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Friday, January 16, 2015


                2014 VAGABOND COLLECTION
 This anthology, a selection of works from 70 local poets, and the great photo-art of local Venice artist, Mike Chamness, represents a powerful and broad spectrum of voices throughout the entire region.  Though by no means intended to be an exhaustive collection of all the great poets there are to discover here, let this anthology speak as an introduction to the soul of our communities, here in this great city, the belly of the beast, Los Angeles, California.

 “That a Revolutionary Poets Brigade exists in Los Angeles is a bit of a miracle and thanks to Mark Lipman in ElAye this Anthology reflects some of the terrific poetry, outside the established institutions, that exists in that area, from more renowned poets like Luis. J. Rodriguez to terrific new voices like Henry Howard and venerables like Michael C Ford.  There’s potential for the biggest Brigade in the States in Los Angeles.  Where did Romero come from?  And that Devcich, wow!”       
 ~ Jack Hirschman, 4th Poet Laureate of San Francisco

“The Revolutionary Poets Brigade Anthology makes revolution still possible in these cataclysmic terrible times.”
~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1st Poet Laureate of California 

; 8.5 x 8.5, 298 pages, full color illustrations, $25 (plus shipping)


Most impressive about Henry Howard's work is that he appears to be able to wear the skin of others so convincingly that you would believe these poems were written in the first person by the subject of his writings; whether being a tortured detainee, or pregnant teen, a victorious people freed from their chains of apartheid half a world away, or a grieving mother here at home, Henry’s poems speak with a powerful truth that is both eye opening and a pleasure to read. 
“A major work of rage and compassion, Henry Howard’s book will be recognized as a momentous volume, blazing the way to a future free of injustice.  This book holds its head high and deservedly so.”    
~ Jack Hirschman, 4th Poet Laureate of San Francisco

“Henry Howard leaves all of the conventional narcissism behind and sings of the here, the now and the real. It is a joy to see Henry’s poetry welcomed into the ranks of the great bards with the splendor of truth.”   
~ Blasé Bonpane, Ph.D., Founder and President, Office of the Americas   
6 x 9, 178 pages, full color illustrations, $15 (plus shipping)  


Drawn from the inspirations of social awakenings throughout the world; born out of the economic and social justice struggles of today, and a living testament of the spirit of the Occupy Movement, this powerful body of work exemplifies the voice of a generation tired of towing the line for a system that provides nothing for its people.  A treasure trove of poetic verse, Poetry for the Masses is bold and brazen indictment of capitalism and is a major step forward in the on-going debate of where we are heading as a society.  A clarion call for justice. 

“Mark Lipman writes beautifully and honestly for the people.  His words are a gift. They give us strength; they remind us of our history, our potential, our bravery, our indomitable spirit.  Mark’s poetry teaches us that anything is possible, that nothing has to stand in our way, that together, dignified, focused, and determined, we can change the world!”

~ Ron Kovic author of “Born on the Fourth of July” 

“Mark Lipman makes verses incendiary, an insurrection of words, ideas, rhythms, plowing open the earth for true justice, greater imaginations, for a new world about to blossom.  Read Mark’s poetry, think hard on the material he draws on, the concaving of the capitalist world, then act. You’ll be more vital and incandescent for it.” 
~ Luis J. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate;
author of “My Nature is Hunger” and “Always Running”

 8.5 x 8.5, 108 pages, full color illustrations, $15 (plus shipping)


An amazing collection of thought provoking work, Global Economic Amnesty, examines the economic system of capitalism and how it has led to great social injustice and economic disparity we face today, while at the same time presenting solutions to a more co-operative economic path for society. A powerful, must read collection of essays that will redefine what is possible. 

“The idea of debt forgiveness is very much on the agenda.  I think some form of debt forgiveness is a good idea and has been for a long time.  Jubilee 2000, for example, called for forgiving “odious debt,” a technical notion introduced into international law by the US when it didn’t want to pay Cuba’s debt to Spain after taking Cuba over.  And the notion is correct: debt imposed on a population who didn’t incur the debt; rather dictators did.  A pretty natural interpretation of that notion would eliminate quite a lot of debt.  And there are other cases.  But the groundwork has to be laid.  There has to be broad general understanding of the meaning, the justification, and the likely consequences – which are complex.  Closing the banks, for example, would pretty much destroy the society as it now stands. That’s a long project.  Thanks for your thoughts.” 
~ Noam Chomsky

“Lipman’s style is breezy, conversational, and engaging as he indicts runaway capitalism.  He inspires us to think more deeply about economic engines, the power of community, and the need to reassess the importance of time and happiness over profit and plunder.  I give this book an A+.” 
~ Marcy Winograd, Economics Teacher and Three-Time Congressional Candidate

“The ideas in this document are truly revolutionary.” 
~ Alex Pausides, Director, International Poetry Festival of Havana, Cuba  

8.5 x 5.5, 98 pages, $12 (plus shipping)