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Lucifer

by Richard Carr

US Price: $16 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-0-9769935-9-9

Copyright © 2013

 

In Lucifer, Richard Carrachieves both what any good fiction writer and any good poet strive to.  He draws us into a sharply defined world and makes us care about its inhabitants, doing so through language that is true to that world yet transcendent:  “Juliet's shirt buttons are fragile, holy wafers. / I take one in my mouth, press it with my tongue tip, / pull the shirt taut like a white kite, / and let it go.”  Lucifer challenges us to love the unlovable and commit the unthinkable, all while it sings in our ears.

 

– Darci Schummer, prize winning poet and fiction writer

 

Lucifer is not a dark companion.  He is the dark companion, a useless blanket keeping you only more wet in the rain—yet you won’t take it off.  It’s a cloak, after all, an illusion of protection that sometimes we need, if only because it’s so familiar.  With Richard Carr’s Lucifer, we peel the blanket off and see it for what it is—in Carr’s case, brilliance.  Dark, dangerously beautiful, savage in its salvation. 

 

– Paula J. Lambert, author of The Sudden Seduction of Gravity and The Guilt That Gathers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fist City

Fist City

by Dan Memmolo

US Price: $16 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-0-9769935-8-2

Copyright © 2013

 

Dan Memmolo grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Mass., where he discovered the virtues of a three-chord stomp, a 15-foot jump shot, and the seven dirty words.  He is the author of the chapbook Beat Surrender (Main Street Rag) and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, New York Quarterly and Southern Poetry Review. He holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Rhode Island, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

 

The love child of Gogol and Walt Whitman, Dan Memmolo writes with the absurdist sensibility of the one and the all-embracing love of the other. “Sure, life’s silly,” say these splendid poems, “ain’t it grand?” The music of Elvis and Marvin Gaye (and Sinatra and Tchaikovsky) thrum beneath the surface here, providing the soundtrack for that sexy, scary tragicomedy we call life. ~ David Kirby

 

A jazzy, appealing cockiness pervades Dan Memmolo’s work that sometimes hides, then illuminates in flashes, the sorrow and joy in this crazy world of Fist City; be it New Orleans, Boston, small-town Georgia, or suburbia.  This lively, lovely first collection of poems offers thoughtful and wide-ranging takes on quirky small moments: a twirling sundress, a brutal game of dodgeball or shooting a gun like Elvis.  I read the poems fast, then just wanted to read them again. ~ Mary Logue

 

Dan Memmolo is equal parts wiseacre and soothsayer, part gyrating Elvis impersonator, part tender magician extracting bouquets from a depthless hat. Fist City sizzles with energy, humor, and insight. Music pervades the book: from Debussy to karaoke Sinatra, The Clash to Bojangles Robinson, high-brow to low moving the speaker in his awkwardly joyous, nervously sensual dance through life, always at “a pace / conducive to heartbreak.” Fellow sinners and neighbors of Fist City, how can “a world so wrong . . . feel so right?” Listen carefully and “breathe it in.” This highwire of a collection explains it all. ~ Gaylord Brewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where To Start

by Samuel Stenger Renken

US Price: $16 (paperback)

ISBN#: 978-0-9769935-7-5

Copyright © 2011

 

Sam Renken and his wife, Maggie, are parents of a four-year-old daughter, Zuri, and a two-year-old daughter, Ella. He received his BA at Nebraska Wesleyan University, his MA in Literature at Clemson University and his MFA in Poetry from the University of Wyoming.

 

 

Now, after more than a few years away from his early home in the Nebraska Sandhills, Sam has put together his first book-length collection of poems, and it pleases me that so many of them, in a variety of ways and degrees, reveal connections to the writer’s upbringing. —William Kloefkorn, Nebraska State Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In a House Made of Time

by William Kloefkorn and David Lee

US Price: $16 (paperback)

ISBN#: 978-0976993551

Copyright: 2010

 

William Kloefkorn has published more than twenty collections of poetry, among them Alvin Turner as Farmer and Drinking the Tin Cup Dry. His work has appeared in periodicals including Prairie Schooner, Harper’s, and North American Review. He is an emeritus professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln and serves as the Nebraska State Poet.

 

David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate, and is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, including So Quietly the Earth, Driving & Drinking, and News from Down to the Cafe. A former seminary candidate, semi-pro baseball player, and hog farmer, he has a Ph.D. concentration in John Milton and taught at Southern Utah University for three decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Shtetl
by Robet Cooperman
US Price: $16 (paperback)

ISBN#: 9780976993568
Copyright: 2010

 

Wayne, Nebraska, November 4th, 2010 — Logan House Press celebrates the 2009 Holland Series Prize winner with the publication of Robert Cooperman’s My Shtetl. In the midst of hauntingly beautiful and honest poetry, Cooperman startles the reader into laughter with his wry sense of humor and childhood recollections of cheerleaders encouraging violence in Yiddish. According to Angela Ball, author of Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds, “Cooperman’s poems embody, in supremely sustaining language, the wisdom of survival: ‘They tried to kill us, they failed; let’s eat.’”

 

Poets from across the country compete annually for the Holland Prize, the winner of which is published as a part of the Holland Series. Started in 2005, the Holland Series is named for poet Larry Holland, whose passion for honest poetry spoken in an original voice and his disinterest in poets du jour set him apart from most of his contemporaries.

 

Robert Cooperman is the author of nine previous collections, most recently, A Dream of the Northwest Passage (March Street Press, 2009), In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains (Western Reflections, winner of the 2000 Colorado Book Award), The Long Black Veil and Petitions for Immortality: Scenes from the Life of John Keats (both Higganum Hills Books, 2008). Cooperman lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Beth.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting By
by Gary Lark
US Price: $12 (paperback)

ISBN 10: 0-9769935-4-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-9769935-4-4
Copyright: 2009

 

These are poems of fierce candor and compassion. In blunt, plain-spoken language, they chronicle a life lived on the fringes:  a rural Oregon boyhood and a working life spent variously as a laborer, a janitor, a hospital orderly, a National Guardsman, an outreach librarian . . . With precise detail and a very gentle touch, they record passages through places where poetry rarely goes.  Getting By is an apt title for this remarkable book. 


Clemens Starck, author of China Basin, Studying Russian on Company Time and Journeyman’s Wages, for which he received the Oregon Book Award. 

 

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When he was a boy, Gary Lark helped his father build their family house. Lark writes, “I straightened nails for my father / to re-drive, piecing a home together.”  Getting By is itself a kind of house, pieced together of memorable characters and heart-rending stories, all told in language as thrifty as straightened and re-driven nails. From gravel back roads and hardscrabble homesteads, from lumber mills, VA hospitals, institutional kitchens, and jail libraries, these poems are clear-eyed, honest, and unsentimental.  Getting By is a book you can live in. 


Charles Goodrich, author of The Insects of South Corvallis and The Practice of Home: Biography of a House.  He is the Spring Creek Program Director at Oregon State University. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book of Grass
by JV Brummels
US Price: $16 (paperback)
ISBN: 0979180805
Copyright: 2007

 

Jim Brummels has his “lip back.”  This book shows how he’s found adventure in his journey, describing it in such plain talk it’s downright lyrical.  Take a bite out of your pigmeat sandwich and listen to the barn swallows “sneezing and excusing themselves.”  Although Brummels knows his way around a tack room, he acknowledges the security of academic tenure even as he scuffs his boots down its halls.  And while he can evoke the heartbreak of a hardscrabble life and can sing the praises of a night under a rural moon, he’s clear-eyed enough to look at himself and write, “I can’t believe how full of it I am.”  It’s a relief to read such refreshing poetry from Nebraska, the Great Plains, the Earth.                                        

     --Kathleene West, Poetry Editor, Puerto del Sol 


The sonorous essence of rural America, Jim Brummels’ storytelling voice elucidates, once and for all, “that the wild/geography we long to learn always lies just within.”  And if we’re fortunate enough to locate it, like, say, finding dynamite “by match-light in the shed,” we’ll realize that it’s comprised of an almost infinite diversity of landscapes and landmarks.  Book of Grass (call it “cowboy poetry” and/or call it “cosmos poetry”) guides us, movesus, physically, emotionally, spiritually – east, west, north, south, outward and, especially “within” – through country we’ve seldom, if ever, covered.  In short, we’re talking the gospel of unfenced ground, of the wireless wide-open.  Jim’s poems speak truth into all lives, into all deaths, into every deep belief in the hereafter. 

     --Paul Zarzyski 

 

Read the foreword by William Kloefkorn...

 

 

 

 

 

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Octopus

Octopus
by Tom C. Hunley
US Price: $12
ISBN: 9780976993537
Copyright: 2008

 

"Tom Hunley writes with wit, tenderness, and disarming
honesty about the joys and travails of being a husband,
father, teacher, and poet.  Octopus sheds new light on old
truths about the world, and reminds us that we’re lucky to
be here."

     —Charles Harper Webb

 

"I don't know if this book, Octopus, has eight arms but it has several: tender but completely unsentimental poems about children and marriage; angry poems and poems of deep gratitude; poems both comic and dark (often simultaneously); and maybe most of all a clear, original, passionate American voice." 

     --Thomas Lux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cut River

Cut River
by Amy McInnis
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780976993520
Copyright: 2007

 

I get the same pleasure from reading Amy McInnis's Cut River that I do from looking at the intricate construction of a bird's nest, or in hearing a hidden vireo singing at the top of a tree; her poems have that same unerring now-ness and clarity. "The woods should have a different name at night, something that tells us it will be harder to walk out the same," she says in one of her poems. That we are changed irreparably by our threshold crossings is one of the many difficult truths of this dark and lovely book.

     - Nancy Eimers, author of A Grammar to Waking

 

 

 

 

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Ode to Brian

Ode to Brian
by John D. Lee
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 0976993511
Copyright: 2006

 

Ode to Brian is simultaneously a very funny and eerily horrifying book - a sort of Mormon college Animal House crossed in a wierd hybrid with Kafka. You will be shocked that the narrator does not murder Brian before the calm stoical last page. I may have myself if trapped with this roommate from hell. You too . . . What is Brian? An emblem of sloth and gluttony straight from the Middle Ages, maybe Piers Plowman. There's more news of modern life and the world of the young in this charming and entertaining poetic sequence than you are likely to find almost anywhere else. Read it and learn . . . and pass the Doritos. - Bill Holm, author of Coming Home Crazy

 

As the opening poem tells us, this book is "The Study of a 26-Year-Old College Student." You will never forget Brian, who eats and plays video games while you get all the education. Jon Lee's voice and craft are clear and straight- forward. A pleasure to read. - Ken Brewer, Utah Poet Laureate

 

 

 

 

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interstices

interstices
by Laurelyn Whitt
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 0976993503
Copyright: 2006

 

Laurelyn Whitt's poems have appeared in various journals, including The Spoon River Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, The Malahat Review, and Poetry Canada Review. She is the author of two prize-winning chapbooks, Words for Relocation (Will Hall Press, 2001) and a long dream of difference (Frith Press, 2001).

 

She currently lives in the Wasatch Mountains near Spanish Fork, Utah, and is a professor of Philosophy and Integrated Studies at Utah Valley State.

 

 

 

 

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Gutter Flowers

Gutter Flowers
by Don Welch
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 0967412382
Copyright: 2005

 

Don Welch moves among the poor like a modern day Whitman who has mastered the fine art of pruning. The poor, he says, "need the dump and truck of love / to walk on too." With a minimum of words he evokes a maximum of feelings and sympathies. The rest of us need the poet's words to bring us those places we have neither the time nor the courage to explore.

      — Bill Kloefkorn

 

 

 

 

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Alvin Turner as Farmer

Alvin Turner as Farmer
by Willliam Kloefkorn
US Price: $16 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9674123-9-0
Copyright: 2005

 

It was 1972 when Alvin Turner first ambled onto the page and charmed his way into the hearts of readers. The voice behind the mask belonged to William Kloefkorn, first-book poet and assistant professor at a small Methodist university on the Plains. Alvin Turner as Farmer was an instant success — the initial printing sold out in weeks — and decades later is a classic of American poetry. In the meantime, Alvin Turner's creator — now Nebraska State Poet — has gone on to write more than twenty books, mostly poetry, charming readers the whole long and wonderful way. Is there a more complete man in poetry than Alvin Turner? Strong, tender, witty, and wise, the man himself is as rich as the poetry which presents him. For every step Turner's head takes in one direction, his heart takes an equal and opposite step. This is the blanace of the anicents, as if Classical Greece had dropped in on Attica Kansas. Is that so strange?

     - Don Welch, author of The Alley Poems

 

Note:  Back in stock! As well as the most recent, Logan House edition, we have a limited number of copies of the earlier, Windflower edition. Buyers with a preference should specify with their orders.

 

 

 

 

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The Great American Road Show

The Great American Road Show
Edited by JV Brummels & Jim Reese
US Price: $ (paperback)
ISBN: 0967412366
Copyright: 2003

 

No one poet travels the entirety of the road that is American poetry. We stop for gas or pie or a flat tire or because we can't keep our eyes open any longer. We pause to fork up the crumbs from our plate, or we're distracted in the midst of looking for all the pieces of the jack. While we sleep on some hard motel bed, other travelers pass us in the night. This is a community unto itself, but the members survive in a larger culture. We get off the road for a while or forever. A poem begins and that poem ends. What goes on forever is the road. What never ends — can't end as long as one voice speaks out its vision — is poetry.

     - JV Brummels

 

 

 

 

 

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Shadowboxing

Shadowboxing
by William Kloefkorn
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9674123-4-X
Copyright: 2003

 

In this new collection of five stories, one of America's master poets delves again into the lives of idiosyncratic and diverse characters of the Plains. William Kloefkorn introduces us to a teen-aged babysitter shadowboxing his way to adulthood, a waitress and the hero who rescues her from her grief, a young couple just finding love, an old man desperately trying to locate the threads that tie his life together, and a professor fumbling to make a connection to real life. The voice that tells of these people and their place is filled with compassion and good humor.

 

 

 

 

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Frankenstein Was a Negro

Frankenstein Was a Negro
by Charles Fort
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9674123-1-5
Copyright: 2002

 

Frankenstein Was a Negro is lyrical psalm — it sings the blues and has the scat and soul of the Cotton Club. It's a testament to the true working class — hands tattered and torn; eye squinting bright. Reminiscent of Baudelaire, father of the prose poem, this collection mesmerizes and haunts and becomes terrifying to its own creator

 

Charles Fort holds the Paul W and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Chair in Poetry at the University of Nebraska — Kearney. A MacDowell Fellow and Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize winner, Fort has been recognized by Poetry Society of America and Writer's Voice. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Nebraska Review, Mississippi Review, The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Colorado Review, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, Best of Prose Poem International, and The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry.

 

 

 

 

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Disciples of an Uncertain Season

Disciples of an Uncertain Season
by Larry Holland
US Price: $12 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9674123-3-1
Copyright: 2001

 

At the time of Larry Holland's death in March of 1999, Disciples of an Uncertain Season, published just the fall before, had virtually sold out. This volume reprints Disciples in its entirety with the addition of a number of poems previously published available only in magazines and journals. An introduction and afterword by his friends and fellow poets Red Shuttleworth and Neil Harrison have been added as well. This enterprise has been a labor of love, and this collection is dedicated to the friends, family, and students of Larry Holland.

 

... takes the sort of chances that create poems that must be read and read again ...

     - Red Shuttleworth, Sawtooth Saloon

 

He possesses the talent to make a poem's pulse thump against the silence of its own making.

     - Don Welch

 

 

 

 

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Logan House Anthology

The Logan House Anthology of 21st Century American Poetry
Edited by Trenton Muth
US Price: $16 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9674123-2-3
Copyright: 2001

 

The many voices in this collection signal the range, richness, and diversity that is American Poetry. With no one idiom, no one landscape, no one "American Experience" to confine the imagination, the poets in this collection speak many tongues, proving the wisdom of Walt Whitman's assertion, in the preface of Leaves of Grass: "The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem." In plurality is a vibrant, idiosyncratic, generative force. These diversepoets attend to many truths, grounded in the body of the earth, clarified by hard experience, and illuminated through language that is at once rough and memorably distilled. Here is crassness and eloquencein creative juxtaposition; here are lyrics that span modes as different as narrative and allegory.

 

 

 

 

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A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship

A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship
by William Kloefkorn
US Price: $11.95 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9674123-0-7
Copyright: 1999

 

Logan House Press is proud to announce the release of William Kloefkorn's first book of short stories, A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship. Some things have gone awry in the sleepy burgs wherein William Kloefkorn's characters dwell. The unassuming title character of "Newberry's Boy" has been, for some time now, violating our most sacred taboo. "The Pisser Into Clear and Faraway Streams" refuses to die quietly. "In Baptizing the Shirt" a woman does what she can to bridge the irreconcilable difference in her marriage. A paper boy in "A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship" plots a singular act of patriotism.

 

William Kloefkorn was named the Nebraska State Poet in 1982. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry. In 1978 he won the Nebraska Hog-Calling Championship. He recently retired from the faculty of Nebraska Wesleyan University after a long and distinguished career.

 

A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship is Kloefkorn's first book of fiction. This collection of short stories as expected, has raised quite a commotion in literary circles. Kloefkorn's prose is crisp and clear, drawing on his familiar poetic voicing, as if written in a language all his own. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity. Order your copies today.

 

 

 

 

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All These Bullets...

...all these bullets, separate as nuns, eager as Reynosa whores...
by Red Shuttleworth
US Price: $5 (paperback)
Copyright: 1997

 

"Red Shuttleworth is a phenomenon among the literary figures of the American West. More outlaw than cowboy, he's authored umpteen chapbooks but never a book. Equal parts circuit-riding preacher and shootist, he's spread the Good News of the True Poets of the West while drawing a long-barreled critical bead on the montebanks, charlatans and sundry other long-winded peddlers of ineffectual patent medicnes. A modern-day itinerant journalist, he's found a running handful of poetry magazines from Texas to British Columbia. Poet, editor, story-teller, playwright, pilgrim to the grave of Wyatt Earp and prophet honor-bound to wander the Great American Desert and beyond the Divide ...

 

More than anything else, his poems celebrate a domestic life on the frontier edge of the American Dream. It's precarious footing, to be sure, but preferable to the alternative. For three decades now, he's kept him and his — his family, his friends and readers — out of the boghole of the American Nightmare." — JV Brummels

 

 

 

 

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Here from There

Here from There
Edited by Gretchen Ronnow
US Price: $11.95 (paperback)
Copyright: 1997

 

Stories by Lisa Sandlin, Bruce Nelson, Larry Holland, Neil Harrison, Cheryl Meir, Jim Reese, Curtis Meyer, Pat Keating, Red Shuttleworth, Mary Raff, and JV Brummels

 

"Here from There is a welcome addition to our growing collection of American literature. There is wit and grit, humor and nostalgia, awe and awfulness in the scope of these stories; we've seen nothing better to give us a sense of ordinary and extraordinary life in America. Reading Here from There helps us further understand Americans while showing us the ambiguities of American culture which can only further the cause of international cross-cultural understanding, world peace and harmony."

     - Edward Kurlyand, Dean, Faculty of Foreign Languages Barnaul State Pedagogical University, Barnaul, Russia

 

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Story

Story
by Neil Harrison
US Price: $5 (paperback)
Copyright: 1995 - Second printing 1996

 

"Neil Harrison has created some of the finest poems to come out of Nebraska. His voice is insistent, his images precise and the sensibility behind the poems is generous and smart. No one since Don Welch has done the short poem so perfectly. No other poet knows the various parts of the state — their topographies, their flora and fauna — so intimately. These are poems to mark the passage of time, to note change and to ask what remains constant." — JV Brummels

 

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