· May 20, 2020

By the Light of a Neon Moon, edited by Janet Lowery, cover by Jacqueline V. Davis

By the Light of a Neon Moon cover

By the Light of a Neon Moon:
Poetry Out of Dance Halls, Honky Tonks, Music Halls, and Clubs
edited by Janet Lowery

978-1-948692-12-0 paper 18.95
978-1-948692-13-7 ebook 9.99
6×9, ~256 pp.
March 2019

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If, as Philip Larkin says, poetry preserves the memory of the human race, we believe that sweet, smoky, gritty memories of scooting boots across dusty dancefloors in honkey tonks deserve to be part of that record. By the Light of a Neon Moon offers memories of love found and of love lost. There are verses about line dancing and mechanical bulls, crusty bartenders and jukeboxes whining out two-stepping songs full of pedal-steel guitar. And, of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without a few crying-in-your-beer poems too.


Alan Birkelbach, Jerry Bradley, Rick Campbell, Lesley Clinton, Christine Cock, Dolores Comeaux, Sarah Cortez, Kimberly Parish Davis, Winston Derden, George Drew, R. Gerry Fabian, John Grey, Karen Head, Ruth I. Healy, Katherine Hoerth, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Laurie Kolp, Lisa Naomi Konigsberg, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Gerry LaFemina, Janet Lowery, karla k. morton, Pj Metz, Leah Mueller, Dave Parsons, Gianna Russo, Ed Ruzicka, Mike Schneider, Luanne Smith, J. J. Steinfeld, Herman Sutter, and Anusha VR.

Janet Lowery’s poetry has been published in journals such as Poetry EastGreensboro ReviewConcho River Review, and in anthologies such as Mutabilies Press’s 2015 Untameable City and the 2011 Improbable Worlds (edited by Martha Serpas); Texas in Poetry 2 (TCU Press, 2002), the Poetry East collection Who Are the Rich and Where Do They Live? (2000), and Women’s Blood (Continuing Saga Press, 1981).

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