Gulnar Ali Balata | Rafael Ballesteros | Charles Baudelaire | David Beard | Gary Beck | Guy R. Beining | Denise Bergman | Bernadette Benati | John M. Bennett | Morris Berman | Anthony Bernini | Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal | M. Teresa Blaylock | C. L. Bledsoe | Mary Bonina | Louis E. Bourgeois | Victoria Bouroncle | David Robert Boyce | Thom Brucie | Anne Brudevold | Erika Burkart | Martin Burke | Philip E. Burnham, Jr. | Olivia Bush
A Peaceful Color From The Silence by Gulnar Ali Balata
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Gulnar Ali Balata is a Kurdish American poet, novelist, short-story writer, teacher, and translator. She was born in Kurdistan in 1974. Gulnar is the author of six books, three books of poems in the Kurdish language, Luna and Twelve Months (2006), Song of the Sad Ruins (2008), and A Breath from Letters of Borders Dream (2012) published in Duhok, Kurdistan. My Soul Still a Virgin is a collection of translated poems from Kurdish and Arabic to English by the author in 2010. My Poems Weep to the Seagulls (2014), is a book of poems published in Arabic, in Kurdistan. Kurdonya, a novel written in the Arabic language (2015), was published in Syria.
Gulnar has been published in numerous literary journals, websites and anthologies in Kurdish and Arabic languages, which are her first and second languages. Her work has been translated into many languages, and has been published in newspapers and magazines, in Kurdish and extensively on the internet.
She was a teacher in Kurdistan and taught English for three years before she left home in 1996. Gulnar received an Associate's degree in Art from Bunker Hill Community College in 2009.
She has participated in several poetry festivals within the Kurdish Region, and also abroad, in Turkey and Europe. From her outstanding cooperation, and successful writing, she has received awards from her work, and has been listed as one of the top Kurdish Women Voices in modern Kurdish poetry.
Gulnar Ali Balata's fourth volume of poetry, A Peaceful Color From The Silence, is an intimate gift by a mature poet infused with love for her tattered homeland of Iraqi Kurdistan. Her pen ripples with sparkling rivers and her expectant heart wrings with sadness as she infuses her poems in shooting stars and sweet dew, as "tears braid Fate's threads... shoulder/ the coffin of [her] childhood." The poet is "a weaned child," an "immigrant girl," a "lover," and "the melody for the executed." When "in exile... beyond the ocean... the coffins write [her] lines." This poet insists on the possibility of a "new page from a new sorrow/with a happy heart/ Make your name in my peace/symbol of a gorgeous love's spring." We take this journey with Balata and arrive strangely hopeful, crying tears of love for the resilience of the human spirit.$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-5-8 | 73 Pages | In Stock
-Molly Lynn Watt, On Wings of Song and Shadow People
My Soul Still A Virgin by Gulnar Ali Balata
Červená Barva Press, 2010
Cover painting by Ghada Habib
Gulnar Ali Balata was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1974. She is the author of two books of poems, Luna and Twelve Months (Hawar Press, 2006) and Song of the Sad Ruins (Hawar Press, 2008) published in Duhok, Iraq. Gulnar has had work appear in a number of literary journals, websites and anthologies in Kurdish and Arabic languages which are her first and second languages. She is now busy with her first story, a novel, and a third book of poetry.
She received an associates degree in English from Duhok, Iraq. She taught English for three years before she left home in 1996. Gulnar received an associates degree from Bunker Hill Community College in 2009. She currently is working on her bachelors degree in art. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines in Kurdish and extensively on the Internet.
She has been listed as one of the top Kurdish women's voices in modern Kurdish poetry. Her poems have a romantic power. She uses a clean and pure vocabulary.
These are poems of exile, torn from the soil of the author's native Kurdistan. They are poems of the human spirit orphaned. They demand of the reader the care and compassion any orphan requires to retain hope and nurture the promise of return.
—T. Michael Sullivan, Director William Joiner Center's Writers' Workshop
Gulnar's poetry speaks in English the language of her native Kurdistan. The mountains, streams, and valleys are both harsh and sensitive barriers in the mist. The ever present partridge reminds us of the country's beauty and beyond them and before them lies its sadness. Gulnar Ali Balata is a wonderful poet whom it has been my great pleasure to work with for the past several years watching her adapt her Kurdish and Arabic poetry to English.
—Tom Hooper, Bunker Hill, Community College
My soul still a virgin
The night holds its wings
Over the side of my expecting heart,
leaving wilted roses dew
on the morning star's face
smiling for the coming morning
that follows gulls' cheers.
Tears of the sky
Flow for the grief of the night
And the vanquished body
hiding in the corner of the wilderness
Picks up his broken pieces
And what's left of his tears
To seek new.
Preoccupied in abhorrent life
the maiden spirit with
its portable undying thirst,
its mystery of existence
and sense of its freedom of dreams and hope
remain after the confiscation of
waking up in the dewy morning,
Overlooking from the longing window
The chirping of birds.
Three-colored autumn leaves
Squeezed with tears of grief last night
Despite struggling with the wind
Despite the rain
Adhering with tears on my car window
Smile on my face
Penetrate my skin
Dancing with Nightingale's music
Sorrows of the body's reeling roar;$7.00 | 38 Pages | In Stock
and the Spirit is still a virgin
which Lies on the lips of glamour
Calling the Moon
Waiting for the morning star.
Fernando de Rojas Asleep on His Own Hand by Rafael Ballesteros
Translated from the Spanish by Steven J. Stewart
Rafael Ballesteros (1938-) lives in the Mediterranean city of Màlaga. He was a member of Spain's national legislature and helped draft its post-Franco constitution. Ballesteros is the author of numerous works of poetry and criticism, including the collection of poems Los dominios de la emoción which was released in 2003 by Pre-textos (Valencia, Spain). He is also the founder of Editorial Veramar, a publisher of experimental literature from Spain (www.editorialveramar.com).
Steven J. Stewart was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship for Translation by the National Endowment for the Arts. His book of translations of Spanish poet Rafael Pérez Estrada, Devoured by the Moon, which was published by Hanging Loose in 2004, was a finalist for the 2005 PEN USA translation award.$5.00 | In Stock: 4 copies
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
Voices by David Beard
Blue Violin Press, 2003
"David Beard presents us with a collection fierce and intoxicating, poems about himself interwoven with the plight of the mentally ill."
"A book brave and good, each poem is compelling."
-Green River Review
The Conquest of Somalia by Gary Beck
Červená Barva Press, 2008
Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway and toured colleges and outdoor performance venues. He currently lives in New York City, where he's busy writing fiction and his short stories have recently appeared in numerous literary magazines.$7.00 | 36 Pages | In Stock
Nozzle 1-36 by Guy R. Beining
Presa :S: Press, 2011
Contemporary Poetry Series
Guy R. Beining gets into words and their ambiguities like few other poets. His poems make non-linear sense. Though driven primarily by concept, Beining transcends the purely intellectual. He pushes the envelope of content and structure, and expresses himself in a unique, flexible style.$6.00 | 42 Pages | 2 copies
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.
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.$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-4-5 | 84 Pages | In Stock
Seventh Heaven and other poems by Bernadette Benati
The Feral Press, 2006
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.
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.
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...$12.00 | ISBN: 1892280469 | 183 Pages | In Stock: 1
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.
LAP GUN CUT
by John M. Bennett & F. A. Nettelbeck
Luna Bisonte Prods, 2006
LAP GUN CUT - A long collaborative poem by Bennett and "Bug Death" author F. A. Nettelbeck. Like nothing you've ever read.
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.
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.”
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:
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."
Distant Kinships poems of Anthony Bernini
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
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.$10.00 | ISBN: | 89 Pages | In Stock: 2
--Michael McClintock, Editor
The New American Imagist
Mirrors of Darkness and Light by M. Teresa Blaylock
(Excerpt from back of the book)
Mirrors of Darkness and Light is a compilation of stories,myths, and magic in poetry. It encompasses a wide range of subjects from political commentary to gothic fairy tales and murder...
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.$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-615-25796-9 | 65 Pages | In Stock
-Jeanne Larsen, winner of the AWP poetry book award
My Father's Eyes a memoir by Mary Bonina
Červená Barva Press, 2013
Mary Bonina has published two collections of poetry, Clear Eye Tea and Living Proof. She is also the author of Lunch in Chinatown, a chapbook of poems inspired by the experience of teaching the English language to recent immigrants in their work places. Her poetry and prose has been featured in Gulf Stream, Salamander, English Journal, Hanging Loose, and in many other journals and several anthologies, most recently in Entering the Real World: VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo, celebrating forty years of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Commissioned by composer Paul Sayed, she wrote a suite of three poems, Grace in the Wind, and Sayed's composition for piano, cello, and soprano voice had its world premiere at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts in November of 2012. Bonina is a graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. In addition to being a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow since 2001 when she was named the finalist for the Goldfarb Fellowship in non-fiction, she is also a member of the Writers' Room of Boston, Inc. where she is working on a novel and a new collection of poetry. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, poet Mark Pawlak and their son, Gianni Bonina-Pawlak.
ADVANCE PRAISE for MY FATHER’S EYES
"Not many pages into this gloriously moving book, a feeling begins to grow that it would have been a humbling yet exquisite experience to have sat and talked with Biagio John Bonina. What his daughter Mary Bonina has given us is a solid and lasting portrait of a man who was simple and complicated. (That is not a contradiction once you come to know him.)…America is a country of grand men and women who live on a modest scale, and no one fits that category more than he does. Once his eyes began to fail him, he lived even more for his family and its welfare and his efforts and work make him in my mind, the kind of real hero we fail to glorify anymore. So enter this book and come to know her father and his dedicated overwhelmingly loyal daughter, as well as a large stage of family members and friends who are unforgettable and insanely knowable and human."
—Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World
"Mary Bonina casts her considerable spell with exquisite sentences and unerring evocative details. She is a writer of inordinate compassion, formidable intelligence, and unflinching honesty. My Father’s Eyes documents a family’s coming to grips with the legacy of blindness, a daughter’s unflagging allegiance to her father, and one man’s heroic determination to live a life of independence and quiet dignity despite obstacles that would crush the strongest of us. The book is an inspiration. When I finished reading it, I walked around for days seeing the world through its lens. Yes, it’s that good. It’s that important."
—John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass. and No Regrets, Coyote
"Packard. Record player. Telephone party line. Fallout shelter. Holy Ghost. These and other blasts from the past make up the world of this beautiful, clear-eyed memoir that reads like a novel. It’s partly the story of a girl who loved words on her way to becoming a writer. Of all the words in her universe, the most important were eyes and seeing, for this was a girl growing up with a beloved father going blind. Becoming his guide and his eyes, she becomes herself. And what a character he is! We come to know him as if we’re all his children, one minute consumed with terror at the dangers he faces, and the next minute awed by his courage, and the next exasperated by his human flaws. And ultimately, we see and feel for ourselves what his daughter means when she says, “I know about love from being my father’s eyes."
—Ellen Cooney, author of A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies
Solstice Literary Magazine: http://solsticelitmag.org/mary-boninas-memoir-fathers-eyes/$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-8-5 | 290 Pages | In Stock
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
Living Proof by Mary Bonina
Červená Barva Press, 2007
Review excerpt from: Prick of the spindle,
"Mary Bonina’s Living Proof is a hefty 45 pages and worth every drop of ink Červená Barva Press shelled out to bring it into the world. Each poem reads like a miniature story, stabbing at the heart of memory and nostalgia, capturing lifetimes in a single moment or turn of phrase..."
--Jen Garfield, editor
Prick of the Spindle
To read the whole review:
These are poems concerned with the primary relationships of our lives -- family, friends, lovers, nature -- and in them, there is always the larger world rattling around. This volume of narratives, lyrics, dialogues, and found poems demonstrates Bonina's accomplishment and range. Here is an assured voice imbued with musicality, surprising us in the simple way it offers up deeper meaning, often using imagery drawn from the everyday.
"...the voice of these poems knows death, luck, the mall, the hard edges of place, New England places, the violence of the world. It runs very concretely and in many poems, past what its bearer sees as if standing still in deep attention. It is written so that "he who runs may read" but turns entirely inside out the terms and assumptions of that old insult. What a place this human world would be if we all ran at Mary Bonina's speed, what Flannery O'Connor once called the terrible speed of mercy."$7.00 | 46 Pages | In Stock: 20
--Mary Baine Campbell
author of TROUBLE (poems), Carnegie Mellon U Press and The World, The Flesh, and Angels (poems), Beacon Press
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
The Circle and the Line by Victoria Bouroncle
Pygmy Forest Press, 1994
Victoria Bouroncle has taught English in South America and worked as a freelance writer in Cairo, Egypt. In 1991, she received a Donald Barthelme Memorial Fellowship.
Bits and Pieces by David Robert Boyce
Copyright 2006 by David Robert Boyce
David is a member of the Arizona, Utah, and New Jersey Poetry Societies, and is affiliated with NORAZ Poets. His work has appeared in many journals including Utah Sings Volume VII, The Collared Peccary, A String of Colored Beads, and The Noise.$1.00 | 8 Pages | In Stock: 5
Moments Around The Campfire
With A Vietnam Vet by Thom Brucie
Červená Barva Press, 2010
Thom Brucie earned his MA in English at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and his PhD at Binghamton University. His short story collection, Still Waters: Five Stories was nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year award in the short fiction category. His poems and stories have appeared in a variety of journals, including DEROS, Southwestern Review, San Joaquin Review, Cappers, and others. He teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at Brewton-Parker College. He and his wife, Carol, have six children.
The poems in Moments Around The Campfire With A Vietnam Vet flow with an incredible narrative voice spoken from the recollected perspective of a ghost poet with a precise eye for detail, a poet who carries you along the beautiful waterfall of misery with your eyes wide open and your heart in your throat. Each poem commands the page, daring the reader to deny its verity and weight, forbidding the reader to dismiss the small totals of Vietnam we still don't speak about. Wow. These poems took my breath away.
~Lana Maht Wiggins, University of Louisiana; author of Notes From Refuge, Felix Voorhies Award winner
Moments Around The Campfire With A Vietnam Vet is full of poignant poems about various characters who fought in the Vietnam War. Thom Brucie's style is direct, his images clear and specific, and the poems often end on a sardonic or ironic note. He makes us feel as though we were actually invited into the camp circle to hear the stories of these people, to know their longings and aspirations and disappointments. This is one of the best books of war poems I've ever read. I promise, you won't be able to put it down.
~Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Binghamton University; American Book Award winner for All That Lies Between Us
Cover Photo: Members of the 3rd Bn, 12th Inf, 4th Inf Div, "take five" during bunker construction on Hill 530, Vietnam War, 1967.$7.00 | 42 Pages | In Stock
Journey (Anthology) Edited by Anne Brudevold
Eden Waters Press, 2009
Journey is not a mere anthology - it's an encyclopedia of travel's means and ends that carries us to most of the continents and out into time and space - a jewel box of sweet rides.
- Bert Stern, editor of Off the Grid Press
For me this accomplished collection of poetry is like revisiting a group of old pals. I have known many of the poets represented here for years; I admire their attention to craft and their ability to see the world with a sense of humor.
- Doug Holder, editor of Ibbetson Street Press
You have all the qualities of a great editor. You read submissions sensitively and (God be thanked) swiftly. You make wonderful obsevations about the work and you have such original ideas about ways to present the writings of others.
- Philip Burnham, author of Housekeeping, Sailing from Boston, My Neighbor Adam
Some featured writers:$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-02118-8 | 136 Pages | 1 in stock
Tomas O'Leary, Hari Bhajan Khalsa, Hugh Fox, Carolyn Gregory, Martin Willitts, Jr., Barbara Leff, Edward S Gault, Yvonne Baginsky, Roger Legrand, Lynn Veach Sadler, Miriam Gallagher, Elizabeth Glixman, John Flynn, Gary Beck, Pam Rosenblatt, Penny Harter, Marc Jampole, Peter Krok, Mike Amado, Ed Galing, Halima Sussman, Helen Bar-Lev, Phillip E. Burnham, Phil Levy, Susan Tepper, Tom Sheehan, and many others. 51 contributors in all--poets, memorists, artists, cut-out masters, and photographers.
Luminal Wait by Anne Brudevold
Eden River Press, 2006
I relish the times I have the priviledge to read her prose and poetry; I am always astonished by her ability to surprise the reader with a turn of phrase, an apt metaphor that I never have thought of myself, or a new way to examine human behavior or a social issue.
As a writer, Anne has had many of her poems published and her desire to return to writing fiction will no doubt result in further publishing achievements. She has a good eye for critique and has worked with aspiring writers, (myself included) to further their vision and edit their work to a polish.$6.00 | 26 Pages | In Stock: 3 (signed copies)
Secret Letter by Erika Burkart, translated by Marc Vincenz
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Swiss poet Erika Burkart (1922-2010) has been compared to the likes of Ingeborg Bachmann, Friedericke Mayröcker, and Rainer Maria Rilke. During the latter half of her lifetime, the Swiss literary establishment perceived her not only as the grande dame of German- Swiss poetry, but also as an elusive, metaphysical, at times eccentric enigma of contemporary German-language literature. Born in Aarau, Switzerland, Burkart published over 24 collections of poetry and nine prose works, writing for the most part in the house of her childhood (the former summer house of the Prince-Abbot of Muri), Haus Kapf in Althäusern, Aargau, which was run as a tavern by Erika's parents.
Burkart received numerous literary prizes during her lifetime, including the Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis (1978), the Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart- Preis (1990), the Joseph-Breitbach-Preis (2002), and the Gottfried-Keller-Preis (1992). To date, she is the only woman ever to have been awarded Switzerland's highest literary prize, the Grosser Schiller-Preis (2005).
Born in Hong Kong, Marc Vincenz is the author of nine collections of original poetry; his latest are This Wasted Land, and Its Chymical Illuminations (Lavender Ink, 2015), Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015) and Sibylline, a book-length poem (Ampersand Books, 2016). The Washington Independent Review of Books recently called Vincenz "[a] peripatetic linguist... [he] prospers through travel like a psychoactive medicine man. Each poem is an open environment where anything can happen-a ceremony of advanced thinking-where a pilgrim of great altitudes accepts life's vagaries." Vincenz is also the translator of many German-language poets, including the Herman Hesse Prize winner, Klaus Merz, Werner Lutz, Erika Burkart, Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Robert Walser and Jürg Amman, and has published ten collections of translations-the latest is A Late Recognition of the Signs by Erika Burkart. His translation of Klaus Merz's collection Unexpected Development, was a finalist for the 2015 Cliff Becker Book Translation Prize and will be published by White Pine Press in 2018. He has received several grants from the Swiss Arts Council and a fellowship from the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. His own work has been translated into German, Russian, Romanian, French, Icelandic and Chinese; Bucharest's Tractus Arte Press released a Romanian translation of his collection The Propaganda Factory, at the 2015 Bucharest Book Fair. He is International Editor of Plume, Executive Editor of MadHat Press, and Plume Editions, Co-Editor of Fulcrum, and lives and writes in Western Massachusetts. Recent and forthcoming publications include The Nation, Ploughshares, Guernica, Washington Square Review, The Common and World Literature Today.
"Erika Burkart often evokes darkness, all the while "recu[ing] / fragments of images / from the dark chambers"-and these bits and pieces of the world, which she gathers with such care, gleam with a lasting, even healing light in her work. A precise and loving observer of nature, this major Swiss poet is especially sensitive to the question of how perceptions can be written down to "find [her]self / [...]-a language / no one knows anymore." For her, words raise no insurmountable barriers between the self and outside reality, but rather encourage her, as it were, to examine how one might more fully live."
"With Secret Letter, Marc Vincenz has gracefully and accurately rendered one of the last and most important books written by this philosophically minded poet. Hats off to him, for these full-fledged English poems express all the discreet music, subtle emotions, and thought-provoking qualities of the originals."
-John Taylor, poet, translator of Philippe Jaccottet, Jacques Dupin, and Jose-Flore Tappy
"Secret Letter by Erika Burkart offers lyrics so pristine and resonant in English that it's hard to fathom that these are translations. Marc Vincenz has done a great service for English-speaking, opening our shutters, our vistas onto the light- rich work of this amazing poet. Each poem mirrors creation and the birth of poetical language, without affectation or even extra syllables. The ensemble remins us of why we turned to poetry in the first place, for its spare, lyrical power, its shock of beauty, emotion, and insight."
-Marilyn Kallet, poet, translator of Paul Eluard, Benjamin Peret, and Chantal Bizzini
"Burkart's poems leave behind much more than a fleeting trace in the snow. Her delicate poetic footsteps have long since inscribed themselves in the memory of nature and her readers."
"Erika Burkart possessed something like a second sight. She saw people, nature, the world, with both an inner and outer vision."$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-3-4 | 83 Pages | In Stock
Duino by Martin Burke
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Poet and Playwright Martin Burke is from Ireland but has lived for many years in Flanders (the northern Flemish speaking part of Belgium) a region with which he strongly identifies. More akin to the broad European visionary tradition than to any form of social realism, his work is noted for his insight and lyricism, qualities which are to the forefront in this version of the famous work by Rilke. He is currently working on a book-length poem The April Calends.
Who from the angels will hear me?$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-9-6 | 22 Pages | In Stock
Into what existence may I vanish?
Why is it that, though it can, beauty does not destroy us?
Why does terror spring from every angel's mouth in joy?
Yet this is the world's landscape where, somehow, we endure
And the lovers, who annihilate annihilations
Lock time like a prisoner in their arms but their hearts are birds in air
Spring and its stars require us and the mission of music also
As we require mirrors to hold our expectations
As sinful and profane are our chosen companions
Where Antaeus is livid in air but renewed on the ground (oh let there be praise for such falling for this is no elegy)
As lovers are (oh pleasurable earth that such joy be yours!)
Sap to earth-mould that love rise again in any space, region or occasion through which its arrow passes
To focus on the unseen voice prompting a saints' ecstasy
Listening only to the secretive breath of the world
Speaking histories and chronicles-but what will they tell of you?
Let them tell that you were enraptured and quivered
In the arrows flight within you.
Beowulf by Martin Burke
Červená Barva Press, 2009
"Burke is the eloquent essayist of the sublime"
"His style is far ahead in terms of imaginative inventiveness
This is startling, original work"
TO BEGIN with the hero is inaccurate
Begin with his opposite
The one he must meet
The one he will forever be named by
Begin with time ripening to a specific purpose
With events entering history at a critical moment
Begin with Grendel
Grendel: purpose-driven like no other
Grendel: a law unto himself
This is the one who names the hero for all time
The one doomed from the beginning
And yet this is not a minor role
Not the man-beast as he broods in his lair
Not as he plots the destruction he will bring
Not as he delights in the prospect
And he will bring destruction
Destruction and wanton despair
To those who cannot fight him
Martin Burke was born in Ireland but lives now in Brugge, Belgium$7.00 | 52 Pages | In Stock
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
Chaos and Evolution by Olivia Bush
Červená Barva Press, 2015
Olivia Bush is currently a junior at Simmons College, an all-women's college in Boston, Massachusetts, and is studying English and Communications. After she graduates, she aspires to become an editor. Born and raised in Central New Jersey, many of her poems are inspired by its scenery from the factories on the Turnpike facing the city skyline, to the picturesque shore. She is a poetry buff, who enjoys reading and draws inspiration from works from a variety of eras. Besides writing, she is an immature distance runner, and currently works as the director of a mentoring program for ninth and tenth graders. Despite the usually dark undertones present throughout most of her works, she enjoys a good comedy, and one of her long-term dreams is to write for a cartoon.
Your peculiarity stuck me like a pin,
As I am a peculiar soul;
It met my delicate skin, drawing blood,
Which dripped to the floor
It was surprising: just a pin
drew such abundant blood;
but the bleeding roused my fancy,
as it poured from veins to the air
When it collected in a puddle, stained the rug;$7.00 | 18 Pages | In Stock
I knew I had to do something
To stop the bleeding—
I eventually learned bandages only go so far