Bird Dog has been active for 12 years publishing books of poetry,
experimental fiction, and memoirs in Ohio and Washington state.
Editors in Chief: Allen Frost and Laura Smith
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Symphonia Judaica: Jewish Symphony and Other Poems
by Joel Rudinger
Joel Rudinger’s poems are intimate, capturing life’s adventures and everyday details that give meaning to him and to us....He brings full breadth and depth of his life into these pages. He has pushed himself into experiences that cut away all comfort, physical and psychological. We should rejoice that he has returned from these journeys to share what he has seen and heard and learned. In these poems we witness an old soul made anew. ~Kurt Landefeld, author of Jack's Memoirs
Symphonia Judaica is crafted from poems that are dense with rich language, yet these are not fragile verses. These are poems of weft—skillfully woven to bear the heft of the worlds they contain. Here is the epic of God’s chosen people, from creation to the single flame of a mother’s memorial candle (“Symphonia Judaica”), in juxtaposition with ars poetica and poems of old loves, of remembered places and abject placelessness, where “…everything, you recognize, is something else.” ~ Christina Lovin, author of A Stirring in the Dark
by Ronald M. Ruble
"In Ronald Ruble’s new book, Words Walk, we travel with the author through a life of caring: for family and friendships, for Nature and others, and especially for the art of writing. He is a mature writer who shares the tender and the humorous, those things that pass away and those that last. These poems have earned a place in your mind and heart."
—Larry Smith, author of Each Moment All: Poems
“Ron Ruble’s poetry reverberates with echoes of the playwright whose characters are suspended between word and deed.”
—Rob Smith, author of Two Hundred Fifty-six Zones of Gray
168 pgs. $15
The Wonderful Stupid Man
by Allen Frost
Allen Frost's sixth book.
"You will identify so completely and on such a personal level with Allen Frost that you may resent any characterization of the work as a fiction as it walks you through, sentence after glorious unexplained sentence, often to places that are left hanging in air, implying their trust in you to complete them.
Frost is indeed traveling here in the company of kings you may or may not recognize in the interactive sessions of a logic that derives as sweetly from a concept of unified physics as it does from the image of a woman ultimately liberated by snails she endeavors to teach." —Tom Kryss, author of The Search for the Reason Why:
New and Selected Poems
A Poetic Journey: Poems
by Robert A. Reynolds
Strong poems of living and loving and journeying throughout a life, together with illustrations (photos and paintings by the author). It's a book of old world charm brought into today.
With an artist's eye and a poet's ear, Robert Reynolds invites the reader into a world of loving and living. His verse harkens to a time when form embraced the images and reflections of the mind. His illustrations provide both sight and insight. Together, they strike a sure path toward wisdom.
-Robert Smith, author of McGowan's Return
9781933964478 86 pgs. 18 Illustrations by the author
Bird Dog Publishing Series
140 pages $16.00
Dogs and Other Poems
Paul S. Piper
These are fine poems of Nature, place, and community. Paul S. Piper is an intuitive poet with a Zen sense of language and wonder.
"In Paul Piper?s newest collection of poems, Dog, like a bodhisattva, leads the narrator and reader to a place that glistens with wonder and humor.
"Powerful poetry here by Paul Piper?mystical and whimsical. These dog poems are fun yet meaty?definitely intellectual bones to gnaw on."
978-1-93396445-4 80 pages $15.00
“With humor, sympathy, and an eye for what makes us most human, John Vanek offers us a far-ranging view of life that feels hard-earned and complete.” —Elton Glaser, author of Here and Hereafter.
“John Vanek’s poetry displays an admirable range of subject matter and style. He charms the reader with imagery and wry humor. Heart Murmurs is a very welcome collection from a confident, compelling poet." —Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Unmentionables.
“What I like most about the poems in John Vanek’s first collection is his commitment to the poetics of clarity. Things are said straight in these poems, with careful attention to illuminating what the poet calls ‘a shelter for my shifting life,’ by which he means our lives as well.” —Bruce Weigl, author of Song of Napalm
978-1933964-27-0 124 pgs. $15.00
Allen Frost is a master wizard of making the commonplace extraordinary.
These tales and poems of wonder by Allen Frost
connect us with the world, our feelings, our families,
and our private selves.
This is his fourth book.
His OHIO TRIO: FICTIONS appeared in 2001
followed by BOWL OF WATER written between 1989-2002, & ANOTHER LIFE: COLLECTED POEMS 2007
Frost is much admired by fellow writers for his sheer imaginative whimsy
his original and resonant imagery. He provides the 16 drawings in the book.
Allen collects old recordings.
ISBN- 9781933964249 124 pgs. : $14.00
Lake Effect: Poems
Laura Treacy Bentley
"Everywhere I look these days no poetry is being written. There is a lot of pretend poetry, but nothing really this fine. With this book it makes it very easy for me to say: Laura Bentley, I dub thee poet supreme.” - Ray Bradbury
Laura’s love of the people and landscapes of West Virginia, western Maryland, and Ireland is evident in her work. From earth to sky, this collection merges a lake effect of meditations that creates its own weather.
"Laura Bentley's eye is drawn to what others often overlook or refuse to examine, the detritus and back rooms and alleyways of a frightening and frightened world. Here are portraits of the broken and the maimed; here are narratives of hopelessness and redemption; here are strong lyric engagements with landscape; and here is the solace of geological time. This book charts a pilgrim's journey in language with growing assurance and control. It is a journey already rich with achievement." - Paula Meehan 978-1-933964-05-7 108 pgs. $14.00
Two Hundred Fifty-six
Zones of Gray
by Rob Smith
Inspired by nature in his thoughtful and plain-spoken poems, Rob Smith reminisces and reflects on life, death, and the passage of time in 256 Zones of Gray. He takes us "Along the Shore," and we see barren trees through his eyes when the sky threaded/a blue ribbon between the trunks and a postcard moment in "Pittsburgh" when colors sliding back into the rivers/define the Point. Smith’s words often give us hope, a lighted window on the edge of color.” - Laura Treacy Bentley, author of Lake Effect: Poems
978-1933964-16-4 100 pgs. $14.00
Second Story Woman
A Memoir of Second Chances
by Carole Calladine
“In Second Story Woman Carole Calladine takes the reader along on her journey of self-discovery. Her authentic voice comes through as she comes to terms with the balance between her professional responsibilities and her need for a creative life. This strong memoir will speak to anyone charting life past 50.” – Doris Larson, founder of “A Writing Retreat: In the Company of Women”
“Likeable and candid, Calladine writes a lively account of her quest for second chances—while she becomes a 'second—story woman.'” —Akron Beacon Journal.
A remarkable book of dealing with life's turnings as the author confronts her mid-life passage and diagnosis for Type 2 diabetes at the same time.
978-1-933964-12-6 232 pages $15.00
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