I just finished reading Island Dreams, all in one sitting. If I were a poet
like you, I could say all I want to say about the book in ten words. Being more
limited, it would take me 100 times that. It is a book of love on many levels.
Bob and Susan did a wonderful job in editing it and designing it. I like the
page-size and square format because there is a lot of white space for the poems
to breathe. The lack of illustrations in the main part of the book contributes
to that open space also. It says, these poems can sit by themselves, they need
no other support, and that space invites the reader to sit with each individual
poem as long as she wants, not rushing, crowding. Reading the poems was, as I
expected, a chance to visit some old friends and times, but meet a lot of new
ones also. There is a smoothness to the way Bob chose to group them. And the
poems themselves, the work, are just lovely. It is like you have a vision into a
crack in the world and you show us what you see, you give us light and wisdom
and touch our hearts, all with so few words. What a journey. I was happy to see
that you and Lorry ended up back at the reunion, slightly greyer in the hair,
but no less loving or loved. Congratulations. I hope you are as proud of the
book as we are of you.
Alice Winston Carney, author of A Cowgirl in Search of a Horse: A Memoir
It's such a great pleasure to wait and to have a book in mind that
waits with you. In this case many years went into Island Dreams,
actually about 50. That seems astounding to me, but yet this is my 70th
year on earth. Our friend Alice W. Carney, a really fine writer in her
own right (write), has said as much as I could say about this book of
ours. One of the poems in the book dates back to 1963 and describes a
hitchhiking trip from Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Quebec City
where we -- two friends and myself -- sang for our supper and rode a few
hundred feet on a freight train and spent a night in a Montreal jail
The poem "Quebec City" won a poetry prize and earned me (at age 19) a
payment of $50.00 thus proving that a poet could make his way in the
world, with his thumb out and his wallet handy. I was to learn as I went
on down the road and Island Dreams tells the tale of living on island
after island until the islands weren't islands any more -- they were
just isolated pieces of earth, or sand, where we pitched our tent of
love and went on from there. When I say "our" I am speaking of Lorry and
Gerry, and later on, Mariah and Hannah, our daughters.
Jack Kerouac called his days with thumb out, "A billowy trip in the
world." I have always thought that's what it is to be alive ... to
breathe deeply and look out of unjaded eyes at all that is around you.
And that's what poetry is, a little eye-prayer to all the things a baby
sees. My deepest thanks go to Bob and Susan Arnold, editors and
designers at Longhouse Publishers and Booksellers. It was Bob's idea to
have me reach back all the way to the beginning, thumb out, and
expectant that a ride would come. And it's been quite a ride.
A poem (or more) will be offered by the hour or with the day and at the very least once a week. So stay on your webbed toes. The aim is to share good hearty-to-eat poetry. This is a birdhouse size file from the larger Longhouse which has been publishing from backwoods Vermont since 1971 books, hundreds of foldout booklets, postcards, sheafs, CD, landscape art, street readings, web publication, and notes left for the milkman. Established by Bob & Susan Arnold for your pleasure. The poems, essays, films & photographs on this site are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the author's go-ahead.
"Once again, my friends, this is your best book! Exquisite in design, fat enough to be a feast, pretty enough to just wade around in, but deep enough to dive into and stay with, all I can say is WOW, you guys really did it – it’s the first of its kind, a scrapbook novel that is also a how-to and a mystery -- how did he do it, and how does he make rocks balance like Thor? — Gerald Hausman" ~
ANNOUNCING. The final volumes to Corman's opus in one book ~ of, volumes 4 & by Cid Corman. 1500 poems, 850 pages edited by Bob Arnold, now available in a limited edition from Longhouse, 2015. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information ~
New! from Longhouse, 2015 ~ Kent Johnson ~ I Once Met, A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field
An expanded and revised edition from Longhouse, 2015. 176 pages. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse ~
New! from Longhouse ~ Island Dreams by Gerald Hausman Please link for details & Paypal payment
ISLAND DREAMS by GERALD HAUSMAN Selected Poems 1968 ~ 2015 chosen & edited by Bob Arnold New and available now from Longhouse ~ 160 pages Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
J.D. WHITNEY'S SELECTED POEMS ~ NEW FROM LONGHOUSE!
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OPENINGS by JAMES KOLLER
Selected poems 1959 ~ 1985 edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse ~ 72 pages . Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse