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The Morning House series usually releases 1-5 titles per year. All Morning House titles are beautiful, electronic-edition books made available as free PDF downloads (and available to read online through one's internet browser, as well).

As a project, the Morning House series generally reflects Agape's values of inclusivity and spirituality, while also attempting to make high-quality, contemporary literature more easily accessible to all people, regardless of their disposable income, socioeconomic status, or educational background.

We consider our Morning House series one way to help push back against classism and elitism in the literary world.

To this end, we have partnered with THEThe Poetry Blog to distribute our e-chaps and help make them more widely available (as free PDF downloads, accessible from both websites). We believe in the collaborative forms of literary community that THEThe Poetry Blog works to foster; we are happy to be releasing the Morning House series with their teamwork and participation.

Morning House titles are often selected from manuscripts written by NOLO contest entrants, THEThe Poetry Blog contributors, and Agape Editions blog contributors, via solicited submissions.

The Morning House series also includes a few titles that were previously available through THEThe Poetry Blog's imprint, thEbooks. Please enjoy these titles as free downloads, too; we also encourage you to visit THEThe Poetry Blog to read more from these authors!



Xenos
by Joanna Valente
(Poetry)

"'The "stranger' in Joanna Valente's Xenos writes herself into being, sifting through the detritus of a life that spans Maine, Brooklyn, and a boat to Greece. These are poems of sisterhood, motherhood, self-preservation, desire. In verse as dangerous and illuminating as berry-stained lips under a clear Aegean moon, Xenos reminds us that we are at once self and not-self, invention and memory, family and exile."
-Sophia Starmack, author of The Wild Rabbit

"Joanna Valente's Xenos is an immigrant narrative, but it's not simply about the transition from one country to another, one homeland to the next—it's the narrative of the heart that finds estrangement wherever it goes, the body that does and does not recognize itself, and the way family disinherits us even as it claims us. In these poems, we meet the strangers who we know all too well, and the loved ones who remain forever inexplicable, and we, too, are them."
-Gregory Crosby, Author of pooky Action at a Distance

"Joanna C. Valente is a gifted storyteller, crafting a deeply humanizing and expressive narrative within the pages of Xenos. To read this collection is to travel back in time, to be reminded that even then there were fires, even then so many of us were burning. Unifying and spirited, readers will find themselves returning to these poems over and over again."
-Azia DuPont, editor of Dirty Chai Magazine


Some Other Stupid Fruit
by Margaret Bashaar
(Poetry)

"'I know / there is violence in all of us,' these 'problematic feminist' poems assert. This work reminds us that what is truly problematic is poetry devoid of awareness of complexity and complicity, and feminism without nuance. Some Other Stupid Fruit lays bear the strangeness, the rot, and the inherent hypocrisies of our gendered identities, and refuses to put a cherry on top."
—Arielle Greenberg

"Musings on maneuvering through the rapey ol' patriarchy, Margaret Bashaar's newest chapbook hits the ground in heels kicking for the artery. In case you haven't been listening to her poetry thus far, Some Other Stupid Fruit all but grabs your stupid face and wills its words to crack your orbital bones and release the gooey insides of your eyes. Honest, brutal observations in rapid succession, enough to leave the reader concussed. The roar of a self-aware woman in today's asshat weird world. Some Other Stupid Fruit is an airtight collection. Don't be a jerk, read the book."
—John Thomas Menesini, author of Gloom Hearts & Opioids


A Door With a Voice
by Katie Manning
(Poetry)

"I love this clipped voice—just the essentials—eclectic, irreverently reverent, or is it reverently irreverent—"
—Diane Glancy, author of Report to the Department of the Interior and over 40 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and plays

"Scholars and theologians have been discussing the function and power of Biblical language for much of the last hundred years. Some have called for a de-mythologizing of how we understand Scripture, so that the original power and glory of the language of God can be experienced, renewing our awe and wonder. During this time, it has fallen to poets to try to craft this new language, to de-mytholgize texts with thousands of years of dogma and interpretation behind them. Into that fray wades Katie Manning. With clever excisions and deft lineation, Manning reinvigorates our understanding, our sense of what might be happening in those passages we know can't be as simple as we hear every Sunday. From 'The Book of Verbs': 'listen / my womb // do not spend your strength / on kings // it is not for kings // crave / and / let / be.' Breathing new life into Scriptural language, finding the poetry within, is no easy task. Manning shows us a way, a vast, gorgeous poetry within those words we think we know."
—Thom Caraway, editor of Rock & Sling


The Birth Creatures
by Samantha Duncan
(Poetry)

"Something fantastic mixed with the plundering lowing of pregnancy and early motherhood is present here. We have the surprise mixed with trim rhyme: 'I'm pulled into the rhino / nestled in its crib of ribs' and we think of this grotesque comfort, the body as push and pull and grasping. So much is about consumption and aggressively so: the moon is devoured and 'a peat bog / where the kitchen table was' becomes the murky counterpoint. This is a geography that lurks, that is an extra self within the realm that is the deep loneliness of early motherhood. I too felt consumed while reading this chapbook, but in the best, most delicious way."
—Molly Sutton Kiefer, author of Nestuary, Tinderbox Editions EIC

"How a woman's body turns alien, fantastical, so foreign to herself when she grows a child—'under the crust I am cherry pie.' Samantha Duncan's powerful chapbook-length poem The Birth Creatures traces a 37-weeks-pregnant woman's struggle to accept what this birth will mean: 'I'm an afterthought to be studied/ my insides sighing/ against the hunger for/ more of me it you.' Besides the innumerable bodily changes (what Duncan calls a 'revolution'), in the house where the woman waits for labor, a cypress tree roots under the crib, a rhinoceros appears where the bouncer was to go, bird bones appear in the bathroom. The Birth Creatures is in one way true to the tradition of magical realism, but also unapologetically peeks at the undersides (those secret, sad feelings) of what it means to become a mother: 'a journey a century/ transforms insides/ into leftovers/ the waste the time// the assimilation of you/ into me.' Yet also, the joy: 'we are doing/ we are real.'"
—Nicole Rollender, author of Louder Than Everything You Love


Teaching the Dead, by Joe Weil
(Poetry)
XPMK: An Illuminated Chapbook, by Gene Tanta
(Formerly published as an excerpt from Pastoral Emergency.)
Equals Tiger, by Eric Kocher
(Poetry)