Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets is out! Lunation is an epic gathering of women poets from the seacoast and beyond in one fierce and fiery publication six months in the making.

I believe that women are taking over the world and I want to help them do it. Because men can’t just stand by and watch women fight for equality and women’s rights and a better world. Because the problems that men have created will not be solved by men.

Some might say, that’s a lot to put on a book of poetry, but I don’t think so. Because there’s a revolution going on and poetry has always been part of the revolution. Poetry provides the very personal individual stories of that revolution. Poetry holds up a magnifying glass to all the granular feelings of the moment and poetry steps back and shows us the big picture. Poetry is the mythology of the moment.

There is pain and suffering and anger in this book, and there is peace and joy and love; often, all in the same poem. This book is filled with the voices of women as they are in their lives right now.

Thank you Lauren WB Vermette for the title of the book. Thank you Taylore Dawn Kelly for allowing her incredible artwork to be on the cover. Thank you, Crystal Paradis and her organization Feminist Oasis for putting her stamp of approval on this book and being its sponsor. And thank you Wendy Cannella for editing this book with me, for the beautiful foreword, and for putting up with me throughout the process. Nothing was done without her input.

You can purchase a copy of the book at Book and Bar in Portsmouth, NH or online at Senile Monk Press. The book is 14 dollars, which includes shipping, and don’t forget to leave your address.


John Grady‘s book, Beats: now& then is an epic tome from a man who lived and breathed its subject matter from the middle of last century to his passing earlier this year. A poet is someone who doesn’t take life at face value and from an early age John began questioning and writing and taking nothing for granted. With depth and deftness John looks at the dark and the light sides of American culture through the lens of a realist/idealist hippie poet. And with intelligence, truth, and lots of humor, John fills us in on what we missed and points us in an optimistic direction with poetry and music as our guide and hope.  Any profits from the sale of he book will go to the Blue Ocean Society. To purchase send 26 dollars which includes shipping to the Senile Monk Press

To include John’s zine of poetry This Crazed Ocean just add 3 dollars





And the Form Falls Away by Lauren WB Vermette. I’m so excited to present Lauren’s first book for sale. To check out a sample click here.  Lauren’s poems are deeply personal and immaculately written. The power of a well-written poem is that it leaves plenty of space for the reader to move into  it with their own feelings and intimately connect to the moment of the poem. Lauren does this again and again with perfect restraint and vulnerability, letting us inhabit her world so that we might be inspired to pay the same kind of attention to our own. To purchase Lauren’s book send 12 dollars to Senile Monk Press


Good Fat Poetry Zine Volume 1, 2 and 3
Good Fat is published in collaboration with the non-profit organization of The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program and is sold at a minimum to cover the cost of printing and shipping only.

Make a payment of 6.50 for one zine or 8.50 for two or 10.50 for three at The Senile Monk Press PayPal link and tell me which zine(s) you want in the comment section. Remember to put your shipping address in the shipping address box.  Read the first issue of Good Fat online right now! Thank you!



Rise – Feminist Poetry Through the Ages. A compilation of powerful poetry by women from Sappho to Warsan Shire.
Read Free online for educational purposes only




Another Forty Years by Senile Monk Press founder Mike Nelson. Send 12 dollars for book and shipping to Senile Monk Press

“Mike Nelson and I have been friends since he first appeared on the Seacoast poetry scene in the early 2000’s and he was one of the first members of our poetry work-shopping group, Blood on the Floor. He is a member of the impressive generation of forty-something, blue-collar fathers who are successfully balancing career and home life with artistic expression. Since his first book, The One in the Middle (2005) and the following chapbook, Sometimes at Night (2007), fans of Mike have been waiting for a compendium of the strong poems they¹ve heard at open mic venues throughout the Seacoast. Another Forty Years is that book. Mike has created a “New and Selected” that includes old favorites, new works that range across his sense of humor, rapturous narratives (“Don’t Touch the Frogs,” “Picking Blueberries at Sturgeons Cove”), divorce and dating (“Divorce,” “Patience”), and metaphysical musings (“I finally understand,” “The Mouse”) always drawing on nature for his chief source of inspiration and consolation.”

John-Michael Albert  8th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth and editor at Senile Monk Press