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In 2013, Silver Birch Press released the poetry chapbook COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS by Ellaraine Lockie – a collection of poems written in and about coffee houses throughout the world.

During a recent discussion about COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, Ellaraine Lockie talked about what had inspired the collection. Here’s what she had to say.

“[My inspiration was] Coffee shops, both nationally and internationally, when I write each morning wherever I happen to be. I go to them for the white noise, caffeine infusions, intoxicating smell of grinding coffee beans, and the animation surrounding me.  All of this simulates my creative energy.

It was never my intention to write about the coffee houses themselves, though.  I go in order to work on other poems, but there’s a corner in my mind that absorbs what is happening around me . . . and that’s usually a lot.  Coffee shops are community hot spots—places where the full gamut of human behavior plays out daily.  Sitting in the middle of it is like living in a small town.  And if anything seems poetic, I jot it down on a list.  Sometimes that list turns into poems.  And here they are in COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author, and essayist. Coffee House Confessions is her tenth poetry chapbook. Her recent books have received the Best Individual Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Prize, and The Aurorean‘s Chapbook Pick. She teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. Ellaraine writes every morning in a coffee shop no matter where she is in the world.

Find Coffee House Confessions by Ellaraine Lockie at Amazon.com.

Cover photo by Nick Warzin. Find him at nickwarzin.com.

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This post was written by Ellaraine Lockie, author of the recent Silver Birch Press Release, COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, a poetry chapbook.

POETRY NEWS

The illustrious Rose Auslander has tagged me [Ellaraine Lockie] to join The Next Best Thing, started by poet Elizabeth Scanlon.  It’s an ongoing network of interviews in which each writer with a book coming out tags another set of writers, and the interviews can then be posted on publishers’ and other writers’/poets’ blogs, etc.  Here’s mine:

Ellaraine Lockie’s Interview Tagged by Rose Auslander for The Next Big Thing.

 What is the working title of the book?

COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

From coffee houses, and the people who frequent them, all over the world.

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The lead could be Anjelica Huston, but the supporting cast would be so many that we couldn’t afford big names.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The confessions in this book are disclosures of a culture in glimpses into both historical and present-day life, with its contradictions and quirks—all through the lens of coffee shops.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The poems were written over the past ten years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Coffee shops, both nationally and internationally, when I write each morning wherever I happen to be. I go to them for the white noise, caffeine infusions, intoxicating smell of grinding coffee beans and the animation surrounding me.  All of this simulates my creative energy.

It was never my intention to write about the coffee houses themselves, though.  I go in order to work on other poems, but there’s a corner in my mind that absorbs what is happening around me . . . and that’s usually a lot.  Coffee shops are community hot spots—places where the full gamut of human behavior plays out daily.  Sitting in the middle of it is like living in a small town.  And if anything seems poetic, I jot it down on a list.  Sometimes that list turns into poems.  And here they are in COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Possibly some insight about people and events and maybe a few chuckles too.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It was released on February 3, 2013 by Silver Birch Press – and is available in Kindle and paperback formats at Amazon.com. The chapbook can also be ordered from bookstores, using the book’s title and author or the ISBN number: 0615727670.

Cover photo: Nick Warzin, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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IRONY AT THE ALLERGIST’S

by Ellaraine Lockie

Plastic replaces bona fide flowers and pollen
on the table by a stack of magazines
You think you can smell neroli
from the bittersweet blossoms
on the cover of The Green Gardener
Or maybe it’s the gray cat curled
around the tree trunk that’s causing
your nose to raise its voice
 
First the whine of sniffles sends you
to the box of Kleenex on the corner table
Then the blast in a trombone’s decibel range
that causes a woman to drop her pill
Followed by a continued ensemble of sneezes
as Georgia O’Keeffe’s purple petunias
on the wall waft optic allergens
And oak branches outside brush their own
allergy onslaught against the skylight
 
You know by feel that the flowers
beside the Kleenex are silk
Yet your eyes want to water them
Someone offers a Benedryl
but you can’t accept the absurdity
You feel even more foolish to find
from the allergist that dust and molds
are your real antagonists
 
With 179 needle scratches that leave
back and arms with enough red welts
to evoke a battered woman
You return Better Homes and Gardens
to the waiting room table
Brush against a plastic sunflower branch
And gray powders storm the air
that the biggest welt on your arm
welcomes like long-lost relatives

Illustration: “Purple Petunias” by Georgia O’Keeffe (1925)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author, and essayist. Her ninth and recent chapbook, Wild as in Familiar, was a finalist in the Finishing Line Press Chapbook contest and received The Aurorean’s Chapbook Pick for Spring 2012.  Ellaraine teaches poetry workshops and serves as poetry editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh, and as associate editor for Mobius. Silver Birch Press published her poetry chapbook Coffee House Confessions  on February 3, 2013. Find the book at Amazon.com.

“Irony at the Allergist’s” and other poetry by Ellaraine Lockie will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology — a collection of poetry and prose from authors around the world — available March 15, 2013. The Green Anthology includes a wide range of creative explorations inspired by the color green — including poems and stories about nature, love, envy, food, the environment, relationships, the family, seasons, water, eden, and new life.

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Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the February 2013 publication of the poetry chapbook COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS by Ellaraine Lockie — a collection of poems written in and about coffee houses throughout the world.

“I know no one else who manages to combine quantity of poems with quality the way Ellaraine Lockie does. She is a font of creative ideas and brings the ultimate in craft and experience to the realizing of those products of inspiration, observation, and research. I admire her work immensely.” GERALD LOCKLIN, Professor Emiritus of English at California State University, Long Beach

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author, and essayist. Coffee House Confessions is her tenth poetry chapbook. Her recent books have received the Best Individual Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Prize, and The Aurorean‘s Chapbook Pick. She teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. Ellaraine writes every morning in a coffee shop no matter where she is in the world.

Find Coffee House Confessions by Ellaraine Lockie at Amazon.com.

Cover photo by Nick Warzin. Find him at nickwarzin.com.

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons...”

From “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

Coming soon from Silver Birch Press — a modern take on coffee, coffee houses, and coffee spoons: COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, a chapbook of 26 poems by Ellaraine Lockie. A poem from the collection is featured below.

IN THE PRIVACY OF PUBLIC

Two women sit silent
surrounded by the clamor of the coffee shop
Matching shades of sandy blonde hair
The same sea-green eyes
Except the younger pair
stare through rims red as coral
into some far-off horizon
The light in them drowned
 
Beacons in the older set
Her hand stretched
across the table stroking the other woman’s
folded arm that holds up her chin
Only one blink when saltwater eyes
are dabbed with a napkin
 
The ice in one glass has melted
Coffee across from it would be cold
Yet the rubbing does not ebb
Something horrible here that can be alluded to
only through an umbilical cord
And perhaps only in the privacy of public

Note: Silver Birch Press will publish Coffee House Confessions by Ellaraine Lockie in November 2012.

Cover photo: Nick Warzin, nickwarzin.com

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Ellaraine Lockie, author of the upcoming Silver Birch Press release Coffee House Confessions — a chapbook of 26 poems — recently recorded an interview for “The Write Question,” a weekly radio show on Montana Public Radio.

Listen here to Ellaraine’s fascinating interview — where, among other topics, she discusses why she tells students in her poetry workshops to write lies rather than truth.

About the Author:  Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author and essayist.  Her recent collections have been awarded Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England, the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest, and The Aurorean’s Chapbook Pick.  She also teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh.  Ellaraine writes every morning in a coffee shop no matter where she is in the world.

Silver Birch Press will publish Coffee House Confessions, a chapbook of 26 poems by Ellaraine Lockie in November 2012. 

Cover Photo: Nick Warzin. We are pleased to feature Nick’s outstanding photo of Little Nicky’s Cafe in Toronto on the cover of Coffee House Confessions. For more about Nick Warzin‘s photography, visit his website.