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Puma Perl

erbacce-press started the erbacce-prize for poetry in 2009. An entirely free-to-enter competition designed to attract both new and established writers. We were staggered at the response which produced over fourteen hundred entries from all over the world including the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, all over Europe and Ireland. Four judges took six months to come up with a winner and that winner was              


Puma Perl!


For the past six months we have worked closely with her to produce her 'prize' the truly amazing, provocative and original


knuckle tattoos


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Puma Perl’s Knuckle Tattoos is brilliant, perhaps even magnificent, and absolutely stellar. Perl is both poet and anti-poet whose craft is so strong you almost don’t realize you are reading poetry. Funny, sad, angry, curious; Knuckle tattoos takes you a 1000 places from a singular unique voice. When I grow up I wanna write as well as Puma Perl


– jck hnry – writer/with the patience of monuments

  (neoPoiesis Press, 2009)




Puma Perl writes poems chiselled in granite with fingernails. Her poems ring like Leonard Cohen songs, in line after line of taut language, describing dark emotion and the illusion of structure. She dredges deep and scratches hard to find the crumbs of dazzle in a life of eviction, addiction, pain and loss. The Francis Bacon of poetry, Perl uses language to paint images that maintain a surface clarity, but reverberate far deeper into the dark side of the psyche, without ever straying to cliché. The narrator never blinks at the world where innocence is not allowed as she travels from Dali-esque illusion to deep desperation, and – finally – to the only true resolve: to somehow keep going. The fact that these poems exist  is confirmation of what Bukowski called the goal of poetry: to show the beauty of the horror. Perl succeeds remarkably, with a collection that stands alone for its integrity, guts and revelations.


- Kat Georges, Founder/Editor, Three Rooms Press




Puma Perl is tough, funny, straight ahead and unforgettable. A survivor with a knockout punch and a heart of gold who claims she never wrote a love poem. But don’t be fooled, Knuckle Tattoos is an epic love poem to the curb and back dressed in leopard print, sporting some fuck me pumps working the thin edge. Puma is jazz, punk and the ghost of Ava Gardner. A subway angel who talks to god, Puma Perl is a perl of a girl and a poet who writes like her heart is on fire.


- S.A. Griffin, Editor, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry






Also by Puma Perl two chap books; Belinda and her Friends and Ruby True which can be purchased direct from erbacce-sales by clicking HERE to open an email connection


To read a review of Belinda click here... 


...and to find more about this amazing poet click here. 




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...and the latest chapbook from Puma is Ruby True; my personal favourite




Belinda’s teaching Stacey to salsa

Sandy’s back on a Harley

Tommy Pray lifts weights

and smokes cigarettes

Cousin Willie watches baseball

in high definition

Judy wears a red bandana

Eddie rides bareback

Jon dances like a white boy

Hector sings at my window

Jimi plays the clouds


I lie awake

like a starving dog,

waiting for an invitation


Mr. and Mrs. God

request your presence

Party at the God House


Ghosts lean against dusty cars

smoking Newports, hustling change

spilling wine for the brothers upstate


In dreams, I arrive at the party

Chelsea Hotel, Room 100

I borrow Marilyn’s polka dot dress

stilettos donated by Sylvia Rivera

Just like Don Cherry, I play

a rhythm on the door,

and step over the threshold

into the light.


My eyes open.

Dogs bark.

My invitation drips blood.

The eighties took my partners

The nineties stole my lovers


I have one friend.

Her name is Ruby True.