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Ellaraine Lockie, author of the Silver Birch Press poetry release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS (February 2013), continues her reading tour of New York City with an appearance at The Mom Egg Spring Reading & Launch Party celebrating the release of Volume 11 of THE MOM EGG literary journal.

EVENT: The Mom Egg Spring Reading & Launch Party

DATE: April 21, 2013

TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Le Poisson Rouge in Le Gallery

ADDRESS: 158 Bleeker Street, New York City 10012


To learn more about The Mom Egg, please visit

Photo: Shawn Lockie


Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce that Gerald Locklin New and Selected Poems (1967-2007) is now available in a Kindle version (as well as paperback). If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download free reading apps — and read the book on your computer.

We just noticed that Locklin’s book — released by Silver Birch Press on April 2, 2013 — has received its first review. And here it is…

5.0 out of 5 stars Forty years, and a multiplicity of voices. . . . April 6, 2013
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Upon reading Gerald Locklin’s “New and Selected Poems,” I found myself recalling a passage from Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: “Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself,/I am large, I contain multitudes.” Locklin’s poems emanate from a similarly large self that also contains a multiplicity of voices. There are the exquisitely tender words to a young wife: “No, I’m still here. Let me lead you / Back to bed and let me speak / In simple words of the break / Of day, let me comfort you.” But there’s also the brutal, hilarious profanity of “PLEASE TELL ME JUST WHAT THE F*** I HAVE TO DO”, with its unforgettable depiction of the disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. (No direct quote here. Sorry.) There are poems that are immediately, conversationally accessible, with observations about almost any subject that might cross the poet’s mind (e.g.,teaching, politics, children, marriage, divorce, alcohol, sobriety, sex, aging, and death–the last to be avoided for as long as possible); and there are others–most notably the art and jazz poems–that require, and abundantly reward, a bit more effort. But whatever the subject, tone, and level of difficulty, the prevailing ethos is perhaps best expressed in “New Kids on the Quad”: “The great critics of modern literature. / Such as Edmund Wilson, Richard Ellman, / And William York Tindall, / Took extremely difficult works / And made them accessible./ These post-modernist critics / Take much less difficult works / And render them incomprehensible.” Whatever literary faults of which one might accuse Locklin (and I can’t think of any at the moment), incomprehensibility–very gratifyingly–is not among them. For fans of Locklin’s work this is an excellent compendium of what they’ve come to know and love through the years. And for those who are not, this beautiful new edition is a delightful introduction. 


We are pleased to report that poetry and prose by A.D. Winans — longtime friend of Charles Bukowski and author of THE HOLY GRAIL: Charles Bukowski and the Second Coming Revolution — will appear in the upcoming Silver Birch Press BUKOWSKI ANTHOLOGY, scheduled for an August 1, 2013 release.

Yesterday, we visited the A.D. Winans fansite, which features a wonderful sampling of Winans’ work — complete with photos and videos. The site showcases Winans’ latest book, IN THE DEAD HOURS OF DAWN — a beautiful 32-page fine press book, letterpress printed on vintage Curtis Tweedweave paper, hand-sewn and bound (8.5×11.5″) issued by  the masterful Bottle of Smoke Press, published in a limited edition of 100 hardcover copies signed by the author and numbered (1-100).

According to the Bottle of Smoke website, “Bottle of Smoke Press was founded in 2002. Our goal is to publish books that will be well received and enjoyed by those who read them. We publish works by new poets as well as by well-established poets. Our only requirement is that the work be interesting. We are proud to have worked with some of the giants in the small press scene and to have also published many new writers and artists whose work is no less incredible.” 

Books created by Bottle of Smoke Press are true works of art — and make wonderful gifts and investments. And for work of this quality, the prices are very, very reasonable. Check out Bottle of Smoke’s wide array of offerings here — with prices starting as low as $3. If you want to impress a book lover with a very special gift, look no farther than Bottle of Smoke Press.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet and writer who graduated from San Francisco State College (now University) and is the author of over 50 books, including North Beach Poems, North Beach Revisited, and This Land Is Not My Land, winner of a 2006 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. From 1972 to 1989, Winans edited and published Second Coming Press, which produced a large number of books and anthologies, including the highly acclaimed California Bicentennial Poet’s Anthology. He has read his poetry with many renowned poets, including Jack Hirschman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline, Harold Norse, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and all the past and current San Francisco Poets Laureate. Winans’ poetry, prose, articles, and book reviews have appeared in over 2,000 literary magazines and anthologies. In 2009, PEN Oakland recognized him with a lifetime achievement award. Recent publications include the November 2010 Bottle of Smoke Press release of  a 365-page book of his selected poems, and  the 2012 Little Red Tree Publishing release of his  San Francisco Poems. His archives are housed at Brown University.


by Carolyn Miller

We celebrated the solstice by a waterfall
the water overflowing like our lives rushing
and rushing past us so much water
in the narrow channel of the slanting Mousse
it fell onto the rocks and blew up in spray
and the sound of it almost drowned out our talking
as we laughed together and drank Champagne
the bubbles rising in our glasses like spray
from the rocks while everywhere leaves
were conspiring to live their lives and the stones
looked on with their histories locked inside them
and we talked on as water spilled and fell and the light
stayed on after we had left our emptied glasses
and the sound of the waterfall kept on rising
in the narrow gorge where tiny wild orchids
bloomed in the long long light and the river
begonias waited for their turn to open
in the fullness of that summer

“Night of the Summer Solstice” and other poetry by Carolyn Miller will appear in the Silver Birch Press SUMMER ANTHOLOGY — a collection of poetry and prose from over 50 authors around the world — available June 1, 2013.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carolyn Miller is a poet and painter living in San Francisco. Light, Moving, her most recent book of poetry, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2009, and her first full-length collection, After Cocteau, was published by the same press in 2002. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review, among other journals, and her awards include the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry from Shenandoah, and the Rainmaker Award from Zone 3.


The next Silver Birch Press release will be GERALD LOCKLIN: New and Selected Poems (1967-2007) — which we plan to make available within the next few weeks. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a poem from the 172-page collection…


by Gerald Locklin

My son has kept his Sunday afternoon

Free to go hear jazz with me.

I swim from noon to two,

Lift a few weights,

Pick him up at quarter-to-three.

I put Sketches of Spain on the

Tape deck of the Taurus as we

Head north on the San Diego Freeway.

He reads his Hemingway—mine too.

Coming over La Cienega, haze and

Glare rise from the whitened basin

But the hills of Hollywood still

Catch one’s breath. Miles moves

Into Solea and my son puts down

His book, broad boulevards almost

Deserted, a corner taco stand,

The side street rows of California

Bungalows: at times L.A. is still

The town of Philip Marlowe,

James M. Cain,

Nathanael West if he had not

Been a New Yorker.


Just in time for spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), on March 21, 2013, Silver Birch Press will release Gerald Locklin: New and Selected Poems, edited and with a foreword by Paul Kareem Tayyar. The collection includes over 100 of Locklin’s poems spanning five decades — from 1967 to 2007. As Tayyar states in his foreword. “Read them and be reminded of the blessings of a life well lived, courtesy of one of America’s finest poets.”

Here is a sampling from the upcoming collection — a personal favorite for its humor and insight.


by Gerald Locklin

He hadn’t made a dent

In his list for weeks.

One of the items was “Call Z.”

Then one day Z’s wife called to say

That Z had died.


He was ashamed to catch himself

Indulging in a feeling of accomplishment

As he crossed “Call Z” off his list.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald Locklin is a professor emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught full-time from 1965-2007, retains his office and contact information, and still teaches an occasional class as needed.  He has published fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews prolifically in periodicals and in over a hundred and fifty books, chapbooks, and broadsides. Recent or upcoming books include a fiction e-Book, The Sun Also Rises in the Desert, from Mendicant Bookworks; a collection of poems, Deep Meanings: Selected Poems, 2008-2013, from PRESA Press; three simultaneously released novellas from Spout Press; and a French collection of his prose, Candy Bars:  Le Dernier des Damnes, due May 7, 2013, from 13e Note Press, Paris.  Event Horizon Press released new editions of A Simpler Time, A Simpler Place and Hemingway Colloquium:  The Poet Goes to Cuba in 2011;  Coagula Press released the first of two volumes of his Complete Coagula Poems; and From a Male Perspective appeared from PRESA Press.



by Marc Malandra


Land’s end—

gulls on an updraft, trawlers

setting out to gather shrimp—

I had something to say.

Jade sea unsaid it.


A stinkbug labors over a leaf.

Seals bake, far, furred sausages on the rocks.

An otter daydreams on a bed of kelp.

A raven’s shrill reveille, gull cries, rushing

tides sighing and crumpling over seaweed;

one last afternoon educated at my leisure.


If I stay here to watch pines

twist into limbs, sap-strong

yet seeming-rotten, would I learn

language wind uses to entice

clouds into apparition?

If I strip fears like bark

from these trees will the exposed self

stand salt blasts and flood rains?

Am I less myself when divided

or more myself when less

the sum of my parts, some

of my parts tree-like, rock-

like, though less noble?


I’m looking at my cloud-self

as it passes over a pool,

over chance-grasping anemones.

I’m thinking about surfaces,

how far down I have to look.


A white dove arcs over the cove.

A raven scavenges among the rocks,

strutting bundle of tar with wings.

Shards of light, sand, and stone oscillate,

scenes from the life of saint

change, patron of tides. Wind

ripples the inlet into mosaic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marc Malandra grew up primarily in Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, California. He attended and has degrees from U. C. Santa Barbara, U. C. Davis, and Cornell University, where he received both an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph. D. in English. Over the last twenty years, he has published poetry in approximately three dozen different venues, including America, Cider Press Review, Flyway, Literature and Belief, Orange Coast Review, Poetry Northwest, Radix, South Florida Poetry Review, and Zocalo. Currently Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at Biola University.

“Leaving Pacific Grove” and other poetry by Mark Mallandra will appear in the upcoming Silver Birch Press Green Anthology — a collection of poetry and prose from over 50 authors around the world — available March 15, 2013.

PHOTO: “Pacific Grove at Sunset” by Joshua Tobash, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED