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Suffer the ChildrenSuffer the Children: Sailing Her Navel (poems) and Ludilon (novella)

2019, Leaky Boot Press, 195pp, $16.99, paperback, Distributor: Ingram. Available for pre-order: For release Oct. 14, 2019

A traumatized young war widow at the author’s boarding school molests and terrorizes him and his classmate Sally. In Ludilon, a short novel, he as an adult obeys an impulse to see if Sally is all right. But none of them will ever be all right, not the widow, and not the children, who often sneak off to Great South Bay and a foundered fishing boat named Ludilon to envision their escape. The novella and the poems give their testaments in their own voices.

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The Loneliness of Shape

April 7, 2019, Leaky Boot Press, 120 pages, $14.99, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-909849-70-9, Distributor: Ingram

These poems address the baggage we have been forced to carry through life to prevent us from taking flight, from seeing each other as essential to the symphony of the stars. These poems speak to objects and matters so ordinary we are likely to ignore them—the movement of curtains in windows, the odor of old rooms, nails backing out of rotting wood, a glance in the street. The Loneliness of Shape is a moment’s relief from the great burdens imposed on us by the ordering of society to serve the few. These poems challenge the way we are parsed by marketers to be sold goods, services and ideas. They challenge the way we are coerced into thinking of ourselves. They explore our connectedness, our action on each other, our operation as elixirs, our oneness, our indivisibility.

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Singing in the O of Not

March 2019, Leaky Boot Press, 95 pages, $14.99, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-909849-59-4, Distributor: Ingram

These are songs of obliteration, songs of the divestiture of the cumbersome self. They quarrel with identity, with labels, categories, tribalism, and the perils of overrating blood and roots. They exult in oneness, sing to the unseen, to vast unbelonging. Singing in the O of Not is Marbrook’s tenth book of poems since 2008.

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The Seas are Dolphins’ Tears

Leaky Boot Press, 122 pages, $14.99, paperback

A man awakens, not from sleep, but from spiritual torpor. and finds himself waiting elves’ tables and attending elementals’ parties. He recounts his dervish journey, fabulous and perilous, like Sindbad’s. His recognitions are like forbidden fruits. He sees that his ultimate task is to disappear. Available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, & others.

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Other Risks Include

2018, Leaky Boot Press, 93 pages, $14.99

Taking his title from the fine print of pharmaceutical advertisements, the poet addresses the risks we take, the risks we don’t take, and the consequences. The title of the poem clear cache escape program helps reveals this unending struggle to confront or escape risk. How much of our lives can we say we have truly lived? the collection seems to ask. What are the risks of sleepwalking?

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Even Now The Embers

2018, Leaky Boot Press, 93 pages, $14.99

A hospital’s there now / where nightmares hid in closets / and stairwells echoed Vesti la giubba. So opens this collection of poems recalling a turbulent childhood. In these poems the poet rescues the child left behind but encounters grievances and must account for himself.

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Nothing True Has A Name

2018, Leaky Boot Press, 114 pages, $14.99

My name has never fit my face, but what name would? I regard names and the sum of our data as excess baggage, and I explore this idea in Nothing True Has A Name, my seventh volume of poetry. It will be published Jan. 15, 2018, but it may be ordered now.

These alchemical poems challenge our compulsion to categorize and pigeonhole. They inquire deeply into the passion for containment symbolized by classical Greek vessels. The poems seek to define the idea of ennobling elixirs. The image of galleys sailing on the winds and laden with Greek amphorae tied to each other by their necks haunts this collection. The poet concludes that names inevitably mislead us. He urges us to transcend them, not revel in them.

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Riding Thermals to Winter Grounds

2017, Leaky Boot Press, 114 pages, $14.99

One day the poet climbed Overlook Mountain in the Catskills. An eagle began riding a thermal column in great circles, wings outstretched and motionless. In one circle the eagle came close–poet and eagle stared into each other’s eyes. The poet came to see the incident as a metaphor for old age–riding the thermals of experience. Most of these poems were written with that incident on the mountain in mind.

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Brash Ice

2014, Leaky Boot Press, 100 pages, $14.99

Brash ice is broken ice that appears scarred after freezing again. The poet looks back on a dervish’s trek through the world of illusions and tells us what beguiled, enlightened, froze, broke, and scarred him.

“Marbrook’s collection plays on this meaning of light and life throughout and especially in the concluding section.”
–Michael T. Young

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Brushstrokes and Glances

2010, Deerbrook Editions, $16.95

“. . . one of those colossal poets able to bridge worlds–poetry and art, heart and mind–with rare wit, grace, and sincerity . . . ”
–Michael Meyerhofer, poetry editor, Atticus Review.

” . . . the poems here about museums, galleries, and studios are as penetrating as the ones about the art . . . testify to years of careful seeing.”
–Maggie Anderson, author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems

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Far From Algiers

2008, Kent State University Press, $15

Winner of the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry, Far From Algiers explores the poet’s feelings of not belonging to family or country.

“. . . as succinct as most stanzas by Dickinson . . . an unusually mature, confidently composed first poetry collection.”
–Susanna Roxman, Prairie Schooner

” . . . brings together the energy of a young poet with the wisdom of long experience.”
–Edward Hirsch, Guggenheim Foundation

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Light Piercing Water Trilogy

Djelloul Marbrook, a prize-winning poet and novelist, celebrates 15 years of research and writing in this epic trilogy released Nov. 15, 2018:

 

Book 1: Guest Boy

2018, Leaky Boot Press, 223 pages, $17.99 paper, $28.99 hardback

Bo Cavalieri, a laconic sailor, earned a Silver Star from the Navy as a frogman and now sails the world as a Merchant Marine officer. His adventures in Hamburg, Morocco, Italy, Oman, Somalia, Edinburgh, and New York echo The Odyssey and The Seven Voyages of Sindbad.

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Book 2: Crowds of One

2018, Leaky Boot Press, 269 pages, $18.99 paper, $28.99 hardback

The dying sultan of Oman leaves Bo two priceless manuscripts, a 14th Century sailing rutter and an illuminated alchemical treatise. He is stalked by agents of two powerful men, vying to steal his manuscripts. In New York he becomes entangled with the beautiful British Margaret Wadeleigh, daughter of his childhood love, and her friend of many years, Adeline Compton. His long estrangement from his artist-mother ends when she calls for his help in her last days. Set in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.

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Book 3: The Gold Factory

2018, Leaky Boot Press, 254 pages, $17.99 paper, $28.99 hardback

Chechen arms dealer Commodus da Cunha kidnaps Bo to acquire his manuscripts. Adeline launches a rescue mission, recruiting Margaret, retired IRA bomber Joe Minihan, and giant PLO assassin Si Larbi to follow the kidnapper to Portugal. The alchemy among captor, captive and rescuers blurs their differences and changes them all.

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Making Room: Baltimore Stories

2017, Leaky Boot Press, 172 pages, $15.99

“A charming, chilling story within a story, at the center of which lies one of the great truths of human existence, a truth some will go to incredible lengths to hide from themselves. New Millennium Writings had the privilege of honoring “Yo Scheherazade” in 2007, and we’re pleased to report that a decade later, its slow unfurling and reveal is a pleasure to reread and recommend.” –Alexis Williams Carr, Editor and Publisher, New Millennium Writings, writing about one of the stories in Making Room.

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A Warding Circle: New York Stories

2017, Leaky Boot Press, 184 pages, $15.99

The magical warding circle on the cover is called “Conjured Harm Returns to Sender.” In the title story a beautiful young artist struck by lightning in the Catskills shows the reader just how returning harm to the sender works in the New York art world, where jealousy, not talent, often decides the lives of artists. All the conventions she’d lived by now strike her as absurd as new intuitions lead her to correct her life course, fashioning a warding circle to protect a fragile group of friends. She is wrongly accused and betrayed by her mentor, a museum curator. When her mentor’s life is shattered Artemisia draws her into the circle of protection. Based partly on the life of a real and now famous artist, this story describes a young woman struggling in an art world ruled arbitrarily by men.

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Mean Bastards Making Nice

2014, Leaky Boot Press, 166 pages, $14.99

Two powerfully original novellas are set in the New York art world. In “The Pain of Wearing Our Faces” a Manhattan art teacher and her student, a famous composer, pledge to entertain each other as they try to stay sober. He confesses to plagiarizing his most famous work, then disappears. She follows him to Woodstock and finds the woman whose music he stole. In “Grace” a Catskills teenager runs away from an abusive father, hitchhikes to the city, and is briefly homeless before finding a job as an art mover and installer. Just as she begins to believe in her future she faces betrayal by her boss.

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Saraceno

2012, Bliss Plot Press, NY, 112 pages, $10

Few writers about the Mafia listened to the notorious Frank Costello, Vito Genovese, and Tony Gallo drinking marsala and chatting in a kitchen, but Marbrook did, and he celebrates it with a poet’s ear in this haunting tale of redemption. “Not just another run-of-the-mill Mafia novel.” –Small Press Bookwatch “Saraceno is an electric tone-poem straight from a world we only think we understand. An heir to George V. Higgins and David Mamet, Djelloul Marbrook writes dialogue that not only entertains with an intoxicating clickety-clack, but also packs a truth about low-life mob culture The Sopranos only hints at.” –Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys (2013, Alfred A. Knopf)

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