I Married Japan: Readable Poetry by Ben Ohmart

I moved to Kyoto, Japan with my lovely wife Mayumi because Albany, GA wasn’t working as a marital aid. She was used to living in a country where you take your shoes off at the door, where the shower room is more than standing in the bathtub, and where the service element is incredible. It was the latter thing which mattered, and it was not a petty thing. Since 2008 we’ve been enjoying our peaceful, unpoluted existence here. These poems reflect the one thing I’ve learned about living on opposite ends of the world: you take your problems and successes and love and shoes with you.

TO LAUGHTER WITH QUESTIONS: POETRY by Shelley Berman

What is a comedian doing writing poetry? I often ask myself the same question. I suppose it’s just something I can’t help doing. In fact, I have always written. As a kid growing up in Chicago, I wrote stories for my own amusement. Later, when work as an actor was scarce, I wrote for Steve Allen. Along the way, I read and appreciated poetry, but never really tried my hand at writing it until late in my “other” career, teaching writing in USC’s Master of Professional Writing program. From there, I continued to write on any subject that caught my fancy. At last, I had enough poems to put together to create this collection. In it you will find poems of all sorts, serious, not-so-serious, poems to teach and poems to amuse. Most of my poetry is free verse, although you will also find a few rhyming poems, one trying to teach iambic pentameter, and a few limericks. All of it, however, comes from my own experience. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.”

– Shelley Berman

SHELLEY BERMAN is a Grammy® Award and three-time gold record award-winning comedian, and an Emmy® Award-nominated actor with hundreds of stage, film and television appearances to his credit. He has authored three books, two plays, several TV pilot scripts, and numerous poems, many of which are being presented for the first time in this collection. For over twenty years, Shelley taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, where he is now a Lecturer Emeritus. He lives in Bell Canyon, California with his wife, Sarah.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE WIND? SELECTED STORIES AND POEMS BY William F. Nolan

With 75 books and over 300 anthology appearances to his credit, William F. Nolan (author of Logan’s Run) is twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award. Most recently, he accepted the International Guilds Living Legend Award for 2002.

This is the first collection of Nolan’s horror fiction and verse to share a single volume. Four chilling tales of murder and madness, guns and obsession steam the pages of this haunting book, including “In Real Life,” chosen for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Delve into Nolan’s darkest worlds as he assembles tales of an ex-wife claiming revenge from beyond the grave… of an insane mind justifying the murder of his mate through the tall glass of a cold one… of a husband who refuses and refuses and refuses to stay dead. And top it all off with a celebration of this master’s widely-praised poems, on topics ranging from Bradbury to Vienna, from Hammett to Hemingway.

COMMENTARY ON NOLAN’S PROSE:

William F. Nolan is a hell of a writer! I have real admiration for his stories.” PETER STRAUB

He makes a permanent dent in our memories. Nolan is able to create an atmosphere of ultimate terror, causing readers to live out his nightmares.” RAY BRADBURY

He’s incredibly talented. Each of his stories is like a psychiatric session from which the reader comes away knowing more about the human condition, due to Nolan’s fascination with the topography of emotional torment and his infallible rendering of the troubled psyche.”
RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON

AND ON HIS VERSE:

“Nolan is a prime communicator and although he writes only two or three poems a year, he manages to communicate emotions better than most full-time poets.”
SMALL PRESS REVIEW

POINT RUNNING: POEMS (E-BOOK VERSION) by Ben Ohmart

Do not read these simple statements until you’ve read the book:

A character-driven collection of three chapbooks in one. Exploring the
glory of those who have the courage to run from something.

A cow farmer’s married just the wrong kind of person and has to run.
An agent for autopsy doctors has to run down the man who ran out on
him, just for curiosity’s sake.

The daughter of a lukewarm poet runs after the father who ran out on
her; she doesn’t want kids but she’s curious about her dad’s genetic makeup,
just in case her would-be husband forces her to change her mind
about family.

BEN OHMART runs BearManor Media, a publisher of entertainment
biographies, and is the author of books on Mel Blanc, Don Ameche, Joan
Davis and others. He lives in Kyoto, Japan, thankfully unaffected by
March 11th.

MADE OF MONKEY (E-BOOK VERSION) by Ben Ohmart

A collection of poems depicting the true meaning of the word Love: hardship, knuckle-bending compromise, sheer stocking terror, and the will of the man to submit to the won’t of the woman.

For all you cranberry pickers interested in love, marriage, going together, living together – let these poems sway you into the middle of the street.