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Rob Woodard Releases

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Backwaters of Beauty
by Rob Woodard
243 Pages
Publication Date: November 20, 2015
ISBN: 978-0976885986
Paperback: $13.95
Kindle: $8.99
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This story takes Southern California coast many years from now. Our society has collapsed and so has the one that followed it. However, small communities of survivors have somehow managed to carve idyllic lives out of this unpromising situation, partially by living off the extensive material and intellectual remains of their much more complex and numerous predecessors. But the ancient world they are raiding turns out to not quite be dead.

This is the first of a multi-novel project I’m calling the Backwaters Legendarium. I feel as if I’ve been working all my writing life towards these books and I’m thrilled at how this one has turned out. I have referred to these works as “eco-anarchist-SciFi adventures,” which still seems as good a description as any to me.


Edgewater: Poems 1992-2009
Edgewater: Poems 1992-2009
by Rob Woodard
75 Pages
Publication Date: September 28, 2012
ISBN: 9780976885962
Paperback: $12.95
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Fifteen-plus years of my struggle with the poem. Now that they’re between two covers, I can also see that they show both my prehistory as a writer as well as the road I’ve taken from Heaping Stones to where I am now. Love, hate, art, ecology—all the stuff that has made me tick (for better or worse). Dedicated to Lawrence Ferlinghetti my poetry mentor from afar …


Heaping Stones
Heaping Stones
by Rob Woodard
144 Pages
Publication Date: December 15, 2005
ISBN: 0976885905
Paperback: $13.00
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This is the story of a thirty-eight-year-old man who can finally no longer believe the lies he’s been telling himself his entire existence. Now he’s uncovering the realities that have been driving his nearly-wasted life thru his examinations of his relationships with three women: Maggie, his one great love who has recently abandoned him, Veronica, a meaningless dalliance, and Rachael, a girl twenty years his junior, who against all odds might just provide him with the platform for redemption and a future.

I wrote this novel in hard first-person, in deep in post-Bukowski mode—and in retrospect it is for me the path not taken. But I stand by it. It kicks hard and honestly—I did what I had to do with this one, what I needed to do to move forward with my writing and my life.

The late Dan Fante was nice enough to write the Introduction for this one.


 

Other Burning Shore Press Releases

Songs From The Shooting Gallery
Songs From The Shooting Gallery: Poems 1999-2006
by Tony O’Neill
154 Pages
Publication Date: June 18, 2007
ISBN: 9780976885924
Paperback: $14.00
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Songs From The Shooting Gallery is an amazing, relentless, and highly dangerous poetic ride thru the drug netherworld of Los Angeles, England, New York, and beyond that somehow manages to break free of this dark subject matter and find light and humor in the most unexpected of places. It is also a caustic social manifesto that takes to task both the U.S. and U.K. for what they’ve allowed themselves to become. Stark and uncompromising, these poems pull no punches and ask no quarter.

I was the editor of this book and also wrote the Introduction for it. Being involved in this project is one of the high points of my literary career.


Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni
by Dan Fante
130 Pages
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
ISBN: 0976885913
Paperback: $14.00
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Coming to the end of his life, the once great novelist turned Hollywood hack, Jonathan Dante, is forced to deal with his other legacies: his disintegrating health and profoundly dysfunctional family. Jonathan struggles to make sense of his relationship to his sons as they play out the drama of their broken lives before his fading sight, in a manner that ultimately causes the false choices of all to be revealed. With this work Dan Fante has created both a brutal and loving homage to his late father, the novelist John Fante, as well as an invaluable work in the development of American drama.

Dan was a good friend of mine and I was lucky to have been the editor of the wonderful work.