Simple Simons Press Poetry

Streetlight Sonata

J. R. Simons' first chapbook of poetry. 

"Streetlight Sonata" took Second Place for Poetry in the 2011 Sharp Writ Awards, Honorable Mention in the Poetry category of the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2012), and was a Poetry Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 

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The Naked Truth

J. R. Simons' second chapbook of poetry.

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Mad As Hell

Mad as Hell is a collection of angry poems by some of the nation's finest new, emerging, and established poets, including Mariana Goycoechea, John Burroughs, Kenneth Hickey, Debbie Allen, Lynne Bronstein, Joe Balaz, Laura Grace Wledon, Kelly Boyer Sagert, Alex Gildzen, Randy C. White, Thomas Barden, R. T. Castleberry, J. R. Simons, Tabassam Shah, and Jason Franklin Blakely.

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This collection of 31 poems by 15 of the nation's finest established and emerging poets explores the idea of Hope, a commodity desperately needed in this age of meanness, desperation, distrust, and apathy. Fresh off the success of Mad As Hell: An Anthology of Angry Poetry, Simple Simons Press founder and editor J. R. Simons has gathered some of the best poems expressing hope for a better future, or as Barbara Sabol reminds us at the end of her poem, "Summer along the Stonycreek" - "Listen now to the river's patter, reminding us/not everything is broken."