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Poetry Books


Blue Bone Books contains a cooperative poetry press. Its authors are: Robin White Turtle Lysne, Stuart Presley, Janet Trenchard, Marcia Adams, Lisa Simon, and Phil Wagner.
Newest Release! Mosaic: New and Collected Poems

Mosaic, New and Collected Poems, is a collection of 30 years of poetry from the author's life. Lysne explores this world and the spirit world and her own process capturing moments of time passing and evolving. Poet Laureate of Cupertino, Dave Denny says of Mosaic:


Robin White Turtle Lysne's Mosaic is a book of tenderness, awe, and depth. Lysne explores the natural world in the manner of the mystic. With a keen eye and open heart, she communes with wolf, owl, raven, and cat. Her poems reach deeply into relationships between family members, friends, and lovers. Throughout this vast collection, Lysne's brave poems explore the joys of a life richly lived and challenge us to do the same.

--David Denny, author of Some Divine Commotion and Fool in the Attic


$15.00,  265 pages

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Mosaic: New and Collected Poems
$15.00
 Marcia Adams Understory


Marcia Adams is the kind of inspired poet who takes us exploring. As she grows up in Northern California, discovers WWII history in a collection of love letters, wades through sorrow, and dives into joy, we delight and laugh along with her. I treasure her words. You won’t want to miss this lovely writer.

 

Linda Helding

Explorer

Missoula, Montana


Tender and hard-hitting, these “under-stories” are a visceral connection between history and family. Marcia Adams’ voice is immediate and close because her people “need to be remembered.”

 

Pegatha Hughes – Painting the Sun


Understory takes us beneath the forest canopies of the Mokelumne wilderness from the 1850s to the 1940s to reveal lives rife with beauty and misery. These poems dignify the domestic by revealing the true hardships and untold stories of women, and portray hard-working men who labored in lumber mills and flew fighter planes in WWII. With humor and derision, Adams questions the “spiritual noise” of the Mormon faith that shaped the lives of her great grandparents and those who came after. Understory delivers a haunting exploration of the complex threads that comprise the tapestry of one poet’s profound family history.

 

            -Maggie Paul, Borrowed World



$15.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling. 71 pages. Free shipping with orders of 4 or more.

Marcia Adams Understory
$15.00
Janet Trenchard's Infrared


 Janet Trenchard's Infrared is a poetic montage of poetry and paintings spanning 20 years. Her first  book of poems, she traverses vast landscapes of personal dreams, visions, and self reflection. Through the SoulCollage process, she creates a memory collage from her past and imagination.

What Others are saying!


In Janet Trenchard’s first collection, Infrared, the poems survey a crumbling past sifted through memory and imagination, a kaleidoscope where at every turn a new pattern is revealed, a new perspective falls into place. Trenchard pairs her artist’s keen eye with equal attention to language’s music and rhythm to create an at times haunting collection where goddesses and gods walk among us, mere mortals rise from ashes, and where that which falls apart finds shape and meaning once more. Unforgettable.

 

Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2011-2013), Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, author of three poetry collections, most recently Some Odd Afternoon.

 

These musical poems traverse a landscape of human encounters, some domestic, others alcohol-soaked, all compelling. In “Night Owls,” two friends drink the night away as a dark presence hangs over them: “it was enough to know / that it could be owls / calling to me through whiskey.” In “Wedgewood Stove,” a woman sits in her kitchen, the scene set for a quiet evening, but the “cracked patio” and “hole in the sky / with light raining down” suggest otherwise. In “Sparks,” a mattress burns for days, the energy “waiting to burst out / like so many red bees.” These poems illuminate the unexpected links in life and love.

 

Erica Goss, Los Gatos, CA. Poet Laureate Emerita

 

Infrared is a luminous book. Like the artist she also is, Janet Trenchard paints with words, as in her opening poem, Spirits: “I need the color amber in the palm of my hand…” Words emerge “as trumpets summoned up/from underground that dark gold/that everything is made of”. Poems of smoke, night owls, scarab beetles, or a weekend at God’s, are painted with an imagistic brush. Here, too, is an old Wedgewood stove lighting a table that holds, like Janet’s poems, a book filled with whale posters, a clawfoot tub, Nina Simone on the stereo. One is drawn in, as in her final lines, as “angels in the Torah bending over/each blade of grass”.

 

Dane Cervine, author of “How Therapists Dance”, and, “The Jeweled Net of Indra”

 



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In Janet Trenchard’s first collection, Infrared, the poems survey a crumbling past sifted through memory and imagination, a kaleidoscope where at every turn a new pattern is revealed, a new perspective falls into place. Trenchard pairs her artist’s keen eye with equal attention to language’s music and rhythm to create an at times haunting collection where goddesses and gods walk among us, mere mortals rise from ashes, and where that which falls apart finds shape and meaning once more. Unforgettable.

Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2011-2013), Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, author of three poetry collections, most recently Some Odd Afternoon.

These musical poems traverse a landscape of human encounters, some domestic, others alcohol-soaked, all compelling. In “Night Owls,” two friends drink the night away as a dark presence hangs over them: “it was enough to know / that it could be owls / calling to me through whiskey.” In “Wedgewood Stove,” a woman sits in her kitchen, the scene set for a quiet evening, but the “cracked patio” and “hole in the sky / with light raining down” suggest otherwise. In “Sparks,” a mattress burns for days, the energy “waiting to burst out / like so many red bees.” These poems illuminate the unexpected links in life and love.

Erica Goss, Los Gatos, CA. Poet Laureate Emerita

Infrared is a luminous book. Like the artist she also is, Janet Trenchard paints with words, as in her opening poem, Spirits: “I need the color amber in the palm of my hand…” Words emerge “as trumpets summoned up/from underground that dark gold/that everything is made of”. Poems of smoke, night owls, scarab beetles, or a weekend at God’s, are painted with an imagistic brush. Here, too, is an old Wedgewood stove lighting a table that holds, like Janet’s poems, a book filled with whale posters, a clawfoot tub, Nina Simone on the stereo. One is drawn in, as in her final lines, as “angels in the Torah bending over/each blade of grass”. 

Dane Cervine, author of “How Therapists Dance”, and, “The Jeweled Net of Indra”


In Janet Trenchard’s first collection, Infrared, the poems survey a crumbling past sifted through memory and imagination, a kaleidoscope where at every turn a new pattern is revealed, a new perspective falls into place. Trenchard pairs her artist’s keen eye with equal attention to language’s music and rhythm to create an at times haunting collection where goddesses and gods walk among us, mere mortals rise from ashes, and where that which falls apart finds shape and meaning once more. Unforgettable.

Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2011-2013), Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, author of three poetry collections, most recently Some Odd Afternoon.

These musical poems traverse a landscape of human encounters, some domestic, others alcohol-soaked, all compelling. In “Night Owls,” two friends drink the night away as a dark presence hangs over them: “it was enough to know / that it could be owls / calling to me through whiskey.” In “Wedgewood Stove,” a woman sits in her kitchen, the scene set for a quiet evening, but the “cracked patio” and “hole in the sky / with light raining down” suggest otherwise. In “Sparks,” a mattress burns for days, the energy “waiting to burst out / like so many red bees.” These poems illuminate the unexpected links in life and love.

Erica Goss, Los Gatos, CA. Poet Laureate Emerita

Infrared is a luminous book. Like the artist she also is, Janet Trenchard paints with words, as in her opening poem, Spirits: “I need the color amber in the palm of my hand…” Words emerge “as trumpets summoned up/from underground that dark gold/that everything is made of”. Poems of smoke, night owls, scarab beetles, or a weekend at God’s, are painted with an imagistic brush. Here, too, is an old Wedgewood stove lighting a table that holds, like Janet’s poems, a book filled with whale posters, a clawfoot tub, Nina Simone on the stereo. One is drawn in, as in her final lines, as “angels in the Torah bending over/each blade of grass”. 

Dane Cervine, author of “How Therapists Dance”, and, “The Jeweled Net of Indra”

Infared
$15.00
Poems for the Lost Deer by Robin White Turtle Lysne, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Poetry Books Latest Release

Poems for the Lost Deer offers a lament for Nature and what we are doing to our Mother Earth. The news articles and interviews of an actual event in 2008 document the poems. Native Wisdom in harmony with nature is contrasted with Western-based capitalism.  The book addresses women's issues, emigration, and what patriarchy assumes it can do in our own National Park Service. 

Here is what others are saying about this book: 

"Poems for the Lost Deer is much more than poems.  It is a tract that is, at once, lamentation and praise song, dirge and testament and manifestation.  And an inquiry into values and hierarchy and a series of addresses to the faces of power. …"

C.S. Giscombe 
Author of Into and Out of Dislocation, and others 

"This (book) is passionate, compassionate, skillful, meticulous, graceful, vital, and heartbreaking.  …"
Heather Nagami, Author, Editor 

Echoing Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Robin Lysne’s Poems for the Lost Deer documents the recent systematic slaughter of “non-native” Axis and Fallow deer from the Point Reyes National Seashore.  Presenting “what happened” in an assemblage of overlapping voices -- factual “evidence”. …Robin Lysne has given us, one whose time has come not a moment too soon.

Stephen Ratcliffe. Author of Real, Portraits and Repitition, and over 20 books of poetry and criticism, and is a long time Professor at Mills College. 


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Poems for the Lost Deer
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