MoonPath Press Authors
Marci Ameluxen Whidbey Island, WA
Marci’s Lean House interrogates the relationships in a woman’s life, especially between mother and daughter,
and the way these connections ravel and unravel one’s sense of being. Her stark landscapes and poignant portraits of
loved ones demonstrate the thoughtful, attentive nature of the writer.
—Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of Becoming the Villainess & She Returns to the Floating World
Read an article by Barbara Lloyd McMichael the Bellingham Herald mentioning Lean House.
James Bertolino Bellingham, WA
“For more than four decades, James Bertolino has been writing love poems, poems of bliss so musical and urgent, so nuanced and bold, they’re ravenously ecstatic. These love poems ‘…draw nectar/ from the fractures….’ They join ‘…all small and large lives with what lifts/ us toward the sun….’ What a boon to have Bertolino’s love poems—both selected and new—in this one luminous collection.”
—Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate and author of Understory and The Voluptuary
Anita K. Boyle Bellingham, WA
This inaugural MoonPath chapbook by Bellingham, Washington poet and artist Anita K. Boyle thoroughly embodies the exquisite quality of voice our press envisions. What the Alder Told Me is a collection of wise, funny, thought-provoking poems composed of taut, effervescent language, quiet strength, quirky surprise, and unflagging passion. Flowing with natural imagery, as in "paintings with infinitesimal feathers" and "the rhythm of horses chewing hay," Boyle's breathtaking observations captivate. And Boyle’s unparalleled Weltanschauung is evidenced everywhere, as in the section head where she informs us "Seagulls are either sitting or flying some other place to sit." In the poem “Autumn Count,” we are apprised, "One counts on the ones who rise," and here readers can count on this rousing, incomparable verse for a transformational experience.
Ronda Broatch Kingston, WA
Some people get up every morning and go out into the world looking for God.
Ronda Brotach does this and gives us her field reports in poems that make us want to believe that
faith and survival are one and the same. She is a poet to be thanked.
—Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, Ya-Yas in Bloom, and The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
Jennifer Bullis Bellingham, WA
In Impossible Lessons Jennifer Bullis entwines a Stevens like wit and attention to the music of words with a
contemplative eye towards both nature and family. She makes the mythic and the domestic sing. Her language is both direct and
incantatory circling through the great human paradox of our animal flesh and our spiritual ascensions. These poems give pleasure
to the ear and to the heart as their kind and trustworthy voices present the natural world of the northwest, and the possibilities present
to an intelligent, engaged mind moving through both “blossoms and smoke.”
Read a review of Impossible Lessons on the Brainripples blog.
Read an article by Barbara Lloyd McMichael the Bellingham Herald mentioning Impossible Lessons.
Lois Parker Edstrom Whidbey Island, WA
"Suffused with Nature's palette, the aptly titled Night Beyond Black is a delicately
nuanced poetic exploration of shifting darks and lights, sometimes as interpreted by visual artists
(Edouard Manet), other writers (Richard Wilbur) and always originating from her inner impulses.
From Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night where the light makes darkness 'bearable' to romance's
'eating the bread of love' in 'flickering sunlight,' Edstrom showers light infused with her
reflections of familial love as the 'least expected' granddaughter's pressing against the
window at dawn catching 'the glitter of the world, ' leaves her equally spellbound. With this
contemporary re-picturing of the Romantic sensibility, Edstrom's Night Beyond Black enriches us all."
—Whitney Scott, TallGrass Writers Guild President and member of the Society of Midland Authors
Roberta Feins Seattle, WA
“The paradoxes of geography and history--the world's, one's own-- are at the heart of Something Like a River.
East and West, those American polarities, anchor Roberta Feins's collection in a way that allows for layered, subtle poems--maps
to the soul's movement. Self-identity is clear, established in gorgeous lines like ‘Whatever I am/I took from this landscape,’
‘I drive streets which still grid my dreams –‘ One of Feins' poems states ‘Though I live West, My Heart is East’
and the reader senses the tension inherent in that voice, but also the commanding grace with which the poet navigates--kayaks--the range of
waters she has been given. Ultimately, what matters most is the here and now: oar in hand, the poet says ‘All enigmas seem absurd;/I’m in a trance’.”
—Lorraine Healy, author of The Habit of Buenos Aires
Matt Gano Seattle, WA
Matt Gano, whose swagger and soul and verbal dexterity have knocked out spoken-word audiences for years, brings
his staggering inventiveness to the page—where he also, and absolutely, belongs. Here are irresistible scenes out of the
sagebrush and empty lots of a charmed and timeless boyhood; love from all sides—wild-horse young, and 94 years old; and the
moon: brilliant, unexpected, new, "with … lemon-meringue peaks/ and eating-contest complexion."
These are beautifully-crafted poems, alive with startling transitions, humor, and the wisdom that lets "the rhythm in the ride
be what I write." And they’re pure pleasure.
—Kathleen Flenniken, Washington State Poet Laureate, author of Plume and Famous
Read an article by Barbara Lloyd McMichael the Bellingham Herald mentioning Suits For the Swarm.
Joseph Green Longview, WA
“Whether figurative or down to earth, Joseph Green’s diction is apt. And
his imagination ranges over ‘the slope behind [his] house,’ a garden in
Marrakech, ‘little sparkles in the infinite dark,’ and—it would seem—all
the spots along the way. If Green does anything better than making routine
seem magical, it is making the extraordinary appear commonplace. Or
maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, What Water Does at a Time Like
This is a wise and beautiful book.”
Joseph Green Longview, WA
This new book by Joseph Green reminds me of the “handyman” quilts my grandmother used to make.
Her genius lay in finding just the right pieces from old jeans, shirts, dresses, blankets, and arranging
them in extraordinary order, carefully sewn, so that the whole and the parts were both something new.
Green knows precisely what threads to use, where to tug, and how hard. These are, ultimately, poems of
redemption, forgiveness, understanding, the scraps of a life saved up, puzzled over, and
put to use, finally, with love and care.
—Samuel Green, Inaugural Poet Laureate, Washington State
Cindy M. Hutchings Auburn, WA
featuring black & white photos by James Rodgers
Remember that summer day when a shaft of sunlight spackled on the white wall next to you; shadow of Poplar leaves,
moved by a breeze, danced through the laced curtained window holding you rapt. Simple, delicate, beautiful ... compelling.
TreeTalk is a thoughtful and contemplative work, and a delicate and heartfelt response to a chaotic world.
—Philip H. Red Eagle, author of Red Earth - A Vietnam Warrior's Journey and the originator and co-founder of The Raven Chronicles.
Chris Jarmick Kenmore, WA
Not Aloud presents some 30 plus years of Christopher J. Jarmick’s marvelous poetry. Jarmick’s thematic territory is expansive--
family, relationships, the art of writing, philosophy, his patented poem starters, and much, much more. His language is musical,
approachable, and memorable. His refreshing turns of phrases stand clichés on their heads: “The clouds/are not metaphors at all./
They hide the sky,/they get fat,/sometimes they burst,/but not with tears,/Mr. Tambourine Man,/just with rain.”
Full of humor, acute observation, and deep emotion, Not Aloud is a collection you’ll want to return to again and again.
—Lana Hechtman Ayers, author of A New Red, editor MoonPath Press.
Jill McCabe Johnson Orcas Island, WA
In beautifully shaped, undulant, brief poems (or, one might call them entries in a daybook, bejeweled moments, cries from the heart) Jill McCabe Johnson asserts that the world, specifically the sea, is powerfully alive and available to us by way of the imagination. With precise and lyrical language both scientific and newly created for the occasion, Johnson faces the pain of degradation, yet also celebrates the joyous, nurturing nature of the sea. Diary of the One Swelling Sea is an intimate portrait of elements-become-flesh, rendered by a consciousness and heart large enough, and generous enough, to face the complexity of hard truths.
author of Rough Likeness and King Baby
Read a review of Diary of the One Swelling Sea on Prarie Schooner.
Laura LeHew Eugene, OR
“Albert Einstein once said pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. The elegant poems in Willingly Would I Burn
possess such purity, such poetic expressions of logical ideas. These poems blend math and science, presenting poems as word problems for
the complicated times we live in. The grace and strength of Laura LeHew's voice vibrate from every single page.
—Roxane Gay, Co-Editor, PANK
Carol Levin Seattle, WA
“The wonder of Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince permeates Carol Levin’s Confident Music Would Fly Us to Paradise.
Filled with ‘shadow[s] shaped like a moving octopus: arms and arias,’ the high art of opera cracks opens like a tasty nut at the circus.
A one-of-kind poetic engagement.”
—Karren LaLonde Alenier, author of On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane & Paul Bowles
Peter Ludwin Kent, WA
“In Gone To Gold Mountain, poet Peter Ludwin brings to life the little-known story of Chea Po and his fellow Chinese gold miners, massacred in 1887 by Eastern Oregon pioneers. Ludwin embodies Chea Po and his experiences of breathtaking racism, homesickness, and dislocation. He imbues these persona poems, letters, and laments with the finely-drawn landscapes of Hells Canyon and China, glowing lanterns, and an eagle circling the canyon rim. Chea Po seems to have haunted Ludwin until finally, here, his life and death are told justly. We are the richer for it.”
—Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume and Famous
- Thursday, February 16, 2017. 7pm. Zippy's Cafe. Everett
- Thursday, February 23, 2017. 6:30pm. White River Valley Museum, Auburn (with Tod Marshall)
- Monday, February 27, 2017. 7pm. Wedgewood Alehouse, Seattle
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 6:30pm. Traditions, for Olympia Poetry Network, Olympia
- Saturday, April 8, 2017. Ellensburg Poetry Prowl
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30pm. West Linn Public Library, 595 Burns Street, West Linn, OR
- Friday, April 28, 2017, 7pm. RASP, VALA Eastside. 7330 164th Ave NE, Redmond Town Center
- Thursday, June 8, 2017. 7pm. Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend. With Lisa Schmidt.
Amy MacLennan Ashland, OR
“Taut with precision and economy, lush with the music of Eros, The Body, A Tree gives us remarkable poems of the body—sensual, strikingly sensate, fully embodied. With Amy MacLennan’s innovative diction and memorable imagery, even the weather—that talk-worn topic—becomes newly alive. A summer afternoon storm is ‘…a hurly-burly jig shaking its way/ across the valley floor—fuss, heavage,/ blinks and streaks, low bellowed tone…” This whole book is a marvelous storm of lust and longing, anticipation and satiation. Reading these poems, I’m both immensely satisfied and pell-mell avid to read them again.”
—Paulann Peterson, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita
- Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7pm. Comma Reading Series, Broadway Books, Portland, OR
- Saturday, April 8, 2017. Inland Poetry Prowl, Ellensburg, WA
- Friday, April 28, 2017, 1pm. KSKQ radio interview, Ashland, OR
- Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7pm. Studio Series, Stonehenge Studios, Portland, OR
- Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7pm. First Draft Writers' Series, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
Michael Magee Tacoma, WA
This second MoonPath chapbook by Tacoma, Washington poet and teacher Michael Magee exemplifies the finely wrought emotional yet deeply intelligent verse our press celebrates. Magee’s voice is sure, succinct and intrepidly sincere. Cinders of My Better Angels illuminates our ordinary lives, depicting how illness makes us not less ourselves, but more so. In this incisive collection, direct, smart, darkly humorous poetry mines the gems of our fragile mortality with courageous, resolute spirit. Through Magee’s superb mastery of craft, the speaker of the poems and the readers become as one, all of us united under the same moon’s watchful eye, afflicted yet determined, ailing yet healing, “hoping for rescue to come along / in the shape of a period.” And as readers, we are moved and fortified by making intimate contact with the world of Magee’s Better Angels.
Nancy Pagh Bellingham, WA
“Imagine if your best friend borrowed a coat, then returned it furred, teeth at the cuffs, bull’s eye inked on the back. In Once Removed, Nancy Pagh borrows cadences, images, and inspiration from favorite poets, then deconstructs selected lines, repurposing them to suit surprising new shapes. These poems capture graceful musings, the poet’s clear mind focused on the natural world, but also ferocity unleashed in the aftermath of love.”
author of Doll Studies: Forensics
Terry Persun Port Townsend, WA
Terry Persun’s poetry collection, And Now This, tells a beautiful and heartbreaking story from childhood to adulthood full of life, loss, struggle, and a coming to terms with our lives. These poems transport us back in time to Beautys Run and a boy who was too far down stream to be called home. Poem after poem, we bond with the narrator who lives among invisible winds and who lets go of his song in hopes it may fly. Persun’s narrative style comfortably invites the reader into a rural, some-time-ago landscape where we question the actions of fathers while connecting deeply with the son. Because of Persun’s ability to share a story and his honest, poignant tone, I read And Now This in one sitting and found the moments and images in this collection stayed with me much longer than after I had set the book down.
—Kelli Russell Agodon
author of Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (White Pine Press, 2010)
Raúl Sánchez Seattle, WA
Mexican-American Raúl Sánchez raises his poetic voice in languages twice removed from the indigenous language of his ancestors, but with well more than double the fervor. Language is embodied in the essence of personal and political struggle, as evidenced in these lines from the poem “My Father Was a Bracero”: “He didn’t want me to live / by my strong back, strong arms / but by my words”. This ardent inaugural collection by Sánchez is filled with poems of identity—cultural, familial and personal. All Our Brown-Skinned Angels is part civil protest, part personal celebration, completely impassioned.
Victor David Sandiego Seattle, WA
Victor David Sandiego’s The Strange and Beautiful Life of Daniel Raskovich, an imagined biography of an odd everyman character, is darkly funny and strangely poignant. Sandiego offers a frank take on contemporary society with verse that is clean, clear and direct, and tantalizing enough to keep us wanting more. Episode after bizarre episode leaves the reader feeling off-balance, hopping on one leg (the good one) like Daniel, but perhaps this is the precise vantage one needs to view our lives more candidly. The starkly lovely, sometimes mysterious, graphical images throughout from photographer Ethan Hahn provide visual texture and figurative subtext to the Raskovich tale. As alarming or reassuring as it may seem, Sandiego’s collection reveals that there is a little bit or quite a lot of Daniel in every one of us.
Amy Schrader Seattle, WA
These sonnets are like spells, like mirrors, as in funhouse—, smoke &—, magic—, and even ceiling— (oh, the delicious, dirty double entendres!). They are sly forms within forms, these sonnets in the Celtic Cross, stories in poems, the made-up in the real, the work of life in a game. In these playful, lovely pieces, Schrader shows us language trying to see and hear itself, admire and rip its own skins. Reading these poems is like reading all the secrets wedged in all the bottles floating in all the oceans, but be careful—they’re stuffed with bits of heartbreak and danger.
author of What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes?
Tim Sherry Tacoma, WA
“With conversational language and stripped-down wisdom, Tim Sherry’s One of Seven Billion is at once intimate and anonymous, revealing and evasive. In a time when many poets seem to value irony and wit, Sherry offers poems that are intelligently solid and emotionally honest. The speaker in many of these poems strikes me as a modern-day relative of William the Poet from the long, allegorical, Christian narrative Piers Plowman of the Middle Ages. He questions without finding answers then accepts that the act of questioning is what each of the seven billion of us must do to exist meaningfully. Posing such impossible questions can be a solitary process but despite the poet’s “instinct for loneliness,” he creates a community where Claude Monet, John Wayne, Lana Turner, and The man Upstairs meet at the center of the universe to celebrate life, love and the imagination.”
author of A Wreath of Down and a Drop of Blood
Scott T. Starbuck Battle Ground, WA
“If you’re a fisherman, then Scott Starbuck is your man. Whether far offshore in a troller or on land far beyond well-traveled roads, Starbuck, as our guide in Lost Salmon, takes us to places where there are 234 local shipwrecks, and trout are being roasted over coals. In poems that are ‘an idea first/rising from nothingness and ashes’ or ‘in a boat/that almost sinks/but doesn’t,’ he asks us to see landscape and seascape through his eyes. Eyes of a true bioregionalist, reminiscent of ecologian Thomas Berry, invite us to journey further.”
—Thomas Rain Crowe
author of Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods