Front Page 2015

THIS IS THE ARCHIVE OF 2015 FRONT PAGE ENTRIES


December 31, 2015—From Les

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND PRODUCTIVE 2016

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December 24, 2015—From Les, for your consideration

It’s “Best Of” season! Of books by and about poets, published in 2015, these are my flavor faves:

  • How We Write, by Hilton Obenzinger (The “How I Write” Project at Stanford University)

  • Immortality, by Alan Feldman (University of Wisconsin Press)

  • Mayakovsky: A Biography, by Bengt Jangfeldt (University of Chicago Press)

  • On Time: Poems 2005-2014, by Joanne Kyger (City Lights Books)

  • The Visit: A Poem, by Sharon Doubiago (Wild Ocean Press)

  • Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook, by David Meltzer (City Lights Books)

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October 12, 2015—New from Omerta Publications

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PoemSite: Songs in the Landscape

Omerta’s second book by Laurance Wieder, selected by Andrea Korotky from nine years of his poems, with art by Korotky.

 

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Visit the Retail Pages for more information and to order your copy of PoemSite.

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September 11, 2015—Keep your eyes on the site

     New books coming soon from Omerta Publications:

  • PoemSite: Songs in the Landscape, Omerta’s second book by Laurance Wieder, selected by Andrea Korotky from nine years of his poems, with art by Korotky
  • I, Poet, by Sharon Doubiago, multiple-award-winning author of Hard CountryLove on the StreetsMy Father’s Love, The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, and Psyche Drives The Coast
  • 13 Ways of Looking at Petals on a Wet, Black Bough, by Les Gottesman
Keep your eyes on this site, or (better) email omertapub@comcast.net to be on our email list—no junk, just announcements of each release.

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August 26, 2015
 

NEWS FROM DAVID MELTZER AND JULIE ROGERS:

We hope you can join us at our CD Release Party this Thursday night, August 27, 7-9 pm, at Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery Street, in SF. We’ll be jamming poems with Zan Stewart on saxophone, and our friends from Vancouver WA, Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington. It’ll be fun! Plus, see our pages at the Bookstore for David’s free, upcoming classes, and a couple of events lined up for the fall, including our reading with Jane Hirschfield at Petaluma Poetry Walk!

Love from us!

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August 14, 2015—Now available from Amazon 

  

Les Gottesman’s The Cases, winner of the 2012 Clockwise Chapbook Competition, is now available from Amazon. Get your copy of The Cases in the Omerta Retail Pages, or NOW from Amazon.com.

“In The Cases, Les Gottesman gives us an allusive and witty poetry of jarring juxtapositions—a minimalist and somewhat surreal landscape in which ‘a blond Cyclops scuttles/like a crustacean late for a manicure,’ in which ‘space darkly jangles,’ and where ‘the roses sweat mercury.’ It’s William Carlos Williams in a madhouse of the imagination.”—Gail Wronsky, judge of the Competition.

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August 8, 2015—Now available from the publisher 

  

Les Gottesman’s The Cases, winner of the 2012 Clockwise Chapbook Competition, is now available from the publisher, Tebot Bach, in Huntington Beach, CA. Get your copy in the Omerta Retail Pages, or NOW directly from the bookstore at Tebot Bach.

“Les Gottesman’s lines stack up brilliantly like frames in a comic strip or animated cartoon. The poetic intelligence that put them there is subtle, investigative, a bulwark against both self-seriousness and anyone’s (the reader’s) generalized assumptions. Gottesman the Gentle Ironist sees the world’s well-worn limitations as imprinted still on dance cards, no matter how rumpled, of possibility, the likelihood that the words, so precisely chosen, will see us through. Negative Capability rules, a talking doorway, fervent and freshly coated: “These are close, more or less, to my thoughts” says it all.”—Bill Berkson.

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August 5, 2015

Bird & Beckett Books and Records presents: 

Two-Tone Poetry & Jazz

David Meltzer & Julie Rogers

with Zan Stewart on Saxophone

CD LAUNCH PARTY!

CDs & books will be available  

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with special guests
Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna & poet Toni Partington
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Thursday, August 277:00–9:00 p.m.
BIRD & BECKETT BOOKS AND RECORDS
653 Chenery Street, San Francisco

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May 28, 2015—New from Omerta

The Haight-Ashbury in the fabulous ’60s…yeah, yeah.

But the neighborhood itself is not a fable, and lives its peculiar identity in the 21st century. In Positively Haight Street Herbert Gold, 91-year-old novelist and beloved San Francisco scenester, finds the clear words, as photographer Dennis Letbetter finds the faces of Haight Street’s denizens today, to show how the “survivors and victors” of the past “have found ways to scavenge and even thrive in a new economy.”

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Order your copy of Positively Haight Street in the Retail Pages.


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May 25, 2015—New from Tebot Bach 

 

 

Les Gottesman’s The Cases, winner of the 2012 Clockwise Chapbook Competition, is just off the presses from Tebot Bach, in Huntington Beach, CA. Get your copy today at our Retail Pages, or direct from Tebot Bach.

“In The Cases, Les Gottesman gives us an allusive and witty poetry of jarring juxtapositions—a minimalist and somewhat surreal landscape in which ‘a blond Cyclops scuttles/like a crustacean late for a manicure,’ in which ‘space darkly jangles,’ and where ‘the roses sweat mercury.’ It’s William Carlos Williams in a madhouse of the imagination.”—Gail Wronsky, judge of the Competition.

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April 5, 2015—Book launch

Two-Way Mirror—A Poetry Notebook, David Meltzer’s newest publication, will  be released at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Come early to get a seat—it’ll be wonderful!

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April 1, 2015—New from Omerta

Starting Over

Poems by Bruce F. Kawin

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Bruce Kawin’s Starting Over is a suite of romantic poems remarkable for their sharply-drawn moments, precise emotional observations, and unabashed sincerity. Order Starting Over today in the Retail Pages.

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March 30, 2015

Backstory by David Anderson

New from Omerta, our first fiction publication. See details and order your copy in the Retail Pages.

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March 29, 2015

Check out the goings and comings and readings and new projects of the fabulous David Meltzer and Julie Rogers, poetry’s First Couple. See their pages in the Retail Pages.

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March 24, 2015—Poems from recent travel:

Some Oregon Wines

            Portland, March 2015
           1-Sauvignon Blanc
 We hate the
            square-jawed pricks in this
                        arthole.
           2-Chardonnay
Love falls
            and rain wrongs.
                        Extra November.
           3-Pinot Noir
Are you
            ready for winter sex,
                        mostly spanking?

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March 5, 2015

If you’re going to San Francisco,  be sure to wear flowers…

and don’t miss this great event!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7 PM
Bazaar Café
5927 California Street,
between 21st and 22nd Avenues
San Francisco
(415) 831-5620

 

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January 20, 2015

Here. It. Is!…Jack Hirschman’s Quintet.

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Jack Hirschman was San Francisco’s fourth Poet Laureate (2006-2007). Hirschman has published more than 100 books, including translations of Mayakovsky, Neruda, Djafer, Pasolini, Celan, Gogou, Glik, and Gjakova.

The five new Arcanes in Quintet are a stirring addition to Hirschman’s ongoing masterwork, The Arcanes.

Order your copy of Quintet today in the Retail Pages.

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January 4, 2015

 

Watch out! Coming soon from Omerta Publications

  • new Arcanes in Jack Hirschman’s ongoing Arcanes masterwork

     

  • a thriller from fiction writer David Anderson

     

  • poems of sweet precision from Bruce F. Kawin

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FOR 2014 FRONT PAGE ENTRIES GO TO FRONT PAGE 2014

FOR 2013 FRONT PAGE ENTRIES GO TO FRONT PAGE 2013

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