
356 pp.,$30.00

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-585-3
356 pp.,$5.99


DREAMING INVISIBLE VOICES
Poems
By James McGrath

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This latest collection of poems from James McGrath aims to excite and honor the spirit of the natural world for the environmentalist, the artist, and the child in each of us. His poems, and Margreta Overbeck’s drawings, celebrate and illuminate the essence of the natural world from ants through mountains to wolves. Their combination of poetry and drawings reflect their growing up in the natural world—McGrath in the Pacific Northwest, Overbeck in the mountains of Colorado.

James McGrath is known for his narrative poetry in the six KAET/PBS American Indian Artists Series in the 1970s. He has been published in seventeen anthologies and was poet-artist in residence with USIS Arts American in Yemen in the 1990s. Two previous books of poetry were published by Sunstone Press: At the Edgelessness of Light and Speaking with Magpies. The latter received a Finalist Award in Poetry in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards.

“This is a collection that celebrates all living things like a prayer in the wind. —Marjorie Agosin, author of The Alphabet in My Hands

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=bWbSFWzbnggC&dq=9780865347137&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-713-7
140 pp.,$16.95


DRIVING TOWARD THE MOON
Poems
By Barbara J. Berkenfield

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“I cannot remember a time when I was not writing,” says Barbara Berkenfield. “After many years as a free-lance writer, I am very comfortable in my craft and write articles for a public audience with confidence. Throughout my life poetry has been my very personal place, where I can release and organize the words that define ‘me.’ I have seldom shared my poems with an audience beyond my immediate family, and only five have been previously published. Therefore in the roar of today’s world, I hope that my ‘mouse voice’ is loud enough to evoke memories and sentimental sparks among my new audience.”

Barbara Berkenfield grew up amid the noise and soot of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during its heyday as a city of belching steel mills and clanging street cars. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Wellesley College, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History of Art. In New York City, she found both her niche as a research consultant at the Wildenstein Gallery and her husband John Berkenfield. Following a stint in suburbia, John’s career took them abroad with two young sons and they all thrived in the vibrancy of Paris and the beauties and traditions of France. Since 1989 they have lived in Santa Fe where she is a free-lance writer and a docent at the living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Many of her poems have been sharpened while on their treasured driving trips in the Southwest with their dog Molly.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=2jhdab4MmVgC

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-455-6
108 pp.,$16.95


THE EARTH BEHIND MY THUMB
Poems
By Barbara Berkenfield

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According to Barbara Berkenfield, "when my first book of poetry Driving Toward the Moon was published in 2005, I never thought to add 'Volume I' because it never occurred to me that there would ever be enough material for a second book. But here it is, proof that wonders do never cease, with a selection of poems written during the past three years. It is often said that a second effort is never as good as the first, when an author has the advantage of drawing on a wealth of ideas and material germinating for many years. In spite of this concern, I hope my second collection will once again evoke the pleasure of common memories, as well as the pain of certain world events which should never be forgotten."

Barbara Berkenfield grew up amid the noise and soot of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during its heyday as a city of belching steel mills and clanging street cars. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Wellesley College, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History of Art. In New York City, she found both her niche as a research consultant at the Wildenstein Gallery and her husband John Berkenfield.

John's career eventually took them abroad with two young sons. They loved the vibrant energy of Paris and came to cherish the beauties and traditions of France. After seven years, the return to their home in New York suburbia provided severe culture shock which was eventually alleviated by their move to Santa Fe in 1989. Barbara is a free-lance writer and a docent at the living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Like those in the first book, these poems of the last three years have been polished, or sometimes written, on treasured road trips in the Southwest.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=va0Eqxe8T6wC

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-698-7
112 pp.,$16.95


EARTH-MARKED LIKE YOU
Poems
By Mary Dezember

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With a voice both sensual and spiritual, the poetry of Earth-Marked Like You presents the body as a temporal and spatial expression of the soul. These poems suggest that our passion as human beings is to transcend our ordinary lives so we can feel the excitement of the life force and that we use our bodies in our attempts to do this. A quest for the integration of human intellect, physicality and spirituality, this collection explores love, risk and faith. While we are on Earth, we are human, souls with bodies, spiritual yet Earth-marked.

Mary Dezember has always been a writer and has worked in a variety of writing professions, but it wasn't until the age of thirty-seven that she began writing poetry and began pursuing her PhD in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, she performs her poetry nationally at arts festivals, bookstores, conferences, coffee houses, art galleries and museums, and in other poetry venues.


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FAKE IVORY
New and Selected Poems
By Marcia Muth

A collection of poems from a well known Southwestern U.S. writer and folk artist.

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If this was an art exhibit, it would have been called a retrospective. The poems are culled from some seventy years of the author’s writing about everyday life and world events. Their subjects include celebrating holidays, moving, the weather, trees, visiting museums and other places. They are a celebration of the enjoyment of life and the delights of living in harmony with nature. In this collection, Muth shows readers that there are no boundaries in the field of imagination.

Marcia Muth is a writer and an American folk artist. Even though she is internationally recognized as an artist—her paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums and in many private collections—poetry has been her way of recording her life experiences since she was a child. “Poetry has served me well as a way to respond to people, places and events in the world. It is my second language,” she says. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1919 and grew up in Indiana and western New York State. She received degrees from the University of Michigan and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1966.

She is also the author of A World Set Apart, Memory Paintings; Writing and Selling Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Plays & Local History; How to Paint and Sell Your Art; Indian Pottery of the Southwest; Kachinas, A Selected Bibliography; Ma Frump’s Cultural Guide to Plastic Gardening which won a first place award in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards; Post Card Views and Other Souvenirs, Poems; Thin Ice and Other Poems; Sticks and Stones and Other Poems; and Words and Images, Poems, all from Sunstone Press. Her biography, Left Early, Arrived Late, by Teddy Jones, also from Sunstone Press, was published in 2008. In 2006, she was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure in recognition of her many accomplishments.

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FALLING INTO ENCHANTMENT
Poems from the 1970s in Santa Fe, New Mexico
By Eleanor Grogg Stewart

Cover artwork by Reyes Padilla.

This is Eleanor Grogg Stewart’s first published poetry collection. Although she has written poetry for many years, she did not choose to publish for two reasons: first, she thinks that poetry is meant to be heard; and second, she was a teacher of college freshmen for forty-odd years and some of the poems did not seem appropriate for her students to read—perhaps an old-fashioned point of view. She thinks differently now, so here they are. Already published is a non-fiction work telling the story of her time as a teacher for Vietnamese “boat people” in a UNHCR first asylum refugee camp on Palawan Island in the Philippines from 1981 to1983. This was the most extraordinary experience of her life, and the book has helped her to reconnect with Vietnamese people who are now living full lives in many different countries.

Eleanor Grogg Stewart has a Bachelor’s Degree from Marietta College in Ohio and a Master’s Degree in theater from the University of Illinois. She was a professional actress for a number of years, performing mostly classical theater. Before she moved to New Mexico from New York City, she played Lady Capulet in Joseph Papp’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Theater in the Park with a young Martin Sheen as Romeo. She has also taught public speaking and English composition to a variety of freshmen at Hunter College in New York City as well as educational institutions in Chicago, Denver, and New Mexico. In addition she taught Eslin language schools in Yokohama and Tokyo to a range of adult students including the first Japanese woman astronaut, Chiaki Mukai. At the time of the publication of this book, Eleanor lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she performs at poetry readings around the city.


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A FESTIVAL OF BIRDS
Poems
By James McGrath

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A Festival of Birds is a flock of poems for lovers and wanderers. McGrath’s poems reveal his encounters with the unique and universal cultures of Japan and Okinawa, where he lived for twelve years. This is poetry for those of us who have strayed into a traditional culture to find ourselves in love and dancing in the shadows and light discovering who we are.

James McGrath, poet, visual artist and teacher, is known for his narrative poetry in the KAET/PBS American Indian Artist Series in the 1970s. He was poet-artist-in-residence with the United States Information Service, Arts America in Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Congo in the 1990s and his 50 year retrospective as artist was held at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco in 2002. McGrath is the author of many poetry collections from Sunstone Press. He lives in La Cieneguilla, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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FIVE DEER ON LOCO MOUNTAIN ROAD
Poems
By Blanche M. Irving

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"This uncommonly handsome book is full of sensitive and wise poems based on the author's experiences in the area around her Gila Wilderness cabin (New Mexico). She used to teach school in Las Cruces where she made a glorious habit of teaching fine poetry to children. She must get great satisfaction out of the fact that she can write fine poetry herself--certainly her readers do." (NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE)

"...truly excellent poetry that will appeal especially to those who find a natural poetic affinity for the land and its creatures here in New Mexico and Arizona." (BOOK TALK)


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FORETASTE
Poems
By Peggy Pond Church

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“Here are pages with delicately-carved poems, fragrant with the sage of high mesas, light as a cirrus cloud, warm as red blood, vibrant as the strings of a violin. The reader catches glimpses, feels touches of the sensitive character of the poet, sensitive not so much to darkness as to light in all its nuances of color, movement, and design. Of acid there is not a trace. There are cloud-shadows, the flight of a fairy, altars, the turn of the earth, lilac roots, turquoise in the wind. The author has divided her book into two parts, but the poems arrange themselves into four spheres: poems close to the earth, fantasy, sketches of children, glimpses of the native Southwest. New Mexico is symbolized in a new way: placid burros become ancient hills; chili burns with new fever; natives pray in the cool recesses of a church under an anciently carved statue of Joseph; sheep and goats whiten the rock-ribbed hills.” (From The New Mexico Quarterly, February, 1934, Volume IV, Number 1.)

Margaret Hallett Pond, who became known as Peggy Pond Church, was born on a ranch in the Territory of New Mexico in 1903 at a place called Valmora. She was the daughter of Ashley Pond Jr., son of a wealthy Detroit attorney, and Hazel Hallett Pond, the granddaughter of a former governor of Arkansas who retired from politics to become a rancher in Mora County. As a teenager, Peggy was sent to boarding schools in California and Connecticut, and by the time she entered Smith College, her poetry had already achieved recognition and won awards. Peggy married Fermor Spencer Church in 1924 and they were the parents of three sons. She died October 23, 1986, a date of her “own choosing.” In addition to Foretaste, originally published in 1933, she is the author of Familiar Journey and The Burro of Angelitos (both in new editions from Sunstone Press), as well as Ultimatum for Man and The House at Otowi Bridge among others. In 2010, a children’s story written by Peggy in the 1930s was published as a bilingual book titled Shoes for the Santo Niño, and in 2011 the story was adapted to become a children’s opera.


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FOUR WINDS
Poems From Indian Rituals
By Gene Meany Hodge

"Out of her long experience with Indian culture, Gene Meany Hodge has chosen a score of prayer-poems from Southwest tribal literature. The translations are by various hands; the Indian motif illustrations by Mrs. Hodge beautifully complement the text." --BOOKS OF THE SOUTHWEST

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Four Winds upon its initial publication. Sunstone Press is now pleased to offer this prized work in its new format with the hope that it will soon reach many more readers who are interested in this fascinating and haunting subject.

The author says: “I am grateful to all the students of Indian ceremonial life who have made it possible for us to know the beautiful philosophy and religion of the Indians. The material for this book is gathered from their early works. Many of these prayer-poems are free translations from long nine-day ceremonies, some for rain and abundant harvest, some for healing, some for blessing, and some for thanksgiving.”

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GRAVEN IMAGES
Poems
By Mike Sutin

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The introspective poems of Graven Images do not always honor mankind (God-Men) or womankind (Goddess-Women), but recognizes men and women as only being human. Women and men share a propensity to commit a varied assortment of human (inhuman) acts. These acts often arise from self-deception, self-appreciation and self-love. The author taps into his feminine side to present different perspectives, but recognizes that the human animal is just difficult to understand.

Mike Sutin is a commercial lawyer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and serves as pro-bono counsel to PEN New Mexico and the New Mexico Book Association. His poems have appeared in local, regional, and national small presses, and anthologies. His first book, Voices from the Corner/Voces del Rincon, a unique one-person anthology, greeted with critical acclaim, is a poetic investigation into idiosyncrasies gathered from the corners of complex Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo interrelationships in New Mexico. An astute observer of the human condition, his insights into Santa Fe's societal and cultural life cycles continued in his second book Naked Ladies on the Road, his first book for Sunstone Press, is a poetic study of the City Different's celebrated Canyon Road. Recognition of Mike's position as a major lawyer-poet in the United States is evidenced by his inclusion in Off the Record, a poetry anthology of the Legal Studies Forum, representing the first effort of a United States legal journal to devote an entire issue to poetry. A member of the Santa Fe Live Poets' Society, he has lived in New Mexico since 1946. An adherent to the old school of meter and rhyme, his poems are full of sharp, witty lines, sometimes deceptively complex, with candor, power and poignancy, often illuminating the glorious absurdities of our lives.

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THE GREAT KIVA
A Poetic Critique of Religion
By Phillips Kloss

Ilustrated by Gene Kloss.

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The legends of the American Southwestern world, along with man's relationship and reactions to his natural habitat and to his universe are set into this compelling poetry of Phillips Kloss. Kloss considered this volume to be “a religious essence of his country and his humanity with the kiva theme, the man theme and the verbality theme consistent throughout.” Phillips Kloss was born in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1902. He moved to New Mexico in 1916 where he worked on his brother’s ranch, later graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925. Once a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin, he married the artist/etcher Alice Geneva Glasier (Gene Kloss) and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1927. He is also the author of North Star, Rainbow Obsidian, The Stronghold, and The Taos Crescent, all from Sunstone Press.

Gene Kloss is considered to be among the best etchers in the world. Her faithful record of the spirit and ceremony of the Pueblo Indian is valued not only by collectors, but also by anthropologists who use her work to verify costume and dance. Art critic Alfred Frankenstein stated: “She is both poet and virtuoso, but the virtuosity is always kept subordinate to the poetic ideal.” Her book, Gene Kloss Etchings, was also published by Sunstone Press.


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THE HEALER'S DIARY
Poems
By Ann Filemyr

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The poems in this collection vary in form from short personal lyrics to prose poems spanning cultures and geographies, looking both backward and forward, seeking connection. The healing here is the luminous effort to make sense of the torn world in order to restore vitality and beauty.

Ann Filemyr, PhD, is the Academic Dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to academic and administrative leadership, she pursues creative practice in the literary, visual and performing arts. She is the author of several other books of poetry.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-853-0
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HOME IN THE DARK
Poems
By Jay Udall

"It is a gentle book, and very perceptive. Tragedies are muted by a mystery and wholeness that is magical and uncommonly compassionate. At heart there is a melody and connection to earth and sky that grows on the reader throughout. Udall pays close attention to the smallest mercies and terrors of creation, building a sincere and loving identity that swoops off into the firmament. And his home in the dark is eventually flooded with light." --JOHN NICHOLS

"Reading the poetry of Jay Udall is like immersing one's face in a pool of cool spring water on a hot summer's day. His perceptions are clear, and his writing is beautiful. He celebrates not only the presence of the human species but also the whole community of life. I regard Jay Udall as one of our great poets." --JACK LOEFFLER

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"A poem can begin anywhere," Jay Udall says, "with the smallest object or image--a wildflower, a weed, a face, a scrap of memory--yet it should move into unexpected terrain. I want my poems to be grounded in the details of daily experience, in the physical world, in what is close at hand, but also to touch otherness, strangeness, mystery. This is what I look for, what I pursue, in the writing--a sense of surprise, of stumbling onto something unforeseen.

"To work with the unfolding of a poem entails risk. I must be willing to follow where it leads, even when it asks me to enter some new wilderness of perception and experience. In other words, I must be willing to change. Poetry, if pursued in depth, is subversive and restorative. It delves beneath custom and convention, beneath all forms of received wisdom, beneath all fixed theories and interpretations, returning us to a sense of life as we know it to be in our deeper moments: beautiful, terrible, paradoxical. Writing poetry is, for me, a way of staying alive."

With a Master’s degree in American Literature from George Washington University, Jay Udall has taught literature and writing to students of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the U.S. and beyond. His poems and short stories have appeared in more than fifty publications, including magazines, literary journals, newspapers, and anthologies, and he is the author of two previous books of poetry, Learning the Language (Bellowing Ark, 1997) and First Identity (winner of the 2001 Redgreene Press Poetry Chapbook Award).

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THE HUB OF THE MIRACLE
Poems
By Sallie Bingham

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Sallie Bingham’s poems seek, always, to connect. The events of ordinary life--walking in the woods around Santa Fe, lighting a fire in a stove--merge with the crises of maturity: death and other losses. Always, the tonic is hope--the hope that springs from a stone, a stream, or a memory of childhood. These short lyrics provide inspiration for all travelers on the path.

Sallie Bingham began writing poetry as a child. Her first verses, dictated to her mother, were sent to her father who was serving overseas during World War 11. Discouraged from becoming a poet by the attitude then prevailing at writing classes at Harvard, she has finally returned to her first love, after publishing eleven books of fiction and non-fiction.

Her first novel was published shortly after she graduated from Radcliffe, followed by five more novels and three collections of short stories celebrating the lives of women. Cory's Feast, also published by Sunstone Press, continues to spotlight adventurous women whose challenges and choices illustrate the social changes of the twenty-first century. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published and her plays have been produced both off-Broadway and around the country. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center, and is the founder of The Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE SHELTER
Men Poems
By Catherine Ferguson

“Catherine Ferguson writes with a painterly brush and she writes from the body. Each poem evokes a clear and translucent world, both sensual and ethereal. Her relationships with a horsetail swamp or a departed father or a man’s waist are saturated with the light of her attention. Her poems are time capsules, original and stinging, and each one surprises. One can read these poems again and again with deep pleasure.” —Anne Valley Fox, poet, author of "Nightfall." She and Ann Lacy are co-editors of five volumes of oral histories from the New Mexico Federal Writers' Project (Sunstone Press, 2010–1015).

Are we humans all one half of a whole being wandering around looking for their other half? This unanswered question is eternally begging to be addressed because most humans long to find their opposite, their compliment, to feel completed by the Other. Having lost her father to suicide before the age of two, Catherine felt a void. In her late teens she began the search for the missing part of herself. She observed a pattern that, for all her dreams of wanting to be sheltered, the men she encountered were not able to complete her. As the years have gone by, she has experienced the integration within herself, and is no longer searching. The richness of her current romantic experience increases now with reflection and age, solitude and vulnerability. These poems lay out her journey and reflect a lifetime of spirited curiosity.

Catherine Ferguson is a poet and painter living in Galisteo, New Mexico. Inspired by landscape, animals and the people she loves and has loved, she creates watercolors, oils, retablos and poems. She has written numerous chapbooks and has won two New Mexico Book Awards: one for poetry as co-author of The Sound a Raven Makes, and another for her retablo illustrations in You Who Make the Sky Bend by Lisa Sandlin. Catherine was born in Mexico City, where both of her parents were studying art. She grew up in Scottsdale, then Phoenix, attended the University of Arizona. In 1972 Catherine moved to New Mexico where she continues to write and paint.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-174-0
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IN THE CENTER OF THE FIELD
Poems
By Cynthia West

“Cynthia West is so given to place that her poems seem effortless as the wild sunflowers. She says, ‘I haven’t done anything to deserve these leaves.’ But she has been present in the mix of inner and outer, so brings us an earned language of landscape.” —Joan Logghe, Poet Laureate of Santa Fe

“She has given us words that can change the clouds in our hearts, forming them into how we might view, how we might listen, to ourselves. The poetry of Cynthia West helps us to hear our own poems, our own voice, in the center of the field where we live and love.” —James McGrath, poet, Santa Fe

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Cynthia West says, “Poems form a path, with places to rest from the grief that rides the shoulders with the claws of a hawk. It takes strong legs to carry the sorrow of all who ask. It takes a clear mind to bear the voices. It takes the balance of a tightrope walker not to trip on the pain. The flowers, upholding petals and seeds, understand the burden a yoke can be. Sensing their transience, they announce, “Poems build the road forward, providing hollows where gladness can grow.”

Known for her visionary paintings, Cynthia is also a poet, photographer, digital imager, potter and book artist. Her home with many gardens, where she has lived for forty years with her husband and family, is a healing center as well as her studio and gallery. Her works are collected worldwide.

West is the author of four previous collections of poetry, For Beauty Way, 1000 Stone Buddhas, Rainbringer, and The New Sun, the last two from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-842-4
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JAZZ MUSIC
Poems in the Rhythm of Life
By Tom Banks

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Life goes on, dancing to a rhythm, a beat all its own. And the beat the author hears is much like Jazz Music—free-wheeling, going this way for a while, and then suddenly, without warning, the other way. All seemingly random, and yet strangely holding-together, forming moods.

The poems in this collection are those beats, those moods, that rhythm, rendered into language—Jazz Language.

Tom Banks is a graduate of Indiana University with an English major. His work has appeared in Collected Whispers published by The International Library of Poetry and The Northfield News, Northfield, Vermont. He lives in Taos, New Mexico, with his wife, Diane.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-956-8
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JOURNAL ENTRIES
Poems
By Thomas Grissom

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Poetry is to be found in everything around us, in the simple everyday events of our lives, in the small things we think and feel and do, in our most private thoughts and innermost concerns. All we have to do is pause and take the time to look and listen and heed. The poems in this book are gleaned from a kind of poetic journal kept by the author over a period of time to record whatever he was thinking and whatever was of immediate importance. Taken all together they trace an intellectual as well as an actual journey through the inner thoughts and outward events of a lifetime.

They are crafted in a modern idiom out of plain, unadorned words in free verse lines that mirror the patterns and natural rhythms of spoken language, creating a connection between the poet and the man on the street. These are private poems, made no less private by sharing them, conceived and written with no real thought of anyone ever reading them. They were impelled nevertheless by that most basic of all human impulses, the need to communicate with others. And in that spirit they are presented here.

Thomas Grissom is also the author of three other collections of poems: Other Truths, One Spring More, and Neither Here Nor There, all from Sunstone Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is Emeritus Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In addition to poetry Grissom is the author of several works of fiction as well as non-fiction.

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LIFE UNDER THE SUN
The Lithographs of Famous Indian Artist Charles Lovato
By Charles Lovato

Through his lithographs and poems, we share the symbolic journey of this important Indian artist.

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“Charles Lovato is a poet obsessed with the past, his Indian heritage, his childhood, loved ones now gone,” says R. C. Gorman. “I say, without the Lovatos--confident, exultant, lonely, loving and wise--there would be no poems, no real life under the sun.” This collection of poems and images captures Lovato at his best.

The late Charles Lovato, a Santo Domingo Indian, was born in 1937 and lived in Sile, New Mexico. Of himself he said, “(I) had no formal training in many of the things I do, writing being one of them. I have learned first hand from the hills and rivers of shapes, sounds and quiet. Also trying to survive a system too rigid and demanding of precious, I have written of what I feel, what I see and know, that is all.”


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MINUTES TOWARD NIGHT
"Quick Takes"
By William N. Gates

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The title of this collection of “quick takes” refers to the writer’s intent to catch within a limit of five minutes a moment, a dream, a memory; to articulate the fugitive, to net the particles of a stream. As in his previous books, River Riding Writing and In Words Dive, these takes were penned as rapidly as possible, bypassing punctuation and syntax, trusting in a coherence of feeling or image. By transcribing manuscript to print, the impetus of handwriting is lost, but perhaps not the life that inspired it.

Poet and author of Spell, House Born of Mud, River Riding Writing and In Words Dive, William N. Gates grew up in Ohio and points east, but always felt the allure of New Mexico. He and his wife Helen live and work in Santa Fe.


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THE MODERN DAY NURSERY RHYMES OF POPPA GANDER
By Joe Sabia

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The rhymes of Mother Goose have become so ingrained into our consciousness that many of us, even in our adult years, can recite them by heart. Mother Goose rhymes, in a variety of languages, have become almost legendary to our civilization. That said, the author of this collection hopes there is ample space on nursery bookshelves for a smattering of rhymes of a contemporary nonsense and amateurish philosophy. He has elected to call himself Poppa Gander, a name that came to him out of oblivion and that, in one brief, rewarding instant the muse, Erato, was gracious enough to bless him.

Because the author is a denizen of today, his rhymes have more to do with the urban environment than with the rural. But the yet-unpolluted minds of children whether city or country bred are a fertile soil for the planting of wonderment, fantasy, and a healthy portion of sillyness and nonsense. No man-made vehicle can ever travel so far, or move so swiftly as does the imagination of a child.


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MOONBOW
An Ode to the Sacred Cosmic Dimensions of Earth, Spirit, Love and Life
By Jessika Le Corre

The author says, “I grew up in nature surrounded by forests. I would spend whole days playing in the woods in the presence of bears, perched on the tallest trees with the hawk, on top of mountains peaks with the eagle, hiking with the mountain lion, running with the deer, soaking in the streams, singing with the hummingbird and dancing with the butterfly, ice skating on the frozen pond, skiing topless in the moonlight, watching the shooting stars with my dad’s giant telescope, collecting everything wild, stones, flowers, resin, herbs, barks, asparagus, berries, fruit, mushrooms, the wind even...hunting, and gathering Mother Earth’s magic. I instinctively knew the natural world was good for my well being. I talked to the plants and asked for their secrets.

“My love for the Universe, nature, beauty, and the sacred kept growing so intensely that I started to express it in the form of poetry at age eight. My first poem, ‘The Black Tulip,’ won an adult poetry contest. Poetry has been a way for me to share my deep gratitude for all the gifts. I’ve apprenticed for many years as a Vegetalista traveling to Peru and all over the world learning plant medicines, sitting in ceremony, and now holding ceremony.

“This book is an offering to Mother Earth, to Spirit. Gracias Señora. Gracias Señor. Life is the ceremony.”

A Native American and native New Mexican, the author was born and raised in Southern New Mexico where she grew up in Cloudcroft, a small village hidden in the mountains at 10,000 feet elevation. She is the founder of world-renowned organic skincare company FeatherEagleSky. She now lives with her husband and their three children Feather, Eagle and Sky in Truchas, a small village in Northern New Mexico.


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8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-229-7
168 pp.,$60.00


NAKED LADIES ON THE ROAD
Poems
By Mike Sutin

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“How many roads have been memorialized in poetry? Can’t think of one?” the author asks. “Let me suggest Santa Fe’s Canyon Road, the Art and Soul of Santa Fe," he replies, “celebrated and legendary. But in the eyes of some, the City Different, as Santa Fe is called, a national treasure, the nation’s highest capital, has become a high desert Disneyland, a small city in search of an identity, ‘tourist-town U.S.A.,’ a caricature of itself. That’s just my opinion, of course. I think this book humanizes some wonders and some warts.”

The author, who lived “off the Road” for close to 20 years, uses poetry, often in formal form, to capture and capsulize the inconsistencies between the City of the Holy Faith and its sometimes indelicate “Road,” while evoking and provoking emotions, the purpose of poetry. You will be pleased you joined us.

Mike Sutin is a commercial lawyer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and serves as pro-bono counsel to PEN New Mexico and the New Mexico Book Association. He is a member of both. His volunteer work for his street and neighborhood, and directorships on his neighborhood association and business and economic development organizations, afford insider sensitivity into the good, bad and ugly of Santa Fe’s Canyon Road. His poems have appeared in local, regional, and national small presses, and anthologies. His first book of poems, “Voices from the Corner/Voces del Rincon” (Pennywhistle Press, 2001), greeted with critical acclaim, is an investigation into idiosyncracies gathered from the corners of complex Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo interrelationships in New Mexico. An astute observer of the human condition, his insights into Santa Fe’s societal and cultural life cycles continue in “Naked Ladies.” Recognition of Mike’s position as a major lawyer-poet in the United States is evidenced by his inclusion in “Off the Record,” a poetry anthology of the Legal Studies Forum, representing the first effort of a United States legal journal to devote an entire issue to poetry. Mike has published a number of legal articles in national and state venues. A member of the Santa Fe Live Poets’ Society, he has lived in New Mexico since 1946.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=xemBZfPe2wgC

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NATURE'S ENDLESS PULSATIONS
Poems
By Henry P. Pelletier

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Henry P. Pelletier was a high school and college teacher of Spanish and French for many years. He is a graduate of the University of Hartford (Connecticut) where he received his bachelor and master’s degrees in French and education. Later earning a PhD in Latin American Affairs and Literature, Pelletier studied art and sculpture at the Institute Allende in Mexico.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=e-4xPQAACAAJ&dq=Nature's+Endless+Pulsations&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7UfFT9i6J

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-168-5
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NEITHER HERE NOR THERE
Poems
By Thomas Grissom

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In this collection of poems, Thomas Grissom explores a range of themes and situations gathered from a lifetime of lessons and observations. By turns lighthearted and serious, introspective and philosophical, uninhibited and irreverent, they are always open and honest expressions of inner truths. Taken all together they form a poetic rendering of episodes from the autobiography of a life. Written in the direct and simple language of a modern American idiom in free verse lines that reflect the natural patterns and rhythms of spoken language, they are lucid, uncluttered, and eminently readable.

Thomas Grissom is also the author of three other collections of poems: Other Truths, One Spring More, and Journal Entries, all from Sunstone Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is Emeritus Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In addition to poetry Grissom is the author of several works of fiction as well as non-fiction.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-839-4
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THE NEW SUN
Poems
By Cynthia West

“Rainbringer is not for the faint of heart. Firmly rooted in nature, family and work, image after stunning image delivers a compelling richness. . . . This poetry collection is a genuine collaboration of spirit, grace, humility and integrity.” --Jeanie C. Williams, "Southwest BookViews"

“Cynthia West is a poet connected to the culture of Native Earth. Weaving innovative imagery, she surrounds what she feels deeply with prayers. She makes clouds into feathers, gives her shadows flowers and sunshine, unflinchingly praises death and pain.” --James McGrath, author of "At the Edgelessness of Light" and "Speaking with Magpies"

“Cynthia West has captured and freed with her gorgeous language the poetry of the moment. 'The New Sun' is one of those books that you will return to again and again. It is beauty without end.” --Joan Halifax, Head Teacher, Upaya Zen Center

“These poems surprise and are driven by a curious mind and a mature heart.” --Natalie Goldberg, author of "Writing Down the Bones"

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Cynthia West says, “Kneeling, I retrieve shattered shards, glue them together. If I can stick even one piece to another, I have a poem. It is bread. . . . To write poetry, I memorize suffering’s names, visit the wounds no stitches can hide, gather stories in my pain bag until it bursts. Love aches if it isn’t told. . . . My words are small, round circles, elm seeds, designed to inhabit cracks. They sprout, growing leaves that call water, roots that hold earth, shade that shelters fruit. . . . I lean over the stream, holding a tin for panning gold, allow water to wash away the mud until the sun flashes on wet metal. . . . Kneeling, I retrieve shattered shards, glue them together. If I can stick even one piece to another, I have a poem. It is bread.”

Known for her visionary realist paintings, Cynthia is also a poet, a photographer, a digital compositor, a book artist, and a potter. Her home and garden of thirty-five years is a healing center as well as her studio and gallery. West is the author of three previous collections of poetry, For Beauty Way, 1000 Stone Buddhas, both from Inked Wingbeat Press, Santa Fe, and Rainbringer from Sunstone Press, Santa Fe.

Website: http://www.westvision.us
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=51rNNtR91eAC

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-582-9
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NIGHT IN A WHITE WOOD
New and Selected Poems
By Jacqueline Hoefer

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“We tell our story in words,” says Jacqueline Hoefer. “Whatever we experience of joy or hope or misery, we try to find words to say what is happening to us, not at a moment of high emotion but afterward. We remember an old man looking out at a winter garden, a walk in a wood on a snowy evening, a dog hiding under a couch, and in finding the right words to interpret even small events, we discover what our lives, and perhaps the lives of others, have come to mean. The telling is surely of interest to ourselves and may be to others. That is why, I think, many people write poetry. It is certainly why I write poetry.”

JACQUELINE HOEFER’s publications include "Imagining the Garden," a book of poems; "Weather Songs," three poems set to music by Lanham Deal; and critical essays on contemporary writers, among them, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Norman Mailer. Her latest book is "A More Abundant Life, New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico." Mrs. Hoefer received a Ph.D. in American literature from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and in the early 1960s taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. In 1967, she joined her husband Peter Hoefer in starting Hoefer Scientific Instruments, a San Francisco company specializing in producing instruments for biological research. After Peter Hoefer’s death in 1987, she carried on as chief executive officer.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=uI63M4kFgS4C

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-422-8
112 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-420-4
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NORTH STAR
Poems
By Phillips Kloss

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In this book of poetry, Phillips Kloss continues to reveal the mysteries and wonders of the Taos valley and Northern New Mexico. Mr. Kloss muses and reflects on the solar system and peers at one-celled life with equal veracity. His observations of the familiar give the reader pause; perhaps there is more than meets the eye.

Phillips Kloss was born in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1902. He moved to New Mexico in 1916 where he worked on his brother’s ranch, later graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925. Once a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin, he married the artist/etcher Alice Geneva Glasier (Gene Kloss) and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1927. He is also the author of The Great Kiva, Rainbow Obsidian, The Stronghold, and The Taos Crescent, all from Sunstone Press.

“A keen look at any number of things: at other poets, at classical music and musicians, at bird songs, at Greek mythical heroes and our own semimythical ones. All his poems are crisp, insightful and ingenious.” —New Mexico Magazine

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=QYE-PQAACAAJ&dq=Phillips+Kloss&lr=&cd=24

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-182-1
48 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-151-1
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THE NUMBER OF NAMES
Poems
By Donald Levering

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Donald Levering introduces The Number of Names by referring to the mystical texts of the Kabbalah. “In it, we learn that God creates the world through numbers and letters, rearranging them in infinite combinations to make new things come into being. My anthropomorphic version of this is God wearing dark glasses fingering the accordion keyboard of primal letters and numbers, playing into existence a panoply of matter and energy forms. Or God the grandfather of all fiddlers making up stories and lies to accompany the improbable songs that become our lives.”

Born in Kansas City, Donald Levering was educated at Baker University, The University of Kansas, Lewis and Clark College, and Bowling Green State University. His prior publications include five chapbooks of poetry, The Jack of Spring, Carpool, Mister Ubiquity, The Fast of Thoth, and The Kingdom of Ignorance, as well as three full-length poetry volumes, Outcroppings From Navajoland, Horsetail, and Whose Body. Mr. Levering was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in poetry and was an Academy of American Poets Featured Poet in the online Forum. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Website: http://www.donaldlevering.com/

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-860-8
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ODES & OFFERINGS
A Collaborative Exhibit of Poetry and the Visual Arts
By The City of Santa Fe’s 2010-2012 Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe

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“Odes & Offerings” was a unique collaboration between The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery, the City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe, and a host of talented local poets and artists. Conceived by Logghe in close consultation with The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery Manager, Rod Lambert, the original exhibit, which ran from March 23, 2012 to June 8, 2012, paired the work of local poets with visual artists. The results were more than just poetry-inspired artworks. Every piece became a true integration of poetry and form. With this rich, authentic cross-pollination at its core, “Odes & Offerings” became an event that brought the community of Santa Fe, New Mexico together around the spoken word and visual arts. This book serves as a lasting record of an inspired exhibit and the many outstanding individuals who made it possible.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-955-1
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OF ONE MIND
From A Longing To An Understanding Of The Universal Mind
By Myrtle Stedman

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Through her forthright and open yearning to understand the mysteries of the Mind, Stedman articulates our own deep seeking. Her probing questions prod us into curiosity and consternation. Her answers startle and delight. Put together with its structural bones she gives us a clear picture of the creative process in non-classical poetic verse that flows and snags and flows again through life and death to life again. Chapters include Automatic Writing, Channeling, and Living by Grace. This is the first book of Myrtle Stedman's Universal Mind trilogy. The other two are Of Things to Come and The Way Things Are or Could Be.

Myrtle Stedman was a member of PEN New Mexico, a branch of PEN Center USA West of International PEN and believed that there is no end to what the mind can do with the eye and hand, in time and in spirit. She is also the author of Artists in Adobe, Adobe Architecture, Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces, A House Not Made with Hands, Of Things to Come, Ongoing Life, Rural Architecture, The Ups and Downs of Living Alone in Later Life, and The Way Things Are or Could Be, all from Sunstone Press.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=WCfcPQAACAAJ&dq=0865341559&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mHrWT7a6BIPW2gWigJWQDw&ved

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-155-5
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OF THINGS TO COME
An Explosive Declaration
By Myrtle Stedman

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Readers are given vivid examples of how the Universal Mind turns imagery into reality, invited to ponder and explore this mechanism in their current lives, and to examine the potential for humanity's future evolution. The other two books in the Universal Mind Trilogy, all written in non-classical poetic verse, are Of One Mind and The Way Things Are or Could Be.

Myrtle Stedman has been described as “both innocence and heirloom.” Designated in 1985 as a “Living Treasure” in northern New Mexico, this award-winning artist, architect, and writer is the author of ten books, including Artists in Adobe, Adobe Architecture, Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces, A House Not Made with Hands, Of One Mind, Ongoing Life, Rural Architecture, The Ups and Downs of Living Alone in Later Life, and The Way Things Are or Could Be, all from Sunstone Press. Myrtle Stedman was a member of PEN New Mexico, a branch of PEN Center USA West of International PEN and believed that there is no end to what the mind can do with the eye and hand, in time and in spirit.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=H7YAAAAACAAJ&dq=Of+Things+To+Come&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o0jFT-TeDuWgsgKxxPn

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-274-3
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ONE SPRING MORE
Poems
By Thomas Grissom

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In this second edition of his second collection of poems, the author continues to explore those “Other Truths” that inevitably shape our lives in the many ways expressed in his first collection. These are poems fashioned from the crosscurrents of events that make up the life of each of us. There are glimpses of the past interwoven in the present, just as what happens next is the result of all that has gone before. Taken all together there is an underlying theme in these poems: the search for truth and meaning in the uncertainty of our time These are honest renderings of private thoughts and inner truths crafted in a modern idiom and written in free verse lines that mirror the patterns and natural rhythms of spoken language, creating a poetry that is lucid and eminently readable.

Thomas Grissom is also the author of three other collections of poems: Other Truths, Journal Entries, and Neither Here Nor There, all from Sunstone Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is Emeritus Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In addition to poetry Grissom is the author of several works of fiction as well as non-fiction.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-940-7
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OTHER TRUTHS
Poems
By Thomas Grissom

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In this new edition of the author’s first collection of poems, he writes about those simple truths and everyday experiences that inevitably shape our lives. With uncompromising honesty, these poems speak with a vibrant, dynamic voice. In poetry simple and uncluttered, with a flowing rhythmic style, they state their message lucidly and pointedly, creating an affinity between the poet and the man on the street. These are poems from the heart, written openly and honestly with always the abiding conviction that they should “tell no lies.” Poems that never seek to deny the reality of those other, darker truths of our existence, movingly expressed by one who sees clearly in his own life and experience the central elements of the human condition.

Thomas Grissom is also the author of three other collections of poems: Neither Here Nor There, One Spring More, and Journal Entries, all from Sunstone Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is Emeritus Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In addition to poetry Grissom is the author of several works of fiction as well as non-fiction.

Sample Chapter

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PAPER DOVES, FALLING AND OTHER POEMS
By Jamie Allen Parsley

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Jamie Allen Parsley lives in a place where the weather is taken seriously, and where the seasons are so remarkable that poetry is required to describe them. The reader who is unfamiliar with this poet’s northern climate will comprehend the harshness of Dakota after reading the winter poems in this collection that portray other harsh things in life: loss, regret, loneliness.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=lXG3PAAACAAJ&dq=Paper+Doves&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-EjFT6qNMobHsQLc6rDVCQ&ve

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ISBN: 978-0-86534177-2
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POTPOURRI
Don’t Call it Poetry
By Rosalyn Rita Nicholas

Poems about life representing fifty years of writing by an Army daughter poet.

Throughout her life the poet found that many people shy away from poetry. They say they don’t like it; they don’t understand it; they are afraid of it. Poetry is as popular as a rattlesnake. The poet studied poetry in high school and college and has written poetry for fifty years. Naturally, one’s mind and heart grow and change over time. All of us evolve. The poet certainly has, and still does. In reading the oldest poems written, there is a young girl’s innocence in some, yet a remarkable maturity and wisdom in others. Poems are not differentiated as to age when written. Surely the reader may be able to do that, but maybe not. Poetry is what one wants it to be. This poetry is not written in any accepted or expected style. Rather, it was written purely for the poet herself. She wrote as a method of sharing thoughts, experiences, dreams, images, senses, feelings, memories. Some recollections were her own, and some belong to those who shared theirs with her. Some poems are mental exercises woven onto paper, while others are dreams caught before the poet truly woke. Her writing may not be poetry, but it is honest, and it is authentic. Poetry is what you want it to be. If you feel it, it is real. Just read aloud from line to line just as you would a book. It’s not fancy, it’s Potpourri.

Born to a career United States Army officer and his wife, Rosalyn Rita Nicholas has lived at thirty-two addresses in her life including two foreign countries and nine states by the age of twenty-four. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a bachelor’s degree in English, meeting the grade point standard for Magna Cum Laude designation. Now retired, she worked many years in state government at a major social services agency writing statewide policy from federal regulations and state law. Rosalyn Rita Nicholas lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been writing since youth.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-253-2
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RAINBOW OBSIDIAN
Poems
By Phillips Kloss

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In this book of poetry, Phillips Kloss shares with readers his deep appreciation of life and nature. Writing poems that reach back to the sources of life and light, he combines his unique philosophy with his poetic skills to touch not only readers’ hearts but their minds. Mr. Kloss stimulates readers and challenges them to look anew at their surroundings and their beliefs.

Phillips Kloss was born in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1902. He moved to New Mexico in 1916 where he worked on his brother’s ranch, later graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925. Once a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin, he married the artist/etcher Alice Geneva Glasier (Gene Kloss) and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1927. He is also the author of North Star, The Great Kiva, The Stronghold, and The Taos Crescent, all from Sunstone Press.

“The poet is called curator and conservator of the primeval beauty of a wide domain centered around the historic and legendary town of Taos. He writes with insight of Indian customs and manners and the loss of innocence in the golden West.” —Regina Cooke, The Taos News


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-070-1
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RAINBRINGER
Poems
By Cynthia West

“To read a poem by Cynthia West is to embark on a wild ride--at any moment we may plunge or soar or dance into some new dimension of experience. Like all essential art, these poems reach toward the becoming world, bringing rain to the waste land, calling our feet to the home road.” --Jay Udall, author of "Home in the Dark"

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Cynthia West says, “I follow a poem’s tracks. Each nerve awake, I delve beneath the obvious, turning unnecessary remnants into windows with views to those secrets closer than thought. If I happen upon flotsam discarded on the riverbank, I carefully arrange it into a shrine for seekers to enter. An ordinary face can open to reveal clouds waiting the chance to loose rain on desert so fruit will come this year. Green curving words can be cajoled to form a tunnel into the growth cycle and how all life interweaves.

“Starting with random lines, I dream my way into their momentum, let them lead me out of the house into my memory yard. They direct me to the spot where I buried a sparrow when I was eight. Suddenly the ground is significant from receiving the bird’s death. I stand listening and looking. Familiar leaves and grass are not the same. The spent heap of feathers in my small hand forms into free flying verse.

“My poems are rituals. By ritual I mean precise machines, airplanes, which convey the traveler from one place to another. Rainbringer is a road map for seekers, a trail marker for the emptied ones. Field notes, advice and anecdotes entertain along the way. The lilies I offer you have been gathered climbing the mountains, swimming the sea and bringing the rain."

Well known for her visionary realist paintings, Cynthia West is also skilled in poetry, photography, digital imaging, book arts and pottery. Her home, where she has lived for thirty years with her husband and family, is a renowned healing center, as well as her studio and gallery. Many who travel great distances to receive treatments find refuge in her remarkable art and gardens.

West painted for nineteen years in a studio on the plaza in Santa Fe. Her works exhibit widely and in collections all over the world. She is the author of two previous books of poetry: "For Beauty Way" and "1000 Stone Buddhas," both from Inked Wingbeat.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://www.westvision.us/pages/rainbringer.htm
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-428-0
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RUNNERS
Contemporary Poetry
By Gerald Hausman

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This book by Gerald Hausman marks the author’s third book of poems since New Marlboro State which Gary Snyder called “fine poems, clear and inside / outside of things.” The theme of Runners is not the mere physical act of long-distance running, but the art of direction-finding in life. Using this as a metaphor the poet explores the heart of the four universal directions while running through the four compass points of the American landscape. Whether he is up north in a New England blizzard or jogging along the Mississippi, Gerald Hausman invests his work with that peculiar insight common to poets of place: scenes enchant by evoking permanence through a re-calling of history and the heart, legend and the mystery of the moment.

Richard Wilbur on Runners: “Runners is full of such engaging poems as ‘Porches,’ ‘Wood for Winter,’ and ‘Witnesses.’ In other places such as ‘The Fallen’ or ‘Goat Castle, Natchez,’ there is some deftly conveyed frisson. And then there are admirable poems (‘Ravens,’ ‘Heron and Trout,’ ‘Ending Up in Horse Creek Canyon’) which are informed by a large and deep sense of participation in the whole of life. Gerald Hausman has put together a strong, subtle and varied collection.”

“Hausman’s work is spare and suggesting, evoking mood through images in the natural world . . . There is particular emphasis on the dry, open landscape of the Southwest, where Hausman lives, and his work is influenced both in style and tone by native American songs . . . strong, clear elemental poems ‘Aspens,’ ‘Ravens,’ and ‘Wood for Winter.’” —Publishers Weekly


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-052-7
50 pp.,$16.95


THE SEASONS OF YES (Collector's Edition)
Poems and Images
By Lorraine Schechter

“Like her paintings, Lorraine Schechter's poems both enact and celebrate vision. Her eye is never satisfied with surfaces, but continually explores those charged places where inner and outer worlds touch, mingle, collide. This book gives heart precisely because it takes in so much, affirming the poet's--and our--struggle for more bountiful life.” --Jay Udall, Poet/Teacher

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Lorraine Schechter’s poems, like the seasons, come in cycles. In the twenty plus years she’s been writing poetry, she has enjoyed fertile periods filled with words, interspersed with the language of paint, and more recently, the cello. Like the seasons of her beloved New Mexico, her poems offer a rich range of color, mood, and texture. “This collection of poems comes from a six-year period when the need to write was as urgent as the need for water or food,” she says. “I wrote almost daily, much of the time in my journal, but also in the language of rhythm and image joined with the pleasure in word and sound that said ‘poem.’ The themes are those of a woman at mid-life and reveal my passions: art and nature, family and friends, meditation and yoga.”

Inspired by her close connection to the earth, immersed in her work in the studio, and committed to her meditation/yoga practice, Lorraine Schechter is a woman who says YES to life.

Lorraine Schechter received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. She lived in the south of France and the hills of northwestern Connecticut before settling in Santa Fe in 1988. Her mixed media paintings, prints, and constructions are in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the United States. The Museum of Modern Art was the original publisher of her innovative collection of paper sculpture card designs. Her poems have appeared in literary and on-line poetry reviews including the Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and numerous poetry anthologies. She is a winner of the Recursos/Southwest Writers Discovery Contest. An arts educator for more than thirty-five years, she recently stepped down as Arts Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Arts Commission where she developed and directed ArtWorks, a progressive program providing arts education to more than 5,000 Santa Fe elementary school children. She continues to teach and consult in arts education and program development.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=wKobRHd8mbEC

Softcover:
8 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-602-4
96 pp.,$29.95


THE SEASONS OF YES (Reader's Edition)
Poems and Images
By Lorraine Schechter

“Like her paintings, Lorraine Schechter's poems both enact and celebrate vision. Her eye is never satisfied with surfaces, but continually explores those charged places where inner and outer worlds touch, mingle, collide. This book gives heart precisely because it takes in so much, affirming the poet's--and our--struggle for more bountiful life.” --Jay Udall, Poet/Teacher

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Lorraine Schechter’s poems, like the seasons, come in cycles. In the twenty plus years she’s been writing poetry, she has enjoyed fertile periods filled with words, interspersed with the language of paint, and more recently, the cello. Like the seasons of her beloved New Mexico, her poems offer a rich range of color, mood, and texture. “This collection of poems comes from a six-year period when the need to write was as urgent as the need for water or food,” she says. “I wrote almost daily, much of the time in my journal, but also in the language of rhythm and image joined with the pleasure in word and sound that said ‘poem.’ The themes are those of a woman at mid-life and reveal my passions: art and nature, family and friends, meditation and yoga.”

Inspired by her close connection to the earth, immersed in her work in the studio, and committed to her meditation/yoga practice, Lorraine Schechter is a woman who says YES to life.

Lorraine Schechter received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. She lived in the south of France and the hills of northwestern Connecticut before settling in Santa Fe in 1988. Her mixed media paintings, prints, and constructions are in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the United States. The Museum of Modern Art was the original publisher of her innovative collection of paper sculpture card designs. Her poems have appeared in literary and on-line poetry reviews including the Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and numerous poetry anthologies. She is a winner of the Recursos/Southwest Writers Discovery Contest. An arts educator for more than thirty-five years, she recently stepped down as Arts Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Arts Commission where she developed and directed ArtWorks, a progressive program providing arts education to more than 5,000 Santa Fe elementary school children. She continues to teach and consult in arts education and program development.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=WtBzpLXHH4IC

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-607-9
96 pp.,$16.95


SEASONS, Sounds and Amorous Observations
Poems
By Andres C. Salazar

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The poems in this book follow the author’s observations while infatuated with the force inside that makes us search for a soulful match, one in which the feelings emerge in many dimensions. The search sometimes takes us through several amorous ventures but then we mature and learn the vicissitudes of the force as it manifests itself in real life, not in our imagination.

The language of love can be simple as nature intended but also as complex as the human psyche can make it. The sounds of love from spoken or written lines can be funny or sad, personal or abstract, broad and metaphysical or specific and petty. Love generates images that transcend language and so attempts to articulate what is happening can result in lines that are blurry or disconnected, even violating the rules of any human dialect. What is certain in the expression of love is that an irrepressible urge is there, that the connection is best when it is mutual, that time and duty are constantly getting in the way, and finally that hope for true fulfillment is forever ardent until death.

To dwell on the physical aspects of love—the magnetic qualities of attraction, the corporal aspects of looks, scent and touch, the sexual union—simply ignores its deeper and longer lasting traits like friendship, trust, respect and benevolence. Love over time allows these more admirable human traits to blossom in the relationship with the targeted companion, perhaps even spilling over into more general terms for those around us.

What starts out as a hormonal volcano in youth transitions to various strands of a human relationship and feelings that develop from various forms of success and disappointment, sometimes caused by us and sometimes not. There is no substitute for love; as human beings we are blessed because we can write about it and make sounds about it, albeit imperfectly.

Andres C. Salazar is author of Release from Cibola, the first novel of a trilogy on the life of Reyes Cordova who grows up during the 1950s in Northern New Mexico within a disenfranchised and impoverished Spanish-speaking culture. He earned a doctorate at Michigan State University and then spent decades on the east coast before returning to New Mexico as chaired professor at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Salazar currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-969-8
130 pp.,$18.95


SEMBLANCES
Poems, 1962–1971
By Vincent Barrett Price

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The South Dakota Review said. “In some of the most riotously fresh poetry of late, Vincent Barrett Price has established himself as a chanter of the self who demands our earnest attention. At the heart of Price’s collection is a bold invitation conveyed so lustily in ‘Christmas License,” to ‘take liberties with you mind.’ Closely related to Price’s theme of self-exploration is that of faith and commitment exemplified in ‘The Minister’s New Clothes.’ His vision is both dynamic and disarmingly, unabashedly honest. “Here indeed is a self-reliant poet, witty and compelling in his joie de vivre, mighty and provocative in his challenging of the sinister or mundate. The illustrations by Rini Price and James P. Rini, haunting in their intensity, are fitting accompaniments to the text.”

Vincent Barrett “V.B.” Price is an American poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic, novelist and teacher. He is co-founder of New Mexico Mercury, an online platform featuring news, commentary and analysis from a variety of experts and writers around New Mexico. He has been an emeritus lecturer in the University of New Mexico’s Honors College, where he has taught and at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning. He has taught ancient Greek and Roman literature in translation, modern poetry, urban studies, and New Mexico environmental studies.


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ISBN: 978-0-913270-64-6
90 pp.,$16.95


SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND
Poems
By Teens and Their Mentors

"Writing a poem a day is difficult. But if the world can start from scratch daily, how hard is it to notice?" (JUDYTH HILL)

"My students are EXCITED about poetry, but not only that, they are involved intrinsically with the writing life. It has become a part of their lives, a part of their days. They are seeking audiences, on the Internet, and in the community." (MICHELLE HOLLAND, Poet and Teacher, Chimayó, New Mexico

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These poems were written by New Mexico high school students and those poets who mentor them as part of New Mexico CultureNet’s educational programs. These programs include WebSlam, an Internet-based poetry contest for teens; Poetry Jam, an annual poetry festival for New Mexico high school students, teachers, and poets; and Poets-in-the-Schools programs.

New Mexico CultureNet promotes the understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of New Mexico by connecting people, ideas and resources. To find out more about New Mexico CultureNet visit the website: www.nmculturenet.org

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-431-0
136 pp.,$14.95


SIFTINGS
Poems
By Larry Frank

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Larry Frank is an important poet. He follows the American tradition of plain speech, independence, shared intimacy. Frank breaks new ground with his immediate vibrancy, blending a charged language, emotion, and modern insight with huge energy. Both the bitter and sweet, the odd and standard lie down comfortably to create a cornucopia of words and images In fact, there is nothing that escapes Mr. Frank’s wit, focus and curiosity. He has sifted through the storehouse of his memories and experiences to create a fine distillation of themes regarding nature, love, war, and human interaction. In all, these poems are for readers who are excited by poetry as open as buck-shot spread.

LARRY FRANK was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the University of California at Berkley in English literature and philosophy. He has written, directed, and produced twelve educational films as well as a fictional feature that won an Edinburgh Film Festival Award. Since locating in northern New Mexico forty years ago, Mr. Frank has studied North American Indian cultures and native Spanish Colonial art, His book on New Mexico Santos, THE NEW KINGDOM OF THE SAINTS, was published in 1993. He has lectured on Santos at Stanford University, the Roswell Museum, and the University of New Mexico. Author of two definitive books on Indian subjects, HISTORIC POTTERY OF THE PUEBLO INDIANS and INDIAN SILVER JEWELRY OF THE SOUTHWEST, Frank also wrote a book of short stories, TRAINS STOPS, and a novel, FRAGMENTS OF A MASK, both published by Sunstone Press. In 2002, the New Mexico Historical Society awarded Larry Frank the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award for a three-volume book, LAND SO REMOTE. He is currently working as co-curator with the Albuquerque Museum on a major exhibit of classic Hispanic Rio Grande blankets to be held at the museum in 2006. Married to well-known artist, Alyce Frank, they have three grown children.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZbKuCr2_lU4C

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-445-7
109 pp.,$22.95


THE SIGNATURE OF THE SPIRAL
Poems
By Daniel Wells Schreck

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The Signature of the Spiral contains poems that celebrate the natural beauty and the spiritual ambience of the Southwest. Schreck also writes of his deep concerns with issues of decision that face modern, thinking people. From nature to nuclear, he employs his poetic voice to give structure and meaning to our way of life.

“Daniel Schreck’s The Signature of the Spiral is a fine first book of poetry. I like the easy voice, the speculation and the reverence I hear in it.” —James Magnuson, author of Money Mountain

“Imaginative … colorful … the author turns a phrase in a unique and life-living manner.” —Jose H. Lucero, conservationist from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-114-8
62 pp.,$16.95


SONGS OF THE TEWA
American Indian Home Songs, Scared Chants, Ceremonial Songs, Magic Songs and Prayers
By Herbert Joseph Spinden, PhD

Appendix with original Tewa texts, photographs, and a preface by Alice Marriott.

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For centuries the American Indian literary tradition was primarily an oral one. Since written languages were rare among native North and south American cultures, all literature—myth, legend, story, poetry—was passed along the generations through memory and the spoken word. Herbert Joseph Spinden collected these at a time—around 1933—when the Indian poetic voice was a nameless one. The songs included here are of that period and his translations of Tewa ritual and secular songs are remarkable for their sensitivity to and consonance with Tewa (Pueblo) thought. This copyrighted edition includes an early introductory essay and scholarly notes by Dr. Spinden, early photographs of the Tewa from the collection of Mrs. Spinden, and a preface by Alice Marriott.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-193-7
144 pp.,$19.95


SPEAKING WITH MAGPIES
Poems
By James McGrath

“Poet and artist James McGrath has been at the game of life and creativity for a long time. These poems are plain and direct, imagistic and emotional.” --Miriam Sagan, author of "Archeology of Desire," "The Widow’s Coat," "Rag Trade."

“James McGrath is a master poet, whose respect for all life rings through every clear strong word. Using simple language he effortlessly conveys the deepest and, at times, the most terrible truth. These poems are a gift of understanding.” --Cynthia West, author of "Rainbringer" and "The New Sun."

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“Male magpies build nests as a courtship ritual,” James McGrath says. “They risk the future, like poets who risk breathing light and darkness, hoping someone will hear them, yet knowing it does not matter. It is the pilgrimage, the chattering, the nesting of words that say, I am here, that really matter. It is not the verbosity of magpies I understand. It is the opening of mock orange, the white line around a black stone, feathers found on mountain trails, shape-shifting clouds, voices in the blood. It is the unfathomable enchantment of inhaling and exhaling the world while I expect a poem.”

JAMES McGRATH, poet, visual artist and teacher, is known for his narrative poetry in the KAET/PBS American Indian Artist Series in the 1970s. He has published poetry in 15 anthologies, including “Dakotah Territory,” “Passager,” “Inside Grief,” “In Cabin Six,” “Mercy of Tides,” and “Sacred Waters,” among others. McGrath was poet-artist-in-residence with the United States Information Service, Arts America in Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Congo in the 1990s and his 50 year retrospective as artist was held at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco in 2002. He lives in La Cieneguilla, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-581-2
124 pp.,$16.95


STICKS AND STONES AND OTHER POEMS
By Marcia Muth

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“My poetry, like my art,” the author says, “comes from the heart. Most of the poems are written during my walks. Although not a scientific person, I try to be a keen observer of the scene around me. As readers of these poems will notice, I have a particular fondness for rocks, the moon and other natural phenomena which we still allow to intrude on our technological world.” She is also the author of A World Set Apart, Memory Paintings; Writing and Selling Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Plays & Local History; How to Paint and Sell Your Art; Indian Pottery of the Southwest; Kachinas, A Selected Bibliography; Ma Frump’s Cultural Guide to Plastic Gardening which won a first place award in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards; Ma Frump’s Cultural Guide to Instant Intellectualism, Post Card Views and Other Souvenirs, Poems; Fake Ivory, New and Selected Poems; Thin Ice and Other Poems; and Words and Images, Poems, all from Sunstone Press. Her biography, Left Early, Arrived Late, by Teddy Jones, also from Sunstone Press, was published in 2008. In 2006, she was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure in recognition of her many accomplishments.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-214-9
32 pp.,$12.95


STING AND NEST
Poems
By Barbara Rockman

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Barbara Rockman grew up in western Massachusetts. She is co-editor of the anthology Women Becoming Poems. Her poems have been recognized with the Baskerville Publishers’ Award, the New Mexico Discovery Award, the Southwest Writers Poetry Prize, and The MacGuffin National Poet Hunt. She received her M.Ed. from Antioch New England, and her M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Barbara teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College, and in private workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Barbara Rockman sees the world as cornucopic with metaphor. But, like Dickinson, she finds those metaphors close to home, whether in the vivid and ongoing presence of her childhood, the complicated pleasures of family life, or the succulence of the natural world just beyond the kitchen door. Not every poet can make tasks such as hanging laundry resonate with both metaphysical insight and sensual pleasure. Rockman can. And does, in poems that, line by line, offer the kind of memorable images, surprising thought-shifts, and lyrical insights that we expect from the best of our poets. Sting and Nest is a wild blessing of a book, and it is hard to believe it is the poet's first."
—Clare Rossini, winner of the Akron Poetry Prize, author of Winter Morning With Crow and Lingo

"Barbara Rockman writes a deft sort of lyric that is compressed, compassionate, and unsentimental. Her subject is the ebb and flow of domestic life, but there is nothing familiar or conventional about her approach. Above all, she has the capacity to wrest celebration from our failings, sorrows, and confusions, to find those moments when, as she puts it in her closing poem, 'the hope-broken sky [grows] radiant.'"
—David Wojahn, Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of Late Empire and Spirit Cabinet

Sample Chapter
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-807-3
104 pp.,$16.95


THE STRONGHOLD
Poems
By Phillips Kloss

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Aptly named, this book of poetry is filled with strength and clarity of vision. Here are poems about individuals who have in their own way influenced the life and times of the American Southwest and West. These candid and truthful word portraits are a testimony to the poet-philosopher’s sensitive response to people and places. Mr. Kloss share with readers his unique gifts of insight and concern. Phillips Kloss was born in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1902. He moved to New Mexico in 1916 where he worked on his brother’s ranch, later graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925. Once a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin, he married the artist/etcher Alice Geneva Glasier (Gene Kloss) and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1927. He is also the author of North Star, Rainbow Obsidian, The Great Kiva, and The Taos Crescent, all from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-093-0
100 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-149-8
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THE SUN IS A WANDERING HUNTER
Poems
By James McGrath

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This collection is born from James McGrath’s decades-long friendship with the Hopi and particularly with his collaborator, the artist Otellie Loloma. Rather than a memoir or narrative detailing external events, these poems are an inner testimony, enacted through rhythmic lyrics that lead us to a mythic place, a world redolent with meaning. These poems, then, are really songs, songs emerging from a primordial source. McGrath holds close to that source, achieving a timeless wholeness, a kind of ritual purification through language. Mimetic of the sacred, McGrath’s poems or songs begin to dance. The page becomes a dancing place, a plaza where gesture, image and sound meld to convey a reality as fresh as it is ancient.

James McGrath lives in an old adobe house in the traditional village of La Cieneguilla, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is known for his narrative poetry in the KAET/PBS American Indian Artist Series of the 1970s. James was creative writing instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the early 1960s and spent twenty years teaching as Arts and Humanities Coordinator for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Europe and the Far East. He was Poet-artist in Residence with the US Information Service, Arts America, in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of Congo in the 1990s. His collections of poetry, At the Edgelessness of Light, Speaking with Magpies, Dreaming Invisible Voices, and Valentines and Forgeries are all published by Sunstone Press.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-033-0
98 pp.,$16.95

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98 pp.,$4.99


SWALLOWING THE MOON
Poems
By Alicia Otis

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"Perhaps like you, I am someone who always longed for something that seemed to be always just beyond my reach," Alicia says. "I waited for sixty-five years before I discovered the Source of my longing. It wasn’t another relationship, recognition as an artist; it wasn’t a journey to a foreign country or living in exotic Hawaii, or (although this is a source of great pleasure) watching my grandchildren grow up.

"What I longed to experience (not in the abstract, intellectual, 'skim milk' way, but as a visceral, organic, sweet-clover cream Presence of the REAL) was the Treasure of Divine Love, that Grace longing to be unveiled, and made actively conscious in the hearts of all human beings."

ALICIA OTIS is a Sufi, a grandmother, a mystical poet and a photographer. The natural world is where she feels most at home.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-569-0
112 pp.,$16.95


TAMOTZU IN HAIKU
Poems
By Harriet Kimbro

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“Santa Fe has attracted creative talents in many media from the 18th into the 20th century, and a special talent was that of Chuzo Tamotzu. His centuries-old Japanese heritage led him to capture the essence of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in his delightful drawings. Harriet Kimbro, intrigued with his artistry, added her poetry to complete this charming book.” —Alice H. Rossin

Born in Japan, Chuzo Tamotzu came to this country in 1920 and was part of the New York art scene until 1948 when he and his wife Louise moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. A well known and beloved figure walking and sketching through town, his drawings reflect both his early Zen training and his awareness of Santa Fe and its nature. Since his death at 88, Louise has retained his studio, formerly John Sloan’s, as a gallery for his works.

Harriet Kimbro has long been fascinated with haiku, a Japanese form of poetry expressing a moment in time in nature, and was inspired by Chuzo Tamotzu’s drawings of the Santa Fe area which are poetry in art. She has published a number of haiku in The Sunstone Review, as well as a small book of them, and continues to work in that medium. As she explains, “In a busy schedule, haiku gives us an excuse—if we need one—to stop and feel what’s around us.” Many of Harriet’s friends, who love her and her talent, feel that her life is poetry itself.


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ISBN: 978-0-913270-78-3
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THE TAOS CRESCENT
Poems
By Phillips Kloss

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In this collection of poetry and prose, Phillips Koss portrays Taos, New Mexico, in light of its land and inhabitants. From the geology of mountain and desert to the wry quirks of human nature, Kloss is vivid in his accounts of this northern New Mexico hideaway. His reminiscences of the rural communities of the Taos valley are sharp and focused. His portraits of the Taos artists are sharper still.

Phillips Kloss was born in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1902. He moved to New Mexico in 1916 where he worked on his brother’s ranch, later graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925. Once a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin, he married the artist/etcher Alice Geneva Glasier (Gene Kloss) and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1927. He is also the author of North Star, Rainbow Obsidian, The Great Kiva, and The Stronghold, all from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-165-4
64 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-150-4
64 pp.,$16.95


THIN ICE AND OTHER POEMS
By Marcia Muth

Poetry from one of the best writers in the American Southwest.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-081-7
32 pp.,$4.95


TOUCHED BY A THOUGHT
By Brian G. O'Rourke

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Since the release of the author’s first book, Questions, A Journal for Exploration of Oneness, Brian continues his pursuit of understanding life's spiritual journey. Within the bond of family and friends, the author finds the need to express and acknowledge the feelings of peacefulness, the struggle of society’s structure, the joy of togetherness, the pain of prejudice and the love of life’s uniqueness.

In Touched By A Thought, the author offers a new collection of personal thoughts, created with the guidance of God and presented to you with the hope that you will be touched in a meaningful way. May your thoughts bring you enlightenment, happiness and an acceptance of the beauty of your spiritual journey. In all that is good or perceived to be not so good, there is always our ability to create, to choose our next step, to grasp our next lesson whether with enthusiasm or reluctance. In the silence of life listen to your heart, to your soul and to your God. God's voice can be heard expressed in all that we do, in all that we wonder about and in all that we choose to happen throughout this endeavor known as human life. Appreciate the expression of your lives with the creativeness found throughout your eternal journey.

The experiences in this life's journey for the author, Brian G. O'Rourke, have included two countries, twelve different schools, thirty plus residences and countless "incredible creations" he calls family, friends, and those who have touched and enriched his life, some for only the briefest moment. Brian is a product of determination, a desire for self-taught continuing education and the inward flame that life is beautiful, wonderful, playful and must be shared with all of God's people. Brian has spent years earning a living, while like many, searching and challenging the questions of life and meaning.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-335-1
108 pp.,$10.95


TURNING TO THE SUNSET
Poems
By Barbara Berkenfield

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When my first book of poetry, Driving Toward the Moon, was published in 2005 I had no thoughts of a second volume. For the first book, I had the luxury of selecting what I considered my best poems from a bounty of material written over the past 25 years. Then nearing my 70th birthday, it seemed unlikely that I would have another 25 years of writing ahead of me. Yet three years later, I had enough poems which I felt were worthy of a second book, The Earth Behind My Thumb, published in 2008. “Here I am, back again. This time, the road had more obstacles and distractions along the way, but I hope the resulting small collection will succeed in evoking the pleasures and pains of common memories."

Barbara Berkenfield grew up amid the noise and soot of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during its heyday as a city of belching steel mills and clanging street cars .Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Wellesley College, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History of Art. In New York City, she found both her niche as a research consultant at the Wildenstein Gallery and her husband John Berkenfield. John's career eventually took them abroad with two young sons. They loved the vibrant energy of Paris, and came to cherish the beauties and traditions of France. After seven years, the return to their home in New York suburbia provided severe culture shock, which was eventually alleviated by their move to Santa Fe in 1989. Today Barbara is a free-lance writer, a sales associate at Gallery 822 on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a docent at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Like the poems of her first two books, these poems of the past three years have been polished, and sometimes written, on their treasured road trips in the Southwest.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-827-1
80 pp.,$12.95


TWENTY YEARS ON GRAYSHEEP BAY
A Microcosmic Look at a Macrocosm of Human and Natural Life – Chesapeake Bay
By Ray Greenblatt

Through a variety of literary genres—half of which consists of poetry, the other half a mixture of short stories, essays, dialogues, letters, even lists—this book digs into the human interface with one of the largest estuaries in the world. The Bay does not represent an escape to Nature. It has always been an integral part of modern development—witness Baltimore and Washington. Man cannot help but be influenced and changed. So can that body of water. Includes Readers Guide.

Ray Greenblatt has lived in New England, the West Indies, and along the Eastern Shore. He has written short stories, essays, and poetry published across the U.S. in periodicals as diverse as America, English Journal, and Joseph Conrad Today. He was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the Anthony Byrne Prize. He was also the editor of the magazine General Eclectic. A teacher for many years Ray Greenblatt has taught writing at the Philadelphia Writers Conference as well as spoken at the John Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, California.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-159-7
154 pp.,$18.95


UNTAMED PLACES
Adventures in Mountains, Deserts, Jungles, Rivers, and Ruins
By Norman Brown

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This is a book about dreams and their fulfillment—and the adventures of a lifetime. Norman Brown was for many years the CEO of one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. As such, he traveled all over the world, but saw much of it only from the windows of skyscrapers or planes. He resolved when he retired to see it from the ground, to plunge into the natural, physical world, and to experience firsthand the huge variety of landscapes, peoples, and cultures that comprise the earth.

Here he recounts his adventures on every continent and subcontinent on the planet, from crossing the Sahara, circumnavigating Nepal’s Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Fuji, trekking to the bases of both Mount Everest and K2, to traveling into the wilds of Amazonia, and standing in the spray of Angel Falls in Venezuela. He has explored ancient Roman and Greek ruins, retraced the routes of Marco Polo as well as Genghis Khan through the fabled cities and countries of Central Asia and, closer to home, gazed at the sunrise at Arches National Park in Utah, along with dozens of other encounters in Australia, New Guinea, Africa, and beyond.

To do what he did in the six and seventh decades of his life—often with people half his age, several of whom became dear friends—requires not only courage and stamina, but humor and resilience, and the willingness to tough it out and roll with the punches. In addition to taking pictures, to his surprise, he was moved to write poetry, which helped him discover the essence of each experience. Through his poems and the commentary that opens each section, we come to know a man of great wit, curiosity, and passion, with keen powers of observation.

With maps and nearly 200 color photographs, most by Brown himself, and others by luminaries such as Galen Rowell, as well as over 100 poems composed by Brown, Untamed Places is a uniquely compelling, intimate portrait not only of the world’s wildest and most exotic places, but of an entertaining and inspiring person. It will delight the traveler in all of us.


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10 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-817-2
192 pp.,$60.00


THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LIVING ALONE IN LATER LIFE
A New Look At Life
By Myrtle Stedman

“…confident, lyrical, and unhurried—a wise woman reflecting on a meaningful life. After nearly a century, Myrtle Stedman retains the wide-eyed wonder of innocence and the skill to impart it. She is one of the world’s best arguments for honoring the wisdom of elders.” --Larry Dossey, MD, author of Reinventing Medicine

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In The Ups and Downs of Living Alone in Later Life, Myrtle Stedman follows and develops the ideas expressed in her previously-published trilogy: Of One Mind, The Way Things Are or Could Be and Of Things to Come. In the process of her writing, she has come to view the Mind as Universal expression and receptivity ever driven by the Spirit of a biological urge—Its creativity evolving whatever It sets Itself to do for the love of doing. With a sense of humor, honesty and simplicity, she sees the Mind’s work blinking in and out of range or sight, much like an artist works with a pencil in one hand and an eraser in the other, the creative attainment ever evolving. Two age-old questions, “God created” or “evolution,” are thus settled to her satisfaction in this, her fourth book on the Creative Mind.

Myrtle Stedman was a member of PEN New Mexico, a branch of PEN Center USA West of International PEN and believed that there is no end to what the mind can do with the eye and hand, in time and in spirit. She is also the author of Artists in Adobe, Adobe Architecture, Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces, Artists in Adobe, A House Not Made with Hands, Of One Mind, Of Things to Come, Ongoing Life, Rural Architecture, and The Way Things Are or Could Be, all from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-321-4
136 pp.,$22.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-130-6
136 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-963-9
136 pp.,$4.99


VALENTINES AND FORGERIES, MIRRORS AND DRAGONS
Poems
By James McGrath

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James McGrath says, “This collection comes with contented clarity and confusion and a healthy spirit for experiencing the world with a semblance of evolving wisdom and losses to be reincarnated.”

McGrath is a wanderer about the Earth, frequently straying about Greece, Ireland, Japan and other mythically-related lands in search of Valentines, Forgeries, Mirrors and Dragons. James is a poet, artist and teacher. He lives in an old adobe house in the traditional village of La Cieneguilla, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is known for his narrative poetry in the KAET/PBS American Indian Artist Series of the 1970s: Charles Loloma, Allan Houser, R.C. Gorman, Helen Hardin, Lonewolf and Morning Flower, and Fritz Scholder. His poems have been published in nineteen anthologies. His collections of poetry, At the Edgelessness of Light, Speaking with Magpies and Dreaming Invisible Voices, are published by Sunstone Press.

James was creative writing instructor and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the early 1960s. He spent twenty years teaching and as Arts and Humanities Coordinator for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Europe and the Far East. He was Poet-artist in Residence with the US Information Service, Arts America, in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of Congo in the 1990s. James regularly attends the Listowel Writers’ Week in Listowel, Ireland, and has worked with Natalie Goldberg, Joan Logghe, Sharon Olds, David Whyte, Mark Doty, Marjorie Agosin, Alastair Reid, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne.


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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-921-6
132 pp.,$16.95


A VIEW FROM THE MOON
Paintings, Poetry, Prose, Short Stories
By Ted C. Luna

Lavishly illustrated in color by the author.

The author says, “There are still places to see and get inspiration. I have been close to nature and its wonders all of my breathing days. But I have always tried to do my work with places that don’t really exist. For me it is wonderful to create a fantasy in whatever medium I am working in. It is very difficult at times to make sure the mind is turned off. On some works I have to turn it back on for details to ensure that the concept leaves nothing to the imagination. My poetry, prose, short stories, sketches and odes are an exception to this self-made rule. To all the wonderful people in this world, I say come travel with me. The gentle works in this book are my view from the moon for you to enjoy.”

Multi-gifted artist, architect, and writer Ted C. Luna was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He learned fine carpentry, remodeling and building additions from his father and took an interest in drafting from an early age. Luna graduated with a Fine Arts Degree in 1965 from the University of New Mexico and a degree in Architecture in 1966. Later he worked with Antoine Predock for four years, and practiced in Santa Fe. He established several firms and for a three year period, he partnered with Alfred Ross. In the late 1980s, he spent about six years in cities such as Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona and La Jolla and San Diego, California, working on large multi-story casino projects. Architectural historian Bainbridge Bunting strongly influenced Luna’s interest in architectural history, and his affinity for the regional vernacular of New Mexico architecture is reflected in his professional styles. However, he often deviated from strict traditional design, maintaining a modern approach, even toward the Spanish Pueblo Revival Style of New Mexico. Ted Luna was the architect for the award winning Vietnam Veteran’s National Memorial, located in Angel Fire, New Mexico.


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11 x 8.5 Landscape
ISBN: 978-1-63293-263-1
118 pp.,$50.00


WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE
Poems
By Barbara Berkenfield

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“When a close friend read my third book, Turning to the Sunset, she commented that the title and the section on aging were too sad, too final. I was not surprised, as she has difficulty acknowledging this phase of our lives, but I wanted to address this phase of my life. My poetry file has filled up again and I now want to say that, even though I am aging, I am not quite finished. After all, ‘it ain’t over till it’s over.’ Many of the themes of my first three books remain the same, but I have added a new section ‘Art and Beauty’ because the arts have been a great part of my life. I received my BA in art history, worked for galleries in Santa Fe for over twenty years, and have enriched my life through the years with the contemporary and historic arts in the gallery and museum shows of New York, France, and the Southwest.”

Barbara Berkenfield grew up amid the noise and soot of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during its heyday as a noisy world of belching steel mills and clanging streetcars. Memories of her childhood continue to surface to this day as poems. Arriving in New York after college, she found her niche as a research consultant at a French gallery and met her husband. Eventually John’s career took the family to France where they and two young sons came to cherish its beauties and traditions. Returning to their eastern suburban home after seven years, they never felt truly “at home” again until they moved to Santa Fe in 1989. Here Barbara became a free-lance writer, a published poet, worked in art galleries for more than twenty years and continues to be a docent at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-992-6
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THE WAY THINGS ARE OR COULD BE
A New Consciousness
By Myrtle Stedman

The Second Book in the Universal Mind Trilogy

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In this dynamic and timely statement about biological and spiritual life, readers are treated to refreshing observations of daily life interwoven with this elder’s persistent curiosity about the nature of the Universe. It is put together in an episodic and anecdotal fashion in a collection of poems, each with its own character and unified in an overall rhythm. It portrays a satirical, a down to earth, and a heavenly attitude toward life all in one. In it is an insight to the Creative Mind and what the knowledge of its working principle could mean to our health and well being and to our associations in an expanding consciousness of our particular species as males and females in the total field of Universal Being.

And it is here that she wishes to acknowledge the importance of her artist husband’s remark that “most of what we call love is just a biological urge” which gave her the impetus to see in this urge the will and the willingness to live together. She still doesn’t know if this would satisfy Einstein’s question, “Is the universe friendly?” She has said, “yes,” definitely, it is even in love. The other two books in this Universal Mind Trilogy are Of One Mind and Of Things to Come, all written in non-classical poetic verse.

Myrtle Stedman was a member of PEN New Mexico, a branch of PEN Center USA West of International PEN and believed that there is no end to what the mind can do with the eye and hand, in time and in spirit. She is also the author of Artists in Adobe, Adobe Architecture, Adobe Remodeling and Fireplaces, Artists in Adobe, A House Not Made with Hands, Of One Mind, Of Things to Come, Ongoing Life, Rural Architecture, and The Ups and Downs of Living Alone in Later Life, all from Sunstone Press.

“I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a walk in the country, a gentle rainfall, an afternoon with a child or any of these moments we often overlook in our hurried world.” —Stuart A. Ashman, Former Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-255-2
96 pp.,$16.95

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WE HAD MORE TO SAY
Poems from the Pilgrimage Road
By Raymond Zachary Ortiz

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Raymond Zachary Ortiz is a native of Santa Fe with deep roots in Northern New Mexico where his extended family and ancestors have lived for over four centuries. He was first inspired by poetry as a child listening to his grandfather recite poems in the shade of a willow by a ditch after a long day of chores. Poetry has been an integral part of his life since then, initially as he continued listening and reading, then as a student of poetry and literature. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame, then lived in Costa Rica while volunteering as a social worker. He continued his formal education at the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) where he received his JD. After over twenty years of law practice in Santa Fe in late 2005, he was appointed district court judge. The pre-dawn hour often finds him at a small table in a dark part of the house, writing out poems in longhand by candlelight.

“Ortiz’s poems expand the idea of pilgrimage to include those experiences which touch some profound dimension within, when connections are made with what might be called “soul” or “spirit,” when the tourist becomes the seeker, and sight-seeing magically turns into soul-making. The sacred journey takes us to those liminal places where one dimension touches another. Among many skills and themes, this poet favors transformation: extending the commonplace like a quilt, a grave stone, his grandfather’s shovel into the margins between memory and the sacred. There are many love poems in which the present moment shifts into something grand, wide or deep. The poems in We Had More to Say are also a vivid testimony to how grief or loss can be turned into a blessing. They shift and blend, and meld into another dimension. People move in and out of reality.”
—David M. Johnson, Professor Emeritus, English and creative writing, University of New Mexico. Author of Rebirth of Wonder: Poems of the Common Life

“There is an uncommon humanity so evident in the poetry of Ray Ortiz that, reading it, I feel restored to my own family, my ancestors, and my own homeland. For Ortiz is a poet who upholds the ancient goals of civilization—to preserve the tribe, to praise its flourishing, to lament its sorrows. There is great bearing in his words, a dignity in his descriptions of life felt simply and deeply that, once recognized, travels to his reader and bears him up like a child riding on the shoulders of a great elder. We Had More to Say is a book of utterly civilized vision and humane plenty that, having just read it, is a blessing more than enough.”
—Garrett Hongo, author of Volcano: A Memoir of Hawaii

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WHIRLING BACKWARD INTO THE WORLD
Poems
By Michael Scofield

“For Michael Scofield, words have shape and flavor on the tongue.” (Dana Levin, author of "In the Surgical Theater" and "Wedding Day")

“. . . at last I hear the ice pack cracking,” writes Michael in his poem, 'Ship in a Bottle.' Scofield’s ship is his world of loss, intense love, and the impenetrable walls of war and technology. He encounters icebergs, navigates, and stays upright. We become combatants with him in seeking peace.” (James McGrath, author of "At the Edgelessness of Light")

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“These fifty-two poems,” Michael Scofield says, “are fictionalized attempts to accept my existence in the world. They range from dealing with outrage over our lust to make war through regret at botched relationships, to love for Noreen, my wife of eighteen years, to the renewal of energy that comes from listening to the music of J.S. Bach, to the underlying belief that a higher power loves me. Nonsense poems appear throughout the book because nonsense is often all I can make of what seems reality.”

A graduate of Yale University, Michael Scofield received his M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College in 2002. Afternoons, he teaches creative-writing skills individually to half a dozen students. The author of two chapbooks and an earlier book of poems, "Silicon Valley Escapee," he also has published books on topics as diverse as bird-watching and furniture upholstering. Before moving to Santa Fe in 1995, his wife and he ran a high-tech marketing-communications business from their home in Palo Alto, California.

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Email: michael@scofieldonline.com

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-474-7
108 pp.,$16.95


WHOSE BODY
Poems
By Donald Levering

“Donald Levering's most recent book of poetry, 'Whose Body,' is about a body living fully, a body speaking fluently, a body still learning. As compelling as it is entertaining, 'Whose Body' is a mature collection of fresh poems, some that leap from the body, some that sneak from the heart, all that deserve a good reading. --Wayne Crawford, Editor, Lunarosity “A proven, disciplined writer with an appealing lyrical style who has long published in admirable magazines, he is well worth reading.” --David Chorlton, winner of the Main Street Rag, Slipstream, and Puddinghouse book awards.

“In all of the poems in Donald Levering’s 'Whose Body,' it is the voice that captures the reader--the questions, cries, and warnings that carry the reader into the poem.” --Robert C. Jones, Editor, The Mid-America Poetry Review

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Whose Body abounds with questions,” writes Donald Levering. “The title implies the question, whose body is this that I occupy, whose body is this that feels love or pleasure or suffers so self-importantly? The infant heard sobbing next door or the tortured political prisoner, are their bodies also not mine? Another side of the question is, “who is this ‘I’ that occupies a certain body at a certain time?” Does it maintain an identify apart from the body it inhabits, this body with its specific scars, warm places, habits, and infirmities? Instead of supplying answers, I hope that the poems give flesh and body to the enigmas. As I was writing, I imagined a strict Zen Master looking over my shoulder ready to whap this body with a stick if a poem started to fall asleep.”

Born in Kansas City, Donald Levering was educated at Baker University, Kansas University, Lewis and Clark College, and Bowling Green State University. His prior publications include five chapbooks of poetry, The Jack of Spring, Carpool, Mister Ubiquity, The Fast of Thoth, and The Kingdom of Ignorance, as well as two full-length poetry volumes, Outcroppings From Navajoland and Horsetail. Mr. Levering was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in poetry and a first place winner of the Quest for Peace Writing Contest. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a human services administrator.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-609-3
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WORDS AND IMAGES
Poems
By Marcia Muth

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“I am particularly fond of this book,” Muth says. “Because it combines the two major interests of my life--poetry and art. They have been the focus of my life for many years. Although I am now in my mid-eighties, my outlook is still filled with the same enthusiasm as when I was ten years old. Reading is what I do in my spare time and I enjoy the present and look forward to the future. My words and images all come from somewhere inside me, from my heart and my imagination. They are meant to be shared with others.”

MARCIA MUTH was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1919 and grew up in Indiana and western New York State. She received degrees from the University of Michigan and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past thirty-eight years. Her work is in private and public collections including The Jewish Museum (New York), The Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe) and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (Beaumont). This is her fourth book of poetry.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=lC9ScySShuYC

Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-438-9
112 pp.,$22.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-437-2
112 pp.,$16.95


WRITING AND SELLING POETRY, FICTION, ARTICLES, PLAYS & LOCAL HISTORY
Anyone Can Do It With This Definitive Guide
By Marcia Muth

"...a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide written especially for novice writers trying to cope with the necessities of marketing, as well as writer's block, handling the soul-crusing rejections, scrutinizing one's contract, and more. WRITING AND SELLING is recommended as a brief, simply presented instructional reference offering meticulous step-by-step directions, and as an effective starting primer for aspiring writers seeking remunerative publication of their work." (WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH)

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This book is designed to help both the beginning writer and the published writer who wants additional guidance in the marketing aspects of the trade. All the creative aspects of writing are covered: from how to get and develop ideas to the ways and means of researching them. There are sections on copyright, contracts and computers as well as how to solve the "writer's block" and how to handle the writer's horror: rejections. An extensive bibliography serves as a guide for further reading.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-048-0
96 pp.,$14.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-940-0
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WRITINGS OF AN ECCENTRIC GYPSY
By Sandra Lesser

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Writing is an art. My imagination took me to a place where I wanted to create something unusual which would include images connecting to and enhancing the beauty and depth of my writings. My hope is that each and every one who reads this book will find something to relate to and that you will lose yourself for a moment or more in your own memories and dreams. I want to encourage all of you to share your artistic talent with the world. My publisher gave me the motivation to go forward with this endeavor and my best words of advice are: “Don’t be afraid to try something different.” And, above all, keep reading, creating, and enjoying everything you see and do.


Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-799-1
64 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-038-4
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