Ideas of Reference at Jesuit Hall, by Matthew Freeman The basic conflict in the poems is the poet fighting what is real and what is not real in his brain. We see him going around St Louis struggling to come up with a language that would make sense of his experiences. While somewhat confused, he…

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No Bridle, No Bit, No Reins

No Bridle, No Bit, No Reins (168 pages) is a collection of 64 new poems by Mary Anne Morefield. In this collection, the author continues to widen her search to see the beauty in the world around her, tiny trout lilies beside a creek, a slender palo blanco in her sister’s garden, or in the…

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Open Wide, The Eye by Susan Dworski Nusbaum

Open Wide, the Eye ($11.95, 150 pages, ISBN: ) is a collection of sixty new poems by Susan Dworski Nusbaum. Read an interview with Susan on Cultured Vultures. “They say writers are artists and that really shines through in Susan Dworski Nusbaum’s writing. I should imagine there are many artists out there, who would pay…

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Everything I Love Restored by Matthew Freeman

Everything I Love Restored and Other Poems (152 pages) is the newest anthology by award-winning St. Louis poet Matthew Freeman. Coffeetown published Freeman’s collection Darkness Never Far in 2010 and The Boulevard of Broken Discourse in 2011. “Musician and poet Matt Freeman was once the Dogtown poet; now he’s in U. City, but St. Louis…

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Flit by Dennis Milan Benise

Flit: A Poetry Mashup of Classic Literature (128 pages), a collection of poems by Seattle wigmaker and memoirist Dennis Milam Bensie, each selecting words from a work of classic literature to create snapshots of gay life and culture. The Advocate voted Bensie’s first memoir, Shorn: Toys to Men, “One of the Best Overlooked Books of…

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we’ll beachcomb for their broken bones

we’ll beachcomb for their broken bones (106 pages) is a new poetry collection by elena botts. Also a gifted graphic artist, elena created the cover art as well. “Read these pieces three times. Once with the ‘rational’ on pause. Again for the music. And the third time because good things come in threes … except…

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Earth, Grass, Trees and Stone: a Collection of Poetry by Mary Anne Morefield

Earth, Grass, Trees and Stone (152 pages), is a collection of 65 poems by Mary Anne Morefield. The final poem in the collection, “Requiem,” will be set to music for the Susquehanna Chorale in 2015 by Bob Chilcott. “Mary Anne Morefield’s debut collection overflows with the primacy of living, with the most elemental actions of…

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What We Take With Us

What We Take With Us (152 pages), by Susan Dworski Nusbaum, is a collection of 63 poems written over the past 15 years of the poet’s life. “In What We Take With Us, Susan Nusbaum maps our way home, always unflinchingly aware of those problems never solved, the justice never found, and the way loss…

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Satori by Jack Remick

Satori (146 pages) is a collection of poems by Jack Remick, who also writes novels, essays, and short stories. Until now, Coffeetown readers have known him mostly for his novels: Gabriela and The Widow (finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s 2013 Book of the Year Award and the Montaigne Medal) and his California Quartet Series: The Deification,…

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Running at Night by Ned Randle

Running at Night: Collected Poems 1976-2012 (106 pages) is a collection of fifty-nine poems from the past thirty-three years of poet Ned Randle’s life. “At their best, Randle’s poems evoke a connection with the land that reads as true and absolute. He solidifies the thoughts and lives of imagined earlier inhabitants with grace and empathy, such…

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