Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LITTLE EPIPHANIES by Allison Joseph

When the world pairs opportunity with synchronicity, something very special happens.
Little Epiphanies by Allison Joseph
is one of those very special things.



 
NightBallet Press has been given the opportunity to take on Little Epiphanies, and we couldn't be happier. Originally published by Imaginary Friend Press in 2015, this title was soon orphaned after the closure of the press. We are proud to give Little Epiphanies a new life as part of the NBP family.

The poems in this book are intriguing and accessible, impudent and impish, with titles such as "Thirty Lines About the Fro," "Sundown Ghazal," "The Truth About Public Transportation," and "A Prayer for Women's Bodies."

Little Epiphanies contains fifteen poems on 24 pages. The cover features a beautiful photograph, "a new experience - dragon fruit," by Alex Gildzen.  The text is printed on textured ivory paper. 


Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. Born in London, England, to parents of Caribbean heritage, Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor for Crab Orchard Review.  Her books include Mercurial (Mayapple Press, 2016), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press, 2017). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

Your own little epiphanies await you...order a copy of Little Epiphanies for only $5 plus $3 shipping, right here through PayPal!  You don't have to have an account with PayPal; just use your debit or credit card to pay. (For customers outside the USA, please pay $13 to cover shipping charges. Use the Donate button in the left column to pay.)  This is a sweet deal for a Valentine's Day release; get your copy today!





Tuesday, February 6, 2018

HARD TO SWALLOW by Pat & Bill Hurley

 
NightBallet Press is enormously pleased, honored, and humbled, to publish
a remarkable new collection of poems:
Hard to Swallow, co-authored by Pat Hurley and her late husband Bill Hurley.
 

This book, as Pat describes it, "documents their individual perspectives on his esophageal cancer journey, through poetry." With Pat's poems on pages opposite Bill's poems, we get a unique mirror perspective of their lives during this most difficult time. We find ourselves exploring their labyrinths of love, humor, wonder, fear, dread, and anger through poems filled with reflections, revelations, tenderness, and truth.

Hard to Swallow contains 28 poems on 40 pages. Its front cover features a photograph taken by Bill Hurley on 02/02/2012, captioned "Some say this glass is half empty. They are pessimists. Some say the glass is half full. They are optimists. I say that it is a 12 ounce glass with 6 ounces of water. I am a realist. What are you?" The cover is a textured card stock, with a faded denim card stock insert. The text is printed on crisp white paper, with Bill's poems appearing in italics.

Pat's iron dedication and loving concern walk hand-in-hand with Bill's sardonic humor and quiet reflection. In one poem, Bill Hurley muses about what would happen if his ashes were stored in a Metamucil bottle and consumed by an unwitting sufferer. In another, Pat recalls their fortunes:

Drama

At the Chinese lunch
Following the oncology appointment
We crack our fortunes open.

You: "A long and happy life"
Me: "Little time, much opportunity"
"Ironic," you say.

The collection opens with this introduction by Bill Hurley:

Do what you can for as long as you can
And then when you can't, stop.
Surrender to the labyrinth.
Though your steps grow silent,
The journey continues,
And you'll always be a part of it.



                                                             photo by Kar Shepherd
 
Pat Hurley writes a regular humor column, "Balancing Act," for ThisWeek Community News newspapers in Columbus, OH, and has authored a book, The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life. At the urging of her late husband Bill, she ventured into poetry. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Still Crazy, Common Threads, and A Rustling and Waking Within, the Ohio Poetry Association's exphrastic poetry anthology.

                                                    photo by Pat Hurley

Bill Hurley, a retired video producer and amateur astronomer, first appeared on the Columbus, OH, poetry scene in 2012 and quickly became a popular reader at regional open mics. Before his death from cancer in 2016, he published his first poetry collection, No Weeds in Wahkeena (Bent River Press, 2015).  His work has appeared in Common Threads, a publication of the Ohio Poetry Association, and TheNewVerse News, an online journal.

NightBallet Press is grateful to Pat for giving us her poems, Bill's poems, and the opportunity to offer this book as a memorial to a remarkable man. Be a part of the journey. Get your copy of Hard to Swallow for $12 plus $3.00 shipping. 




 

 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

NightBallet Press: Gratitude, Revelations, and Love


As NightBallet Press transitions from a numbingly cold 2017 into a brighter, and Oh-We-SO-Hope-Warmer, 2018, we give gratitude, from the bottom of our hearts, to the awesome writers who trust us with their words, the artists and photographers who give us permission to use their stunningly beautiful work, the supportive hosts who offer venues and opportunities for our poets to have their physical voices heard, the bookstores and libraries who offer our poets the opportunities to have their literary voices heard, the lifetime subscribers who invested in us from the beginning, the thoughtful angels who surprise us with donations throughout the year, two very special local businesses: Elyria Print Shop and Hollo's Papercraft, and the readers like YOU, who continue to believe in us and the editing/publishing we do. You have given us six-going-on-seven wonderful years, with the promise of much more to come.

We are truly grateful to the Wingman Club members, those who annually subscribe to our books and who continue to sustain us by offering encouragement and financial assistance to this small, independent, hands-on, poetry-and-art book press. This generosity is much appreciated.

                                                                
As we move into 2018, we invite you to fly with us as a member of this special club. A wingman is described as one who supports a friend or associate. We offer membership to the Wingman Club in the form of a one-year subscription to NightBallet Press.

This means you, for fifty dollars, will receive every book published by the press between September 2017 and September 2018, with a guaranteed minimum of ten titles, many of them full-length collections. The total worth of this season's books is estimated to exceed one hundred dollars. This subscription offers an additional bonus: no charge for postage! That's a huge savings, in addition to the incredibly low cost of a subscription.

Please note: you will receive all the books published between September 2017 and September 2018, no matter what month you join the club. The first shipment contains all the books published up to the date of joining.

NightBallet Press is founded on the principal that a poet's work belongs to the poet, and that these wonderful words deserve to be presented as a package of beauty. We respect the art and craft of poetry and we strive to give it excellence, in every aspect of our publishing. NightBallet Press exists and produces without grants or endowments, and we do not take money from our poets for the production of their books. Expenses are out-of-pocket for the publisher.

Being a Wingman means you would fly alongside this publisher as she creates new books for poets across the United States. Your subscription money would be an investment in the poets themselves; every penny would go toward the ink, cardstock, paper, staples, envelopes, packing tape, and other printing needs that make NightBallet publication possible.

Feel the wind beneath your wings this New Year and join NightBallet Press' Wingman Club...subscribe, and become a Wingman today!



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And now, NightBallet Press celebrates life and offers all of you love, light, and best wishes for a very Happy New Year!  Bring on the bubbly! We have a fresh new year to celebrate!






Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Refugees Whose World Was Taken—The Aleppo Poems by Lyn Lifshin

As its first publication in this New Year of 2018,
NightBallet Press is extremely honored to present its fifth Lyn Lifshin collection,

Refugees Whose World Was TakenThe Aleppo Poems
 
 


In this series of thirty-four poems, Lifshin explores the everyday lives of ordinary people facing the extraordinary events in Aleppo, and she does so with empathy and grace.

In the title poem, "We Don't See Politics," (which appears on the back cover of the book),
Lifshin says "...there are no 'us' and 'them' / only what we do together":

WE DON'T SEE POLITICS

we meet people all over
the globe whose world
was taken away from them.
Everywhere similar stories
of sorrow and pain.  Every
where young women
weep for those sunny
afternoons sipping dark
coffee under the shade of
terebinth branches.
In all these places, therapists
committed to dealing
with crisis. They leave politics
out of it. Some say it tis
the Israelis who understand
pain well. Here there
are no "us" and "them"
only what we do together

Christina Zawadiwsky, author of The Hand On The Head Of Lazarus, and winner of a National Endowment of the Arts Award, wrote this about the book:

"Bombs, nightmares, death, no food, pregnancy and birth and fearful families huddling together in their apartments
these are people's daily lives uncomplicated by frills and beauty. Lyn Lifshin is there amongst Syria's inhabitants, shivering, anticipatory, waiting to leave and attempting to be courageous amidst unbelievable restrictions, yet always clinging to a sense of poetrythe poetry of refugees, the poetry of staying alive."


Lifshin's poems touch our hearts with their titles: THE LAST GARDEN IN ALEPPO, WHEN THE BOMBARDMENT IS AT ITS WORST, and ONE FAMILY HAS BAD FEELINGS FOR THE NUMBER SEVEN,

The collage art on the front cover of Refugees Whose World Was TakenThe Aleppo Poems is "She's Golden 10.21.16," by the artist Bree. The photograph from which the collage was made is included inside the book. You can see more of Bree's work at
www.theartistbree.com. The cover is a textured coffee-with-cream card stock, with a heavy, textured, black card stock insert.  The text is printed on ivory paper.

 

Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Not Made of Glass. Lifshin earned the distinction "Queen of the Small Presses" for her dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for surviving on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution.  Her most recent books includes Little Dancer —The Degas Poems (NBP, 2017), and Oct Tongue 2 (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2017), an anthology of eight poets with thirty-one-plus poems each. For much more, visit www.lynlifshin.com.  


Refugees Whose World Was Taken—The Aleppo Poems is only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling. We will take advance orders for this book, which will be available for mailing January 15, 2018.  You may obtain your very own copy by ordering now through PayPal, right here on this website. You don't have to be a member of PayPal to order; just have a debit or credit card handy. Order your copy today!





Thursday, December 28, 2017

HOLLYWEIRD by Alan Catlin

 
NightBallet Press is excited to announce the publication of
Alan Catlin's new book of poetry,
Hollyweird!


 
 
For those of you familiar with Alan Catlin's work, you know you're in for a treat.  With such teasing and tantalizing titles as "Zombie Strippers," "Elevator to the Gallows," "Betrayed by Rita Hayworth," and "Pulp Fiction," Hollyweird explores and exploits the attraction of the strange. Cynical and sharp-tongued, these poems will follow you down dark streets, breathe on the back of your neck, and invite you to blur the division between what is seen on film and what is experienced in life:

Elevator to the Gallows

They must stay up nights
thinking up stupid cocktails
to foist off on the young
impressionable, cynical shit
made with stuff that doesn't go
together, like gin, vodka, rum
and rye, partial shots of each topped
off with Irish cream and stirred,
served as a shooter and given
gross names with sexual connotations,
knowing full well that the name will sell
the drink and all they will taste is
Irish cream until they chuck it all up.
None of the names will turn up in
an over the counter bar guide:
Bloody Orgasms, Blow Jobs, Blow Jobs
with Extra Tongue, Purple Jesus Motherfuckers;
cumshots, we call them in the trade,
and I'm willing to bet there is some
slick, greasy, smartass fuck in NYC
who's taking all the credit for inventing
the trend. If there is, and someone finds him,
this Between the Eyes with a Silver Bullet
is for him.

Hollyweird boasts stunning cover art, "Blue Plate Special," by Ohioan Kevin Eberhardt. The cover is white linen cardstock, with a textured cool-green cardstock insert. The text is printed on bright white paper. Hollyweird, forty pages long, contains thirty-one poems printed on bright white paper.  Alan Catlin has had over sixty chapbooks and full length collections published over five decades, among them, Beautiful Mutants (NBP, 2015), Blue Velvet, the 2017 Slipstream chapbook contest winner, and Walking Among Tombstones in the Fog (Presa Press, 2017).

Hollyweird was scheduled to appear in October to accompany the publication of Kevin Eberhardt's book Before the Puppets Could Sing, but unavoidable personal issues delayed its printing. NBP warmly thanks Alan Catlin for his kind patience and understanding. 

                       

Hollyweird is available right here, right now, through PayPal, for only $8.00.  You don't have to be a member of PayPal to order; all you need is your debit or credit card number.  Shipping is only $3.00. 





BONUS OFFER!  Order before midnight on December 31, 2017, and NBP will include a copy of Kevin Eberhardt's new book, Before the Puppets Could Sing, for free!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Artifacts by Kerry Trautman

NightBallet Press is very pleased to announce the publication
of two new titles by two fantastic Ohio poets:

Artifacts by Kerry Trautman and Beyond the Sidewalk by Jonie McIntire!


The actual print date was November, but due to some unforeseen and unavoidable delays, NightBallet was unable to announce publication until today. These two books are incontrovertible proof that some things are well worth waiting for!
 
 



(This is one-half of two announcements.  For Jonie McIntire's Beyond the Sidewalk, please go here.)





Artifacts is a stunning journey of discovery. Its thirty-two pages contain twenty-two poems, all rich in language and masterfully written. Among Trautman's "Archeological Surveys" are those of "the CD Collection of a Somewhat-Poor Girl," "a Curated Native American Clothing Exhibit," and "Drummers and Poets." Trautman does not hold back, does not flinch, as she explores themes of both darkness and light.


The Archeological Survey of a Girl Who Stumbles Over Words


She's dead now,
       so she doesn't fear in-class presentations
       and unplanned conversations.

Or, at the grocery store, bumping into
someone she doesn't know well but really likes.

Notice how her fingertips are clenched into her palms.
Note the nailmarks.
See where sweat would have pooled--
        the armpits and between the breasts--
where panic would liquefy and try to escape her body
        when she herself could not escape her body,
        could not stop pretending she was true.




 











Kerry Trautman is a founding member of Toledo's Almeda Street Poetry Co-op, the Toledo Poetry Museum, and ToledoPoet.com. She is often seen at local poetry readings and events, such as Artomatic 419, Back to Jack (Toledo's annual Jack Kerouac tribute), 100 Thousand Poets for Change, and the Columbus Arts Festival.  Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Midwestern Gothic, The Fourth River, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Journey to Crone (Chuffed Books Press, 2013). Previous books include Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press, 2012), and To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press, 2015).


Artifacts is printed on creamy ivory paper.  The ivory, linen-textured cover features a magnificent art piece by Bree, "Raven Gorget 3.29.16," which is complemented by the deep grape-colored cardstock insert.  Artifacts is available beginning today, December 10, 2017, for only $8 plus $3 shipping!  (For customers outside the U.S., please contact NightBallet Press for postage pricing.)  Get your copy today to unearth its "artifacts" of beauty and truth!




Beyond the Sidewalk by Jonie McIntire

NightBallet Press is very pleased to announce the publication
of two new titles by two fantastic Ohio poets:

Beyond the Sidewalk by Jonie McIntire, and Artifacts by Kerry Trautman!


The actual print date was November, but due to some unforeseen and unavoidable delays, NightBallet was unable to announce publication until today. These two books are incontrovertible proof that some things are well worth waiting for!
 
  

This is one-half of two announcements.  For Kerry Trautman's Artifacts, please go here.
 

                                 
Beyond the Sidewalk is a beautiful homage to McIntire's beloved city, Toledo.  Its thirty-two pages contain twenty-four poems and one photo, including several of her "zip code" poems, written in response to Toledo City Paper's "Ode to the Zip Code" contest. Among the gems contained within its pages are "I Hate the Factory that Takes You So Often" and "What the Dog Buried."  McIntire's love for her hometown shines throughout the book, and her wry humor takes you along with her as you both travel "beyond the sidewalk."

Cycles
(for the poets Toledo has lost)

The open-palmed pushes
of John, Patrice, Don,
Greg move us all
sidewalk blocks forward.
Even after they let
go, we roll on
,
peddling our poetry.


 
(photo by Chuck Schmitt, used with permission)
 

Jonie McIntire is poetry editor of the Toledo Streets Newspaper, a founding member of the Toledo Poetry Museum and Almeda Street Poetry Co-op, and organizer of the annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change events in Toledo.  Her work has appeared in Red Fez, Sam and Andy's Uptown Cafe (Westron Press, 2001), and the 2016 Hessler Street Fair Anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press), among others.  A number of her poems have been stamped into cement as part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo's Sidewalk Poetry series (a photo of one of her poems is included in the book).  She is the author of Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016). 


 
Beyond the Sidewalk is printed on crisp, thick, white paper.  The white linen-textured cover contains stunning artwork by Kevin Eberhardt, his "The Memory of Sun in an Aqueous Sky," which is complemented by the deep aqua cardstock insert.  Beyond the Sidewalk is available beginning today, December 10, 2017, for only $8 plus $3 shipping!  (For customers outside the U.S., please contact NightBallet Press for postage pricing.)  Get your copy today and discover what treasures exist "beyond the sidewalk"!




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! Part One, Kevin Eberhardt!




 
It's the end of October, and NightBallet Press is pleased to announce the publication of TWO fantastic poetry collections by TWO fantastic poets,
Kevin Eberhardt and Alan Catlin! 
This is Part One of two posts; stay tuned for Part Two: Alan Catlin next weekend!


Part One:  Kevin Eberhardt: Before the Puppets Could Sing
 
Before the Puppets Could Sing by northeast Ohio poet and artist Kevin Eberhardt is a dark fantasy "upon the scrimshawed sea" to lands where "pillar shaped clouds/hold up the sky," where "there's a darkness in the water" and "skeletons dance/on splintering ropes."

This is the editor's favorite poem in the book:

Holy Storms

A congregation of
Clouds gather for
Prayer the sermon
Same as yesterday
& the one before of
Apocalyptic damage
To an unexpected
Town got nothin' to
Do with sin or the
Breaking of any
Commandment
W/out warning & un
Prepared for that
Which they were
About to receive
A renegade cold
Front moves in
Spouting a torrent
Of tornadoes in
A schizophrenic
Language only
Angels under
Stand / repent
For the wrath of
God is upon us
Halleluiah
Amen

Before the Puppets Could Sing contains 28 pages of 21 poems and a Kevin Eberhardt illustration, "'Tis the Season."  The cover is a stark white textured cardstock with an Eberhardt art piece, "The Gate" in red and black. The cardstock insert is thick and double-sided, black and red. The text is printed on brilliant white paper. While the poems are often brief, they contain an astonishing array of wordplay and vivid imagery. 



Kevin Eberhardt, in recent years, has expressed himself in found/primitive/folk art. His striking and distinctive art has appeared on numerous NightBallet Press covers, and has been featured at JoAnn DePolo Studios and Gallery in North Olmsted, Ohio, and at www.agentofchaos.com.  Eberhardt's poetry has appeared in various publications, including ArtCrimes, The City Poetry, Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, and the Fuck Poetry anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2011).  He is the author of two previous chapbooks, Transitory Innocence (NBP, 2013), and Burnin' Shadows (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2011).  He also published a collaborative book of poems and photos, Rockin' at the Ace Cafe, with U.K. photographer Richard Byerley.  Learn more at www.octoberconspiracy.blogspot.com.

Before the Puppets Could Sing is only $5 plus $3 shipping.  To purchase a copy, simply click on the PayPal button (you don't have to have a PayPal account to use it).

Out-of-country purchasers, please contact the press at nightballetpress@gmail.com for information on shipping costs.






Sunday, October 1, 2017

RIKKI SANTER WANTS YOU "To Make Me That Happy"!

 
NightBallet Press welcomes everyone to our 7th year (season)
of making works-of-art books for poets across the United States!


We are thrilled to announce the first book published this season is
by one of Ohio's most gifted poets, Rikki Santer. 
Her new full-length collection, Make Me That Happy,
makes us...well, That Happy!




 
 

Make Me That Happy, with dynamic cover art ("Do-Si-Do 6.26.17") by Bree (www.theartistbree.com), is a full-length collection, containing 42 poems on 64 pages.  This saddle-stitched book has a cover cardstock of warm tan, with a deep blue, textured, cardstock insert. The poems are printed on bright white paper.
Santer writes about "Condiments as a Way of Knowing," about "Arguments for Furniture', about "Still Life with Whoopee Cushion," and "Taxidermy for Erotica." Her poems are dancers in a conga line, inviting the reader to join in the rhythm and kick, the joyful weaving of words, from the first page to the last!


"Reading Rikki Santer's Make Me That Happy this Saturday morning was kind of like sitting down to a glorious, sumptuous brunch.  Here's Santer describing a gorgeous summer evening: "We sit cross-legged on the lawn / for a rod and cone picnic." A rod and cone picnic! One of the functions of poetry is to show us the world afresh, to restore its glorious strangeness. Rikki Santer goes a step farther by reminding us how wondrous and strange language itself can be.  I hear echoes of my favorite Surrealist/Absurdists here, like Dean Young and Caroline Knox and Russell Edson.  But no one sounds quite like Rikki Santer.  I love watching her brew up her crazy, beautiful, magical sentences."  George Bilgere, Blood Pages (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018)


Rikki Santer's Make Me That Happy is a masterfully nuanced book, brimming with poems both insightful and deeply funny. The imagery and turns of phrase in this new collection, from "a bouquet of geese / glinting into formation" to "a hub-capped sun," make us see the familiar anew.  Ohio is lucky that it can claim a poet with such intelligence and warmth."  Maggie Smith, Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017)


"In Make Me That Happy, Rikki Santer offers up a saucy collection of spirited poems that makes me want to laugh, cry, and celebrate. Whether she is writing about dead parent, bumper stickers, or kitchen cabinets, she is at once witty and ironic, clever and entertaining. Each poem is a carefully crafted delicacy--unique and lyrical."  Nin Andrews, Miss August (CavanKerry Press, 2017)




                                                

Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, a magazine and book editor, co-founder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland, and as poet-in-the-schools. She earned an M.A. degree in journalism from Kent State University, an an M.F.A. degree in creative writing from Ohio State University.  Her work has won honors from The Poetry Forum, Black Lawrence Press, and the Ohio Poetry Association, as well as Pushcart and Ohioana Book Award nominations, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work has appeared in Slipstream, Main Street Rag, The Atlanta Review, Rhino Literary Journal, and many others; previous books include Kahiki Redux (Wexner Center for the Arts, 2015), Fishing for Rabbits (Kattywompus Press, 2013). Clothesline Logic (Pudding House, 2009), and Front Nine (Kalupi Press, 2005). Santer lives in Columbus, Ohio.  Find her at www.rikkisanter.com.

Make Me That Happy is $15 plus $4 shipping/handling, and is available directly from NightBallet Press through PayPal.  You don't have to have a PayPal account to purchase; all you need is a debit or credit card.  You may also buy it on Amazon. Get your copy now! (Out-of-country buyers, please contact the editor for information on additional shipping costs.  Email nightballetpress at gmail.com.)





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What Does Paul Koniecki Do "After Working Hours"?

Happy Independence Day!
NightBallet Press is very excited to announce the publication of
After Working Hours (a salute to poets i admire)
by Paul Koniecki!



We first met Paul Koniecki of Dallas, Texas, in Kansas City at the 2016 Throwdown.  His dynamic performances left us hungry for more, and After Working Hours delivers with a punch!
 
This collection of poems is individually dedicated to poets Koniecki admires, including William Taylor Jr., Reverie Evolving, John Dorsey, Chloe Honum, Josh Weir, Jeanette Powers, Ezhno Martin, Jason Ryberg, Anne Hollander, Stevie Edwards, Courtney Marie, Jack Micheline, Saskia Stehouwer, John W. Sexton, Mishka Hoosen-Lewis, Frankie Metro, Lindsey Thomas, Nate Maxon, Rafael Andrade Garza, Michael Clay, Matthew Haines, Tom Ferris, Tomaž Šalamun, Johnny Olson, and Joe Milazzo.  In his foreward, Koniecki writes:

"After Working Hours is a tribute to artists who must find ways to navigate the adult working world, much like Bukowski and his post-office.  Many artists must ingest the poison of soul-raping day jobs, yet still find ways to funnel inspiration from the slavery of keeping-the-lights-on into the ability to be sensitive again, to be moved again to be creative again.  Art needs pain for relevance. You don't get to bear the scar of art if you haven't suffered the pain of the cut."

After Working Hours contains 44 pages of 21 poems, printed on brilliant white paper. The cover is a thick textured white, with a deep blue backing.  The cardstock insert is a textured periwinkle/soft denim blue.  The cover photo was taken at Mahall's Bowling in Lakewood, Ohio.  This, my friends, is a poetry book with balls!

 



Paul Koniecki hosts the Pandora's Box Poetry Showcase at Deep Vellum Books in Dallas, Texas.  His chapbook, Reject Convention, was published by Kleft Jaw Press and his poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies since 1985.  Richard Bailey's film, One of the Rough, contains several of Koniecki's poems, and was shown at the Berlin Experimental Film Festival in December of 2016.  He has featured at the Fermoy International Poetry Festival in Ireland, and at the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown in Kansas City, Missouri. He was chosen for the Ashbery Home School Residency in Hudson, New York.  He and Reverie Evolving currently facilitate Stone Soup Poetry workshops for the Writer's Garret of Dallas. Find him at paulkoniecki.wordpress.com.

Koniecki will be performing his poetry in Portland, Oregon, at Contronym (A Fugue in E Minor), presented by Kleft Jaw and TRUST Art Collective, July 14, 15, and 16, 2017.  And YES, he will have After Working Hours with him! Don't miss this remarkable poet! (Bonus: John Burroughs, another NBP poet, will be reading there, as well!)

I can't think of a more fitting book release to celebrate the Fourth of July than Koniecki's After Working Hours!  It ignites, explodes, and thunders with words that soar, sizzle, and glitter! 

You can obtain a copy of After Working Hours for only $10 plus $4 shipping, right here on this website!  Just click the button "Buy Now," and have a debit or credit card handy.  You don't have to have a PayPal account to purchase!  (U.S. customers only; out-of-country buyers, please contact the publisher at nightballetpress@gmail.com for shipping costs.) Please note: due to the holiday, shipping on orders will not be before July 11, 2017.