Chapbooks

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Within the pages of Happiness is a Death Blow, Charles Joseph and Kendall A. Bell mine the depths of malaise and introspection through keen observation and deep contemplation. One finds the small crack of light in the pitch black, while the other allows the melancholy to consume him. Through the twelve poems, Bell and Joseph peel back the layers of themselves to reveal the world, and their place in it for what it is: a complicated and frustrating ballet that often breaks bones, and not always cleanly. However, bones heal, and their wills remain intact to delve further into their collective bags of verse. This collection is a reminder that bliss is fleeting, and best consumed in quiet moments.

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In Savage Beast, Adrian Manning and Charles Joseph seamlessly meld their musically inspired poems. One voice compliments the other, and works as a continuous flow of thought and reflection. The poems carry a feisty nature, an unwillingness to give in, even if life has thrown a right hook and a gut punch and left them temporarily crumpled on a sidewalk in the rain. It’s this insistence that keeps the chapbook spinning, like an old 45 on dusty, wood-cased turntable. Joseph and Manning keep their poetic journey interesting, even when the main concern is simply getting home in time for dinner.

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Moly Tov’s Benefactor is a study in contradictions. In one turn, Tov finds beauty in the most unlikely places, where some could find nothing but ruin. In another, there is the crushing weight of self-doubt and awkward silences from a poet who writes from a place of quiet disdain for the self, and for the conforming ways of societal pigeonholing. The poet’s underlying theme is sacrifice, and how we let ourselves be ruled by it, how we fall into a false sense of security by it, and how the smallest victories in life can be the most important, and ultimately, the most fulfilling.

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Conceived as a poetic tribute to the golden age of low budget cinema, Old School Monsters, which features 12 original poems by John Dorsey and Charles Joseph, offers a glimpse into the heart of infamous movie monsters and the formative monsters that shape our reality every day. 50 copies of this chapbook were printed and released on January 29th 2017. Cover art by Janne KarlssonIntroduction by Adrian Manning.

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Stay Afloat Inside is the latest chapbook by New Jersey poet Cord Moreski. This twelve poem collection takes the reader on a journey through Moreski’s everyday observations, experiences, and reflections. Heartfelt and relatable, 100 signed copies of Stay Afloat Inside were released on 8/19/16.

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Into The Undertow, an homage to Jucifer’s 2002 album “I Name You Destroyer”, takes the titles of each song and turns them into fifteen poems, twisting and turning into different directions, much like the songs that inspired them. The poems aspire to be as nomadic as the band is.

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FIREBALL (or 12 quasi-epic poems of cheerful doom and gloom) is abstract information ripped out of Charles Joseph’s imagination. It’s a new direction, full of reflection that will leave you stranded at the corner of truth and fiction. It’s cheaper than a pack of cigarettes and more expensive than a loaf of bread, but for five bucks, you can buy yourself a ticket to the circus inside of this quasi-poets head. 

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A Symphony of Crows is the story of a relationship failed by betrayal, drugs, and chaos, that can best be described as Damian Rucci’s soundtrack to the broken hearted melancholy that knocks on your door at the end of a relationship. 12 poems that lead the reader down a path of self-discovery that eclipses regret.

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Vanity is the Whore of The Gods takes the reader into the mind and world of Outspoken St. Monk. These poems are an introduction to his unique style and thoughts that connect the symbolism of the outside world to the inner home of his heart. His full-length volume of his poetry The World Will Notice will be available from Silver Star Press in 2016.

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Temporary Obscurity is a split chapbook Charles Joseph created with B. Diehl in the winter of 2015. The poems are modern, quirky, and thought provoking. Overall, it may just be six poems each by two writers with different voices. But as a unit, it’s twelve poems that work really well together. So, even though this project began as an online social experiment that could have easily crashed and burned, it didn’t, and this little no-nonsense chapbook is proof that collaborations can work—if you try.

PLEASE NOTE: aside from a few copies that our authors may still have on hand for readings, all of the chapbooks listed as sold out are sold out here on the site. So if you would like to purchase a particular book, please vist its author’s link and contact them directly. You never know, they may have a copy for you, or a new book out that may interest you.

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