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Poetic Matrix Press

If poets and lovers of poetry don't write, publish, read, and purchase poetry books then we will have no say in the quality of our contemporary culture and no excuse for the abuses of language, ideas, truth, beauty, and love in our cultural life.

Special Announcement

Kim Shuck - 2017 Poet Laureate of San Francisco

Kim Shuck, is the newly appointed 2017 Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Kim joins an illustrious list of former San Francisco poet laureates including: Lawrence Ferlinghett, Janice Mirikitanii, devorah major, Jack Hirschman, Diane di Prima, and Alejandro Murguía. Along with the US Poet Laureate, the San Francisco Poet Laureate surely sits in a preeminent place in this country's literary life.

Congratulations and great success to her. We had the opportunity to publish Kim's Rabbit Stories in 2013. Working with Kim and getting to know her has been a delight. She brought Leroy Moore to our attention as well.

New Titles

River Light

River Light
Poems by J. C. Olander

The Book

Writing the natural world Chris Olander cracks down to the elements, his senses, the crystal beings themselves, trees, birds, fish, bear, big cats, mountains, and his central metaphor, the river--water purls throughout, rivers, creeks, streams--these crystal beings in their motions and flow. The sacred. River Light offers us the ecopoet's gut choice, commodity and pollution versus natural reverence. His elemental writing lets us see, feel, taste the way to go.

Richard Silberg, author of "The Horses: New and Selected Poems" and "Deconstruction of the Blues"
associate editor of Poetry Flash

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So Many Voices

So Many Voices
edited by John Peterson, James Downs & Joe Milosch

Our 20th Anniversary Authors Anthology "So Many Voices" is in release. With material from our 60 books and 45 authors (including new pieces from many) this is a true reflection of So Many Voices that we have had the privilege of publishing. With editorial assistance from John Peterson, James Downs and Joe Milosch and Forward from James and John and cover art from Molly Weller. This is an interesting and beautiful compliment to our publishing efforts. Kim Shuck, Francisco X. Alarcón, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Anne Whitehouse, Patricia Nelson, Brandon Cesmat, Ashley Gene Pinkerton and many more.

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Spokes of Dream or Bird

Spokes of Dream or Bird
Poems by Patricia Nelson

The Book

In Patricia Nelson's poems, language is a vessel—sometimes a jeweled container to catch the ineffable, to harness or restrain its power like a djinni; sometimes a boat on the vast sea–surface, catching the winds of exhilarated flight or foundering in storms. This is the vessel with which the poet sets out, and we, her readers, are along for the journey. Through ancient Celtic forests, Dante's landscape of the damned, and the garden of wordless, singing light from which our consciousness exiles us, Nelson's poems offer a riddling map home—a way to reach one another, to counter the loneliness of our human being.

Terry Ehret, author of Lucky Break and Night Sky Journey

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A Book of Poetry J. P. Linstroth

The Book

THE FORGOTTEN SHORE is very Classical in origin and in references. This work has a very classical shape to it both in the obvious Greek references but also in the complex story telling. Linstroth makes serious demands of the reader, both intellectually and even more so in the emotional investment it demands.


When the autumn day fades away and the leaves fall to grey
When the dying sun shines no more to embered darkened coverlet
When your eyes are no more, the salten tears shorn from that forgotten shore
Such are these nights to be cornered within
Such are these cavernous thoughts without depths
Such are these moments, endless in anticipation
To be within and without...
To watch the rise of the moon in full, the illumined self...
To forget nocturnal rest, oblivion to all...
For these are those moments, those inward stirrings,
Those silences that rustle the grey leaves and let them forever fall.

Author Biography

J. P. Linstroth is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University. He is the author of the book: Marching Against Gender Practice: Political Imaginings in the Basqueland (2015, Lexington Books). He obtained a D.Phil. (PhD) in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford with several awards for his research concentrating on the Spanish-Basques. Linstroth was a recipient of two travel grants from the Basque regional government to speak on issues of peace and conflict resolution in the Basque Country (2005 & 2006) and a signatory of the Brussels Declaration for Peace to end ETA violence (2010). Linstroth is also an artist. His paintings have been shown at various venues in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida. The Forgotten Shore (2017, Poetic Matrix Press) is Linstroth's first book of poetry.

Our Titles

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