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The Mare and the Mouse
The first volume in the Stories of My Horses trilogy.
Beautiful and hilarious, tearful and rambunctious, very real, ironic and magic-filled, Martín Prechtel’s new book The Mare and the Mouse is a series of lyrical sagas in tribute to each of the native New Mexican horses that carried him through his youth on the reservation, and then again during the difficult times following his return home after over a decade in the Mayan Highlands of Guatemala.
Meant to be read aloud to crowds around campfires, especially to people who are mistaken that only rich people or rednecks ride horses, Prechtel credits both his own physical and spiritual survival in “modernity’s mad rush to nowhere” with the sanity of riding and living with his natural-born Southwestern horses. Not raised for show, performance, status, or money, these little horses allowed a way of living that took him flying over ravines into deep-mountain Holy places, backwards over streams, and in general keeping alive a sparkier, older spirit in an age where horses have been grossly de-natured and sadly removed from our own everyday lives after three millennia as the closest companions of our ancestors’ dreams and mythologies.
But, Prechtel says, he wrote this book “specially for people to be inspired to live magically and in depth with animals, and to give people to understand that it’s never too late to start living in a more tangible, dusty way—maybe even flying over the ground on the back of a big furry animal—in a way that inspires life. If you want to have good memory, you have to do things that are worth remembering. Time to get busy!”
“On the Res none of us were horse trainers and nobody I knew really whispered to their horses, some people yelled at them, but we did know that neither whispering nor yelling did much good, unless you could keep a peaceful image in your head that you wanted the horse to absorb into theirs. In any case what horses fear the most is human cowardice, so we had to have the courage to think a thought beyond what we wanted the horse to do, we had to think a thought a horse would think, which mostly has to do with looking really cool in a herd of other magnificent horses, then in a trance grazing beautiful, short wild grasses on the sides of magnificent, mica-covered, red ochre hills, and then being scared of nothing and running like hell to the next equivalent grazing heaven. If you could keep that in your heart, your knees, your hands, your eyes, keeping all the human noise out of your head, then whether you whispered or croaked like a toad, the horse would follow that thought to whatever you thought the two of you should do! Of course you had to be able to laugh at yourself if it didn’t work, because good horses also respect a person who is courageous enough to fail and who can laugh at himself for even thinking a horse should do a person’s will.”
--from The Mare and the Mouse
Power Children PREORDER (Release date: Spring 2022)
Written by Corinne A. Dwyer
Edited andForward by Elizabeth Dwyer
Power Children is the first book in the Nasha-sheen Chronicles, a series detailing the life of Autumn Leaves, an unlikely hero, and the enthralling, hidden world of the Nasha-sheen, her people. Power, the exquisite attunement of physical ability and intelligence, is what saved the Nasha-sheen from oblivion, it's what maintains their secrecy, what rules them, what gives them purpose and culture, and, what nearly caused their undoing. Autumn Leaves, an apparent orphan, struggles to reconcile her small, relatively weak frame with the immensity of her developing mind, and her insatiable need to understand. All the while the enigmatic forces behind the traumas of her past hope to guide her, aid her, and somehow rein her in to prevent her from becoming what she must become.
The Kontum Madonna
Illustrations by Dick Adair
50 years after the war Hansen continues to mine his time in Vietnam as an 18-year-old machine gunner with the 101st Airborne Division. These poems inform us that no soldier ever grows so old as to see a war's final ripple.
J. Vincent Hansen grew up on a farm near Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. After high school, he spent three years in the Army followed by seven years working in East Africa as an agricultural volunteer with the Maryknoll Fathers. He is the recipient of the 1990 Loft-McKnight Award for Poetry, and a 2009 Bush Artist Fellowship in Poetry. He is the author of the books Blessed Are the Piecemakers, Without Dividend in Mind, The Medicine of Place, and a multi-media play, The Wedding of Tomorrow and Sorrow. He lives with his wife, Jeanette, in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
Dick Adair (1935-2018) was a Navy journalist and war correspondent for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes and also the author of the book Saigon published by Weatherhill in 1971. Later in life his art brought him many awards while working as a cartoonist in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rubies in the Mud
By Terry Hauptman
Interior glyphs and cover by Terry Hauptman
Release date: March 9th, 2021
Terry's written works often focus on a Phoenix of hope rising from tragedy. They churn the blood of our past into an informed metaphor, which transcends a temporal definition. Her images urge on the symbolic. Their figures and potent calls, shrieking and whimpering, assert echoes of ancestry that resound in the chambers of today. Through a curious eye they utter, whisper, and choke us with tentative movements that blend reality, history, dreams, sand, water, wine, and blood to intimate an unforeseen direction comprising a part of humankind's silhouette. Our eyes water from the sophisticated plan which, in essence, remains hidden from sight.
Terry Linda Hauptman is the author of four previous poetry collections: Masquerading in Clover: Fantasy of the Leafy Fool, with hand-painted plates (Boston: Four Zoas, 1980), Rattle (Tulsa: Cardinal Press, 1982), On Hearing Thunder (St. Cloud, Minnesota: North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 2004), and The Indwelling of Dissonance (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 2016). She has a Master’s degree in Poetry from the University of New Mexico, Alburquerque, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University, Athens. She reads her poetry rhapsodically and exhibits her luminous Songline Scrolls nationally. She has taught World Art, Poetry, and Ethno-poetics, as well as classes in Genocide at several universities and workshops. She lives in Vermont with Robert and Kira Lily.
The small town of Black Otter Bay, on Minnesota's North Shore, is being haunted by a sinister presence lurking in the forest behind town. When the body of a hiker shows up, Sheriff Marlon Fastwater is called in to investigate and soon finds himself involved with the Native American legend of the Manitou—the Trickster—and the mystique of a half Native Canadian/half French man who lives in the woods and holds true the ancient mystical beliefs of his elders. When the much-anticipated night of the Halloween Dance finally arrives, most of the major characters in town, including Gitch, the sheriff's faithful dog, become involved in the night of terror. A fast-paced pursuit leads to a chilling ending set against the immensity of Lake Superior.
Also by Vincent Wyckoff:
Black Otter Bay
The Medicine of Place
Photographer: Chuck Norwood
Description: In The Medicine of Place, the reserved, spartan poetry of J. Vincent Hanson mixes seamlessly with the deep-hued photographs of everyday objects by Chuck Norwood. The result is an earthy and sweat-scented homage to old-fashioned hard work and the beauty to be found in the minutia of a life well-lived and a place well-loved.
About the Author: J. Vincent Hansen grew up on a farm near Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. After high school, he spent three years in the Army followed by seven years working in East Africa as an agricultural volunteer with the Maryknoll Fathers. He is the recipient of the 1990 Loft-McKnight Award for Poetry, and a 2009 Bush Artist Fellowship in Poetry. He is the author of the book Blessed Are the Piecemakers, and a multi-media play, The Wedding of Tomorrow and Sorrow. He lives with his wife, Jeanette, on five acres near Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
About the Photographer: Chuck Norwood makes his home in St. Cloud, Minnesota and is employed as Technical Director for the Paramount Center for the Arts. Chuck has been making photographs for 30 years. He is a member of the Artist Guild of Central Minnesota, the Great River Arts Association of Little Falls and the Arts Alliance of Elk River, Minnesota. Chuck is the recipient of the 2011 Individual Artist Grant and the 2014 Career Development Grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.
Trim Size: 5 x 8
Page Count: 174
Publication Date: June 2017
While I Wait
By the Yaghjian Family
While it is difficult for adults to understand the extent of changes in the world brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, it must be so much more confusing to children. Waiting and spending time indoors while a favorite park is closed or school is shut down has been a constant companion for children during these times. While I Wait shows children waiting for bits of life to re-open and return to normal, while at the same time having fun and using their creativity indoors. With each page featuring a different style of artwork from a unique artist, While I Wait displays lessons in patience, creative thinking, and hope that children will carry into 2021 and for the rest of their lives.