Dennis Daly | Lucille Lang Day | Teneice Durrant Delgado | William Delman | Mykola Dementiuk | Diana Der-Hovanessian | T. M. De Vos | John Dickey | Roz Dimon | Milan Djurasovic | Alexander Dovzhenko | Rodica Draghincescu | Alexander G. Dryer | John Dufresne | Robert Dunn
Twenty-one Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy
Translated from the Uzbek by Dennis Daly
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Dennis Daly lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife Joanne. They have four adult children. Daly graduated from Boston College and has an MA in English Literature from Northeastern University. He has published three books of poetry: The Custom House (Ibbetson Street Press, 2012), Sophocles' Ajax, a Modern Translation (Wilderness House Press, 2012) and Night Walking with Nathaniel (Dos Madres Press, 2014). Daly's Sophocles' Ajax was subsequently performed at Skidmore College in a production sponsored by that college's Classics Department. Among other jobs Daly has worked as a Union Leader of a 9000 member industrial local, and as a city department head. He has traveled widely in Central Asia. Visit his blog at dennisfdaly.blogspot.com.
"Tulip fields blaze the face of my soul's fire?." So begins one of the twenty-one ghazals in Dennis Daly's elegant translation of the work of the fifteenth-century poet, Alisher Navoiy. The fire that burns through these poems is complemented by stunning illustrations from the era chosen with care by the translator that set off their own quiet conflagrations. In both illumination and interpretation, Daly's skill as wordsmith and designer is coruscating. We are indebted to him for introducing us to this poet and his passion.
-Tom Daley, author of House You Cannot Reach: Poems in the Voice of My Mother and other Poems
Dark-eyed ones come, revealing their inner selves. Alisher Navoiy, or Nizam-al-Din 'Ali-Shir, a fifteenth century poet, mystic and artist, is reawakened in Daly's sublime translations. True to their spirit yet infused with a modern idiom, these ghazals tremble on the tongue, sparkle on the sheaf. A body in flames fires a path through the wilderness, a pinch of skin reminds how close we remain. Here at the source, a cloud hovers. Delectable, delicate, dangerous ... finally, a denouement.$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-6-5 | 62 Pages | In Stock
-Marc Vincenz, author of Becoming the Sound of Bees
Becoming an Ancestor Poems by Lucille Lang Day
Červená Barva Press, 2015
Lucille Lang Day is the author of nine previous poetry collections and chapbooks, including The Curvature of Blue, The Book of Answers, and Infinities. Her first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature; her most recent chapbook, Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, won the Blue Light Poetry Award. She has also published a children’s book, Chain Letter, and a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, which received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Day earned her M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University and her Ph.D. in science/mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive museum in Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, writer Richard Michael Levine. Her website is http://www.lucillelangday.com.
"The poems in Becoming an Ancestor begin in autobiography, move into history, and branch backward and forward through genealogy, offering instruction on the natural world along the way. Lucille Lang Day recreates her ancestors with scrupulous detail and often stunning images until her poems read like the history of anyone "born of the myths of Europe/and North America." These myths propel Day to tell us of migrations, mutations, secrets, heartbreak, disappointments, defiance, death, and resilience—in other words, of life in all its complexity as she shows us all "which way is home" in our shared fate of becoming ancestors."
—Lynne Knight, author of Again
"Soulfully thrilling, the poems in Becoming an Ancestor constitute—historically, geographically, emotionally, caringly—a mindful poet's family picture album. Following centuries of fateful migrations, Lucille Lang Day becomes the California teller of tales that wow us with her own intimate versions of how need, time and again, restores our lives to living streams of love."
—Al Young, California Poet Laureate Emeritus
"At the poetic heart of Lucille Lang Day's Becoming an Ancestor is a series of vivid historical poems starting in the early 1600s when 13-year-old Elizabeth sails to Plymouth on the Mayflower. Rowland is in the Gold Rush, Nathan in the Union Army. Old maid Angenette has an out-of-wedlock baby with a Wampanoag Indian. The ancestors tell Day, "Welcome home. The elders have been waiting for you./Listen to their drums, the beat/of your own heart." As the poet comes closer to becoming an ancestor herself, she details her losses and her fears, and she worries whether she is creating a masterpiece or an old pot. Read this old pot, and you will find the hand of a master."
—Penelope Scambly Schott, author of Lillie Was a Goddess, Lillie Was a Whore
"Becoming an Ancestor carries us from the very beginning of this great clock-universe through human migrations to the bitter end, where however a horned lark is singing beside a field of silver hairgrass in winter. When this confluence produces Lucille Lang Day, who sings the world as both a family member and a scientist, and her daughters and grandchildren, they appear in the life-lines of her poems both as the homecoming of historical pilgrimages and as intertwining swirls of DNA. Here too the endings can be bitter as family members slip away. But the music of her poetry remains."
—Emily Grosholz, Advisory Editor, The Hudson Review
The Curvature of Blue by Lucille Lang Day
Červená Barva Press, 2009
Description: The Curvature of Blue traverses an arc from the personal to the social and historical to the cosmic and philosophical. As a scientist and poet, Lucille Lang Day goes beyond celebration of the natural world to explore the intersections of science, nature, and human experience, and to meld scientific accuracy with intuition and emotional response. Whether writing about jellyfish, war, or her own experience, she draws attention to important questions and inspires us to think more deeply about what it means to be human and how our choices affect the planet Earth.
"In Lucille Lang Day's poems, stunning transformations of language cross the placenta barrier between the worlds of science and human emotion. She thinks and feels in color, enabling us to inhabit the complexity of the universe-as experienced at breakfast with a lover, in the wild with caribou, or in meditations on acts of historical horror-all made radiant by her lyric gifts and wisdom."
"Intelligence enjoying itself, awareness at play, attentiveness dancing through life's minefields: smiling at itself in its new black car ("Nor have I shunned onyx jewelry. That would be foolish"), Lucille Lang Day will at first glance make you smile and smile again. Then, with her scientist's mind, her woman's heart, her pain at injustice and evil, and her poet's eye and ear, she will carry you "through the mountains and canyons of space-time" to a fuller humanity. The Curvature of Blue is a wonderful book and I feel lucky to have read it"
"Is the sky blue? Day's poems paint it a hundred different ways, full of geometry and change, structure and feeling, as plangent as a sunset, as secret as an electromagnetic field. Divine love holds the physical parts together, even as human love and its marvelous stories are the substance of our lives. Here are witty, intelligent, affectionate poems making grand, skeptical comparisons and painting us and our shadows in brilliant colors--perfect poems for our time."$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-692-00181-3 | 90 Pages | In Stock
God of the Jellyfish
by Lucille Lang Day
Červená Barva Press, 2007
At once sacrilegious and reverential, the poems in God of the Jellyfish seek the divine in a natural world governed by the laws of science. In these poems, you'll find a god in the shape of a jellyfish, a prayer celebrating the color red, a man for whom music becomes the source of salvation, a vision of an earthly paradise populated by moon bears and moon rats, and a pilgrimage through 14 stations where Sisyphus, Shaker women, and howling wolves appear. Lucille Lang Day deftly couples scientific observations to the engine of imagination to take us on a magical and inspiring journey.
God of the Jellyfish shimmers in a space where "moon cacti bloom at night" and magpies can "fly over a field/of small glass bottles." The world Lucille Lang Day creates in her poetry is vivid and surreal yet always deftly anchored in the beauty and truth of the natural world. This is a small handbook of magic. When you read it, you'll find yourself transported to places you've never even dared to imagine.
There are few contemporary poets who use science in their poetry at all, let alone use it as Lucille Lang Day does here, as an element, both dreamlike and hyperreal, in her gorgeous, moving global lyric.$7.00 | 39 Pages | In Stock: 20
Fire in the Garden by Lucille Lang Day
Mother's Hen, 1997
Fire in the Garden is a book of beauties and mutilations, erotic intimacies, distances and mysteries, seductive dreams and sardonic deflations of our common dreamlife. It runs hot, cold and shivery, and will keep you with the " taste of ash" on its lips.
--Alicia Suskin Ostriker
…Her powerful, sharp-edged, declarative poems speak to all of us.$9.95 | ISBN 0-914370-72-3 | 63 Pages | In Stock: 2
The Book of Answers by Lucille Lang Day
Finishing Line Press, 2006
The poems of Lucy Day's The Book of Answers posit the responses of a gentle, intelligent universe to the question of Kaleidoscopic - poetic - imagination. These poems are as delicate as rain and as lasting as redwoods. Let them be your companion late at night or on a dawn walk along your favorite paths.
--David St. John
In these scintillating poems Lucy Day's answers are as quirky and provocative as her questions, and while they leave the mysteries of the universe blissfully intact, they also remind us how often love's own fulcrum keeps creating new tipping points of grace.$12.00 | ISBN 1-59924-089-0 | 24 Pages | In Stock: 1
infinities by Lucille Lang Day
Cedar Hill Publications, 2002
(Excerpts From the Back of the Book)
Her poems are eloquent, imaginative, and informed by a knowledge of contemporary science.
The description of "Nature" has always been an important aspect of California writing. In this brilliant book, Lucille Lang Day has found an entirely new way to do it. Her exploration of both human and nonhuman perspectives are impeccably and superbly alive.
She explores scientific concepts from astrophysics to marine biology with erudite care but always infuses the poems with tangible emotion.$15.00 | ISBN 1-891812-31-9 | 82 Pages | In Stock: 2
Wild One by Lucille Lang Day
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000
Excerpts from the back of the book
In Lucille Day's Wild One we are invited to ride shotgun as we travel and witness the full arc of a life from our window seat…
--Toni Mirosevich, author of The Rooms We Make Our Own
Few books of poems have the sheer narrative intensity of Lucille Day's Wild One. It sweeps the reader up like a powerful coming-of-age novel-half hilarious, half heartbreaking-but always with the sharp lyric edge of genuine poetry.$12.95 | ISBN 0-9670224-3-6 | 99 Pages | In Stock: 2
--Dana Gioia, author of Can Poetry Matter?
Burden of Solace Poems by Teneice Durrant Delgado
Červená Barva Press, 2012
Teneice Durrant Delgado is a co-founder and poetry editor for Blood Lotus: an online literary journal, and a proud graduate of Spalding University’s Low-Residency MFA. She is the publisher and managing editor for Winged City Press Chapbooks and also serves on the editorial board for New Sins Press.
Teneice is originally from Akron, Ohio but currently lives in Dayton, Ohio. Her poems have appeared in the Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Heartland Review, The Furnace Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Glass, Pisgah Review, Soundings East and in two chapbooks: Flame Above Flame and The Goldilocks Complex. She is currently pursuing a degree in Community Counseling at the University of Dayton.
I have strived to make this chapbook as historically accurate as possible. There is not much information on the Irish Slave trade, but I found Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl by Kate McCafferty and To Hell, or Barbados: the ethnic cleansing of Ireland by Sean O’Callaghan to be particularly insightful. I’m also grateful to Dr. Natalie Zacek for meeting with me after a random email and an even more random trip to Manchester, U.K.
"In Burden of Solace, Teneice Delgado’s poems guide us through the brutality of the Irish slave trade while making a clear and poetic argument for human resilience and dignity under seemingly unendurable circumstances. This poet’s ear is clearly tuned to the past. Delgado tells a story that needs to be heard and she gives deft voice to the resigned and defiant."
—Kathleen Driskel, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Spalding University
"In Burden of Solace, Teneice Durrant Delgado boldly examines pain, fear, inevitability, and the soul’s arduous endurance. These poems yield an understanding of human captivity from new, devastating angles, and they vividly convey the ways in which hope can wither and flare."
—Marcus Jackson, Cave Canem Fellow
It is ironic that theorists proclaim we may be in a post-racial society. Since poets are truth-seekers and truth-tellers, more and more books being published - and lauded - investigate race. Teneice Durrant Delgado’s latest effort, from her poems “Susan” through “Jamaica,” delve both deeply and deftly into the Irish slave trade, which has not been widely discussed. The poems in this collection, “Solace,” offer us the opposite. The Ship’s name remains one thing, while the planks rattle and the “air stood thick.” Reading work like this is what we need to do. We must remember slavery, for it is “something ancient and rage-filled,” but also current and must become forever “forbidden.”
—Glenn Sheldon author of Angels of Anarchy
the way he takes flogs
without flinching, hate him
for his strength when I cry
out. I wait, watch
his eyes. They are the color
of boiling molasses. He won’t lean
into any white womb. He spits on my
red face on his way through the field.
He doesn’t speak much
English, not many of us
slaves, white or black, do. But
he knows enough to say
I am not John. The mulatto driver
laughs with his whip. Get in line,
Not white, he says,
not John. Not John won’t
say his real name. Barbados
isn’t big enough. He will not waste
his mothers' tongues
on rotting, sugar
Poetry Matters: Poetry Book Reviews and Interviews
Review by Barbara Bialick:$7.00 | 26 Pages | In Stock
The Possibility of Recovery by William Delman
Červená Barva Press, 2009
William Delman received the Academy of American Poets Prize at Boston University in 2006. His poetry has appeared in The Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Salamander, CT Review, Rhino, and other fine publications. He is the director of The Bay State Underground reading series at Boston University, and an editor at Agni Magazine.
Praise for "The Possibility of Recovery"
"William Delman sees with the encompassing range and stringent attention of true poetry: the haunted figures of a particular family are never far from the long reach of human history in these poems. Conversely, myth and epic, with all their imaginative force, are never far from the quirks and tragedies of actual American life."
"To make it more real' are the first words uttered in this book, and they name the impulse that is at the heart of William Delman's poetry. Here is mortal illness, the violence of war, the long-lingering effects of trauma, the way soul-wounds pass from parent to child, such things that one might naturally flinch from. But here too is finely-textured language, haunted and haunting imagery, and a sharply incised poetic line, all of which teaches us 'the art of seeing things' and with that, the possibility of recovery."
"'Home, what is not here, and what is' Willian Delman's poems are intensely focused, mostly about domestic and familial history, but these seen, as in his wonderful poem, at once pitying and unrelenting, 'My Wedding Day in Brugge,' also in the context of our wars. The austere spareness of these poems is eloquent and moving."$7.00 | 43 Pages | In Stock
Holy Communion by Mykola Dementiuk
Synergy Press, 2009
Holy Communion is a rite-of-passage novel that follows a seven-year-old boy's first communion preparations and celebration. Throughout the four-day period the boy deals with cruel nuns, sadistic babysitters, his mother's unfortunate accident, a drunken father, plus a pedophile or two, but he finds a way to cope in the midst of so much tragedy — first by indifference, later by defiance and rebellion. He also discovers that his urban surroundings in New York City give him autonomy, comfort, and satisfaction. Holy Communion is full of the boy's despair and self-questioning, along with the author Mykola Dementiuk's powerful insights into the human condition.
A writer whose work finds kinship with authors like Jean Genet and Gunter Grass, Dementiuk courts darkness at the heart of human existence. Holy Communion is a haunting book.
—Jeffrey Round, author of Death In key West, The P-Town Murders, and A Cage Of Bones.
Mykola Dementiuk is a great writer. He drafts vivid dialog, terrific sentences, and great atmosphere.
—Alexander Motyl, author of Whiskey Priest and Who Killed Andrei Warhol
This was one of the most informative books I have read about sexual abuse, the Catholic Church and growing up in a gay-lesbian world. I found the author's words passionate and compelling. I have recommended this book to my Psychology students so they have better insight. 5 Stars.$20.00 | ISBN: 0-9758581-4-9 | 205 Pages | 5 copies
—Carol Hoyer, PhD, Family Psychologist
Vienna Dolorosa by Mykola Dementiuk
(Fiction) Synergy Press, 2007
A full-length historical novel set in Vienna, Austria, Vienna Dolorosa takes place during a one-day time period - March 12, 1938, the day Hitler "invades" Austria - in an Inner City hotel managed by a transvestite and doubling as a brothel for men who like boys dressed up as girls. Told from the perpectives of various hotel personnel and guests, brothel employees and clientele, a talkative Viennese official, German police, Nazi SS, and a darling street boy Petya. Nor for the faint of heart, Vienna Dolorosa includes rape, incest, intergenerational sex, prostitution, transvestism, teen sex, brutality, castration/mutilation, and murder.
Selected Tales by Mykola Dementiuk
(Fiction) Synergy Press, 2006
Mykola Dementiuk has given us a fine collection of short stories just in time for summer reading, though they can be enjoyed anytime! Each story reveals Mykola's sharp eye for detail and his great insight into the human condition. Humor, tenderness, passion, and pain are all part of Selected Tales.
Now I See It Shaped Poems
by Diana Der-Hovanessian
Červená Barva Press, 2011
DIANA DER-HOVANESSIAN, author of 15 books of translations and ten volumes of her own poems, has been a Fulbright professor of American poetry twice and led workshops in poetry and the literature of human rights at many universities including Clark, Harvard, MIT, Southern Connecticut. Her awards include prizes from American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, the Paterson Prize, the Columbia U. Armand-Erpf Translation prize, N.E.A. and P.E.N. awards.
From the Forward
Poets have been playing with forms since the beginning of printed poetry. In the Middle Ages, many poems appeared in the shapes of altars and crosses, And in the fifties European poets began a combination of poster art and poetry, using flung words on the page and/or shaped verse.
Diana Der-Hovanessian in her twenty years as a visiting poet in the Massachusetts schools found her students, especially younger ones, not only were fascinated by the forms, but enjoyed shaping their own.
"Among our most readable and enjoyable American poets, Diana Der-Hovanessian stands high... if you think you don't like poetry, (her work) will quickly change your mind; if you're already a hopeless poetry addict, you'll be lavishly rewarded."
"The range and variety, (of her poems) from the witty and wry to the sad and poignant create a unique portrait of our time, as only superb poetry can"
"A brilliant poet who has opened up the book of her people to the English speaking world"
—D.M. Thomas, London Times Literary Supplement
"Compelling , funny, sad, moving, doing all the things poems are supposed to do and usually don't"
Cover Art: Maro Dalley$13.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-6-2 | 33 Pages | In Stock
About Time by Diana Der-Hovanessian
Ashod Press, 1987
Strong poems in a strong voice. It is this voice that makes the book a rare first book because it sings so clearly, so cleanly, so individually…compelling, funny, sad, moving, doing all the things poems are suppose to do and usually don't.
Poems that will take their place as part of the international epic of migration and resettlement.
-Victor Howes, Christian Science Monitor
A striking and original artist who is the foremost translator of Armenian poetry.$8.50 | ISBN 0-935102-20-5 | 96 Pages | Out of Stock
-Herbert A. Kenny, Boston Globe
Cimmeria by T. M. De Vos
Červená Barva Press, 2016
T.M. De Vos is a 2015 Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellow; Co-Editor-in-Chief of Gloom Cupboard; and staff member of The Atlas Review. Her work has appeared in Juked, The Pacific Review, burntdistrict, Moonshot Magazine, Quiddity, Hawaii Pacific Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review, among others. She has been named as a semifinalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and the Paumanok Poetry Award. De Vos is also the recipient of fellowships from Murphy Writing Seminars, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. She is currently working on her first novel.
"Some poets jump up and down, make faces, pretend to act smart, or witty, or stupid as they write. T.M. De Vos comes up to your table as you sit alone in a cafe, sits down in the empty chair, and starts talking to you in near whisper. You're surprised at first, don't know how to react, but are soothed by the softness of her voice, the warmth it projects, push out of your mind the din than surrounds you, and let yourself be drawn in by her words. There isn't a single lie, a hint at pretense in what she says. It is all so honest and simple. Her story is yours but she tells it in a way you would have never thought of and you see yourself differently. You're amazed. You're grateful to her for having sat down at your table. You've gained a friend."
-Yuriy Tarnawsky, author of The Placebo Effect Trilogy
"An illuminating collection, Cimmeria inspects human intimacies. These poems are at once clinical and compassionate as they slip from the ordinary to horror, from a boy's red balloon to his bag of blood. T.M. De Vos enlarges as she vexes our grounding in the everyday."
-Renato Rosaldo, cultural anthropologist and author of Diego Luna's Insider Tips
"Cimmeria plumbs modern relationships from intimate perspectives. The poems talk from across the room, then sit down and whisper unexpected truths. Where the 21st century keeps the bright and beautiful at the forefront, De Vos provides a rich depth of field that shows there is nothing of significance to fill the vacuum left from loss."
-John Gosslee, editor of Fjords Review and author of 12: Sonnets for the Zodiac
"In her collection Cimmeria, poet T.M. De Vos opens up a complex world of brutal emotional pain delivered in elegant, precise, yet emotive language. We are taken through a landscape scarred by anguish and littered with memories ground down to a powder by unsuccessful, at times stifling relationships. But the look back upon this scorched earth of ardent scars is that from a vantage point of forgiveness and transcendence. De Vos is magically able to simultaneously condemn and absolve the cruelty that lives within all of us."
-Alex Pruteanu, author of Gears
"T.M. De Vos reaches beneath the surface of experience to examine what is primary and primordial in everyday-and not so everyday-actions. Her examinations sometimes cut like a surgeon's knife, other times magnify like a biologist's microscope, to reveal what (often) has been taken away from those who try to give. The precision of her language and clarity of her imagery open our eyes to what has remained hidden, buried and closed off for too long."
-Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Haywire, Tetched, and Roughhouse
"T. M. De Vos sounds the depths of what we truly know. With tremendous tenderness, yearning and passion in her voice, she gives us the visceral truth, including the literal blood, bone and guts of experience. By knowing where the limits of desire come from, herself, she is able to wisely accept what it is that life offers."$7.00 | 36 Pages | In Stock
-Jeffrey Ethan Lee, author of Towards Euphoria
Quebradillas by John Dickey
Terranova Editores, 2008
From the back of the book:$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9799961-6-0 | 93 Pages | In Stock: 3
John Dickey's poetry has a wonderful, fresh wit that shines through many of the poems contained in Quebradillas, his second book of verses. Inspired by rural life in the northwesern town of Puerto Rico that lends its name to this book, these poemas are about life in motion, captured in snapshots or observations of a world in constant physical transformation, the compilation of a knowledge which can only be mediated, not appropriated, through and by language. Thus, poetry becomes an attempt to bridge the distance between us and this "knowledge", and how we intregate with it. Quebradillas is about universes at work -the physical and the poetical- in all its fullness.
Earth A Narrative in Verse by John Dickey
From the formation of the solar system, 4.6 billion years ago, to the fate of the Sun as a fading white dwarf, six billion years from today, Earth: A Narrative in Verse recounts the epic of Earth’s evolution in 44 cantos that document the struggle of irrepressible Life with inevitable Death. Astronomy, geology and biology are melded in poems that employ and celebrate the sounds and symbols of science to describe the formation of planets, tectonic motions, climate change, catastrophic happenings, and the odyssey of terrestrial Life from single cells to complex organisms and finally back to single cells, the last earthlings. Sobering yet uplifting, the work presents Earth in the context of universal time and space.$17.95 | ISBN: 1-4208-3266-2 | 210 Pages | In Stock: 3
Absolut® Death and Others
Art by Roz Dimon and Poems by George Held
Dimon Studios, 2000
Absolut Death & Others pairs Roz Dimon’s satiric “ads” for brand name products with George Held’s satiric verse about them. For instance, the title drawing shows a stylized vodka bottle, and the facing page bears the lines “Absolut’s the perfect ablution / For those in need of absolution.” Printed in full color on glossy 100-pound 10 x 7” paper.$10.00 | ISBN: | 28 Pages | In Stock: 3
No More Happy Endings by Milan Djurasovic
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Milan Djurasovic is a Bosnian Serb from Mostar, the descendant of delightful peasants and modest working-class stock. He lives in northern California, where he works as a paraeducator. No More Happy Endings is his first collection of poems and short stories.
"The bedtime stories of my grandmother, Baba Jela, changed after the Bosnian civil war. Before the shooting began, her stories were ordinary, positive, life-affirming, with a clever hero or good-natured idiot overcoming challenges and a greedy foe soon reduced to a pitiful scrub. At the end, the world would turn out rosy and just, and taking part in it made sense. But after a war of nearly 100,000 deaths, millions of displaced bodies and souls, and decay peering out of every crevice, such propriety seemed unnatural. So Baba Jela decided to get rid of it. While other elderly men and woman decided to end their own lives after realizing that nothing would ever again be the way it was before the war, Baba turned her stories and lullabies dark and horrifying, her own way of refusing to play along with uncontrollable circumstances."
Cover Design: Aleksandra Djurasovic$12.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-8-9 | 30 Pages | In Stock
The Enchanted Desna by Alexander Dovzhenko
Translated by Dzvinia Orlowsky
House between Water, 2006
"Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest film directors of all time, Dovzhenko was also an important literary stylist whose lyrical prose has remained largely unknown to readers outside Ukraine. Dzvinia Orlowsky's subtle and nuanced translation leaves the reader feeling his story was born speaking english."
"These stories are at once lusty, earthy, vivid-and infused with shape-shifting volatility and mysticism. Dzvinia Orlowsky has captured a voice that is both plainspoken and full of awe."$15.00 | 61 Pages | 3 copies in stock
A Sharp Double-Edged Luxury Object
by Rodica Draghincescu
Translated from Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin with Antuza Genescu
Červená Barva Press, 2014
Cover Art: Devis Grebu
Rodica Draghincescu, born in 1962 in Buziaş, a town in the province of Timiş in the west of Romania, and now living in the region of Metz in France, was called by World Literature Today "one of the most spectacular figures in the new Romanian literature of the 1990s." She has published prize-winning books of original poetry and prose fiction in Romanian and in French (both in France and Canada), as well as translations, interviews, and essays. Her work has also appeared in translation in England, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. In 2006 Draghincescu was awarded the "Le Lien" Prize for Poetry in Nancy-Metz, France, and in 2013 the "Virgil" Prize for European poetry in Paris. Since 2007 she has served as Artistic Director of the International Poetry Festival of Metz and consultant for arts education to the institutions of culture of Lorraine, and she is editor-in-chief of the multilingual web-magazine Levure littéraire and on the editorial board of the German review Matrix.
About the Translators:
Adam J. Sorkin is a translator of contemporary Romanian literature, whose work has won the Poetry Society (U.K.) Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation for 2005, as well as the Kenneth Rexroth Memorial Translation Prize and the Ioan Flora Prize for Poetry Translation. In 2011, he published A Path to the Sea by Liliana Ursu, translated with Ursu and Tess Gallagher (Pleasure Boat Studios—Silver Award winner in poetry as a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year), Ioan Flora’s Medea and Her War Machines, translated with Alina Cârâc (University of New Orleans Press—third-round selection for the National Translation Award), Ion Mureşan’s The Book of Winter and Other Poems, translated with Lidia Vianu (University of Plymouth Press), and The Vanishing Point That Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House). In 2012, Mouths Dry with Hatred by Dan Sociu, translated with the author (Longleaf Press), and The Flying Head by Ioan Flora, translated with Elena Bortă (Toad Press), both appeared. Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State Brandywine.
Antuza Genescu is a free-lance translator who lives and works in Timişoara in the west of Romania. Her translations of Rodica Draghincescu with Adam J. Sorkin have appeared in literary publications in the United States, the Netherlands, and Slovenia, both in print and on the web.
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene:$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-2-1 | 41 Pages | In Stock
Only A Mirage by Alexander G. Dryer
Červená Barva Press, 2009
Červená Barva Press starts a children's poetry chapbook series. This is by solicitation only. Any manuscript received will be returned unread. Červená Barva Press is proud to publish our first in this series by Alexander G. Dryer. He is an excellent writer way beyond his age. We are very proud to publish this chapbook but will not publish where Alexander lives or any personal information about him since he is a child.
Alexander Gregory Dryer composed the poems in this book during the eighth, ninth, and tenth years of his life. He loves writing poems, but does not force the ideas onto paper or give himself deadlines. He really loves when the ideas just flow. Alexander says that his Auntie Woo-Woo is a source of inspiration for his poems. When asked to describe the room he writes in, he said, "It is a quiet room with lots of books, organized writing supplies, and my Lego creations."
Alexander lives with his mom, dad, two cats, and dog. He enjoys school, reading, learning to play the violin and piano, and building with Legos. When he grows up, he wants to be a paleontologist and a professional violinist.
Three Desert Haiku
I. Prickly cactus grows
Very high above the ground
And resists the wind.
II. Lake in the desert
Glistens brightly in the sun
Only a mirage.
III. Snake slithers quickly$5.00 | 18 Pages | In Stock
To catch a spotted lizard
That darts in the sand.
Trailerville by John Dufresne
Červená Barva Press, 2015
John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, and the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and Requiem, Mass. His books on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? are used in many university writing programs. He’s the editor of the anthology Blue Christmas. His short stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories, in 2007 and 2010. He's a professor at Florida International University in Miami. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction. His latest novel is No Regrets, Coyote. A sequel, I Don't Like Where This Is Going will be published in April 2016.
It's Labor Day weekend at the Trailerville Mobile Home Park in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Merdelle Harris's husband of forty-one years is rapidly deteriorating with Alzheimer's. She is determined to care for him, to save him if she can. In saving Bobby she's saving her own life, she believes. There are days he doesn't know her, doesn't know himself. Arlis Bryant lives in the trailer next door with his daughter, her three kids, and her beer-drinking, hot-tempered boyfriend. It's awful crowded in there, and the boyfriend thinks someone needs to go. Arlis has fallen for Merdelle, and his attentions are both a comfort and a torment to her. She has to choose between the man who loved her once and the man who loves her now, between the past and the future.
Trailerville, the first play by novelist John Dufresne, is all about love, in all its flavors: first love, unrequited love, unbridled passion, doomed young love, the love of parents for an adult child they don't really understand, the love that grows over time in a marriage, love that is blind to the beloved's faults (even if no one else is), and ultimately, what it means to love yourself. This may sound like a recipe for heartwarming romantic comedy, so let me note that one of Dufresne's strengths as a novelist is his ability to undercut sentimentality with black humor; that talent is in evidence here as well. But Trailerville is also a very sad play, because it acknowledges that love is messy and complicated and often hurts as much as—or more than—it heals.
—Loren Noveck, nytheatre.com
Trailerville delivers big laughs and a bittersweet glow.$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-2-7 | 112 Pages | In Stock
A Slow Boat to Valhalla
by Thomas M. Catterson, edited by Robert Dunn
Founder's Hill Press, 2005
Thomas M. Catterson died on December 1st, 2003. This volume contains those poems of his that were, for whatever reason, uncollected in his previous books. But these poems deserve an audience, because they demonstrate not only his passion and vision, but also, on occasion, his whimsy. Thomas wanted me to look after these poems after he passed on;I ransacked his apartment upon his death to "rescue" them. However, one does not generally seek or receive credit in a book for "burglary," even if such actions were sanctioned by his family. So I guess that leaves me the title of "Editor"--I was obligated to do a minor amount of editing. Not too much, though--I didn't want to spoil the flavor (if not the idiosyncrasies) of the work. --Robert Dunn$15.00 | ISBN: 1-892109-27-1 | 77 Pages | In Stock: 3
Cannon Fodder by Robert Dunn
Fidlar-Doubleday, Inc., 2003
Some of the material in this book orginally appeared in Satire, Buy the Poem, The Blind Man's Rainbow, Glass Tesseract.com, Timber Creek Review, Moose Bound Press, Pandaloon, Candelabrum, Hayden's Poetry Review, Word and Image, Riverrun, Office Number One, Aileron, Saturn, Big City Lit.com, Nomad's Choir, For Poetry.com, Breakthrough, and Krax.$15.00 | ISBN: 0-89304-689-2 | 165 Pages | In Stock: 4
Zen Yentas in Bondage by Robert Dunn
Ostrich Editions, 1997
Robert Dunn is Editor -in-Chief of The New Press Literary Quarterly, the Executive Editor of Medicinal Purposes Literary Review and host for public access cable programs. Robert has appeared in many television programs including Egg Cream Theatre, Showcase Showcase, Poetry Live!, Mac's Acts, and the Florence Morrison Show. Robert Dunn has also appeared on many radio shows.$10.00 | ISBN: 0-89304-083-5 | 64 Pages | In Stock: 4