Norman MacAfee | Angela Consolo Mankiewicz | Mariana Marin | Tara L. Masih | W. R. Mayo | Michael McInnis | Ed Mcmanis | Joan McNerney | Ana Merina | Corey Mesler | Gary Metras | David P. Miller | Ed Miller | Sally Miller | Stephen P. Miller | Gloria Mindock | Kenn Mitchell | Nancy Mitchell | Richard Moore | Edward Morin | Susanne Morning | E.K. Mortenson | Alexander Motyl | Don Moyer | Barbara E. Murphy | Rich Murphy
A NEW REQUIEM poem by Norman MacAfee
Cheap Review Press, 1988 (signed copy)
A New Requiem is a long poem, a non-religous text dedicated "to the future and its composers." Parts of it have been set to music and performed, and the poet encourages other composers to set the entire work. But above all A New Requiem is a poem to be read.
"One could listen forever, A New Requiem is so lovely."
--The Washington Review
$5.00| ISBN: 0-945502-01-x | 45 Pages | In Stock: 3
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THE COMING OF FASCISM TO AMERICA
by Norman MacAfee (signed copies)
The Bowery Poetry Club, 2006
"The information we are receiving is all false. Our country has betrayed us." Thus begins Norman MacAfees major new poem, "The Coming of Fascism to America," written in February and March 2005, as Bush's insane destruction of Iraq, and America, entered its third year. --The Bowery Poetry Club
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Wired And Other Poems by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
Aquarius West Press, 2001
Very seductive poetry here, at the same time with an undertone of melancholia/despair: …. Will I be there again someday, if I'm alone/or because my body has closed me off /to deeper pleasures? Will I say I've had enough/or will I squirm on a couch with a weary moan? ("The Girl Who Loved Armchairs") …. one very vibratory poem, "Smiles of a Summer Night" about making love to another woman, then waking up and to pull her mate (husband/boyfriend?) over to drive her tongue down his throat and complain Why Now? And from "Young Girls in Young Girl Dresses": This poem is for the rest of us / blocking recall of how short/ the good part was, how few/the minutes of specialness. I finished WIRED and couldn't get it out of my mind. Even the drawing of garter-belted stockings on beautiful, ankle-strapped shoes. The sexuality is very much there and very effective. Not a book to read though, if you're suffering from depression; at the same time, magnificently performed.
Reviewed by Hugh Fox
$6.00| 28 Pages | 1 in stock
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The Factory of the Past poems by Mariana Marin
Translated from the Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin and Daniela Hurezanu
The Bitter Kind A Flash Novelette by Tara Lynn Masih & James Claffey
Červená Barva Press, 2020
In this spare novelette, acclaimed flash fiction writers James Claffey and Tara Lynn Masih collaboratively create an original tale of loss and love, as The Bitter Kind deftly alternates between Stela, the daughter of a ship's captain, burdened by her family secrets, and Brandy, a Chippewa orphan, haunted by ghost wolves and spirits. The authors cross genres and borders between historical and contemporary, speculative and realistic, presenting two unforgettable characters on a journey toward their inevitable, fateful destination.
"With two writers as well matched artistically as Tara Lynn Masih and James Claffey, a collaboration is cause to celebrate. This richly woven, haunting novelette transcends the confines of its brevity; feels tender, sprawling, immersive. The Bitter Kind is an alchemy, a duet, a gorgeous melding of two of our most treasured literary voices."
-Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018
"With short, alternating passages, James Claffey and Tara Masih vividly illuminate the separate and commingled lives of Stela and Brandy in this original and elegantly textured novella. It is a story, human and soulful, of place, mysticism, and the hard-won ground we all struggle toward."
-Robert Scotellaro, author of Nothing Is Ever One Thing
"From ghost-soaked frontier towns to leafy waterways, frozen river basins, and the open road, Tara Masih’s and James Claffey’s parallel narratives tumble along through stunning landscapes of loneliness and beauty. The writing is evocative and tender, exploring both the haunted and the haunting; touching in its examination of broken things and masterful in its prose."
-Kimberly Lojewski, author of Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart
"With beautiful imagery and a seamless voice, Masih and Claffey move us through decades as two parallel lives seek solace and healthy human connection. Stela, long plagued by abusive relationships, and Brandy, spurred by tragedy and unlucky in love, are shaped and steered by the things that haunt them, and, perhaps, the things that will someday guide them to heal. This winning collaborative effort is both stirring and satisfying."
-Mel Bosworth, author of FREIGHT and coauthor of Second Acts in American Lives
"With their binocular lyric lenses, Masih and Claffey provide a lacquered and sanded depth to this compilation set in the chambered karst of our heartfelt heartland. The book is a layered lanyard, a laurel wreath, an ouroboros, Mobius’s Mobius, an effortless enso, and a terrific torqueing torus. The diastolic/systolic dub-Dub, a syncopated sink or swim, of the call and response had me reeling, a time step timed to hit the one and the three. What I am saying is that this is a tour de force, a fait accompli."
-Michael Martone, author of Brooding and The Moon Over Wapakoneta
"To read The Bitter Kind is to witness two writers who, in this slim 68-page volume, manage a marvel by beautifully performing two seemingly impossible tasks... the first astonishing thing about The Bitter Kind: Masih and Claffey blend their styles so seamlessly that, aside from a very few turns of phrase, it's nearly impossible to tell the difference between their voices. The second astonishing aspect of this book is that Masih and Claffey create a rivetingly cohesive central narrative from flash segments... Even more extraordinarily, they form a novelette with the scope and sense of fulfillment one would expect of a much longer work."$18.00 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-40-6 | 68 Pages
Emma Bolden, Tupelo Quarterly
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Fragile Skins by Tara L. Masih
The Feral Press, 2006
The Feral Press publishes chapbooks of poetry and prose that accompany black-and-white images. These are collector's editions and published in limited press runs. Their goal is to enhance the reading of prose with art, and to revive the European chapbook and broadside tradition. These chapbooks have been archived at universities throughout the country, and a few remain for purchase. Tara L. Masih is an award-winning writer, and this booklet includes the prize-winning story flash story "Catalpa."
"'Suicide Weather' hit me especially hard . . . those richly suggested apples . . . a great story!"
-X. J. Kennedy
"Fragile Skins is a gem that I keep on my bookshelf . . . ,"$4.50 | 5 Pages | Sold Out
Tall Grasses by Tara L. Masih
The Feral Press, 2006
The Feral Press publishes chapbooks of poetry and prose that accompany black-and-white images. These are collector's editions and published in limited press runs. Their goal is to enhance the reading of prose with art, and to revive the European chapbook and broadside tradition. These chapbooks have been archived at universities throughout the country, and a few remain for purchase. Tara L. Masih is an award-winning writer, and this booklet includes the Pushcart Prize nominated flash story "Turtle Hunting," which first appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review and was anthologized in Brevity & Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories (Rose Metal Press).$4.50 | 4 Pages | In Stock: Sold Out
Pretty Little Lies
Ten Generations Of Southern Hypocrisy by W. R. Mayo
Červená Barva Press, 2009
Pretty Little Lies, as told from the perspective of a member of the southern Mayo clan, reads like a gothic novel spanning centuries. In a take no prisoners accounting. W. R. Mayo's memoir is a serious undertaking that makes for fascinating reading. Though not from an old southern family, I, for one recognize much of what we all carry in our DNA.
- Susan Tepper, author of DEER
In his biting family memoir, Pretty Little Lies, W. R. Mayo courageously puts a dagger into the heart of the southern plantation myth. By unflinchingly facing his own dysfunctional past, Mayo gives the romantic, idealized version of ante- and post-bellum life below the Mason-Dixon Line a well-deserved paddling. In moving prose, he reveals the underbelly of the "big house"- a way of life created and sustained by traffic in human slavery and one reliant upon the manipulation, or far worse, of the land and those who lived and toiled upon it. Pretty Little Lies is a must read for anyone looking to see past the mythology of the Old South.
- J. B. Hogan, author
Unflinching. Revealing. In this exhaustively researched family history, Mayo charts the rise of a Southern family from its roots in England to the founding of a plantation in Southeastern Arkansas in the middle of the nineteenth century. Through the degradations of the Civil War, two world wars, and countless family conflicts still raging to this day, Mayo lays bare the mythology of Southern "Nobility." He frankly examines the treatment of slaves by his family which led to "the other Mayos," a family of blacks descended from these slaves, and describes the uncompromising natures of his progenitors. From his mother who never apologized for anything, considering it a waste of time to his racist, domineering father, Mayo chronicles the infighting, manipulation, and xenophobia prevalent in his family's past. Mayo digs to the core to face head-on not only the lies, exaggerations and conscious-salving stories of "pride" passed down within his family, but also to uncover the real story of Southern history. As Faulkner said, "The past is never dead. In fact, it's not even past." Mayo's past is certainly not dead, though this book is an attempt to put a stake through it's heart.$15.95 | ISBN 978-0-9773695-4-0 | 211 Pages | No longer available
- C. L. Bledsoe, author of Anthem, Riceland and editor for Ghoti Magazine
Secret Histories by Michael McInnis
Červená Barva Press, 2019
Michael McInnis lives in Boston and served in the Navy chasing white whales and Soviet submarines. His poetry and short fiction has appeared in Chiron Review, Cream City Review, Deadly Writers Patrol, Naugatuck Review, Oxford Magazine, Unlikely Stories and Yellow Chair Review to name a few. He was the founder of the Primal Plunge, Boston's only bookstore dedicated to 'zines, underground culture, and small press literature. His previous two books, Hitchhiking Beatitudes and Smokey of the Migraines were both published by Nixes Mate Books.
More Praise for Secret Histories
Secret Histories, by Michael McInnis, is a journey from sea to sky, where you "see the stars in each swell, as if land exists only at the pleasure of the ocean." Mermaids walk amongst us, and fortune may allow us to trace their tattoos with our tongues. There are secret messages in storms and unquenchable thirsts, and a girl named Lucy, whose skin we can't stop thinking about. McInnis shows us "how we dream up gods in our desert consciousness," knowing that all the while, the sharks feed below.$17.00 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-10-9 | 122 Pages
-Heather Sullivan, author of Method Acting for the Afterlife
Sister Mary Butkus
by Ed McManis
Červená Barva Press, 2007
Ed McManis is a teacher, writer, poet, editor, songwriter, husband and dad—not always in that order. His work has appeared in more than 40 publications.
Cover art by Joe McManis
Having Lunch with the Sky by Joan McNerney
The work of Joan McNerney has been published in over a hundred poetry journals and magazines in the US and Canada. This is her fourth book of poems. She has performed her poetry at many distinguished venues, such as the National Arts Club, the University of Texas at Houston, the McNay Art Institute, the Word Thursday series in Treadwell, NY, and at Café Web in Albany, in addition to performing on several radio and TV programs. She lives outside Albany, NY.
Cell Mate by Ana Merina
Harbor Mountain Press, 2007
Translated by Elizabeth Polli
Ana Merino is one of the best contemporary Spanish poets, and Cell Mate is a wonderful place to start reading her. In these poems all of Ana's registers are present: the whimisical one some times, others the haunted one. Ana writes dark lullabies, fairy tales for grown ups, and she does it without losing the sense of childish wonder. How is that possible? Open the book.
Winner of Bolivia's National Book Award
The Adventures of Camel Jeremy Eros by Corey Mesler
Červená Barva Press, 2020
Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South. He has published 9 novels, 4 short story collections, and 5 full-length poetry collections, and a dozen chapbooks. His novel, Memphis Movie, attracted kind words from Ann Beattie, Peter Coyote, and William Hjorstberg, among others. He's been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and 3 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor's Writer’s Almanac. He also wrote the screenplay for We Go On, which won The Memphis Film Prize in 2017. With his wife he runs a 145 year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at https://coreymesler.wordpress.com.
Camel Jeremy Eros, 60s Memphis poet, bon vivant and scenester, appeared in two earlier Corey Mesler novels. Now he gets his own biography. Beginning with his birth in Frayser, a gray carbuncle on the side of Memphis, Tennessee, and following him through his academic success and then his political/poetical awakening at the University of California, Berkeley, the novel touches on numerous multi-hued, phantasmagoric, hippiefied cultural landmarks, including the small press, bookstore scene in San Francisco, protests in the streets, and free love. Eventually Camel finds his way back to Memphis where he meets the darling of his life, the willowy sculptress, Allen. The novel’s latter half takes place mostly in Memphis as the lovers struggle with earning money, making art, setting up house, and eventual health issues that threaten to burst their rainbow bubble.
"The Adventures of Camel Jeremy Eros has an exuberant voice that pulls you in and a swaggering, larger-than-life character to keep you happily entertained. And then - just when you least expect it - this vivacious, colorful tale of a man's pursuit of literature and love also manages to break your heart."
-Tova Mirvis, author of The Ladies Auxiliary and The Book of Separation: A Memoir
"Corey Mesler's new novel The Adventures of Camel Jeremy Eros is a wonderfully Gumpian Memphis and San Franciscan Roman à clef, infused with aching lyricism, sharp wit, and ramped-up-to-eleven literary cleverness, its crackling prose delivered with a soft West Tennessee twang. The story of a Memphis poet and teacher named Camel Eros, his sculptor wife Allen and their love affair both with each other and with life itself is told through a redolent halcyonic haze, evoking memory of a time in America-the middle decades of the last century-that were a swirling paradox of protest, rebellion, free love and unfettered spiritual and artistic expression. Mesler's characters offer warmth and depth to this poignant tale, which is funny, wickedly sexy, and terrifically engaging."
-Mark Dunn, author of Ella Minnow Pea and We Five
"Rascally on the page, subversive in spirit and style, Corey Mesler just may be Memphis' answer to Ken Kesey. Here is a rip-snorting, picaresque tale of the Bluff City from the fifties and sixties that will make most Memphians smile-and will make non-Memphians wonder what the hell they've been missing."$18.95 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-08-6 | 318 Pages
-Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Hellhound On His Trail
Captive in the Here poems by Gary Metras
Červená Barva Press, 2019
Gary Metras is the author of four previous poetry books along with eleven chapbooks, most recently, Two Bloods: Fly Fishing Poems. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as America, American Angler, The Boston Review of Books, Gray's Sporting Journal, Poetry, Poetry East, Poetry Salzburg Review, along with the recent anthologies Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams (Coffee House) and The American Public School Teacher: Past, Present, & Future (Harvard Education Press). He is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Fellowship in Poetry. He is the editor, publisher, and letterpress printer of Adastra Press. He fly fishes the streams and rivers of western Massachusetts as often as possible.
Critical praise for the books and chapbooks of Gary Metras:
"The Moon in the Pool is the work of a seasoned poet, a writer accustomed to having his way with words. But there is more to these poems; they make us what we already are. In other words, they tap into our shared humanity….This small book is a welcomed read. Its aftertaste is long lasting-analogous to the love it expounds, in the midst of all else that life offers."
-The Compulsive Reader
Greatest Hits 1980-2006: "The words are gifts from an accomplished poet, sure of his words and his mission to deliver his words carefully measured and assured… So read this book and see a good writer at work."
Until There Is Nothing Left: "Metras is an unpretentious writer who keeps company with readers...In fact, he's good company. His voice is direct, simple, uncomplaining and democratic."
-Daily Hampshire Gazette
Seagull Beach: "The book's feel, heft, and contents are an evocative experience."
-Virginia Quarterly Review
A Room Full of Walls: "…powerful and successful, so eloquent of strong, controlled emotions….the very considerable achievement your collection represents."$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9981027-3-3 | 66 Pages
THE AFTERIMAGES Poems by David P. Miller
Červená Barva Press, 2014
David P. Miller's poems have appeared in print in Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents Fresh Broth, Ibbetson Street, the 2014 Bagel Bards Anthology, and Durable Goods, and online in the Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Oddball Magazine, and the Boston and Beyond Poetry Blog. He has twice been a featured reader at Stone Soup in Cambridge, Mass., where he is a semi-regular on the open mike. His three "micro-chapbooks" - Caution: Many People Walking, Probably Not Haiku, and Reversible Folded Poem, are available online thanks to the Origami Poems Project. David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years, visits with the Bagel Bards in Somerville, Mass., and is a member of Tom Daley's Tuesday night poetry workshop at the Boston Center for Adult Education. He is a librarian at Curry College, in Milton, Mass.
Cover Art: Jane Wiley
SEE YOUR HEARING
Listener, burnish the sense
where it is felt, each jewel, sound-being.
Air's voices shift as skull pivots,
left side and right, six directions
set in unwavering mind.
My scatterhead's listening checklists
church chimes' humid auroras,
mosaic clatter of startled bird babies,
flat thump of cardboard on plastic.
Heard that. Heard this. The roster ticked.
Packed earbuds guard concentration's thin gate.
Play it again: repeat, fade, decay.
Repetition manufactures foreplay for the ears,
but with bare attention stillness' pulse shines.
Now you, see your hearing. Introspect$7.00 | 43 Pages | In Stock
sound in your skull's heaven: lustrous percepts.
Each beat, rasp, slide, crack, sigh,
manifest like honey, like water, like night.
The Whole Enchilada by Ed Miller
Červená Barva Press-2006
Think of The Whole Enchilada as an absurdist playground, and you're invited. There you'll find an abundance of whooping, hollering, cussing and adolescent ridicule. There you'll find a lot of sand being flung around, kicked around. It's a ruckus of mockeries, a splenetic free-for-all.
The poems: more than a few are found-text pieces, derived from the ephemera and detritus of life, which are combined or manipulated or both; some are casual narratives; some began as correspondence and later stood trembling on their own.$6.00 | 48 Pages | In Stock: 30
Sylvia A Memoir of Hollywood Star Sylvia Sydney
by Sally Miller
Synergy Press, 2004
A special friendship between Hollywood legend Sylvia Sydney and the author developed in the months preceding Sylvia's death in 1999. Their common bond was a house in rural New Jersey that Sylvia built and lived in during the 1940's. Both women also shared a close proximity with death. Stories from Sylvia's past and Sally's life are interwoven with complementary photographs throughout this intriguing memoir.
46 pages * 70 black & white, 25 color photographs
Inside the Boar's Circle by Stephen P. Miller
Pygmy Forest Press, 1994
Stephen Miller's work has appeared in Toyon, American Mosaic, Orbis, Journal of American Culture, and Northcoast Magazine. His book, An Act of God: Memories of Vietnam was published in 1982 and reprinted in 1987.$5.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-35-5 | 41 Pages | In Stock: 2
New Release: Ash by Gloria Mindock from Glass Lyre Press
Ash by Gloria Mindock
Glass Lyre Press, 2021
Gloria Mindock is the author of I Wish Francisco Franco Would Love Me (Nixes Mate Books), Whiteness of Bone (Glass Lyre Press), La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here, (U Šoku Štampa), and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson). Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Spanish, Estonian, Albanian, bulgarian, Turkish, and French. Gloria has been published in numerous literary journals including Gargoyle, Web Del Sol, spoKe, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Ibbetson, The Rye Whiskey Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Unlikely Stories, Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and Nixes Mate Review and anthology. Gloria has been awarded the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award and was the recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Award for Community Service by the Newton Writing and Publishing Center. She received the fifth and fortieth Moon Prize from Writing in a Woman's Voice. Gloria was the Poet Laureate in Somerville, MA in 2017 & 2018.
In Gloria Mindock's powerful new book, the flames of love die out and the ashes linger until they dissolve into air. The body is hostage, in charred relics of failed intimacies—The burnt-out ends of smoky days (T.S. Eliot). There's beauty in the truth of Mindock's words and images: Things got smokier, battling the embers with//false waters. And there's hope: Not everyone believes in destruction.// All the heart wants is to beat. Above all, these poems radiate feeling, compassionately aware, attuned to a world of broken love that is burned beyond recognition, the ashes drifting and settling: how much sorrow can this heart take?// There is never an answer. Ash sears and sings.
—Dzvinia Orlowsky, author of Bad Harvest
In Ash, Gloria Mindock writes a gritty, beautifully haunting collection of poetry. Ash is what remains behind after destruction, ruin, death, and burning. Similarly, the poems in this collection are what will remain. Fight the shadows and wade through the darkness on a path paved by Mindock's vivid imagery, stark language, and dynamic voice, all of which, make for a most memorable experience. Now more than ever, we need these poems. With the utmost economy of words, skillful syntax, and emotional connections, each poem reverberates into the depths of your consciousness. Dark, intense, and wholly unique, Ash, by Gloria Mindock is what you've been waiting for—a collection of poetry that consumes and smolders. Are you ready?
—Renuka Raghavan, author of Out of the Blue and The Face I Desire
Gloria Mindock is a poet with singular vision: in Ash, a human heart is rolled out, then baked, then thrown to the birds; broken crucifixes are shoved into junk drawers and gather dust; a spurned/murdered woman turns into a beautiful plant that gives her ex-lover a rash. With mordant, Pinter-esque wit, Mindock explores just how far love, and even human decency, can unravel—to the point of arson, to the point of war.
Ash begin with a series of poems about lethal house fires that may be literal or metaphorical ("my skin was burned by your compulsion to be famous"), then expands to pinpoint the similar essence of human cruelty that enables soldiers to kill. As the narrator of "Doomed by the Numbers" explains: "the fact is people will still go on brutally/killing each other./Who will take my place and write about it?"
Ash concludes with an engaging, Rabelaisian roundelay of voices—mini-plays, summed up in just two stanzas, about complicated relationships between two people.
Once again, with Ash, Mindock proves herself to be unafraid of the dark. She is truly a leading, contemporary master of the edgy.
—Karen Friedland, author of Places That Are Gone and Tales from the Teacup Palace
Passionate and observant, Gloria Mindock is a tragic poet. Her books are wounds revisited. She knows that nothing, never heals.
"With a rolling pin in my hand, I roll your heart out flat... stop it from beating. The redness of blood turns to wax, sticky while wet." (Baked)
She senses the pain of the world in her being.
"The void looms deep, scorched like the desert blowing aimlessly." (Exit)
As her latest book Ash attests without doubt, Gloria is both a warrior and a martyr. Her words are swords that slowly transform into tears.
Her anger at life's injustice is mighty, but mighty is her generosity and her openness towards repair, harmony and universal peace. A must-read Ash conducts the reader through thorny labyrinths of pain and despair, allowing now and then a glimpse of ultimate resolve and liberation in verses of a rare beauty:
"...but gravity is about to free me into space... People will look at me day and night and ask, "what is it?" There is no control over what happens. The cathedral is high and my freckles fell on the floor as I left. Paleness now, that no one sees, but in the universe, I will be a prism." (Gravity)
"...A hunger surrounds us, dust gathers, and is wiped off, space evading all this as songs of the wind come through the window and we all hum." (Room)$16.00 | ISBN: 978-1-941783-75-7 | 71 Pages
—Flavia Cosma, author of In the Arms of the Father, Val-David, QC
Little Brown Mouse (Children)
by Jack Mindock, Gloria Mindock, and Kellis Mindock Dryer
Illustrations by William J. Kelle
Červená Barva Press, 2020
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jack Mindock (b. 1926), author of Little Brown Mouse, spent sixty years of his life as an educator. He was a junior high language arts teacher and K-12 principal in Illinois. He is a World War II Navy veteran and historian who frequently has speaking engagements about his knowledge and experiences. He started telling Little Brown Mouse stories to his children when they were young. They were oral stories, made up as he went along. It was Jack's desire to have some new Little Brown Mouse adventures in print and published for future generations of children to enjoy.
Kellis Mindock Dryer, daughter of author Jack Mindock, is a pianist and piano teacher in Cary, NC. She enjoyed composing the two Little Brown Mouse songs in the book. They can be sung with or without the piano accompaniment. If the children and parents reading this book cannot read music, they are welcome to recite the lyrics as poetry or make up their own melodies.
Gloria Mindock is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, I wish Francisco Franco Would Love Me (Nixes Mate books, 2018). She is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published into eight languages. Gloria has been awarded the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award and was the recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Award for Community Service by the Newton Writing and Publishing Center. She also has been awarded the fifth and fortieth Moon Prize by Writing in a Woman's Voice. She was the Poet Laureate in Somerville, MA in 2017 & 2018.
When I was three, four, and five years old, my Dad, "Daddy Jack," would make up bedtime stories every night about the adventures of “Little Brown Mouse.” He would leave me in suspense nightly. I couldn’t wait to hear what happened next to Little Brown Mouse. Why Little Brown Mouse? Because Little Brown Mouse did come to my house! This book, Little Brown Mouse, was written for mothers, fathers, and others to read to young children at bedtime.
PREFACE$13.95 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-35-2 | 28 Pages
Welcome to the land of curiosity and adventure! Little Brown Mouse is a bedtime story to make you think, be curious, and ask questions. Here are a few questions to get you started: Have you ever seen a mouse? What color are mice? What do they eat? Where do they live?
Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock
Muddy River Books, 2013
Gloria Mindock is founding editor of Cervena Barva Press, editor of the Istanbul Literary Review based in Istanbul, Turkey, and one of the USA editors for Levure Littéraire in France. She is the author of La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here (U Šoku Štampa, 2010, Montenegro), and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson, 2007). Gloria's poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and French.
Widely published, her work has appeared in Murmur of Voices, Vatra Veche, UNU: Revista de Cultura, and Citadela in Romania. Other literary journal publications include: Arabesques, Poesia, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Blackbox, River Styx, Bogg, Ibbetson St., WHLR, Web Del Sol, Lost in Thought, and in the anthology Hildagards Daughters (Belgium). Her flash fiction has recently been published in Thrice and Thunderclap. She has work forthcoming in Bliss.
Gloria has had nominations for the Pushcart Prize, St. Butolph Award and was awarded a fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council. She was co-founder of Theatre S & S. Press, Inc. and was one of the founding editors of the Boston Literary Review/BLuR from 1984-1994. Theatre S. received grants from the Polaroid Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Globe Foundation, NEFA, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Somerville Arts Council.
Gloria works as a social worker and freelances teaching workshops. She facilitates events in her Cervena Barva Press studio, located in the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
The poems in this chapbook are all mistranslations taken from poems in languages unknown to me. Sometimes a foreign word would remind me of a word in English. I wrote what I thought the poems were saying knowing that I was wrong in my interpretation. The whole purpose was to write as quickly as I could while looking at the foreign language. I mostly used poems written in Romanian, Serbian, Italian, Spanish and Polish. This is one of my favorite ways to write. This is a work of fiction. Don't try to understand what is written here. Just enjoy the nonsense.$7.00 | 42 Pages | In Stock
Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock
U ŠOKU ŠTAMPA PRESS, 2010
Gloria Mindock is the author of the forthcoming book, La Porile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania) and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is editor of Cervena Barva Press and the Istanbul Literature Review, an online journal based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had numerous publications including Poet Lore, River Styx, Phoebe, Blackbox, Poesia, Bogg, Ibbetson, WHLR, UNU: Revista de Cultura, Citadela, Aurora, and Arabesques. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, St. Botolph Award, and was awarded a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council distributed by the Somerville Arts Council.
From the Preface
Passionate and rebellious, Gloria Mindock’s poetry jumps forcefully from the page, grabs the reader by the collar of his coat and holds and hangs on to his/her attention.
In unison with the poet’s heart, the nature of things is in big turmoil here, forever searching for the elusive Divine Harmony, the only force capable of rearranging the world into one of love and understanding.
In a perpetual state of sadness and grief, these poems descend to the very core of the raw discourse of the soul, devoid of artifice and pose. The stark simplicity of their statement disarms us and leaves us vulnerable in front of the bitter reality of life.
—Flavia Cosma, author of seventeen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir, and four books for children
The stunning thing about Mindock’s work is its overwhelming sense of the real world in real time. It’s “poetic” in its own way, well-crafted, agile, nicely balanced, but in terms of content, you move into Mindock’s world and you’re suddenly in a basic, essential reality that hardly anyone in the poetry world touches: “I see your skull veiled by a cloud/Eyelids sunk/Hands pressed on knees/Heart gone/A sight of secrets//I think living is brave/Death is a release/The dog knows -- heaven is nothing but a frill.” (“Dog Dance,” p.41). An interesting mixture of existential toughness crowned by an ultimate sense of final nothingness.
It’s interesting how Mindock’s world-view combines a dispairing sense of expanding out into the horrific Now with a vision of everything eventually dissolving into nothingness: “Living on this earth is/one big nightmare.,/This landscape frightens me./Too much death./Think about it.//I refuse to fall short of detail so/ here it is: Death of emotion/Death of love/Death of skin...//I’m going away to where I really belong./To me, this is uplifting.” (“Aftermath,” p.63).
Very few style-games here. This is poetry as a minimalist Declaration of Finality. And the very fact that Mindock doesn’t play style-games makes her vision a thousand times more effective/powerful than the word-game players who turn poetry into a kind of syntactical basketball.
In Nothing Divine Here, Mindock invokes a resurrection, the power of love to spring eternal from the hurt we all know. She looks at the personal and the political, that haunting polarity, and weaves a gentle but brave hopefulness between them.
—Afaa Michael Weaver, Simmons College
Gloria Mindock is a fearless poet. She gets right in the face, in the very nostril of death. She confronts her past lovers, her dreams, dashed or otherwise, not with cool detachment, but with a visceral lyrical and emotional engagement. She has made her pain into high art, into the high holy. Mindock, is a force to be reckoned with, so watch your back!
—Doug Holder, Arts Editor The Somerville News, Founder Ibbetson Street Press
Review by Michael Parker at Unlikely Stories: http://www.unlikelystories.org/blog/$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-04760-7 | 87 Pages | In Stock
Blood Soaked Dresses by Gloria Mindock
Ibbettson Street Press, 2007
In her fascinating poem cycle, Gloria Mindock jolts back into memory the roots of El Salvador's present day violence. Mindock coaxes to the page the voices of the dead who lie, less in peace, than in restless obsession with the atrocities they suffered. She brings forth as well the voices of the living who seem startled to find that they died somewhere between the horrors they witnessed and the grave they have yet to lie down in. Blood Soaked Dresses is a beautiful, harrowing first book.
We are reminded of Cezar Vallejo's witnesses: bones, solitude, rain, and the roads -- that we are tied to each other in beauty and suffering, life and death. Gloria Mindock's poems grant us the voice of a soul caught on a limb between the promise of peace everlasting and impossible resurrections. Poem after poem we are asked to uncover those whose bitter ash weeps over the world, and no other country/wants to see it. This book is written from a compassionate heart that whispers and grieves, one that isn't afraid to holds its gaze.
A poet must never shy from the necessary, no matter how hard it is. In poetry that is both elegant and brutal, Gloria Mindock exposes the horror of the Salvadorian conflict especially on women. Though Salvador has faded from the front pages, the war has reincarnated in other countries on other continents making "Blood Soaked Dresses" completely contemporaneous. This poetry possesses, as Yeats said, "a terrible beauty." And we need it now more than ever.
The reader of Blood Soaked Dresses is enriched by Mindock's power and commitment. She has earned a place among our great protest poets, reminding us, with lyric tension, that social justice is our constant and necessary concern.$13.50 | ISBN: 978-1-4303-1034-1 | 72 Pages
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"El Salvador, 1983" was translated into Serbian by Berislav Blagojevic:
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Oh Angel by Gloria Mindock
U ŠOKU ŠTAMPA-2005
If you don't believe in angels, this compelling collection of poems about them might give you pause for thought. Among the kinds of angels Gloria Mindock addresses are male and female, guardian, loyal, and fallen angels, even a vacationing angel. As in the title poem, which opens the book, she often exclaims, "Oh angel," in conjecture, disappointment, pique, passion, or some other emotion. Angels dominate her consciousness, her moods, her actions. For instance, "Wild" begins, "Oh angel, at dawn, / I get up and sit in the nicest room," and in "Guardian Angel Sits on Left" she says, "The angel is curled against / me . . . / She protects me." But by the end of the poem, "The angel went on to / guard another." Though desirable, angels can sometimes be disloyal, like people. In "Wings" the speaker chides a traitor angel and then reproaches a lover who has deserted her: "Oh Herman-stupid man / Prodigies won't help / Poetry is necessary / just like me." This passage recalls Wallace Stevens' "necessary angel," his name for the imagination, whose necessary product is poetry. Stupid Herman "jumped out too soon," leaving the speaker at first bereft but then with a new subject for a poem, a new sense of worth. Oh Gloria, what else are lovers and angels for?
To read a review of Oh Angel visit: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2006_02_12_dougholder_archive.html$5.50 | 16 Pages | Out of Print
Postcard Series: One Designed by Gloria Mindock
Červená Barva Press-2005
- $15.00 | 21 Postcards | In Stock: 10
The Fatman in The Mirror by Kenn Mitchell
Pygmy Forest Press, 1997
This is Kenn Mitchell's second book of poetry. Poetry of the Deformed (1996) was also published by Pygmy Forest Press.
Grief Hut by Nancy Mitchell
Červená Barva Press, 2009
Nancy Mitchell is the author of The Near Surround (Four Way Books, 2002) and her poems have appeared in Agni, Poetry Daily, Salt Hill Journal, Great River Review, and are anthologized in Last Call by Sarabande Books. She has received an Artist in the Schools grant for Virginia, and residency fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia and in Auvillar, France. Mitchell teaches in the English Department at Salisbury University, Maryland, and has taught in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. She resides in Salisbury, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with her husband John Ebert, a filmmaker.
The Grief Hut stands on an imaginary beach, where women help each other to give birth to their griefs: the birth of sorrows here is given words with a growing power, intensity, and wisdom, a wisdom still wired to its human love and memory.
Mitchell is blessed with a vivid--and haunting--memory--of particulars, the things of our past, and of the more complex feelings the things generate. She refuses nothing, she is deadly accurate, yet she sings. We should read her.
The poems in Nancy Mitchell's book Grief Hut are so lucidly and deeply felt that they cut directly to the bone of the experiences they are recounting. This is a true and an incredibly beautiful book.
Her descriptions of people, the details and detritus of their lives are studied and stunning. May we hear more from this talented poet.
-Doug Holder/Ibbetson Street Press
Review of Grief Hut:$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-615-25797-6 | 66 Pages | In Stock
the near surround by Nancy Mitchell
Four Way Books, 2002
The best of these poems-and there are a good number-are delicate and strong, simply told, full of longing; they take part in the mystery which is not made by any poet, but given. The Near Surround is a fine and moving book.
The resistance of silence, the breath on the mirror from back, the figure feeding bees from a sack to the birds in the low branches, the grass in the photograph that keeps on growing: this is the place to which Nancy Mitchell takes us, the spare intensity of her poems like the midnight flare of the stove's burner, its "wreath of blue-white flame."$13.95 | ISBN: 1-761884800429 | 59 Pages | In Stock: 5
A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL by Richard Moore
University of Georgia Press, 1971
"I like this book wondrous well, admiring the skill and bite of it immensely. At their best, Moore's poems are funny and serious at once--by no means light verse."
"Here, with this book, is a poet full-grown. These are healthy poems. There should be no question of survival--for either the man or the book."$15.00 | ISBN 8203-0265-1 | 106 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
BOTTOM IS BACK by Richard Moore
The best and most serious poetry is full of gaiety, and it's only dreary poets and their too--earnest readers who consider light verse demeaning…
Poetry Book$11.95 | ISBN 0-914061-43-7 | 95 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
BUTTONED INTO HISTORY by Richard Moore
Pivot Press, 2006
"Is nothing sacred, I wonder, reading Richard Moore's new smorgasbord of hilarious, hard-minded, and marvelously crafted verse. Fearlessly, Moore shoots his lethal darts at false gods of every kind, doing a job on embalmers, dictators, matriarchs, lecherous presidents, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, and more…"$12.00 | ISBN 0-9726582-8-9 | 52 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
X. J. Kennedy
NO MORE BOTTOM by Richard Moore
Orchises Press, 1991
(Excerpt from the back of the book)
…The Moore of this frighteningly hilarious volume is a classic poet in the grand tradition of Rabelais, Swift, and Ogden Nash…
Poetry Book$10.00 | ISBN 0-914061-22-4 | 75 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
PYGMIES AND PYRAMIDS by Richard Moore
Orchises Press, 1998
(From the back of the book)
Richard Moore graduated from Yale University and has been a Fulbright Scholar. A former Air Force pilot, he has taught at Brandeis and New England Conservatory of Music. Poems and essays of his have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The Hudson Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Southern Review, and many other journals.
Poetry Book$12.95 | ISBN 780914-061717 | 79 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
SAILING TO OBLIVION by Richard Moore
Light Quarterly Imprints, 2005
Introduction by X.J. Kennedy
RICHARD MOORE is a distinguished poet of many voices, all of them pleasing and intelligent. Sailing To Oblivion is a book done in his comic voice, though it too is divisble into several kinds of light verse: some are offhand and playful, some (like "The Real Thing") are deeply funny, and some are learned and elegant like "A Country Boy Goes to Rome." I like them all.
Poetry Book$12.00 | ISBN 0-9670437-1-9 | 63 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
THE MOUSE WHOLE by Richard Moore
Negative Capability Press, 1996
"For happiest results, take this book's trimeter sips in one sitting, like a great litre goblet of beer at a sidewalk café in Paris on a hot afternoon…"
--Mona Van Duyn
"…an unfashionable and remarkable undertaking. The meter is handled and kept with great courage. The mouse's story, perhaps because of its maddening eccentricity, is poignant and witty."
"…His mouse epic is just like the cat's ass. Somewhere in the wings of Heaven, Pope must be clapping his pinions and Byron (if in the same location) must be lifting a bumper in salute."
Poetry Book$15.00 | ISBN 0-942544-50-1 | 223 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
The Naked Scarecrow by Richard Moore
Truman State University Press
(Excerpt from the back of the book)
In The Naked Scarecrow, Moore first acquaints us with the absurdities, agonies, and paradoxes of being a husband and father in contemporary America. He then expands his view into society as a whole. In the final sequence, Moore brings the self and its naked helplessness into mystical contact with the world.
Poetry Book$14.00 | ISBN 0-943549-59-0 | 67 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
WORD FROM THE HILLS
A Sonnett Sequence in Four Movements
by Richard Moore
University of Georgia Press, 1972
(From the back of the book)
The author of this sequence has dared to write in a form which has become unfamiliar to contemporary readers, but he has succeeded masterfully in this bold strategy…
Poetry Book$15.00 | ISBN 0-8203-0287-2 | 74 Pages | In Stock: 3 (Signed)
THE INVESTIGATOR by Richard Moore
Story Line Press
"Moore probes at the variations of normalcy and the edges of madness in this strange tale, building a sense of foreboding and revealing the truth, to the extent we can know it, only on the final page."
--Michele Leber, BOOKLIST
Fiction$18.95 | ISBN 780934-257770 | 220 Pages | In Stock: 2 (Signed)
Housing for Wrens Poems by Edward Morin
Červená Barva Press, 2016
Edward Morin was born in Chicago and, while growing up, spent summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has graduate degrees in English from The University of Chicago and Loyola University (Chicago) and has taught at seven Midwestern colleges and universities, including The University of Cincinnati, Wayne State University, and The University of Michigan.
His previous titles include Labor Day at Walden Pond (poems), The Dust of Our City (poems), and Transportation: Hot Tunes and Blues from Motor City (recorded songs). He is editor and co-translator of an anthology, The Red Azalea: Chinese Poetry since the Cultural Revolution (University of Hawaii Press). He has co-edited the anthology, Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse Press, 2012).
He has won prizes in nine national poetry contests and has had poems in Hudson Review, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Poetry Northwest and many other magazines. His co-translations of Chinese, Arabic, and Greek poetry have appeared in Iowa Review, New Letters, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. His articles and reviews have been published in The Georgia Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Detroit News.
The author has worked as a writer for a few corporations. He has acted and sung in productions of several regional theatre and opera companies. He co-hosts The Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is editor of Peninsula Poets, the journal of the Poetry Society of Michigan. He lives with his wife in Ann Arbor.
Edward Morin has assembled lyrics and narratives touching on subjects you and I like to read about. The exquisite title poem prepares us for engagements with blue jays, bank swallows, wood thrushes—and also the pleasures of singing, fishing, even of aging. The language is to be savored and the hard-won wisdom taken to heart.
-Laurence Goldstein, author of Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City
The poet uses eyes, "the most spiritual of the senses," and ears—"this recluse trills its two voice boxes / like Pan's double flute"—to present reflective narratives of the world in and around us, in backyards, at workplaces. Witnessing compulsions and hardships of contemporary life, Morin evinces winged sensibilities and deep-rooted compassion. His praise of a fellow poet ("Poetry Man") could apply to his own poems' "fire smoldering in the belly" rising "to enchant the heart and brain."
-Lyn Coffin, poet, playwright, fiction writer, and translator
Some of my favorite contemporary poems are in earlier books by Ed Morin, and this fresh chapbook offers several more, especially the family and love poems, poems of conscience and responses to the violence of needless war and domestic crimes. The poems have remarkable range in portraying a holdup, which almost cost his life, and his avocation as an actor and professor. This collection is a distinguished addition to the Cervena Barva Series. I hope it inspires a longer Collected Poems, for this poet deserves honors and attention.$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-7-2 | 44 Pages | In Stock
-David Ray, author of 20 books including Music of Time: New and Selected Poems
Eating Coconuts Inside Out by Susanne Morning
South Korea, 2010
"An imaginative feast, skillfully crafted."
—Gloria Mindock, publisher/editor Cervena Barva Press, Pushcart Prize nominee
"A luscious literary lounge."
—Hendrik Erasmus, Author
"Sensational, her best work yet."$10.00 | ISBN: 978-89-94050-34-8 | 76 Pages | 3 copies
—Frank Beaucher, editor/publisher/author
Dog Soup and Donuts by Susanne Morning
Indian Bay Press, 2008
"Morning's poems; a haunting grace that captures the unknown Korea. She takes the reader on a unique journey, leaving us wanting more..."
-Gloria Mindock, Červená Barva Press
"With striking images and ellptical thoughts, Morning's poetry lurches between humour and depths too dark to plumb..."
-Colin B. O'Connell, Ph.D, Canada
"...An archeological dig that will put dirt under your nails and priceless relics in your hands."
-Haery Lee, Korean Author and Illustrator
"...She demonstrates the flexible nature of words and phrases in the context of second-language usuage with much humour and passion."$17.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9773695-2-2 | 79 Pages | In Stock: 3
-Owen Bullock, Associate Editor Poetry New Zealand
Land of the Morning Calm
by Susanne Morning
Červená Barva Press, 2007
South Korea, referred to as the hermit kingdom of Asia, has been the home of New Zealand author/painter Susanne Morning for the last 7 years. Fascinating and humorous, Land of the Morning Calm unearths the bizarre and unexpected elements of this ancient/modern Confucian culture. An archeological dig that will put dirt under your nails and priceless relics in your hands!$7.00 | 29 Pages | In Stock
What Wakes Us Poems by E.K. Mortenson
Červená Barva Press, 2014
E. K. Mortenson is the author of the chapbooks, The Fifteenth Station (Accents Publishing, 2012) and Dreamer or the Dream (Last Automat Press, 2010. His work also appears in both print and online journals as well as anthologies. He was the 2008 recipient of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, the 2012 Accents Publishing Chapbook Award, and is an instructor in the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. He writes and teaches in Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and two children.
Answer: Attention, which is a kind of compassion.
[Somewhere between Charles Wright's obsession with the shadows where the physical and the spiritual worlds meet and David Kirby’s laughably brilliant ability to find the gut-rooted humor in both worlds, we find E. K. Mortenson's poems of celebration and grief, of laughter and agony, of people in dreams and people in our arms, all recycling: the hands of a lost grandfather come again in the hands of a toddler fascinated with water; the world refashions itself as another day, every day; what's out there is born again in the brain, and that loop makes a mind and something at least like a soul.]
Q: What is the central energy in the universe?
—Brian Clements, author of And How To End It and Jargon
E. K. Mortenson's What Wakes Us is a delightful exploration of the world at hand. The poems experiment with lineation – seeing what's possible both with the fractured line of Ferlinghetti's early poems, and with a more sustained line reminiscent of C.K. Williams. The final section of the book abandons the device of lineation altogether in a sequence of prose poems. But throughout the book, there are pleasures to be found. There is the startling comparison of eyes "the blue / of the continental shelf / on a pull-out map / from one of his National Geographics / with which I would wallpaper my room." There is the worry of a father holding a sick child, who is "terrified to wake you, / to spill the overfull cup of your sleep." And there is the accuracy of moments like this: "Small boats creak in the harbor, with only a token strain at their mooring lines, dangling kelp and dulse and carrageen." The reader of Mortenson's work will find many such pleasures.$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-3-8 | 72 Pages | In Stock
—Charles Rafferty, author of Appetites and A Less Fabulous Infinity
Sweet Snow A novel of the Ukrainian famine of 1933
by Alexander J. Motyl
Červená Barva Press, 2013
Cover Photograph: Mark Hewko
Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter, and professor. He is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, and Sweet Snow, and two novellas, Flippancy and My Orchidia; his poems have appeared in Mayday, Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, The Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, Green Door, and New York Quarterly. He has done performances of his fiction and poetry at the Cornelia Street Café and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. Motyl’s artwork is represented on the Internet gallery, www.artsicle.com, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Westport, and Toronto. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.
Sweet Snow is set in the winter of 1933 in Ukraine. A terrible famine is raging in the countryside, while the Soviet secret police is arresting suspected spies in the cities. A German nobleman from Berlin, a Jewish communist from New York, a Polish diplomat from Lwów, and a Ukrainian nationalist from Vienna come to share a cell in some unknown prison. One day, as they are being transported to another prison, their van overturns, their guards are killed, and they are freed — to wander amidst the devastated villages, desolate landscapes, snowbound villages, and frozen corpses. As they struggle to survive, they come to grips with the horror of the famine as well as with their own delusions, weaknesses, and mortality.$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-7-8 | 154 Pages | In Stock
The Jew Who Was Ukrainian or
How One Man’s Rip-Roaring Romp through an Existential Wasteland Ended in a Bungled Attempt to Bump off the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia
by Alexander J. Motyl
Červená Barva Press, 2011
Alexander J. Motyl (b. 1953, New York) is a writer, painter, and professor. He is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian; his poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, The Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, and New York Quarterly. Motyl’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.
The Jew Who Was Ukrainian is a devilishly witty intellectual farce in which historical meditation faces off with madcap lampoons of past and present political rogues and assassins. Motyl’s wildly imaginative riff on a century of East European history is a must read. The Moral of the Popcorn reigns!
—Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Russian Literature, Barnard College
Only Alexander Motyl could conjure up this delightful mixture of ghoulish, existential madcappery with insightful, satirical brilliance. This is a fantasy for the adventuresome, geopolitical reader who’s eager to have his mind bent and tickled.
Composer, New York City
This hilarious and poignant anti-historical novel is a vertiginous journey through the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s purges, Nazi concentration camps, underground anarchist gatherings, and the KGB network. A great master of tragicomedy, Alexander Motyl shows with eminent irony that twentieth-century history was funnier than Joyce imagined and much more horrible than Orwell prefigured. His main character, the laughable Volodymyr Frauenzimmer, works through his excruciating guilt, split hence irreconcilable identity, and obfuscating desire to settle accounts with history. Pondering the question of whether to kill or not to kill the next Russian dictator, Volodymyr transcends the border of the real and enters a realm where infamous political terrorists and their famous victims come together to discuss the self-destructive power of hatred. This book is a cold shower for anybody who still thinks you can change history and passionate encouragement for all those confident that you can do nothing about it.
Associate Professor in Jewish History, Northwestern University
Candide meets The Terminator—in the funhouse of history, ethnic prejudice, ethics… and the dysfunctional family. An intellectual thriller (camps and assassins included).
—George G. Grabowicz
Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University
Alexander Motyl is a master of seduction by the preposterous.
Writer, Edmonton, Canada
July 18, 2011:
Review by Michael Johnson in The American Spectator
June 2, 2011:
The new Pathway Ukrainian Weekly
May 24, 2011, Ukrainaian Candian TV
Interview with Alexander J. Motyl in Ukrainain:
April 27, 2011
Review in the Kyiv Post:
The Jew Who Was Ukrainian is a blackly comedic, anti-historical, and absurdist novel about a tortured Jewish-Ukrainian man who struggles vainly to find meaning at the intersection of Hitler’s Holocaust and Stalin’s Gulag. The hero of this preposterous story is Volodymyr Frauenzimmer, a man with a preposterous name and a preposterous past. His Ukrainian mother was a Nazi concentration camp guard and hates Jews. His Jewish father was a Stalinist butcher and hates Ukrainians. Poor Volodymyr doesn’t know how to cope with his dreadful past until he discovers the redeeming power of hatred and resolves to kill the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia—the fish-eyed Pitoon, a half-Russian, half-German dictator whose name happens to...
Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/102945/
Temporarily Out of Stock$16.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-1-7 | 181 Pages | In Stock
Waiting By Godot by Alexander Motyl
Červená Barva Press, 2009
Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter, and professor. His novels include Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, and Flippancy. His art is represented by The Tori Collection. Motyl teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York City.
His web site is: www.AlexanderMotyl.webs.com.
The Stream by Don Moyer
Moon Pie Press, 2006
…These poems are direct, challenging, smart and often thoroughly beautiful: dogs, kids, Chinese food, disability, poverty, what thrives, what fails-all indicate the worlds more alive than we may believe.
Almost Too Much by Barbara E. Murphy
Červená Barva Press, 2015
Barbara Murphy’s work has appeared in several literary journals including New England Review, Green Mountains Review, The Threepenny Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of a Vermont Council on the Arts fellowship. Murphy has worked as president of Johnson State College in Vermont since 2001 and has been recognized for her leadership roles in higher education. She lives and works in northern Vermont with her husband Tom Garrett.
Almost Too Much both tactfully and relentlessly interrogates our human experience in these dehumanizing times. There’s not a sliver of false hope in these pages, but reading them, we catch glimpses of the paradox of our lives, that "The sound of geese /overhead, their thin cries clear /as night through the ceilings and roof / of the house, is either the saddest /sound [we] will ever know / or one of great lifting joy." Barbara Murphy’s quietly brilliant poems move us readers toward usable truth.
—David Huddle Author of Glory River and Blacksnake at the Family Reunion
Murphy’s lyrical narratives, lively and exact, speak of braveries and hesitations, fugitive beauties and stations of calm. A lifetime of truths take the reader through first games of hide and seek, the boys so far away/lost in their secret places/there was no way/they’d ever get home in time; first loves and second marriages where desire is more of a casual friend./It will not/always be there breathless and flushed; loving children and step-children with different needs in different time zones. These poems should be read aloud for their honesty and musicality. They do the heart good. Almost Too Much is a stunning debut.
—Dzvinia Orlowsky Author of Silvertone and A Handful of Bees
Deeply intimate, each line a breath. In flashes of brilliance against a landscape of existential dread, these poems flare up and stare down this given world until it surrenders its grace.
—Nancy Mitchell Author of The Near Surround and Grief Hut
Hunting and Pecking
Poems by Rich Murphy
Poetry chapbook, ahadada Books, 2009
Rich Murphy was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and has taught writing and literature for 23 years at Bradford College, Emman College and now at VCU. Credits include a book of poems The Apple in the Monkey Tree by Codhill Press; chapbooks Great Grandfather by Pudding House Publications, and Family Secret by Finishing Line Press; poems in hundreds of journals; and essays on poetics in journals, including Reconfigurations: A Journal Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture.
"Rich Murphy is a genuine experimentalist, a tinkerer, a risk-taker of arresting, original, mordantly hilarious poems. He never seems content to repeat an achieved effect. He is always wrestling with some new project. He will figure into zany anthologies. And be admired for "difficulties," while in fact commanding attention through the clear vigor of his inventions. Rich Murphy, American original."$10.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9811704-4-2 | 40 Pages | 3 signed copies
The Apple in the Monkey Tree
Poems by Rich Murphy
Poetry book, Codhill Press, 2008
Rich Murphy has taught poetry at Bradford College, directed writing programs at Emmanuel College, and publishes widely in journals. He has three chapbooks: Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), and Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books). Currently, he teaches writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.
"Mr. Murphy is a very careful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quiet but packed, carefully wrought, not surrealistically wild, and its range not limited but deliberately narrow. It takes aim."
"Among my favorite poems in Rich Murphy's The Apple in the Monkey Tree,`Monk See Monk Do,' 'Forceps Two Step,' `Table Manner,' `Weather or Knots,' `Science 1492,' `The Nature of Things Now,' `Genesis.' I could go on listing. The apple and the monkey are carried throughout the collection but are presented in a fresh way each time they appear. The satire—the exposure of the reality of human existence and human nature, very Swift-like, yet different in execution—less gritty than Swift's poetry. Nicely done."
—Samantha Gloss, freelance editor
"If `we distract the angels from the soft / behind of our biology for the rough / terrain of history,' we connect human beings to the fuller spirit of the mountain and ocean. After all, the earth is prior to mankind. We exist for it. Nature doesn't exist only for human use. These poems ask questions about human relevance. If a poet can answer, in part, the question, What are the reasons for history?--then his book is worthy of our attention."$16.00 | ISBN: 978-1-930337-37-4 | 80 Pages | 3 signed copies
—Sean Farragher, poetry editor, FRiGG Magazine
- Secret Histories by Michael McInnis