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Barbara Blanks & Brown Bag Poets:
The Earth Still Turns
; Poetry

Brown Bag Poets is a critique group of six award-winning and published women. The Earth Still Turns is their eclectic collection of the joys, doubts, mysteries, humor & grief we all encounter in life--and is about the courage and strength that help us survive.

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Barbara Blanks:
I've Heard Verse: awfully good poetry; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Poetry is not a curse word. Poems can be full of pun and nonsense--and I’VE HEARD VERSE is certainly full of something. Barb’s word play is strangely amusing, slightly twisted, and simply fun. Suitable for ages twelve and up, these light-hearted and delightful poems may make you see the light--that is, if you think you don’t like or understand poetry, this book will either change your attitude or … Poof! Barb will change you to a pigeon. (see page 29 ) Contact Barb at

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Barbara Blanks:
Out of the Wreckage: The Pop Stories; Nonfiction; Perfect Bound

Age happens--then everything else hits the fan. When my father-in-law's life changes overnight, mine does, too. These mostly light-hearted stories offer encouragement to others in a similar situation--past, present or future. See Pop romance the Little Debbie brownies, battle against bathing, and enjoy being the "only rooster in the henhouse." Meet the Old Lady Gang at Mayberry, and Bossy Barb, the elf Santa doesn't talk about. Pop's stories also candidly describe how he adjusts to communal living, handles his increasing infirmity and his approaching death from pancreatic cancer. We're all riding the same train, so join us on our simple adventures as we haul ourselves out of the wreckage.

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Barbara Blanks and Mary Winklebleck:
Giant Steps; Fiction; Perfect Bound

Barbara Compton’s twelfth summer is supposed to be the best ever—and then her world humpty-dumpties when her parents die. Not only must she deal with her older sister (aka Old Grim and Gruesome) as her guardian, but she’s threatened with the additional losses of her home, old friends, and her dog. Barbara resists all attempts that would force her to take giant steps into her future. How can she hang on to what’s left of the only world she’s ever known? Set in the 50s, life might seem simpler then, but death is never easy. Even so, humor still finds its way into the sisters' lives.
Barbara Blanks:
Flesh of the Sun: Life Above the Ground
; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection of prize-winning poems by Barbara Blanks carries the reader through the range of human experiences. Perhaps a normal, sensible sequence would begin with Dawn, and end with Dusk or Eclipse, but she chooses to start with light and a kiss from the gods, move through the dark eclipse that sears like dragon’s breath, then feel a joyous pulse at the pinnacle of light—and have some fun along the way. Her feet might be “wet from not quite leaping over puddles” but Barb is still willing to “pull the husk away from heaven, and bite into the flesh of the sun.”

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Virginia Gilbert:
That Other Brightness; Poetry; Perfect Bound

"The voice can leap from that of clear anecdotal that of a power-charged dream vision....Repeatedly, in ways that remind me of...Emily Dickinson and Lorine Niedecker, an integrity of highly personalized expression is preserved....At its best, this happens in the service of a complex understanding and in the service of a conscienceful witnessing." ---Albert Goldbarth

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Virginia Gilbert:
Greatest Hits 1970-2003
; Poetry; Staple Stitched

"The poets in this series write about their lives as poets with much diversity---some focusing on how the whole life affects their their work. Others focus on their education, teaching, and presentations. The poets have been asked to write about the lives of the poems as well. From academic poets to community and street poets, the Greatest Hits series provides their top 12 numbers from a broad range of venues and publishing histories. This invitational celebrates poetry's place in our culture and honors the artists whose lines elevate America's poetic sensibilities." -from the back cover

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Carey Link:
What It Means To Climb A Tree
; Poetry; Staple Stitched

What It Means To Climb A Tree is a chapbook sequence of tree climbing poems.
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Carey Link:
Awakening to Holes in the Arc of Sun
; Paperback – 2016
An intriguing full-length poetry collection about polar opposites: dark and light; raw truth and encoded truth; the surreal and the "real" - and where these opposites meet.

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Barry Marks:
Dividing by Zero; Poetry

In "Dividing by Zero" Barry Marks, Birmingham, Alabama attorney and author of the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist "Sounding" brings us a riveting volume of poems, stories and narratives that weave a complex tale about a man, Raymond Shaw, who commits suicide and his daughter L. The unique structure, which Marks uses to tell both L. and Raymond's story, is inspired by the Talmud – the Jewish Rabbinic text that contains statements of religious law, case histories and interpretative notes on each page.


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Barry Marks:
Possible Crocodiles; Poetry

Possible Crocodiles, Book of the Year for 2010 (Alabama Poetry Society) is Barry Mark's debut full-length poetry book. The poems are witty, self-deprecating, and vulnerable. The collection demands your attention from the first word to the last, always hooking you along on a journey comprised of unexpected twists and meaningful rewards. Barry Marks is a Birmingham attorney whose poetry, fiction, articles and essays have been published in nearly 100 journals, magazines and periodicals over the last 30 years. Mr. Marks was 1998 Alabama State Poetry Society Poet of the Year and his chapbook, There is Nothing Oppressive as a Good Man, won the Society's 2003 Morris Chapbook Competition. A member of the Big Table Poets, his work is featured in that group's anthologies, Poems from the Big Table and Einstein at the Odeon Cafe. He is a past president of the Alabama State Poetry Society and a former Board member of the Alabama Writer's Conclave.

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Barry Marks:
Sounding; Poetry

Birmingham attorney Barry Marks uses poetry to work through the grief that followed the tragic death of his oldest daughter, Leah Ellen Marks. The verse is intelligent and poignant, and each line propels the reader through the natural stages of grief, rage, and healing. Anyone who has dealt with loss can relate to Marks' discourse, which tells the story of how a man and his family survived a devastating life event. Though heavy at times, Sounding is an insightful and inspiring journey through love, loss, and recovery.

Available in paperback from Amazon for $24.00 at this link:

Catherine Moran:
Discovering Pigs; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection of poems views people, places and pigs as a part ofthe poet's insight into coping with the world that we must address.
Rita Moritz:
Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope

     God uses broken people, broken lives, and broken hearts. He takes those broken things and uses them to make something beautiful. That process is a journey, and these poems are about just such a journey. While we often can’t choose our circumstances, we can always choose our responses. For me, for today, I choose joy. You can too.
     Rita Aiken Moritz has examined the blessings and adversities of living and has shared some of her conclusion in this collection of poems. Her work speaks of family and faith, of delight and despair, but with the hopeful cords of God’s grace and goodness tying them together. Anyone who has struggled in his or her walk with God will relate to the centrality of Rita’s poetry.
     Overall, the collection presented within Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope truly takes the reader on a journey through family trials, triumphant victories, selfless devotion, and idiosyncratic wonderment: a jumble of what it means to be human in this world.

Available in paperback from Amazon for $14.95 at this link:

Rita Moritz:
So You Love a Prodigal - What you Can't Do, What You Can Do, Why You Can't Quit

     Where are the prodigals we love, and when will they come home?
     Too many of us know the pain and despair of loving a prodigal. In So You Love a Prodigal, author and poet Rita Aiken Moritz meets the readers where they are—in their brokenness—and walks with them through the heartbreak of loving a prodigal. With a conversational approach, she dares to address questions such as, “Why my family?” and “Who’s to blame?”
     Encouragement, hope, and a call to action are the central themes of So You Love a Prodigal. Readers are assured with simple words and Biblical examples that God is still in control, their story isn’t finished, and they are not alone.

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Rita Moritz:
So You Love a Prodigal - What you Can't Do, What You Can Do, Why You Can't Quit - The Companion Workbook

     This workbook is intended as the Companion Workbook to supplement So You Love a Prodigal. Read the corresponding chapter in the book before answering the questions for that chapter. All the questions are “open ended,” meaning they will ask you to think about and then write your answer. On those questions for which you could answer with a simple “Yes” or “No,” you are asked to either detail or explain your answer.
The workbook can be used individually or as a group study. If used in a group setting, members could discuss only the “take away” question, which is the last one for each chapter. That will allow group members to be open and honest when answering the questions but not feel the need to share personal or sensitive answers with the group. The “take away” answers will help people share what they learned, looked at differently, or decided to apply in their lives.

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Rita Moritz:
So You Love a Prodigal - What you Can't Do, What You Can Do, Why You Can't Quit
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So You Love a Prodigal - What you Can't Do, What You Can Do, Why You Can't Quit - The Companion Workbook

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P.T. Paul:
To Live & Write in Dixie; Poetry

A winning mixture of poetry and prose, Alabama poet P.T. Paul takes on the age-old question, what does it mean to be a Southerner?

Available through the publisher Negative Capability Press.







Sue Scalf:
What The Moon Knows; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection is undoubtedly her most mature work and the most unified in theme. The theme is, simply put, loss and survival. And as a leitmotif underlying the poems, there runs the subtle thread of affirmation.
Betty Spence:
Traces of Presence; Poetry

Betty Spence’s Traces of Presence will take you to another place, or better yet, more deeply into the place you truly are. Blending simple stories and southern scenes with scripture and her own special wisdom, Spence shows us that beauty wrought in the open or in secret, in darkness or in light, is beauty whose presence must be experienced, even if it is yet to be seen.

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Alina Stefanescu:
Objects in Vases
; Poetry Chapbook

Alina Stefanescu's debut chapbook, Objects in Vases, explores how femininity creates a place—a space around us—to engage the viewer. Our experience of place is mediated by the ways in which we are perceived, or the vase in which others prefer to view us. The place itself is created by the act of placing. And yet the artificiality of being placed is a displacement from self.
     A vase is a certain kind of visual grip, a way of holding an object in our perception, center-stage. But a place on the table is not a place at the table. Our first breaths are not drawn in vases. Rather, we originate in soils and places. These poems explore the ways in which we are contained, presented, and configured by culture. By observing how display removes us from our natural geographies, the poems also render human dis-placement, the stories of people dis-placed by the way we are socialized to view them.

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Jessica Temple:
Seamless and Other Legends; Poetry Chapbook

Jessica's chapbook, Seamless and Other Legends, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. It contains many of the poems written in preparation of her master's thesis.

Available through the publisher Finishing Line Press.







Dr. Sharon Malone Waddle:
Whisper: Word to the Wise
; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Contents of this book entail poetic messages that are inspirational, insightful and generates life changing goals, boldness and determination. The voice of wisdom resonates in each poetic expression.

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Dr. Sharon Malone Waddle:
Simply Sovereign: Birthing Out the Promise
; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This inspirational Christian book is a memento to good times in family living. It is theme around survival in the storms of life and experiencing the victories through faith in Christ during health, bereavements and recovery. It speaks of family gatherings and the memories of lifetime relationships.

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Sue Walker:
Blood Must Bear Your Name
; Poetry; Hard Cover
A book about the lasting effects of blood ties.

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Sue Walker:
The Appearance Of Green
; Poetry; Perfect Bound
Poems about poets and writers and about family.