Post Traumatic Press


A Banner Year for Apples by Amanda Nicole Gulla

Animal Trance by Alison Koffler

Basic Load by Dayl Wise Field Manual -- Basic Load -- Department of War Poems - May 2009.

Creature Comforts by Teresa Costa

Eve's Venom by Mike Jurkovic

Kind by Gretchen Primack

Lies of the Poets by Leslie Gerber

Love And War by Thomas Brinson

My Minnesota Boyhood by Cheryl A. Rice

Poems of War and Other Stuff by Dayl Wise

Post Traumatic Press 2007

Postcards from America by Judith Kerman

The Edge of Sleep by Leslie Gerber
You show how the poet can disappear into the poem. A neat trick.
--Billy Collins (on "The Edge of Sleep")
Leslie Gerber's poems are a stimulating mix of the wry, the broadly humorous, and the affectingly intimate. With scrupulous and affectionate attention he probes, many of the ordinary corners of our lives, illuminating them in language that's direct, straightforward, unsentimental, without any showiness of language but with hard-earned self-awareness and without self-regard...Gerber's poems seem always alive to the complicated nature of the world. These are poems of genuine emotion gingerly handled, of grave knowledge carefully fashioned, and voiced with admirable and affecting lightness of touch. Although he calls his collection The Edge of Sleep these poems are the work of a wonderfully wide-awake imagination.
--Eamon Grennan
Leslie Gerber’s collection is full of surprises. His best poems tend toward absurd openings–“The dogs are on strike” or “When I awoke this morning/I found my shoes were made of bre ad”–or openings of simple precision: “In the mountains of El Salvador/lives a young maiden/with three gold teeth/and one false eye.” It’s hard not to keep reading after receiving such invitations. They make us clear the calendar. They make us silence the phone.
--Charles Rafferty [“The Unleashable Dog”]
Leslie Gerber’s new collection of poetry will keep readers happily off balance with its unusual combination of down-to-earth observation and slightly zany surrealism. Casual and accessible in presentation, the poems entertain weird possibilities and explore unanticipated mental detours. Propelling his readers along the “Moebius Track” of his imaginings, the poet encourages us to join him in “dream[ing] of a man who is dreaming.”
--Judith Saunders / Marist College

The Goat Hill Poets

The Mathematics of Disengagement by Susan Hoover
“For those of us privileged to know her, Susan Hoover’s poems are a reflection of the woman herself. Intelligent, highly charged, funny, understated, passionate, proud, self-effacing, daring, joyful, logical, and heartrending. Don’t enter these poems lightly; they won’t forgive even a flicker of inattention.  Hoover is a top shelf poet; do whatever it takes to make room for these gorgeous poems, they reward both heart and head.”
 - Angelo Verga, author of six poetry collections, and curator of Literary Events at the legendary Cornelia Street Café.
“A commanding three-part mathematical poetic masterpiece of intimate musical delicacy with surprising twists that land you in the light of fiction and truth/on rough seas/among swimming words/and the sparkling light of fiction and truth/with the fragility of glass and the charred edges of repercussion/flipping coins with the devil/dodging the wreckage of life/falling axes/and edges/lines/and angles shift and reclaim themselves in the strong shadow of the sun.”
-Bruce Weber, author of Poetic Justice (Ikon Press)


The Others by Alison Koffler


The Summer Joe Joined the Army by Walt Nygard

Universe at Your Door - The Slabsides Poets

Voice Lesson by Sharon Israel
Sharon Israel’s poems are full of song and detail, movement and color; the pleasures she brings to the page are many and varied. We are as likely to find Israel’s speaker sighting owls in the Catskills, or helping in her dad’s butcher shop, as in the world of music implied by the title. In Voice Lesson, Israel’s urge is alchemical, so that when she’s behind the counter, “scoop[ing] shiny brains into plastic bags” she is also arranging them “carefully like pale jewels.” She’s after a kind of transformation, and urges us, “Always make room/for that singing thing/inside you.”
- Daisy Fried, author of Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice
This is a powerful intelligent work by a poet who knows how to share and sing her feelings. Not afraid of intimacy, Sharon catches light in the darkness in these 22 poems with a fresh voice that will entice the reader to return to this book for her authentic displays of gratitude and tenderness. The poems are a mixture of what is sacred, what needs to be remembered, music in the day-to-dayness of our lives. She has the ability to receive even the world’s sensuality—”basso/ mountain chords-ocean’s/ salt and sweet palate/ of rivers and lakes, island keys under chromatic/ skies turned major or minor...” while honoring and celebrating a connection to family “Whipped by the wind on the mountain,/ I look to my son, breathe in and sing.”
- Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, author of I WANT TO THANK MY EYES
Sharon Israel’s “Type Triple A” is a poetic Mobius strip whose title, meaning, and sound all curve back on each other to create a beautiful effect. - Ken S, Editor, SPANK the CARP (
"Voice Lesson is an exceptional debut by Sharon Israel, a gifted poet with profound verbal and musical skills. The apt prescript by Walt Whitman is followed on the next page by the line “I shout my schedule electric,” which the entire book does, from the Elvis Presley imagism of “Stuck on You” to the remarkable energy of “The Hive” to the memorable “Melodrama at the Biograph,” in which John Dillinger is frozen in time yet still moves, a poem so taut with drama you will never forget it. Indeed the reader will never forget any of these poems. The incantory power of lines like “we sigh/we chant/we merge/we stay,” and that in many other lines, will be with us permanently. Like Whitman before her, Sharon Israel “breathes in and sings” with a breathtaking insight that sees inside surfaces and opens up worlds."
- Lee Slonimsky, author of Consulting with the Swifts: New and Selected Poems 1982—2015

Wild Geese Returning by Michael Gillen