Chip Dameron, Waiting for an Etcher
From life along the South Texas border to travels abroad to the vitality of family bonds, Waiting for an Etcher provides a series of memorable images and insights. Chip Dameron’s eye for detail and gift of phrasing offer readers the opportunity to enter the world of each poem and experience its landscape. Dameron is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
Jim Sanderson, an award-winning writer of novels and short fiction, has for many years taught university courses in writing fiction. Recently he conducted a web-base course for those wanting to begin writing as well as those interested in improving their fiction writing. Sanderson’s Fiction Writing Manual presents the best of that course. The table of contents of the manual suggests the practical, sensible approach Sanderson takes in his classes and in this book:
Aristotle, Burroway, and others
Terms From Tragedy, plot, and character
Description and Narration
Figurative Language: its care and use
Image, symbol, metaphor
Showing, even in Telling
Wayne C. Booth
Examples of different uses of Voice
A bonus in the manual is an anthology of student stories.
Sanderson’s Fiction Writing Manual is a first-rate guide for writers learning and improving their art and craft of fiction.
In vintage Michelle Hartman style, her second book, Irony and Irreverence pokes fun at lawyers, politics, love, crazy family members and even writing poetry. Here you will find an unabashed look at the people and ideas many hate but are afraid to say so above a whisper. Spend some time with this book and you will be calling friends to read them a poem.
“There is no stocking too blue, no cow too sacred to escape Michelle’s own inimitable style.” —Ann Howells
Jonas Zdanys, editor, Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems
This is a unique anthology of epistolary poetry—poems in the form of letters. The book consists of new work by more than fifty poets from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. Poetry in this collection, most written for this specific anthology, continues a tradition more than two thousand years old in its combining of letter-writing with poetry. The poets published here explore concerns that so many personal letters often express: love and loss, hope and redemption, turmoil and joy, outward exploration and introspection. Each poem amounts to a literary envelope that readers can open to discover lyrical language offered in the form of an epistle.
The editor, Jonas Zdanys, has written over 40 books, most of them collections of poetry and volumes of translations of Lithuanian literature. Zdanys is Professor of English at Sacred Heart University.
This new Daodejing is both the old one with all its majesty and a new one offered in twenty-first century American English as wielded by true experts: poets who will not and cannot divorce meaning from form.
Terry Dalrymple’s fine collection, Love Stories (Sort Of), requires a parenthetical explanation in the title because the kids in the stories do not understand the source of puppy love. The adolescents cannot distinguish between love and lust. And Dalrymple’s adult characters merely think they understand the nuances of the powerful forces love and physical attraction. But they are helpless to follow rational behavior when afflicted by lust.
These stories are not chivalric romances. They vividly illustrate real people in love, real people like all of us. The characters in this assemblage get by as best they can in often humorous and always poignant ways. Among the characters are
—an idealistic eleven-year-old with a gift for pencil drawing and a crush on his teacher
—a forty-seven-year-old real estate agent looking for another ego-bolstering bedpost notch
—a beautiful, lonely young woman whose only knowledge of love comes from classical literature and her mother’s dire warnings about nasty things boys seek.
These (sort of) love stories will remind us of ourselves and many people we know, perhaps in ways we are reluctant to admit.
John Wegner, Love is Not a Dirty Word and Other Stories
In John Wegner’s Love is Not a Dirty Word, “love” might not be a dirty word, but relationships are certainly complicated by poverty, technology, and social expectations. A cast of memorable characters struggle to make connections in meaningful ways as they fight memories of violent childhoods or struggle to understand their own sexuality. At the heart of the collection, though, is a sense that love is less about romance and more about surviving everyday trials and problems. And survival sometimes requires sacrifice. Some lucky few triumph while others' past and poverty force them into violent confrontations or a willing isolation from human contact in favor of internet pornography. In all the stories, Wegner gives an original voice to characters that search for some place in the world.