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Title AuthorPublishedOrder It
A House of Bottles Robin Merrill 2009
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press Nancy A. Henry and Alice N. Persons, Editors 2005
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems Bay River Press 2002
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry Alice Persons, Editor 2008
All Four Seasons Jim Mello 2014
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy Jack McCarthy 2011
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate Annie Farnsworth 2006
At Bunker Cove Ralph Stevens 2017
Back East Michele Leavitt 2013
Be Careful What You Wish For Alice N. Persons 2003
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND Dave Morrison 2009
Blues in the Night Herb R. Coursen 2010
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody Stephen A. Cowperthwaite 2014
Boy at the Screen Door Bruce Spang 2014
Burning Chairs John P. McVeigh 2013
Child is Working to Capacity Tom Delmore 2006
Compass Rose Ellen M. Taylor 2015
Dreamscape Claire Hersom 2017
Driftland Michael Macklin 2004
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir Claire Hersom 2008
Early Late Bloom Jim Mello 2007
ErosIon Nancy A. Henry 2004
Essays in All Directions Robert M. Chute 2007
Europe on $5 a Day Nancy A. Henry 2005
Evidence of Light Marita O'Neill 2005
Fancy Meeting You Here Alice N. Persons 2015
Faulty Wiring Bob MacLaughlin 2011
Feasting on Air Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2015
Floating Ellen M. Taylor 2009
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II Alice N. Persons and Nancy A. Henry, Editors 2006
He Gives Me Flowers Gaylord Day Weston 2007
Heaven Jumping Woman Pam Burr Smith 2011
HOME and Other Places Wil Gibson 2012
How Many Cars Have We Been Married? Ted Bookey, editor 2008 (see book detail)
Humming to Snails Ellen M. Taylor 2005
I Have Walked Through Many Lives Young Voices - Scarborough 2009
I Still Feel the Swirl Ruth Bookey 2017
Imminent Tribulations Kevin Sweeney 2016
Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison Dr. Blaine McCormick 2005
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems Robin Merrill 2014
Language as a Second Language Ted Bookey 2004
Laundry and Stories Robin Merrill 2005
Life Class Ruth Bookey 2007
Lostalgia Ted Bookey 2007
Marengo Street Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel 2012
Museum Daniel Duff Plunkett 2016
My First Beatrice David Stankiewicz 2013
Never say Never Alice N. Persons 2004
Not Just Anybody Bruce Spang 2015
Nothing Is Real Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr. 2014
Observed From a Skin Boat John Holt Willey 2013
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems Edward J. Rielly 2007
Ordinary Time Kevin Sweeney 2009
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality Bruce Spang 2012
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties Brenda Shaw 2006
Radost, My Red Jeri Theriault 2016
Rags of Prayer Kevin Sweeney 2006
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer Jim Donnelly 2013
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I Edited by Alice Persons & Nathan Amadon 2008
Same Bird David McCann 2016
SARX Nancy A. Henry 2010
Saving Nails Thomas R. Moore 2016
Sex, Death, and Baseball David Moreau 2004
Singing With the Dead Ted Thomas, Jr. 2007
Socks Jay C. Davis 2007
Sostenuto Karen Douglass 2006
Stable David R. Surette 2015
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta Ted Bookey 2012
T'ai Chi of Leaves Elizabeth Potter 2016
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw Tom Delmore 2011
Thank Your Lucky Stars Alice N. Persons 2011
The Bird Catcher John-Michael Albert 2012
The Church of St. Materiana Anne Britting Olesen 2007
The Common Law James McKenna 2012
The Desire Line Michelle Lewis 2006
The Flame and the Fiction Darcy Shargo 2005
The Hard Way Jay C. Davis 2006
The Lawns of Lobstermen Douglas "Woody" Woodsum 2010
The Left Side of My Life Dana Robbins 2015
The Stream Don Moyer 2006
The Ur-Word Jim Glenn Thatcher 2008
The Widow From Lake Bled Kirby Wright 2013
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II Alice Persons, Editor 2015
Things As They Are Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2005
Through the Loop of Time Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2010
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems Edward J. Rielly 2011
To the Promised Land Grocery Bruce Spang 2008
Traveling Through History Patrick Hicks 2005
Tuscany Light M. Kelly Lombardi 2006
Unidentified Flying Odes Dennis Camire 2006
Vivaldi for Breakfast John-Michael Albert 2009
Walking Track Jay Franzel 2005
Ways of Looking Edward J. Rielly 2005
What on Earth Marcia F. Brown 2010
When We Invented Water Marcia F. Brown 2014
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums Jay C. Davis 2004
With a W/Hole in One Ted Bookey 2010
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional David Moreau 2007

Book Details

Never say Never

Never say Never

by Alice N. Persons – copyright 2004

ISBN 0-9765166-0-8

$10 including postage and handling

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Reviews for Never say Never

by Jennifer Matthews / Ibbetson Update

"Never Say Never" is an achievement that carries the reader through a window-eye into roomfuls of lilacs, mud and onyx...then to portraits of moments freeze-framed by the art of lyrical perception. In her poem titled: "Letter Perfect," Alice Persons delivers a perfect litany to the world of "O." Very clever.

Ms. Persons is an enjoyable poet to read. She writes owl sharp cantatas of life's snapshots captured in beautiful well-crafted collages of words.

Not pretentious, but real...something to soak your feet into while gazing inward...her chapbook displays moments of contemplation that lingers in your thoughts, well after you have read her and digested.

Jennifer Matthews / Ibbetson Update / http://www.jennifermatthews.com Jennifer Matthews is a vocalist and poet and the author of the poetry collection "Fairytales and Misdemeanors." (Ibbetson 2003)

by Baron Wormser, Poet Laureate of Maine

The poetry of Alice Persons is deeply alert to the mundane moments of living on earth, moments that in the hands of a poet aren't mundane at all. Alice Persons is very much such a poet as she deftly fashions scenes and perceptions that register genuine intensities and then lets go. Her sense of how a poem can do its work quietly yet passionately is a delight.

Sample from Never say Never

To My Cat With An Eating Disorder

You were thrown out of a moving vehicle
on a dirt road
in chilly winter downeast Maine,
little fur scrap, and I hope you don't
carry that memory with you,
but the hunger, the deep fear
that you'll never see food again
is still there five years later
when you are huge and sleek,
a sumo Buddha of a cat.

I've seen you, after a big meal,
heave yourself from a sound sleep,
pad into the kitchen, launch your bulk
onto the counter, and check the food supply,
then crouch there chewing and chewing,
green eyes empty, concentrating
on your burden, your compulsion,
doggedly eating, whether you want to or not.

There are stories about Holocaust or
Depression survivors whose refrigerators
and pantries are always full, just in case,
how some of them still wake in the night
and check their abundant supplies,
run their hands over the packages,
or eat without hunger, just because they can.

Cat, I stand in the dark kitchen
stroking your broad back,
wishing I could banish the fears
of one small, common creature,
those bad dreams that awaken you,
that hollow place in your memory
which can never be filled.

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