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$9.95"There's the wisdom of coon hunters and Oxford dons here, wrapped in a tone comprised of downhome gospel, Shakespeare, and the under breath of heartbreak. Hickok stares down death and inanity with humor; inventive, no-nonsense ('Mary Magdeline of LAX'), first-class imagery; and a mastery of craft that leaves you -- O happy day -- unware that it exists. No one writes like Bill Hickok. No one. Read him; you'll be enriched and wounded."
--JO MCDOUGALL, author of Daddy's Money and Satisfied with Havoc Learn More
$12.00HEMINGWAY: A Desperate Life highlights the fascinating, sometimes incredible, feats and follies of a great writer who often ould not distinguish between facts and fantasy, truth and braggadocio. David Ray's poetic sequence counterpoints lyric and narrative, major and minor modes of amusement, admiration, and astonishment in beholding Hemingway's Falstaffian posturings as well as his sufferings. Scenes from the four marriages are set against a backdrop of alcoholism, accidents and injuries, mental illness, and a complex involvement in both World Wars and the Spanish Civil War. In the end, the poems express compassion for the "desperate life" of this "larger-than-life" personality. Learn More
$9.95'[The poems] speak of life's day by day passage as experienced by a real physician of warmth and sensitivity; a gift to us who are physicians and who will be (or are) patients." -- Robert Coles, M.D.
"Vernon Rowe's poems use succint natural and scientific observation to evoke their underlying emotion. This tension expresses itself in his poetry with grace and wit..." -- Phillip Miller Learn More
$12.95In her poems, Kitty Cooper shows wisdom acquired throughout a rich and creative life, offering inspiration to others who might open their eyes more widely to the beauties in nature and personal joys and sorrows. -- David Ray Learn More
Readers of The Ride will find no wasted words and no unearned emotion in these stories and poems. Dr. Vernon Rowe can turn even prose narrative into a moment of poetry, where, from his small airplane, "the jeweled lights of the city passed like phosphorescent plankton under my belly." As a physician whose rounds included small, rural towns, Vernon Rowe moves quickly to what matters in breath and life. He understands the tension between hazard and joy. Ask the ancient professor of music, who proclaims here his favorite composition; ask the waitress, the young model, the displaced marine aviator. They all awaken our capacity to see clearly to love life. -- ROBERT STEWART, Editor New LettersLearn More