The Book of Tasks, Volume I : Atlantean Undertakings
by Christopher Spranger
Goodbye, Ice : Arctic Poems
by Lawrence Millman
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Toothpaste with Chlorophyll / Maritime Hot Baths : Stories
by Elias Papadimitrakopoulos; Translated by John Taylor; Illustrated by Alekos Fassianos
Parabola : Shorter Fictions by Joe Martin
A volume of fiction built upon parables, satires, paradoxes and mystic teaching tales.
“But what is a parable? The Sufis and their predecessors have used the parable and ‘teaching tale’ extensively as one of their modes of contemplation. This is similar to the way Zen has employed parables and paradoxes — in trying to impart insight that is different from that produced by the normal intellect…. The word ‘parable’ derives from the Latin ‘parabola.’ What is a parabola in fact? Aside from designating a perfect geometric arc, which can be evenly divided by a vertical bisecting line up the middle, it has connotations of ‘throwing to the other side….’”— From the Author’s Note
Joe Martin lives in Washington DC, where he teaches and directs theatre productions. He is the author of Rumi’s Mathnavi: A Theatre Adaptation (Coyote Arts, 2020) and many other titles.
Green Leaves: New and Selected Poems by Eric Paul Shaffer
Eric Paul Shaffer’s Green Leaves includes new poems as well as poems selected by the author from his previous books: Kindling: Poems from Two Poets (1988), RattleSnake Rider (1990), Portable Planet (2000), Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen (2001), Lāhaina Noon (2005), Even Further West (2018), and A Million-Dollar Bill (2018).
Eric Paul Shaffer lives on O’ahu and teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.
The Secret of the Old Cloche : An Agatha Christine Mystery by Leslie Stahlhut
In one fell swoop, Agatha Christine Bigelow loses both her jobs—one as a yarn sales representative and the other as a CIA field agent. Now, she has to move home to live with her mom and a terrier mix who hates her. Resigned to a boring slog back to solvency, she instead discovers more secrets about her hometown than she ever imagined.
Leslie Stahlhut lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked as a crochet designer, a teacher of English and mathematics at all levels of instruction, and as a paralegal. She is the author of the chapbook The Borderlands of the Heart and Other Stories, wrote a crochet design blog (crochetbug.com) for over a decade, and writes crochet affirmations and true crime at Medium.
Fictions: The Beak Doctor, Short Fictions, 1972–1976 & Bartholomew Fair by Eric Basso
This book collects the completed fiction of Eric Basso (1947–2019).
When Basso’s novella, “The Beak Doctor,” appeared in the Chicago Review in 1977, less than a year after its completion, it was the longest work of fiction published by that magazine.
For years, Eric Basso’s novella, “The Beak Doctor,” has sustained a cult reputation among a hard core of avant-garde writers. This collection of short stories begins with a tale of death and hideous resurrection, moves on through a quest for the “great horse” who rules a subterranean polar kingdom, an atmospheric cycle of short prose pieces, a tragicomic roman noir set in exotic Istanbul (in which the “great horse” appears in a new guise), and concludes with the harrowing odyssey of a masked man in a fogbound city turned upside down by a plague of sleeping sickness: “The Beak Doctor.” Other stories in the collection include “Gothick Eschatology,” “Equus Caballus, “Logues, and “Equestrian Scenes.”
Rich in texture and atmosphere, this extraordinary novel is also a stylistic tour de force in which the history of Bartholomew Fair, whose long-dead voices come to life in these pages, haunts the clandestine activities of its modern-day performers and their obsessed patrons. Its strange cast of characters do their best to unravel the fabric of expectations. Basso has created a world that is darkly comic, sinister, moving and, in the end, unforgettably disturbing.
Eric Basso (1947–2019) published numerous volumes of poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism, many focused on weird, gothic, and surrealist themes. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in Maryland his whole life. His novella “The Beak Doctor” appeared in the anthology, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.
Pipe Dreams: The Drug Experience in Literature Edited and with an Introduction by Gilbert Alter-Gilbert
“From antiquity to the present, men have sought artificial paradise in the stimulations and insights afforded by the use of intoxicants. Famous literary figures, in the tradition of Huxley and de Quincey, often have been first to experiment with little-known drugs, and to champion their unique fascination upon the human imagination.” This volume collects 41 prose works—of both fiction and non-fiction—by Charles Baudelaire, William James, Thomas de Quincey, Stephen Crane, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells, Peter Mark Roget, Aleister Crowley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horacio Quiroga, and Marie Corelli, illustrating the breadth and depth of the drug experience in literature.
Gilbert Alter-Gilbert is a well-known anthologist, translator, and historical fabulist. His hoax history Poets Ranked by Beard Weight caused a minor sensation among coastal facial-hair aficionados.