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ITHURIEL'S SPEAR


An independent small press in San Francisco, California,
dedicated mainly to the literary arts.

 

Our books are distributed by Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, California, where they can be purchased at:  www.spdbooks.org

Our published titles thus far:

 


   

 

 

 

FINDER OF LOST OBJECTS. An Ithuriel's Spear mystery by Susie Hara.

Sadie García Miller—bisexual Jewish Latina—turns the old gumshoe trope on its head in Finder of Lost Objects. From Dashiell Hammett to Marcia Muller to John Goins, Hara’s Sadie is a welcome addition to a long line of unorthodox sleuths in the cool grey city of love….

Susie Hara lives and writes in San Francisco. Her stories have been published in several anthologies, including Fast Girls, Best American Erotica, and Flash in the Attic Fiction, vol. 2. Her play Lost and Found in the Mission won the Best Ensemble award in the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has received fellowships from Millay Art Colony, Ragdale Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. This is her first novel.

More information at susiehara.net.

March, 2014. ISBN 9780983579168. Paperback, 206pp. $16 (8 3/8" x 5 3/8").

 

 

 

 

 

 

A PORTRAIT IN THE TENDERLOIN. An Ithuriel's Spear mystery by John Goins.

"A good mystery is a dialogue with a reader, a city, a certain time in history, an exploration of a people's attitude towards humanity, social mores, the downtrodden, the vulnerable. Set in San Francisco, Goins' debut novel exhibits author's control, talent and insight in the right mix. His canvas, concerns, his prose, lyrical attimes, penetrating, unsettling often, will make it hard for the reader to put the book down." —Moazzam Sheikh.

JOHN GOINS was born in Washington D.C. in 1958. He has worked as a dishwasher,
library clerk, gardener, English teacher in Istanbul, telephone solicitor, phlebotomist and lab assistant. He also wrote briefly for the Central City Extra, “a monthly newspaper for the Tenderloin, Civic Center and Sixth Street corridor.” He lives and writes in San Francisco where he has resided (for the most part) since 1985.


August, 2013. ISBN 9780983579151.Paperback, 194pp. $16 (8 3/8" x 5 3/8").

 

   

 

 

ELEMENTS.  Fiction by Robert Glück.

This collection of stories by Robert Glück was originally published in 1982 in San Francisco by Four Seasons Foundation under the title ELEMENTS OF A COFFEE SERVICE.

"Bob's fiction is actually quite friendly yet he cuts it with a knife. Bob's gift to the history of letters I think is the uncanniness of his flow. He pulls down the page like a shade, it's masterful what he does. His page is more filled with light than words, really. More filled with temperature too." — Eileen Myles.

Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction; including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist; two books of stories, Elements and Denny Smith; and a book of poems and short prose, Reader. Glück was co–director of Small Press Traffic, Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and Associate Editor at Lapis Press. He prefaced Between Life and Death, a book of paintings by Frank Moore and, with artist Dean Smith, made the film Aliengnosis. He also edited the anthology Biting the Error: Writers on Narrative, with Gail Scott, Camille Roy, and Mary Berger, and he lives "high on a hill" in San Francisco.

June, 2013. ISBN 9780983579144. Paperback, 124pp. $20 (8 3/8" x 5 3/8").

 

 

 

Brush with History: Eda Kavin and the San Francisco Century.
A biography by William Torphy.

William Torphy vividly explores the life, politics, bound books and paintings of San Francisco artist Eda Kavin (1914-2004).

While orbiting her native San Francisco, Torphy leads us on this remarkable woman's nine-decade odyssey from the radical Jewish chicken farms of Petaluma to Stalinist Russia and back home, to be woven into the activist history of the city she loved.

Illustrated with extensive photographs and 35 pages of art reproductions.

 

December, 2012. ISBN 9780983579106. Paperback, 144 pp. $40 (8.5"x10").

 



 

THE DIVINE COMEDY OF CARLO TRESCA.  

A novel by F. S. Rosa.

"A splendid, rowdy romp in the netherworld of revolutionaries—the Rebel Girl, Big Bill Haywood, multitudes of rebels and victims—all seen through the eyes of recently murdered anarchist Carlo Tresca finding his way through the very rambunctious world of the dead. What a panoramic 'human comedy,' a wild ride through the 20th century, through strikes, massacres, demonstrations, uprisings, wars. F.S. Rosa has brought us a tour de force of fantasy and freedom"—Hilton Obenzinger.

F. S. ROSA is the author of Post War and Other Stories, published in 2006 by Ithuriel’s Spear. She is a rank and file union member and long time student of labor and left history. She lives and works in San Francisco. She first came across the name Carlo Tresca and his photograph in the mid-1990’s while reading an autobiography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. And despite numerous references in other books, and two excellent biographies written about him, she realized that his afterlife had not been sufficiently addressed.

August, 2011.  ISBN 978-0979339097.  Paperback, 568pp.  $25  (9"x6").


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMODULATING ANGEL. Selected Poems 1960-2010
by Richard Tagett.

" Fifty years at work in the field, he has been changing with the times, alert to the tiniest of human feelings as well as to the larger currents of shared social struggle. Like Jack Spicer, with whom he worked closely and on whom he coedited a volume of lasting value, Tagett knows when and how to lure the right words to his page, and how to insure they stick close to his branches.... I know of no other American poet whose very pages are as well filled out. What an accomplishment!"—Kevin Killian.

Richard Tagett is a widely published San Franciso poet and small-press champion. Born in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1936, he loved pumping gas, and he redesigned the internal combustion engine when he wasn't memorizing stats on the Cleveland Indians. Always looking homeward, he hid his own buried life in the candle flame of a makeshift altar. He played piano and played in plays and played and played in the gulf and sandlots of the back there. He was a poor student and dropped out of college to become an airman and reader in French Symbolism. He wanted to be an actor on the stage, but they wanted him to be the child he was, turned inward. He lived with a Cuban painter and learned some tricks from poets, now all ghosts, who stayed him from the prison for illegal desires through total sublimation. "A lot went on, a lot ended, a lot of people died," he said. He wants to bring meaning and emotion across as equivalences. He seeks the real—that is, what is really there. He usually fails. He feels that publishing eats him up, and he fights assimilation.

 For a preview of Demodulating Angel click here.

March, 2011. ISBN 978-0979339080. Paperback, 146pp. $15 (9"x6").

 

 

DEBRIS.  100 Poems by Lewis DeForest Brown.

"Lewis Brown writes playful religious poetry, a poetry of delight. His work relishes the freedom of surrealist associations and wit without indulging in surrealist mystifications. His poems take great pleasure inlanguage, including a child's delight in teasing it ('It's not all smirky whoop'). What Brown would seem to love most in poetry, however, is 'the precious murmur that spells itself'"--Peter Weltner.

Lewis Brown has been resident in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1959, and his writing has appeared in Richard Duerden's Rivoli Review, Stan Persky's Open Space, and in Bill Levy's The Insect Trust Gazette. Since then he has published several chapbooks: Algebra for Breakfast (1986), Panama Poems (1992), Travel(1993), OXO Poems (2001), MDCC (2004), 25 Poems (2004), and 20/20 (2007). 

August, 2010. ISBN 978-0979339066. Paperback, 94pp. $15 (9"x6").

 

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AIR TRANSMIGRA.  Poems by John Norton.

Alan Bernheimer finds John Norton's poetry "clear as a New England winter day," and Bev Dahlen describes it as "witty and ironic." John moved to San Francisco in 1974 and soon afterwards joined the Saturday Writing Workshop at Small Press Traffic. His poetry and fiction began to appear in small magazines and literary journals. A previous book of prose poems and sketches won an American Book Award. He’s served on the boards of Small Press Traffic and the Irish Arts Foundation. He works as a technical writer and editor in Silicon Valley.

For a preview of Air Transmigra click here.

August, 2010. ISBN 978-0979339066. Paperback, 94pp. $15 (9"x6").

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THE BIRDS AND OTHER POEMS, by Lewis Ellingham.

 

San Francisco poet and longtime resident Lew Ellingham presents a selection of poems which unites cultural interests with the adventures of an expert bird-watcher. Samuel R. Delany says, "This is astonishing poetry lucid, inventive, at once deeply civilized and wonderfully sensitive to the marvelous."

 

October, 2009. ISBN 978-0979339059. Paperback, 133pp. $20 (10"x10").

 

 

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SAXOPHONE BLUE.   Poems by Michael Calvello.

Poet and jazz-enthusiast Michael Calvello first came to San Francisco in 1946 and has been writing down his impressions in poetic form ever since. He has published several chapbooks of his poems and has taught English at City College of San Francisco since 1985.

September, 2009. ISBN 978-0979339042. Paperback, 98pp. $15 (9"x6")

 

 

 

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GOOD GAY POEMS, by James Mitchell.

A collection of largely gay, often humorous poems written between 1967-2006 by San Francisco resident, translator and writer James Mitchell. The author started writing verse in the service of the gay liberation movement in the Sixties, and he's been at it intermittently ever since.

April, 2009. ISBN 978-0979339035. Paperback, 222pp. $17

 

 

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WALAFRID STRABO: ON THE CULTIVATION OF GARDENS.

A ninth century gardening book. The first in European history and currently the only translation available in English, this book was written by Walafrid Strabo, Abbot of the Carolingian monastery at Reichenau Island. It tells us what our medieval gardener is growing in his garden, explains the benefits and medicinal properties of the plants, and gives an idea of how to grow them. James Mitchell translates this classic from the Latin hexameters, and San Francisco gardening columnist Richard Schwarzenberger provides a foreword.

January, 2009. ISBN 978-0979339028. Paperback, 86pp. $15

 

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THE IDOL LOVER AND OTHER STORIES OF PAKISTAN.

Short stories by Moazzam Sheikh. These sexually-charged tales unfold against a backdrop of colonization and ethnic tensions in Pakistan and the Middle East, and they also explore the immigrant's dilemma in the United States. Sheikh "maps the ways in which South Asian identities cohere and threaten to disintegrate at the contradictory intersections of memory, desire, connection, and exploitation... Sheikh's voice too, is unique, bringing to the English short story the flavor and verve of the Urdu/Hindi tradition."

                                                                                           — A. Chakladar

March, 2008. ISBN 978-0979339011. Paperback, 140pp. $16

 

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LIAR.  A novel by Mike Amnasan. 

Mike Amnasan is an amazing writer. His spare prose displays the brutal equations of power, variables and constants that shape consciousness and flesh. His is a take-no-prisoners minimalism where needs are isolated in a kind of silence: the need to be recognized, the need to be touched, the need to dominate, and strongest of all the need to explain. Here is the spectacle of ferocious creativity and disappointment, a drama in which hope is continually dispatched and revived."

                                   — Robert Glück, author of Denny Smith (stories).


April, 2007. ISBN 0-9749502-8-9. Paperback, 150pp. $14.95

 

 

 

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POEMS OF FRIEDRICH HÖLDERLIN, translated by James Mitchell.

A selection of the most important lyric poetry of this German early Romantic writer, who lived from 1770 to 1843. This second edition includes the German texts.



January, 2007. ISBN 0-9749502-9-7. Paperback, 116pp. $14.95

 

 

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POST WAR AND OTHER STORIES.

A collection of short stories by San Francisco writer and labor activist F.S. Rosa. Author Kevin Killian calls these stories "indelible monuments of the original new narrative movement," and Robert Glück says they are "sarcastic, irreverent, hilarious and somber while they exemplify a great conscience."


January, 2006. ISBN 0-9749502-2-X. Paperback, 124pp. $12.95.

 

 

 

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IN FARO'S GARDEN. Essays by Richard Schwarzenberger.

For over a decade, regular columns from Faro's Garden have appeared in the East Bay Monthly and in the San Francisco Chronicle, where the author wrestles with his garden as Jacob wrestled with the angel, pinning it down and winning a blessing.


August, 2006. ISBN 0-9749502-7-0. Paperback, 182pp. $14.95

 

 

 

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MY WALK WITH BOB.

A collection of short stories by Bruce Boone, regarded as a core text of the New Narrative movement emanating from Robert Glück's writing workshops in San Francisco. Originally published in 1979 by Black Star Series.

March, 2006. ISBN 0-9749502-6-2. Paperback, 49pp. $12.95

 

 

 

 

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LOGAN. Fiction by Hunce Voelcker.

A dreamtime narrative about high school boys in rural South Pennsylvania in the early 60's
. Originally published in 1969 by Cowstone Press. Introduced by Andrei Codrescu, who says that "Reading Logan is like entering the twister of a mind that conducts an erudite yet fresh symphony." Jack Spicer said of Hunce's writing in 1965: "If this is dictation, it's driving me wild."

January, 2006. ISBN 0-9749502-5-4. Paperback, 80pp. $12.95

 

 

 

 

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SNAKEBITE. By Paul Gowack, Ph.D., and William Torphy.

An adventure story with a strong metaphysical foundation, Snakebite offers children from 9-12 an exciting read, as well as an introduction to the cultural and spiritual practices of Native Americans on a reservation in New Mexico.


May, 2005. ISBN 0-9749502-4-6. Paperback, 115 pp. $12.95

 

 

 

 

 


SOTO ZEN ANCESTORS IN CHINA.

Zen Buddhist texts from the Tang Period in China.The Recorded Teachings
of Shitou Xiqian, Yaoshan Weiyan and Yunyan Tansheng, translated by James Mitchell.


February, 2005. ISBN 0-9749502-3-8. Paperback, 90pp. $12.95

 

 

 

 

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LOVE NEVER ALWAYS.

These startling poems by William Torphy span the final decade of last century and the first years of the present one. They reveal a strong voice fully attuned to its own time and process. Torphy is an art curator living in the San Francisco Bay area. Roberta Loach, editor of Visual Dialog, says "These words are meditative and move to the center of everyday living, loving, being."

September, 2004. ISBN 0-9749502-1-1. Paperback, 86pp. $12.95

 

 


 

 

 

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Ithuriel's Spear
   939 Eddy Street,
Ste. 102
   San Francisco CA  94109

 



ITHURIEL'S SPEAR


An independent small press in San Francisco, California,
dedicated mainly to the literary arts.

 


 

Our titles are distributed by Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, California,and they can be purchased online at: www.spdbooks.org


Ithuriel's Spear is a fiscally sponsored organization of Intersection
for the Arts, San Francisco's oldest alternative arts organization.

We can be reached by e-mail at: plainfeather@gmail.com