Indolent Books

Indolent Books We are a small independent poetry press specializing in writers whose work deserves to be out there...but isn't. Yet. www.IndolentBooks.com
Small nonprofit poetry press in Brooklyn, New York.
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Indolent Books is a poetry press founded in 2015 and operating in Brooklyn as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Indolent was founded as a home for poets of a certain age who have done the creative work but for whatever reason (family, career, self- effacement, etc.) have not published a first collection. But we are not dogmatic about that mission: Ultimately, we publish books we like and care about, short or long, poetry or prose. We are queer owned, queer staffed, and maintain a commitment to diversity among our authors, artists, designers, developers, and other team members.

Alex Long, "Turned Thing"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20 | Alex Long
04/08/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20 | Alex Long

Alex Long, "Turned Thing"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20 | Alex Long

Alex Long Turned Thing VIRUS wings the wind outside, hunting air. I hide inside, turning my house into a cocoon, turning me from prey into a chrysalis. Sometime in the future I will emerge, a turne…

Ashley-Devon Williamston, "Day 1: Denial"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20
04/08/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20 | Ashley-Devon Williamston

Ashley-Devon Williamston, "Day 1: Denial"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20

Ashley-Devon Williamston Day 1: Denial If our lives are indeed purposeful Then I am not where I ought to be I am supposed to be in the desert A barren wasteland With nothing but sun and lizards and…

Joe Imwalle, "New Days"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20
04/08/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20 | Joe Imwalle

Joe Imwalle, "New Days"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 08 20

Joe Imwalle New Days I’m running running for health for mental health for mental health to keep balanced emotions and mind while we flatten the curve of virus raising a flag in humanity new territo…

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As the #COVID19 pandemic continues to impact presses, magazines, writers, bookstores, and many others, we are especially grateful for our community. We've put together, and will continue updating, the following list of resources being offered by our members—including Archipelago Books, The Kenyon Review, Futurepoem, Off Assignment, Lucky Jefferson, Ecotone, Words Without Borders, Analytic ROOM, Seven Stories Press, Restless Books, A Public Space, Apogee Journal, Montez Press, The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, Four Way Books, The Paris Review, Deep Vellum Publishing, Terrain.org, Indolent Books, and The Hudson Review.

Mary Ellen Talley, "Public Service Announcement"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 07 20 | Mary Ellen Talley
04/07/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 07 20 | Mary Ellen Talley

Mary Ellen Talley, "Public Service Announcement"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 07 20 | Mary Ellen Talley

Mary Ellen Talley Public Service Announcement Do not get into bed tonight without ignoring Outbursts, overstatements, hype, and conjectures. Never mind who complains about the maleficent media And …

Tom McCauley, "Two Poems"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 07 20
04/07/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 07 20 | Tom McCauley

Tom McCauley, "Two Poems"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 07 20

Tom McCauley Two Poems It’s Coronavirus, Not Coronavirme Today I hear it killed a lady the same age as me. How quickly the unafflicted spirit her to a ventilator. We’re sorry, the shipwrecked docto…

Richard Morrison, "Providence at Greywacke Arch"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20
04/06/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20 | Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison, "Providence at Greywacke Arch"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20

Richard Morrison Providence at Greywacke Arch She stopped just out of view. I snapped the picture with my phone. I said it was okay and waved her on and suddenly saw who went under the arch. I call…

Emily Winters, "Beware the Nineteen"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20
04/06/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20 | Emily Winters

Emily Winters, "Beware the Nineteen"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20

Emily Winters Beware the Nineteen Perhaps it all seems slightly tainted; truly, only humanity could open its doors to panic and selfishness and dishonor in the form of rolls of paper and chemical f…

Marc Beuttler, "Outside My Window"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20
04/06/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20 | Marc Beuttler

Marc Beuttler, "Outside My Window"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 06 20

Marc Beuttler Outside My Window Outside my window, how far it all seems As stories inside stream and stream, China, Italy, South Korea; foreign Today is much more familiar. Nurse, electrician, post…

Karen Tardiff, "The Places I’ve Been"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 05 20
04/05/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 05 20 | Karen Tardiff

Karen Tardiff, "The Places I’ve Been"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 05 20

Karen Tardiff The Places I’ve Been Dollar General, 4:17 pm: The man on the next aisle talks about flying in the day before, is mad at the toilet paper hoarders while his arms are full of Kleenex. W…

Yvonne Amey, "In Memoriam W.C. on the L Line into Downtown Sydney During the COVID-19 Pandemic"What Rough Beast | Covid-...
04/05/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 05 20 | Yvonne Amey

Yvonne Amey, "In Memoriam W.C. on the L Line into Downtown Sydney During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 05 20

Yvonne Amey In Memoriam W.C. on the L Line into Downtown Sydney During the COVID-19 Pandemic Into Circular Quay on the L Line with no particular stop in mind. Maybe I’ll ride all day & pe…

Sarah Dickenson Snyder, "The Elephant on the Earth"What Rough Beast | Poem for April 4, 2020
04/05/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 4, 2020

Sarah Dickenson Snyder, "The Elephant on the Earth"
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 4, 2020

Sarah Dickenson Snyder The Elephant on the Earth Over the aches of a planet we are but a dusty second, a shadowy group of foundations just below the crust, easily sloughed. This place is a sculptur…

Stephen Gibson, "For a Girl Who Died in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 04 20
04/04/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 04 20 | Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson, "For a Girl Who Died in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 04 20

Stephen Gibson For a Girl Who Died in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic To get to Calvary from the Bronx, I’d take the el to Manhattan, then the Queens line to the cemetery where I cut grass in the oldes…

Arien Reed, "Wait"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 04 20
04/04/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 04 20 | Arien Reed

Arien Reed, "Wait"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 04 20

Arien Reed Wait I’m clutching your hand because yesterday is still burning through us and these tears mean you’re still alive your every slow, torn apart wheeze a woman keening a mile away, and I f…

Marjorie Moorhead, "In Silence"What Rough Beast | Poem for April 3, 2020#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets
04/04/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 3, 2020

Marjorie Moorhead, "In Silence"
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 3, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Marjorie Moorhead In Silence after Ilya Kaminsky How is it I can hear a neighbor’s lawnmower, buzzing like a fly, watch the sunlight from my front room windows, see the breeze in leaves… How is it …

Ariana Moulton, "Trace the Curve"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 03 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry...
04/04/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 03 20 | Ariana Moulton

Ariana Moulton, "Trace the Curve"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 03 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Ariana Moulton Trace the Curve What if someone told you You couldn’t go where you normally go? Would the you in you come undone? Not seeing what you expect to see. You’re not alone in your quaranti…

Frank Dullaghan, "Holding On"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 03 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry  #poetry #p...
04/03/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 03 20 | Frank Dullaghan

Frank Dullaghan, "Holding On"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 03 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Frank Dullaghan Holding On You were only killing time and it’ll kill you right back —Meat Loaf If there’s much point in holding on it’s in the hope that times will brighten. It’s more desire …

Amber Anderson, "News Live in Reel Time / Shelter in Place"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 02 20#PandemicPoetry...
04/02/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 02 20 | Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson, "News Live in Reel Time / Shelter in Place"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 02 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Amber Anderson News Live in Reel Time / Shelter in Place I can’t stop reading the news I’ve been obsessively refreshing the page for updates I watch the death count climb like waiting for the ball …

Jen Schneider, "Haiku on Human Spirit, Resilience, and Creativity"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 02 20#Pandemi...
04/02/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 02 20 | Jen Schneider

Jen Schneider, "Haiku on Human Spirit, Resilience, and Creativity"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 02 20
#PandemicPoetry #TwitterPoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Jen Schneider Haiku on Human Spirit, Resilience, and Creativity Early bird specials exchanged for senior-only shopping times. Germ free. Ultra-lux dining replaced with white gloves and curbside pic…

Katharyn Howd Machan, "January"What Rough Beast | Poem for April 2, 2020#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets
04/02/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 2, 2020

Katharyn Howd Machan, "January"
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 2, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Katharyn Howd Machan January When he became king, he married her, of course, his daughter hidden away for seventeen years in a forest glamoured by trolls. She’d learned to knit, to paint, to count …

Amanda Held, "Plague"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 01 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poem...
04/01/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 01 20 | Amanda Held

Amanda Held, "Plague"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 01 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Amanda Held Plague The silence was too scary. Not even the birds and crickets sang. I became frustrated with living in fear. Wrapped in a blanket of sorrow, I began to cry until my tears were gone.…

Olivia Kingery, "In quarantine"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 01 20 | Olivia Kingery#PandemicPoetry #Resistanc...
04/01/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 01 20 | Olivia Kingery

Olivia Kingery, "In quarantine"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 04 01 20 | Olivia Kingery
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Olivia Kingery In quarantine thousands of us, millions of us, sing the same song with lips partly parted, touching softly, then tongue, to wet an appetite we have no idea how to satiate. It tastes …

Howard F. Stein, "The Race"What Rough Beast | Poem for April 1, 2020#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets
04/01/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 1, 2020

Howard F. Stein, "The Race"
What Rough Beast | Poem for April 1, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Howard F. Stein The Race But at my back I always hear… —Andrew Marvell Eager to run, The horses line up At the starting gate, Hardly able to wait. Each horse bears a name— Acute or chronic, P…

Sarah Losner, "Infection"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 31 20 | Sarah Losner#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry ...
03/31/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 31 20 | Sarah Losner

Sarah Losner, "Infection"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 31 20 | Sarah Losner
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Sarah Losner Infection the world is infected even I am not immune although I wash and pray and nourish and rest I feel in my heart and in my head that we are not safe and my palms sweat and my hear…

Pamela Sumners, "Tennessee Waltz With Tampons"What Rough Beast | Poem for March 31, 2020#ResistancePoetry #TwitterPoetry...
03/31/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 31, 2020

Pamela Sumners, "Tennessee Waltz With Tampons"
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 31, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #TwitterPoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Pamela Sumners Tennessee Waltz With Tampons Thank you, Tennessee-waltzing Republicans for helping me, for helping me Tennessee Tennessee, for helping to free me, free me from the vagina-hoarding im…

Ronda Piszk Broatch, "Sheltering in Place"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetr...
03/31/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20 | Ronda Piszk Broatch

Ronda Piszk Broatch, "Sheltering in Place"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Ronda Piszk Broatch Sheltering in Place Morning comes like an alarm, a phone call muffled under covers, red flash hammering steel fire pit, metal gutters, wrecked hemlock beyond our bedroom windows…

Lynn McGee, "Social Isolating, 1"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry...
03/31/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20 | Lynn McGee

Lynn McGee, "Social Isolating, 1"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Lynn McGee Social Isolating, 1 Last night a cockroach walked toward me on the counter. He paused, and lifted his willowy antennae. They undulated in tandem with each other. He seemed to make a deci…

Chad Parenteau, "Resistance Tankas, Reel 13"What Rough Beast | Poem for March 30, 2020#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #p...
03/30/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 30, 2020

Chad Parenteau, "Resistance Tankas, Reel 13"
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 30, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Chad Parenteau Resistance Tankas, Reel 13 Nathaniel Woods Jesus Tanka Many people die for sins of other people. It even happens when it’s not election y— Lindsey Graham Jesus Tanka Lindsey Graham J…

Abigail Welhouse, "March"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #...
03/30/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20 | Abigail Welhouse

Abigail Welhouse, "March"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 30 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Abigail Welhouse March The melody of an ice cream truck on a near-empty street in Sunset Park. The driver wears gloves and as he hands an ice cream cone to a customer, I’m not sure if he̵…

Susana H. Case, "That's Not How It Was"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 29 20 #PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry ...
03/29/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 29 20 | Susana H. Case

Susana H. Case, "That's Not How It Was"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 29 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Susana H. Case That’s Not How It Was The loneliness of not having a hand to hold while dying did not exist, and there were plenty of priests. It was the prayers that were long, not the milita…

Lucie Barrios, "Dystopia"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 29 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #...
03/29/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 29 20 | Lucie Barrios

Lucie Barrios, "Dystopia"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 29 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Lucie Barrios Dystopia Reflect upon your sins, Said the archbishop I thought of people dying And mothers who can’t afford diapers but even if they could the shelves are empty And a garage filled wi…

Rachel Finston, "A Poem for COVID 19"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 28 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #po...
03/29/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 28 20 | Rachel Finston

Rachel Finston, "A Poem for COVID 19"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 28 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

Rachel Finston A Poem for COVID 19 We stay home from work, you sniffly, me achy. We sleep for ten hours. There is an element of risk in our work I push books, you push fluids. I cry watching a come…

Richard Chetwynd, "In Contrast With The New"What Rough Beast | Poem for March 28, 2020#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #p...
03/28/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 28, 2020

Richard Chetwynd, "In Contrast With The New"
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 28, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Richard Chetwynd In Contrast With The New I’m fond of the old-type dictatorships, the ones You knew you were in by how quiet it suddenly Gets on the street as the neighbors get hooded And hurried i…

John C. Krieg, "Coronavirus Has Nothing on Retirement"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 28 20#PandemicPoetry #Res...
03/28/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 28 20 | John C. Krieg

John C. Krieg, "Coronavirus Has Nothing on Retirement"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 28 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

John C. Krieg Coronavirus Has Nothing on Retirement In all seriousness, I know this is a legitimate National Emergency And I must do what I can to protect my family, and myself from it But there ar…

Precious little #fiddleheadfern is coming back #fiddleheadferns
03/27/2020

Precious little #fiddleheadfern is coming back #fiddleheadferns

#bleedingheart #bleedinghearts are coming back.
03/27/2020

#bleedingheart #bleedinghearts are coming back.

Jaya Rangan, "Home of an Illegal Immigrant"What Rough Beast | Poem for March 27, 2020 #ResistancePoetry #TwitterPoetry #...
03/27/2020
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 27, 2020

Jaya Rangan, "Home of an Illegal Immigrant"
What Rough Beast | Poem for March 27, 2020
#ResistancePoetry #TwitterPoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Jaya Rangan Home of an Illegal Immigrant At times I smell a musty, congealed body in a cramped underbelly of a plane where the big wheels are folding inward vacuuming all the space pushing stale an…

M Zaman, "An Ode to COVID 19"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 27 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry  #poetry #p...
03/27/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 27 20 | M Zaman

M Zaman, "An Ode to COVID 19"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 27 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets #COVID19

M Zaman An Ode to COVID 19 Sly and stealthy, like your other brethren you too have jumped from host to human; (an animal, rogue with a wrathful ruse, and pillager of habitats—all non-human). A befi…

August Luna, "I'm Losing Who I Am"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 27 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #Twitt...
03/27/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 27 20 | August Luna

August Luna, "I'm Losing Who I Am"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 27 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #TwitterPoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

August Luna I’m Losing Who I Am Losing who I am Marooned on this island Covered in blankets Can’t go home yet Days blend together TV shows blend together All my feelings blend together Into f…

Raj Tawney, "The Business End of COVID-19"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 26 20#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetr...
03/27/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 26 20 | Raj Tawney

Raj Tawney, "The Business End of COVID-19"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 26 20
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Raj Tawney The Business End of COVID-19 My wife was laid off on Friday Her bosses chickened out Blame the virus, yeah, sure She’s just a figure, a stat on a spreadsheet, a dollar in the bank Who le…

Patricia Nellene Deal, "Mid-March 2020 Revision"What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 25 20 | Patricia Nellene Deal #...
03/26/2020
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 26 20 | Patricia Nellene Deal

Patricia Nellene Deal, "Mid-March 2020 Revision"
What Rough Beast | Covid-19 Edition | 03 25 20 | Patricia Nellene Deal
#PandemicPoetry #ResistancePoetry #poetry #poem #poems #poets

Patricia Nellene Deal Mid-March 2020 Revision Last week we called it the coronacation. Memory’s distancing in magnitude of need not known before the breadth of a collective sigh could exhale. Disbe…

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