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The Beautiful Unnamed

By Kathleen Dale

Price: $15.00

As poet and essayist Mary Ruefle has asked, “Which is more inexpressible, the beautiful or the terrifying?” And as Wallace Stevens reminds us, “Death is the mother of beauty.”

Kathleen Dale’s work has been compared to that of Sharon Olds and Elizabeth Bishop. In this, her fourth collection of poetry, Dale explores the connections between beauty and the deaths -- big and small -- that are always taking place around us. She “unnames” beauty in order to see it afresh in its many guises: her connection to the conflicted history of her home state, Kansas; the sudden death of her beloved sister at sixteen; the beauty and fragility of present family relationships; the uses of music and poetry in transforming loss; the varied perspectives that can lead us past stuck points; the hope in new life that can lead us past sorrow.

Linda Aschbrenner, founder of Free Verse, wrote of some of the work in this collection that Dale “faces off with death in these radiant, haunting, deeply felt poems of remembrance...[Her] memorable words streak across life’s ravines. We need such authentic poems for our sustenance.”

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to benefit jazalesartstudio.org, which promotes the arts and education for the youth of Milwaukee.


About Kathleen Dale

Kathleen Dale was born in Kansas, though she has lived on the shore of Lake Michigan for over forty years, with her husband, Steve Kapelke. They have three grown daughters. She is a serious amateur pianist, and has always seen an intimate connection between music and poetry. In June, 2015, she will be giving her fourth recital of classical music, including works by contemporary American women. Her blog (www.kathleenanndale.squarespace.com) has chronicled her process of  preparing the recital, as well as of publishing this manuscript.

A Pushcart nominee, Kathleen is also the recipient of several prizes and best-in-issue awards for her poems, which have appeared in over thirty journals. She was nominated for inclusion in Best American Poetry, 2014, and in Spring 2013, was featured poet in The Centrifugal Eye’s “Sinkhole: Drowning or Surviving -- Themes on Coping in Poetic Form.”

Her previous collections of poetry include Ties that Bind (Finishing Line Press, 2006), Rescue Mission (Antrim House Press, 2011), and Avatars of Baubo (Green Fuse Press, 2013), all available on her website.


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Rescue the Good Stuff

By Louisa Loveridge Gallas

Price: $15

Rescue the Good Stuff brings us young Madeleine Kidd, the smart, spunky only child of a con-man father and a mother longing for a better life. Maddie’s journey is a compelling mix of enchantment and betrayal, secrets and discovery. Often alone, she chooses imagination, the power of words, and her unique pal, Shiny, for her closest companions. In this luminous sequence of story-like poems, the language is fresh, double-edged, available, yet evocative, true to a young narrator’s voice. As Maddie testifies, “Words are the coolest!”


“Young Maddie Kidd lives in a world where teachers humiliate students, where the repo man is a familiar sight, where flawed yet loving parents damage their children despite good intentions, and where children learn what they need to survive. The line between lies and stories shifts and blurs, as do the lines between poetry and prose, delusion and reality, unfolding Maddie’s simultaneously shiny and shabby life.”               

           --Wendy Vardaman (Co-editor, Verse Wisconsin)


“Maddie Kidd captures your heart with her secrets and young poet soul. This novel-like sequence of epiphanies in a girl’s voice is unique; there is nothing like it in American poetry.”

            -- Antler (Winner, Walt Whitman Award/Walt Whitman Assn.)


“Louisa Loveridge Gallas takes us into the muddied existential waters of childhood, narrated by the precociously wry Madeleine Kidd. Her father is a figment of his own imagination; Maddie and her mother are flotsam and jetsam tossed in his fantasies. With no reliable witness, Maddie negotiates her reality, innocent yet wary, a journey both everyday and underground. Though separated from her by my race and gender, as a Black person I identify with Maddie’s double consciousness: how to become oneself while being the object of others’ power, unconsciousness, and distorted expectations.”

            -- Dr. Kenneth Addison (Professor Emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University)


“Louisa Loveridge Gallas has written a tour de force that grabs you and will not let go. In a lively, inviting voice, Maddie Kidd reveals the multi-layered consciousness of a child seeking truth, suppressing troubles, and having fun, all at the same time. Her blind confidante, Shiny, brings a nuanced yet universal touch as to Maddie’s unruly world.”

               -- Shirley M. C. Johnson, PhD (Fulbright Profesor of English)


About Louisa Loveridge Gallas

Louisa Loveridge Gallas is an award winning poet, long-time performer, and counselor. She has been an artist in residence with the Wisconsin Arts Board and her poems have appeared in many journals and publications.  Her weave of story-telling anecdotes and poetry can be seen in various YouTube segments of live performance.

Her most recent book, The Wizard’s Dream: A Universal Winter’s Tale, was recognized as a 2011 Finalist for an Eric Hoffer Book Award.  Elfrieda Abbe, former Publisher and editor of The Writer writes “Louisa Loveridge Gallas brings us a delightful young wizard . . .who is as confused by the human condition as we are. . . .”

Louisa is the author of a collection of poems:  Revelations on Longing Street (Earth Solutions Press) and a chapbook of nature poems, Low Life and Blood Relatives (Singing Road Press) connected to her performances with Milwaukee’s Earth Poets and Musicians. 

As a ‘para-professional’ musician, she has performed with Recording Artist/Singer/songwriter Claudia Schmidt who recorded and also performs Louisa’s poetry in live concerts and appearances including Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”  Schmidt writes of Revelations on Longing Street:  “. . .I am reminded to forego cynicism and simply celebrate this wild ride called the human condition.”

As a counselor, Louisa specializes in wholistic approaches to trauma and conflict resolution, combining insight into one’s history with how the body and the unconscious carry that history.

Louisa lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, Richard Gallas, to whom she owes much gratitude for welcoming the muse into their life.


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The Traveler Puts His Head Through the Vault of the Sky and Discovers the Complexities that Move the Stars

By Diane Jones Reynolds

Price: $8.95

The poetry of Diane Jones Reynolds reflects upon the tricky and ever-changing intersection of what is with human understanding of what is, a frontier where knowledge, myth, imagination, and spirituality blur.   This singular poem cycle invites the reader to experience the intoxication of discovery, the limits and failings of human knowledge, and the vastness of imagination and the cosmos.



About Diane Jones Reynolds

Diane Reynolds was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1945. She graduated from the University of Houston and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her work has earned her a residency at the Ucross Foundation and a Pushcart Nomination. Reynolds co-edits Zarigueya Press from her home in Austin, Texas.


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The Memory Box


By Judith Harway


Price: $6.95


Alphabets abound for the literate eye, and Judith Harway’s poems trace loving fingers over the planet’s Braille. With subjects involving perception, relationships, and the natural world, this work negotiates between the relative coherence of human meaning (poetry, prayer, song) and the wild meanings of a universe that may be conscious beyond our comprehension.


About Judith Harway

comprehension. Judith Harway is the author of Sundown: A Daughter’s Memoir of Alzheimer’s Care (an Eric Hoffer Award Winner) and three collections of poetry: Swimming in the Sky, All That is Left, and The Memory Box. She is Professor of Writing and Humanities at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, a two-time recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board literature fellowship, and a founding member of the Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory.

With her husband, musician Dan Armstrong, Judith makes her home in the Milwaukee area, with three orphaned dogs who have happily replaced their grown children.