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To purchase any of the following books, please send your payment with the list of books you wish to order to James Bertolino, 5581 Noon Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Please indicate who the book (or books) should be signed for. Shipping is free.

Ravenous Bliss
Cover price of $18.00

James Bertolino's love poems have kept the ladies swooning for decades. MoonPath Press has published the love poems Bertolino has written for over forty years in this 156-page collection: Ravenous Bliss.

Read Jim's poem "Our Orcas Hours" on Verse Daily, written on his 2012 honeymoon in Deer Harbor on the west coast of Orcas Island.

Every Wound Has a Rhythm
Cover price of $15.00

“The poetry of James Bertolino unseals our vision, giving it a voice at once gentle, wise, and even profound. Here beauty and truth are inseparably commingled. I cannot read him without being forever changed. Line by line, Bertolino’s language alchemically transforms everyday experience into something akin to magic and wonder. —Charles Johnson, National Book Award fiction writer, author of Middle Passage

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Finding Water, Holding Stone
Cover price of $15.00

“In Finding Water, Holding Stone, Bertolino’s voice is assured, his language so dexterous the craft is almost invisible. He is part-sage, part-priest, part-naturalist, part-trapeze artist who moves with the greatest of ease.” —Denise Duhamel

“The poems here, suffused with the mysterious strength of wounds and the tender gravity of love, are presided over by an eye that penetrates whatever fixes its gaze, and a faultless ear for the music therein.” —David Rigsbee

Volumes of Poetry

Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems
MoonPath Press, 2014

Every Wound Has A Rhythm
World Enough Writers, 2012

Finding Water, Holding Stone
Cherry Grove Collections, 2009

Pocket Animals
Egress Studio Press, 2002

Snail River: Poems 1985-1993
Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series, 1995

First Credo
Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series, 1986

Precinct Kali & The Gertrude Spicer Story
New Rivers Press, 1982
On-Line reprint: Contemporary American Poetry Archive
at Connecticut College, 2001

New & Selected Poems
Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1978

The Alleged Conception
Granite Publications, 1976

The Gestures
Bonewhistle Press, Brown University, 1975

Making Space For Our Living
Copper Canyon Press, 1975
On-Line Reprint : Contemporary American Poetry Archive
at Connecticut College, 1999

Ithaca House Books, 1972

Chapbooks of Poetry

Lit-Wads, with Anita K. Boyle
Egress Studio Press, 2013

Bar Exams, with Anita K. Boyle
Egress Studio Press, 2004

Pub Proceedings , with Anita K. Boyle
Egress Studio Press, 2001

Greatest Hits: 1965-2000
Pudding House Publications, 2000

26 Poems From Snail River
Egress Studio Press, 2000

Like A Planet
Stone Marrow Press, 1993

21 Poems From First Credo
Stone Marrow Press, 1990

Are You Tough Enough for the Eighties?
New Rivers Press, 1979

Terminal Placebos
New Rivers Press, 1975

Soft Rock
Charas Press, 1973

Edging Through
Stone Marrow Press, 1972

Becoming Human
Road Runner Press, 1970

Mr. Nobody
Ox Head Press, 1969

Morgan Press, 1968

Quixote Press, 1968

Day of Change
Gunrunner Press, 1968

Chapbooks of Prose

The Path of Water
Stone Marrow Press, 2008

Goat-Footed Turtle
Stone Marrow Press, 1996


"The Path of Water," Cortland Review
Interview by Matthew Campbell Roberts, December, 2007
Link to Article: Cortland Review


New Poets of the American West
Many Voices Press, 2010
edited by Lowell Jaeger

Poets Against the War
The Nation Books, 2004
edited by Sam Hamill

Poetry Comes Up Where It Can
University of Utah Press, 2000
edited by Brian Swann, introduction by Mary Oliver

Prayers for a Thousand Years
Harper, San Francisco, 1999
eidited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon

Prayers to Protest: Poems that Center and Bless Us
Pudding House Publications, 1998
edited by Jennifer Bosveld

Century: 100 Major Modern Poets
Orbis Books, England, 1996
edited by Mike Shields

The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry
Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1993
edited by Gerald Costanzo and Jim Daniels

Quarterly Review of Literature: 50th Anniversary Anthology
QRL Press, 1993
edited by Theodore and Renee Weiss

Poeti Italo-Americani
Antonio Carello Editore, Italy, 1983
edited and translated by Ferdinando Alfonsi

Heartland II: Poets of the Midwest
Northern Illinois University Press, 1975
edited by Lucien Stryk

James Bertolino's poetry is included in over 30 anthologies, including volumes from Harper Collins, Harper San Francisco, Grossman Publishers, Doubleday Dell, University of Utah Press, University of Akron Press, Kent State University Press, Pudding House Publications, Milkweed Editions, Helicon Nine Editions, Northern Illinois University Press, Northwest Review Books, University Press of Virginia, Ramasamy Devaraj (India) and Antonio Carello Editore (Italy).


The following magazines have published James Bertolino's poetry: Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Square Lake, Poetry, Ploughshares, StringTown, Tundra, Amicus Journal, Notre Dame Review, Organic Gardening, New Mexico Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Monserrat Review, Bloomsbury Review, Partisan Review, Seattle Review, Colorado Review, Ohio Journal, Northwest Review, Paris Review, Epoch, Florida Quarterly, Nebraska Review, Kansas Quarterly, Minnesota Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Temple, California Quarterly, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Ironwood, Caliban, Fine Madness, Gargoyle, Crab Creek Review, The Raven Chronicles, Pacific Review, Manhattan Review, The Drunken Boat, Wilderness,, The Drunken Boat and hundreds of others.