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The mission of Brick Road Poetry Press is to publish and promote poetry that entertains, amuses, edifies, and surprises a wide audience of appreciative readers.  We are not qualified to judge who deserves to be published, so we concentrate on publishing what we enjoy. Our preference is for poetry geared toward dramatizing the human experience in language rich with sensory image and metaphor, recognizing that poetry can be, at one and the same time, both familiar as the perspiration of daily labor and as outrageous as a carnival sideshow.

Touring the Shadow Factory by Gary Stein


Touring the Shadow Factory by Gary Stein


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Pre-ordered books ship from Brick Road Poetry Press on June 25th A.D. 2019

Touring the Shadow Factory will be available everywhere else on July 11th A.D. 2019.

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Paperback: 86 pages
Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

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Gary Stein’s Touring the Shadow Factory is a mediation on time, memory, and loss—from the ghosts of the past to “the soft blur of [the] future.” In poems both precise and masterfully understated, Stein explores the human condition of being in many times at once, carrying our childhoods with us as we age, expectant about what might be coming: “Each night the next miracle.”    

—Maggie Smith, author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison and Good Bones

What tours, what shadows in what factory are here, in these haunting poems of memory, love, and legend? Stein's poems focus on the father, now a shade, a gifted, patient carver and craftsman who "knew the soul of wood" and long ago brought his young son into his workshop. The poet-son, now grown, pursues the craft of words, of story-making, of would not wood, with kindred, altered skills. And wonders and blesses, in his turn, what shadows and what skills, what callings, his own now-grown sons will now pursue.   

—Judith McCombs, author of The Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New 

Gary Stein is a poet in the spirit of Blake, Frost, and William Carlos Williams. In Stein’s poetry, the ideas are always in little things that touch larger things, and the world is revealed in a squirrel dying, a car being washed, a clock falling from a wall. To read poems such as “The Cremationist’s Day Off,” “Travels in Time,” and “On My 50th Birthday” is to know you are in the presence of a poet who is a master of language., and who can use it to express the home truths of existence. Touring the Shadow Factory is a magnificent book. 

—Miles David Moore, author of The Bears of Paris and Rollercoaster