Poetry Collections

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A MANIFEST FOR THE MOON

The Lunar Codex uses digital and analog technology to preserve art, books, music, and more, enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon. It is a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

Curatorial Notes

 

The poetry represented in the Lunar Codex began with one volume, Tango Desolado, from the five-volume Semaphore Collection of Dr. Samuel Peralta's poetry. This was owing to a lack of space in the Peregrine Collection.

 

This grew to include the other four books from the series - the award-winning Sonata Vampirica, Sonnets from the Labrador, How More Beautiful You Are, and War and Ablution - all Amazon bestsellers in poetry. Sonnets from the Labrador was also published in a GOSS183 print edition.

In late 2021 the Lunar Codex, in cooperation with Brick Street Poetry, launched a call for poems under the editorial leadership of Joyce Brinkman,  inaugural poet laureate of Indiana, along with  poet and professor Joe Heithaus of DePauw University and poet and science writer Jessica Reed of Butler University. This call was the basis for the three-volume series The Polaris Trilogy - the first-ever poetry collection to be published in both a terrestrial and lunar edition.
 

The Lunar Codex now also includes three volumes from the Best New African Poetry series, and numerous other collections of note.

* Every poem in each of the books and anthologies listed below is archived in the Codex. Each author listed thus has at least one poetry work represented in the Codex, and often several. 
 


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Works are located as to their respective lunar time capsules as follows: 

IM1 - Intuitive Machines Nova-C Mission 1 to the Vallis Schrasöteri (The Nova Collection)

PM1 - Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1 to Lacus Mortis (The Peregrine Collection)

GM1 - Astrobotic Griffin Mission 1 to the Lunar South Pole (The Polaris Collection) 

 

MANIFEST

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PACIFIC

Windrift Books (1988) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta

- Winner, Palanca Memorial Awards in Poetry, 1981 

- Selected poems from 'Pacific' are also collected in 'The Palanca Memorial Awards Anthology of Winning Works', from Anvil Books. Revised versions of selected poems are included in 'The Semaphore Collection'

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SONNETS FROM THE LABRADOR

GOSS183 (2010) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta
- Ekphrastic poems based on the works of Canadian master printmaker David Blackwood 

- Book design and layout by Didi Menendez

- Over 2010-2022, the GOSS183 edition of "Sonnets from the Labrador" was the only book of poetry by Samuel Peralta made available in print form

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SONATA VAMPIRICA

Windrift Books (2012) - GM1
 

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta, first in the five-volume Semaphore Collection of poetry books, a literary re-interpretation of the vampire legend in verse.
- #1 on the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases in Poetry
- #1 Amazon Best Seller in Poetry

- eBook of the Day selection at Kindle Nation Daily

- Top 10 in GoodReads' List of Great Small Press Books and Chapbooks

- Cover photograph "Marc Pinto, Primitive"  by Marc Pinto
- Author photograph by Grace Mendoza Hughes

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SONNETS FROM THE LABRADOR

Windrift Books (2012) - GM1
 

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta, second in the five-volume Semaphore Collection of poetry books, inspired by the works of Canadian printmaker David Blackwood, evoking that mythic world - a world of icebergs and whales, shipwrecks and ghosts
- #1 on the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases in Poetry
- #1 Amazon Best Seller in Poetry

- Top 5 in GoodReads' List of Great Small Press Books and Chapbooks

- Cover art, detail from "David's Studio, Sunset" by Heather Horton
- Author photograph by Grace Mendoza Hughes

- The Windrift Books edition adds a preamble "Sea's Edge" and an afterword "Flags and Semaphores" to the GOSS183 edition

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HOW MORE BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE

Windrift Books (2012) - GM1
 

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta, third in the five-volume Semaphore Collection of poetry books. These are love poems infused with longing and sensuality, evoking the journey from uncertainty to passion, from eroticism to enduring love, navigating the vagaries of the heart
- #1 on the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases in Poetry
- #3 Amazon Best Seller in Poetry

- Top 20 in GoodReads' List of Great Small Press Books and Chapbooks

- Cover photograph "Bohemia Rose" by Silvia Mena
- Author photograph by Grace Mendoza Hughes

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TANGO DESOLADO

Windrift Books (2012) - PM1, GM1
 

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta, fourth in the five-volume Semaphore Collection of poetry books, about love and loss - of love unrealized, unrequited, bereft - woven into a tapestry of sorrow and desire, exploring a world of longing and desolation, a counterpoint to the book's canción desesperada, its song of despair
- #1 on the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases in Poetry
- #6 Amazon Best Seller in Poetry

- Top 20 in GoodReads' List of Great Small Press Books and Chapbooks

- Cover art "February 2005" by Heather Horton
- Author photograph by Grace Mendoza Hughes

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WAR AND ABLUTION

Windrift Books (2012) - GM1
 

- A collection of poetry by Samuel Peralta, fourth in the five-volume Semaphore Collection of poetry books,  charting the geography and history of war and revolution, and its human cost; it serves a testament to the horrors of war, and as a memorial to the redemptive power of the human spirit.

- #1 on the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases in Poetry
- #4 Amazon Best Seller in Poetry

- Top 20 in GoodReads' List of Great Small Press Books and Chapbooks

- Cover art "The Murmur of the Innocents" by Gottfried Helnwein
- Author photograph by Grace Mendoza Hughes

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THINGS HAPPEN - POEMS 2012

University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (2014) - GM1
 

- Poems by Cirilo F. Bautisto, Philippine National Artist for Literature 

- Winner of nine Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1968-1981
- Cirilo F. Bautista’s 11th book of poems, all written in 2012 in an inspired stretch of imagination. They are narrative transcriptions of social and personal experiences that have affected his views of humanity - suffering, pain, hunger, war, love - they are here, interpreted as only Bautista can.

 

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BEST NEW AFRICAN POETS 2021 ANTHOLOGY

Mwanaka Media and Publishing (2021) - GM1
 

- Edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Lorna Telma Zita, Balddine Moussa

- Notable for a section of poetry responding to humanity's new initiatives in outer space, imagining humankind as it approaches becoming an interplanetary civilization.

- This is the 7th volume of the yearly Africa-wide poetry anthologies begun in 2015, making this series the largest archive of African contemporary poetry in several African languages including among others English, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Shona, Yoruba, Tswana, Zulu, and more.

- In total this anthology series has published over 800 African poets from nearly all countries in Africa.

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BEST NEW AFRICAN POETS 2020 ANTHOLOGY

Mwanaka Media and Publishing (2020) - GM1
 

- Edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Balddine Moussa, Lorna Telma Zita

- Notable for the many poetic pieces dealing with the Covid pandemic

- Over 352 pieces from 140 African poets from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Comoros, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroun, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and more, and those of African Diasporas in Portugal, Brazil, the UK, USA, China, and more
 

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BEST NEW AFRICAN POETS 2019 ANTHOLOGY

Mwanaka Media and Publishing (2019) - GM1
 

- Edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Nsah Mala

- 197 poems from over 100 poets writing in English, Portuguese, French, and a whole host of African indigenous languages.  Featured are poems which deal with love, relationships, politics, governance, spirituality, existence, identity and place. We invite you to this year’s anthology to engage with the most important new African poets writing from the continent and the diasporas and enjoy this African potpourri of art and life.

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SECRETS OF SELF

Blurb (2020) - IM1, GM1
 

- Selected poems from the book by Alina Lee

- The volume consists of a collage of journal entries, scribbles on Post-It notes, and fragments of private blog posts, released to the world to heal and inspire 
- Poems selected include "March," "Her," and "Dream" 

- Dream" also archived in the Nova Collection

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THE MEDUSA PROJECT

Mookychick (2020) - GM1
 

- A feminist anthology edited by Juliette van der Molen and Megha Sood

- Cover design by Juliette van der Molen

- Book layout by Wijnand van der Giessen
- With contributions from 
Shari Aber ▪ Sascha Akhtar ▪ Khadija Anderson ▪ Backyard Banshee ▪ Jo Barghest ▪ Dr. Charley Barnes ▪ Anne Elise Brinich ▪ Debz Butler ▪ Nellie Cole ▪ Ashleigh Condon ▪ Linda M. Crate ▪ Cáit Ní Dhonnchú’ ▪ Sam Egelstaff ▪ Kim Fahner ▪ Marie Fields ▪ Alicia Fitton ▪ E.L. Flint ▪ Jo Flynn ▪ Victoria Gatehouse ▪ JGeorge ▪ Anuja Ghimire ▪ SK Grout ▪ Sam Hall ▪ Caroline Hardaker ▪ Stella Hervey Birrell ▪ Nori Rose Hubert ▪ Ellen Huang ▪ Jaisha Jansena ▪ Natasha Kindred ▪ Catherine Kleindienst ▪ Magda Knight ▪ Laurie Koensgen ▪ Juliette Kumar ▪ Claire Marsden ▪ Zoe Mitchell ▪ Cat Rogi ▪ Christina Rosso ▪ Jess O'Shea ▪ Monique Quintana ▪ Carla S. Schick ▪ Lynne Schmidt ▪ Penny Sharman ▪ D. Slayton Avery ▪ Imogen L. Smiley ▪ Megha Sood ▪ Ghia Vitale ▪ Lisa Lerma Weber ▪ Kate J. Wilson ▪ Scarlett Ward Bennett

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FLOWER GARDEN

Windrift Books (2021) - IM1, PM1, GM1
 

- Limited edition

- Poems by L.J. Peralta

- "The Colours of a Rose" included in the Nova Collection
 

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Windrift Books (2021) - IM1, PM1, GM1
 

- Limited edition 

- Poems by L.E. Peralta

- "As I Ran Down the Path" included in the Nova Collection
 

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KLARISSA DREAMS REDUX: AN ILLUMINATED ANTHOLOGY

Legion Press (2020) - PM1, GM1

- Produced by Shebat Legion

- Anthology of art, stories and poetry 
- Art, including cover art “The Lonesome Pine,” by Klarissa Kocsis
- Cover design by Rebecca Poole
- Proceeds directed to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation and affiliated charities
- With contributions from
Klarissa Kocsis ▪ Dianne Tchir ▪ Alan Torok ▪ Marko Katic ▪ James McCuaig ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Joel Eisenberg ▪ Nettie Eisenberg ▪ Jocelyn Williams ▪ Michael H. Hanson ▪ Daniel Arthur Smith ▪ Rivka Jacobs ▪ Andrew Robertson ▪ Randy Michaud ▪ Michael S. Walker ▪ Carmilla Voiez ▪ Deanne Charlton ▪ Lorinda Taylor ▪ ZZ Claybourne ▪ P.K. Tyler ▪ Phoebe Tsang ▪ Rebecca Poole ▪ Scott Carruba ▪ Ken Tizzard ▪ Milton Davies ▪ Marilynn Carter ▪ Peter Bergerson ▪ Dr. Kent David Tisher ▪ Jef Rouner ▪ Erika M Szabo ▪ Brent Meske ▪ Beverly Alexander Vye ▪ Skye Knizley ▪ Debbie Starrett ▪ Ann Stolinsky ▪ Nellie Smith ▪ Brian Finley ▪ Nely Cab ▪ Joe DeRouen ▪ Jessica West ▪ Beth Patterson ▪ Robert Allen Lupton ▪ Paul DeThroe ▪ Julie Dundas ▪ Gregg Chamberlain ▪ D.S. Foster ▪ Mike Casto ▪ Latika Karani ▪ Faith Marlow ▪ Baer Charlton ▪ Elizabeth S. Wolf ▪ Duncan Swallow ▪ Charles Barouch ▪ Joe Bonadonna ▪ Justin Sandler ▪ Rue Volley ▪ Andrew K. Tempest ▪ Margaret R. Blake ▪ Teresa Carawan ▪ Anita Reeder Hardister ▪ Theresa Nyenhuis ▪ Lissette E. Manning ▪ Janice Bell ▪ John H. Howard ▪ Mary McGillis ▪ Gwyndyn Alexander ▪ Samuel Peralta

- Special note: While an equal balance of art and literature, this volume is categorized in Books by virtue of its primary intent as an illustrated anthology.
 

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AND THIS ONE'S FOR THEM

Rosenna Imprints (2019) - PM1, GM1
 

- Poems by Oliver Chaffey

- Cover design by Soap Designs

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DID YOU KNOW?

Rattle (2019) - PM1, GM1
 

- Poems by Elizabeth S. Wolf
- Elizabeth S. Wolf is also the author of the chapbook What I Learned: Poems (Finishing Line Press, Oct 2017). Her poems have appeared in multiple anthologies and journals, including Persian Sugar in English Tea (in English & Farsi), Mosaics, Ibbetson Street, Peregrine Journal, Tuck Magazine, and others. She is a regular at the Merrimac Mic open mic and the Full Moon Story

- Layout and design by Timothy Green
- Cover image by Allef Vinicius (CC0)

- Winner of the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize

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WHEN LAWYERS WEPT

Kelsay Books (2019) - PM1, GM1
 

- Poems by Elizabeth S. Wolf
- Cover design by Shay Culligan

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MERRIMAC MIC ANTHOLOGY: GLEANINGS FROM THE FIRST YEAR

Merrimac Mic (2015) - PM1, GM1
 

- An anthology of poetry edited by Isabell VanMerlin
- With poetry by
Muriel Angelil ▪ K. Peddlar Bridges ▪ Vincent D. Camley ▪ Joe Kevin Coleman ▪ Joyce Corcoran ▪ Tim Cremin ▪ KeNadine Delano ▪ Chris Ellis ▪ David J. Ennamorati ▪ Lee Eric Freedman ▪ Peter Fulton ▪ Lisa Golda-Shields ▪ Tom Green ▪ Blaine Hebbel ▪ Jnana Hodson ▪ Susan LaFortune ▪ Tom Landergan ▪ Fran Larkin ▪ Barbara Kent Lawrence ▪ Pete McDade ▪ Joe McGurn ▪ Jamie Millen ▪ Tom Miller ▪ Regal Pinion ▪ Bryan P.T. Riley ▪ Son Rivers ▪ Muriel Soule ▪ Ann Staffeld ▪ Nancy Strickland ▪ Isabell VanMerlin ▪ Chris Warner ▪ Elizabeth S. Wolf ▪ Kerry Zagarella ▪ Neal Zagarella

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PERSIAN SUGAR IN ENGLISH TEA: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT POEMS AND HAIKU

Persian Sugar (2018) - PM1, GM1
 

- An anthology of poetry translated and edited by Soodabeh Saeidnia and Aimal Zaman
- Cover illustration by Seyedeh Masoumeh Hosseini
- Children illustrations by Jordan Trethewey with image proofing by Jenn Zed

- With poetry by

Arthur C. Ford, Sr. ▪ Bob Heman ▪ Bob Whitmire ▪ Charles Braddy ▪ Claudine Nash ▪ Des Mannay ▪ Diane DeCillis ▪ Donald Krieger ▪ Elizabeth S. Wolf ▪ Ellen Pober Rittberg ▪ James D. Casey ▪ James Walton ▪ Jay Gandhi ▪ Ken Allan Dronsfield ▪ Matt Stefon ▪ Meagan Brothers ▪ Michael Griffith ▪ Nancy Taylor Day ▪ Ngozi Olivia Osuoha ▪ Phillip Jones ▪ Ronald Tumbaga ▪ Thomas Fucaloro ▪ Jordan Trethewey ▪ Norbert Gora

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MiPOESIAS ANTHOLOGY

GOSS183 (2010) - GM1

- A poetry anthology edited by Bob Hicok
- Designed and published by Didi Menendez

- Cover art by Sommer Browning
- With poetry by 

Ada Limon ▪ Austin Hummell ▪ Colette LaBouffAtkinson ▪ Oana ▪  Laura McKee ▪  Iosif ▪ Darcie Dennigan ▪ Dawn Lundy Martin ▪ Dobby Gibson ▪ Elizabeth Scanlon ▪ Ed Pavlic ▪ Franz Wright ▪ G.C. Waldrep ▪ Matt Hart ▪ Russell Dillon ▪ William D. Waltz ▪ Tim Seibles ▪ Sommer Browning ▪ Ander Monson ▪ Douglas Kearney

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GROWING UP CUBAN IN AMERICA

GOSS183 (2002) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Didi Menendez
- Didi Menendez was born in Santo Suarez, Cuba in 1960. Her family came to the United States in 1962. The rest of her story is found in her poetry.

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FOR LOVE OF AN ARMADILLO

GOSS183 (2009) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Didi Menendez
- Illustrations by Jeremy Baum

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THE LIZARD CATCHER

GOSS183 (2016) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Didi Menendez
- Artwork by Didi Menendez

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HARVESTING SUNFLOWERS

GOSS183 (2017) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Dulce Maria Menendez

- Dulce Maria Menendez - you may know her as Didi if you are her neighbor or have been published in one of her magazines. To her friends and family she is just Dulce.

- Paintings on the back and front cover by Jeffrey Bess

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BETWEEN YOKO ONO AND A HARD PLACE

GOSS183 (2017) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Didi Menendez
- Artwork by Didi Menendez

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POSTSCRIPTS TO THE DEAD

GOSS183 (2012) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Pris Campbell
- Cover art by Didi Menendez

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GOTTA GO NOW

GOSS183 (2012) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Grace Cavalieri

- Designed and edited by Didi Menendez

- Cover photo by Dan Murano

- This collection of eulogies has a title that belongs to Robert Alexander. Bob, great theater director, created Living Stage at Arena Theater in Washinton D.C. In 2010 when he was in hospice I called to give him my love. He spoke for a few minuts and then said, "Grace, I gotta go now," and so he did.

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WHAT THE PSYCHIC SAID

GOSS183 (2020) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Grace Cavalieri
- Cover photo “Bar Harbor” by Dan Murano, from the book Poet Trees
- Book design by April Carter Grant

- Grace Cavalieri is Maryland’s tenth Poet Laureate. She’s the author of 26 books and chapbooks of poetry and 20 short-form and full-length plays. She founded and produces “The Poet and the Poem” for public radio, now from the Library of Congress, celebrating 43 years on-air.

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BETWEEN GRIEF AND HALLELUJAH

Wings O' Butterfly (2022) - GM1

- A collection of poetry by Susie Clevenger

- Cover design by Ben Ditmars


- Dedicated to Cynthia Dawn Clevenger
- If you stop mourning them, and start listening to them, they still have the power to change your life. They can, in short, be salvation. - Matt Haig, 'How to Stop Time'

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A BLADE OF SUMMER GRASS

AC Publishing (2021) - PM1, GM1

- A collection of poetry by Adrienne Chinn

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DAISIES IN THE BREEZE

AC Publishing (2021) - PM1, GM1

- A collection of poetry by Adrienne Chinn

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TOUCH ME LIKE THE RAIN

AC Publishing (2021) - PM1, GM1

- A collection of poetry by Adrienne Chinn

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ALTERNATIVE POETRY BOOKS - Yellow Edition

Endaxi Press (2009) - GM1

- An Amazon bestselling collection of humorous poetry by Michele Brenton

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ALTERNATIVE POETRY BOOKS - Pink Edition

Endaxi Press (2009) - GM1

- An Amazon bestselling collection of humorous poetry by Michele Brenton

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ALTERNATIVE POETRY BOOKS - Blue Edition

Endaxi Press (2010) - GM1

- An Amazon bestselling collection of humorous poetry by Michele Brenton

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FIFTY SHADES IN CLAY

Endaxi Press (2012) - GM1

- An Amazon bestselling collection of humorous poetry by Michele Brenton

- Clay art and other illustrations by Michele Brenton