bottle rockets press presents: thunder and apple blossoms


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bottle rockets press presents: thunder and apple blossoms, by Larry Kimmel . A collection of haiku selected and edited by Stanford M. Forrester


Author’s Note: It should be noted that all of the poems in thunder and apple blossoms appear in Collected Haiku 1997 - 2017. Also, any reader who has read the necessary fly, or alone tonight, will find many old friends here, though often in different format. Still, there is a goodly number of haiku that have never been collected until now. the necessary fly, will be discontinued by the time this book is published, though alone tonight will remain in print, as alone tonight has a strong selection of tanka as well as a number of haibun besides the haiku. thunder and apple blossoms is a part of a twenty year haiku anniversary celebration that the author is giving for himself. Won’t you please join me.

Praise for thunder and apple blossoms

if one could set short form poems to music, this book by Kimmel would be its’ lyrics. — ai li

Prepare to get naked, then nude, for this collection from Monet to tea-dark gurgles and a midnight whistler’s footsteps. These poems are stained-glass parables with red toenails willing to fix an argument for sex with the smart click of high heels.Alan Summers, Co-founder of Call of the Page; and President, United Haiku and Tanka Society.

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Stark Mountain Press Presents: The 10th Anniversary Edition of January Sun:


Stark Mountain Press is a Winfred Press imprint.

Stark Mountain Press Presents: The 10th Anniversary Edition of January Sun: selected haiku, senryu & small poems, by Stanford M. Forrester, in its all new format.


In the past decade, January Sun, has quietly joined the ranks of those haiku classics that exemplify the Zen-Buddhist tradition in the west. Here, Forrester, an amazingly consistent writer of the first order, somehow transcends himself . Every return to this collection rejuvenates my belief in the power of haiku. —Larry Kimmel, Winfred Press

“This book taps into what I consider a key element for daily survival—a shared sense of humanity. Somewhere in the white space of these pages the poet seems to say: we are all in this together. And I take solace in this welcome reminder.”—Peter Newton (excerpt from the introduction)

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Stark Mountain Press Presents: Collected Haiku 1997 - 2017, by Larry Kimmel

Stark Mountain Press is a Winfred Press imprint.


Stark Mountain Press Presents: Collected Haiku 1997 - 2017, by Larry Kimmel


Any reader who has read Larry Kimmel’s, the necessary fly or alone tonight, will find many old friends in Collected Haiku 1997 - 2017, though often in different format. Still, there is a goodly number of haiku that have never been collected until now. the necessary fly, will be discontinued by the time this book is published, though alone tonight will remain in print. alone tonight has a goodly selection of tanka as well as a number of haibun besides the haiku and remains a popular book. I might add that alone tonight is the first major collection of Kimmel’s haikai books, first published in 1998. Collected Haiku 1997 - 2017, on the other hand, represents all of the haiku that the author wishes to preserve from the past twenty years. A kind of twenty year haiku anniversary.

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Winfred Press Presents: Blue Smoke


With ink drawings by Mark Windsor

With ink drawings by Mark Windsor

Winfred Press Presents: 
the Second Edition of Blue Smoke: a two voice improvisation, by Sheila Windsor and Larry Kimmel


Praise for Blue Smoke

I am in awe of how Larry and Sheila have brought their inner storyteller out from the proverbial smoke-filled ancestor's cave. I may be its parent but these two fine poets have given the cherita endless possibilities in which it can be written and interpreted.
 
blue smoke gets into your very being, your soul.

ai li, haiku and tanka poet
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Blue Smoke is unique. Informed, rather than constrained, by precedent the authors use their extensive knowledge of Japanese collaborative verse to generate a work that is associated to renga, but different.

This is no mere sequence of stanzas. It is a gavotte, an elliptical exploration of the nature of reality. Kimmel and Windsor treat us to a dialogue of perception. Though verses alternate, as the work progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish one voice from the other. Distinctions of gender and culture become vanishingly slight – identities less tangible than the blue smoke of the title.

John Carley, renku poet and translator
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Winfred Press New Site

Winfred Press Unveils New Site

Winfred Press is quite chuffed at having a new website to share with you and you and you. And relieved to leave behind its rather ramshackle old 20th century site, that grew organically from a single page—relieved yes, though not without a certain nostalgia for the days when we just winged everything. This time, however, we joyfully embraced the services of a pro, Owen Smith, of Stockton-On-Tees, England.

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