L+S Press

Poetry Chapbooks

Just Universes
Diana Smith Bolton, 2016

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Just Universes is both broad and intimate in scope: Its poems take us from the sun-warmed gravel of a Mississippi driveway to the fountains of Barcelona; to the lonely, sea-like landscape of the Alps seen from above; to dark bars and darker autumns; to the strangeness and closeness between lovers. In her first collection of poetry, Diana Smith Bolton offers us a far-reaching and inward-reaching travel journal, a meditation on time, youth, and self-awareness that shines.





Time Trials
Jessica Lynn Dotson, 2015

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The poems in Jessica Lynn Dotson’s debut chapbook Time Trials are observant, incisive forays into family, love, and disconnectedness. They speak in a low pitch, with a voice that both coolly scrutinizes pain and wholly understands its lasting power, teaching us that “The heart is a widow several times over, / but the lungs have each other. / No wonder it’s so hard to voluntarily / hold one’s breath.”


No Harbor
Mark McCloughan, 2014

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Philadelphia writer Mark McCloughan’s collection No Harbor is a collection of quiet yet pointed meditations on the self’s relationship to the other; to the multifarious, tactile world that alternately soothes and invades; and to the task of producing and living with poetry. No Harbor speaks to the murmuring undercurrents of human feeling, in which all “things perfect, precise, seemed / to fix and overwhelm, to parcel / to part all the misty, braided / longings of my heart.”


Books

Best of 2013–2015

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A collection of some of our favorite poems from Lines + Stars online, published from 2013 through 2015.


Broadsides

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“Flight,” Jessica Wright, 2015
Artwork by Alyssa Dennis




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“Canoeing at Night,” Kevin Casey, 2015
Artwork by Alyssa Dennis