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PATCHES OF LIGHT by Chad Hanson

Full-length collection of prose poems. Winner of the 2013 David Martinson – Meadowhawk Prize.


SOME MEASURE OF EXISTENCE by Marjorie Buettner

Full-length collection of Haibun. Published April, 2014.


THE YELLOW HOUSE by Dave Etter

New collection of poems by esteemed midwestern poet Dave Etter (March 2014)


THE INITIATION OF PRAISE by Larry Gavin

New collection of poems by Minnesota poet, Larry Gavin (March 2014)


THE ART OF PATIENCE by Eugénio de Andrade

This collection of poems by Eugénio de Andrade, one of Portugal's most important modern poets, is the first to appear in the United States in over a decade. Translated and introduced by Alexis Levitin.


BUDDHA, PROOF by Su Smallen

New and Expanded Edition


THE ODIN HOUSE HARVEST by Mark Gustafson

An Analytical Bibliography of the Publications of Robert Bly's Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties, and Thousands Press. Preface by Robert Bly. The first fifty copies, signed by Gustafson and Bly, include letterpress dust jacket and slipcase.


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PERFECT DRAGONFLY: A Commonplace Book of Poems Celebrating a Decade & a Half of Printing & Publishing at Red Dragonfly Press

This book includes over three hundred pages of poetry and represents the work of over sixty poets. Hardcover edition wrapped in a letterpress printed dust-jacket.


LOW DOWN AND COMING ON: A Feast of Delicious and Dangerous Poems about Pigs

Edited and introduced by James P. Lenfestey. This anthology contains work by 105 poets.


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LIKE FAMILY by John Balaban

Chapbook of eleven poems, poems written for those people important enough to be "like familly."


GHOST AND OAR by Marianne Boruch

Twelve poem sequence written at Isle Royale. 2007 letterpress edition. $15.


ON MARRIAGE by Todd Boss and Katrina Vandenberg

A ten poem collaboration by two poets that are married (though not to each other). 2008 letterpress printed chapbook. 225 copies. $15.


QUIVER by Sarah Busse

2009 letterpress chapbook of eleven poems. Edition of 180 copies. $10


BETWEEN NECTAR AND ETERNITY by Naomi Cohn

Chapbook of fourteen poems.


CANYON by Noel Crook

Chapbook of twelve poems. Poems fierce and beautiful, about people and nature in rural Texas.


CHRYSANTHEMUM MIRROR by Robert Edwards

Letterpress printed butterfly book of a poem sequence that honors the Chinese poet Tu Fu.


SUNDAY DRIVE by Robert Edwards

Letterpress chapbook containing twenty-one small poems with a Minnesota-ish theme.


FIELDS by Robert Edwards

Chapbook of seventeen poems.


COMMEMORATIVE by Louise Erdrich

Letterpress printed chapbook. Four poems. Edition is limited to 225 numbered copies. Each copy has a unique postage stamp on its cover. Sold out.


EACH DAY YOU'RE GONE by David Allan Evans

Letterpress printed chapbook. Ten poems by South Dakota poet laureate. This standard edition is limited to 225 copies.


EACH DAY YOU'RE GONE by David Allan Evans

Deluxe edition limited to 36 copies, lettered and signed by author.


SYMPHONY by Sid Gershgoren

Letterpress printed chapbook of a long, experimental, symphonic poem in four movements.


THE MAILBOX by Albert Goldbarth

A single poem in three parts by Albert Goldbarth. 2007 letterpress printed chapbook. 225 copies numbered and signed by author. $10.


THE NEIGHBORS by Albert Goldbarth

This chapbook contains seven poems, including one sequence poem, entitled 'Miles' which defines the core of the collection. 24 pages.


ALEMBIC by Vicki Graham

Letterpress chapbook. Finalist in the 2001 MN Book Awards.


THIS WORLD IS NOT ALTOGETHER BAD by Mike Hazard

Twenty poems about people.


POEMS PROSE POEMS by Robert Hedin

Fine press edition. Twenty new poems by Robert Hedin. Original etch-drawings by Art Kenyon. Limited to 125 copies. (SOLD OUT)


THE KISS THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Patrick Hicks

Seven Poems from Northern Ireland. 2007 letterpress printed chapbook. 250 copies numbered and signed by author. $7.50


A RATTLE OF LEAVES by Basma Kavanagh

Chapbook of nine poems by Canadian poet Basma Kavanagh


DARK CHARMS by Dorianne Laux

Letterpress printed Chapbook. A poetic charm bracelet of nine poems that riff on the idea of repetition and form.


SUPERMAN: THE CHAPBOOK by Dorianne Laux

You've read the comics, seen the movies, bought the action figures, dressed up in a cape and jumped from the couch, now get the chapbook! 2008 letterpress edition. 350 copies. $15.


THE BOOK OF WOMEN by Dorianne Laux

This chapbook contains ten poems, 2012.


NUNCA MAS by Barry Lopez

This essay by Barry Lopez is concerned with genocide. A diary of days, centered around his visit to Auschwitz. 2007 letterpress edition. 350 copies (first 90 copies signed by author and artist). $15.


PULLING WIRE by Barry Lopez

Short story by Barry Lopez. Letterpress edition. 240 copies. $20.


EMPTY-HANDED by Scott Lowery

2013 Emergence Chapbook Contest Winner. Chapbook of sixteen poems.


THE BLUE DRESS by Freya Manfred

Chapbook of thirteen new poems. July 2012.


BESTIARY by Joseph Millar

Letterpress chapbook. Nine poems about beasts, owls and black dogs and hens and others.


GRASS ELEGY by John Minczeski

Single poem sequence--nine pages. 2007 letterpress edition. 130 copies. $10.


LINES WRITTEN NEAR MARGUERITE STREET by Roger Parish

Poem in five sections by one of this country's least known neo-surrealists. 2006 letterpress printed edition limited to 130 copies. $10.


WINTER HOURS by Thomas R. Smith

A seasonal cycle of forty poems, each poem having eight lines. 2006 trade paper edition. $10.


SNOW, SALT, HONEY by Christine Stewart-Nuñez

Chapbook of ten poems. February 2012.


FOURTEEN SONNETS by Joyce Sutphen

Fourteen sonnets and an introduction by Joyce Sutphen. 2005 letterpress edition. Sold out.


THE REINDEER CAMPS by Barton Sutter

Letterpress chapbook of a long poem in fourteen sections celebrating the reindeer people of northern Siberia by Duluth's poet laureate.


31 MORNINGS IN DECEMBER by Thom Tammaro

Letterpress printed chapbook. 31 short poems in the spirit of haiku or the late small poems of Thomas McGrath. The chapbook includes an introduction by the author.


SLEEPWALKS by Michael Walsh

Letterpress chapbook (2012). Twelve poems. Illustrations by David Bernardy.


THE LETTERS by Michael Waters

Three poems playing with our alphabet and our letters. 2008 letterpress printed chapbook. 150 copies. $10


THE MAPS ARE WORDS by Morgan Grayce Willow

A collection of six ghazals. 2009 letterpress printed chapbook. 125 copies. $15.


F I N E - P R E S S


KATALOGOS by Alan Loney

A long braid of a poem in 27 pages by Alan Loney, New Zealand's distinguished poet and printer. Deluxe letterpress edition. Signed by author.


THE FOUNTAIN by W. S. Merwin

Prose poem romance by W. S. Merwin. 2005 signed and numbered fine press edition limited to 125 copies. $110.


FOURTEEN SONNETS by Joyce Sutphen (Signed)

Deluxe letterpress edition limited to 36 copies. Printed on hand-made paper and bound into boards.


THE WAVERING SCALES by Yannis Ritsos

Long poem in nine title sections by Modern Greek poet Yannis Ritsos. Introduction by Peter Bien. Translated by Martin McKinsey and Scott King. 2006 deluxe letterpress edition. $55.


VELOCITIES OF THE POSSIBLE by Gonzalo Rojas

Twelve poems by Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas. Translated and introduced by John Oliver Simon. 2000 bi-lingual letterpress edition. $20.


P A P E R B A C K S


THE ICE HOUSE by Floyce Alexander

Floyce Alexander meditates on the past, loss, and death: of firemen, friends, and the Zeitgeist of the times when Creeley, Olson, Kerouac and Kesey roamed the earth, who, like 'La Llorona's ravens, "launch/ their feathery bodies.../ & the day sees them/ come to life & opens both eyes." —Dorianne Laux


YANNIS RITSOS: Collected Studies & Translations by Peter Bien

Yannis Ritsos was, without question, one of the most important poets of the Twentieth Century. This collection of essays by Peter Bien is the first book of literary criticism in English devoted entirely to the work of Yannis Ritsos. A fine and substantial introduction to this great poet.


SEEING IT NOW by Marjorie Buettner

These are wonderful poems about love, death, absence and time. Marjorie Buettner’s poetry is rich with mystery, magic and a powerful sensuality close in tone to the Japanese poetry of the Heian Period. —Serge Tome, editor of Free Times


VERTEBRAE ROSARIES by Philip Dacey

50 Sonnets, on subjects as varied as Vietnam and nude portraits, by the co-editor of Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms.


ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Lyle Daggett

New and Selected Poems (2013)


IF THERE IS A SONG by Lyle Daggett

A collection of ten poems, most several pages in length, and all with lines wandering from margin to margin, searching for music among the rubble of our days.


THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCHES ME by Lyle Daggett

This book contains fourteen poems. And is Daggett's strongest, most distinct, and most carefully crafted collection so far. A small book that puts forth a tremendous voice.


WHAT IS BURIED HERE by Lyle Daggett

This book of poems has as its physical ballast the northern Minnesota iron ore harbor town of Duluth. While still threaded with Daggett's political concerns and voice, the poems explore much new personal ground.


GINNUNGAGAP by Lightsey Darst

2009 chapbook of fifteen poems. $10


NIGHT WATCH by Abderrahmane Djelfaoui

First English edition by this Algerian poet. Translated from the French by Andrea Moorhead


LAND OF THE GREAT HORSES by Robert Edwards


RUMORS OF EARTH by Robert Edwards

Rumors of Earth is the second volume in a trilogy of poetry collections, preceded by Transparencies, followed by Amazements.


TRANSPARENCIES by Robert Edwards

These poems---of small town Minnesota, its backroads, its beauty, its loneliness, and its pain---are many-voiced, producing a rich and polyphonic texture, that is by turns irreverent, political, humorous, and searching. This is an important addition to the Midwestern cannon.


BLUE RAIN by Dave Etter

Full length poetry collection, Dave Etter's thirty-second book. September 2012.


DANDELIONS by Dave Etter

This is Dave Etter's 31st collection of poems, and the first collection of new poems in quite a number of years.


THE LIONTAMER'S DAUGHTER by Dave Etter

Subtitled 'Poems of Humor and Satire' this 2008 collection of poems spans the career of Dave Etter. Introduction by David Steingass. $12.


HEAVEN WITHOUT A PASSPORT by Fereydoun Faryad

The most important characteristic of these poems is their simplicity, precision, purity, without any superfluous trinkets, without decorative elements and facile lyrical tones... A truly admirable poetry. —Yannis Ritsos, from Prologue


LEAST RESISTANCE by Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin is a Heartland poet, close to his family and fate. Like a prairie wind his words approach. . . . Have no reservations: you'll like these poems. Tom Helgeson, editor/publisher of Midwest Fly Fishing magazine


STONE & SKY by Larry Gavin

Twenty-six new poems by Larry Gavin. 2011


LIBRARY LAND by Jane Graham George

Jane Graham George writes of horses, pigs, stingrays, moose and toads—the beauty and solace of the natural world—and offers in this collection her poetical accounting of far places and the world of libraries in which she works. Far from workaday, Library Land is a rich and picaresque landscape peopled by like-minded devotees of books, nature, knowledge, the arts and the wider world.


MUTUAL BREATH by Sid Gershgoren

A full-length collection of villanelles


ONE AMONG MANY by Sid Gershgoren

Miniature book of a single long poem.


THE EXTENDED WORDS by Sid Gershgoren

A dictionary of newly imagined words, with imagined definitions, and imagined usages, complete with imagined biographies of the imagined authoritative authors.


THE TWENTY-FIFTH CATALOG OF PAST RENTALS by Sid Gershgoren

A 400 page fictional catalog & inexhaustible showcase of this poet's imaginative prose style.


THE TENDERNESS OF BEES by Vicki Graham

"There is an open doorway between organism and environment, between inhabitant and habitat, between body and nature. Vicki Graham stands at that threshold and speaks to us in a language of intimacy and tenderness." ---Sandra Steingraber


OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS by Stylianos S. Harkianakis

Translated by Peter Bien


METAMORPHOSES OF THE SLEEPING BEAST by Dale Jacobson

"Throughout Metamorphoses of the Sleeping Beast, Dale Jacobson speaks for the unspoken, the victimized, the disillusioned, and does so eloquently, forcefully, in a voice filled with beauty and moral indignation." ---Robert Hedin ISBN 978-1-890193-74-4; 114 pages; $12


A WALK BY THE RIVER by Dale Jacobson

"I've come to conclude that Dale Jacobson's A Walk by the River is a masterwork....a book all manner of people should read." Larry Woiwode, poet laureate of North Dakota


FLIC(K)S by Maggie Jaffe

Jaffe's sixth collection of poetry. The poems in this book explore and expose the world of film. Afterword by Michael McIrvin.


THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA by Jim Johnson

New collection of poems by former Duluth Poet Laureate


DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS: 50 PROSE POEMS by Jim Johnson

A collection of prose poems about small towns, forgotten places, and back country destinations by the poet laureate of Duluth, Minnesota. Johnson's style is direct, with all the rustic humor and charm of his Finnish culture.


BODIES OF LIGHT by Athena Kildegaard

Poems that tell stories, rejoice in the body, and express amazement at the engine of the universe.


RARE MOMENTUM by Athena Kildegaard

A collection of Fibonacci poems.


EARTH IN ANGER by James P. Lenfestey

Twenty-Five Poems of Love and Despair for Planet Earth


INTO THE GOODHUE COUNTY JAIL: Poems to Free Prisoners by James P. Lenfestey

Poems drawing on the tradition of the Chinese poet Han-shan and the author's visits to the Goodhue County Jail to teach poetry.


SWIMMING WITH A HUNDRED YEAR OLD SNAPPING TURTLE by Freya Manfred

"This is the best book of poems Freya Manfred has written. She has always been brave, but these poems are more feisty and touching."--Robert Bly. 2008 trade paper edition. $12.


MY ONLY HOME by Freya Manfred

“Freya Manfred always startles me by how close she gets to everything she sees. That's her tough luck, but it makes her a wonderful poet.” Philip Roth


ROCK DOVE by Pamela McClure

"Pamela McClure assures us there are more skies than one sky, and each is aglow with its own species of sunlight. Time and again, the poems in Rock Dove rush the horizons of this world into gracious yet undeniable splendors. McClure's is a pure eye for a pure land." --Donald Revell. 2008 trade paper edition. $12.


BROKEN GATES by Ken McCullough

Full length poetry collection, McCulloughs's seventh. November 2012.


A SORT OF HONEY by Joe Paddock

"Joe Paddock's poetry has always been rich with the accumulated wisdom that comes from knowing one's place, and this wonderful new book is a gift to us all." Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2004-2006


CIRCLE OF STONES by Joe Paddock

Circle of Stones: A Place and Its Story is a collection of long poems that bring to life the myth inherent in the stories we tell and retell. Joe Paddock--poet, biographer, naturalist, and oral historian--has worked decades to bring us these important poems.


DARK DREAMING, GLOBAL DIMMING by Joe Paddock

"Joe Paddock loves this 'dear old green and blue' planet, and his poems are alive with birds, mesmerizing cats, snapping turtles, possums, and wolves. Even the spider's web 'shimmers with exchange / and contains within it / the one in the all.'" - Joyce Sutphen


COOKING WITH PAVAROTTI by Nancy Paddock

In addition to poems on the culinary arts, this collection contains poems on a gratifying variety of subjects: gardening, politics, ageing, electronic devices, astronomy, family, and the natural world with its "silken strands of silence."


TRUST THE WILD HEART by Nancy Paddock

This full length collection of poems covers a lot of territory, from the book's opening section 'Military Presence' through 'Cheap Meat' and the poem 'Ruby's All Natural Snapper Recipe' to 'Following Deer Trails' and the "holy dark" of the final section.


BREAKING THE RULES: Starting With Ghazals by John Calvin Rezmerski

A collection of 107 ghazals and quasi-ghazals, with an introductory essay by the author on the rules and the importance of breaking them.


DANCE WITH THE DARKER SISTER by Edith Rylander

Book-length sequence of poems exploring family history and its intersections with the history of the western United States.


HIVE DANCER by Edith Rylander

Edith Rylander has been writing poetry for sixty-three years. Her life as wife, mother, gardener, stock raiser, woods dweller, and thoughtful observer of nature and life is reflected in these poems. 2007 trade paper edition. $12.


THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW by Thomas R. Smith

Thomas R. Smith's sixth collection of poems. The Foot of the Rainbow finds him writing at the height of his powers, bringing the world’s abundance within his poetry's vibrant circumference.


WAKING BEFORE DAWN by Thomas R. Smith

In WAKING BEFORE DAWN, Thomas R. Smith confronts the challenge and responsibility of moral awareness in some of the best and most varied poems he has written. This is his fifth collection of poetry. Poems from this book are being featured on Garrison Keilor's Writer's Almanac and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry.


FISHING FOR DYNAMITE by David Steingass

"To me, this book of poems is a sacred text of sorts, a kind of midwestern psalter filled with odd parables and a whole assortment of cock-eyed insights. And, fortunately for us, it also contains a great deal of humor, something so many sacred books tend to exclude." from the introduction by Scott King


GREATPLAINS: A PRAIRIE LOVESONG by David Steingass

This long poem was the 2002 winner of the Wisconsin book award for poetry.


A BUMPY RIDE TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE by Dag T. Straumsvåg

Prose poems by Dag T. Straumsvåg translated from Norwegian by Louis Jenkins and Robert Hedin. The edition is bi-lingual.


THE LURE-MAKER FROM POSIO by Dag Straumsvåg

Fifty prose poems by Norwegian poet Dag Straumsvåg translated by Robert Hedin and Louis Jenkins.


AFTER WORDS by Joyce Sutphen

Full-length collection of poems


FIRST WORDS by Joyce Sutphen

Sutphen's fourth full length collection of poems. Paper edition.


STONE WALL by Connie Claire Szarke

Short Story. Paperback edition (September 2012).


THE WORK IS ALL by Mark Vinz

A very personal collection of poems, in which Mark Vinz, editor of the legendary midwest magazine Dacotah Territory, honors his lifelong passion for poetry and pays tribute to the poets that influenced him and that he counted as friends.


HERDS OF BEARS SURROUND US by Timothy Young

This collection of poems, Young’s second, examines the elemental mysteries of everyday life--of the woods, the river, of dying, birth, family secrets, of work, love, and the soul’s desire for ecstatic experience.


IN THE NINTH DECADE by Marilyn Zuckerman

New full-length collection of poems with two major themes: politics and aging.


H A R D C O V E R


FIRST WORDS by Joyce Sutphen (Signed)

Sutphen's fourth full length collection of poems. Hardcover edition. Signed by author.


WAKING BEFORE DAWN by Thomas R. Smith

Limited edition hardcover. 36 copies bound into boards,numbered and signed by author. $24.


O T H E R


TOMMY by Donna Isaac

An elegiac chapbook of 25 poems, poems that celebrate and mourn a brother who died young.


STEPHEN CRANE edited & introduced by James P. Lenfestey

A selection of poems by Stephen Crane.


KEEPING CAEDMON'S FAITH by John Calvin Rezmerski

Essay about Caedmon, his story and his calling, and includes a new translation of his hymn.


ON THE WAY OF WATER by Drew Weis

Wisdom verse, in the tradition of the Chinese philosopher poet Lao Tzu. Chapbook, 2010.


THIS NORTHERN NONSENSE by Stephen Wilbers

Poems about Ernest Oberholtzer and Mallard Island. Proceeds from the sale of this chapbook will be donated to the Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation.


ALL GRACED IN GREEN by Scott King

A collection that gathers a decade or so of poems, a confluence of naturalist themes and a fondness for Middle English alliterative poetry.


LEFTOVER ORDINARY by Scott King

In the centerpiece of this haunting collection, a very old man ruminates on his early days as a homesteader and the old ways that are being lost. This man, nearly mythical, who knows earth intimately, is present unnamed in all the poems of Leftover Ordinary, poems which are anything but “ordinary.” Like the poems of Jean Follain, each one stands at some intersection of history and geography, from which mystery can be glimsped in several directions at once. —Thomas R. Smith, author of Horse of Earth and The Dark Indigo Current


LIDA SONGS by Scott King

Print on demand chapbook. Father daughter poems.


RICE COUNTY ODONATA JOURNAL: VOLUME ONE, 2008 by Scott King

Field notes about dragonflies and the pursuit of dragonflies.


RICE COUNTY ODONATA JOURNAL: VOLUME TWO, 2009 by Scott King

Field notes about dragonflies and the pursuit of dragonflies.


RICE COUNTY ODONATA JOURNAL: VOLUME THREE, 2010 by Scott King

Field notes about dragonflies and the pursuit of dragonflies.


RICE COUNTY ODONATA JOURNALS: THREE VOLUME SET by Scott King

Three volume set. Signed by author.


WHERE THE WATER FALLS by Scott King

Verna Press. Seven alliterative poems. 2007 letterpress chapbook printed by Peter Anderson in New Orleans. 100 copies. $15.


Contributor copy