Monday, August 29, 2016

Arcangelini has ROOM ENOUGH!

What a glorious summer this has been!  NightBallet Press took a few weeks off from the press to relax, bask in the sun, and write some poetry.  Now, we're back at it full throttle...and ├╝ber-excited about announcing the publication of a new book:
Room Enough poems by M. J. Arcangelini!

Room Enough is a 44 page book of 26 poems.  Both the front cover and the back cover are graced with stunning artwork by Bree. The poems are printed on richly textured ivory paper, matching the textured ivory cardstock of the cover.  There's a thick denim-blue cardstock insert.

And the poems...ah, what wonderful poems!  From meeting The Bob Kauffman ("Bob at the Bank") to speaking at International Women's Day ("Written for the Occasion") to having "Room Enough" for the loves in his life, Arcangelini writes with a quiet assurance, with humor, and with heart.

In "Written for the Occasion," he writes (excerpt)

say what?  i agreed to do what?
read poetry at International Women’s Day?
i don’t remember that part—i’m not a woman
i’m a guy, and a queer guy at that—
what do i know about women?
i don’t even fuck them—

In "Room Enough," he writes (excerpt)

Four chambers, four doors.
In and out lovers move
through the rooms of my heart.
Four chambers, four rooms,
each man who moves in
makes a room his own and
when he leaves he leaves behind
a room doubled out of itself.

Each poem is a gem, polished and clear, shining with truth and sparkling with the soul of the man who wrote it. This is a must-read, can't-put-it-down, treasure-chest collection!

                                                      photo by Michael Starkman

M. J. Arcangelini was born in 1952 in western Pennsylvania; he grew up there and in Cleveland, Ohio.  He's lived on the west coast since 1973, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California.  He began writing poetry at age eleven, stories in his teens, and memoirs in his late forties.  His work has been published in nine anthologies, and in many newspapers and small magazines.  He is also the author of With Fingers at the Tips of My Words (Beautiful Dreamer Press, 2002, available on Amazon).  Arcangelini maintains an occasional blog with memoirs and poems at

You can purchase a copy of Room Enough for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling right here through PayPal--and you don't need to be registered with PayPal; all you need is a debit or credit card!  (US and Canadian customers only; all overseas customers, please email me at for shipping charges.)

You may also purchase a copy of Room Enough at the official book release this coming Wednesday evening (August 31, 2016) at Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights , 7pm.  The best part of it?  The Man himself, M. J. Arcangelini, will be there to read from his book!  I bet if you asked him, he'd sign one for YOU!  Please join us there; we'd love to see you!

Room Enough rounds out our extended Season 5 at the press, just in time for Season 6 to begin in September.  Watch for new books to be published monthly!