Wednesday, August 6, 2014

There's a Lot of Life in this TERMINAL ISLAND!

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to present the publication of
Terminal Island Los Angeles poems by Jeffrey Alfier!

In this book, California poet Jeffrey Alfier offers an uncompromising look at the gritty, lonely, hardworking inhabitants of Los Angeles County's Terminal Island.

In the poem "Lesser Alleluias at the Shipwrecking Yard", you can feel the moisture on your skin as you read (excerpt):

Late July, and heat is the huge exhale of a beast.
Sea fog so thick we might appear to deckhands
in the channel as ghouls in a horror flick.

And in "Angelina's Flower Shop on February 14th", you can hear the door open, you can smell the flowers (excerpt):

Angelina knows bouquets are chosen late
each year on this day.  Her bright greetings meet
the jingle of the opening door, a smile for every
halting word, blessings for each footfall that exits
homeward, every rose holding fast to red.

Terminal Island Los Angeles poems  is 48 pages long and contains 38 poems.  The haunting cover photo, taken by Jeffrey Alfier, and used with permission, is printed on thick white textured cardstock; the book has a gunmetal blue cardstock insert.  The text is printed on creamy white paper.

Jeffrey Alfier is the winner of the Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press).  He is also author of eight chapbooks, and is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee.  He holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills.  Having served twenty-seven years in the Air Force as an enlisted man and an officer, he is a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  He's also worked as a functional analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, and once taught history for City College of Chicago's European Division.  He has been published in the Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Georgetown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Tulane Review, among many others.  He is the founder and co-editor of San Pedro River Review.  With camera poetic eye, he hunts the ruined, abandoned and unheralded places of America.

Terminal Island Los Angeles poems is available to order right here on this website for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling (scroll down the right column and locate the PayPal button), or you can order it on

If you've never read Jeffrey Alfier's marvelous poetry, now is the time to start...get your copy today!


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