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Risa Kaparo

Embrace poems by Risa Kaparo Embrace by Risa Kaparo
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2002

(Excerpts from the back of the book)
Risa Kaparo writes poetry of 'soul- making.'
--Richard Silberg, author of Doubleness

A poet who makes beauty out of her suffering.
--Floyd Salas, author of State of Emergency

Risa Kaparo's poetry takes you into a world that is raw, brilliant, and unnerving.
--David Surrenda, Founder and former Dean, John F. Kennedy University Graduate School of Holistic Studies

$14.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-6-0 | 69 Pages | In Stock: 2

 

George Keithley

The Starry Messenger Poems by George Keithley The Starry Messenger Poems by George Keithley
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003

George Keithley's award-winning epic poem The Donner Party was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and has been adapted as a play and an opera. Joyce Carol Oates has praised Keithley as possessing "Whitman's visionary imagination." He and his wife live in Chico, California.

Providing a personal and powerful portrait of Galileo, The Starry Messenger chronicles the life and times of the famous astronomer. Through a sequence of thirty poems, George Keithley uncovers the sensuous world of an independent thinker striving for humanity and freedom in a repressed society.


From the Back Cover
"A notable event in poetry; an experiment that triumphantly succeeds."
—X. J. Kennedy

"Who better than George Keithley-renowned for his ability to fill a huge narrative canvas with the poetry of acutely rendered detail-to take up the story of Galileo, and so of all of our venturing into a universe of enlarged knowledge, being, and connection? The Starry Messenger holds a truly remarkable, and moving, series of poems."
—Jane Hirshfield

"Stubborn, irascible, truth-obsessed, Galileo is a living presence, his Venice teeming with Carnevale, fearful of the Inquisition, vividly realized in The Starry Messenger."
—Daniel Hoffman

"George Keithley writes a poetry of lyrical beauty, historical awareness, philosophical nuance, and serene clarity. His vision is sequential and uncommonly humane. Keithley's poetry possesses a quality one can neither teach nor purchase: that of grace."
—Marvin Bell

$12.95 | ISBN: 0-8229-5816-3 | 72 pages | 3 copies
The Midnight Train by George Keithley The Midnight Train by George Keithley
Small Poetry Press, 2001

George Keithley is the author of the award-winning epic poem, The Donner Party, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection which has been adapted as a play and an opera. Poems, stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, American Poetry Review, The Sewanee Review, Wild Earth, and the Kenyon Review, while earning the Dicastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize, and a Raymond Carver Short Story Award. Educated at Duke, Stanford, and the University of Iowa, he has been a visiting writer in Russia as a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

 

$8.50 | ISBN: 1-891298-10-0 | 42 pages | 1 copy
Earth's Eye Poems by George Keithley Earth's Eye Poems by George Keithley
Story Line Press, 1994

"Keithley examines the heritages, immediate and distant, of crimes of passion: the theft of a Grange-hall fund by an infatuated man stealing for his mistress and the lynching of the thief by his victims. These dramatically told crimes, however, fade slowly into the background as Keithley introduces their survivors, who, down the generations, live in an icy world in which tragedy is muffled—but never avoided—by their stern habit of denial. Only a sort of pagan animism makes these rural lives bearable. Keithley's sly, elusive rhymes are wonderful, his dramatic monologues gripping, his voice resonant."
—Booklist

"Not only is George Keithley one of North America's most soulful writers, he is exquisitely imaginative. The delight of reading this refreshing, original book—part lyric, part novella, part musical score—deepens with every turn of phrase and page. What a sensuous reading experience!"
—Al Young

"The idea that the novel has stolen poetry's readers is openly challenged by George Keithley's Earth's Eye, a book with the richness and complexity of a novel but composed of finely worked lyrics in a wide variety of forms, moods, tones, and voices."
—Vern Rutsala

$11.95 | ISBN: 0-934257-93-0 | 122 pages | 4 copies

 

Kerry Shawn Keys

Book of Beasts by Kerry Shawn Keys
Presa :S: Press, 2009

"This is a book of drunken, Rabelaisian, who-gives-a-shit poetry songs to the beasts in all of us, mad metamorphoses of pinheads and angels, a comic graffiti of sorts worthy of some ancient Roman cynic or emperor in a stupor."
—Michael Jennings

"Keys is a nature poet both in his closeness to and his terrific knowledge of the things of the natural world, and in his deliberate and absurdist anthropomorphization of those things... He is a teacher, a fable-monger, even a moralist."
—Gerald Stern

$12.95 | ISBN: 9780980008142 | 61 Pages | 3 copies
Transporting A Cloak of Rhapsodies
by Kerry Shawn Keys
Presa :S: Press, 2010

"I find Keys' poetry lucid, lyrical, and broad-ranging. It is also lush and often absurd (unusual for an American), and delves into psychological, spiritual, and cultural areas — a deep involvement with Brazil and India - that few others are gifted by experience and ability to touch."
—Tomaž Šalamun

"What I love in Keys' poetry is language, indeed the marvelous language, and the exoticism, and the craziness, and the wonderful sane humor, and the mixture of time and persons, and the originality and inventiveness, and the newness and excitement."
—Gerald Stern

$15.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-8-0 | 112 Pages | 3 copies
The Burning Mirror by Kerry Shawn Keys
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2008

…the work seems to exude like sap from a sugar maple or ants from a hill. What an incredible wealth. The sort of poet people dream about when they dream about poets.
--Robert Bringhurst

 

$14.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9772524-9-7 | 92 Pages | In Stock: 3

 

Alan King

the music we are by Alan King the music we are by Alan King
Publisher, year

Alan King is a freelance writer for the Prince George's County Gazette and Capital Community News. His publications include Wapland: A Journal of Black Literature & Ideas, When Words Become Flesh: An Anthology of New Generation Poetry, Taboo Haiku, and The Hurricane Haiku Anthology among others. He is also the author of his self-published book, "transfer."

$5.00 | 41 Pages | In Stock: 5
transfer by Alan King transfer by Alan King
2006

Alan King is a freelance writer for the Prince George's County Gazette. His publications include The Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature & Ideas, When Words Become Flesh, and Inkstains.

"Talk about global warming...Desire moves through these pages like a heat wave...Seriously, you feel this book like the first really hot day after a long, long winter."
--Tim Seibles (http://www.cavecanempoets.org/pages/faculty.html#seibles)

$5.00 | 31 Pages | In Stock: 5

 

Jiří Klobouk

My Life With Blondie by Jiří Klobouk My Life With Blondie by Jiří Klobouk
Červená Barva Press, September, 2013

Jiří Klobouk writes fiction, radio plays, poetry and essays. He discovered jazz when he was twelve and later began to visualize the world around him through a camera lens - he worked for 20 years in television. These experiences are reflected in his writing. He created a body of work in which as one critique noted: "We could feel the rhythm and see things from unexpected angles." Many short stories have appeared in literary periodicals: Partisan Review, Chicago Review, Stories and Artful Dodge. For Winter Wolves, a story published in Mid-American Review, he was named outstanding writer in the 1985-86 The Pushcart Prize edition. His list of books includes: My Life with Blondie, Winfield, Radio Plays I, Radio Plays II, Music After Midnight, The Stair Climber, Anti-Communist Manifesto (1975), The Homecoming, JAZZ II: Parents and Third Wife. The author lives in New York City.

Translated from the Czech by Helena and John Baker


A fifty-year-old man, named Harley Davidson, has suffered from a vivid fantasy, a condition not as rare as it might seem: alongside reality, which he perceives accurately, he has created for himself a second, parallel world of dreams. When he was seventeen, he fell in love with Blondie he saw on a magazine cover. For the next thirty-three years all he wants is to tell her that he loves her. As time goes by it seems it will never happen, but then one day...

...thirty three years later Harley learns that Blondie (inevitably an aging starlet) is arriving in town to perform at a local bar. She has reserved a room in the rundown hotel where Harley works as a receptionist. Finally, he is convinced his dream will come true.

In this novel, we become acquainted with Harley’s entire life - from childhood, through the demise of two marriages. We follow him on his journey to Austria, Portugal, Germany and Vietnam. It is a story of a human being who, inspired by the power of love, keeps his spirit intact against all odds and circumstances.

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-6-1 | 284 Pages | In Stock

 

Arthur Winfield Knight

Champagne Dawns by Arthur Winfield Knight Champagne Dawns by Arthur Winfield Knight
Presa :S: Press, 2011

Contemporary Poetry Series

"Knight's poetry was for me as refreshing as a glass of water during a 102 degree Utah summer afternoon, as comforting as the voice of a beloved great-aunt long departed."
-JoSelle Vaderhooft, The Pedestal Magazine

"Arthur Knight's poems' gift is for everyday observation of people, places and phenomenon in the rural New West. But then, like a prism turned to just the right angle, these poems will reward you with skewed, shrewd and humorous insights."
-Charles Alverson, Small Press Review

$6.00 | 27 Pages | 3 copies
High Country by Arthur Winfield Knight High Country by Arthur Winfield Knight
Presa :S: Press, 2010

Contemporary Poetry Series

In his first collection of poetry in ten years, Arthur Winfield Knight displays his joie de vivre, humor & keen observation of the land & its characters. Subtle but engaging, these poems are refreshingly honest.

"Arthur Winfield Knight is one of our greatest storytellers. He makes the weighty stuff of history stand on its own hind legs and dance... I'm a fan to the death."
-Loren Estleman

$6.00 | 31 Pages | 3 copies

 

Irene Koronas

Pentakomo Cyprus by Irene Koronas Pentakomo Cyprus by Irene Koronas
Červená Barva Press, 2009

Irene Koronas is the poetry editor for the Wilderness House Literary Review and Ibbetson Street Press. She is the author of self portrait drawn from many (Ibbestson Street Press, 2007). She also has several chapbook publications, the latest being, Zero Boundaries (Cervena Barva Press, 2008). Irene’s work has been widely published in numerous literary journals including Lummox, Free Verse, Posey, Arcanam Café, Spearhead, Index poetry, Unblog, Haiku Hut, Lynx and the anthologies Bagels with the Bards and WHLR Anthology, 2006. Articles written about Irene have appeared in The Boston Globe, What’s Up With Your Words, Sedaca, The Alewife, Spare Change, The Somerville News, and the Cambridge Chronicle.


These poems of beauty and strength unfold one into another as Irene weaves an engaging, thoughtful cacophony of experiences lived out over six weeks in Cyprus. I was drawn into a visual arrangement of days by an extraordinarily gifted communicator. I couldn't put this book down until I lived through all the wonder and discovery on display.
-C K Johns, author

Irene Koronas writes with the confidence of a life-long poet. She knows the ground on which she stands. With tenderness and honesty she takes her readers to the churches, kitchen, and dusty paths of her ancestral village. Orange trumpet flowers, rusty rocks, pregnant dogs, figs, saints, kneaded dough, peacocks, icons, olive oil and old women pepper the pages of Irene’s poetry painting a generous, complex, vibrant picture of Irene’s recollections of six weeks in Cyprus. At its heart, this is a love story. It traces the passion, ambivalence, and longing of desires that cannot be resolved simply. In recounting her journey, Irene invites us to look for the remains of our own histories, our own relinquished passions.
-Jennifer Peace, Ph.D.

In, Pentakomo Cyprus, Koronas finds her way through each day, image by image, sound by discrete sound, giving us the crystalline collection of things, our mixed media realities. The collection is a mobile of emotions made small and delicate or large and brusque. It is this honesty that lets the reader into a life that is wondrously and marvelously made, tiny step by tiny step, great leap by great leap.
-Afaa Michael Weaver

$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-578-02262-8 | 50 Pages |

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Zero Boundaries by Irene Koronas Zero Boundaries by Irene Koronas
Červená Barva Press, 2008

Irene Koronas has a fine arts degree from Mass College of Art Boston. She is a multi media artist working with paint, collage, mono-printing, artists books and poetry. She is currently the poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review and is the submissions editor for Ibbetson Street Press. Her poetry has appeared in lummox journal, free verse journal, posey magazine and on line zines such as arcanam café, spearhead, index poetry, unblog, haiku hut and lynx. She has seven chap-books: 'work among friends,' 'where words drip,' 'perception, tongue on everyday,' 'species,' 'flat house' and 'to speak the meaning of being.' Her most recent book 'self portrait drawn from many' is published by ibbettson street press. Her poems also appear in anthologies.

 

$7.00 | 41 Pages |

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Richard Kostelanetz

More Fulcra Poems by Richard Kostelanetz More Fulcra Poems by Richard Kostelanetz
Presa :S: Press, 2009

Contemporary Poetry Series

"Just when you think you're totally soaked in the possibilities in modern art, music, poetry, drama, dance, etc., along comes Richard Kostelanetz and you've got to start all over again."
-Hugh Fox, Small Press Review

"Kostelanetz challenges our perceptions, ideas of what a poem can offer."
-Irene Koronas, Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

"By breaking up words into their components, he sheds new (and often humorous/ironic) light on their meanings and relationships."
-Phil Wagner, The Iconoclast

$6.00 | 48 Pages | 3 copies
Purling Sonnets by Richard Kostelanetz Purling Sonnets by Richard Kostelanetz
Presa :S: Press, 2011

Contemporary Poetry Series

"Kostelanetz will take five words and turn them into a profound meditation on life-death that triggers all sorts of your own meditations for hours/days afterwards."
-Hugh Fox, Small Press Review

"By breaking up words into their components, he sheds new (and often humorous/ironic) light on their meanings and relationships."
-Phil Wagner, Iconoclast

"Kostelanetz challenges our perceptions, ideas of what a poem can offer. I except his punctuation, his deconstruction' he influences many contemporary poets, including myself."
-Irene Koronas, Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

$6.00 | 32 Pages | 3 copies
PO/EMS by Richard Kostelanetz
PRESA:S: PRESS, 2008

Just when you think you're totally soaked in the possibilities in modern art, music, poetry, drama, dance, etc., along comes Richard Kostelanetz and you've got to start all over again.
--Hugh Fox

 

$6.00 | 40 Pages | In Stock: 3
Bilingual Poems by Richard Kostelanetz Bilingual Poems by Richard Kostelanetz
Červená Barva Press, 2007

Preface From the book:
If the principal theme of my poetry has been invention, one motive of the poems written since Wordworks (1993), my first elaborate collection, has been the clashing of languages. This reflects initially my interest in writing poems in languages I barely know--for instance, the French and German Strings reprinted there. As always, I make a move and then look for surprising results. Here one move is interweaving the letters of words in two languages; another comes from jamming two words together to form not only a larger word but an evocative intersection. Many other poetic developments should follow from these initial moves. Some depend upon understanding two languages; others, not. –Richard Kostelanetz, New York, NY

Review from Doug Holder's Authors Den:
http://authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?AuthorID=3792

$7.00 | 17 Pages | In Stock: Out of stock

 

Charles S. Kraszewski

Diet of Nails by Charles S. Kraszewski Diet of Nails by Charles S. Kraszewski
Červená Barva Press, 2014

Charles S. Kraszewski. Poet and translator. Recipient of the 2013 Award for the Promulgation of Polish Literature and Culture by the Union of Polish Writers Abroad (London). Recent publications include Beast (poems), Rossetti's Armadillo (verse translations and essays), Irresolute Heresiarch: Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the Poetry of Czeslaw Milosz. Creative in both English and Polish, he is a frequent contributor to Odra (translations of T.S. Eliot and Robinson Jeffers).

Cover art: Navajo Antelopes by Stefan Tejk

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-5-2 | 87 Pages | In Stock

 

Kent Kruse

Medea's Demonic Grin by Kent Kruse
Pygmy Forest Press, 1999

Poems were published in Chiron Review, Driver Side Air Bag, Hellp, Mind in Motion, Oxygen, Luna Negra, Semi Dwarf Review, ZZZ Zine, Cer*Ber*Us, First Time, Silent Treatment, Wooden Head Review, Lucid Moon, and Expose.

 

$10.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-52-5 | 75 Pages | In Stock: 2

 

Joanna Kurowska

Inclusions by Joanna Kurowska Inclusions by Joanna Kurowska
Červená Barva Press, 2014

Cover Art: Untitled (1991) by Paweł Młynarczyk

Joanna Kurowska immigrated to the U.S. in 1988. After publishing two books of poetry in Poland-Ściana (The Wall), 1997 and Obok (Near), 1999-she gradually switched to English as her poetic medium. Many of her poems have appeared in American and European journals. In 2013, eLectio Publishing released The Wall & Beyond, a volume of her Polish poems translated into English. Another collection of Joanna's poetry, The Butterfly's Choice, is forthcoming in 2015, from Broadstone Books.

Inclusions is Joanna Kurowska's first book of originally English-language poems.


These mostly short, lapidary lyrics present to the reader not only a fallen world of detritus, missed emotional connections, thoughtless consumption, empty gratification, but also a world of fragile and fleeting beauty, raptures that last "but a fraction of a second," and art-making that redeems us. A town's soul leaks away as globalization grinds everyone and everything to sameness; a bishop's suit in a window is "a skin missing a body;" and a price is put on everything: "The trees have turned into business letters." This is simply the "now," as Kurowska sees it. But these are spiritual poems, though the god evoked-invoked-is not the property of any single group or mission. In the title poem, the speaker longs "to make sure/that i, too, am included/in the world deposited/on God's tongue." And always, the human possibilities, and the beauty of the world, are what we transcend to. In the final poem, to her son who asks what the meaning of life is, the poet replies, "Next to me, a feather swirls/In the air. A draft carries it/When the window is open" … To me, this is a lovely, non-Western image of the inclusion the poet prays for.
—James Cummins, Author of Still Some Cake

Inclusions is a book of surprising, reflective encounters with things as small as ants and as big as God. The ants, however, are big enough to make us think about the meaning of life and death. God, on the other hand, is small and light enough to fit into a snowflake. The poems listen to silence, loved ones now gone, cupboards and birds. Joanna Kurowska's slender verses pray by playing and masterfully lead the reader to the realization that "knowing is letting go."
—Katia Mitova, Author of Dream Diary

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-09910091-6-9 | 53 Pages | In Stock

 

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