Tag archives for 2018 Publications

Wishbone Moon

Wishbone Moon is a groundbreaking anthology of haiku by women in the international haiku community. As editors we consulted women journal editors and haiku leaders around the globe. We asked them for help in identifying women whose work they regarded highly. The response was enthusiastic. Our thanks to Susan Antolin, Annie Bachini, Marlène Buitelaar, Ferris Gilli, Maeve O’Sullivan, Patricia Prime, Lidia Rozmus, Lynne Rees, Christina Sng, Iliyana Stoyanova, and Irena Szewczyk. Their lists of nominations were the foundation for the anthology. We asked the nominees to give us their very best work. We did not suggest a theme or topic. We wanted to showcase work representing the haiku aesthetic at its best. We believe that is what they gave us, and we thank them. As we made our selections, reading the large body of fine submissions was truly a pleasure.”

— Roberta Beary, Ellen Compton, Kala Ramesh

The War Against the Obvious

“Cornelius Eady’s poems sing America, as Whitman’s did, but amending our national bard, they are mindful of the distance between his America and ours. Race, culture (especially music), family history, and urban life are all in play in a vibrant imagination for which “The sweet worth/ Of pushing/ Any damn wall” is both a “necessary lesson” and a credo. In language brilliantly exact, superbly rendered, by turns harrowing and humorous, it’s no wonder Eady has grown into one of the country’s most admired poets.”

— David Rigsbee


The War Against the Obvious is the second publication by Jacar Press in the Greatest Hits series. This chapbook series, founded by editor Jennifer Bosveld at Pudding House Press nearly two decades ago, was acquired by Sammy Greenspan of Kattywampus Press in 2010. Jacar Press was asked to take over the series under the careful eye of series editor David Rigsbee.

Included with the poetry book is a Bonus album download, Hanging Out with Ms. Sparkle, by the Bow and Verse Project. Words and Music: Cornelius Eady

Life Without Furniture

In Life Without Furniture ‘the whole visible world flows through one white birch.’ Sharon Fagan McDermott inhabits the spaces between the common and the uncommon: the rich landscapes between ‘A State of Un-Union’ and ‘Driving Home After Singing at Club Café,’ the ineffable sensations between ‘The Geography of Solitude’ and ‘The Hymn of Constellations.’ Even the poems’ titles signal the many resonances of Life Without Furniture. The whole world, visible and invisible, inhabits this wonderful new book.”

— Terrance Hayes


“Sharon Fagan McDermott’s Life Without Furniture is remarkable for the generosity of its attention and the precision with which its renders the objects of that attention. ‘What I Won’t Tell Myself’ begins by noticing how ‘the moon salts the sky with stars’ and then brings that gaze indoors, to where a ‘young dog twitches a dream / against my calf.’ These poems move through interior and exterior landscapes, between elegy and praise song. Through such keen observation, the ordinary is uplifted, the way that, in ‘Summer Prayer: Pennsylvania,’ the ‘beloved dead’ ‘console us with such luminous days / that we remember them all over again.'”

— Nancy Reddy

Yes, We Be

Yes, We Be is an integrated-design poetry book that connects with the Black Arts Movement, Harlem Renaissance and Afro-Futurism. Proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter, SistaWRITE, and COR AME community programs.


“Patrick Howell’s Yes We Be is affirmation and confirmation of the resilience of Black people and Black poetry. Reminiscent of Amiri Baraka’s A Black Value System, as well as Haki Madhubuti’s Book of Life and Rise Vision Comin—Black Arts meditations laying down a foundation for being.”

— Tony Medina


“In the tradition of Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman, Howell writes a truly American poetry in the language of the streets, office cubes, living rooms, bars—the everyday landscape of humanity. In poems at once ecstatic and reflective, Howell celebrates his heritage while unblinkingly portraying the African American experience. A modern day hymnal for, of, and by the people, his music will reverberate long after the last page has been turned.”

— Angela Narciso Torres