Quartet 1


By Nancy Carroll, Anne Yale, Cody Deitz, and Melisa Malvin-Middleton

Quartet 1: Native Blossoms Chapbook Series

This quartet features the first four books in the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series: Night Walks by Nancy Carroll, with twenty-eight poems that focus on small, familiar moments of light and loss; Liturgy of Small Feathers by Anne Yale, a collection of twenty-two poems that form a response to the sacred in verse; Pressed Against All That Nothing by Cody Deitz, seventeen monumental poems that give witness to a brother’s withdrawal into addiction; and Hover the Bones by Melisa Malvin-Middleton, nineteen poems that dig through the “garden of the familiar”—family relationships—to unearth profound connections and upsetting loss.

Native Blossoms Chapbook Series Quartet 1

Praise for these four books:

“Like a lovely walk between photograph and landscape, the poems in Nancy Carroll’s debut collection sear images of memory and melancholy into delicately painted pictures of earthy determination that energize as they disquiet. Existing in the contemplative space of ekphrastic remembering and familiar loss, these poems take the illusory and reconfigure it into an enduring and tangible wonder that you will want to return to again and again.”
~ Deborah Blakely, Poetry Co-Editor at Redheaded Stepchild Magazine

“The worship sung in Anne Yale’s Liturgy of Small Feathers graces those who share life’s struggles, large and small. Lost love, PTSD, and questions of faith are at once bowed to in mourning and in rapture. Her world, so recognizably our own, offers its breath and coaxes us close, wraps our troubles with peace.”
~ Clint Campbell, author of Wake of Leaves

“Cody Deitz’s collection documents a brother’s disappearance into addiction, a black hole around which the family spins. After stints in prison, psych care, and rehab, he reemerges barely recognizable — a figure that, like Zeno’s paradox, the speaker can never fully reach, ‘the idea of progress // suddenly unfathomable.’ These events are embodied and presented in vivid, resonant details: Joshua trees, shoe prints in desert sand, the mouths of empty Marlboro packs, the crackle of a prison telephone. In his precise and yet discursive verse, Deitz’s poetic attention is ‘More than turning on a light—it’s becoming // the bulb and the switch and the finger. . .’ ”
~ Heidi Czerwiec, author of Self-Portrait as Bettie Page and A is for A-ké, The Chinese Monster

“In Hover the Bones, burying a miscarried child looks like planting a seed in a garden, and trimming vines feels like taking the place of a dead mother. The book’s epigraph from Audre Lorde reminds us that “we were never meant to survive,” and the final poem leaves us with a peaceful benediction: ‘May we be well. / May we be happy. / May we be free from suffering.’ Melisa Malvin-Middleton has created beauty out of darkness.”
~ Katie Manning, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review, and author of Tasty Other and The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman


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Paperback: 4-book bundle
ISBN: 978-0-9837904-2-6, 978-0-9837904-3-3, 978-0-9837904-5-7, and 978-0-9837904-7-1
Product Dimensions:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 1/4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 oz.

The first “quartet” — four books of poems from the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, Night Walks by Nancy Carroll, and Liturgy of Small Feathers by Anne Yale, Pressed Against All That Nothing by Cody Deitz, and Hover the Bones by Melisa Malvin-Middleton are bundled together and sold as a set: 4/$25.00.


Nancy Carroll received her Master of Arts in English with concentration in Creative Writing at California State University, Northridge. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at LA Valley College. Her poems have appeared in national journals such as Borderlands, REDzine, California Quarterly, and Redheaded Stepchild. This is her first chapbook.

Anne Yale‘s work has previously appeared in Chaparral, Blue Print Review, Zocalo Public Square, and California Quarterly. Liturgy of Small Feathers is her first short collection of poetry. She holds a Master of Arts in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. Although she’s lived in the Mojave Desert over twenty years, she swears she’s “just passing through.”

Cody Deitz, a California native, now resides in North Dakota where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in English at the University of North Dakota. He is fascinated with poetry of place, and how geography informs individual experience, seeking in his work to explore this connection and the insights it affords.

Melisa Malvin-Middleton is a Los Angeles poet, playwright, and musician who teaches writing at California State University, Northridge and College of the Canyons. Her poetry has appeared in Silver Birch Press, The Ofi Press, Quail Bell Magazine, Rogue Agent, Angel City Review, and Clear Poetry, while her plays have been performed by Fresh Produce’d and Savage Players.

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Weight 5.2 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × .25 in