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Edward J. Rielly brings home The Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award

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We are proud to announce that Edward J Rielly has won The Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award: First Place $500. The Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award is given annually by the Haiku Society of America.

Here’s what the judges said of Rielly’s work:

From growing up on his family’s dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, through marriage and beginning his own family, to reflections of and from his later years, Edward J. Rielly’s haiku intimately provide glimpses of his life and the answers awaiting discovery within a life fully experienced. Reilly’s imagistic haiku are stunning. On the surface they portray life in rural America from a perspective only one who has lived it can convey; however, as the depth within each haiku unfolds, the reader senses having lived it, too.

This retrospective collection is organized into three parts.

I. Small Boy at the Fence. Rielly’s reflective haiku take the reader beyond the story of a boyhood immersed in rural farm life to universal revelations regarding the hardships and joys of daily life and the importance of family.

Dad and I

planting a weeping willow—

how little I know

 

gray winter day—

after the farm sale

the cow not sold

 

II. Across the Full Moon. As Rielly’s life progresses into experiences with fatherhood and aging parents, his haiku reveal a poignant range of emotions.

with a pink Kleenex

rescuing a spider from

my daughter’s fear

 

across the full moon

a small, dark cloud—

my mother’s “don’t go”

 

III. Dandelion Puffs. The answers take shape through Rielly’s wellspring of intuitive insights and are offered up in this final section.

distant birdsong—

the old man lays down

his binoculars

 

listening to the sound

from the deep well…

stone on stone

 

The circle completes on the last page of Answers Instead: a life in haiku, with the final haiku of Rielly’s retrospective collection.

another birthday—

the road back to childhood

calling me


Answers Instead is available via the Encircle Publications webstore: http://encirclepub.com/product/answers-instead/

 

Announcement: Annual Chapbook Contest Winner

2016 Encircle Publications Annual Chapbook Contest Winner!

Encircle Publications is thrilled to announce that MK Sukach’s chapbook manuscript Hypothetically Speaking is the winner of the 2016 Encircle Publications Annual Chapbook Contest. The prize includes $250, publication of the winning manuscript by Encircle Publications and 25 free copies of the chapbook. Hypothetically Speaking will be published in late-December 2016. You can pre-order by following this link: https://encirclepub.com/product/hypothetically-speaking-by-m-k-sukach/

MK Sukach is the author of the chapbook, Something Impossible Happens (Big Wonderful Press), 2014.

MK Sukach

MK Sukach

His poetry and reviews appear in a number of journals to include BlazeVox, Sharkpack Poetry Review, The Journal, Connotation Press, Spoon River Poetry Review, Construction Magazine, Yemassee, and others. Visit his website at: http://www.mksukach.com/

Poems in Hypothetically Speaking deal with anxiety, fear, suffering, revenge, deceit, and self-loathing. Sukach tips the scales off of this chaos and confusion with the edifice of philosophy. The result is a wonderfully if ironically jeweled collage of stoic poetic nuggets both rich and meaningful. Hypothetically Speaking is both a fun and thoughtful read certain to entertain.

Since 2011 Encircle Publications has offered an annual chapbook contest. In addition to the cash prize and free books, winners also receive discount on additional copies, royalties on copies sold, discounted promotional materials (bookmarkers/postcards) and marketing assistance. Our authors hail from all over the U.S. and our chaps have gone on to win additional awards.

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Exciting New Chapbook Release

Love is Breaking Plates in the GardenWe are pleased to announce a new chapbook release: Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden by D.S. Maolalai.

Unrorean Editor Devin McGuire says of Maolalai’s poetry:

“I’ve been publishing the work of D.S. Maolalai for a handful of years now. His story is an old one—love and loss—and an overwhelmingly familiar one by now. But every now and then a writer comes along with a voice that makes the familiar seem new and exciting again. Maolalai isn’t a conventional poet. Like all the thrashings of young hearts his free verse is a wild and jagged one, spewed across the page in fits, starts, and runs that often ramble downhill picking up and kicking off whatever detritus his leaky heartbrain has been availed of. Think beat lit. Think free jazz.”

Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden is now available for pre-order from the Encircle Publications Book Store. This is a chapbook you won’t want to miss!

Praise for Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden

 

D.S. Maolalai writes a travelogue of beds, bars, and the first regrets of love. The poems are done with such craft and immediacy that even the jaded are compelled to feel again the bewildering, blessed wind of youth’s finest mistakes—the promiscuous ego, the inevitable tinderbox of young love, the nights only remembered by scribbles on napkins. Yet after the tempest quiets, you feel in these poems the shaping of an essential tenderness and wisdom, the contours of which linger in the mind well after the book is closed.

—Frank Montesonti, author of Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope

 

D.S. Maolalai’s poetry rings loudly from the heart. He captures all the unravelling and painful moments of a relationship with a poetic skill that screams through a sea of emotions in powerful waves. A confident addition to our poetic landscape.

—Domenico Capilongo

Sample poem from Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden

 

Something About Love

When she came to my cabin that night
I could tell by the smell of her
that she had been with him again—
she was drunk and swaying
and I pulled her close to me by the hips
and let her lean in for the kiss
before I pushed her away
along the side of the bunk
and she made a quiet sound
and her hand grasped the bedsheets as she fell,
so they fell with her
legs whipping in a tangle of pasty green fabric.
I went to my suitcase and brought out
a bottle and two glasses;
the drink spilled
with the pitch and toss of the ship
and somewhere I heard thunder:

She got up and came to me again
but I held her off with a hand,
just drank.
Somewhere on this ship there were
people that still loved one another
and still tolerated each other’s messes, bullshit,
snake thoughts, unhappiness and hysterical tiny fists
but I finished the glass and threw it at the wall
and stared at her eyes
with an ageing hatred like wine
and she said something about love
half mumbling with fishvoice
cowardice
but I could see her hands trembling
from the force of trying to stay
and perhaps from the blow of the wall against
her head
and I gave her the other whiskey
and turned to the bottle
and told her to get the hell out:

She left rambling the corridors with
that glass in her hand
and she still had it hours later
when she came back to me crying
and the storm had gotten worse
and I steadily more drunk
decided that I didn’t care what she had done
or why or with whom
and I picked her up and pulled
her to the bunk, jamming her panties sideways and
jerking at her dress and at my trousers
and the ship rolled with panic
a million mackerel and swordfish
tossed by ruin and I pressed my mouth onto her mouth:
She was always crying crying crying
and again, she said something about love
and kissed me
while the whiskey glass banged around loudly on the floor
and on deck men slid about
like greased billiards,
trying to keep the ship
from going down.

About the poet

D.S. MaolalaiOriginally from Dublin, D.S. Maolalai graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature before leaving to spend two years living in North London, typing poems on the nights he he didn’t spend on answering phones at a variety of security jobs. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, including Killing the Angel, The Belleville Park Pages, Whistling Shade and the Unrorean, by whom he was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. He recently moved to Canada, and currently lives in downtown Toronto, where he spends his days walking around the city, reading in bars and scribbling notes on the backs of receipts. Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden is his first book.

 

New chapbook release

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We are pleased to announce a new chapbook release: A Journal of the Drought Year by Don Thompson. This book of poems explores the arid and brittled facets of experience in living out a year of the enduring California drought. A Journal of the Drought Year is now available for pre-order from the Encircle Publications Book Store. This is a chapbook you won’t want to miss!

Praise for A Journal of the Drought Year:

Don Thompson is a poet with reverence for the natural world, and in his spare but elegant poems he writes about the condition that haunts California today-the drought (“Our rain must be brooding somewhere…” and “The plants that make it/have sparse foliage like an afterthought…”). Thompson creates songs of wonder and hope in A Journal of the Drought Year, transforming the desert world he inhabits into a place where poets can engage in spiritual contemplation, live in the Now and take “lessons in silence,” riding, as one poem puts it, with the Holy Ghost all night if the need arises.
He creates tenable, direct verse about the scarcity of water in an unresponsive and fierce landscape, describing a place of sage and mesquite, dry grass, parched wind and shimmering rock, believing “that next year or the next, water/will flow down from Sacramento, more than a trickle.” In A Journal of the Drought Year, Thompson deals with the loneliness and alienation of contemporary times but with skill and sure instinct, he captures the “words that sometimes come hard,” yet…”hum like a flute underwater,/a note of hope-/this is what you have.”


Diane Moore, Louisiana author, poet (Strand of Beads, Border Press), and blogger, “A Word’s Worth” (revmoore.blogspot.com)

Sample from Entries from a Journal of the Drought Year

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After the drought has gone on
and on for a season so unimaginable
no one has ever named it,
the not-a-rainbow will form,
its bands in the primary colors
of dust…

God promising never again
by desiccation, by slow withering.
And then the rain, the rain,
finally the rain

About the poet:

DonThompsonRecently chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Kern County, California, Don Thompson was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and has lived in the southern San Joaquin Valley for most of his life. Now retired from teaching in the prison system, he lives with his wife, Chris, on her family’s farm in the house that has been home to four generations. Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including a dozen books and chapbooks. For more information and links to his publications, visit his website San Joaquin Ink (don-e-thompson.com).

 

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene reviews Surowiecki’s Missing Persons

To read the review click below:

Missing Persons by John Surowiecki

 

Chapbook Open Submissions. Get published!

Encircle Publication’s reading period for open chapbook submissions is now open!  Submit Here
Cover for Answers Instead by Edward J. Rielly Answers Instead by Edward J Rielly is our most recent publication from our open reading periods. Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past President of the Haiku Society of America says of Answers Instead  “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”

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Just in time for the holidays

Gift Cards!

Encircle now offers gift cards for purchase. Gift cards are good for ANY product listed at the Encircle Publications webstore.

Instructions for purchase:

Customer goes through normal purchase process – Add to cart, checkout, payment, etc.

Quantity can adjusted, if customer wants to purchase more than one gift-card/credit, i.e., A credit for $100 in the form of gifts of $50 each for 2 people. Customer would enter 100 in provided box and increase the quantity to 2.

On checkout page, customer can enter recipient’s details and add a personalized message, if they want to forward the gift-card/credit to someone else.

After payment is completed, a gift-card/credit is generated and forwarded via e-mail to recipient(s).

 

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Chapbook Contest Updated Guidelines

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Dear potential Annual Chapbook Contest entrants. We’ve amended our contest guidelines to be less stringent in hopes that more poets have a chance to submit to this growing contest. Specifically…

We now accept simultaneous submissions to our Annual Chapbook Contest.

Please visit our chapbook contest page and review the amended contest guidelines.

Best of luck!!!

—Editors

No California Cuisine by Ellaraine Lockie – Your Daily Poem

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Contest. Call for submissions

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