Gary Fincke | Dennis Finnell | Mark Fleckenstein | Stacia M. Fleegal | Jack Foley | Linda Nemec Foster | Rebecca Foust | Connie Fox | Hugh Fox | Vernon Frazer | Stephen Frech | Alana Ruben Free | Karen Friedland | Jeff Friedman
The Lengthening Radius For Hate
by Gary Fincke
Červená Barva press, 2008
The Lengthening Radius for Hate is a poem sequence that has, at its foundation, the shooting of Kent State students on May 4, 1970, by the National Guard. Gary Fincke was a student at Kent State in 1970, and he chronicles both the shooting and its residual effects over decades in a series of strongly observed narrative poems that explore disillusionment, anger, and the difficulties of reconciliation.
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene Review:$7.00 | 34 Pages | In Stock: 25
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."$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-5-9 | 62 Pages | 5 copies
A Name for Everything by Mark Fleckenstein
Červená Barva Press, 2020
Mark Fleckenstein was born in Chicago. Six states and dozens of moves later, he settled in Massachusetts. He graduated from University of North Carolina Charlotte with a B.A. in English, and Vermont College of Fine Arts with a MFA in Writing. He's been very involved in the poetry community in and around Boston, for over 30 years. He was an assistant editor for (BLuR), the Boston Literary Review, founder/coordinator of two bi-weekly poetry reading series in Boston and a workshop leader, He is also a painter. He has two amazing daughters and a large, eccentric, long-haired black cat named Ariadne.
A Name For Everything is an impressionistic, densely imaged book of poems that explore memory: the residue, metaphysics, existential condition, the emotional location. The poems require the reader to put aside conventional expectations of contemporary lyric poetry and demand the reader's full attention. Whatever narrative exists, is fragmentary; elliptical and developed imagistically. It's best to surrender to these poems, with your eyes and mind opened wide.
Cover Artist: Mark Fleckenstein$18.00 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-04-8 | 49 Pages
The Lines Are Not My Friends
Poems by Stacia M. Fleegal
Červená Barva Press, 2010
Stacia M. Fleegal is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, forthcoming 2010) and the chapbook A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). In 2009, individual poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared or are forthcoming in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, The Kerf, Prick of the Spindle, New Verse News, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, The Heartland Review, and Babel Fruit. She received her MFA in writing from Spalding University, is co-founder and managing editor of Blood Lotus (www.bloodlotus.org), and recently co-founded Imaginary Friend Press (named after Thomas McGrath's Letter to an Imaginary Friend) with her partner, the poet Dan Nowak.
An Unknown Poet's Grandiose Call to Action
If all the living world is your canvas and
you can see where there is red earth and
you can hear where there is white noise and
you can taste orange and yellow fruits and
you can smell purple in a hard-earned spring and
you can feel blackness or rainbows and
you can hug your children and
you can joke about incompetent leaders and
you can relate to suffering and
you can feel remorse and
you can stockpile food in your basement and
you can worship your television and
you can answer your phone when it rings and
you can buy things with promises and
you can never run out of promises and
you can promise that and
you can promise nothing else of substance and
you can hear about Darfur and Burma and
Lebanon and Detroit and
St. Louis and Miami and
rape-as-a-weapon and hate crimes and
drowned polar bears and extinct butterflies and
dead uninsured babies and jobs outsourced and
everyone everywhere casting stones and
you can sleep at night and
you can hold the tool you were given at birth on this soil and
you can appreciate art when being cultured is "in" and
you can testify that pictures on menus deepen hunger and
you can see the merit of having the whole picture
how then does your brush still hang lamely at your side?$7.00 | 28 Pages | In Stock
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."$14.00 | ISBN 0-9670224-4-4 | 85 Pages | In Stock: 1
The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte by Linda Nemec Foster
Červená Barva Press, 2018
Linda Nemec Foster has published ten other collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry), Talking Diamonds (finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year), and The Lake Michigan Mermaid (co-authored with Anne-Marie Oomen). Foster's work has appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Connecticut Review, New American Writing, The North American Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Quarterly West. Her poetry has also been published in anthologies in the United States and Great Britain, translated in Europe, and produced for the stage. She has been honored with Pushcart Prize nominations and has received awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, National Writer's Voice, the Polish-American Historical Association, and the Academy of American Poets. Foster was selected to serve as Grand Rapids, Michigan's first Poet Laureate from 2003-05. Her chapbook, Contemplating the Heavens, was the inspiration for jazz pianist Steve Talaga's original composition which was nominated for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Foster's project, Cry of Freedom, is a collaboration with Hungarian musician Laszlo Slomovits and was released on CD in 2013. Foster is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College and in 2015 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her work as a poet and advocate for the literary arts.$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-9-9 | 40 Pages
Ten Songs From Bulgaria by Linda Nemec Foster
Červená Barva Press, 2008
The first lines in Linda Nemec Foster’s Ten Songs from Bulgaria, sing 'Small lives, small lives/ we are trapped inside/ small lives.' The paradox here is that Foster’s poems reveal how large and rich the worlds are in which these small lives are lived. In line after line, we encounter the depths and reach of those who live outside the zones of everyday safety. Foster makes herself vulnerable to a world 'as tangible as fog' with her own penetrating observations. She walks 'the long journey' and her poems reflect the haunting music of ode and elegy.
These poems evoke--in their concision and clarity--intense, disturbing images of lives shredded into pieces so small all that’s left is the memory of having endured. They are caged inside the empty space of the page, which seems to want to suffocate their spare, fragile, incredible beauty. Each image speaks a world that is window and mirror of what we hide from in the fabricated assemblages we make against the truth these poems speak.
Linda Nemec Foster Interview: Michigan Public Radio (an affiliate of NPR) for their Stateside program, hosted by Cynthia Canty. http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bulgarian-photography-and-michigan-poetry-inspire-album
Mark Lamoureux on four Červená Barva Press Chapbooks,$7.00 | 20 Pages | In Stock
Gently Read Literature Review:
Dark Card by Rebecca Foust
Texas Review Press, 2008
"Fiercely smart and an absolute warrior, Foust's intelligence and courage drive every difficult poem home. The distilled vigor of Dark Card gives us the internal shock we look for in the best poetry."
-Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia
"Centered on the experience of raising a special child and the cruelty we inflict on difference, these poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train."
-Barry Spacks, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara
Dark Card is the winner of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize of 2007.$12.95 | ISBN 9781933896144 | 36 Pages | In Stock: 5 copies
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…
…Connie Fox is like an old woman rattling and knitting, only she uses guts instead of yarn.$15.00 | ISBN 0-9740868-9-4 | 71 Pages | In Stock: 3
--Ken Sutherland, Mockreviewsz
Where Sanity Begins by Hugh Fox
Červená Barva Press, 2010
Hugh Fox is a 78 year old poet originally from Chicago, has spent most of his life teaching writing, American literature and film in Champaign-Urbana, Los Angeles, Caracas, Santa Catarina (Brazil), Buenos Aires, etc. He has 110 books published, his most recent being, The Collected Poetry of Hugh Fox, published last year by World Audience in New York.
My mind and clothes are caught$7.00 | 57 Pages | In Stock
in March winds as
buildings and cars go flat,
whirled into remembrances
of worlds antedating ecological
suicide, when the last farmhouse
spoke and sick meant soft warm
milk, "supported," not "supporting,"
when all I had to do, after class
and homework, was to whirl and be
a paisano of yo-yo's and kites, bikes,
popsicles, chocolate bars, ice cream
and second-day doughnuts and smoke
whirled off bonfires where I was baking
potatoes underground, snow whirled
off buildings and I flew into the wind like
a comet, there were no walls between
me and my world and it all flowed through
and with me.
TIME & Other Poems by Hugh Fox
PRESA :S: PRESS, 2005
He (Fox) examines the meaning of his existence continually, & never settles for easy answers. His personal relationships, his memories, his perceptions are all fodder for his well-aimed cannon. These poems are intimate & true. They occupy a space somewhere between autobiographical journalism, & Jungian dreamwork. Fox transfers so much of himself into these poems, that he defies time & mortality.$6.00 | 43 Pages | In Stock: 3
--From the Introduction by Eric Greinke
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2002
In Commercial Fiction, Vernon Frazer does to post-millennium America what Mark Twain did to its nineteenth century counterpart in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
--Garrison T. Steadwell
Instead of telling a story, Frazer places the reader in the middle of it. As a result, the kaleidoscopic reality of Commercial Fiction assumes an unprecedented immediacy…August Strindberg wrote A Dream Play. Vernon Frazer has written a dream of a novel.$15.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-9-8 | 164 Pages | In Stock: 3
--Palmer Ford Hamilton
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.
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…
…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…
To me, Vernon Frazer's Improvisations seems a 21st century 'alternative' masterpiece unfolding before our eyes…$12.50 | ISBN 0-9745270-0-9 | 95 Pages | In Stock: 3
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…'$10.00 | ISBN 9633465-7-1 | 93 Pages | In Stock: 3
--American Book Review
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2002
Excerpt from the back of the book$12.50 | ISBN 0-9633465-8-x | 95 Pages | In Stock: 3
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
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2000
Vernon Frazer's Relic's Reunions is a wonderful blend of two sorts of books. It is a great novel about entering your forties and facing the test of the high school reunion. It is a great subterranean novel, a worthy heir to Jack Kerouac and Chandler Brossard…
--Don Webb, author of Endless Honeymoon
Beneath the Underground, where Charles Mingus's underdog still resides, Vernon Frazer has been building a reputation as a "writer's writer." In Relic's Reunions, Edsel Relic, a high school outcast turned performance poet, receives a telephone call from his unrequited teenage love, who invites him to attend his 25th class reunion - just as he's reeling from a mid-life diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome…$16.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-6-3 | 239 Pages | In Stock: 3
--Richard Freeman, Editor, Plain Brown Wrapper
Stay Tuned to This Channel and other stories
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 1999
The thirteen stories in Stay Tuned to this Channel explore the terra incognita of cutting-edge fiction in a manner as accessible as it is adventurous.$14.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-4-7 | 141 Pages | In Stock: 3
A Palace of Strangers Is No City
by Stephen Frech
Červená Barva Press, 2011
Cover Art: Stanislav Lahoda
Stephen Frech has earned degrees from Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Cincinnati. He has published three volumes of poetry: Toward Evening and the Day Far Spent (Kent State University Press) won the 1995 Wick Poetry Chapbook Contest, If Not For These Wrinkles of Darkness won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, published in 2001, and The Dark Villages of Childhood won the 2008 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Prize. He has been the recipient of the Elliston Poetry Writing Fellowship, the Milton Center Post-Graduate Writing Fellowship, and grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council.
He is founder and editor of Oneiros Press, publisher of limited edition, letterpress poetry broadsides. Oneiros broadsides have been purchased by special collections libraries around the world, among them the Newberry Library (Chicago), the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the University of Amsterdam Print Collection.
Stephen Frech is Associate Professor of English at Millikin University.
Stephen Frech Website: www.stephenfrech.com
Stephen Frech in his sequence of prose poems called A Palace of Strangers Is No City gives us a Kafkaesque world, signaled by the very first poem that ends with the frightening uncertainty of whether an unknown “you” is having a carrousel maker’s dream, or whether the carrousel maker is having a dream of the “you.” […] There are of course many fine works that have dealt with imaginary and oppressive landscapes, but what makes Frech’s book wonderfully creepy is that the oppression is so deeply existential. […] Another prose sequence, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities comes to mind, and with Frech’s mastery of the prose poem, it’s not an exaggeration to say A Palace of Strangers Is No City ranks with that masterpiece.
—Peter Johnson, from the Introduction
A Palace of Strangers Is No City is a one-of-a-kind experience. In just twenty-two elegant pages it contains an epic journey across an imagined city. The happenings in this city are surreal, ominous, funny and vivid. The circumstances may be dreamlike, but the longing and the wisdom are entirely real.
—John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake
When the carrousel maker died, he dreamed of horses, wild horses, giraffes, zebras, deer, all running riderless but in bright carnival colors, as if every animal he'd sculpted and painted in garish and gilt colors were running wild again as they had for him very early when he was young and hardly knew the difference between wild animals and those that circled the carrousel.
You dreamed that night of escaping on a carrousel. The guards fire at you every time you come around again. You crouch down low to streamline your body for speed, then ride upright around the back side to slow it down, to delay the inevitable encounter with the guards. You are having one of his dreams, or he is having one of his dreams for you.
2.$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-3-1 | 33 Pages | In Stock
Dreams of confinement and escape follow each other uninterrupted, night after night until the one looks like the other. You walk a beach sided by high cliffs and turn to climb stone steps leading up. They're covered with sand; they enter the rock cliff tunneling in, so you're climbing in darkness. But there's sunlight ahead. Finally, stepped into full light, you push open the gate of a picket fence. The spring creaks. On the gate, a sign, dusted over. You must brush off the lettering with your thumb. It says: This is not the way to the world. You must return to the beach down the steps. You look around. In the large fenced fields, grass has grown tall or the deep green of vegetable leaves spread in the sun. A woman has hiked her skirt up over her knees and she is bent over tending to a plant. A dog nearby begins to growl deep in his throat. You know you must leave and take the long, steep stairs, covered with sand, carrying the large bag of birdseed you've had with you all this time, searching for sure footing in the dark, back to the deserted beach where you find an endless line of stairwells leading up. You must try each one. Confinement. Escape. They need each other.
A Palace of Strangers Is No City by Stephen Frech
$20.00 | In Stock
The MOM EGG Hatching Babes and Art
Alana Ruben Free and Marjorie Tesser, Editors
The Mom Egg is an anthology of poetry, prose, and lyrics by Moms.
The MOM EGG was created as a place for Moms who may prefer the page to the stage: another vehicle to get Moms seen and heard.$12.00 | ISBN: 1-59971-907-x | 99 Pages | In Stock: 3
Alana Ruben Free and Majorie Tessor, Editors
Tales from the Teacup Palace by Karen Friedland
Červená Barva Press, 2020
A nonprofit grant writer by day, Karen's poems have been published in Writing in a Women's Voice, Nixes Mate Review, Vox Populi, The Lily Poetry Review, Constellations, and others. Her previous book, Places That Are Gone, was published in 2019 by Nixes Mate Books. She lives in Boston with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and a few too many plants.
An ordinary neighborhood on the edge of the city comes to life in Karen Friedland's Tales from the Teacup Palace-its dogs, trees, houses, spouses, and people, living and gone. With humor and insight, Friedland mines the nuances of her particular terroir as well as her own memories, all while striving to follow Forster's dictum, "only connect." This is a collection of vivid, contemplative poems that were expressly written to be enjoyed.
Karen Friedland's poems invite us into her West Roxbury neighborhood where the teacup sized yards mark the spaces between houses and we witness the "frail human connection" between neighbors. For Friedland "words on a screen, on a page are the lightest of filaments, that connect us, that make us, that save us." And that is what these quotidian poems achieve - they bring the reader into a Zen state and entrap us in the amber light of 1970s photographs where we hear the poet's confession that "Eros and the arts are my main forms of transportation." We are transported through the neighborhood, through the seasons, through memory and loss where we are reminded that poetry is a testament to the living, stronger than disease, and poetry is what we need to appreciate the fragile beauty of daily life where "nothing is in fact preordained - it's all just happenstance magic."
-Annie Pluto, author of The Deepest Part of Dark
Philosophical, cautiously optimistic, Tales from the Teacup Palace reveals Friedland's native intelligence, deep attachment to home, and other places on and off her map. Heart drives this stunning new poems collection.
-Susan Tepper, author of Confess and What Drives Men
In Tales from the Teacup Palace, Karen Friedland returns to the wistful imagery that serves as the foundation of her poetic work. Within these pages Friedland shares her formative years growing up in the 1970s, the quiet comforts of her humble home, and the small wonders of nature's beauty. We see it all. Whether conveying the blessing of springtime or ruminating on the correlation between "Eros and the Arts," Friedland's observations give readers a heightened awareness of life's small but critical moments. These poems serve as a precious chronicle of landscapes, both organic and contemporary. With subtle humor, robust femininity, and acute kindness, Tales from the Teacup Palace explores the finest nuances of our human experience.$8.00 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-42-0 | 27 Pages
-Renuka Raghavan, author of Out of the Blue and The Face I Desire
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."$15.95 | ISBN: 978-0887485336 | 88 Pages | 5 copies in Stock
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."$12.00 | ISBN: 978-0887484605 | 96 Pages | 5 copies in Stock
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."$10.00 | ISBN: 978-0887483844 | 104 Pages | 5 copies in Stock