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March, 2014, A new book from Muddy River books:
turtle grass a series of shadows by Irene Koronas

turtle grass a series of shadows by Irene Koronas turtle grass a series of shadows
by Irene Koronas
Muddy River Books, 2014

Irene Koronas has a fine arts degree from Mass College of Art in Boston, MA. She is a multi-media artist working with paint, collage, mono-printing, artists books, poetry and photography. She is poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and online zines. Her poetry is in eight anthologies, and she has two full length books, self portrait drawn from many (Ibbetson Street Press), pentakomo cyprus (Červená Barva Press) and two chapbooks, Emily Dickinson (Propaganda Press) and Zero Boundaries (Červená Barva Press).

Cover art: Irene Koronas


Experimental, intelligent, and environmental, turtle grass, a series of shadows, April 12, 2014; ISBN 978-1-304-97193-7, ($17.95) is Irene Koronas' third full length book of poems. Her language resonates, melts into the past and jointly falls forward. Her verse includes traditional form, informational writings on nature, and romantic musing; she remains true to her own style, eclectic. She is a well known local poet and painter, a Mass College of Art, graduate.

The poems stroke the page with pigments; like green field paintings, poems float across the pages. Grass is an ordinary plant, it grows everywhere, from high ranges to dry land. Grasses are so common, often overlooked by pedestrian and poet. The poems stem from this ordinariness.

Her experiments are found in the direct use of descriptions, definition as poetry. Personal experiences blend with the tender shoots, underwater broad-blade grass, and flat grasses. The poems grow from a nurtured environment, and sing from an inner verse.

Zvi A. Sesling
Muddy River Books
Brookline Massachusetts
muddyriverbooks@gmail.com

$17.95 | ISBN: 978-1-304-97193-7 | 88 Pages | 4 copies

March 31, 2014: Let's Go Back To The Mainland by Grzegorz Wróblewski

Let's Go Back To The Mainland by Grzegorz Wróblewski Let's Go Back To The Mainland
by Grzegorz Wróblewski
Červená Barva Press, 2014

Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdansk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in Copenhagen since 1985. He has published ten volumes of poetry and three collections of short prose pieces in Poland; three books of poetry, a book of poetic prose and an experimental novel (translations) in Denmark; and a book of selected poems in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as a selection of plays. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. His recent book of prose poems, Kopenhaga, was published by Zephyr Press, 2013.


Between classical lyricism and central European surrealism, between the punk aesthetic of Mark E Smith and the existentialism of Camus, between the miniatures of Joseph Cornell and the stalker of Tarkovsky, between painting, plays, poetry, performance art, and the memoir, between Poland and Denmark and the milky way, Grzegorz Wróblewski is on the mainland. His work is the most distinct and diverse coming out out of the so-called "bruLion generation" always moving into the major leagues of this universe and perhaps others. If we don't become extinct as a species in the near future, Wroblewski will go down as one of our greatest writers, artists, and thinkers.
-Marcus Slease, author of Mu (so) Dream (window)

Cover photo: Wojciech Wilczyk

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-7-6 | 96 pages | In Stock

March 18, 2014: Diet of Nails by 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

March, 2014: Inclusions by 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

March 7, 2014: A Sharp Double-Edged Luxury Object by Rodica Draghincescu

A Sharp Double-Edged Luxury Object by Rodica Draghincescu 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.

Reviews:

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-sharp-double-edged-luxury-object.html

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-2-1 | 41 Pages | In Stock

March 7, 2014: Partner, Orchard, Day Moon by Michael Todd Steffen

Partner, Orchard, Day Moon by Michael Todd Steffen Partner, Orchard, Day Moon by Michael Todd Steffen
Červená Barva Press, 2014

Cover Art: Irene Koronas

Michael Todd Steffen’s poems and articles have appeared in Connecticut Review, Poem (HLA), ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Ibbetson Street, Wilderness House Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review and in the window of the Grolier Poetry Bookshop. A graduate of Belmont in Nashville, on a Rotary International Fellowship he studied and taught in England and France. He was awarded the 2007 Somerville Newswriters Festival poetry prize, and currently lives in Cambridge where he writes and works for non-profits.


I've just come back from reading the poems in Partner, Orchard, Day Moon, full of admiration. Steffen is so alive in his writing, keen with observation, both of what things actually look like, what the wind feels like, how things grow and rot, and also of character, his own, his uncles', anybody's he sees. The book gives us many wonderfully memorable lines using his chosen meter for all its worth. This is very good work.
—David Ferry

"A very moving collection of poems. I’m enjoying reading — and re-reading—the poems."
—Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others


Reviews:

Poet to Poet: Michael Todd Steffen, author of Partner, Orchard, Day Moon (Cervena Barva Press, 2014) interviewed by Doug Holder on SCAT TV.
http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02351&video=195415

March, 17, 2014; Boston Area Small Press & Poetry Scene:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2014/03/partner-orchard-day-moon-by-michael.html

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-2-3 | 61 Pages | In Stock

January 23, 2014: 6 Poetry books from Bellday Books
(5 copies of each in stock)

Family Matters: Homage to July, The Slave Girl by Shelby Stephenson Family Matters: Homage to July, The Slave Girl by Shelby Stephenson
Bellday Books, 2008

An intense and heart-breaking poetic narrative which, in its exploration of historical and personal materials, holds affinities to the work of Susan Howe and to James Agee’s classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Family Matters is a strenuous questioning — and exposure — of the fictions of ownership, whether of persons or places, graves or farms.
—Allen Grossman, final judge, 2008 Bellday Prize competition.

$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-1-1 | 58 Pages | 5 copies
Music from Words by Marc Jampole Music from Words by Marc Jampole
Bellday Books, 2007

"If you like well-written poetry and enjoy an intellectual challenge, I highly recommend Music from Words. You won't be disappointed."
—Adrienne Muncy, BookReview.com

"Marc Jampole's Music from Words is a good read for adults who want to put their thinking caps on."
—Pam Rosenblatt, Wilderness House Literary Review

"Jampole is absolutely unique in the way he expresses his material, especially with regard to sound, meter and rhythm."
—Michael Wurster, Small Press Review

"This book is amazing."
—Gloria Mindock, editor, Červená Barva Press

$12.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-0-4 | 89 Pages | 5 copies
Open Winter by Rae Gouirand Open Winter by Rae Gouirand
Bellday Books, 2011

"These poems possess a quiet urgency - an elegant, stark beauty. The sentences are prisms conjugating light."
—Elaine Equi, Final Judge

"Gouirand repunctuates the world in stops and starts as she reaches toward new ways to parse the complexities of love. Open Winter shows us how language breaks and fails, how poems repair and revive."
—Mark Wunderlich

"Rae Gouirand's poems glow with motion and stillness, the richness of consciousness, as they delicately enlarge the boundaries of comprehension and desire. This is a generative - and deeply generous - book."
—Alice Fulton

$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-4-2 | 82 Pages | 5 copies
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
Radioactive City by Richard Robbins Radioactive City by Richard Robbins
Bellday Books, 2009

"Robbins can spin a hitherto-undiscovered cosmos out of a single, wayward proposition, but he never loses footing in the radiant, mortal, given world."
—Linda Gregerson, Final Judge

$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-2-8 | 54 Pages | 5 copies
Success of the Seed Plants by Leslie Williams Success of the Seed Plants by Leslie Williams
Bellday Books, 2010

"A reader never knows what is coming next in the poems of Success of the Seed Plants—they move as one would cross a stream, by adroitly leaping from rock to rock. The mood here therefore feels risky, as the narrator gambles against falling. I found her mental agility exhilarating."
—Lucia Perillo, final judge, 2010 Bellday Prize competition

$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-3-5 | 69 Pages | 5 copies

January 15, 2014: How to be Another by Susan Lewis

How to be Another by Susan Lewis How to be Another by Susan Lewis
Červená Barva Press, 2014

Painting by Melissa Stern

Susan Lewis lives in New York City and edits Posit (www.positjournal.com). Her other books and chapbooks are This Visit(BlazeVOX [books], 2014), State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press), The Following Message (White Knuckle Press), At Times Your Lines (Argotist e-books), Some Assembly Required (Dancing Girl Press), Commodity Fetishism, winner of the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Award, and Animal Husbandry (Finishing Line Press). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in a great number of journals and anthologies, including Berkeley Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Cimarron Review, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Phoebe, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse (online), and Verse Daily.


Susan Lewis poses questions that are sine waves amid the urban ruckus of unsweetened yet unnatural nouns. She nuzzles the vibrato context that her poems would recast. Poetic prophecy thrives amid a balance between selected, anchored logic and prevailing, accurate illogic in the midst. There is a delicious sense of understatement in these poems that drive toward the surprise end of the spectrum that diverts from expectation. Along this welcome string of mysteries, we are perpetually challenged to invent new steps.
—Sheila E. Murphy

Clipped, cut, cajoling, the prose bits of Susan Lewis are pure poetry. When and whether she unravels the endless to and fro with an/other who never quite makes true contact, or provides procedural instructions on how to be some self, she never spins anything less than "the courage to tell us something new, no matter how frightening or untrue." Her capsuled narratives cohere and dissolve with the piquant absurdity of the voices they refract, then send back out into the ether. This is the kind of entropy "we might as well learn to ride like the wind" to whatever full-stop it takes us, with fun and thanks punctuating our language-voyage.
—Amy King

Waking headlong transcriptions of what poetry's dream can do that no other form of writing can: sing condensed quicksilver improvisations that are any smart feeling reader's sought after letters to the Other you too can learn to become from out a "most entertaining cave." Read these poems and be right back in the new present unfurling moment of language's immediacy—each poem is a successful risk-taking trip flying in and out of Susan Lewis' brilliancy. Rx: read this book.
—Lee Ann Brown

Susan Lewis' poems in How to Be Another offer often ironic, always eloquent testament to the agonies of relationships in general and couples in particular. Wielding incisive metaphors like a scalpel, she cuts through social poses and masks to the messy failures and disappointments that lurk underneath the surface of our all too human interactions. Her poetry is compassionate enough to capture our desire to connect with each other and wise enough to recognize our repeated and heartbreaking failure to do so.
—Howard Good


Interview with Susan Lewis by Rob Mclennan on Rob Mclennan's Blog:
http://www.robmclennan.blogspot.ca/2014/02/12-or-20-second-series-questions-with_15.html

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-0-7 | 81 Pages | In Stock

December 3, 2013: The Telling by Denise Bergman

The Telling by Denise Bergman The Telling by Denise Bergman
Červená Barva Press, 2013

DENISE BERGMAN is the author of Seeing Annie Sullivan, poems based on the early life of Helen Keller's teacher. She conceived and edited City River of Voices, an anthology of urban poetry. Her poems have been widely published. An excerpt of her poem about a neighborhood slaughterhouse is installed as public art in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Denise Bergman's second collection of poems is astonishingly original: I can't think of another work that uses something so small to such large effect. The Telling is ultimately about time and memory, art and truth, women and birth and death, and it all comes from "A sepia memory/mildeweed, perhaps, or not"-a tiny center around which Bergman's lyrical intelligence moves with haunting power and grace.
—Martha Collins

As scribe to the recounting of a few harrowing childhood hours that would shape her grandmother's life, Denise Bergman examines trauma, suppression and how the honest mind must sometimes alter truth. This, then, is no simple compassion; as the narrator bears witness to the recounting of a monumental and guilt-laden secret, Bergman searches underneath the told story. In her spare, halting lines and the wide silences between them, one senses a tender and horrified listening, and in this listening an implied counterpoint, a murmur of truths unspeakable. Every object in The Telling has a vulnerable, culpable animus. All are witnesses. Bergman's testimony acknowledges the heartbreaking necessity of amnesia.
—Frannie Lindsay

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-4-5 | 84 Pages | In Stock

New release: On Paths Known to No One Poems by Flavia Cosma

On Paths Known to No One Poems by Flavia Cosma On Paths Known to No One
Poems by Flavia Cosma
Červená Barva Press, 2012

Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. Later she studied Drama at the Community School of Arts—Bucharest, Romania. She is also an award winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer, and has published seventeen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and five books for children. Her work has been represented in numerous anthologies in various countries and languages, and her book, 47 Poems, (Texas Tech University Press) received the ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize.

Cosma was nominated three times for The Pushcart Prize with poems from Leaves of a Diary (2006), The Season of Love (2008) and Thus Spoke the Sea (2008).

Flavia Cosma was awarded Third Prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition- 2007, for co-translating In The Arms of The Father, poems by Flavia Cosma, (British Comparative Literature Association & British Literary Translation Centre)

Cosma’s Songs at the Aegean Sea made the Short List in the Canadian Aid Literary Awards Contest, Dec. 2007. Her translation into Romanian of Burning Poems by George Elliott Clarke was published in Romania in 2006. Her translation from Spanish into Romanian of work by the Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo was published in 2009 under the title Nimic Pentru Aici, Nimic Pentru Dincolo. Her translation of work by the USA poet Gloria Mindock was published in 2010 under the title La Portile Raiului. Her translation into English of Profane Uncertainties by the Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo was published by Červená Barva Press in 2010.

Flavia Cosma was appointed International Affairs Chair for The League of Canadian Poets in 2008.

Cosma’s poetry book Leaves of a Diary was studied at the University of Toronto E. J. Pratt Canadian Literature during the school year 2007-2008. Flavia was decorated with the Golden Medal and was appointed Honorary Member by the Casa del Poeta Peruano, Lima, Peru, 2010, for her poetry and her work as an international cultural promoter.

Flavia Cosma is the director of the International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency, Val-David, Quebec, Canada

Flavia Cosma: http://www.flaviacosma.com


As in Flavia Cosma's whole literary production, nature isn't reduced here to the role of a neutral backdrop to the poet's life; it influences her imagination and consciousness in innumerable ways becoming a source of inspiration for a thorough studying of existing ideas and for awakening new ones. Flavia is an expert in using nature as an adequate space for metaphors, comparisons, symbols. She humanizes nature, granting it an interior life, with the highest intensity, at the supreme level.
—Dr. Irena Harasimowicz-Zazecka PhD Philology, University of Bucharest, Romania

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-6-7 | 128 Pages | In Stock

New release: Hyperlinks of Anxiety by Daniel Y. Harris

Hyperlinks of Anxiety by Daniel Y. Harris Hyperlinks of Anxiety by Daniel Y. Harris
Červená Barva Press, 2013

Daniel Y. Harris holds a Master of Arts in Divinity from The University of Chicago, where he specialized in the history and hermeneutics of religion and wrote his dissertation on The Zohar. He is the author of The New Arcana (with John Amen, New York Quarterly Books, 2012), Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue: An Exponential Dyad (with Adam Shechter, Červená Barva Press, 2010; picked by The Jewish Forward as one of the 5 most important Jewish poetry books of 2010) and Unio Mystica (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009). He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry, experimental writing, art and essays have been published in The Denver Quarterly, European Judaism, Exquisite Corpse, The New York Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg Review, among others.
His website is www.danielyharris.com.


Daniel Y. Harris’s new volume of poetry brings together a range of texts – older and newer – evocative of the qualms and uncertainties of our new millennium. A subtle and highly affective read.
—Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University

Is cyberspace the most recent iteration of the diaspora? Will the next Zohar be composed in computer code? Can notarikon generate lyric poems out of the discourses of pharmacology, neurology, biophysics…? Welcome to the Hotel Url, Daniel Y. Harris, sole owner and proprietor, where these questions—and others that the reader has yet to dream—will be answered. No need to be anxious: in less than a nanosecond, the hyperlinks elaborated in Harris’s poems will whisk you from catastrophe creation to apocalypse and beyond. Beam me up, Ezekiel!
—Norman Finkelstein, Professor of English, Xavier University and author of On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry

Daniel Y. Harris combines impressive erudition with a profound awe for continuity—that the eternal energies underlying Life itself constantly (re)iterate and (re)incarnate in myriad waxing and waning forms. Ideas birth Art; Art births Ideas. In such fashion, to employ classic terms, the heart and mind forge a dynamic union resulting in both clarity of perception and depth of feeling. These are poems to be read and reread, concepts and descriptive phrases operating like portals into other worlds. In Hyperlinks of Anxiety, Harris functions as a twenty-first century, digital alchemist, adeptly yoking the abstract and concrete, offering us singular and transformative experiences, all the while reminding us that Poetry is trans-authorial, Mystery our only true teacher.
—John Amen, author of At the Threshold of Alchemy; editor of The Pedestal Magazine


Reviews

Review by John Amen:
http://www.albany.edu/offcourse/issue54/john_amen_review_d_y_harris.html

Stride Magazine (Out of England):
http://www.stridemagazine.co.uk/Stride%20mag%202013/July%202013/Fear%20The%20Moral%20Nebulae.htm

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-4-7 | 156 Pages | In Stock

May 12, 2013: The Bonsai Curator by Pamela L. Laskin

The Bonsai Curator by Pamela L. Laskin The Bonsai Curator by Pamela L. Laskin
Červená Barva Press, 2013

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Poetry collections include: Remembering Fireflies and Secrets of Sheets (Plain View Press), Van Gogh’s Ear (Červená Barva Press), Daring Daughters/Defiant Dreams (A Gathering of Tribes), and The Plagiarist (Dos Madres Press). Several children’s books have been published.


In The Bonsai Curator, through metaphor, myth, and fairy tale, Pam Laskin chronicles a life, from the figurative museum, into the woods, then out of that museum, into the world. But my favorite moments live in her language and imagery, like: “The pines, bamboo, and plum trees... from the same father, / a recluse / who made his children lovely, / but lonely.” / and “I am good at stunting growth; / I’ve kept myself / five forever.” As always, Laskin doesn’t blink, and she doesn’t flinch, either.
—Estha Weiner

In this subtly complex collection of poems, Pam Laskin takes the image of bonsai—stunted and scarred into beauty through deliberate human artifice—and makes it a metaphor of being mothered, smothered and “wretchedly loved.” Then with great deftness, she uproots the image and offers us a fresh and expansive vision of a tree, one that summons us to the sprawling beauty of parenting—and of poetry—that is nurtured in respect and love.
—David Groff, Author of CLAY


Bonsai Beauty

I have been birthed/unearthed
from air,

a mutation
my odd, atrophied limbs
are startling.

Like a fixture I stand
paralyzed
by motherless memories.

Yes, there is a tree here
but at fifty
I still can't grow.

$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-5-4 | 72 Pages | 7 in Stock

April 20, 2013: 3 poetry books by Hungarian poet Paul Sohar

Dancing Embers Dancing Embers by Sandor Kanyadi
Translated by Paul Sohar
Twisted Spoon Press, 2002

Sándor Kányádi was born in 1929 in the small Transylvanian village of Galambfalva to a family of farmers. Since 1950 he has lived in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) Romania. A graduate in Hungarian philology from Bólyai University, he has served as editor on a number of Hungarian-language journals and magazines. Since his first book of poetry appeared in 1955 he has published over a dozen volumes. His translation work includes both Saxon folk songs and Yiddish folk poetry from Transylvania — in bilingual volumes — as well as contemporary Romanian poets and the major German and French poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. His is the recipient of the Poetry Prize of the Romanian Writers’ Union and the Kossuth Prize in Hungary, the preeminent literary awards of their respective countries, the Austrian Herder Prize, and the Central European Time Millenium Prize (2000). Kányádi now divides his time between Budapest and his cottage in the Transylvanian countryside.


Paul Sohar was born in Hungary and came to the United States after the revolution in 1956, earning a B.A. from the University of Illinois. A poet in his own right, his translations of Hungarian poets have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, including the bilingual volume Maradok-I Remain (Pro-Print, 1997).

$13.00 | ISBN: 978-8086264-04-2 | 180 Pages | 4 copies in Stock
Homing Poems Homing Poems by Paul Sohar
Iniquity Press, 2005

In my poetry volume "Homing Poems" some of my poems appear in Hungarian translation too, because the book was printed in Transylvania.

Paul Sohar took BA in philosophy and a day job in a lab while publishing seven volumes of translations. Now two volumes of his own poetry are available: "Homing Poems" from Iniquity Press (2005) and "The Wayward Orchard," a prize winner from Wordrunner Press (2011). His prose work "True Tales of a Fictitious Spy" was published by SynergeBooks in 2006. He has translated two Hungarian bestsellers; "Far from Nothing" was published in Toronto (2006) and "The Club at Eddy's Bar" is scheduled for June release by Pheaton Press (Dublin, Ireland). His play "The Renewal" is now in print from One Act Depot (Canada); magazine credits include Agni, Gargoyle, Kenyon Review, Rattle, Bewildering Stories, and anthologies such as Budapest Tales and Bucharest Tales, etc.

$13.00 | ISBN: 9781877968358 | 147 Pages | 4 copies in Stock
Maradok I Remain Maradok-I Remain by Paul Sohar
Csikszereda: Pro-Print Konyvkiado, 1997

Paul Sohar took BA in philosophy and a day job in a lab while publishing seven volumes of translations. Now two volumes of his own poetry are available: "Homing Poems" from Iniquity Press (2006) and "The Wayward Orchard," a prize winner from Wordrunner Press (2011). His prose work "True Tales of a Fictitious Spy" was published by SynergeBooks in 2006. He has translated two Hungarian bestsellers; "Far from Nothing" was published in Toronto (2006) and "The Club at Eddy's Bar" is scheduled for June release by Pheaton Press (Dublin, Ireland). His play "The Renewal" is now in print from One Act Depot (Canada); magazine credits include Agni, Gargoyle, Kenyon Review, Rattle, Bewildering Stories, and anthologies such as Budapest Tales and Bucharest Tales, etc.

$9.00 | ISBN: 9789739311090 | 431 Pages | 5 copies in Stock

March 19, 2013: Constellations A Journal of Poetry and Fiction

Constellations A Journal of Poetry and Fiction Constellations A Journal of Poetry and Fiction
Volume 2: Upheaval
by Nina Rubinstein Alonso
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Fall, 2012

Constellations is a print literary journal based in the Cambridge/Boston area, featuring poetry and short fiction. We seek writing that is fresh and resonant, and look forward to publishing work from our local literary community as well as elsewhere. Volume 2 has a theme of UPHEAVAL and contains work by Kelli Allen, Nina Rubinstein Alonso, Diana Anhalt, Barbara Baldwin, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Anne Butler, Janet Butler, Jack Carenza, Ha Kiet Chau, Mark J. Easton, Jacob Edwards, Eva Eliav, Joanne Faries, Richard Fein, Virginia Bach Folger, Kristen Forbes, John Grey, Lara Rubinstein Hathaway, Zachary Henderson, Krikor N. Der Hohannesian, Heather Hughes, Maureen Kingston, Ben Leib, Kathleen Brewin Lewis, David Manning, Colleen Michaels, Jack Miller, Nancy Carol Moody, Ted Morrissey, Lance Nizami, Sergio Ortiz, Roland Pease, Clark Powell, Tree Riesener, James P. Roberts, Zvi A. Sesling, Narendra Sharma, Matthew Sissom, Wendell Smith, Zach Wagner, Joanna M. Weston, and Catherine Zickgraf.

$10.00 | ISBN: 978-1481182508 | 170 Pages | 3 copies in Stock

March 19, 2013: Three collections of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers

Warsaw Tales by New Europe Writers Warsaw Tales A collection of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers
New Europe Writers, 2005

Editors: James G. Coon, Andrew Fincham, John a'Beckett

In 2005, New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united europe.

Centered on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic place and time.

Warsaw Tales is the third of these anthologies, providing a panoramic insight into the Phoenix on the Vistula and beyond:
Don't visit us without it!

Your guide to life behind the Curtain...

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-83-925539-1-5 | 128 Pages | 4 copies in Stock
Bucharest Tales by New Europe Writers Bucharest Tales A collection of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers
New Europe Writers, 2011

Editors: James G. Coon, Andrew Fincham, John a'Beckett

In 2005, New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united europe.

Centered on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic place and time.

Bucharest Tales is the fourth of these anthologies, providing a panoramic insight into the Carpathian Garden and beyond:
Don't visit us without it!

Your guide to life behind the Curtain...

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9568598-0-8 | 152 Pages | 6 copies in Stock
Ljubljana Tales by New Europe Writers Ljubljana Tales A collection of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers
New Europe Writers, 2012

Editors: James G. Coon, Andrew Fincham, John a'Beckett
Chief translators: Ana Jelnikar, Barbara Siegal Carlson.

Ljubljana Tales is the fifth anthology cultivated from the fruitful vines of New Europe. As with earlier volumes in the series, we have selected and encouraged contemporary writers to provide an insight into the lands of Slovenia, centered on Ljubljana. Local and international authors, in short stories and verse, combine to give this selection a shared sense of place, whilst at the same time offering a delicate variety of flavours - many of them with hints of the satiric, even the surreal. In this endeavour, we are grateful to Vanja Strle, and to Ana Jelnikar and her team for translating much of the work that appears in this book for the first time in English. Through the pages of this slim volume, we hope that the serious traveling reader will experience some of the subtleties that abound in Ljubljana, the Beloved City of Bridges, Dragons, and Cafés.

At this crossroads of New Europe, the imagination can aspire to fulfill its true function; we should perhaps expect no less from a city that has inspired past visitors to mistake it for somewhere else: Joyce for Trieste, Jason for Vienna, and George W. Bush for Bratislava. We suspect that there may be something quirky in the air.

Contributors
Alja Adam, Marina Bahovec, Ludwig Bauer David Bedrac, Andrej Blatnik, James G. Coon Milan Dekleva, Miriam Drev, Andrew Fincham, Evald Flisar, Ivo Frbežar, Niko Grafanauer, Brian Henry, David Hill Alojz Ihan Jure Jakob, Milan Klec, Miroslav Košuta, Asko Künnap, Wojciech Maslarz, Barbara Marcic, Dragica Marinic, Marinka M. Miklic, Brane Mozetic, Raman Mundair, Ales Mustar Boris A. Novak, Iztok Osojnik, Josip Osti, Ana Pepelnik, Miha Pintaric, Tatjana Jamnik, Gregor Podlogar, Andraž Polic, Lili Potpara, Sebastijan Pregelj, Aleksandar Prokopiev, Yana Punkina, Angus Reid, Delimir Rešicki, Miomira Šegina, Peter Semolic, Miroslav Slana, Morelle Smith, Ronny Someck, Ales Šteger, Marjan Strojan, Lucija Stupica, Suzana Tratnik, Sigurbjorg Thrastardottir, Maja Vidmar, Robert Vrbnjak, Duska Vrhovac, Jadran Zalokar, Andrew Zawacki


"New Europe Writers are embarked upon a ten year project to publish writing that illuminates the "spirit of place" in the New Europe. Our publications so far include Warsaw Tales, Prague Tales, and Budapest Tales. Bucharest Tales published in late February this year, 2011. Now Ljubljana Tales.

The editors, Andrew Fincham , James Coon and John a'Beckett, Englishman, American, and Australian, have harnessed their various experience in editing skills and approaches of those backgrounds with a common principle to encourage suitable quality writing in all its forms, including good translation and also working with and advised by editors in the regions of our Tales.

In 2005 New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united Europe. Centred on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic time and place. Part observation, part inspiration We're embarked upon a ten year project to publish writing that illuminates the "spirit of place" in the New Europe. Our publications so far include Warsaw Tales, Prague Tales, and Budapest Tales. Bucharest Tales published in late February this year, 2011. Now Ljubljana Tales.

Lots of information on out website: www.new-ink.org

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9568598-1-5 | 144 Pages | 9 Copies in stock

November 7, 2012: Červená Barva Press proudly announces the publication of our 100th book!

Two Colors of the Soul: The Selected Poetry of Dmytro Pavlychko, Edited and with an introduction by Michael M. Naydan Two Colors of the Soul: The Selected Poetry of Dmytro Pavlychko
Edited and with an introduction by Michael M. Naydan
Červená Barva Press, 2012

Cover Art: “Two” by Olha Fedoruk

Translated from the Ukrainian by Svitlana Bednazh, Gladys Evans, Michael M. Naydan, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Mary Skrypnyk, Aliona Sydorenko, Martha B. Trofimenko, and Walter May.

Dmytro Pavlychko has been an editor, translator, literary critic, film scriptwriter, ambassador, and pro-democracy political figure. He was born in 1929 in a rural village close to the Carpathian Mountains. In 1944-5 he was imprisoned at the age of 15 by the Soviets on fabricated charges for alleged activities on behalf of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. He has published twenty collections of poetry, as well as several books of poetry translations and literary criticism. Many of his poems have been set to music and turned into songs, with ones such as “Two Colors” becoming national classics known by Ukrainians virtually everywhere. In 1977 Pavlychko received the Shevchenko Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Ukraine. Pavlychko served as ambassador to Slovakia from 1995-1998 and later to Poland from 1999-2002. He was elected a member of the Ukrainian parliament in 2005. He has received the designation of Hero of Ukraine from the Ukrainian government as well as honorary doctorates from Lviv National University and Warsaw University.

He continues to reside in the capital city of Kyiv and remains active in public life. Two Colors of the Soul: The Selected Poetry of Dmytro Pavlychko is his first book of poetry translated and published into English. From the Introduction: DMYTRO PAVLYCHKO: POET AND STATESMAN by Michael M. Naydan


In the tradition of poet-statesmen Neruda and Seferis, Pavlychko writes about his twin passions, love and history. Courageous, direct, and plain-spoken, he has long deserved a place on the international literary stage and Michael Naydan’s skillfully edited selections should confirm it.
—Askold Melnyczuk, award-winning novelist, author and editor

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$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-0-9 | 90 Pages | Temporarily out of stock

September 12, 2012: Just in, 3 books from 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

September 3, 2012: Just in, 4 books from Dzvinia Orlowsky

Except for One Obscene Brushstroke by Dzvinia Orlowsky Except for One Obscene Brushstroke
by Dzvinia Orlowsky
Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003

A Pushcart Prize recipient, Dzvinia Orlowsky is founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade and currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her translation of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna was published by House Between Water Collections in 2006. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jay and their son and daughter, Max and Raisa.

"A candid and uncompromising voice- Dzvinia Orlowsky's poems unearth powerful secrets with lucid obsevation and biting tenderness."
—Maria Flook

"Weeks after I'd first read Dzvinia Orlowsky's Except for One Obscene Brushstroke, images from several of the poems would stop me in parking lots, give me pause in the supermarket. That's the bittersweet power of Ms. Orlowsky's fearsome gift of clarity- the words sink deep and then haunt."
—Dennis Lehane

$15.00 | ISBN: 0-88748-387-9 | 65 Pages | 2 copies in stock
A Handful of Bees by Dzvinia Orlowsky A Handful of Bees by Dzvinia Orlowsky
Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008

A Pushcart Prize recipient, Dzvinia Orlowsky is founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade and currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her translation of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna was published by House Between Water Collections in 2006. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jay and their son and daughter, Max and Raisa.

"Originally published in 1994 by Carnegie Mellon University Press, A Handful of Bees has been republished as a Classic Contemporary by Carnegie Mellon. The collection embarks with poems reflecting on the passing of Mrs. Orlowsky's father (to whom the book is dedicated). Orlowsky raises the tragedy of losing a parent to a universal plane that's both earnest and cathartic, where even simple belongings of the deceased are imbued with power and testimony. There is a thread of sadness that plaits its way through this volume. Even through the poems on life with immigrant parents, there is a stark, visible yearning. The world of home and the world outside and the conflict of the two to coexist. A situation that many Americans of any given ethnicity can immediately grasp. Imagery in A Handful of Bees is never random, but lucid, in the moment like hot glass forged into a sharp gem. A Handful of Bees is immediately personal, international, and, filtered through the prism of the heart, these poems come forth universally. Dzvinia Orlowsky films a screenplay for the intuition. In just this one volume of sixty-one pages, she undefeatedly answers as many life questions as she has conjured. With stealth, imparting the reader a sense of "being there" in the human condition."
—Mike Amado, Ibbetson Update, 2008

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-88748-485-8 | 61 Pages | 5 copies in stock
Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones by Dzvinia Orlowsky Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones
by Dzvinia Orlowsky
Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008

A Pushcart Prize recipient, Dzvinia Orlowsky is founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade and currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her translation of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna was published by House Between Water Collections in 2006. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jay and their son and daughter, Max and Raisa.

"Dzvinia Orlowsky's new book is full of the gift of life--its preciousness, its frailty, and the duende too, the passion to look unflinchingly at death. She's unwilling to sentimentalize, to patch over the difficult; she steadfastly resists the tawdry willful cheeriness that passes for transcendence. In 'Sexual Water,' Pablo Neruda says, 'Like an eye held hideously open,' and I think yes, this is the purpose of poetry: to look, to attend, to inhabit fully. In the white spaces between stanzas, in her attentive eye for original and un-invented images, in her dark, ironic wit, Orlowsky has drawn her poems close to the heart: teeming, damaged, defended and broken--which is to say, fully human."
—Ira Sadoff

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-88748-482-7 | 77 Pages | 5 copies in stock
The Enchanted Desna by Alexander Dovzhenko Translated by Dzvinia Orlowsky 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."
—Askold Melnyczuk

"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."
—Melanie Drane

$15.00 | 61 Pages | 4 copies in stock

July 13, 2012: A new Poetry book from Roger W. Hecht

Talking Pictures by Roger W. Hecht
Červená Barva Press, 2012

Roger W. Hecht grew up in Wheaton, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His work has been published in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mudlark, Diagram, Prick of the Spindle, and other on-line and off-line journals. He was the winner of Syracuse University’s Delmore Schwartz Poetry Award. He is the author of a poetry chapbook, Lunch at the Table of Opposites (Red Dancefloor Press), and editor of The Erie Canal Reader: 1790-1950 (Syracuse University Press). Roger earned an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY, College at Oneonta. Roger lives with his wife, Joan Marcus, and two daughters near Ithaca, New York.


Roger W. Hecht’s Talking Pictures is a vivid book of poems which draws us to “....this underworld.” He invites us to have a glance, a look, and then we as readers are deftly taken elsewhere. The taking (and the “talking!”) provides a keen sense of tempo and tone. The poetry is also often comic: in the strangely heroic poem “The Rumsfeld Sestina” (imagine!) the question is raised “What will they do once they catch you?” “You ask me what I knew and when I knew it” (from the same poem) hints at the kind of personal and impersonal worlds and factors which impinge, at least, on all of us. I return to Talking Pictures with pleasure. The variations Hecht employs in the poems’ shapes and cadences intrigue.
—Michael Burkard, Author of Entire Dilemma and Unsleeping

Roger W. Hecht’s vocal and evocative collection, Talking Pictures, collects all right, is stuffed with stuff. The things (not poems exactly and not so much prose either but some hybrid unbranded entity) collected here have a thing for thing-ness. It is as if Hecht has constructed an elaborate yet elegant filter that slows the speed of light, turning it into a rich syrup, a saturated plasma, and gorgeous chunks of heretofore unknown matter materialize out of the either or ether. Picture that!
—Michael Martone, Author of Four for a Quarter

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-5-5 | 50 Pages | In Stock

April 15, 2012: A Poetry book from Rich Murphy

The Apple in the Monkey Tree Poems by Rich Murphy The Apple in the Monkey Tree
Poems by Rich Murphy
Poetry book, Codhill Press, 2008

Rich Murphy has taught poetry at Bradford College, directed writing programs at Emmanuel College, and publishes widely in journals. He has three chapbooks: Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), and Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books). Currently, he teaches writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.


"Mr. Murphy is a very careful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quiet but packed, carefully wrought, not surrealistically wild, and its range not limited but deliberately narrow. It takes aim."
—Derek Walcott

"Among my favorite poems in Rich Murphy's The Apple in the Monkey Tree,`Monk See Monk Do,' 'Forceps Two Step,' `Table Manner,' `Weather or Knots,' `Science 1492,' `The Nature of Things Now,' `Genesis.' I could go on listing. The apple and the monkey are carried throughout the collection but are presented in a fresh way each time they appear. The satire—the exposure of the reality of human existence and human nature, very Swift-like, yet different in execution—less gritty than Swift's poetry. Nicely done."
—Samantha Gloss, freelance editor

"If `we distract the angels from the soft / behind of our biology for the rough / terrain of history,' we connect human beings to the fuller spirit of the mountain and ocean. After all, the earth is prior to mankind. We exist for it. Nature doesn't exist only for human use. These poems ask questions about human relevance. If a poet can answer, in part, the question, What are the reasons for history?--then his book is worthy of our attention."
—Sean Farragher, poetry editor, FRiGG Magazine

$16.00 | ISBN: 978-1-930337-37-4 | 80 Pages | 3 signed copies

October 17, 2011: New from Červená Barva Press
Now I See It Shaped Poems by Diana Der-Hovanessian

Now I See It Shaped Poems by Diana Der-Hovanessian 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.

To Maro Image

"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."
—X.J.Kennedy

"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"
—F.D. Reeve

"Profoundly touching."
—Adrienne Rich

"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"
—Joel Oppenheimer

Cover Art: Maro Dalley

$13.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-6-2 | 33 Pages | In Stock

September 22, 2011: 5 books from Martina Reisz Newberry

After The EARTHQUAKE Poems 1996-2006 by Martina Reisz Newberry After The Earthquake
Poems 1996-2006 by Martina Reisz Newberry
Xlibris, 2007

Martina Reisz Newberry is the author of NOT UNTRUE & NOT UNKIND (Arabesques Press, 2005), and RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE: COLLECTED POEMS (Red Hen Press, 2004). She is also the author of LIMA BEANS and CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH (E. P. Dutton and Co, 1989).

Martina Reisz Newberry embodies a comelling story telling style reminiscent of Robert Frost, the enigmatic brilliance of Emily Dickinson and the working class insights of the great singer-poet John Prine.
—Saul Landau, author of The Business of America and My Dad Was Not Hamlet

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-1-4257-5096-1 | 158 Pages | 3 Signed Copies (Hardcover)
Hunger by Martina Reisz Newberry Hunger by Martina Reisz Newberry
Xlibris, 2007

Martina Newberry’s most recent book, HUNGER, is daring, complex, and, at the same time, accessible. Found here is dreaming, abstraction, grief, joy, sexuality, humor, chagrin, anger and guilt. Newberry’s voice haunts us with her (and our) perplexity in living in a world that wants to be good, but is slaked by miscommunication, lies, war, and abuse of each other. This book is an achievement in skill, perception, and spirit.

David Fraser has called Martina Newberry's poetry, a "lyrical enlightening read full of candid obsevation, pathos and vitality." Saul Landau says that Newberry's work, "brings readers to mysterious and perilous emotional places." This compilation exhibits all those qualities in each poem, revealing a fresh and stirring experience with rhythm, form, language and feeling.

$12.95 | ISBN: 978-1-4257-8440-9 | 110 Pages | 3 Signed Copies (Softcover)
Late Night Radio by Martina Reisz Newberry Late Night Radio by Martina Reisz Newberry
Dog Ear Publishing, 2010

If the press covered events—oil spills, crop circles, fashion—the way Martina Reisz Newberry makes poems of them we'd build bonfires all over America and zanily chant, Oh what crackpots we are! And if we talked to each other the way she talks to us we'd speak with the wisdom of three-hundred-year-old children. Late Night Radio is fun—and then you realize you've acquired a new lexicon of insights.
—Djelloul Marbrook, auhtor of Far from Algiers

$12.95 | ISBN: 978-160844-759-6 | 70 Pages | 3 Signed Copies (Softcover)
Running Like A Woman With Her Hair On Fire by Martina Reisz Newberry Running Like A Woman With Her Hair On Fire
by Martina Reisz Newberry
Red Hen Press, 2005

Martina Newberry's Running Like a Woman With Her Hair on Fire explores the coincident power and vulnerability of the human relationship to its surroundings. Here are poems about nurturing and mourning, lovers, children, friends, relatives—the significant minutiae that forms the ordinary world. Those who people these poems are real; they remember, expect, love, hate, cry, laugh, lose, and sometimes win. Not champions—not outlaws—they relentlessly pursue meaning and reality against the background of a world that often betrays them. These are stories of common experience. There is humor, impertinence, irony, passion and assurance that comes from a well-forged identity and the firm belief that what should happen, will happen. Consistent in tone, precise in language, Martina Newberry's voice introduces private and public thoughts and conversations about thing that matter. Without whining, without belligerence, this poetry lives with us rather than outside of us, celebrates our willingness to move on and keep moving on regardless of ease, tragedy or victory. In Her Journey from the Clinic, Newberry says,

"There was an ache,
a discomfort in my chest
which I recognized as
accountability and reconciliation.
And there was, ahead of us,
a bible of new things
to be and do and bow to."

In her new collection of poems, Martina Newberry accepts and celebrates our willingness to accept the ever-changing, daily bibles that come to us—bibles of "new things to be and do and bow to."

$12.95 | ISBN: 1-59709-015-8 | 70 Pages | 3 Signed Copies (Softcover)
What We Can't Forgive Poems by Martina Reisz Newberry What We Can't Forgive
Poems by Martina Reisz Newberry
Infinity Publishing, 2011

Martina Newberry's "What We Can't Forgive" is a richly textured collection of poems defining the incongruent regions of the heart— new life breathed into each of them by the music of imagination. With her unique combination of accessibility and lyric song, Martina Newberry is an articulate storyteller and the holder of a precarious, hard-won wisdom. She speaks to us of connections and disconnections, relationships built and relationships broken, frozen moments, childhood remembrances, the yearning for love and the pain of loss, the dreams of which our lives are made and the demons that keep us from sleep.

$9.95 | ISBN: 978-0-7414-6524-5 | 67 Pages | 3 Signed Copies (Softcover)

September 14, 2011: New from Červená Barva Press
After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets by George Held

After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets by George Held After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets
by George Held
Červená Barva Press, 2011

George Held is a teacher, translator, writer, and poet whose work has appeared in such places as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, New York Quarterly, and Rattle, as well as on NPR and in two dozen anthologies. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he has published a book, ten chapbooks, and two e-books of poetry and edited Touched by Eros, an anthology of erotic verse. He holds a B.A. from Brown, an M.A. from University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers, taught at Queens College for 37 years, was a Fulbright lecturer in Czechoslovakia (1973-76), and serves on the executive board of The South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton, NY. He lives in Greenwich Village, with his wife, Cheryl.


George Held's new collection of sonnets, After Shakespeare, is, at every turn, funny, surprising, and sharply observed. In poem after poem, Held follows Ezra Pound's injunction and "makes it new." Whether they are about Edmund Spenser on the E-train, painter Alice Neel or the Kennedy family, Held's poems delight with their music, and at the same time offer a deep wisdom. I love the way Held reinvents poetic tradition here and the way these poems, as he writes in "Discord," bring "joy beyond harmonic motion."
—Nicole Cooley

Beginning with his cheeky title (a chronological placement rather than a stylistic description) there is much to enjoy and admire in this new collection of sonnets from George Held. It is as though the awareness of his own belatedness is liberating to the poet, allowing him to explore all manner of interesting topics in a variety of sonnet forms and styles. Anyone interested in the vitality and accomplishment of the contemporary sonnet will want George Held's After Shakespeare.
—Charles Martin

To Hope

You're the thing with feathers, flying skyward
To inspire us when we lack the divine
Afflatus, lifting our spirits, like prime
Vintage or even swill like Thunderbird.

You're what springs eternal in the human
Breast, though eternity remains unproved,
Just hyperbole to cheer an unloved
One or fodder for some preacher's sermon.

But skeptical as we may be, inured
To loss of jobs and sinking stock prices,
Unfaithful friends and false mistresses,
Past the point where pride can still be injured,
Ears still prick up to your springtime twitter,
Unhibernating souls long in winter.


First Literary Review-East

After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets by George Held
Cervená Barva Press, Somerville, MA (2011)
ISBN #978-0-9831041-9-3

Reviewer: Arthur McMaster
Click here: Book Review - George Held's "After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets"


$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-9-3 | 71 Pages | In Stock

August 26, 2011: New from Červená Barva Press
The Book of Arrows by Mike Amado

The Book of Arrows by Mike Amado The Book of Arrows by Mike Amado
Edited by Jack Scully and Nancy Brady Cunningham
Červená Barva Press, 2011
Mike Amado

Accept life
In all its beginnings
Accept life
In all its blooming
Accept life
In all its endings

-Mike Amado, December 2008

This was penned by Mike less than a month from when he left us. In this book we try to show you a picture of Mike's early life in Plymouth and his family (Beginnings). How his poetry evolved from the dark to tell us about things which he believed were wrong and should be changed, especially the wrongs done against "Native Americans" and the warehousing of kidney patients into dialysis units (Blooming). In October of 2008 Mike knew that his time was coming to an end and this book includes seven poems written during the last months before his death (Endings). Mike had almost 500 unpublished poems. In his final months he put some of them in collections on his computer in what he called books. Most of the poems in this volume were under the heading of The Book of Arrows; thus, our title. This collection is fondly dedicated to Michael "Mike" "Spokenwarrior" Amado (April 23, 1975-January 2, 2009).
Jack and Nancy


And if I were to cut the thread,/it’ll be my best act of rebellion./I was brought up to be a fighter. Mike Amado was the bravest of poets. Not only for his writing, but also for the way he lived. He took on his doomed life with poetry of honesty and hope. The few times I was fortunate to meet him he was, outwardly, a happy man, not mutually exclusive from his suffering. Moreover he was a deep thinker and writer of great poetry. He truly was a fighter for those who needed a champion and against the illness to which he finally succumbed. His legacy is that bravery, his poetic career and this book of poems.
—Zvi A. Sesling, author King of the Jungle & Editor, Muddy River Poetry Review

The Book of Arrows. No kidding. Mike Amado filled his quiver, took aim, and let these poems fly like his life depended on it. It did. An arrow for a childhood of poverty where he slept in the living room so he dreamed on the pillow/just underneath a picture of cats on a fence. An arrow for school which he loathed, often sick, embarrassed in pants from the irregular store, so he learned to learn on my own. An arrow for the dad who left him with only his name so he took his Native name Spider Song because Native custom says that name/passes from mother to child. Arrows for an awkward adolescence of denim jackets, tight jeans, mohawks, and heavy metal all beaten on his teenage passion, the drums! An arrow for European invaders, protesting, dressing and dancing in used regalia at the pow wow. Arrow after arrow for the disease that chased him down from the age of seventeen, challenging death, Who says the story ends? Who says indeed and Mike Amado wasn’t giving in without having his say. I never understood when someone called a poet or poem brave. These poems are not acts of bravery, the living of the life of these poems is what’s brave, a life of dreaming, loving, protesting, drumming, writing, standing on stage as the Spoken Word Warrior.
—David R. Surette, poet, author of The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club

Mike Amado has left us an astounding body of work that is both insightful and unsettling. Each poem reads like a memoir tinged with an a keen awareness of the unspoken. Michael, from the Hebrew,/Who is like God,/an Archangel with a sword. To call his work compelling is an understatement. Mike’s poems live. Mike’s poems sing.
—January Gill O’Neil, author of Underlife

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-4-8 | 62 Pages | In Stock

August 12, 2011: New from Červená Barva Press
Letters to Saïda Poems by Denis Emorine

Letters to Saïda Poems by Denis Emorine Letters to Saïda Poems by Denis Emorine
Translated by Brian Cole
Červená Barva Press, 2011

Denis Emorine is the author of short stories, essays, poetry, and theater. He was born in 1956 in Paris and studied literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). His theatrical output has been staged in France and Russia. He has a great interest for Eastern Europe. In 2004, he won first prize (French) for his poetry at the Féile Filiochta International competition. His poetry has been published in Pphoo (India), Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), Snow Monkey, Cokefishing, Be Which Magazine, Poesia, (USA). His texts also appear on ezines such as: Cipher Journal, Mad Hatter’s Review, Milk, The Salt River Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review. http://denis.emorine.free.fr


“A language with a mysterious syntax” invades us, covers us with sensual charm, a nostalgic music: this is the new collection of Denis Emorine Letters to Saïda which invites us to decipher it, invites us to participate in its birth: “co-(n)naissance.” Participative birth of the world, of life and of death through love. “I understand my life better/through you” (18) writes the poet and “I know that dying exists.” And the words, taking their cue from his assertions “fall over themselves in (his) mouth,” indomitably, and proceed to the dreamed syntax “to keep a small measure of eternity.”
—Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, Professor of French at Northwestern University

$16.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-5-0 | 60 Pages | In Stock

June 7, 2011: New from Červená Barva Press
The White Cypress by Judith Skillman

The White Cypress by Judith Skillman The White Cypress by Judith Skillman
Červená Barva Press, 2011

Judith Skillman is the author of thirteen full-length books of poetry. Her collection, Heat Lightning: New and Selected Poems 1986 – 2006 was published by Silverfish Review Press. She is the recipient of an award from the Academy of American Poets for Storm, Blue Begonia Press, 1998. She has also received grants from King County Arts Commission and Washington State Arts Commission.


Judith Skillman’s new collection, The White Cypress, is a finely textured weave that astutely examines the “seven deadly sins” from varying points-of-view. Certainty is erased as the reader is immersed in a mercurial blend of myth and personal history. Though we learn that “stunting” can be caused by denial, there is also a “violence in pleasure and leisure” as subtext. Each cherub embodies a nymph, the exotic the familiar. Using crafty fluctuation, these poems dislocate the reader so that firm ground is not an option. Skillman’s world is strangely fluid, yet layered with complexities that complement one moment and subtly contradict the next. The White Cypress asks us to ponder the residual problems of naming (our) “sins.”
—Katherine Soniat, author of The Swing Girl

Judith Skillman’s poems are finely hewn, well-balanced, and compelling. Whatever her subject matter—ants, a lemon, September, a harbor, a plum tree—her pieces unfurl, progress, and culminate seamlessly; narratives, portraiture, and commentaries infused with palpable images, lines destined for epigraphy. This is poetry worth reading and rereading.
—John Amen, author of At the Threshold of Alchemy, editor of The Pedestal Magazine

Skillman’s poem embrace matter rather than meaning, and all manner of matter—from the Hellenic to the Hebrew, from the heroic to the quotidian. All are pumped and stitched into the skillful skein of Skillman’s work.
—Meredith Davies Hathaway, Poetry International

As one privileged to hold a front-row seat to the blossoming of Judith Skillman as an award-winning poet, I am always happy to treat myself to more of the apt language that she uses to illuminate the intricacies of human relationships. I saw the flowering of this talent, and am happy to add my voice as witness to its craft and its power.
—Jesse Glass, author of The Passion of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems, Professor, Meikei University, Tokyo, editor of Ahadada Press


Raven Chronicles:
http://ravenchronicles.org/Reviews/17-Daley-Skillman.html

The White Cypress is reviewed in The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Scroll down to: June 28, 2011
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-2-4 | 67 Pages | In Stock

June 2, 2011: New from Červená Barva Press
Counting Blessings by Morris Berman

Counting Blessings by Morris Berman Counting Blessings by Morris Berman
Červená Barva Press, 2011

Morris Berman is an essayist, novelist, social critic, and cultural historian. He has written ten books and more than one hundred articles, and has taught at a number of universities in Europe, North America, and Mexico. He won the Governor’s Writers Award for Washington State in 1990, and was the first recipient of the annual Rollo May Center Grant for Humanistic Studies in 1992. In 2000, The Twilight of American Culture was named a “Notable Book” by the New York Times Book Review. During 2003-6 he was Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Visiting Professor in Humanities at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, during 2008-9. Counting Blessings is his first volume of poetry.

Counting Blessings is an expression of gratitude for a life lived away from the madding crowd. This poetry collection was penned about a year after Berman moved to a small town in Mexico. With the frenzy of American life receding into the background, he was able to sink into the stillness of his new surroundings, allowing long-dormant creative energies to surface. In addition to Counting Blessings, he also wrote a novel and a collection of essays questioning the values of American society, roughly during the same time.

As it turns out, only a few of these poems are about life in Mexico per se. For the most part, Mexico provided the backdrop, the peaceful context in which the author’s unconscious processes were free to roam over the inner landscape, explore its contours and fine details. What emerged were vibrant memories of childhood and adolescence, of times lived abroad, of people who have come and gone. These lyrical poems capture the extraordinary essence of ordinary lived experience, and in doing so represent the true content of our lives, the simple core of what makes us human.

The poet Paul Christensen wrote of this work:

“The[se] poems are a kind of sketch pad for how one regains a life little by little from a culture that had wrapped its tentacles about you and squeezed out your breath. There is the slow process of putting oneself back together again, far from the screeching music of the television, the hard sell of the radio, the hysterical momentum of consumption as a stay against loneliness. All that abates as the exile sits in his [courtyard] with a good book, a quiet heart. The reader who pores over these memories aand observations will feel the ache to slip away to one’s own courtyard in a foreign country, to sit and let the mind idle over its thoughts, to float back to the quiet and calm and, as Berman says, to count one’s blessings.”


The Courtyard

Sitting in the small courtyard that adjoins my house
is sometimes what I imagine heaven will be like.
I do it nearly every morning.
It's full of plants-
some of them quite tall-
and one occasionally puts forth deep purple flowers
more royal than the king's robe in ancient Egypt,
or maybe it was the emperor's in Rome, I forget.
The outside wall has no doorbell
but rather an actual bell, on a chain,
hanging in a kind of grotto,
the kind you might see in a campanile in Italy
or on display in Philadelphia
only much smaller, of course.
It's a ritual, after breakfast:
I plunk myself down in a wrought iron chair
next to a wrought iron table (one covered with a pane of glass)
and smoke a small cigar
while I sit and read.
Occasionally, someone rings the bell:
"¡Agua Ciel!" he cries
and I get up, and tell him
"no, gracias; tengo suficiente."
There is also a sculpted rosemary bush
that smells divine.
I can sit there all day, if I want,
in my bathrobe (the neighbors from across the street
looking down at me, from their upstairs apartment)
but eventually I get up,
water the plants,
go back inside,
and get dressed.
Sometimes I wonder who will inherit the house-
a friend, a lover-
and whether they will sit in the very same chair,
and look at the very same plants.
Of course, I plan to live to a ripe old age
having read, some years ago, Irving Berlin's obituary
and thinking I too could make it to 101.
Hopefully my Spanish will be better by then.
But if the nurse asks me,
as I'm about to wink out,
if I want more life,
I hope I'll just smile
and tell her as gently as I can,
"no, gracias; tengo suficiente."


Reviews and Interviews

Dissident Voice, July 12, 2011:
Dissident Voice


Pointing A Way: A Review of Morris Berman’s Counting Blessings
By Gary Corseri
Published in Dandelion Salad and The Greanville Post

Dandelion Salad
The Greanville Post

Also in:
Hollywood Progressive
Smirking Chimp


Review of Counting Blessings
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
July 9th, 2011:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/


Morris Berman Interview on KPFA.org program "Against the Grain", hosted by C. S. Song:
website is http://www.juliollosa.com/; click on "Morris Berman" on the left hand side of the page; then on "Audio Interviews"; and then scroll down and click on "Poetry reading at Moe's Books."

Click here to order this book from Amazon.com

$16.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-08091-8 | 44 Pages | Restocking

June 5, 2011: 10 poetry books from Presa :S: Press

Athletes poems by Kirby Congdon
Presa :S: Press, 2011

"A poet like Congdon is a man who binds himself to the mast and sails off determined to miss nothing, record everything, even the siren song that leads everyone finally to the reefs of extinguishment."
—Joan Colby, Small Press Review

"Kirby has not been in the mainstream of his time, but he has been very much a part of the a avant-garde and a creative but independent force as a poet, editor and critic. He deserves, and will some day get, the attention that he merits."
—Ray C. Longtin, Professor Emeritus of English, Long Island University

$9.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9831251-0-5 | 42 Pages | 3 copies
At the Threshold of Alchemy by John Amen
Presa :S: Press, 2009

"At the Threshold of Alchemy is a brutally realistic book of poetry, hauled up from the despair of life's pivotal moments. There are no wasted words or images, with each line cracking like a whip as John Amen distills the impacts of family left behind, lovers lost, open highways, and the sudden death of friends. Yet, unexpectedly, and as miraculously as life, these tragedies open as seeds into flowering and fruit-bearing vegetation, nourishment, and compassion. Immersed within the shadows of these plants and filled with their fragrance and promise is "portraits of Mary," perhaps the most complex, intricate, and thoroughly honest love poem in all of contemporary poetry."
—Jared Smith

"John Amen pursues a relentless path through the memory and dreamscape, between mother and lover, holding a compass below the stars, his surreal imagery unfolding like origami into the complex narrative of a man's life. A thoroughly human book."
—Dorianne Laux

$13.95 | ISBN: 9870980008159 | 85 Pages | 3 copies
Beyond the Straits by Marine Robert Warden
Presa :S: Press, 1980, 2011

Warden is deeply romantic, always searching for meaning. At the same time, he is a complete realist. This a rare poetic achievemnet. It's all here, the compassion and the music, ready to engage a new audience.

"His (Warden's) imagery is deep and mystical... What he conveys is that we really can't figure out the meaning of the present without a simultaneous awe of events from the movement of history. But nature's beauty remains omnipresent."
—Barbara Bialick

$13.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-6-6 | 71 Pages | 3 copies
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
City of the Sun poems by Stanley Nelson
Presa :S: Press, 2008

"One of the most innovative poets of our time. In the realm of experimental visual form, Nelson is a worthy successor to Appollinaire and Cummings, and he is unique in his major music."
—Small Press Review

"Stanley Nelson was born to write long poems. He has the control and the unflagging inspiration needed. Nelson blends poetic and prose rhythms wih ease, and works on many levels at once."
—Home Planet News

$15.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-2-8 | 126 Pages | 3 copies
Little Things by Harry Smith
Presa :S: Press, 2009

"Harry Smith's poetry can summon a Whitmanesque majesty and scope... and like Walt, bears witness to the movement of the giant wheel of culture and history."
—Phil Wagner in The Iconoclast

 

$13.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-3-5 | 78 Pages | 3 copies
The Potential Of Poetry essays by Eric Greinke
Presa :S: Press, 2011

The Potential Of Poetry collects seven recent essays by critically-acclaimed poet Eric Greinke that assert the value of poetry in human progress. Greinke examines our basic assumptions about poetics, social stratification in the literary world, accessibility and related issues with unique insight and humor. Together, these essays build a strong case for poetic freedom and eclecticism.

"For Greinke, everything comes from the inner mind. He affirms that poetry can reach its true glory/purpose if it reconciles the inner-mind, dreams, symbols... Keep an eye on him."
—Hugh Fox, Iconoclast

$11.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9831251-1-2 | 83 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
Traveling Music by Eric Greinke
Presa :S: Press, 2011

"Like japanese poems in translation, his poems are often simple and unadorned. He makes apt use of poetic techniques, such as meter and slant rhyme. These poems are extremely accessible and yet surprisingly deep, like ordinary speech heightened."
—Alyce Wilson, Wild Violet

"As a poet, Greinke is hard to pin down. His poems are imagisic with touches of surrealism, but he's not really an imagist or surrealist in the purist sense. I found more than a passing kinship with magic realism in his poems, but, again, he's not a magic realist. Rather, Greinke is very much his own exotic animal."
—John C. Erianne, The 13th Warrior Review

$11.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-9-7 | 82 Pages | 3 copies
Witch Dance New and Selected Poems
by Glenna Luschei
Presa :S: Press, 2010

"In Witch Dance, Glenna Luschei marries a light touch to penetrating clarity. Poem after poem is easy to read, easy to love, hard to forget. A highly recommended collection."
—Ronald Koertge

"Glenna Luschei's poems are always lively, brave, sometimes biting as lime juice — written by an enchanting mind."
—Robert Bly

$13.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-7-3 | 83 Pages | 3 copies

May 8, 2011: Murderer's Day by E. M. Schorb

Murderer's Day by E. M. Schorb Murderer's Day by E. M. Schorb
Purdue University Press, 1998

Winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize.
Cover art: "The Fire," by E. M. Schorb

E. M. Schorb has published two previous collections, The Poor Boy and Other Poems and 50 Poems. His work has appeared in major literary publications here and abroad, and he is a recent recipient of a fellowship in literature from the North Carolina Arts Council.

"The poems of E. M. Schorb shine calmly even as they buzz with energy; are connaissant with world and yet transcendant of it; make something deeply funny and yet highly sad - given a world and a time and a good mind's eye. This is the work of a mature intelligence, its ironies unadulterated by cynicism, and its swells informed by understatement. A feisty book, a confident book, and in its own way, a furiously festive one."
-Heather McHugh

$8.00 | ISBN: 9781557531209 | 112 Pages | 5 copies

April 18, 2011: Eating Coconuts Inside Out by Susanne Morning

Eating Coconuts Inside Out by Susanne Morning Eating Coconuts Inside Out by Susanne Morning
South Korea, 2010

"An imaginative feast, skillfully crafted."
—Gloria Mindock, publisher/editor Cervena Barva Press, Pushcart Prize nominee

"A luscious literary lounge."
—Hendrik Erasmus, Author

"Sensational, her best work yet."
—Frank Beaucher, editor/publisher/author

$10.00 | ISBN: 978-89-94050-34-8 | 76 Pages | 3 copies

January 30, 2011: White As Silver by Rane Arroyo

White As Silver by Rane Arroyo
Červená Barva Press, 2010

This is Rane Arroyo’s eleventh published book of poetry. Additionally, he published a book of fiction (How to Name a Hurricane) and selected plays (Dancing at Funerals). Arroyo has been translated and published internationally; he has also won many awards including the Carl Sandburg Prize in Poetry, the John Ciardi Prize and an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award, among others. An openly gay, Puerto Rican and Midwestern author, Arroyo’s work has been well received by many constituencies, including the Affrilachian Poets. Arroyo was co-founder and co-publisher of New Sins Press. A creative writing professor at The University of Toledo, Arroyo was named Distinguished University Professor shortly prior to his untimely death on May 7, 2010. He leaves behind a plethora of unpublished works—poetry, plays, versions of memoirs and even a rumored novel.


White As Silver

December, how easily you
dissolve this sad shining day.
It's just dense snowflakes melting
on my expensive boots.

Storm warning—a theater of
cold is on tour from Utah and
I loved there before I knew
the below-the-waist was mine.

I'm my own home. Icy clouds are
eclipses, white as silver. Snowmen
refuse to believe humans are their
creators. Taxis don't know where

Paradise is, should be. I know
that this opaque city will shine.
I was unknown when with you.
Soon, there's tinsel and eggnog.

February 12, 2011
Review by Michael T. Steffen:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-2-9 | 54 Pages | In Stock

January 22, 2011: 3 Poetry books from 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

October 5, 2010: A new book from Mary Bonina

Clear Eye Tea by Mary Bonina Clear Eye Tea by Mary Bonina
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Mary Bonina has published poetry, memoir, and fiction in Salamander, Hanging Loose, Gulf Stream, many other journals, and in several anthologies, including Voices of the City from Rutgers University Center for Ethnicity, Culture, and Modern Experience. Winner of Boston Contemporary Authors, a public art project, her poem “Drift” was selected to be inscribed in a granite monolith now permanently installed outside a busy Boston subway station in Jamaica Plain. Bonina is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is a member serving on the Board of Directors of the Writers’ Room of Boston, Inc. She holds an M.F.A. from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


“Mary Bonina’s Clear Eye Tea celebrates the everyday events in our lives: a father returning from work; family members grown frail; a girl weeping on the train. And yet in her hands, the daily has a miraculous tinge. The sharp vision she was praised for as a child, when she was called “the one with good eyes” who could spot the “tiny spider floating/in the cup of wine” has developed into a kind of x-ray that illuminates the secrets, the motivations, the bare bones inside our common gestures. I closed this book with a feeling of more than happiness, something very close to joy, and I can think of no greater praise.”
—John Skoyles, Poetry Editor, Ploughshares, author of The Situation

“Here is poetry that does what the title of this book suggests: it gives us a careful steeping in the real, and shows us also how hard it is to stay in emotional touch with it. Here is childhood, for example, seen as if one has finally found a way to open a door on what it was really like. Here also is mortal dread and loss, each embraced without flinching, and here too is praise for gentleness and love, neither any less real than the suffering they are interwoven with. Here then is the “clear eye tea” of Mary Bonina’s poetry.”
—Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House

“Mary Bonina’s poems, written with a strong, authentic voice and a compass-eyed gaze, balance between presence and absence: dirty plastic pretend ivory thing (“Shop of Small Pleasures”); You will hear, too, the dove/its awful sad cry, because/in the rainforest even the sadness/of a dove has more muscle. (“Sorcery”), and between whole and fractured lives: What on earth were they doing with the gun?/They were friends and it was an accident (“Shrine in Cambridge”). Line by line these poems breathe, and it is in this breath the reader’s imagination shares the gifts of revelation, reconciliation, and ultimately, grace.”
—Dzvinia Orlowsky, author of Convertible Night/Flurry of Stones


November 8th, 2010: Interview with Mary Bonina by Lex Schroeder

October, 24, 2010: Review by Rene Schwiesow

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-9-8 | 69 Pages

Temporarily out of stock

October 5, 2010: A new book from Robert Swann

Everything Happens Suddenly by Roberta Swann Everything Happens Suddenly by Roberta Swann
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Roberta Swann was program director of the Great Hall at Cooper Union and co-founder of the American Jazz Orchestra. Her poetry and fiction appear in many literary journals. She has taught at the Cooper Union, Indiana University, The New School, Baruch College and the Bennington Writing Workshops.


“Roberta Swann’s poems have a welcome vivacity; they are deft and full of charm and humor. But not entirely. Many of the poems record appealing moments of the natural world and yet sometimes, as she writes, ‘Abandonment is Nature’s way.’ In a poem that begins with recognition of the failing state of her mother, the last stanza begins ‘A bear is at the bird-feeder.’ It is this mixture of light and dark–the embrace of all of it–that is her special gift. Much pleasure lies within the pages of her book.”
—MARY OLIVER

“What’s the secret to Roberta Swann’s funny, inventive and moving poems about the natural world? I think it’s her voice, full of humorous aplomb and unflinching honesty. She knows how to balance sadness with happiness. Just as she moves back and forth from city to country, she can also gracefully cross the dangerous bridge between despair–at a beloved mother’s decline–and joy–at the antics of a big brown bear or a grizzled old squirrel. She’s able to see herself inside of nature, not outside. ‘You'll be stardust. I will too’.”
—MAURA STANTON

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-4-3 | 72 Pages | In Stock

Sept. 21, 2010: New from Luis Raúl Calvo

Profane Uncertainties by Luis Raul Calvo Profane Uncertainties by Luis Raúl Calvo
Translated from the Spanish by Flavia Cosma
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Calvo surveys the world and finds Heaven and Hell located close to home — in our own lives — that is to say, in our relationships to others. This significant poet is here brought home for English readers, thanks to the dexterous and careful translations of Flavia Cosma, a distinguished poet herself — in Romanian and English.
—George Elliot Clarke, E. J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature, University of Toronto

Luis Raúl Calvo is a profound poet, possessor of a grand lyrical power, preoccupied by the existential limits of the contemporaneous man and by the deepest, implacable layers of his consciousness. All of these are exposed in a concentrated and natural manner, in an original language, with a very personal style which distinguishes this poet from the traditional, run of the mill poetical discourses. Calvo's poetry will never receive the kiss of death, of resignation of enunciation or frivolity, but will soar with the eternal emotion of innocence and dedication.
—Geo Constantinescu, Professor Spanish Literature, University of Craiova, Romania

This book was funded by the SUR Translation Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina who awarded the translater, Flavia Cosma and Červená Barva Press funding for the publication of this book.

October 25, 2010
Review by Zvi A. Sesling
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2010/10/profane-uncertaintiesby-luis-raul-calvo.html
$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-7-4 | 45 Pages | In Stock

Sept. 18, 2010: New from Tam Lin Neville

Triage by Tam Lin Neville Triage by Tam Lin Neville
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Tam Lin Neville lives and writes in Somerville, MA. Journey Cake, her previous poetry collection, was published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri, Kansas City). She has received a Somerville Arts Council grant. Her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Mademoiselle, American Poetry Review, Ironwood and Sulfur, among others. With her husband, Bert Stern, she co-edits Off The Grid Press, a press for poets over sixty. She also works for Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.


Tam Lin Neville’s new book, Triage, reminds us that our cherished notions of freedom, happiness and plenty actually conceal large communities of entrapment, misery and poverty where many are simply left to die – triaged, if you will – in front of our eyes. An observant neighbor, a journalist, and above all, a poet of great skill and heart, Neville speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Few poets writing today have the patience and talent to guide us toward such a civilizing compassion.
—Roger Mitchell

Behind this remarkable book is a mind that has long contemplated the humanity of those she meets every day – neighbor, stranger, friend. Yet she speaks from a respectful distance and this enables her to write poems with no self-interest, only clear sight and generosity. Her language is spare, stripped of all aesthetic preening, creating a poetry that is both accurate and visionary.
—Betsy Sholl

Triage is a tough, uncompromising book, but one that’s also big-hearted, despite the sorrow so evident in the title and in many of the individual poems. Written with great economy and precision, the lyric here is not merely a display of skill, but a form of wisdom literature, a site map to help us navigate these difficult times. I hear the voices of Dickinson and Niedecker – stern mentors, indeed. In Neville’s poems their legacies are gracefully and fearlessly served.
—David Wojahn

Just wanted to tell you how much I like your book, Triage. I read it through twice, both times with deep appreciation for the attention your poems demanded, for all their seeming simplicity, and with deep interest in their subject matter. I'm full of admiration and even soul expansion from the achievement of the poems. How spare you are in descriptions of human beings and their plights, how delicately you give us scenes, characters, trajectories of lives that I, for one, have always wanted to turn away from to avoid the deep disturbance I've felt. I love how you order the poems. The book reads like a story. I love your internal rhymes, a soothing, lullaby quality in some of them. I am thrilled at how you ended the book, which lifts it high toward hopefulness in a thin gruel world. Good for you, Tam. Good for us. I hope your publisher enters your book in various contests for 2020 books. Integrity — that's the word I want. Trustworthiness. Not always apparent in poetry. I am nourished by it.
—Sondra Zeidenstein Editor, Chicory Blue Press

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-3-6 | 51 Pages | In Stock

New from Andrey Grisman

Live Landscape by Andrey Gritsman Live Landscape by Andrey Gritsman
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Andrey Gritsman is a poet and essayist, born and raised in Russia. He lives in New York City and works as a physician. He has been widely published in Russia, including five collections of poetry. Poems, essays and translations in English have appeared in Manhattan Review, New Orleans Review, Denver Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, South Carolina Review and many others and were anthologized in Modern Poetry in Translation (UK), in Crossing Centuries (New Generation in Russian Poetry), The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Robert Frost Place and in Stranger at Home: American Poetry with an Accent. Collections of poetry and essays Long Fall was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2004 and recent poetry collection PISCES by Numina Press. Andrey’s work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was on the short list for the Joyce Osterweil/PEN American Center Prize in Poetry in 2005. He runs the Intercultural Poetry Series in a popular literary club Cornelia Street Café and edits international poetry magazine INTERPOEZIA.

Cover Art: Natasha Gasteva

Andrey Gritsman is quite literally a groundbreaking poet. From Moscow to New York is a steep distance but Gritsman makes us aware of the threads that link seemingly disparate occasions. Fresh perceptions create new styles and Gritsman’s is more than a synthesis of two cultures: it is an art that probes delusions and pleasures by a poet who has been around some daunting blocks.
—Baron Wormser, author of Good Trembling and many other collections of poetry.

Andrey Gritsman’s poems are unwavering in their honesty, relentless in their assessment of contemporary life, and clear-eyed in their approach to human love and mortality. We instantly recognize the terrain he is negotiating. Perhaps only Gritsman, with his unprejudiced immigrant’s eye, can describe the empty, arid landscape of the American West. These are poems that peer into the abyss behind the official public happiness of American life, the compulsion to be always hopeful, positive and bubbling over with good spirits. That is to say: they are real poems, and make no accommodation with fanciful dreams. Read ‘em, and weep.
—Kurt Brown, poet, editor of several anthologies, founder, Aspen Writers’ Seminar

Gritsman’s poems are tenderness in transit. They fully inhabit their evoked circumstances so that their significance keeps expanding and resonating before the quality of attention given over to them. He so quickly is able to penetrate to the depths in the poems, it is as though working with a large, oiled, sharp shovel while the rest of us are working with miniature dull and rusty spoons. The use of brevity in some of these poems remind me of my beloved Denise Levertov. His poems are “time-flooded” and remind me that whether we look backward or forward in time always the beloved figures are diminishing, disappearing, and the shadow growing from our own foot soles moves among the company of many other shadows. “Constant departure,” as he says it, is our state, and all we can do is stand for our count, make our song, and salute each other.
—Jeanne Marie Beaumont, author of Curious Conduct (BOA Editions)

FOR MY FATHER

After you've been gone,
I've been flying alone back and forth
above the waters and the continents.
Both of us: me here and you there
know too well that this is a waste of time
and space.
I may be flying, looking for you
for the rest of my life
or death, and still never see you.

Nothing can be undone,
and I can't take it.
Nor I can take the fact
that every time I see my close ones, I know,
it may be the last time I see them.

Don't worry about me. While I fly,
an angel in uniform attends me,
gives me some water and bread,
and smiles to me.
She takes care of me
until it's time to get out,
get in line for the luggage
and then to disappear into crowd
which lives on the exhaust,
cyclic persistence
and canned expectations.

The latter is something
I live on myself, expectation
melting slowly into waiting
as I keep on flying
in the space given
for the time being.

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-1-2 | 73 Pages | In Stock

3 New books from Judy Katz-Levine

Ocarina by Judy Katz-Levine
Tarsier Books, 2006

Her words move through the field of a poem's discourse like the feet of a small deer crossing a tract of brush.
Denise Levertov

"Almost every poem seems to work at the intersection of multiple planes. They offer the reader, who allows them to work their magic, a rich, rewarding experience. Many of the poems are a swirl of images tied to the ground by the thinnest of threads, others are firmly rooted, some even burrowing into subterranean places...There are so many moving poems in this collection, some that uplift the spirit, others that embrace sadness, and loss."
—Mark Pawlak, editor of Hanging Loose Press, author of "Official Versions"

"stunningly visual and rythmic"
—Debbie Spingarn, Norwood Bulletin

"Simplicity and a sense of the divine in everyday, are... hallmarks of...Judy Katz-Levine's poetry...Dreams, music, references to mystical Judaism, and the arts all imbue the daily with a sense of transcendence. Even at the supermarket..."
—Miriam Sagan, Santa Fe New Mexican

$10.00 | ISBN: 0-95086-42-0 | 129 Pages | 3 copies
When the Arms Of Our Dreams Embrace Collected Poems by Judy Katz-Levine
Saru Press International, 1991

When the Arms Of Our Dreams Embrace is the first major collection of Judy Katz-Levine's poems, from 1976 to the present, and displays the full range of the depth and delicacy of this remarkable poet.

Her words move through the field of a poem's discourse like the feet of a small deer crossing a tract of brush.
Denise Levertov

$8.95 | ISBN: 0-935086-13-7 | 88 Pages | 1 copy
When Performers Swim, The Dice Are Cast by Judy Katz-Levine
Ahadada Books, 2009

Judy Katz-Levine was born in Newark, New Jersey into a musical family. She graduated from Simmons College. Katz-Levine audited a course at M.I.T. with Denise Levertov, who was a great influence on her work. She has published two full-length collections of poetry—"When The Arms Of Our Dreams Embrace/Collected Poems" (SARU, 1991) and "Ocarina" (Tarsier/SARU, 2006). Her poems have appeared in "The Sun", "Fence", "Mother Jones", "Salamander", "The Plaza" (Japan)", "Origin 2008", "96 Inc.", "Istanbul Literary Review", "The Bitter Oleander", and myriad other magazines. She won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry, and her poem "What I Didn't Know" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Judy Katz-Levine is intensely influenced by jazz rhythms in her work, and by surrealist and expressionist poets and painters. She also has mystical leanings, and has gleaned much from the poems of Tagore, the stories of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, and the "Tales Of The Chassidim" by Martin Buber.

Also a jazz flutist, Judy Katz-Levine sings in a choir, and lives with her husband, an acupuncturist and sax player.

$14.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9811704-3-5 | 35 Pages | 7 copies

New from Estefania Crespo

When You Feel & Don't Know How to Say
A book of poems by Estefania Crespo
CreateSpace, 2010

"Whenever you feel trapped without anywhere to escape, take a trip through your mind and make a pit stop on some paper. The world is a beautiful place if you let it be, even at your darkest moments..."

Estefania's poems are beautifully written and intriquing."
—Jean-Paul Chreky, Filmmaker

"When You Feel & Don't Know How to Say takes you on a prolific poetic adventure of emotions."
—Katrina Portel, Publicist

$14.95 | ISBN 9781448634446 | 79 Pages | 5 signed copies

Just released March 30th, 2010

Jefferson’s New Image Salon by Mark Pawlak Jefferson’s New Image Salon
Matchups & Mashups by Mark Pawlak
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Mark Pawlak is the author of five previous poetry collections of which Official Versions is the most recent. He is also the editor of numerous anthologies, including When We Were Countries, fourth in a series of the “best” poetry and prose by high school-age writers, and Present/Tense: Poets in the World, an anthology of contemporary American political poetry. His work has been translated into German, Polish, and Spanish, and has appeared widely in English in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and For the Time Being: The Bootstrap Anthology of Poetic Journals and in such literary magazines as New American Writing, Mother Jones, Poetry South, The Saint Ann’s Review, and The World, among many others. He supports his poetry habit by teaching mathematics at UMass Boston, where he is director of Academic Support Programs. He lives in Cambridge.


When will we pass Raphael’s Silver Cloud Lounge and Goya Cosmetics? Do we have time for a quick stop at Unicorn Hair & Nails? Do you ever wonder what’s on the menu at the Café Magritte? Have you put in your holiday order with the butcher at Bosch’s Meat Market? Do you secretly want to sneak into Grendel’s Den or buy the latest discount item from Golem Sales? This is America, and, as Mark Pawlak makes amply evident, it just keeps getting stranger and stranger. If you are trying to get to Vampire Manor or need the phone number of Sasquatch Taxidermy, this is the only accurate guidebook available today.
—John Yau

In Jefferson’s New Image Salon, Mark Pawlak transforms a one-trick pony into a circus of surprising yokings, which on further inspection turn out to be not only surreal—Shylock’s Hair Designs, Onan Gasoline Engines—but poetic and real. The preposterous, often hilarious names of American businesses Pawlak found in doing his mixing and matching make Edsel seem a great name for an automobile.
—Charles North, author of Complete Lineups

Cover Art: “Coda,” Digital Collage by Daniel Y. Harris, www.danielyharris.com

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9844732-0-5 | 32 Pages | In Stock

March 17th: Gloria Mindock's new book from U Šoku Štampa Press

Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock
U ŠOKU ŠTAMPA PRESS, 2010

Gloria Mindock is the author of the forthcoming book, La Porile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania) and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is editor of Cervena Barva Press and the Istanbul Literature Review, an online journal based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had numerous publications including Poet Lore, River Styx, Phoebe, Blackbox, Poesia, Bogg, Ibbetson, WHLR, UNU: Revista de Cultura, Citadela, Aurora, and Arabesques. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, St. Botolph Award, and was awarded a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council distributed by the Somerville Arts Council.


From the Preface

Passionate and rebellious, Gloria Mindock’s poetry jumps forcefully from the page, grabs the reader by the collar of his coat and holds and hangs on to his/her attention.

In unison with the poet’s heart, the nature of things is in big turmoil here, forever searching for the elusive Divine Harmony, the only force capable of rearranging the world into one of love and understanding.

In a perpetual state of sadness and grief, these poems descend to the very core of the raw discourse of the soul, devoid of artifice and pose. The stark simplicity of their statement disarms us and leaves us vulnerable in front of the bitter reality of life.
—Flavia Cosma, author of seventeen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir, and four books for children

The stunning thing about Mindock’s work is its overwhelming sense of the real world in real time. It’s “poetic” in its own way, well-crafted, agile, nicely balanced, but in terms of content, you move into Mindock’s world and you’re suddenly in a basic, essential reality that hardly anyone in the poetry world touches: “I see your skull veiled by a cloud/Eyelids sunk/Hands pressed on knees/Heart gone/A sight of secrets//I think living is brave/Death is a release/The dog knows -- heaven is nothing but a frill.” (“Dog Dance,” p.41). An interesting mixture of existential toughness crowned by an ultimate sense of final nothingness.

It’s interesting how Mindock’s world-view combines a dispairing sense of expanding out into the horrific Now with a vision of everything eventually dissolving into nothingness: “Living on this earth is/one big nightmare.,/This landscape frightens me./Too much death./Think about it.//I refuse to fall short of detail so/ here it is: Death of emotion/Death of love/Death of skin...//I’m going away to where I really belong./To me, this is uplifting.” (“Aftermath,” p.63).

Very few style-games here. This is poetry as a minimalist Declaration of Finality. And the very fact that Mindock doesn’t play style-games makes her vision a thousand times more effective/powerful than the word-game players who turn poetry into a kind of syntactical basketball.
—Hugh Fox

In Nothing Divine Here, Mindock invokes a resurrection, the power of love to spring eternal from the hurt we all know. She looks at the personal and the political, that haunting polarity, and weaves a gentle but brave hopefulness between them.
—Afaa Michael Weaver, Simmons College

Gloria Mindock is a fearless poet. She gets right in the face, in the very nostril of death. She confronts her past lovers, her dreams, dashed or otherwise, not with cool detachment, but with a visceral lyrical and emotional engagement. She has made her pain into high art, into the high holy. Mindock, is a force to be reckoned with, so watch your back!
—Doug Holder, Arts Editor The Somerville News, Founder Ibbetson Street Press


Review by Michael Parker at Unlikely Stories: http://www.unlikelystories.org/blog/

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-04760-7 | 87 Pages | In Stock

Just released December 15th, 2009

Van Gogh's Ear by Pamela L. Laskin Van Gogh's Ear by Pamela L. Laskin
Červená Barva Press, 2009

Pamela L. Laskin, a teacher, writer, cyclist, swimmer and avid reader, has had many poems, short stories and children's stories published in journals and magazines. She is a lecturer in the English Department at The City College, where she directs The Poetry Outreach Center. Central Station, her first book of poetry, was the winner of the Millennium Poetry Prize. Remembering Fireflies, her second collection, was published by Plain View Press, and Ghosts, Goblins, Gods and Geodes, her third collection, was published by World Audience Press. In 2009, Plain View Press published her fourth collection, Secrets of Sheets. Three poetry chapbooks, five picture books and two young adult novels have been published as well. She edited a collection of original fairy tales, The Heroic Young Woman, published by Clique Calm Books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Ira, while her children, Craig and Samantha, are away at school completing their degrees.


Pamela Laskin is equally able to grasp the big picture -- “born/ out of millions of years/ of old thumbs and cortexes” -- as well as the small, luminous detail. She writes with vivid immediacy about the people and places around her, so that each poem, “Each bead is like the cell of a body/ passing through a busy street/ on a quiet day.” It is a pleasure to spend time with and have one’s senses sharpened by this book.
-Elaine Equi

Pamela Laskin’s new poems move richly and swiftly through memory and presence, through family, romance, friendship, and art, through Brooklyn and the rest of the world. They are passionate, quiet, thoughtful, intelligent. I want to say there is something modest about them, but it’s the modesty of someone who knows she knows and will lift the screen for a second if only to see if you can figure it out. Van Gogh’s Ear is a fine and generous collection.
-Mark Statman

In a Glass Ball

Clouds stuck in the sky
summer has evaporated
anorexic trees,
children gone from the streets.

Soon I will be snowed under
as I am, perhaps, already
staring out the window

like the woman trapped in a glass ball
which people turn over, indiscriminately
watching the tiny flakes
scatter haphazardly

observing
the unsettling appearance
of a woman
going nowhere.

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-04084-4 | 74 Pages | In Stock

Released October 24th, 2009

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 | In Stock

Released June 12th, 2009

Anthem by CL Bledsoe Anthem poems by CL Bledsoe
Červená Barva Press, 2009

CL Bledsoe has published work in over 200 journals and anthologies, including The Cimarron Review, Nimrod and The Arkansas Review. Winner of the Blue Collar Review's Working People's Poetry Contest, he is also a 3-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is an editor for Ghoti Magazine. http://www.ghotimag.com and the author of a chapbook entitled_______(Want/Need)

CL Bledsoe's Anthem is succinct, shrewd and contemporary. Bledsoe is a modern-age poet with the unique ability to bring the reader smack into the moment with him ... Anthem's poems are no exception. Often confessional, occasionally biting, Bledsoe proves once again that he is the poet for generation X, Y and whatever lies beyond.
-Patricia Gomes, editor of Adagio Verse Quarterly and poetry moderator of iVillage's Poet's Workshop

Fresh, funny, hip, anarchic, jaded, secretly hopeful, angry, wry, laid-back: to read CL Bledsoe's Anthem is to enter a world that may make you twitch - but will surely help you keep on keeping on. These songs of punked-out innocence stage-strut across the page, even when they claim they're simply slacking on the couch. Join Frog and Death and the absinthe squirrels on a savvy, consciousness-jolting road-trip through the landscape of right now. I loved this smart and artful book. I bet you will to. Open it. Find out.
-Jeanne Larsen, winner of the AWP poetry book award

$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-615-25796-9 | 65 Pages | In Stock

Released June 12th, 2009

Anezka Ceska (Agnes of Bohemia) by Jaromir Horec Anezka Ceska by Jaromir Horec
Translated into English by Jana Morávková Kiely as Agnes of Bohemia
Červená Barva Press, 2009

Jaromir Horec was born on December 18, 1921 in Chust, in Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia, which in 1919, at the treaty of Versailles, had voted to become part of the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic with an enlightened, freely elected government led by the humanist philosopher, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk.

Throughout the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, Jaromír Hoec was active in the underground anti-Nazi youth movement. After World War II, Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia was not returned to Czechoslovakia but was annexed by Stalin to the Soviet Union. Thus Horec, living in Prague, became an expatriate in his own country. He was a prolific poet, who was not allowed to publish for two periods of twenty years each: 1948-1966 and 1969-1989.

In 1977, he signed Charter 77 and two years later, he founded the Czech underground press Ceska Expedice for which he was imprisoned in 1981. His many works of poetry, include Anezka Ceska, and Chleb Na Stole, as well as many other publications, such as Why I Am Not a Communist and Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia-an Unknown land have been coming out only since 1989.

$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-578-02262-8 | 54 Pages | In Stock

Released April, 2009

Grief Hut by Nancy Mitchell Grief Hut by Nancy Mitchell
Červená Barva Press, 2009

Nancy Mitchell is the author of The Near Surround (Four Way Books, 2002) and her poems have appeared in Agni, Poetry Daily, Salt Hill Journal, Great River Review, and are anthologized in Last Call by Sarabande Books. She has received an Artist in the Schools grant for Virginia, and residency fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia and in Auvillar, France. Mitchell teaches in the English Department at Salisbury University, Maryland, and has taught in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. She resides in Salisbury, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with her husband John Ebert, a filmmaker.

The Grief Hut stands on an imaginary beach, where women help each other to give birth to their griefs: the birth of sorrows here is given words with a growing power, intensity, and wisdom, a wisdom still wired to its human love and memory.
-Jean Valentine

Mitchell is blessed with a vivid--and haunting--memory--of particulars, the things of our past, and of the more complex feelings the things generate. She refuses nothing, she is deadly accurate, yet she sings. We should read her.
-Gerald Stern

The poems in Nancy Mitchell's book Grief Hut are so lucidly and deeply felt that they cut directly to the bone of the experiences they are recounting. This is a true and an incredibly beautiful book.
-Malena Mörling

Her descriptions of people, the details and detritus of their lives are studied and stunning. May we hear more from this talented poet.
-Doug Holder/Ibbetson Street Press

Review of Grief Hut:
http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/cr/bookreviews/griefhut.html

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-615-25797-6 | 66 Pages | In Stock

Released March, 2009

The Curvature of Blue by Lucille Lang Day 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."
-Teresa Cader

"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"
-Alicia Ostriker

"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."
-F.D.Reeve

$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-692-00181-3 | 90 Pages | In Stock

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Dog Soup and Donuts by Susanne Morning
Indian Bay Press, 2008

"Morning's poems; a haunting grace that captures the unknown Korea. She takes the reader on a unique journey, leaving us wanting more..."
-Gloria Mindock, Červená Barva Press

"With striking images and ellptical thoughts, Morning's poetry lurches between humour and depths too dark to plumb..."
-Colin B. O'Connell, Ph.D, Canada

"...An archeological dig that will put dirt under your nails and priceless relics in your hands."
-Haery Lee, Korean Author and Illustrator

"...She demonstrates the flexible nature of words and phrases in the context of second-language usuage with much humour and passion."
-Owen Bullock, Associate Editor Poetry New Zealand

$17.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9773695-2-2 | 79 Pages | In Stock: 3

New Arrivals February 14, 2009

Discovering Mortality by Bruce Lader Discovering Mortality by Bruce Lader
March Street Press, 2005

The poems in Discovering Mortality are all focused on the most significant subject any poet can engage with: down-to-earth, day-to-day lived human experiences. With crystal clear language and subtle craftsmanship, Lader dramatizes relationships and conflicts of childhood (including children who are psychologically and socialy at risk), the nuclear family, marriage, sex, death, war, and social concerns. The poems are imbued with Lader's reverence and unsentimental love for his subjects as well as the mystery of our interactions with the natural world.
Gerald Barrax, author of From a Person Sitting in Darkness
Emiritus Professor of English at North Carolina State University

Vivid evocations of childhood, wry and pointed humor, pungent details, and tellin episodes--Bruce Lader's first book of poetry contains enough strong material for several volumes. Discovering Mortality is a maiden voyage not maidenly in the least!
Fred Chappell

Bruce Lader's Discovering Mortality presents an array of fully realized poems on everything from family and marriage to world issues, Jewish culture, and teen street culture. The thread that holds the volume together is lyric honesty, a poet expert in remaking his own experiences into an artful gift for readers.
Joe Benevento, poetry editor, Green Hills Literary Lantern,
author of Holding On and The Odd Squad

$12.00 | ISBN: 1-59661-026-3 | 80 Pages | In Stock: 3

New Arrivals October 22, 2008

Distant Kinships poems of Anthony Bernini
A.P.D., 2002

The poems of Anthony Bernini are favorites of those who attend poetry readings in the Capital District of Upstate NY. Now, with this book, the rest of the world can get to know his poems too.
"In Bernini's poetry, we encounter love and the loss of love, generosity of spirit and cruelty, mystery and understanding, the profound in the mundane, the hope of the pessimistic optimist… a wry, realistic, yet tender smile for a confused humanity that doesn't seem to have much of a chance but carries on anyway, not having much of a choice."
-from the introduction by Michael Mannion

 

$12.00 | ISBN 0-9714631-2-3 | 51 Pages | In Stock: 3 copies
Love, its Wrath and Others A collection of Poetry and Artwork by Jane Chakravarthy

Jane Chakravarthy, originally from England, now lives in Massachusetts and Bangalore, India.

 

 

$10.00 | ISBN 9788175258037 | 57 Pages | In Stock: 4 Hardcover copies
Seeking Center by Joan Gelfand
Two Bridges Press, 2005

"Ms. Gelfand's exquisite, breath-taking poems tell us about our deepest selves, reaching these secret places where we all overlap and long for validation."
-Jane Swigart, author, The Myth of the Perfect Mother

 

 

$9.95 | ISBN 978-0-9723947-6-5 | 71 Pages | In Stock: 3 Signed copies
The Number Before Infinity by Zack Rogow The Number Before Infinity by Zack Rogow
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2008

"The Number Before Infinity reads like a novel or memoir in verse. Each poem is a chapter in the story of two lovers united by passion but separated by previous commitments. In lyrical, accessible verse, the book follows the lovers as they choose between their deepening connection and their existing loyalties.

Reading Zack Rogow's The Number Before Infinity, I was reminded of young Neruda's love poems; here is that passion, tempered and informed by briars and grace of marriage and family. Bravo Love. Bravo Poetry."
-Cornelius Eady

"Very few poets have the courage to open themselves as fully as Zack Rogow does as he pours out, in passionate poetry, the story of a love affair and the family fallout it generates. These poems are hot, honest, propelled by the skill of a first-rate worker in words to serve what William Carlos Williams said poetry was all about, feeling. Any reader who opens this extraordinary book and begins reading won't put it down. That's a guarantee."
-Bill Zavatsky

$16.00 | ISBN 978-0-9768676-0-9 | 72 Pages | In Stock: 2
When the Body Calls by Martha Cinader
Harlem River Press, 1998

"When you cook chicken you have to stick a fork in it to tell if it's done, but you don't have to do that to Cinader's poems. They're raw and cooking at the same time. She's like a female Sun Ra who can coax words out of her saxophone. She never omits any detail even when she's taking us to another stratosphere. This book is daring and unflinching. An important body of work."
-Hal Sirowitz, author of My Mother Said and My Therapist Said

"The challenge of being a woman, being a lover, a mother, a user or words, of metaphors, signs and symbols in this postmodern age in terms of one's self identity can easily lead to rage. These stories, poems, and memoirs are not simply told, but as you read and listen to them, they easily unfold and innervates one's soul, the spirit."
-Steve Cannon, A Gathering of the Tribes

 

$12.00 | ISBN 9780863162794 | 127 Pages | In Stock: 3 copies
The Season of Love by Flavia Cosma The Season of Love by Flavia Cosma
Červená Barva Press, 2008

Once again in The Season of Love, Flavia Cosma offers us those momentary glimpses and sensations briefly felt and viewed which hide and yet reveal the testament of life. Through the transient sensations of reality, the poet lures her readership deep into the mystic world of her eternity. Each poem serves to lead the reader through the pain, suffering and loneliness of life while searching for truth's hidden mysteries which serve to make life meaningful and beautiful, yet remain to be discovered in that continual renewal and rebirth of life.
David Mills, poet and critic
Toronto, Canada


One of prevailing themes in Flavia Cosma's poetry is love, but not as a banal, run-of-the mill experience. Instead, it has the elemental intensity of natural phenomena, which best picture both the breakdown of feelings and the undying hope. And that's where the poet places her wise optimism.
Dr. Irena Harasimowicz-Zarzecka
PHD Philology, University of Bucharest, Romania
Toronto, Canada

Excerpt from the Introduction:

"...Cosma employs

No such wasteful rhetoric. Her poetry—

Analytical, elegant, eloquent—

Is as superb as poetry demands.

Her devotion delights; her lines instruct.

The Season of Love is a fresh gospel,

Skewering our pretensions forcefully.

Its lush richness of imagination,

Singing through Cosma’s and Siedlecki’s English,

Is compelling and a consummation,

Marrying music and morality."

George Elliott Clarke
E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature
University of Toronto
Laureate, 2001 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry

Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She has published thirteen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and three books for children. Her book, 47 Poems, (Texas Tech Press) received the ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize. Červená Barva Press published her chapbook, Gothic Calligraphy and will be publishing her newest collection, Songs at the Aegean Sea.

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-615-20097-2 | 89 Pages | In Stock
The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel by Doug Holder
Červená Barva Press, 2008

Order online at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/content/2651312

For years that image of the man in a small plastic booth in the fume-filled Midtown Tunnel that connects Queens to Manhattan in NYC haunted me. As a kid traveling into the city from the sheltered, well-manicured lawns of Long Island to the enigmatic, cosmopolitan world of Manhattan, I couldn't help but wonder about that blue- uniformed lone figure pacing the perimeter of his plastic cage. I think he represented to some extent my fear of the world outside the comforts of my family, and the staid, small town I lived in, Rockville Centre.

I have always admired writers like the New Yorker's Joseph Mitchell, who wrote about the outsiders, the denizens of the old Bowery, the ner-do-wells, the poseurs, the dandies, and the stumblebums, who make the city a both fascinating and frightened place. I always wondered as a kid if I would wind up in the middle of a metaphorical tunnel, a man in a cage, looking for the light. And I guess to some extent we all do in one-way or the other, whether we like it or not.

So I thought this image would be a perfect focal point for my poetry collection, a sort of "Spoon River Anthology" that would consist of character studies of the many men and women I have met, watched and imagined in my time across this stage. I include myself in this collection, because I have always identified with that man and I see his ghost wherever I roam.
Doug Holder


"I am enjoying The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel -- perfect poems, particularly in that ambiance."
-Dan Tobin, Chairman, Writing and Publishing Program at Emerson College

"Aside from being the founder, publisher, and co-editor of the prestigious and influential Ibbetson Street Press, Doug Holder writes poetry with a passion and insight that deserves prestige and influence all its own."
S. Craig Renfoe, Jr., Main Street Rag

"Holder's work is rich with textual imagery… a master poet who sees the world clearly and shares that vision generously with readers.
Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review

"A great poet and a Boston legend."
Joe Gouveia, host of "Poet's Corner," Provincetown radio

"I don't think I send you kudos enough because I take your magical perceptions of the ordinary, your unique take on the everyday, as something you do time and time again always in surprising ways.... from toilet to pay phones, to the fluid connection to all things human is utterly Doug Holder and there isn't anyone out there remotely doing what you do so beautifully...so dryly and always with human regard."
Linda Larson, former editor-in-chief of Spare Change News

Now available as a talking book for the blind:
http://webopac.klas.com/id1aopac/title/summary.jsf;jsessionid=feeaf4946520e01dff3aa80219f9?id=142445757.9032

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$13.00 | ISBN: 9780979531361 | 72 Pages
Same Sex Séances by Rane Arroyo
New Sins Press, 2008

In prize-winning poet Rane Arroyo's gay America, readers meet cowboys and vaqueros, untamed drag queens, Internet surfers, AIDS survivors, underwear models who are salsa gods, men risking their lives by loving in dark cornfields, gay music videos stars, street corner sphinxes and other documentarists. This is Sodom as a mindset and a refuge. Through Latino personae and Arroyo's life experiences, these poems offer us profound adventures:

How ridiculous for us to be
fallen men in Fall.
                                   Still, you're
here and I've nowhere else to go
Let's be as naked as a diaspora.

"Rane Arroyo's poems are passports to his passions"
-Emanuel Xavier

"He writes because he has to, not to exorcise himself of the ghosts that haunt him"
-Dr. Betsy A. Sandlin

"Arroyo gets to play the role of Dionysus...and other tricksters and transformers."
-Robert Miltner

These books are autographed by the author
-Editor

$20.00 | ISBN 978-0-9796956-1-2 | 82 Pages | In Stock: 3
Blood Soaked Dresses by Gloria Mindock
Ibbettson Street Press, 2007

In her fascinating poem cycle, Gloria Mindock jolts back into memory the roots of El Salvador's present day violence. Mindock coaxes to the page the voices of the dead who lie, less in peace, than in restless obsession with the atrocities they suffered. She brings forth as well the voices of the living who seem startled to find that they died somewhere between the horrors they witnessed and the grave they have yet to lie down in. Blood Soaked Dresses is a beautiful, harrowing first book.
--Catherine Sasanov

We are reminded of Cezar Vallejo's witnesses: bones, solitude, rain, and the roads -- that we are tied to each other in beauty and suffering, life and death. Gloria Mindock's poems grant us the voice of a soul caught on a limb between the promise of peace everlasting and impossible resurrections. Poem after poem we are asked to uncover those whose bitter ash weeps over the world, and no other country/wants to see it. This book is written from a compassionate heart that whispers and grieves, one that isn't afraid to holds its gaze.
--Dzvinia Orlowsky

A poet must never shy from the necessary, no matter how hard it is. In poetry that is both elegant and brutal, Gloria Mindock exposes the horror of the Salvadorian conflict especially on women. Though Salvador has faded from the front pages, the war has reincarnated in other countries on other continents making "Blood Soaked Dresses" completely contemporaneous. This poetry possesses, as Yeats said, "a terrible beauty." And we need it now more than ever.
--John Minczeski

The reader of Blood Soaked Dresses is enriched by Mindock's power and commitment. She has earned a place among our great protest poets, reminding us, with lyric tension, that social justice is our constant and necessary concern.
--Simon Perchik

$13.50 | ISBN: 978-1-4303-1034-1 | 72 Pages

 

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"El Salvador, 1983" was translated into Serbian by Berislav Blagojevic:
http://hiperboreja.blogspot.com/2011/05/el-salvador-1983-glorija-mindok.html

Berislav Blagojevic's Blog:
http://berislavblagojevic.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/el-salvador-1983/

To read reviews go to:
Boston Globe review by Ellen Steinbaum:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/09/

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene Reviews:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/search?q=lo+gallucio
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/search?q=irene+koronas

A new book from John Dickey

Quebradillas Quebradillas by John Dickey
Terranova Editores, 2008

From the back of the book:
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.

$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9799961-6-0 | 93 Pages | In Stock: 3

3 New Arrivals from PRESA :S: PRESS

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
Total Immersion by Glenna Luschei
PRESA: S: PRESS, 2008

Like the best of poets and other artists, Glenna Luschei never grew up. Rather, she grew and goes on growing. Vast is her sense of wonder and awe. Again and again, her every poem celebrates the ways the world begins.
--Al Young

 

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-0-4 | 96 Pages | In Stock: 3
Wild Strawberries by Eric Greinke
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2008

Eric Greinke's infinite variety has never staled nor withered. His poems have the surrealisticmagic of Magritte or the younf Dali. He is an eclectic poet for all seasons and all times of the day.
--Leslie H. Whitten Jr.

 

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-1-1 | 96 Pages | In Stock: 3
Awakenings by Richard Wilhelm
Ibbetson Street Press, 2008

In Richard Wilhelm's powerful free-verse, sonorous, image-tapestried first collection, the mature poet takes us through a remarkable series of awakenings, most of them to profound interconnections between himself and primordial riches of the natural world--half-buried treasures that glimmer with mystery, ecstasy, and the divine--
--Douglas Worth, author of Catch the Light

 

$15.00 | 52 Pages | In Stock: 3
No Bones To Carry Poems by James Penha
New Sins Press, 2007

James Penha's imagination will whet your own. This book is a feast.
--Louis Crew

James Penha is able to mold exotic topics into poignant universal truths. Should I be called upon to speak at a funeral. I would choose to quote the first four lines of the evocative title poem, 'No Bones To Carry.'"
--Virginia Howard, editor of Thema

The poems in No Bones To Carry are nuanced and expansive, defining the individual's place in the larger world. Here, Penha reminds us of the limitations of our perception and the poet's struggle to see beyond them.
--Blas Falconer

$13.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9796956-0-5 | 71 Pages | In Stock: 1
Earth A Narrative in Verse by John Dickey
authorHOUSE, 2005

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
Bird Scarer by Glenn Sheldon
Červená Barva Press, 2008

MARTHA COLLINS-Structurally and emotionally expansive, Bird Scarer covers more territory than most first books. Beginning as a displaced Bostonian who finds himself in Chicago, where a "terrible blankness fills my eye," Sheldon next moves into a more abstract landscape, where he finds a "permanent address" that is both actual and mental. Finally, he opens his emotional eye to the variety and vibrancy of Latin America, where his travels become the metaphorical basis for a "Geography of Desire." Though often playful, the book is carefully observant and edgily serious: "I'm alert," the poet says, "like a bus rider / with a drunk driver making up / the names of the streets." Metaphors like this, usually emerging from setting, as well as less easily defined conceits ("The anarchists' picnic is / a disaster: Where? Why? When?"), turn these well-grounded poems into delightfully non-linear narratives that keep the reader as alert as the poet.

SUSAN AZAR PORTERFIELD-I am impressed by Sheldon's form. Always the stanza, always very regular, tercets or quatrains, etc., which seems to suggest a kind of control as does his use of short lines as well as short sentences. It suggests a kind of control and even terseness, but what I like is his unexpected bloom or rush of thought and/or feeling that really comes through. In other words, he gets us to ride on this seemingly tidy little train, but then the journey takes us on a wilder ride than we anticipated. I like the surprise of that. I also like what I perceive to be his tone and voice. Quiet, a bit sardonic, but also heavily emotional, Bird Scarer is lovely.

JIM DANIELS-Bird Scarer is an impressive collection of poems. The voice is wise and mature. The structure of the book both clear and sophisticated. One of the things I look for in a book of poetry is an accumulation of momentum from beginning to end, and I found that here. The book creates interesting tensions in terms of place-the links between physical places and emotional landscapes are explored in all their complexities. Sheldon has a fresh voice-quirky and disarming, frank and witty. And always precise. I was struck by the consistent use of tight, packed language, and his careful use of the poetic line. I love the understated humor in many of the poems, and how he uses form to reinforce that humor. The depth and tonal richness of the comparisons seem effortless and natural, yet carry enormous weight in these poems. They roll through these poems, one after another, creating surprise, discovery, insight, throughout. And fun.

LUIS URREA-Glen Sheldon's earlier poetry is certainly filled with promise. We find a full voice in play. Perhaps the poems are shaded by his expertise in Thomas McGrath. Still, this influence does not in any way dull the poems' brio. It is as an American poet that Glenn Sheldon will ultimately be remembered (and revered). He will have a major career as a poet, as Bird Scarer reveals his full maturity and trajectory.

$14.00 | ISBN: 9780615171678 | 60 Pages | In Stock: 20
A Careful Scattering by Philip E. Burnham, Jr.
With illustrations by Louise and Elizabeth Burnham
Červená Barva Press, 2007

Each year, for the forty-two Christmases of our married life, my wife, Louise Hassel Burnham, illustrated the poems I wrote to celebrate the festival season of the years’ ending and beginning, the Solstice, Christmas, and New Year. Her illustrations were in a variety of media: line drawings, block prints (both wood and vegetable), collage and paint. Many of the drawings represent views of our house in Newton, Massachusetts, including such details as the front door, a mirror in the hall, the fireplace. Others include the names and places of family and friends woven into trees. Louise’s final card, from 2001, is a gathering up of many earlier cards. While the original intent of these cards was to celebrate a single year, together they sum up our lives over four decades. We discussed their publication before her death, and it was she who chose the title, “A Careful Scattering.” In their publication I want to remember our partnership, and to dedicate this book to her memory with love.

$16.95 | ISBN 978-1-4357-0003-1 | 98 Pages | In Stock: 30
aerolith by William Cirocco
Harbor Mountain Press, 2007

…singular, intelligent and moving…
--David Miller

 

 

$14.00 | 84 Pages | In Stock: 2
Alice by Louis E. Bourgeois
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2007

…His work is void of spurious hope, yet taunts us with a lingering sense of individual purpose.
--Laura Qa, Red Dragon Press

 

$6.00 | ISBN ? | 40 Pages | In Stock: 3
Cell Mate by Ana Merina
Harbor Mountain Press, 2007
Translated by Elizabeth Polli

Ana Merino is one of the best contemporary Spanish poets, and Cell Mate is a wonderful place to start reading her. In these poems all of Ana's registers are present: the whimisical one some times, others the haunted one. Ana writes dark lullabies, fairy tales for grown ups, and she does it without losing the sense of childish wonder. How is that possible? Open the book.
--Edmundo Paz-Soldan

Winner of Bolivia's National Book Award

 

$14.00 | 51 Pages | In Stock: 2
If You Like Difficulty by Jan Clausen
Harbor Mountain Press, 2007

Jan Clausen's witty, resourceful poems turn on a dime from "abab" formal to text message-y digital, hugging the curves of language with precision and wild glee…
--Rodney Koeneke

 

$14.00 | 84 Pages | In Stock: 2
In the shop of nothing by David Miller
Harbor Mountain Press, 2007

"…[David Miller's] poetry of meticulous observation is not merely descriptive, striving as it does for the intuitive moment, which flickers, however briefly, in language; attempting to reveal how the ordinary and simple can disclose the transcendent…"
--Tim Woods, from The Poet's Voice

 

$14.00 | 122 Pages | In Stock: 2
Limbos For Amplified Harpsichord by Stanley Nelson
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2007

Stanley Nelson may be the best poet you've never heard of.
--Alan Catlin

Here is a poet who crosses the line without fear of label. His experimental writings and verse lend freely to all areas of literature. Nelson is a writer whose rapture is deeply embedded in his craft.
--Rattlesnake Review

$17.95 | 144 Pages | In Stock: 3
The Other Side of Broadway
Selected Poems 1965-2005 by A. D. Winans
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2007

A.D. Winans is a man in search of his soul. He has great heart and compassion for people and his native city, San Francisco. I like his uncompromising spirit. He pulls no punches.
--Jack Micheline

 

 

$18.00 | 131 Pages | In Stock: 3
Dog Watch by Valerie Lawson Dog Watch by Valerie Lawson
Ragged Sky Press, 2007

Valerie Lawson's crisp lines often startle us with their concision-soeffective in among others, her inimitable nature poems. In Dog Watch we meet a fully arrived poet of passionate intelligence, able to speak forthrightly in resounding accurate words.
-XJ Kennedy
Exploding Gravity: Poems to Make you Laugh

[S]o many…stand out with special clarity, for the unexpected views of reality they offer, for their daring use of language, and for intelligent, sentient human voice behind all of them.
-Rhina Espaillat
Playing at Stillness

$10.00 | ISBN: 978-1-933974-01-9 | 81 Pages | In Stock: 3
the near surround by Nancy Mitchell the near surround by Nancy Mitchell
Four Way Books, 2002

The best of these poems-and there are a good number-are delicate and strong, simply told, full of longing; they take part in the mystery which is not made by any poet, but given. The Near Surround is a fine and moving book.
-Jean Valentine

The resistance of silence, the breath on the mirror from back, the figure feeding bees from a sack to the birds in the low branches, the grass in the photograph that keeps on growing: this is the place to which Nancy Mitchell takes us, the spare intensity of her poems like the midnight flare of the stove's burner, its "wreath of blue-white flame."
-Eleanor Wilner

$13.95 | ISBN: 1-761884800429 | 59 Pages | In Stock: 5
About Time by Diana Der-Hovanessian 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.
-Joel Oppenheimer

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.
-Herbert A. Kenny, Boston Globe

$8.50 | ISBN 0-935102-20-5 | 96 Pages | In Stock: Out of Stock
Bone Strings by Anne Coray Bone Strings by Anne Coray
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2005

(Excerpts from the back of the book)
Anne Coray's poems are deeply satisfying for their graceful combination of devotions, to the natural-animal /vegetable/mineral-and to the way nature resonates in us, the humans who live in a sacred space.
--Rosellen Brown

Anne Coray's precise, austere yet sensuous language is a fine instrument for tracing the harsh geography of her native Alaska. Cool as the moon, her poems shine a clear light on unforgiving landscapes, and on tough truths of the heart. Bone Strings sings a hard-earned song.
--Stephen Kessler

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-9-5 | 77 Pages | In Stock: 2
Call Home Poems by Judy Wells Call Home by Judy Wells
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2005

Named a Best Book of 2003 by The Irish Times

Excerpts
Judy Wells tells the story of an Irish-American mother who has endowed her clan with a sense of drama and high humor that will prepare them to negotiate the pitfalls of property inheritance and re-negotiate what it means to be a family after a funeral…
--Bridget Connelly, Ph.D., Author of Forgetting Ireland

Call Home is a novel of charm and heartstrings-except that it was written as verse. Mither, pass the poetry.
--Jack Foley, Poet, KPFA Literary Host

I cried as I read the poems in Call Home, both for their poignancy and how beautifully they captured the bittersweet experience of dealing with death, dying, letting go and moving on…
--Mary McCall, Ph.D. in Human Development and Aging
Professor, Psychology Dept., Saint Mary's College of California

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-7-9 | 89 Pages | In Stock: 2
crimes of the dreamer poems by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky crimes of the dreamer by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2005

I am sure that Naomi Lowinsky goes into what Robert Graves called poetic trance when she writes, because reading this book one is overwhelmed by the wild rhythms of original poetry…
--Alicia Torres, Venezuelan poet and writer
author of Fatal and Regarding the Rose

$16.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-8-7 | 80 Pages | In Stock: 1
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
Everything Irish by Judy Wells Everything Irish by Judy Wells
Scarlet Tanager Books, 1999

Everything Irish is a hoot! This family memoir in verse is at once a poignant poetic documentary of Irish-Catholic girlhood and a rollicking riot of laughs…
--Bridget Connelly, Emerita Professor of Rhetoric, UC Berkley

Judy Wells' collection, Everything Irish, says it all for me. She captures the times all of "our girls" were haunted by a wayward Holy Ghost, a perfect Holy Mary, a thundering Holy Father…
--Mary Norbert Körte, Poet, Ex-nun, Environmental Activist

$12.95 | ISBN 0-9670224-0-1 | 112 Pages | In Stock: 2
Fire in the Garden by Lucille Lang Day 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.
--Timothy Houghton

$9.95 | ISBN 0-914370-72-3 | 63 Pages | In Stock: 2
infinities poems by Lucille Lang Day 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.
--Kurt Brown

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.
--Jack Foley

She explores scientific concepts from astrophysics to marine biology with erudite care but always infuses the poems with tangible emotion.
--Dana Gioia

$15.00 | ISBN 1-891812-31-9 | 82 Pages | In Stock: 2
red clay is talking by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky red clay is talking by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000

(Excerpts From the Back of the Book)
The voice here is rich and musical. It balances the breadth of a woman's life on the turtle back, the bull's hips of myth.
--Richard Silberg

We partake with her ecstacy and darkness, passion, epiphany and hunger, and our world is larger for it.
--Diane di Prima

$14.95 | ISBN 0-9670224-2-8 | 141 Pages | In Stock: 2
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
The Old Chore by John Hildebidle
Alice James Books, 1981

From the back of the book
These thirty-three poems represent an extended effort to consider the nature of this place and time, often by looking backward but never by looking away.

 

 

$4.95 | ISBN 0-914086-34-0 | ? Pages | In Stock: 10
VISIONS paintings seen through the optic of poetry by Marc Elihu Hofstadter VISIONS
paintings seen through the optic of poetry
by Marc Elihu Hofstadter
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2001

(Excerpts From the Back of the Book)
Marc Hofstadter wields an optical instrument that captures the rays that emanate from the interiors of things, rather than from their outsides…
--Yves Bonnefoy

Following the Chinese dictum, 'paintings are silent poems,' Marc Hofstadter bequeaths the canvas word…
--Willis Barnstone

To read Marc Hofstadter's VISIONS is to feel you've walked through an intimate museum…
--Kim Addonizio

The big question-love, death, life-evolve in the painter's mind, flow out of the brush, and take shape and color as they hit canvas. Why didn't I realize this before? These poems put me in that mind, as if, for a moment, I am a painter.
--Clive Matson

$14.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-5-2 | 71 Pages | In Stock: 2
Wild One by Lucille Lang Day 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.
--Dana Gioia, author of Can Poetry Matter?

$12.95 | ISBN 0-9670224-3-6 | 99 Pages | In Stock: 2
All The Blood Tethers by Catherine Sasanov
Northeastern University Press

The 2002 Morse Poetry Prize
Selected and introduced by Rosanna Warren

The poems in Catherine Sasanov's All the Blood Tethers arise from an ancient, violent, and sacrificial world, a world of Roman Catholicism so atavistic, so embedded in relics, body parts, 'hair strands, blood spatters, bone,' as to seem nearly pagan....Like a restorer cleaning a fresco, the poems wipe away layers of piety and orthodoxy to uncover some violent, primal, stark expressiveness, a dream of Eve's original protest. ...The result is a sophisticated poetry of presense realized as image, as dramatic statement, and as a record of mind and heart collaborating in anger, yearning, testimony, grief, and wonder
--Rosanna Warren

$10.00 | ISBN 1-55553-538-0 | 82 Pages | In Stock: 1
Traditions of Bread and Violence
by Catherine Sasanov
Four Way Books, 1996

(Excerpts from the back of the book)

Catherine Sasanov breathes spirit into flesh and blood and turns tears into our daily bread. Her poems should be said out loud like prayers. It has been years since I have read poems of such humanity.
--Elena Poniatowska

These extraordinary poems dwell on violence, dwell in the violent truth of the world - Christ's body torn, or a lover's chest cut open, and the Milagro stamped from tin into the shape of a body part...
--Gregory Orr

$12.00 | ISBN 1-884800-09-2 | 54 Pages | In Stock: 1
A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL by Richard Moore
University of Georgia Press, 1971

"I like this book wondrous well, admiring the skill and bite of it immensely. At their best, Moore's poems are funny and serious at once--by no means light verse."
--Howard Nemerov

"Here, with this book, is a poet full-grown. These are healthy poems. There should be no question of survival--for either the man or the book."
--May Swenson

$15.00 | ISBN 8203-0265-1 | 106 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
BOTTOM IS BACK by Richard Moore
Orchises Press

The best and most serious poetry is full of gaiety, and it's only dreary poets and their too--earnest readers who consider light verse demeaning…
--Richard Wilbur

Poetry Book

$11.95 | ISBN 0-914061-43-7 | 95 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
BUTTONED INTO HISTORY by Richard Moore
Pivot Press, 2006

"Is nothing sacred, I wonder, reading Richard Moore's new smorgasbord of hilarious, hard-minded, and marvelously crafted verse. Fearlessly, Moore shoots his lethal darts at false gods of every kind, doing a job on embalmers, dictators, matriarchs, lecherous presidents, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, and more…"
X. J. Kennedy

$12.00 | ISBN 0-9726582-8-9 | 52 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
NO MORE BOTTOM by Richard Moore
Orchises Press, 1991

(Excerpt from the back of the book)
…The Moore of this frighteningly hilarious volume is a classic poet in the grand tradition of Rabelais, Swift, and Ogden Nash…

Poetry Book

$10.00 | ISBN 0-914061-22-4 | 75 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
PYGMIES AND PYRAMIDS by Richard Moore
Orchises Press, 1998

(From the back of the book)
Richard Moore graduated from Yale University and has been a Fulbright Scholar. A former Air Force pilot, he has taught at Brandeis and New England Conservatory of Music. Poems and essays of his have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The Hudson Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Southern Review, and many other journals.

Poetry Book

$12.95 | ISBN 780914-061717 | 79 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
SAILING TO OBLIVION by Richard Moore
Light Quarterly Imprints, 2005

Introduction by X.J. Kennedy

RICHARD MOORE is a distinguished poet of many voices, all of them pleasing and intelligent. Sailing To Oblivion is a book done in his comic voice, though it too is divisble into several kinds of light verse: some are offhand and playful, some (like "The Real Thing") are deeply funny, and some are learned and elegant like "A Country Boy Goes to Rome." I like them all.
--Richard Wilbur

Poetry Book

$12.00 | ISBN 0-9670437-1-9 | 63 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
THE MOUSE WHOLE by Richard Moore
Negative Capability Press, 1996

"For happiest results, take this book's trimeter sips in one sitting, like a great litre goblet of beer at a sidewalk café in Paris on a hot afternoon…"
--Mona Van Duyn

"…an unfashionable and remarkable undertaking. The meter is handled and kept with great courage. The mouse's story, perhaps because of its maddening eccentricity, is poignant and witty."
--Robert Lowell

"…His mouse epic is just like the cat's ass. Somewhere in the wings of Heaven, Pope must be clapping his pinions and Byron (if in the same location) must be lifting a bumper in salute."
--X.J. Kennedy

Poetry Book

$15.00 | ISBN 0-942544-50-1 | 223 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
The Naked Scarecrow by Richard Moore
Truman State University Press

(Excerpt from the back of the book)
In The Naked Scarecrow, Moore first acquaints us with the absurdities, agonies, and paradoxes of being a husband and father in contemporary America. He then expands his view into society as a whole. In the final sequence, Moore brings the self and its naked helplessness into mystical contact with the world.

Poetry Book

$14.00 | ISBN 0-943549-59-0 | 67 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
WORD FROM THE HILLS
A Sonnett Sequence in Four Movements
by Richard Moore
University of Georgia Press, 1972

(From the back of the book)
The author of this sequence has dared to write in a form which has become unfamiliar to contemporary readers, but he has succeeded masterfully in this bold strategy…

Poetry Book

$15.00 | ISBN 0-8203-0287-2 | 74 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
A Slow Boat to Valhalla by Thomas M. Catterson, edited by Robert Dunn 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
Being Love Estar Enamorado Being Love Estar Enam0rado
by Jay Ross (signed copies)
Indian Bay Press, 2005

Being Love is radiant with a higher love…they are more like Rumi than Neruda. He evokes Love at its most transcendent…
Guy K. Ames: award-winning song writer

Sufi mystics say "God is love, lover, and beloved." Jay's poems spring from a very personal, sensual experience of this wondrous union and fusion.
Geoffrey Oelsner: author, Native Joy

The sense of Love that emanates from your poetry is as deep and profound as I imagine the Original Love. It inspires me to a richer appreciation/interaction to my own existence. Your voice brightens the world.
dab

$12.95 | ISBN: 0-9773695-0-1 | 80 Pages | In Stock: 3
Beyond Renewal Beyond Renewal by George Held
Cedar Hill Publications, 2001

Free verse and other longer poetry. Perfectbound, 84 pages. Inscribed by author to Bob Spiess.

Beyond Renewal has a voice reminiscent of George Orwell… --Anthony O'Brien

Infinite purpose informs his perpetual play… --William Hathaway

…Held is an American Rilke. --Vince Clemente

$5.00 | ISBN: 1-891812-29-7 | 80 Pages | In Stock: 3 copies
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
Cannon Fodder by Robert Dunn 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
Cantar Del Huff by John M. Bennett Cantar Del Huff
A Bilingual Edition
by John M. Bennett
Luna Bisonte Prods, 2006

CANTAR DEL HUFF - A series of poems - as narrative as anything Bennett has ever written - in a medieval Spanish form. Bennett's translations into Spanish face the original English.

Excerpts

His poetry scrapes along the roughened floors and causes us a kind of pain, so that ultimately language is restored to us in a new skin, and we are somehow made grateful like Vallejo before him, Bennett is willingly to go deeply into debt for his art in order finally to give it to us for free. Bennett isn't interested in converting you, or taking you prisoner; You must understand something is happening, that is sufficient, and that it will happen with or without you.
--Jon Cone

One has to winnow through the garbage to find such real experimenters as John M. Bennett, now considered a pioneer in this field. With his additional interest in the visual aspect of writing, Bennett harkens to earlier schools such as dada and surrealism, as well as to such poets as Guillaume Appolinaire or Vicent Huidobro. Indeed, the reader will find nothing that is neat and tidy here, nothing that speaks for order either internal or external...
--Ivan Arguelles

$12.00 | ISBN: 1892280469 | 183 Pages | In Stock: 1
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
.

 

$6.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-1-2 | 53 Pages | In Stock: 3
Double Feature: Rogue's World Double Feature: Rogue's World by Joanne Lowery
Pygmy Forest Press, 2000

Joanne Lowery has had numerous poems published in literary journals including Columbia, Florida Review, Northwest Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Literary Review and River Styx.

 

$10.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-55x | 52 Pages | In Stock: 3
Everything is small From a Distance Everything is small From a Distance
by Leonard Cirino
Pygmy Forest Press, 2000

Leonard Cirino is one of the best and most original poets of his generation. Though he has suffered many difficulties, he has triumphed over them, and achieved a voice and style of his own… --Charles Edward Eaton

Leonard Cirino is not only one of the most important poets;he is also, I believe, one of our most needed poets. In almost every poem, he is creating a path through the mystical depths of nature toward the atonement we all feel we must make for acts of madness, blindness, insensitivity toward the life force. He is a poet of catharsis. His language works at refinement and purification of the soul… --Pierre Delattre

Portrait of Fernado Pessoa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2003 by Bayou.

$12.00 | ISBN: 944550-67-3 | 107 Pages | In Stock: 3
Glossolalia Poems 2002-2003 Glossolalia Poems 2002-2003
by Leonard Cirino
Pygmy Forest Press, 2002

Many of the poems in this collection were published in The American Dessident, Dufus, Edgz, Grasslimb, The Hiram Poetry Review, Home Planet News, The Lummox Journal, The Mid-American Poetry Review, The New American Imagist # 4 & 8 and others.

Leonard has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice in 2003.

$15.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-23-1 | 152 Pages | In Stock: 3
Heat Lightning 1986-2006 Heat Lightning 1986-2006 by Judith Skillman
Silverfish Review Press, 2006

Judith Skillman lets us see through her to ourselves, not as through a glass darkly, but with glorious light.
--Stephen Meats, Editor, The Midwest Quarterly

Judith Skillman has already amply demonstrated her ability to document the fragile ecology of domestic relationships with the resolutely unsentimental eye of the naturalist.
--Deborah Woodward, Prairie Schooner

$15.95 | ISBN: 1-878851-23-3 | 145 Pages | In Stock: 5
Homing Homing by Philip Ramp
Pygmy Forest Press, 2005

Philip Ramp is an American poet who has lived in Greece for many years. Shoestring Press has previously published his translations of Nikos Karouzos, Tassos Denegris, Lydia Stephanou, and Spyros Vrettos. Ramps other collections of his own poetry include: Jonz, Butte, and Glass of an Organic Class, which were published by Politka Themata Publications, Athens.
--Pygmy Forest Press

$12.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-72-x | 88 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
IN MIRRORS by Lyn Lifshin
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2006

No one is more precise, focused, as deftly impressionistic as Lifshin…
--Hugh Fox

…Lifshin's poetic power is evident in these imagistic variations on the theme of insight.
--Eric Greinke

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9772524-3-4 | 84 Pages | In Stock: 3
INSIDE THE OUTSIDE An Anthology of Avant-Garde American Poets
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2006

Includes poets: Doug Holder, Richard Kostelanetz, A.D. Winans, Hugh Fox, John Keene, Kirby Congdon, Stanley Nelson, Harry Smith, Lyn Lifshin, Eric Greinke, Lynne Savitt, Mark Sonnenfeld, Richard Morris.

$29.95 | ISBN 0-9772524-1-8 | 303 Pages | In Stock: 2
Instruction Book by John M. Bennett Instruction Book
by John M. Bennett
Luna Bisonte Prods, 2006

INSTRUCTION BOOK - Poems written in the form of absurdist instructions. Reading these poems WILL change your life.

 

$9.00 | ISBN: 1892280493 | 117 Pages | In Stock: 1
Leaves of a Diary Leaves of a Diary by Flavia Cosma
KCLF-21 Press, 2006

Once again, Flavia Cosma combines the sweet-and-sour of life better than anyone, with her Gothic fairy-tale sensibility.
George Elliot Clarke

Words of sensibility from a warm heart. A spring whirls for hope in a natural and surrealistic landscape.
Dae-Tong Huh

Flavia's documentary, Romania, A Country at the Crossroads, won the Canadian Scene National Award.

47 POEMS (Texas Tech University Press) won the prestigious ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize.

$13.00 | ISBN: 0-9689561-7-3 | 71 Pages | In Stock: 4
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
Mister Hatter's Matters Mister Hatter's Matters by Leonard J. Cirino
Pygmy Forest Press, 2005

Leonard J. Cirino is the author of 14 chapbooks and 10 full-length collections from numerous presses in the past nineteen years.

His book, Steelie Rhymes is forthcoming from Willo Press and a chapbook, The Truth Is Not Real is due out by Adastra Press.

$12.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-75-4 | 81 Pages | In Stock: 3
Mudsong Mudsong by Michael Spring
Pygmy Forest Press, 2005

In poems made of muck, time, magic and jazz, Michael Spring's Mudsong reminds us that nature, ours and the world's, is at once organic and mysterious… --Lex Runciman

…This is a stellar collection, dramatically envisioned, beautifully crafted.
--John Amen, Pedestal Magazine

$12.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-71-1 | 76 Pages | In Stock: 3
My Dream has Red Fingers by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu My Dream has Red Fingers
by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
CeShore Publishing, 2000

Combining lyrical, European prose with the sharp imagery of contemporary verse, My Dream Has Red Fingers is a collection to be enjoyed time and again. Stella Vinitchi Radulescu reveals profound insight and keen intellect in her rendering of love, emotion and human nature.
--CeShore Publishing Company

$9.95 | ISBN: 1-58501-050-2 | 58 Pages | In Stock: 2
PRE-SOCRATIC POINTS & Other New Poems by Stanley Nelson
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2006

This is the most radical opening up of poetic form since Walt Whitman's Leaves Of Grass. Stanley Nelson is one of those who defines an age, not only for his contemporaries, but for posterity.
--Guy Gauthier

 

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9772524-4-2 | 83 Pages | In Stock:
Pulsa a book of books Poems by Richard Cambridge Pulsa a book of books
Poems by Richard Cambridge
5 copies/ 4 are signed
Hanover Press, 2004

(Excerpts)
Reminiscent of Rainer Maria Rilke's noted A Book of Hours, Cambridge's "Pulsa - a book of books" is less a collection of individual poems than it is a dramatic narrative -- warm and conversational, intimate and humorous. One that brings us to a deep recognition of the humanity that lies within us all.
— Faith Vicinanza, publisher, Hanover Press

Indeed, Cambridge's innovative vision updates ancient insights with a fresh, experimental use of imagery and spiritual metaphor. His heroic, mystical Song of Self offers a healthy, humane alternative to the psychic chaos of Today's post-modern disaster.
—Askia Touré, winner of the American Book Award

"Full of heart, sincere ambition and a genuine devotion to the mysteries of language, Richard Cambridge is a true poet of the streets, of the city that gives him his name, and also of the books he loves that give his book its title and structure."
— Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laurette

Pulsa: A Book of Books by Richard Cambridge, with illuminations by Michelle Warriner Bolt, is an amalgam of William Blake and the Book of Kells. I’m not being flip, here. It’s that good. Light years beyond Rilke’s Book of Hours (to which it has been compared), with Bolt’s lovely, almost child-like runic calligraphy and drawings that capture the spirit of each separate section in the book, and with Cambridge’s Lao Tzu-like wisdom and Whitmanesque command of language, this collection is a satyagraha of the spirit. It takes its reader not only down the road not taken, but where there is no road.
— Thomas Rain Crowe, Publisher, New Native Press
(Excerpt from his review of Pulsa that appeared in Bloomsbury Review)

$15.00 | ISBN: 1-887012-24-9 | 76 Pages | In Stock: 5 copies/ 4 are signed
Raw Materials Raw Materials by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Pygmy Forest Press

With his first collection, Raw Materials, I sense that Luis Cuanhtemoc Berriozabal is just getting started. These poems are evidence of a great voice warming to its deceptively simple and immediate themes, and a great heart and mind beginning a journey that is sure to range over the earth for many decades to come-if we are so lucky. Among new poets, Berriozabal is the rare, authentic article.
--Michael McClintock, Editor
The New American Imagist

$10.00 | ISBN: | 89 Pages | In Stock: 2
Selected Poems 1972-2005 by Eric Greinke
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005

Greinke has magically melted several worlds together. I'd call it Whitmanic rorschach: a wild high!
--William Harrold, Small Press Review

Greinke has put a lot of thought into context and structure. His poems are filled withsimple images which have a deeper meaning and keep the reader interested throughout.
--M.C. Eichman, in Wisconsin Review

$20.00 | ISBN 0-9740868-7-8 | 138 Pages | In Stock: 3
Selected Poems & Prose Poems by Kirby Congdon
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005

A poet like Congdon is a man who binds himself to the mast and sails off determined to miss nothing, record everything, even the siren song that leads everyone finally to the reefs of extinguishment.
--Joan Colby, Small Press Review

 

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9772524-0-x | 83 Pages | In Stock: 2
SOUND DIRT by Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett SOUND DIRT
by Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett
Luna Bisonte Prods, 2006

SOUND DIRT - Textual and visual poems, created collaboratively by Bennett and Jim Leftwich. An opulent production, with many works in color.

 

$12.00 | ISBN: 1892280477 | 173 Pages | In Stock: 1
The Buffalo Sequence The Buffalo Sequence by Mark Pawlak (signed copy)
Copper Canyon Press, 1977

Rare and out of print, First Edition, 1977
One of the first books by Copper Canyon Press

"earnest and urgent pieces about growing up American"
--Celia Hagan, Northwest Review

Introduction by Denise Levertov

$10.00 | ISBN: 0-914742-19-1 | 64 Pages | In Stock: 5
THE DRUNKEN BOAT & Other Poems From The French of Arthur Rimbaud
Bi-Lingual Edition
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2007 4th Edition

Greinke's renderings come across with such a remarkably contemporary feel, that he easily gets away with the occasional use of words like 'car' and 'suburbia'. This little collection boasts many fine poems. The Drunken Boat is wild and lovely and perhaps the poet's most vivid expression of his desire to find a life of total freedom.
--Edward J. Hogan in Aspect

$15.95 | ISBN 0-9772524-7-7 | 107 Pages | In Stock: 3
The Fatman in The Mirror The Fatman in The Mirror by Kenn Mitchell
Pygmy Forest Press, 1997

This is Kenn Mitchell's second book of poetry. Poetry of the Deformed (1996) was also published by Pygmy Forest Press.

 

$10.00 | ISBN: 944550-46-0 | 100 Pages | In Stock: 3
UNION POEMS by Don Share UNION
POEMS by Don Share
Zoo Press, 2002

Excerpts:

Union presents a moving and original combination of vernacular directness, subtlety of tone and cadence, and imaginative vigor. Poems of mythologized autobiography--grief for a smashed marriage, for a lost childhood--are framed within the larger historical and political context of the poet's pained reckoning with his native Tennessee. --Rosanna Warren

Share's quest takes him back into the green heart of the country, looking down Union Avenue in Memphis where the Arkansas joins the Mississippi, flowing toward the Gulf, and where "the past still hurts, and gets sung about." Like those earlier singers, Whitman and Dickey, Don Share discovers again the distinctly American narrative, "the original catastrophe of our history," as he calls it: "We fought America in ourselves." And still fight, I might add. I delight in the precision of these chiseled poems and in the sizeable, important ambition of Share's imagination. --David Baker

But Union also sings the eternal concerns of love and time, death and longing...Few books are as lovely or profound. --Alice Fulton

$12.00 | ISBN: 0-9708177-7-0 | 67 Pages | In Stock: 5
View from Behind the Mirror by Lois Beebe Hayna View From Behind The Mirror
by Lois Beebe Hayna
Red Poppy Press, 1998

Excerpt from blurb:
They have a kind of shimmering clarity, a clean music, and an unsentimental generosity that rings in the mind after they are put down.
--Mary Crow

$11.95 | ISBN: 0-9650383-0-0 | 108 Pages | In Stock: 2
Winter Light Poems by Alfred Nicol Winter Light Poems by Alfred Nicol
The University of Evansville Press, Hardback Edition

Recipient of the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award

Excerpts: ...poems in this collection burn with cool radiance.
--Jay Parini

The energy of youth, the wisdom of maturity: what poet could long for a better combination, the one thing this terrific book epitomizes?
--Sydney Lea

It is tempting to describe Alfed Nicol as a "poets poet," because he uses language with a grace so effortless that it creates the illusion of having arranged itself, by itself. But Nicol is much more than a poet's poet; he is also a reader's poet, and his work, though dazzling, is not intended to simply dazzle but to convey, with charm and profundity, the experiences of our common life....
--Rhina P. Espaillat

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-930982-58 | Pages | In Stock: 3
Zen Yentas in Bondage by Robert Dunn 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

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