Fomite

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Fomite is a post-capitalist operation in which the authors get almost all profits, and Fomite gets little or nothing beyond expenses. We have no plans to "make money" with the press, only to serve the writing community by bringing out high-level literary work and making it available.

Fomite uses print on demand (POD) and e-book technology to publish novels, short story collections, poetry and selected non-fiction works.

Where to find Fomite online

one to speak, one to hear
Price: Free! Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
This publication is an edited excerpt from a book previously released with the title And the Night is Spangled with Fresh Stars by the same author, Claire Russell.
Zombie Power Plant
Price: Free! Words: 15,460. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Political
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite would like to step outside its normal literary publishing practice, and add to its offerings a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Derail This Train Wreck
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 167,510. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An upside-down funnel, Derail this Train Wreck’s focus broadens throughout. Fleeing to Washington, our hero becomes enmeshed with four soldiers – a crusading private, a soul-sick Special Ops sergeant, a femme fatale major and the corrupt general she seeks to bring to heel – as he's pursued by the End-Times cult that dominates the halls of power.
The Penseés of Alan Kreiger by Alan Krieger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,610. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
After having had more than his say in Golem Song, and The Prison Notebooks of Alan Krieger (Terrorist), Alan has pushed into line again to make sure that these distillates of wisdom would not be lost in the après-moi deluge of Monsieur Tromp. Krieger adopts the format of Pascal’s masterwork to lead the reader through selected complexities of twenty-first century life.
Things I Want You to Do
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,390. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In these nine linked stories, all of them set in Burlington, Vermont, Marquess continues to explore the lives of Ruth, Mac, and Harper, who were featured in his previous book, Badtime Stories.
Alfabestiario
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » American poetry » General
Animals have always understood that mankind is not fully at home in the world. Bestiaries, hoping to teach, send out warnings. This one, of course, aims at doing the same.
AlphaBetaBestiario
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » American poetry » General
Animals have always understood that mankind is not fully at home in the world. Bestiaries, hoping to teach, send out warnings. This one, of course, aims at doing the same.
Semitones
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,500. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Essay » Literature
Suite for Three Voices is a dance of prose genres, teeming with intense human life in all its humor and sorrow. By frozen waterfalls and neglected graveyards, along highways at noon and rivers at dusk, in the sound of bluegrass, Beethoven, and Emily Dickinson, the essays and fiction in this collection offer moments of vision and aspire to the condition of music.
Snake In The Spine, Wolf In The Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,810. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
This is a book of political poems. It deals with distortions of consciousness and feeling in response to our past hundred years and more of war, horror, our history and nightmares, confusion and occasional visions of peace, inner and outer.
In A Family Way
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,780. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In A Family Way is a collection of short stories that center around the idea of family, both in its traditional form, as in "No Running" and "An Impulse Buy" and its more contemporary, non-traditional form, as in the case of a stepfather teaching his stepdaughter to drive or the more absurd, hyperrealistic presentation of a family who cases houses while looking at Christmas lights.
Gomorrah
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Gomorrah is a love-anguish expressed by the wild rue of Maine artist Richard Wilson’s early and mid-career paintings, chosen and arranged by Maine poet Kenneth Rosen, and accompanied by his poem. Like its biblical eponym, Gomorrah is mortised and tenoned in common ecstasy, doom and grief—Adam and Eve might have savored the Tree of Eternal Life, but chose, as forbidden, the Tree of Good and Evil.
Playing Chicken With An Iron Horse
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,630. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
And harrowing was the fear of coasters coming at or onto us from our rear ‍‍ Cow plowing us before we could climb down ‍ and explore the stanchions for the nomadic inscriptions
Comes a Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,400. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
‍“The handwriting didn’t look like his. Neither did the hand. It was so thin. And it was shaking just a little bit. Not like the aspen leaves. Are there still leaves now, so late in the year? He looked down the cold mountain to see and then raised his arm to follow the slope. It was shaking just a little, that hand, like it was afraid, and it was spotted and pale and turned in a sad way."
Tribunal
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,800. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Tribunal is a novel about judgments. How, in the clear light of the present, do we make sense of the past? What do we remember, and what do we choose to forget? Two people, survivors of the tragic events of the wars in Indo-China—a solider and a State Department employee—cross paths by accident on another momentous occasion, Inauguration Day, 1981.
The Return of Jason Green
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,240. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When Jason Green was ten, he saw his best friend die in a camping accident. Now 18, Jason re-enters the lives of his friend's parents and their gay next-door neighbor, seeking to apprentice himself to his friend's philosopher father, with mixed results. This is a novel about friendship and betrayal, love and desire, guilt and redemption.
The Falkland Quartet And Other Poems
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Things happen in Tony Whedon’s new book of poems on a remote cluster of wind-battered islands in the South Atlantic, in a Nova Scotia fishing town, or on a misguided sailing trip to Cuba. In these narrative poems, people make love, fall in love and fall apart: hounded by memory, they flee to farther-off places, but can’t avoid the past.
Everyone Lives Here
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Female authors
The poems in Everyone Lives Here create a world of varied, yet singular voices. Speaking of a treasured friend with Down Syndrome, a partner having surgery, or a tired cleaning lady, Webster looks for the common thread and finds: Step after step is everyone’s name.
Among Angelic Orders
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,260. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The characters in Among Angelic Orders are harassed by the distant and not-s0-distant past, by the future, by this world and the next. They live their lives in a state of ambivalence, yearning for something they have lost, or are about to lose, while desperately clinging to what they have. These are stories of mischief, longing, confusion, and loss.
Rafi's World
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,310. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rafi's World is a hard-hitting novel that takes an unflinching look at the brutal realities of the Other Israel and its emerging criminal class. Driven by hatred and alienated from the world around him, Rafi Cohen hurtles toward his inevitable end in a gripping story that illuminates the darker corners of Israeli society.
My Murder And Other Local News
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
My Murder and Other Local News is a collection of long form poems written in Chicago by David Schein between 1994 and the year 2000. The poems chronicle dramatic events in the middle age of a "normal" life – Schein's chance witness of a killing, his father's death, the birth of his daughter and his heart attack.
Companion Plants
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,670. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young woman blames her religious upbringing for a friend's suicide and sets out to discover who she is beyond the strict rules of doctrine. Reinventing herself in a new town, she struggles with breaking the taboos of her mother's faith and navigating the lines between friend and lover, child and adult.
The Hole That Runs Through Utopia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,040. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Living, dying, surviving in the illusory dream and pseudo pristine reality of American suburbia — an epic piece of cultural commentary.
My Father's Keeper
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,450. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The turmoil, terror and betrayal of their escape from Poland at the start of World War II lead us into this tale of hatred and forgiveness between father and son.
Museum of the Americas
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,820. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In Museum of the Americas, Gary Lee Miller presents a remarkable collection of stories that push the boundaries between the real and the fantastic, the universe that is seen and the one that is invisible. There are no easy answers here, no moralistic judgments, just people struggling against stacked odds to bring redemption to their lives.
The Hundred Yard Dash Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,830. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
In dedicating this volume of poetry to his father, who was a championship runner in his time, Goldensohn compares the lyric poem to the hundred yard dash. Fans of Goldensohn’s work will find poems chosen from previous published works, including St. Venus Eve, Uncarving the Block, The Marrano, Dance Music and East Long Pond, as well as a generous portion of new work.
When You Remember Deir Yassin
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
When You Remember Deir Yassin is a collection of poems by R. L. Green, an American Jewish writer, on the subject of the occupation and destruction of Palestine. The print version contains translations into Arabic by Mousa Ishaq and Kristen Peterson-Ishaq; the ebook version is English-only.
Sinfonia Bulgarica
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,140. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sinfonia Bulgarica is a realistic book of vice and yearning, of truthfulness and schemes, of love and desperation. The heroes are plain-spoken characters, whose action is limited by the contradictions of a society where lowness rules at many levels. The novel draws a picture of life in a country where many people believe that “Money is the most loyal friend of man”.
Undertow of Memory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,610. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.00 from 1 review)
There’s a space between what was and what’s next, where memory comforts and disheartens. The varied protagonists in these character-driven stories live in that undertow: the doctoral student stuck in the memory of a brief sexual experience; the woman recognizing her younger self in a photograph— encounters that open the floodgates.
Drawing On Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Mason Drukman’s collection—augmented by the artistry of Lisa Esherick—offers a fresh poetic voice that speaks with intelligence, clarity, humor and heart. His subject matter is life itself: culture, politics, family, death, grief, love and the Red Sox. Welcome to his special kind of poetry.
Unfinished Stories Of Girls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,050. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Each of Unfinished Stories of Girls’ richly textured tales is embedded in the quiet and sometimes violent fields, towns, and riverbeds of tidewater Maryland. Dent’s deep love for her region and her melancholic thoughtfulness about its challenges and problems world around them shines through. The reader is invited inside the lives of characters trying to figure out the marshy world around them.
Cycling In Plato's Cave
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
How we relate, how we know what we think we know, how past mingles with present, how a bike stays upright, how the butt can bear that puny perch — a lot more than pedals and wheels goes around in Cycling in Plato’s Cave. Just like a bike, the poems are simple but have deftly moving parts that roll us along, offer fresh perspectives, and let us feel the air.
Picking Up The Bodies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
“James Connolly is a poet of courage and craft. He tells secrets. He tells the truth. He is the most honest man in the village. With clarity and integrity, he speaks of alcoholism, madness, suicide, abuse, fallen priests, and grandfathers and revolutionaries..." —Martin Espada
Victor Rand
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,060. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Dalai Lama is caught in transit between lives. His soul finally lands in the body of one Gail Rachel Pomerantz. Game plan is Gail Rachel marries, conceives, and her first son inherits the Dalai Lama's soul. Only problem is that at the moment, Gail Rachel Pomerantz, rescued at the point of death from a near fatal car accident, is hanging suspended in a liquid nitrogen cryo-freeze tank.
The Moment Before An Injury
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,440. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Moment Before an Injury is a novel of amoral ghosts, stolen dogs, creative revenge, petty criminality, vocational ennui, and the fragile politics of absolute power in a small town.
Signed Confessions
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,490. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Guilt and the need to repent drive the antiheroes in Tom Walker’s dark (and often darkly funny) stories. The seven tales in Signed Confessions measure how far guilt-ridden men will go to obtain a forgiveness no one can grant but themselves.
The Consequence Of Gesture
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,840. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
On a Monday evening in December of 1980, Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon outside his apartment building in New York City. This book inserts Chapman into the weekend plans of a group of friends sympathetic with his obsession to shatter a cultural icon and determined to perform their own iconoclastic gestures. John Lennon’s life is not the only one that hangs in the balance.
The Housing Market
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,800. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
‍In Joseph Reich’s most recent social and cultural, contemporary satire of suburbia, the author addresses the absurd, postmodern elements of what it means to try to cope and function in the repetitive and monochromatic landscape of a brutal and bland landscape.
Saturday Night At Magellan's
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Anyone who has read Charles Rafferty’s wonderful poetry knows what high praise this statement is: Rafferty’s short stories are as good as his poems. Rarely have I read work with so much heart and humanity rendered with such lapidary concision. is an absolute gem of a book, flash fiction at its finest, and I will sing its praises (on-key, I hope) at every opportunity. — Tom Hazuka
Four-Way Stop
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,830. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Female authors
“Sherry Olson finds poetry everywhere and in just about everything: a jar of buttons, dinner in a restaurant, walking down the streets of New York City, burying a dead bird. Her poems are marvelously ‘existential’ – grounded in the here and now. This quality is not easy to achieve. The poems feel artless while being clearly carefully crafted. —Tom Absher, author of The Paper Rose
Zinsky The Obscure
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,770. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Fervently recounting both the comic delights and the frightening horrors of a life in which he feels – always – that he is not like all the rest, Zinsky survives the worst and relishes the best with idiosyncratic style, as his heartbreak turns into self-awareness and his suicidal ideation into self-regard.
Entanglements
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,820. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Entanglements is Tony Magistrale's third collection of poetry. The book contains poetry written in both Europe and the United States. Many of the poems reflect a certain awareness of Vermont as seasonal place and essence. Additionally, some of the poems bear black and white illustrations created by Michael Strauss, well-known Vermont landscape painter.
All The Sinners Saints
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,560. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young draftee named Victor Willard goes AWOL in Germany after an altercation with a commanding officer. Porgy is an African-American GI involved with the international Black Panthers and German radicals. Victor and a female radical named Ana fall in love. Police and narcotics agents are keeping tabs on them all. Politics, love, and drugs. Truths, lies, and rock and roll.
Short Order Frame Up
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,680. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is a story of suburban ennui, race, murder and injustice. Religion and politics, liberal lawyers and racist cops. When the murder occurs, however, those people that care about the man charged must cross that river and meet somewhere in between in order to free him from (what is to them) an obvious miscarriage of justice.
The Co-Conspirator's Tale
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,120. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
There's a place where love and mistrust are never at peace; where duplicity and deceit are the universal currency. The Co-Conspirator's Tale takes place within this nebulous firmament. There are crimes committed by the police in the name of the law. Excess in the name of revolution. The combination leaves death in its wake and survivors struggling to find justice in a San Francisco Bay Area noir.
Body of Work
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,030. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Throughout thirteen stories, Body of Work chronicles the physical and emotional toll of characters consumed by the all-too-human need for a connection. Their world is achingly common — beauty and regret, obsession and self-doubt, the seductive charm of loneliness. Often fragmented, whimsical, always on the verge of melancholy, the collection is a sepia-toned portrait of nostalgia.
Raven or Crow
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,430. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Marlowe has recently moved back home to Vermont after flunking his first term at a private college in the Midwest, when his sort of girlfriend, Eleanor, goes missing. The circumstances surrounding Eleanor’s disappearance stand to reveal more about Marlowe than he is willing to allow. Rather than report her missing, he resolves to find Eleanor himself.
As It Is On Earth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,470. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Taylor Thatcher, irreverent scion of a fallen family of Maine Puritans, is still caught in the turbulence. In his errant attempts to escape from history, the young college professor is swept by Time through the “family thing” – from the tangled genetic and religious history of his New England parents to a redemptive birthday secret.
Travers' Inferno
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,310. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the 1970’s churches began to burn in Burlington, Vermont. Travers' Inferno places these fires in the dizzying zeitgeist of aggressive utopian movements, distrust in authority, escapist alternative life styles, and a parasite news media. Its characters—colorful, damaged, comical, and tragic—are seeking meaning through desperate acts.
Meanwell
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Female authors
Meanwell is a twenty-four poem sequence in which a female servant searches for identity and meaning in the shadow of her mistress, poet Anne Bradstreet. Through her conflicted conscience, we witness Meanwell’s transformation from a powerless English waif to a mythic American who ultimately chooses wilderness over the civilization she has experienced.
Love's Labours
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,610. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the four stories and two novellas that comprise Love’s Labours the protagonists Ben and Laura, discover in their fervid romance and long marriage their interlocking fates, and the histories that preceded their births. They also learned something of the paradox between love and all the things it brings to its beneficiaries: bliss, disaster, duty, tragedy, comedy, the grotesque, and tenderness.
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