Books by Subprimal Authors

by Subprimal Editors ● Updated: Nov 23, 2017

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Things I Learned The Hard Way by Esteban Colon

Things I Learned the Hard Way is a full length collection of poems by Esteban Colon. "His work is darkly humorous, romantically melancholy, deeply personal, and most of all, incredibly honest." (Buddha 309, W4tB) " "Filled with hucksters and hustlers, humor and desire, violence and tenderness [this book] pulsates with the life of [his] neighborhood. Colon's work is filled with droll, exuberant detail, and a buoyant, self-disclosing life-force all its own-an impressible vitality that will quickly belong to all its readers." Ralph Hamilton, Editor of Rhino

Stories About Tacit by Michael Goldman

Fiction by Cecil Bødker; translated from Danish by Michael Goldman

A small group of social outcasts form a reluctant alliance on an abandoned farm in 1850s Denmark.

Bødker’s characters are raw and sensitive, unpredictable and universal. The young boy, Tacit, untangles secrets in mythic stories of family, love and sacrifice. Each character has refused to leave me. — Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of The Center of the World.

Something To Live Up To by Michael Goldman

Selected poems of Benny Andersen translated by Michael Goldman; Dual-language Danish-English

Canonized, memorized, and treasured in Denmark for over half a century, Benny Andersen’s enduring poetry finds a sure voice in Michael Goldman’s delicate and humorous translations. In Andersen’s universe, spiritual revelations are achieved through the quotidian with heartfelt irony, and Goldman unfailingly translates these juxtapositions… — Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Translator, Editor of EuropeNow at Columbia University

Farming Dreams by Michael Goldman

Selected poetry by Knud Sørensen; translated from Danish by Michael Goldman

By one of Denmark’s most highly awarded and prolific authors, Farming Dreams illuminates the farmer’s way of life and the decline of family farming. “Knud Sørensen’s formidable literary output bears a vulnerability, an embracing, gentle warmth, and a penetrating apprehension of emotional depth in commonplace events. May his work take flight and find readers around the globe.” — Dorthe Nors, Danish author

Ash Keys by Lee Nash

Ash Keys is a journey, these poems the keys (or seeds) gathered along the way. Some are sad or dark, some are humorous or hopeful; some have found received forms and some are in free verse. These are personal poems, among them mood pieces and character sketches from my childhood in South Africa and a year in New Zealand.

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Second Skin by Diana Anhalt

To read Second Skin is to plunge into a riot of bougainvillea, tortillas fresh off the comal, clanging church bells, an alley called Little Street of Bitterness. Diana Anhalt, who moved to the country in 1950, could not resist Mexico’s seductive pull: its midnight serenatas, the street vendors singing of their wares, the markets overflowing with calla lilies, roses, carnations.

Lives of Straw by Diana Anhalt

For Diana Anhalt, home is merely a memory, a place that used to be. Though her feet now walk the streets of Atlanta, her poetry hasn’t budged, and continues to make its home in Mexico. Lives of Straw, a slim, elegant book, vividly evokes Mexico on a beautifully rendered landscape of nostalgia while exploring the frailties—spiritual, emotional, physical and economic— of its people.

Solace in So Many Words by Ellen Wade Beals

An award-winning anthology of short stories, essays, and poetry . Fifty-two writers, including T. C. Boyle, Philip Levine, Ellen Bass and Joe Meno, contribute to this compelling literary collection on solace and consolation, something we all need and crave.

Questions From The Interior by Seth Jani

"Seth Jani invites us to listen for the ambient voices and crickets cavorting in our lawns, to understand that we would become beautifully unknown one day, to look starwards and open our doors to the elements - the wheat around you - and soak them up. Questions from the Interior is a commendable collection that itself needs to be soaked up, each line pleading with you to become aware that you are just a shack of 'bones in a tapestry of light, gases and stars.'" — Ajay Vishwanathan, Foundling Review

The Light You Cannot Touch by Erin York

"…raw, wild, surprising, unafraid, and spry with flares of unforgettable brilliance." — Savannah Thorne, executive director of Balkan Press and managing editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character

"Erin York leaves no doubt that she's a writer of heart and vitality in these moving poems. She's one to watch, one to listen for when you need poetry to take you to places only the heart knows." — Allison Joseph, My Father's Kites: Poems and editor-in-chief of Crab Orchard Review

Face Half-Illuminated by Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka

Comprises the work of Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka across a range of media: her own poems and essays, as well as her translations of the Poland-based poet Lidia Kosk (who is also her mother). The poems share themes and speak to each other across geographical and generational barriers.

Oblige The Light by Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka

From the introduction by judge Michael Salcman: "Astonishing metaphors and precise description of natural forces and historical events results in an atmospheric Magical Realism that borders on the Surrealistic. There is an emotional reserve that is almost gnomic so that life's most important subjects — the death of a parent, political oppression, one's aesthetic response to art and nature — can be discussed without forced sentimentality…"

Leaving Normal by Gina Forberg

These carefully wrought poems examine what is most lyric about our everyday lives, so that when the author weaves an elegy for her mother out of the stuff of a crow’s improbable appearance in her childhood bathroom, we are not surprised but grateful to follow her away from the normal into the deeply humane. Hers is a poetry striated with edge and heart. — Carol Ann Davis

New And Selected Poems Tanka And Haiku by Ram Krishna Singh

A collection of selected poems, Tanka and haiku of Indian English poet R.K. Singh, who has been writing poetry for about four decades. The poems seek to expand on what we are. As the author notes in the preface to the collection, “we should not let our own rigidity to destroy our potential, but rather we should evince a forward-looking, tolerant, and open mindset if we wish to create future.”

I Am No Jesus and Other Selected Poems by Ram Krishna Singh

A collection of new and selected poems, tanka, and haiku of R.K.Singh with Crimean Tatar translation by Taner Murat and illustrations by Alsou Ildarovna Shikhova. Published in 2014, with ISBN 978-6066245623, it features some of the new poems by the Indian English poet, recognised for his brevity, sensuality, social vision, and creative energy.

Industrial Oz by Scott T. Starbuck

This poetry collection is about CEOs' and politicians' titanic arrogance in the face of human-caused climate destruction. Bill McKibben described it as "rousing, needling, haunting" and Thomas Rain Crowe noted it "just may be the most cogent and sustained collection of quality eco-activist poetry ever written in this culture, this country."

Our Book of Common Faith by Stephen Mead

A poetry/art hybrid, these mixed media pieces include acrylics, glazes, glues, glitter, jewelry, spices, earth, and other collage material. Stephen Mead tries to keep the wonder of a child going back into a garage sale treasure chest to explore what these mediums can do when set free to roam.

39 Boys on Ground by Victor D. Sandiego

With these 39 interwoven snapshots, the reader enters the darkly humorous, insightful, surreal and brutally honest worlds of boys as they climb from the hollows of their youth into the world of men. On their way to an imperfect redemption, and with a determined spirit of compassion, these 39 boys and those who at times narrate their stories for them must pass through the formidable shadows of deprivation and war with only an intensely lyrical and allegorical lamp to light the way.

On the Authority of the Moon by William V. Ray

Noted poet Sydney Lea says the following: “… So do not look for plot here. Again, one of the most brilliant aspects of Ray's brilliant accomplishment is to have found a multi-faceted form (lyrical prose is interspersed with lyrical poetry)that can accurately render the squalor and corruption and seeming incoherence -- but not those alone -- of a world many of us know, while at the same time offering hope in the very coherence of the writer's art itself.”

Walking in Chicago with a Suitcase in My Hand by Matt Morris

Donald Mangum says of Walking in Chicago with a Suitcase in My Hand, Morris’s latest collection, “From the understated beauty that graces the world he serves up to the twelve-gauge both-barrels-at-once delivery, there is a constant and ever increasing undertone of what I dare call wisdom.”

Nearing Narcoma by Matt Morris

Matt Morris’s first book of poetry, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Award. Joy Harjo, who judged the competition, says of these poems, “They’re wired by a couple hundred horsepower and loud rock. They’re fast and hard. Watch out.”…

Because There Is No Return by Diana Anhalt

Diana Anhalt's poems inevitably take us back to recollections of 60 years spent in Mexico—to its people, its language, and, at times, to its unpredictability and off-the-wall whackiness.

Meet Me in the Distance by E. J. Evans

In this collection of short personal essays E. J. Evans examines odd episodes from his own life, seeing them as opportunities to inquire into himself and into human nature in general. He writes of his long struggles to overcome the oppressive influence of his emotionally abusive father, to overcome chronic anxiety, to understand intimacy and love and to try to put them into practice in his own life, to understand the nature of his own neuroses, and to develop himself at last into a mature creative person with a mind open to the whole world.

Walkways by Allison Grayhurst

“Walkways is brilliant! Brilliant. Reminds me of when I first read Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. And I wanted to stand up on the city bus and exclaim aloud: Listen to this! A comprehensive capturing of human earthly experience in all its dimensions without missing a beat …” — Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author