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 Book 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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Your reputation? Better check your wallet

Guess which big-time, hifalutin word has just become meaningless?


The press and historians made much of people being cowed by what J. Edgar Hoover, the late lingerie-wearing director of the FBI, had on them. It was said he could even cow the Kennedys. Well, the United States government now has something on everyone.


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These two novellas, The Pain of Wearing Our Faces and Grace, are published by Leaky Boot Press. They are about women artists and an art world that betrays and oppresses them.


Outside looking in

Here I am, looking in.

Albert Camus came to distrust institutions like the churches and clubs and associations because they inevitably parse humankind into insiders and outsiders.


Congress as Wall Street's shoemaker

If a shoemaker repaired shoes the way Congress legislates we’d all be cripples. If sailors jury-rigged the way Congress does their ships might limp into port, but they’d win no races.



The eye is the elixir

We see the elements of poems and paintings everywhere. The eye is the elixir. They wait to be appreciated, and each appreciation is unique. Sublime art awaits in the ordinary. The eye ennobles it. This is alchemy: the right elements, the right eye, the right elixir. 



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