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Poems and Photographs, and of Omerta Publications. You can
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August 20, 2014
Beg forgiveness for having neglected this site for almost five months. Here’s a new poem.
Crater of a landscape you
the wretched escape and
immediately check your pulse
between the legs.
Maria Callas sobs
over shoelaces, toothpaste, and
condoms too piteous to manufacture.
She shivers in furs
while the war paints a wheel
chair for Ezra Pound.
And it takes years to dry.
March 28, 2014
New from Omerta Publications
Beginning: The Immigration Poems, 1924-1926, of Nachman Obzinger
Translated from Yiddish by Benjamin Weiner
Edited by Hilton Obenzinger
Now available at the Bookstore
February 19, 2014
Just published by Omerta: Arthur Rimbaud in a new translation.
Rimbaud 10 Poems
Translated from the
French by Bill Zavatsky
See more info (and a poem from the book)
and buy your copy at the Bookstore
February 18, 2014
David Meltzer provides his schedule of readings and activities, February-April,
Please donate to the campaign that is raising money for Diane di Prima’s fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Go to POETESS WITH PARKINSON’S, a campaign on the Give Forward website. Let’s help Diane collect greatly needed funds!
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For details on these two NEW books by Les Gottesman, go to the Bookstore.
January 30, 2014: Poem by Les
Once immortality equaled
being on the guest list
and immaculate phobias had
their own lascivious cubism.
Let’s, we said, syndicalize
our irritation, yours with
mine, in 1984.
And I slept.
And Sophocles in a dream
on Columbus Avenue.
January 5, 2014
Check the authors’ pages at the Bookstore to see what Omerta
writers are doing in 2014.
December 26, 2013
Wise Guy Special!
Prices lowered on Omerta chapbook classics.
Browse the Bookstore for offers you can’t refuse.
Shop now. ALL prices will go up March 1, 2014.
December 24, 2013
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May 10, 2013
3 new chapbooks now available from Omerta Publications!
Order now at the Bookstore.
April 10, 2013
Bruce F. Kawin comments on
Misuses of Poetry and Other Poems
at The Best American Poetry blogspot.
March 11, 2013
Tebot Bach announces the
Clockwise Chapbook Competition 2012
winner: The Cases by Les Gottesman,
coming soon. http://tebotbach.org/
March 10, 2013
Shut up and buy a chapbook
from Omerta Publications!
Click on Bookstore at the top of this page.
Omerta has published Les Gottesman’s chapbooks since 2006, and in 2012 began adding new authors to the catalog. The chapbooks are designed, printed, and bound by Les; he has touched every copy! To buy books online using PayPal, click on Bookstore at the top of this page.
Look for new chapbooks and new authors in the coming months.
February 10, 2013
Finishing Line Press
announces a chapbook
Misuses of Poetry and Other Poems
by Les Gottesman.
23 pages $14. Available now at
or click on the Bookstore at the top of this page.
And now available at amazon.com.
Here’s a sample from Misuses:
To whosoever’s body
walks in circles,
the safety of us all is the stairchild of our loss.
Just say your human speech in a slanted pool
till the doctor’s fired, or morphine
attenuates the argument.
all observable teeth are extracted
and placed on a blue dish by Picasso.
There’s mama in a Russian play
in a harness of bricks
to speak as the scenery.
Land and sea and
a shrunken moon over the story,
including this instant.