Monday, May 22, 2023

New Book! On The Way by James Marvelle


On The Way is the new collection of 210 poems from an American master. His work looks deep into nature (birds in a field), individuals (a girl with her dogs), music (finding the right tune), art (clear clean palette),  humanity (finding oneself), spirit (the language of God, soul searching, returning to peace), as well as the craftmanship of humans (jewel boxes, coloring books, tackle boxes, playgrounds, speedbumps, etc). Marvelle is a poet you savor, as he makes us slow down, appreciate his carefully chosen words, and feel fully a part of the world he creates on each page. 

other books you will enjoy by James Marvelle (click on the individual book covers for more information on each):


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

New Book! Proving Grounds by Jean-Paul L. Garnier

Approximately 2624 nuclear bombs have been detonated since 1945. The vast majority of these bombs were dropped on the countries who made them, or on their colonies, as “tests”. Nukes have been detonated on land, in the sky, in the ocean, in space, and underground - last but not least on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – killing tens of thousands of people and injuring tens of thousands more. The nuclear arsenal is large enough to destroy every city on Earth thousands of times over. Only those profiting by the manufacture of these weapons of mass destruction see the logic in the overwhelming destructive power of such “deterrents”. And profited they have.

Since the Cold War allegedly ended in 1991 
the discussion of nuclear weapons has largely disappeared, yet these arsenals are still in existence, aging and in need of maintenance, posing even more of a threat then they did in the past. So why then have they ceased to be in the forefront of our minds? This book is intended as an ugly reminder of one of the greatest threats humanity has ever encountered, one which we have bestowed upon ourselves and which is still present until we have agreed upon and reached the necessary and urgent total disarmament of all nuclear weapons.

Despite the dark nature of the poems contained in this book, I hope that you find within its pages the possibility of hope. I hope that you see that much of the damage we have done can be stopped in its tracks. We can achieve total nuclear disarmament, it is possible.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Jean-Paul L. Garnier

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Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is the owner of Space Cowboy Books, a science fiction bookstore, independent publisher, and producer of Simultaneous Times podcast. In 2020 his first novella Garbage In, Gospel Out was released, and in 2018 Traveling Shoes Press released Echo of Creation, a collection of his science fiction short stories. He has also released several collections of poetry: 
Future Anthropology (2018), Odes to Scientists (2019), Betelgeuse Dimming (2020), Utopian Problems (2021), and Time’s Arrow (2022). He is a five-time Elgin Nominee and has also appeared in the 2020 Dwarf Stars anthology, Dark Matter Magazine, Utopia Magazine, and more. He is a regular contributor to's blog and is the current editor of Star*Line Magazine.

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Monday, May 1, 2023

New Issue! Cholla Needles 77!

Toti’s Book of Mother is a valuable tool for each of us learning yet again to experience grief for a friend or loved one – the grief that is not really for them, but for ourselves. Am I missing them on earth or desiring to be with them on their new journey? Philip Kobylarz challenges me to practice ‘simple not thinking’. The attempt feels irrational – even thinking of not thinking takes me to a new thinking dimension. Beatte Sigriddaughter takes me even deeper and brings the humor back into the daylight as she reminds me it’s all good because I am ‘learning’ from every writer and artist who challenges me.

The cover art and art between authors is by Nancy Brizendine.
This issue's words are from the the creative minds of:
Toti O’Brien
Philip Kobylarz
Beate Sigriddaughter
Mark T. Evans
Miriam Sagan
Duane Anderson
Francene Kaplan
Kent Wilson
J. Malcolm Garcia
Zary Fakete