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.

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Once Was Lost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,100. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Once Was Lost reflects Dante's Paradiso in finding the terminus of a journey through the moral universe. It is set on a North Atlantic Beach at sunrise, eating a breakfast of fried clams among the many spirits, living and dead, famous and obscure, human and other, animate and inanimate, who have blessed our lives.
Tramping Solo
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Fred Rosenblum is not going to let us off easy. He’s the anti-romantic — a blue-collar poet and bus driver’s son with an affinity for the Beats’ drug-induced poetic style. He saw combat in Vietnam, returned home and took to the road, destined for Alaska — Tom Sexton, former Poet Laureate of Alaska whose latest collection is entitled Cummiskey Alley
Permeable Boundaries
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,280. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In these stories, the protagonists find themselves living outside cultural mores and expectations as they confront the central questions of their lives. In doing so, they undergo a range of moral and psychological transformations. The search for a home often preoccupies them, whether this home is a true place or a place within.
The Violet Needle: Stories from Iran
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,850. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
“How many days of your life so far have spent thinking about impossible matters:? Maybe it is an impossible matter — thinking about impossible matters, or that the earth — with no shrinking — passes through the eye of a needle — without the needle dilating. Or let’s think about someone who is walking while he is standing.”
Desert Memory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » Latin American Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Winner of the Efráin Huerta National Poetry Prize, Desert Memory is a distillation of memories and emotions, images and experiences transformed into poetry. Exploring and evoking the deserts of Chihuahua, where she was born, Jeannette L. Clariond uses a mix of personal and Aztec mythology to recreate and relive her childhood, until memory itself is emptied.
A Different Kind of War: Uneasy Encounters in Mexico and Central America
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,470. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Political
Families fleeing the violence of Honduras. Mexican reporters covering gang conflict in Juarez. Children living off the refuse of a landfill. Informed by grief and anger and told in varied and distinctive voices, A Different Kind of War offers a sensitive exploration of men and women connected by courage, resilience, and the need for human connection.
Trotsky’s Sink: Ninety-Eight Short Essays about Literature
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,240. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Literature
Initially conceived of as a literary correspondence between them, authors George Ovitt and Peter Nash set out to chronicle their reading experiences in a series of short essays about the literature they love. Ultimately, in just over five years, they wrote more than 350 such essays, their favorite of which they’ve assembled in this collection.
Drinking the River
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
There is elemental life in these poems, intimate moments when it seems our remove from the natural world — fatal to it — can be bridged. It is the poetry of that connection in daily life and the imagination. The great rivers flood, a blue wasp sails elegantly through the house. Suddenly a copperhead lies snake-thick across the hiker’s trail.
The Hands of Pianists
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,040. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Hands of Pianists' narrator is a neurotic freelance writer who aims to prove that pianos kill elite pianists. His investigations centre on the violent deaths at 31 of three great pianists, his detective work taking him from Melbourne to Geelong and Sydney, to the south of France, London, Sussex and the Czech Republic.
The Saint I Ain’t
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sinners, saints and saviors collide in Bobby Johnston’s stories, which chronicle the savagery and poetry of oppressive Catholic upbringing in 1970s Rust-Belt America. Johnston weaves landscapes of transgression and absolution, humor and resilience into his sharp-eyed tapestry of recall.
Ladolescenza e- la notte/Adolescence and Night
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In Adolescence and Night, Luigi Fontanella entrusts his imagination with wresting the years of his youth from an inevitable destiny of oblivion. His poetic idiom combines sharp terseness and a metaphysical dimension, where simple occurrences of a faraway time and place come alive again and transcend their historical specificity to assume universal significance.
The Topography of Hidden Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,450. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The characters in Julia MacDonnell’s first collection, The Topography of Hidden Stories, grapple with doubt and disquiet in their search for love and connection, for their own place in the world, and create a shining tapestry of women’s lives in the late 20th and the early 21st centuries.
Proceedings of the Hebrew Free Burial Society for Indigent Jews on Staten Island
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Alan N. Krieger died at age 70, at the Morningside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Pelham Parkway, Bronx, NY. According to his Advanced Directives, he was to be buried at The Hebrew Free Burial Society for Indigent Jews, Staten Island, NY, along with his euthanized cat, in positions found in the sarcophagus of Amenhotep II.
Visitors Entrance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
I am constantly amazed by the elegance and surprising disturbance in language and syntax that thrills me in Goldensohn’s work, like Melville’s “happy toothache”—there are live roots in these lovely, sometimes painful moments, which almost violently win my attention. — Norman Dubie, author of The Quotations of Bone, winner of the 2016 Griffin International Poetry Prize
Dear Mr. Thoreau
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,210. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Dear Mr. Thoreau is a work of epistolary fiction involving Henry David Thoreau, his real-life friends and family and the fictional Mary Bright and hers.
Uncertain Harvest
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 139,060. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A reporter stumbles on a plot by an international corporation to use genetic technology to monopolize the world's food production and destroy ecosystems. His pursuit of the truth leads him on a vigorous and life-threatening search across the globe.
Scratch the Itchy Teeth
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 166,760. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This collection of literary, fantastical stories is a mad amalgam of fairytale and magic realism, a ruby slipper escape from real life for the fiction reader.
Sphyxia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,730. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Trey Burnes grew up above a funeral home run by his strange and sometimes frightening parents. Now 17, he’s locked up on an adolescent psychiatric ward, where he tries to remember an often traumatic past—including, perhaps, an attempt on his life.
Hinterland
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,280. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year old daughter Kate. When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, who’s last involuntary admission to hospital was while pregnant. Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s desertion. To find Kate and to keep Ina in his life, there are truths he must face, if it’s not too late.
One to Speak & One to Hear
Price: Free! Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The words you are about to read suggest, eternal love can live, even thrive after death beyond physical space and time, and so hearts that were once connected can remain so, for no boundaries exist to keep them apart.
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: 60,340. 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: 7,550. 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
(3.00 from 1 review)
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
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
(3.00 from 1 review)
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.
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