Guest Boy the first novel in a trilogy called Light Piercing Water

Bo Cavalieri, a laconic sailor, earned a Silver Star from the Navy as a frogman and now sails the world as a Merchant Marine officer. Many shipmates treasure the drawings of themselves Bo gave them-drawings that recall Da Vinci's. His adventures in Hamburg, Morocco, Italy, Oman, Somalia, Edinburgh, and New York echo The Odyssey and The Seven Voyages of Sindbad.

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Far from Algiers, by Djelloul Marbrook

Far from Algiers

". . . as succinct as most stanzas by Dickinson . . . an unusually mature, confidently composed first poetry collection." -Susanna Roxman, Prairie Schooner
" . . . brings together the energy of a young poet with the wisdom of long experience." -Edward Hirsch, Guggenheim Foundation

  • Winner 2007 Wick Poetry Award
  • Winner 2010 International Book Award in Poetry

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The Great Lenore by J M Tohline

Artemisia’s Wolf

When lightning strikes Artemisia Cavelli, it rewires the young artist's mind in magical ways. From the hospital she steps into a maelstrom of betrayal, conspiracy, love and desperate vulnerability. Accompanied by a white spirit wolf, visible to a few but not to most, she changes all she touches. Set in New York's ruthless art world.
Artemisia's Wolf is a striking homage to women artists oppressed by a male hierarchy.

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Brushstrokes and Glances

Brushstrokes and Glances

". . . one of those colossal poets able to bridge worlds-poetry and art, heart and mind-with rare wit, grace, and sincerity . . . "
- Michael Meyerhofer, poetry editor, Atticus Review

" . . . the poems here about museums, galleries, and studios are as penetrating as the ones about the art . . . testify to years of careful seeing." -Maggie Anderson, author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems

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Mean Bastards Making Nice

Mean Bastards Making Nice

Leaky Boot Press, 168 pages, available now from Book Depository free of shipping charges worldwide

Two powerfully original novellas are set in the New York art world. In The Pain of Wearing Our Faces a New York art teacher and her student, a famous composer, pledge to entertain each other as they try to stay sober. He confesses to plagiarizing his most famous work, then disappears. She follows him to Woodstock and finds the woman whose music he stole. In Grace, a Catskills teenager runs away from an abusive father, hitchhikes to the city, and is briefly homeless before finding a job as an art mover/installer. Just as she begins to believe in her future she faces betrayal by her boss.

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Alice Miller's Room

Alice Miller's Room

An artist creates a magical room for a young psychiatrist's adopted infant nephew-a room with the heavens projected above and hideaways in the walls. To help him, he recruits a metallurgist haunted by a disturbed upbringing. As the three build this fantastic space, a strangely rewarding friendship unfolds.

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Reports by Kathryn Levy (New Rivers Press, Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN, 2013)- The first four poems are stripped of all but the most...
Take Columbia County, New York, the county where I live. You could probably take your own county or parish or wilaya or province. What’s going...
Michael T. Young: Thank you, Djelloul, for agreeing to an interview. You were a journalist for many years. Your first collection of poetry came...

To tell us how to live you must kill poetry

Generation after generation, century after century poets like Gerard de Nerval have told us that anyone who seeks to tell us how to live must first kill poetry. Not ban it, because that enhances it, but kill it. This is why the dominant white culture deplores rap. The rappers are not only telling that culture what it doesn’t want to hear, they’re shaking it, they’re blasting it with light. This accounts for an intelligentsia looking down its nose at country music; it’s telling us about hard luck, heartbreak and the simple pleasure of love.


Salt anticipation

English nouns have no gender because when Viking raiders learned Old English they learned it poorly and dropped gender—because Old Norse had no gender. Rather appropriate for a people whose women went to war alongside men. John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor, discussing this in What Language Is: And What It Isn’t And What It Could Be, inspired this poem:


And then they came to free the noun of gender—


Mean Bastards Making Nice, a balance of delicacy and grit

By Robert John Kostuck on December 19, 2014

Mean Bastards Making Nice, Djelloul Marbrook's fourth published book, contains two novellas circling the juncture of art, philosophy, and commerce: "The Pain of Wearing our Faces" and "Grace."


Rip van Winkle Bridge

Rip van Winkle Bridge


What is there better than this

walking across the Rip van Winkle Bridge?

What survives this cold

this red-scarved day?


Fame? Glory?

Love of morality’s tyranny?

Some slippery-footed hope

some fulfillment somewhere I forget?


I had ideas once of better things.


I’m glad they’ve blown away

and that I am the bridge

for the child lost to his mother,

for one dream to another.

Copyright©Djelloul Marbrook 2014


Mean Bastards Making NIce

Boo's long body seems to float on her uplifted heels, winged heels, Beryl thinks. Her red hair is pulled off to her right, tied with a black ribbon exposing a fragile neck that reminds Beryl of Jeanne Hébuterne, the painter Modigliani's lover. She is pulling paint cans brushes from the roomy closet. Beryl sits watching on a white empire sofa.

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