Now and again


Where it Goes by Martina Reisz Newberry

Where it Goes features a photograph by Eleanor Bennett

Where it Goes, the latest book of poetry from Deerbrook Editions by Martina Newberry, features a photo by Eleanor Bennett, a promising young UK photographer. This second book of poems by Martina Newberry has been praised as “Revealing intense human vulnerability and wondrous irony . . . With honesty, wit, imaginative breadth and prosodic grace . . . Newberry explores the painful themes of death and life, youth and aging, prayer and spirituality”

Anne Tammel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only Now, poems by Stuart Kestenbaum

The cover features a print collaboration by Susan Webster and Stuart Kestenbaum

Only Now has been a best seller at Blue Hill Books and selling well in general. A welcome review of this book appeared on The Line Break by Tom Holmes of Redactions magazine. This is the third book of poems Deerbrook Editions has published by Stuart Kestenbaum over the years.

 

From the back cover of Only Now:

 

Stuart Kestenbaum’s Only Now is a rare accomplishment: a collection of poems that takes on the fragility of the world and our own mortality, and does so with unflinching directness and, most impressively, with wit and a sincere prayerfulness. Many of these poems are what I would call strangely hopeful warnings, elegies-in-advance. They worry about the world in ways that register the beauty of what is in danger of being diminished. —Stephen Dunn

Other recent good books post here: for Freeing the Hook by Peter Harris

Freeing The Hook by Peter Harris

White Waves on Sand, Maine by John Marin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here for David Sloan’s The Irresistible In-Between. David received Maine literary awards for poems in the book.

The Irresistible In-Between by David Slaon

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

All books can be found on the front page of Deerbrook Editions Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 spdbooks.org 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

Only Now for poetry month


Only Now, poems by Stuart Kestenbaum

The cover features a print collaboration by Susan Webster and Stuart Kestenbaum

Only Now, poems by Stuart Kestenbaum, now only on the Website, for poetry month from Deerbrook Editions. Next week Stuart will be reading at Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine, with two other poets who have recent titles (2013) of poetry from Deerbrook Editions. Mark April 17th at 7pm on your calendar.

From the back cover of Only Now:

Stuart Kestenbaum’s Only Now is a rare accomplishment: a collection of poems that takes on the fragility of the world and our own mortality, and does so with unflinching directness and, most impressively, with wit and a sincere prayerfulness. Many of these poems are what I would call strangely hopeful warnings, elegies-in-advance. They worry about the world in ways that register the beauty of what is in danger of being diminished. —Stephen Dunn

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The other poets reading on the 17th are Peter Harris and David Sloan. Peter Harris had the poem Ode to Popcorn , and Villanelle  for the Pond, featured in Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry which appears in the Portland Press Herald, edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate, and produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Stuart Kestenbaum also has had several poems appear in Take Heart: A conversation in Poetry.

Peter Harris  had his chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs, win the Maine chapbook competition in 1996.

David Sloan received the 2012 Betsy Sholl award for the poem Bad Math, and the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry in the Short Works Competition.

Davis Sloan is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program and loves living in Maine, at the edge of the world, with his wife Christine where they both work in Maine’s only Waldorf high school. He is the author of two books on teaching: Stages of Imagination: Working Dramatically with Adolescents, and Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through Literature.  His poetry has appeared most recently in The Barefoot Review, The Broome Review, The Café Review, Carpe Articulum, Innisfree, The Naugatuck River Review, The Northern New England Review, Passager, The Prairie Wolf Press Review and Words and Images.

All books will be available at Longfellow Books for signing the night of the reading. This should be a great night for poetry as all of these poets are excellent readers.

Freeing The Hook by Peter Harris

Peter’s cover features White Waves on Sand, Maine by John Marin

 

The Irresistible In-Between by David Slaon

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

New fall title


Available now , new poetry from Deerbrook Editions:   Freeing the Hook by peter Harris.  Peter recently had a poem in the Take Heart series , thanks to Wes McNair, Maine Poet Laureate. (this link is to the Maine State Library archive)

We are fortunate to have the work of John Marin on the cover, courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art.

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Something about Peter:

Peter holds a BA from Middlebury, a Ph.D. from Indiana University. And a MFA from Warren Wilson.

•  is Zacamy Professor in English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he founded a mentoring program . Currently, he chairs the Art Department.

•  has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts, Red Cinder House, and the Tyron Guthrie Center in Ireland, and has been awarded a Martin Dibner Writing Fellowship.

• Co-founder of a mentoring program (Colby Cares About Kids) that in 2012-13 matched nearly five hundred College students with primary and elementary students in ten communities.

Among other things, ( and these really qualify him to be a poet ) he’s worked as a doodlebugger in an oil search crew for Citgo, a line worker in an artificial Christmas tree filament factory, a cabin boy an a yacht, crew on a shrimp boat in Honduras, a kitchen worker and pot washer, an assembler in a fancy box factory.

Peter Harris, born in 1947, has taught at Colby College since 1974. 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.

From the Back Cover:

We’ve all showed up naked to the big exam, says Peter Harris. Ignore that body near the door—it’s only your failed plans. These are the sort of laughable/humorous, piercing honesties with which Harris breaks the ice, and persuades us that his speaker has sailed through his exams naked and stumbled over the bodies. Alternately bemused, furious, crestfallen, optimistic, despairing— these poems speak from the sweaty field of the human condition. Freeing The Hook takes you on a backstage tour of love, death, family and solitude. Their dark, inquisitive, tender humor is our immunization. Their stubborn compassion is our salvation.

—Tony Hoagland

Reading Peter Harris’s poems in Freeing the Hook, I sensed my glasses miraculously cleansed, all the smudges gone—there was such clarity. The poet, standing among neighbors, family, friends, shows us all the fine ironies of choice and chance, body and soul, longing and letting go. Even the heaviest moments Harris holds with a light touch. Questioning how to separate “love from desire,” his speaker says, “I’m asking you,” and then immediately adds, “I value your silence.” Wit, wisdom and verbal dexterity are all here in finely crafted poems that give us “something truer than the facts, something that was hidden,” or as another poem puts it, “the not-doable, done.” It’s that grace we find here, that delicious Zen-like sense of paradox that inhabits this book and makes it something to treasure and return to again and again.

—Betsy Sholl

Praise from Tony Hoagland


Freeing The Hook, by Peter Harris is the upcoming title from Deerbrook Editions and Tony Hoagland gave us a very nice endorsement, thank you Tony.

From the Back cover:

We’ve all showed up naked to the big exam, says Peter Harris. Ignore that body near the door—it’s only your failed plans. These are the sort of laughable/humorous, piercing honesties with which Harris breaks the ice, and persuades us that his speaker has sailed through his exams naked and stumbled over the bodies. Alternately bemused, furious, crestfallen, optimistic, despairing— these poems speak from the sweaty field of the human condition. Freeing The Hook takes you on a backstage tour of love, death, family and solitude. Their dark, inquisitive, tender humor is our immunization. Their stubborn compassion is our salvation.

—Tony Hoagland

Harris cover grab