Diane Wald | Suzanne K. Walther | Robert Warden | Eric Wasserman | Roger Weaver | Joe Weil | Kris Weinrich | E. F. Weisslitz | Judy Wells | Leslie H. Whitten Jr. | Anthony Russell White | J. Edwin Whitelaw | Dan Wilcox | Ben Wilensky | Richard Wilhelm | Leslie Williams | Ian Randall Wilson | A.D. Winans | Jim Woods | Anne Harding Woodworth | Grzegorz Wróblewski
faustinetta, gegenschein, trapunto by Diane Wald
Červená Barva Press, 2008
These three poems somehow asked to be together. They are full of alive and dead people, full of genuine and created personalities, full of composite desires and fears and mockeries. They popped up out of the love of words, and the word-secrets we all hold dear. The title words brought me buckets of pleasure, and I wanted to celebrate and embellish them. One of them I made up, one of them I learned, one of them I'd forgotten I knew. I think all three are united in mystery, begging for me to believe them.$7.00 | 20 Pages | In Stock: 25
My House by Suzanne K. Walther
The Feral Press, 2006
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."$13.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9800081-6-6 | 71 Pages | 3 copies
Brothers by Eric Wasserman
Červená Barva Press, 2008
Advance Praise for Brothers:
Take Faulkner's dicturn that "the past is never dead, it's not even past" and transpose it to late Forties L.A. In the grand tradition of John Gregory Dunne's True Confessions, Wasserman's taut little tale finds a mismatched pair of brothers clashing. explosively, at the dawn of the Blacklist era.
-Wesley Strick, screenwriter and author of Out There in the Dark
Eric Wasserman is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Temporary Life. His short story, "He's No Sandy Koufax," won first prize in the 13th Annual David Dornstein Creative Writing Contest. Brothers is the first chapter from his recently completed first novel, Celluloid Strangers. Eric is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Akron, wher he also teaches in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program (NEOMFA).
Visit him at www.ericwasserman.com$7.00 | 19 Pages | In Stock
The Ladder of Desire by Roger Weaver
Pygmy Forest Press, 2006
Roger Weaver's poems have been published widely in periodicals including The Massachusetts Review, The Greenfield Review, Nimrod, The North American Review, Manzanita Quarterly, and Hubbub. Founding editor of To Topos.
The Pursuit of Happiness
New and Selected Poems from Elizabeth, New Jersey
by Joe Weil
Excerpt from the back of the book$5.00 | 80 Pages | In Stock: 1
There's beauty everywhere, we know that. But no one perceives it all. It's easy to be impressed with towering mountain ranges, but Joe's knocked out over two old women gabbing over a broken picket fence, or his Uncle Pete not killing a deer after he thought he'd wanted to all his life, or riding home in a Yellow Cab and hanging out in the cool basement with the washing machine rocking on the uneven floor ("a convulsed and bulky tap dancer") or the Cuban lady "who claims to be the first cousin of Art Linkletter twice removed." But Joe's not only about loving "little people" and "humble" things…
Between Streetlights and Stars
by Kris Weinrich, 2012
Kris Weinrich graduated from Emerson College in 2002 with a BA in Audio Engineering and a minor in literature. He has been a regular at open mics in Southeastern Massachusetts and is one of the poetry workshop facilitators for the Brockton Public Library Poetry Series.
"Kris Weinrich's poems are in the voice of the guy who knows that no good deed goes unpunished, but won't let it stop him from trying. It's true in love as the women in the poems are moving away, imagined, unapproachable, even for sale, yet he is in there swinging away. It's true out in the world of the skyline, subway, street illuminated by either streetlight or stars, both mocking him but not discouraging him. Weinrich earns our attention, sympathy and respect through crackling language. "Your bones beckon heat,/raging to ride trolleys over cracked concrete/into the brass blare of jazz nights/down streets humming park bench blues". Weinrich doesn't waste words or our time. Every line is rich in sound and meaning and emotion. That's a pretty good definition of rock and roll, and these poems rock."$5.00 | 35 Pages | 2 Copies in stock
—David R. Surette, author of The Immaculate Conception Mothers' Club
Currents Unseen by E. F. Weisslitz
Feral Press, 2005
Call Home by Judy Wells
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2005
Named a Best Book of 2003 by The Irish Times
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…$15.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-7-9 | 89 Pages | In Stock: 2
--Mary McCall, Ph.D. in Human Development and Aging
Professor, Psychology Dept., Saint Mary's College of California
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…$12.95 | ISBN 0-9670224-0-1 | 112 Pages | In Stock: 2
--Mary Norbert Körte, Poet, Ex-nun, Environmental Activist
THE REBEL Poems by Charles Baudelaire
American Versions by Leslie H. Whitten Jr.
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005
Whitten has not just captured the recurrent symbols and images that express Baudelaire's deep thematics, but he has found the rare and fragile metric and lyric devices to orchestrate and give nuance to the extraordinarily varied Fluers.
--Maurice A. O'Meara, Ph.D., Poet Laureate of France
Ferrovie by Anthony Russell White
Červená Barva Press, 2007
The 2006 Červená Barva Press Chapbook Poetry Prize Winner
Ferrovie is Italian for trains, and seemed appropriate for a series of poems about strange encounters on Italian trains. I was introduced to the prose poem in 1993 by Robert Bly at a workshop afloat in Alaska, and have been writing them ever since. Some poems just seem to want to be in that form. Some of these ten came from my dreams, a few from actual events, the remainder from pure unleashed imagination.$5.00 | 20 Pages | In Stock: 15
Anthony Russell White
Poetry With Legs An anthology of Sin
by J. Edwin Whitelaw and Friends
Červená Barva Press, 2014
These pages that connect fourteen poets whose chance encounters with one who is no longer with us make fifteen. J. Edwin Whitelaw, obscure to all but those who knew him, provided a connection between those whose works and comments appear within, and to whom this anthology is dedicated.
Born in the Arkansas Delta near Helena in 1953 Whitelaw escaped, however the South’s influence upon him for good and bad played an important role in all aspects of his life until his death on Christmas Eve in 2006. Near his death, he described himself as “a slightly older man” who had become a mere caricature of his former self.
His poetry ran the spectrum from bitingly cruel as you will find in “An Acute Friendship” to the painfully romantic “Icarus Dreams Of Aphrodite” that appear in this collection. And so say his ex-wives and lovers. Once asked for an explanation of his paradoxical approach to poetry, he would not give one.
After leaving the South he began working as an analyst for the Security Service, a branch of the National Security Agency during the early 70’s in San Vito, Italy. “Cooling his heels from the Vietnam Era”, as he put it, he developed a distrust of all things governmental. He later entered teaching on both the preparatory and college level. He held a doctorate from the University of Arkansas, and viewed his colleagues as “boors and pompous asses.”
During the Bush Eras, he found an increasing and alarming distrust of Americans abroad. “This unholy alliance between the Patriots of the Religious Right and the Republican Party will push this country to the fascist brink. But hey, look on the bright side, oppression has always been good for poetry.” according to J. Edwin.
He retired from teaching in the late 90’s. Having lived in three foreign countries, he was conversant in five languages, and later worked as an independent consultant to international firms seeking to do business in the United States.
Divorced more times than he cared to discuss in detail, he once said he was destined to die alone surrounded by his books unless his large dog outlived him. It was a statement that proved to be prophetic. His dog in fact did not outlive him, and he was found dead in his rented flat in the Trastevere District of Rome on Christmas Day 2006 having apparently died the evening before quite alone.
In putting this collection together one contact led to another tied with the common thread of poetry. For his enumerable faults, defects and sins all of which he freely confessed, he with a few exceptions managed to salvage his broken relationships converting them into strange forms of friendships that included me.
Another acquaintance, who asked not to be identified commented to me, “J. Edwin had his share of baggage, but I have to say it was the Louis Vitton of emotional baggage. He suffered from potential.” Not a religious man by any measure, he had somewhat of a distorted moral code that had at its core a disdain of hypocrisy. His take? “By and large self-professed born-again Christians have no sense of poetry, reflection or self examination. Show me one, and I will show you someone who gives Jesus a bad name.”
Fittingly in his honor this anthology is subtitled “An Anthology of Sin” and dedicated to an extraordinary ordinary man.
GISELA FALABELA$16.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-9-0 | 121 Pages | In Stock
Meditations of a Survivor by Dan Wilcox
A science fiction poem by Dan Wilcox, published by A.P.D., the alternative press for Albany's poets
Open Mic: The Albany Anthology
Photos by Dan Wilcox, The Hudson Valley Writers Guild, 1994
Open Mic: The Albany Anthology contains poems by forty-two poets from Albany, New York's Capital Region. In addition, there are photos by poet/photographer Dan Wilcox of each of the poets reading their work in performance. This collection documents the early days of one of the busiest poetry scenes in the country, as scene that continues to grow and produce new poets and new audiences.
The Strain of Healing by Ben Wilensky
Pygmy Forest Press, 2000
Ben Wilensky's poems about Vietnam are gruesome, vicious, and alive.
--Leonard J. Cirino
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
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."$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-3-5 | 69 Pages | 5 copies
—Lucia Perillo, final judge, 2010 Bellday Prize competition
Out Of The Arcadian Ghetto
A Fiction Chapbook by Ian Randall Wilson
Červená Barva Press, 2007
Ian Randall Wilson is the author of Hunger and Other Stories (Hollyridge Press, 2000), and the poetry chapbook Theme of the Parabola (Hollyridge Press, 2005). His work has appeared in many journals including the North American Review, the Mid-American Review and The Gettysburg Review. He is an executive at Columbia-TriStar Marketing Group, and on the fiction faculty at the UCLA Extension.
Out of the Arcadian Ghetto is a work of great imagination. It features two previously published stories. In "He Was Known For His Nose," a specialist employed by a reclusive millionaire selects female companionship for his master by the women's smell. When his nose fails, disaster ensues. In "The Three Bears: A Retelling," this classic fairytale is reconceived as a contemporary commentary on race relations between homo sapiens and Ursus arctos.
Small Press Review/ Mar-Apr Picks, 2007$7.00 | 33 Pages | In Stock: 9
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.
THIS LAND IS NOT MY LAND by A.D. Winans
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005
His poems are heartfelt expressions of a wise observer, powerfully honest & uncompromised by literary fashion. One of our best poets.
These poems will sear you with their honesty about the cruelty, greed, and rapaciousness at the heart of the American soul…
A.D. Winans is practically an incarnation of San Francisco…Stylistically and Philosophically he's a continuation of Beat Truth, telling it the way it is. No theory, just the smack of everyday (mainly street) reality.$6.00 | 44 Pages | In Stock: 3
- Honk if you Love Geese by Jim Woods
These adventures are told in such a way as to appeal to the bird hunter, the deer hunter, the casual hunter, the dedicated hunter, and the dangerous game hunter. With settings in Canada, Spain, Honduras, and Africa, and much of the U.S., it satisfies the international hunter as well.
Jim Woods and Publish America
Olla Podrida A collection of short fiction
by Carol Costa & Jim Woods
Publish America, 2006
A collection of short fiction.
An Olla is a clay pot. The functional interpretation of the combination, Olla Podrida, is "a highly seasoned stew."
Carol Costa is the published author of several novels, short stories and non-fiction articles. She is an award-winning playwright and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Jim Woods is the author of seven books and has published numerous articles in national magazines. He has contributed to various non-fiction anthologies.$24.95 | ISBN: 1-4137-9990-6 | 284 Pages | In Stock: 3
The Lion Killer by Jim Woods
Publish America, 2005
The Lion Killer is a tale of conspiracy, murder, and intrigue that could be-might be-actually happening but if so, is not being reported in the press. Enter the shadowy world of political extremism where bullets, not ballots, are tools of those who would lead a country backward into the days of white supremacy and racial expression.$19.95 | ISBN: 1-4137-6346-4 | 237 Pages | In Stock: 3
Jim Woods and Publish America
The Last Gun by Anne Harding Woodworth
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent being Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014). The Last Gun is her fourth chapbook after Up From the Root Cellar and Herding, both from Červená Barva Press. A selection from The Last Gun won the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Award out of Cogswell College, San Jose, CA, judged by poet A. Van Jordan, who wrote: "You'll find that The Last Gun is 'a gathering place for... admirers, rememberers, the once-armed.'" Harding Woodworth lives in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
"Just when you thought you knew all the arguments in America's gun debate, here comes Anne Harding Woodworth's powerful chapbook, The Last Gun. In these haunting poems, the "last" gun clears its throat and speaks. He speaks his fears and hopes in a voice as unexpected as it is unsettling. We almost feel sorry for him as we follow his arrest, imprisonment, and more. These poems aim straight at the rhetoric. They trigger some laughs but mostly they lament a country in which we hear too much from guns. Guns usually get what they want. But here, in this smart, insightful collection, Anne Harding Woodworth only appears to show the gun's humanity. Actually, she shows us our own."
-Joseph Ross, Author of Ache, Gospel of Dust, and Meeting Bone Man
An excerpt from The Last Gun was the winner of the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Awards (Cogswell Polytechnical College, San Jose, CA), judged by poet A. Van Jordan, who wrote:
The Last Gun opens with smoke and closes with a bang. These poems toggle between the spirits of the living and the spirits the living carry into death "to ask questions, to contemplate/ a state of being that is no more." These poems care about what we carry with us on our journeys and how others hold us in memory. As a reader, you'll find that The Last Gun is "a gathering place for... admirers, rememberers, the once-armed," and this poet has prepared us both "for the journey... where it will be judged," and for the "deeds on earth."$7.00 | 37 Pages | In Stock
Herding by Anne Harding Woodworth
Červená Barva Press, 2014
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry and three chapbooks. She lived on a farm in New York State during much of her childhood, where her fondness for cows began. It has stayed with her in spite of living in New York City; Detroit; Athens, Greece; and Frankfurt, Germany. She now divides her time between a cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina and a home in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library. (www.annehardingwoodworth.com)
In Herding, cows rush in where angels fear to tread, as Anne Harding Woodworth finds the human in the cow and the cow in the human. Cows serve as figurative and literal witness here, be they standing by during a speaker's contemplative walk through a country morning or dressing up as a contest winner's best man, "forced to masquerade / as a bull masquerading as a best man // wearing a tailor-made bovine tuxedo." Woodworth's poems are funny and even ridiculous at times, but don't be fooled into thinking this is light verse. Here, we find the essential: our place on and of the earth, and in the immediate and more general human relationships that make up our personal herd.$7.00 | 32 Pages | In Stock
—Ruth Foley, Managing Editor of Cider Press Review and author of Dear Turquoise
Up From The Root Cellar by Anne Harding Woodworth
Červená Barva Press, 2008
If the root cellar connotes dark and damp, it also promises nourishment-and this book serves up a startling buffet. Whether imagining herself into a grave, a slaughterhouse, or a rose that holds a family memory, Anne Harding Woodworth is attentive to how "secrets rise to the surface." Her range of subject matter is startling-from famine to termites to dowsing for bodies-and she deftly works a root vegetable into nearly every poem, including one about the invention of the potato chip and another that turns the peeling of an Idaho into a sexy striptease. Up from the Root Cellar is rich with music, and brings a satisfying harvest of buried and strewn things to light.
Ellen Doré Watson, author of This Sharpening
In Up from the Root Cellar, Anne Harding Woodworth delights us with a quick and unblinking look to the cold, soupy, death-in-life world that roots our body's generation, and our ladders of art. Her poems feel through near-frozen "rhizomes / tightly wadded leaves," and wan cyclopean russet potatoes, "wide-eyed, looking for a way out," in order redefine the human form, the ways that the body seeks its "light-time" even as it must bow to physical limits, "dry-weighted, wet-weighted, scoped on dials, squeezed into ratio." Woodworth's instincts for the contrarian, and messy-microbial sources for human stories put her alongside the garden-shed bio-poetries of Roethke and Marianne Moore. Yet her sudden turns and wacky humor find their own force and presence.
David Gewanter, author of The Sleep of Reason
One of the many pleasures of poetry is that of coming into the company of an interesting mind. In Up from the Root Cellar, Anne Harding Woodworth uses her central metaphor to plumb the mysteries of preservation and renewal in ways that are fresh and surprising. Her tender, gently subversive poems, with their rich wordplay and mischievous imagery, succeed in bringing up from the darkness of the root cellar insights that delight and enlighten.
Jean Nordhaus, author of Innocence
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene review:$7.00 | 45 Pages | In Stock: 25
Let's Go Back To The Mainland
by Grzegorz Wróblewski
Translated from the Polish by Agnieszka Pokojska
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
Review by Ann Wehrman: http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/gallery.php?item=23672$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-7-6 | 96 pages | In Stock
A Rarity by Grzegorz Wróblewski
Translated from the Polish by Agnieszka Pokojska
Červená Barva Press, 2009
Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdansk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in Copenhagen since 1985. He has published eight volumes of poetry and two 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 five languages. The English translations of his poems and/or plays have appeared in London Magazine, Poetry London, Magma Poetry, Parameter Magazine, Poetry Wales, The Delinquent, Chicago Review, 3rd bed, Eclectica, Mississippi Review, Absinthe: New European Writing, Common Knowledge, Word Riot, Practice: New Writing + Art, The Mercurian – A Theatrical Translation Review, Lyric, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket Magazine, West Wind Review and in the following anthologies: Altered State: The New Polish Poetry (Arc Publications, Todmorden, UK 2003), Carnivorous Boy Carnivorous Bird (Zephyr Press, Brookline, USA 2004), A Generation Defining Itself – In Our Own Words (MW Enterprises, USA 2007). A volume of his selected poems Our Flying Objects (Equipage Press, Cambridge, UK) was published in 2007. His chapbooks to date are: These Extraordinary People (erbacce-press, Liverpool, UK 2008) and Mercury Project (Toad Press, Claremont, USA 2008).
Agnieszka Pokojska is a freelance translator and editor, tutor in literary translation at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and author of a number of articles on translation. Her translations into Polish include poems by Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott. Her translations of Grzegorz Wróblewski's poetry appeared in the anthology Carnivorous Boy Carnivorous Bird, in Lyric Poetry Review, West Wind Review, Eclectica Magazine, The Delinquent and Poetry Wales.$7.00 | 32 Pages | In Stock
Mercury Project Poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski
Translated from the Polish by Adam Zdrodowski