New food coming off the presses

A passing by Joan I. Siegel

A Passing by Joan I. Siegel may be atonal and therefore a well seasoned feast.

News update: These authors will be reading  January 28.
Time is 7 pm.
Place is Morrison Hall, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, New York.

Deerbrook Editions announces

A Passing by Joan I. Siegel, coming soon in 2015.

“Siegel’s book is a meditation, a held breath, a chord lingered on and released, the silence eloquent as the music. In these poems, memory both preserves and fails, distorts and clarifies. She meets small deaths (a hummingbird, a cat) and large (her own loved ones, and victims of war and the Holocaust) with a steady gaze. But there is also the cherry blooming outside the window, Degas’ dancer, a child’s new language that sputters off your lips and drops / ripe as a juicy pear in my lap.”

                                           —Mary Makofske

“The poems in Joan I. Siegel’s A Passing offer startling bardic moments. In a poem’s anguished speaker, a sudden transcendence takes place. In the reader, a sudden awakening ensues from a window’s shocking brightness, or a subtle memory of a window, or the profound emptiness of molecules that never touch.”

                                             —Sandra Graff, author of This Big Dress

Siegel is recipient most recently of Poetry Quarterly’s Rebecca Lard Award, and previously New Letters Poetry Award and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize. A finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize, she was an International Merit Award Winner in Atlanta’s 2014 International Poetry Competition.

Jaon is also the author of  Hyacinth for the Soul (Deerbrook Editions, 2009)


Beautiful Day by JR Solonche
Beautiful Day by JR Solonche has delight and sorrow insights and more.


Beautiful Day by JR Solonche, also coming soon. A new author to Deerbrook Editions, JR Solonche’s Beautiful Day is a delight as well as it may be conundrum, for JR’s skillful introspection plays with the commonplace while illusively serving up poetic truism.

Preview some poems  that appear in Beautiful Day on Mudlark

“The spirit of Horace, the melancholy of time slithering away and turning all to dust, tempered with art, wit and good grace: Solonche’s is the Horatian spirit for our time and place.”

                —Ricardo Nirenberg, editor of Offcourse

“When his daughter poses a most difficult question, the father in one of the poems in A Beautiful Day, responds, I’ll have to get it right. / I’ll have to clear my throat, sigh as wise people / sigh before I say . . . Solonche the poet, like Solonche the father, neither sidesteps the crucial questions of the day, nor pretends to have the perfect answers. He sighs and crafts his way with words of care, of wit, of artistry.”

                                   —James Penha, editor of New Verse News

“Solonche possesses a deadpan delivery that delights in unexpected twists and word play that can turn deadly serious. He’s equally expert at both narrative and lyric, and the ghazals alone are worth the price of admission.”

                                                     —Mary Makofske, author of Traction, winner of the Snyder Prize

Dowsing for a poet

Peter Harris has managed to suggest the principles of Buddhism without renouncing the world around him, mixing the pleasures and misfortunes of life, and retaining a humorous, whimsical yet contemplative balance in his poems.

A Zen student since 1993, he became a priest in the Soto lineage in 2008, practicing at Treetop Zen Center in Oakland, Maine.  He has taught “Zen and the art of composition” as well as several versions of “Buddhism and American Poetry,” both of which include a modicum of daily in-class meditation.  He begins all his classes with meditation.

Peter Harris, Zacamy Professor in English, is a poet and professor of American literature. Since 1974 he has taught in Colby’s English department.  He graduated from Middlebury College, earned a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University and, later, received his MFA from Warren Wilson College in poetry writing.

His chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs, won the Maine chapbook competition in 1996.  His work has appeared in, among other places, The Atlantic Monthly,  Prairie Schooner, and Green Mountains Review.

If you are interested in reading his book it is available from Deerbrook Editions and shipping is included in the price; also from the distributor where either individuals, stores, or libraries may order.

Freeing The Hook by Peter Harris

Cover features a painting: White Waves on Sand, Maine by John Marin