Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson

Author's Website

Jim Peterson is a poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist. Early books include The Man Who Grew Silent (Bench Press 1989), and An Afternoon With K (Holocene 1996). His Red Hen Press books are The Owning Stone (2000, winner of The Benjamin Saltman Award), Paper Crown (2005), and The Bob and Weave (2006). Two poetry chapbooks have also been published: Carvings on a Prayer Tree (1994) and Jim Peterson's Greatest Hits (2001, 2003). His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Texas Review, Connecticut Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Journal. His poetry was awarded a Poetry Fellowship from the Virginia Commission on the Arts in 2002-03. A number of his plays have been produced in regional and college theatres around the country. He is writer-in-residence and coordinator of creative writing at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia where he lives with his wife, Harriet, and their beloved Welsh Corgi, Dylan Thomas.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Books Available:

The Bob and Weave

The Bob and Weave

Jim Peterson
2006-02-28
$16.95 Tradepaper
Shop: IndieBound, Barnes & Noble

Description:

Despite the lyric tenderness and subtlety of their voices, the poems in the Bob and Weave are simultaneously surreal, spooky, and full of brave love for the world's mysteries, visible and invisible. Like an unpredictable wind, this work finds its way into the cracks between everything you think you know, then overflows them.

-- Claire Bateman

Jim Peterson's poems are filled with the things of this world--its horses, hands, stones, and baseball players--but are not themselves its inhabitants. Rather, this poet moves in a realm where 'there is / a space between him and the world and he / tunes it like one string of a violin.' Equally committed to nature, to spirit, to dreams, and to the touch of another human body, Peterson constantly expects 'a message / from something that isn't me / or even like me.' The tensions evolving from this anticipation are by turns erotic, mysterious, and instructively frightening.

-- Steven Corey

With the Bob and Weave, Jim Peterson announces himself as a major American poet. These poems offer insight into both the quotidian and the eternal, and while we hear echoes of his near predecessors--Dickey, Merwin, Hugo, Roethke--the voice in this new collection--assured, resonant, vatic--is entirely Peterson's own.

-- David Starkey


The Owning Stone

The Owning Stone

Jim Peterson
2000-10-01
$9.95 Tradepaper
Shop: IndieBound, Barnes & Noble

Description:

The Owning Stone

The Owning Stone

Jim Peterson
2012-03-01
$16.95 Tradepaper
Shop: IndieBound, Barnes & Noble

Description:

What do you do when you can't throw away the stone that contains your dead father's possessive spirit? When a 38 caliber handgun comes knocking on your midnight door? When the woman you desire inhabits an ordinary world so alien to yours that you can only look at her when she's asleep? When all of the women of your town--mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers--run away and leave you alone with the other men? When the very best thing in your life is throwing a ball for your worshipful dog? When two young men wearing slim black ties show up at your door pushing bicycles and want nothing less than your soul? These provocative narrative poems--what Peterson prefers to call "situation poems"--attempt to provide answers to these and to many other such questions. With surprising yet apt metaphors and images, with language tightened to the point of breaking, the poems of this new edition of The Owning Stone dramatize the situations that capture and hold us, and the potential paths of escape and transcendence that can free us.


Paper Crown

Paper Crown

Jim Peterson
2005-03-01
$16.95 Tradepaper
Shop: IndieBound, Barnes & Noble

Description:

Contact marketing@redhen.org

Blending features of speculative fiction, the occult, and the spiritual quest, Paper Crown details an unusual story of initiation. Traumatized by the mysterious circumstances of his mother's death, Chuck runs away from his Southern California home and lands in Colorado Springs where he becomes involved with Frank Posner and his mother, Lyuba. Leaders of an ancient and highly secretive family of travelers who have incredible powers, they take Chuck on a psychological journey in which he must face his disturbing past and confront a frightening and uncertain future. With a cast of vivid and sometimes bizarre characters, Paper Crown unfolds a classic story of loss, struggle, and renewal.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.