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Gary Fincke

The Lengthening Radius For Hate
by Gary Fincke
Červená Barva press, 2008

The Lengthening Radius for Hate is a poem sequence that has, at its foundation, the shooting of Kent State students on May 4, 1970, by the National Guard. Gary Fincke was a student at Kent State in 1970, and he chronicles both the shooting and its residual effects over decades in a series of strongly observed narrative poems that explore disillusionment, anger, and the difficulties of reconciliation.

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene Review:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/search?q=gary+Fincke

$7.00 | 34 Pages | In Stock: 25

 

Dennis Finnell

Pie 8 by Dennis Finnell Pie   8 by Dennis Finnell
Bellday Books, 2012

"Pie   8 is casual with the big stuff, a little tough, maybe, but also a little sorry about that. Like America? These poems feel real – while making you wonder what 'real' could possibly mean."
—Rae Armantrout

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-5-9 | 62 Pages | 5 copies

 

Stacia M. Fleegal

The Lines Are Not My Friends Poems by Stacia Fleegal The Lines Are Not My Friends
Poems by Stacia M. Fleegal
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Stacia M. Fleegal is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, forthcoming 2010) and the chapbook A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). In 2009, individual poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared or are forthcoming in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, The Kerf, Prick of the Spindle, New Verse News, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, The Heartland Review, and Babel Fruit. She received her MFA in writing from Spalding University, is co-founder and managing editor of Blood Lotus (www.bloodlotus.org), and recently co-founded Imaginary Friend Press (named after Thomas McGrath's Letter to an Imaginary Friend) with her partner, the poet Dan Nowak.


An Unknown Poet's Grandiose Call to Action

If all the living world is your canvas and

   you can         see where there is red earth and
   you can         hear where there is white noise and
   you can         taste orange and yellow fruits and
   you can         smell purple in a hard-earned spring and
   you can         feel blackness or rainbows and

   you can         hug your children and
   you can         joke about incompetent leaders and
   you can         relate to suffering and
   you can         feel remorse and
   you can         stockpile food in your basement and
   you can         worship your television and
   you can         answer your phone when it rings and
   you can         buy things with promises and
   you can         never run out of promises and
   you can         promise that and
   you can         promise nothing else of substance and

   you can         hear about Darfur and Burma and
                           Lebanon and Detroit and
                           St. Louis and Miami and
                           rape-as-a-weapon and hate crimes and
                           drowned polar bears and extinct butterflies and
                           dead uninsured babies and jobs outsourced and
                           everyone everywhere casting stones and

   you can         sleep at night and

   you can         hold the tool you were given at birth on this soil and
   you can         appreciate art when being cultured is "in" and
   you can         testify that pictures on menus deepen hunger and
   you can         see the merit of having the whole picture

how then does your brush still hang lamely at your side?

$7.00 | 28 Pages | In Stock

 

Jack Foley

The Fallen Western Star Wars Edited by Jack Foley The "Fallen Western Star" Wars
Edited by Jack Foley
A Debate About Literary California/Essay

From the back of the book
When Dana Gioia, the author of "Can Poetry Matter?," published his equally provocative essay, "Fallen Western Star: The Decline of San Francisco as a Literary Region," he knew that certain quarters would be up in arms. Prominent California literati were quick to defend the San Francisco Scene and wrote articles attacking Giola. Others attacked the attackers. The entire exhilarating, sometimes hilarious exchange appears in this book.

"Jack Foley is doing great things in articulating the poetic consciousness of San Francisco."
--Lawrence Ferlinghetti

$14.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-4-4 | 85 Pages | In Stock: 1

 

Linda Nemec Foster

Ten Songs From Bulgaria by Linda Nemec Foster Ten Songs From Bulgaria by Linda Nemec Foster
Červená Barva Press, 2008

The first lines in Linda Nemec Foster’s Ten Songs from Bulgaria, sing 'Small lives, small lives/ we are trapped inside/ small lives.' The paradox here is that Foster’s poems reveal how large and rich the worlds are in which these small lives are lived. In line after line, we encounter the depths and reach of those who live outside the zones of everyday safety. Foster makes herself vulnerable to a world 'as tangible as fog' with her own penetrating observations. She walks 'the long journey' and her poems reflect the haunting music of ode and elegy.
-Jack Ridl

These poems evoke--in their concision and clarity--intense, disturbing images of lives shredded into pieces so small all that’s left is the memory of having endured. They are caged inside the empty space of the page, which seems to want to suffocate their spare, fragile, incredible beauty. Each image speaks a world that is window and mirror of what we hide from in the fabricated assemblages we make against the truth these poems speak.
-Faye Kicknosway


Reviews

Linda Nemec Foster Interview: Michigan Public Radio (an affiliate of NPR) for their Stateside program, hosted by Cynthia Canty. http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bulgarian-photography-and-michigan-poetry-inspire-album

Mark Lamoureux on four Červená Barva Press Chapbooks,
Gently Read Literature Review:
http://gentlyread.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/mark-lamoureux-on-four-cervena-barva-press-chapbooks/

$7.00 | 20 Pages | In Stock

Rebecca Foust

Dark Card by Rebecca Foust
Texas Review Press, 2008

"Fiercely smart and an absolute warrior, Foust's intelligence and courage drive every difficult poem home. The distilled vigor of Dark Card gives us the internal shock we look for in the best poetry."
-Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia

"Centered on the experience of raising a special child and the cruelty we inflict on difference, these poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train."
-Barry Spacks, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara

Dark Card is the winner of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize of 2007.

$12.95 | ISBN 9781933896144 | 36 Pages | In Stock: 5 copies

Connie Fox

BLOOD COCOON Selected Poems by Connie Fox
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005

Our Lady of Laussel…a totally different cup of tea…genuinely powerful imagery…difficult to identify with or even understand but strangely also very compelling…very readable…
--Ore, England

…Connie Fox is like an old woman rattling and knitting, only she uses guts instead of yarn.
--Ken Sutherland, Mockreviewsz

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9740868-9-4 | 71 Pages | In Stock: 3

 

Hugh Fox

Where Sanity Begins by Hugh Fox Where Sanity Begins by Hugh Fox
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Hugh Fox is a 78 year old poet originally from Chicago, has spent most of his life teaching writing, American literature and film in Champaign-Urbana, Los Angeles, Caracas, Santa Catarina (Brazil), Buenos Aires, etc. He has 110 books published, his most recent being, The Collected Poetry of Hugh Fox, published last year by World Audience in New York.

CONJURING

My mind and clothes are caught
in March winds as
buildings and cars go flat,
whirled into remembrances
of worlds antedating ecological
suicide, when the last farmhouse
spoke and sick meant soft warm
milk, "supported," not "supporting,"
when all I had to do, after class
and homework, was to whirl and be
a paisano of yo-yo's and kites, bikes,
popsicles, chocolate bars, ice cream
and second-day doughnuts and smoke
whirled off bonfires where I was baking
potatoes underground, snow whirled
off buildings and I flew into the wind like
a comet, there were no walls between
me and my world and it all flowed through
and with me.

$7.00 | 57 Pages | In Stock
TIME & Other Poems by Hugh Fox
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005

He (Fox) examines the meaning of his existence continually, & never settles for easy answers. His personal relationships, his memories, his perceptions are all fodder for his well-aimed cannon. These poems are intimate & true. They occupy a space somewhere between autobiographical journalism, & Jungian dreamwork. Fox transfers so much of himself into these poems, that he defies time & mortality.
--From the Introduction by Eric Greinke

$6.00 | 43 Pages | In Stock: 3

 

Vernon Frazer

Commercial Fiction by Vernon Frazer Commercial Fiction
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2002

In Commercial Fiction, Vernon Frazer does to post-millennium America what Mark Twain did to its nineteenth century counterpart in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
--Garrison T. Steadwell

Instead of telling a story, Frazer places the reader in the middle of it. As a result, the kaleidoscopic reality of Commercial Fiction assumes an unprecedented immediacy…August Strindberg wrote A Dream Play. Vernon Frazer has written a dream of a novel.
--Palmer Ford Hamilton

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-9-8 | 164 Pages | In Stock: 3
Demon Dance by Vernon Frazer
Nude Beach Press in association with
Woodcrest Communications, 1995

(excerpt from the back of the book)
Demon Dance is an exhausting but exhilarating volume of poems. Following the searing confessional style of Burroughs, Bukowski, Ginsberg, Algren, Kerouac and Celine, Frazer absorbs his influences and vaults beyond them, into his own consciousness, like a man who has outlived a deadly disease and has nothing to lose…
…In the title piece, an epic struggle between the forces of light and darkness, the poet becomes both Dante and Virgil and finds his way from hell to life
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$6.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-1-2 | 53 Pages | In Stock: 3
Improvisations Book 3 by Vernon Frazer Improvisations Book 3
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2004

Frazer's new poetry is a vision…It has innocence, purity, an inner and a smooth, homogenous outer surface of strength…carries with it a lot of U.S. and international society and culture as it is today…
--Tom Hibbard

…jazz rhythms, glossolalia-like word-expulsions, and a distinctively graphic imagination…a territory composed of an altogether different nature than the ones examined by L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and related poetries…
--Sidereality

To me, Vernon Frazer's Improvisations seems a 21st century 'alternative' masterpiece unfolding before our eyes…
--Ric Carfagna

$12.50 | ISBN 0-9745270-0-9 | 95 Pages | In Stock: 3
Improvisations I-XXIV by Vernon Frazer Improvisations I-XXIV
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2000

Improvisations (I-XXIV) employs an open-ended structure that allows the reader to perceive the work as a long poem or a sequence of inter-related poems. With an improvisor's ear tuned to nuances of sound, rhythm and structure, Frazer's literary analogue to free improvisation and action explores the creative terrain from Kerouac's spontaneous bob prosody through Olson's projective verse and the Language movement to consciousness itself.
--Beneath the Underground

…All of human history seems to present itself, too, as in the tradition of Olson, Frazer too seems to insist that 'the hinges of civilization…be put back on the door…'
--American Book Review

$10.00 | ISBN 9633465-7-1 | 93 Pages | In Stock: 3
Improvisations XXV-L by Vernon Frazer Improvisations XXV-L
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2002

Excerpt from the back of the book
In this section of open-ended work, Frazer's verbal music and visual textures - literary counterparts to free jazz and action painting - blaze through each extended poem/chorus with a vitality and invention that approaches the ecstatic intensity of glossolalia.
--Beneath the Underground

$12.50 | ISBN 0-9633465-8-x | 95 Pages | In Stock: 3
Relic's Reunions by Vernon Frazer Relic's Reunions
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2000

Vernon Frazer's Relic's Reunions is a wonderful blend of two sorts of books. It is a great novel about entering your forties and facing the test of the high school reunion. It is a great subterranean novel, a worthy heir to Jack Kerouac and Chandler Brossard…
--Don Webb, author of Endless Honeymoon

Beneath the Underground, where Charles Mingus's underdog still resides, Vernon Frazer has been building a reputation as a "writer's writer." In Relic's Reunions, Edsel Relic, a high school outcast turned performance poet, receives a telephone call from his unrequited teenage love, who invites him to attend his 25th class reunion - just as he's reeling from a mid-life diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome…
--Richard Freeman, Editor, Plain Brown Wrapper

$16.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-6-3 | 239 Pages | In Stock: 3
Stay Tuned to This Channel and other stories by Vernon Frazer Stay Tuned to This Channel and other stories
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 1999

The thirteen stories in Stay Tuned to this Channel explore the terra incognita of cutting-edge fiction in a manner as accessible as it is adventurous.

$14.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-4-7 | 141 Pages | In Stock: 3

 

Stephen Frech

A Palace of Strangers Is No City by Stephen Frech A Palace of Strangers Is No City
by Stephen Frech
Červená Barva Press, 2011

Cover Art: Stanislav Lahoda

Stephen Frech has earned degrees from Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Cincinnati. He has published three volumes of poetry: Toward Evening and the Day Far Spent (Kent State University Press) won the 1995 Wick Poetry Chapbook Contest, If Not For These Wrinkles of Darkness won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, published in 2001, and The Dark Villages of Childhood won the 2008 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Prize. He has been the recipient of the Elliston Poetry Writing Fellowship, the Milton Center Post-Graduate Writing Fellowship, and grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council.

He is founder and editor of Oneiros Press, publisher of limited edition, letterpress poetry broadsides. Oneiros broadsides have been purchased by special collections libraries around the world, among them the Newberry Library (Chicago), the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the University of Amsterdam Print Collection.

Stephen Frech is Associate Professor of English at Millikin University.

Stephen Frech Website: www.stephenfrech.com


Stephen Frech in his sequence of prose poems called A Palace of Strangers Is No City gives us a Kafkaesque world, signaled by the very first poem that ends with the frightening uncertainty of whether an unknown “you” is having a carrousel maker’s dream, or whether the carrousel maker is having a dream of the “you.” […] There are of course many fine works that have dealt with imaginary and oppressive landscapes, but what makes Frech’s book wonderfully creepy is that the oppression is so deeply existential. […] Another prose sequence, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities comes to mind, and with Frech’s mastery of the prose poem, it’s not an exaggeration to say A Palace of Strangers Is No City ranks with that masterpiece.
—Peter Johnson, from the Introduction

A Palace of Strangers Is No City is a one-of-a-kind experience. In just twenty-two elegant pages it contains an epic journey across an imagined city. The happenings in this city are surreal, ominous, funny and vivid. The circumstances may be dreamlike, but the longing and the wisdom are entirely real.
—John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake


1.
When the carrousel maker died, he dreamed of horses, wild horses, giraffes, zebras, deer, all running riderless but in bright carnival colors, as if every animal he'd sculpted and painted in garish and gilt colors were running wild again as they had for him very early when he was young and hardly knew the difference between wild animals and those that circled the carrousel.

You dreamed that night of escaping on a carrousel. The guards fire at you every time you come around again. You crouch down low to streamline your body for speed, then ride upright around the back side to slow it down, to delay the inevitable encounter with the guards. You are having one of his dreams, or he is having one of his dreams for you.

2.
Dreams of confinement and escape follow each other uninterrupted, night after night until the one looks like the other. You walk a beach sided by high cliffs and turn to climb stone steps leading up. They're covered with sand; they enter the rock cliff tunneling in, so you're climbing in darkness. But there's sunlight ahead. Finally, stepped into full light, you push open the gate of a picket fence. The spring creaks. On the gate, a sign, dusted over. You must brush off the lettering with your thumb. It says: This is not the way to the world. You must return to the beach down the steps. You look around. In the large fenced fields, grass has grown tall or the deep green of vegetable leaves spread in the sun. A woman has hiked her skirt up over her knees and she is bent over tending to a plant. A dog nearby begins to growl deep in his throat. You know you must leave and take the long, steep stairs, covered with sand, carrying the large bag of birdseed you've had with you all this time, searching for sure footing in the dark, back to the deserted beach where you find an endless line of stairwells leading up. You must try each one. Confinement. Escape. They need each other.

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-3-1 | 33 Pages | In Stock
A Palace of Strangers Is No City by Stephen Frech

Broadside

$20.00 | In Stock


 

Alana Ruben Free

The MOM EGG Hatching Babes and Art The MOM EGG Hatching Babes and Art
Alana Ruben Free and Marjorie Tesser, Editors
2006

The Mom Egg is an anthology of poetry, prose, and lyrics by Moms.

The MOM EGG was created as a place for Moms who may prefer the page to the stage: another vehicle to get Moms seen and heard.
Alana Ruben Free and Majorie Tessor, Editors

$12.00 | ISBN: 1-59971-907-x | 99 Pages | In Stock: 3

 

Jeff Friedman

Working in Flour by Jeff Friedman Working in Flour by Jeff Friedman
Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series, 2011

From the poet wrestling the saleswoman behind the counter at the chocolate shop for a plate of free samples to Cain slaying Abel in Iraq to appease his savage God, from a dinner with friends spoiled by the intrusion of a gnat to a bungled job at the bakery to antic, surreal sexual encounters to T.S. Eliot eating a bagel and lox and then fox trotting with a slip to Bob Dylan quaking like a duck, these comic visionary poems succeed in transforming even the most ordinary event into a parable of our struggle to retain our humanity in this "soiled world," where torture, war, deadly epidemics, genocides natural disasters, and mass deaths have become commonplace. Working in Flour reveals the tragic comic dimension of our existence in lyric poems infused with a historical consciousness. The wildly hilarious moment is set against the tragic losses that haunt our lives. The characters in this book might have walked right out the pages of a Gogol or Isaac Babel Story. So much sadness and pain and yet the poems will make you laugh out loud.


"Jeff Friedman is a great liar and an even greater comedian. As a liar, he remembers everything and nothing from the last two thousand years. As a comedian, he knows hyperbole, pacing, irony, and all the others. He can't fool me though, he's a true poet and those are fac?des. If he had written nothing but "Poem for Ross Gay." If he had written nothing but "My Shammai."
—Gerald Stern

$15.95 | ISBN: 978-0887485336 | 88 Pages | 5 copies in Stock
Black Threads by Jeff Friedman Black Threads by Jeff Friedman
Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series, 2007

JEFF FRIEDMAN is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Taking Down the Angel, Scattering the Ashes and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave. He is a core faculty member in the low-residency M.F.A. Program at New England College and lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire with the painter Colleen Randall.


"Jeff Friedman has a wide eye and keen ear, a tender touch, a nose for the absurdity of families and the fragrance of disaster, and a heart for the way everyday life melts into myth. There is an elegance and precision in these (mostly) elegiac poems, lifting them from the grit of memory, placing them on the ledge of grace."
—Alicia Ostriker

$12.00 | ISBN: 978-0887484605 | 96 Pages | 5 copies in Stock
Taking Down the Angel by Jeff Friedman Taking Down the Angel by Jeff Friedman
Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series, 2003

JEFF FRIEDMAN was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Scattering the Ashes and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Antioch Review, New England Review, and other magazines, and have won him a fellowship from the New Hampshire State Arts Council, the Editor's Prize from The Missouri Review, and the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize. He teaches at Keene State College and lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, with the painter Colleen Randall.


"These are poems of memory; in them the past is revived in exact and painfully loving detail. We have seen and heard much of it before and it does not seem to matter: rarely has the pity of it all been so poignantly expressed, and in a style appropriately both flat and lyrical. The book holds the kind of experience you could make a movie out of, not a big box-office hit but a satisfying small family drama and of course I mean this as praise."
—Donald Justice

$10.00 | ISBN: 978-0887483844 | 104 Pages | 5 copies in Stock
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