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Continuum: New and Selected Poems, Revised Edition

Mari Evans, Foreword by Maya Angelou, Afterpoem by Nikki Giovanni

The distinguished poet Mari Evans writes unabashedly for and about African Americans, yet in this collection, readers from all backgrounds can find profound insight into the human experience. Written without the flourish of fancy language, the poems are full of Evans's brilliance, humor, and musical expression. Included are signature poems such as "I am a Black Woman" as well as new works that paint an intimate portrait of contemporary African American life. First released in 2007, this is a new, revised edition with several new poems added.

paper / 176 pp. / 2015 / 9781933491165 / $19.00
Order no. 1642

The Essential Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight

Winner of the 1987 American Book Award

The Essential Etheridge Knight is a selection of the best work by one of the country’s most prominent and liveliest poets. It brings together poems from Knight’s previously  published books and a section of new poems.

paper / 1986 / 125 pp / 978-0822953784 / $15.95
Order no. 1554


James Whitcomb Riley

First published in 1883, this charming book includes many of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems, including "Thoughts fer the Discuraged Farmer" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Also graced by noted Brown County artist Will Vawter's folksy illustrations of farm scenes from our past, this Library of Indiana Classics edition faithfully reproduces the 1905 edition. A must-have for Riley enthusiasts everywhere, it offers a warm look at how farm life was depicted over a century ago.

cloth / 192 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780253009593 / $18.00 
Order no. 2977

 Songs in Sepia and Black & White

Norbert Krapf

 A collaboration born of a shared love of music, photography, poetry, and Indiana, this book celebrates the history, literature, and art that informs the present and shapes our identity. Richard Fields’s black and white and sepia photos are evocative imaginings of Norbert Krapf's poems, visual metaphors that extend and deepen their vision. Krapf’s poems pay tribute to poets from Homer and Virgil to Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Wendell Berry, and to singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and John Lennon. They also explore the poet's German heritage, question ethnic prejudice and social conflict, and praise the natural world. The book includes a cycle of 15 poems about Bob Dylan; a public poem written in response to 9/11, "Prayer to Walt Whitman at Ground Zero"; "Back Home," a poem reproduced in a stained glass panel at the Indianapolis airport; and ruminations on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, "Questions on a Wall."

paper / 234 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253006325 / $24.00
Order No. 2930

And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana

Jenny Kander

A collection of the best from Hoosier poets from the days of James Whitcomb Riley and Jessamyn West to such contemporary masters of the craft as former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, Jared Carter, Etheridge Knight, and Mary Ellen Solt.

As Kander and Greer not in the preface of "And Know this Place: Poetry of Indiana:" "Our central criterion for selection was quality of writing, and we chose those poems which cover the spectrum of experience in both place and time, in setting from city streets to wilderness tracks, covering the state from Goshen in the north to Floye's Knobs by the Ohio River, and from Gessie on the Illinois line to Cottage Grove a hundred and fifty miles east." 

cloth / 411 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-871952-92-9 / $24.95
Order No. 2866

Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey

 John A. Beineke

Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey"To hurdle means to go over something, but it also can mean to go forward or make progress.  All people are confronted with barriers in their lives.  Some choose to go around those barriers, while others have no choice but to go over them.  Oatess Archey made the choice in his life to go over the hurdles-all the hurdles." - John A. Beineke

cloth / 137 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780871952608 / $17.95
Order No. 2701

The Airpoets present: Rivers, Rails and Runways


Ruthelen Burns, Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, Joseph Heithaus, and Jeannie Deeter Smith


The Airpoets present: Rivers, Rails and Runways by Ruthelen Burns, Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, Joseph Heithaus, and Jeannie Deeter Smith

Rivers, Rails, and Runways introduces the work of five distinctive voices from the Heartland. Rooted in Indiana, the poems capture the lure of the landscape and its relevance to each poet's journey. Pulsating throughout are the authors' personal histories and meditations. Notable for its thematic range, the anthology gains its strength from a juxtaposition of styles, each elegant and attuned to the rhythms of everyday life.



paper / 89 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-1-60461-007-9 / $14.95
Order No. 2764


Cross this Bridge at a Walk

Jared Carter


Cross this Bridge at a Walk

This is Jared Carter's fourth collection of poems.  He continues to tell us about a place called Mississinewa County.  His poems reach out to the stories, myths, and recollections of an entire continent.

paper / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2657

Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem

Mitchell L. H. Douglas


Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem

In the tradition of the Langston Hughes classic Montage of a Dream Deferred, Mitchell L. H. Douglas uses persona poetry to explore the personal and professional struggles of soul legend Donny Hathaway in his debut collection Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem. Evoking the sense of listening to a concept album, Douglas presents a narrative in two sides: side one focusing on Hathaway’s development as a young musician and subsequent rise to fame and side two bearing witness to the adversity that plagued his later years. Readers will see Hathaway as true to his family, true to his faith, and uncompromising in his quest for musical innovation.

Paper / 109 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59709-104-4 / $19.95 $5.00
Order No. 2759


You Don't Know the Half...

 LaTasha Boyd Jones

 Collection of poems.

paper / 2006 / $12.95
Order No. 2772


Poet 24/7


LaTasha Boyd Jones



Collection of poems.

paper / 2008 / $14.95
Order No. 2771





Metropolis Burning

Karen Kovacik


Metropolis Burning by Karen Kovacik

"The beloved and ruined cities of Karen Kovacik’s Metropolis Burning are the substance of an individual and human history of the last century. In Warsaw, Krakow, and its near-neighbor Auschwitz; in Dresden, Prague, New Orleans, Belgrade, and Cleveland, she finds “Poetic justice: when image fits idea like a workboot.” Out of her generous heart, her strict understanding of the crimp of labor on the free imagination, and her rare sense of humor, Karen Kovacik has made a gorgeous, multi-layered music I want to listen to again and again and again."

 paper / 54 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 1-880834-66-9 / $14.00 $5.00
Order No. 2765


Beyond the Velvet Curtain

Karen Kovacik


Beyond the Velvet Curtain by Karen KovacikIn Beyond the Velvet Curtain, Karen Kovacik illustrates Czeslaw Miloxz’s dictum that “the purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person.” Peopled with such diverse characters as Richard Nixon, Nikita Khruschev, Kafka’s father, Dorothea Lange, William Carlos Williams, Lawrence Welk, Robespierre, and a feisty Catholic saint, this original collection of poems takes us on an amusement-park ride through world history and art. Kovacik’s poetry places us in the strange drama of cataclysmic events and ordinary life.

 paper / 66 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-87338-647-7 / $14.00 $5.00
Order No. 2767

Bloodroot: Indiana Poems

Norbert Krapf, photos by David Pierni

Bloodroot: Indiana PoemsBloodroot showcases poetry from the collected works of Jasper, Indiana native Norbert Krapf. Spanning 35 years, these poems focus on Krapf's experiences living in southern Indiana and the intersection of his life with his German ancestry. Forty of the poems are published here for the first time.

Photographs by David Pierini, inspired by Krapf's work with many taken in and around Dubois County, grace this evocative portrait of a poet and place.

paper / 303 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-253-35224-8 / $24.95 $14.97
Order No. 2706

Sweet Sister Moon

Norbert Krapf

Sweet Sister Moon by Norbert KrapfNorbert Krapf's Sweet Sister Moon is a rich celebration of the feminine spirit, manifested through a wide range of subjects. Krapf's carefully-crafted poems encompass history, emotion, and the natural world.

paper / 171 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-93499-962-2 / $20.00
Order No. 2762A

Child's Life at Christmas

Pamela Lawrence, illustrated by Lori Compton

A Child's Life at ChristmasA collection of poetry and art looking at Christmas through the eyes of a child.

cloth / 48 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780982001905 / $15.95
Order No. 2714





The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

Donald C. Manlove, ed.
The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

A collection of best-loved poems about nature, home, and country as well as the dialect poems for which Riley is famous.

cloth / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-10610-9 / $20.00
Order No. 2192

paper / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20299-X / $12.95
Order No. 2193

The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley

The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley

This publication brings back into print the complete repertoire of more than 1,000 poems by James Whitcomb Riley, including such favorites as "Little Orphant Annie," and "When the Frost is on the Punkin."

paper / 886 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-20777-0 / $24.95
Order No. 2292




Porthole Views of the World

Paintings by Hazel Stoeckeler / Poems by Elizabeth Weber

Porthole Views of the World - Paintings by Hazel Stoeckeler / Poems by Elizabeth WeberThis collection of watercolors and poems both surprise and delight, taking readers on a meditative journey that opens and extends their horizons. Stoeckeler's paintings depict exotic locales around the world, and Weber's poems fill in the history and culture.

Paper / 96 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-1-932472-77-6 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2763


The Floating Bridge

 David Shumate

The Floating BridgeThe Floating Bridge, David Shumate’s second collection of prose poems, transports its readers over the chasm between the mundane and the enchanted. We traverse one bridge and find ourselves eavesdropping on Gertrude Stein and her gardener. We take the night bus to Gomorrah to have a look around. Halfway across, each bridge vanishes beneath our feet. Our world shifts. The commonplace begins to glow. We turn the page. Another bridge awaits.

Paper / 73 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8229-5989-2 / $14.00 $5.00
Order No. 2761

High Water Mark

David Shumate


High Water MarkWinner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. These fresh and unpredictable prose poems announce the arrival of an exciting new voice. Every page is filled with unexpected delights.

 Winner, 2004 Best Books of Indiana (poetry category)

Paper / 69 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-8229-5858-9 / $7.77 $5.00
Order No. 2760


Small Mercies

 Elizabeth Weber

Small Mercies by Elizabeth Weber

A collection of poems.



paper / 57 pp. / 1983 /  $12.00 $5.00
Order No. 2766