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.

Kim Dower

Kim Dower

Kim Dower’s first collection of poetry, Air Kissing on Mars, (Red Hen Press, 2010) was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list, and was described by the Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Slice of Moon, her second collection, (Red Hen Press, 2013), was called, “unexpected and sublime,” by “O” magazine. Kim’s work has appeared in Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac," and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry," as well as in Ploughshares, Barrow Street, and Eclipse. Kim teaches a workshop called, Poetry and Dreaming in the B.A. Program of Antioch University. She lives in West Hollywood, California. www.kimdowerpoetry.com

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:

Last Train to the Missing Planet

Last Train to the Missing Planet

Kim Dower
2016-03-29
$17.95 tradepaper
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Description:

Expect the unexpected, while being entertained, engaged, inspired: experience the always present but rarely recognized miraculous moments of our everyday lives in this anticipated third collection from Kim Dower.

Acclaimed for combining the accessible and profound, Kim Dower's poetry has been described by The Los Angeles Times as "Sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache," and by O Magazine as "unexpected and sublime." Her third collection, Last Train to the Missing Planet, rockets forward in this trajectory, taking us on a journey to places we've often visited but never seen. Buy a ticket and hop aboard: experience love, longing, and passion tipped sideways; irreverent, touching, and disarmingly sexy as illuminated by an original and brilliant light. Lose yourself in the unexplored sensations of the ordinary in this engaging year of moments, both comforting and terrifying--and always extraordinary.

"These poems speak in the voice of an old, trusted friend who knows you, who has come to visit and remind you of who you are and what a life is all about. They speak not of the highs and lows, but about the grey space between tragedy and tenderness, memory and loss, fragility and perseverance--that space where the soul and the truest self live."

--Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet

"What a pleasure it is to settle into Kim Dower's latest collection. Dower's poetry creates a quiet space around itself, full of worldly, humorous insights into life as it is."

--Janet Fitch


Air Kissing on Mars

Air Kissing on Mars

Kim Dower
2010-10-01
$18.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

Kim Dower’s poems are sensual and rhapsodic journeys through emotional landscapes sweeping everyday life. Playful, intelligent, funny, edgy, engaging—sometimes biting, ironic and dark, sometimes dreamy and surreal, full of poignancy and arresting metaphors, the daily, simple occurrences in Air Kissing On Mars startle and provoke, while stirring up the fairy dust and turbulent weight of memory; evoking the possibilities and gorgeous chaos of life.

Open and inviting, these poems draw the reader into a world seen upside down, inside out, a sideways bird reporting on a universe filled with mystery and passion. Joan Didion meets Tinkerbell, Kim Dower’s poems are as whimsical and light as they are rich and intense. Simultaneously humorous and profound these passionate and personal poems, relatable to all, are drenched with vivid imagery, and sparkle with surprise.

Lost languages, disappearing mailboxes, locomotives pummeling through dreams, taxi drivers thrown by the earth’s rotation, shadows in closets, vanishing carrots, men who exfoliate—all manner of haunting evocations come together in this opus of shining and startling wisdom.


Slice of Moon

Slice of Moon

Kim Dower
2013-10-01
$18.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

Slice of Moon, the second poetry collection by Kim Dower, retains the whimsical, accessible style of her debut, Air Kissing on Mars, while reaching deeper, with greater lyrical intensity, irony, and poignancy. Losing one's mother in Bloomingdale's, the pleasures of corned beef, the power of bottled water, fear of freeways, hot springs, boob jobs, secrets in hotel rooms, dolphins sleeping with one eye open, wolves in garter belts, the strange lights next door, the people in the health food store who don't look healthy; Slice of Moon is simultaneously funny and profound, universal and personal, and examines a life well-lived. Drenched in vivid imagery, sparkling with surprise, each poem reminds us that our lives are filled with desire and mystery.

Praise for Slice of Moon:

"...a rare and astonishing first book. It's a kind of miracle, I tell you, a kind of miracle!"

—Thomas Lux

"The poems are bold and sexy and smart."

—Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

"...sensual and evocative, lyrical snapshots of life?s bittersweet moments...seamlessly combine humor and heartache."

—Los Angeles Times


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.