Chapbook Series

The Prolific Press Chapbook Series celebrates the tradition of chapbooks the world over. Chapbooks are smaller collections. Inclusion is very selective, making our chapbooks highly collectible.



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What Worlds and Moons by Peter Schireson

What Worlds and Moons by Peter Schireson

What Worlds and Moons is a series of prose poems and short fictions that reveal an underlying strangeness in otherwise ordinary moments of daily life. These pieces work on multiple levels, at once deeply personal, while at the same time aware of and engaged in the objective, impersonal world. Meet Valdek the cat, a connoiseur of classical piano; meet the author’s older brother, Harry, who chained himself to a tree and was later buried upside down; listen to Einstein’s thoughts as he trims...
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Dirty Handed Graspings by Ed Ahern

Dirty Handed Graspings by Ed Ahern

Dirty Handed Graspings is wide-ranging sample of Ed Ahern's poetry- wry, humorous, and deeply empathetic to the vagaries of our existence. Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over two hundred stories and poems published so far, and four books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors. "Ed Ahern covers a wide expanse in his poetry...
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The Rock in the Middle of the Road by Edward D. Miller

The Rock in the Middle of the Road by Edward D. Miller

About the book! The Rock in the Middle of the Road describes a series of encounters: with new places and uncovered memories; the politics of the moment and the legacy of history; and falling in love in the here and now. Set in Brazil, Argentina, France, New York City, Cape Cod, and in the virtual homeland of a remembered childhood, Miller’s poems ask the reader to disembark from the ordinary. On this journey, the reader attends to the rhythms of phrases and the playfulness of words. Also, one...
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Driving Around, Looking in Other People's Windows by CL Bledsoe

Driving Around, Looking in Other People's Windows by CL Bledsoe

Driving Around, Looking in Other People's Windows is a poetry collection about a marriage falling apart in the face of illness and debt. Two young, idealistic poets try to move past the difficulties of their childhoods to make a life together, but good intentions aren't the same as good plans. Bledsoe's poems mix pathos and humor, joie de vivre and clinical depression. His language is spare but warm. He is struggling, not only with living, but with figuring out how to live, how to move through...
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Deep Fahrenheit by Amy Gordon

Deep Fahrenheit by Amy Gordon

Deep Fahrenheit portrays the process of growing up. In the opening poem, a woman in feudal times stands in a field under the stars and feels the turning of the earth beneath her feet and senses for the first time that she is not the center of the universe and that she is connected to all things. In the final poem, a contemporary woman standing outside at the end of a day, also feels the earth’s turning, and senses not only her own death but the gradual extinction of all things. The feudal...
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The Impressionist Painter by Alan Humason

The Impressionist Painter by Alan Humason

Alan Humason’s poetry examines the lives of ordinary people through a narrative exploration of every day events—dating, doing work, driving home, walking outdoors, loving—knowing that honest epiphanies can spring from the most modest of pastimes and contacts. He aims to be insightful and empathetic about the human condition in clear, vivid, evocative language. Taking an observant story-teller’s point of view, rarely writing in the first person, Humason quickly crafts engaging tales that...
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Final Arrangements by Mickey J. Corrigan

Final Arrangements by Mickey J. Corrigan

Everyone tells you: Death does not give, Death takes away. In this short collection of easy to read poetry, Mickey J. Corrigan explores burial practices around the globe. Why be buried in the same old way when you might choose to follow Japanese tradition and allow your family to pick through your ashes to retrieve your bones? Or you can opt for a final party like they do in Mexico, honoring the dead with lively music, food and drink. You could ask your beloved to dance with your old bones, an...
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Socorro Prophesy by E. Doyle-Gillespie

Socorro Prophesy by E. Doyle-Gillespie

In Socorro Prophesy, E. Doyle-Gillespie gives us stories at the edges of the human experience...places familiar, but kept at arm’s reach. We wrestle with the validity of these poems, straining to embrace the wholeness of our being. The campfires of story-spinners and myth-keepers draw us close, like ancient spirits visiting the truth of our human journey together. Along these roads, E. Doyle-Gillespie presents a truck with monsters, dark fears in the shadowy realm. He introduces icons that...
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Blackbird Songs by Katie Sullivan Hughbanks

Blackbird Songs by Katie Sullivan Hughbanks

Peacocks get attention. When people visit a park or zoo, these beautiful birds demand to be noticed. They puff out their chests and spread their glorious feathers for others to admire and envy. But do folks awed by the peacock stop to listen to other birds singing? Do park visitors even notice the calls of the grackles, cowbirds, starlings? Most likely, no. In Blackbird Songs, birds act as metaphor. We notice the peacocks; we listen to these showy folks and are dazzled by their physical beauty....
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You/Wee: Poems from a Father by Sidney Thompson

You/Wee: Poems from a Father by Sidney Thompson

About the Book: Poets such as Beth Ann Fennelly have explored the evocative, transformative nature of motherhood, but where is the fatherhood companion? Sidney Thompson generously answers with You/Wee—eighteen poems addressed prayer-like to his first-born daughter. Thompson serves as witness to his daughter’s conception, her birth, and her discoveries into toddlerhood, in addition to his own developments and discoveries as a father and child. The mother’s experience, too, is a source of...
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