Current Issues & Publications
Volume 21: No. 2
Puppets in the
Selected Poems of
The Sky's Dustbin
Light from a
Small Brown Bird
by Rich Ives
Selected Poems of
Home of Fine Poetry Collections and The Bitter Oleander:
A Journal of Contemporary International
Poetry & Short Fiction
The Bitter Oleander Press has been providing the poetry reading public with a highly deep-image driven poetry since 1974. We publish those works whose imaginations open our eyes to a world we thought we knew but were mistaken. A world our habits, our education and our beliefs blind us from everyday.
We believe in bringing our readers and writers face to face with each other, with the reality of our uncommon world, like the one that exists in grape seeds blown by hurricanes into hidden corners doors form when closed.
We publish well-known, little known and unknown poets and writers side by side. Published in English, most if not all of our translations include their originals. We demand a serious poetry. A poetry devoid of clichés and predictable twists of well-worn or entrenched truths. We prefer a heightened music driven by a profound linguistic rhythm.
Books we also publish pursue this identical purpose making us ever vigilant in our search for poets whose perception and language are so unique they beg not to be missed. PLEASE contact us first before sending any unsolicited full manuscripts or click on CONTEST above.
This publisher is a proud member of
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Because we are open to submissions from all cultures, people and languages, we regard their investment of time spent submitting and creating to be very critical. We pride ourselves on answering every request, every order, every submission, every letter of gratitude and annoyance personally because we feel there's absolutely no substitute for that one-to-one exchange which can and should take place between an editor and writer. Building this bond emphasizes the importance such interaction can have on one's work and on one's publication. We're indebted to all those poets and writers for making us what we are and for all the trust they continue to place in us.