Stella Vinitchi Radulescu | Philip Ramp | Judy Ray | Michelle Reale | JP Reese | Jendi Reiter | Charles P. Ries | Tree Riesener | Richard Robbins | Zack Rogow | Pam Rosenblatt | Dave Roskos | Jay Ross
New Release February 18, 2015:
some words suicidal by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
some words suicidal by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
Červená Barva Press, 2015
Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, Ph.D. in French Language & Literature, is the author of numerous collections of poetry published in the United States, Romania and France. She writes poetry in English, French and Romanian and her poems have appeared in Laurel Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Wallace Stevens Journal, Seneca Review, Pleiades, Rhino, Louisville Review among others, as well as in a variety of literary magazines in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Québec and Romania. She is the winner of several International Poetry Prizes awarded for her French books, including the Prix Amélie Murat (2013) and the Grand Prix de la Francophonie (2014). A collection of her New & Selected Poems is forthcoming from Orison Books Press. At the present she lives in Chicago.
Cover Art: Icône en confidence by Michel Bénard
Poetry is the record of hidden things in commerce with one another, and only that mystery allows us to live. Stella Vinitchi Radulescu's poetry is an alchemy, a magic of restraint and exposure, revealing the machinations of our invisible feelings, motives, appetites and fears. That she is a master of her condensary goes without saying, for this is a consummate language shaped with remarkable skill, and the voyages that these poems take are brilliant excursions into our inner lives, secret things pushed into the subconscious, broken promises and whispered asides. I have long admired Radulescu's bilingual ability to bend sentences to her will and those constructions are filled with a cross-cultural understanding that is consistently transcendent, that builds bridges into the landscapes of our shared interior lives.
—Keith Flynn, author of Colony Collapse Disorder
Some Words Suicidal, Stella Radulescu's newest poetry collection, is all at once experientially effusive and parsimonious, and is bravely so, both on and off the page. The meditative remittance of these works reminds us just how language means. Radulescu is not afraid to insist her readers subsist on the unnamable, in the spaces between ideas. The poems here thread rather purposefully through dimensions, all the while rending artifice's will without the prudence of architecture, where "words are bees stars ants roaming / on the page / beyond understanding" into truth. Radulescu takes nothing and everything for granted, and at her behest, every word, every line, every stanza and poem reminds us we should too. And, yes, every time, with absolute devotion.$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-1-2 | 100 Pages | In Stock
Diving with the Whales by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
March Street Press, 2008
In Stella Radulescu's poems, a second veil of stars seems to settle over the earth like the ashes of the dead, and yet the streets are lit up with the light of the new moon. Her poems are rich in connotations, metaphysically profound in some great unlocatable fashion.
Surreal, etherial, some of the poems enact ghostly things, and a very powerful world view glitters and solidifies, somehow, a seeing beyond what's there, depression as a visionary state, associative and oblique.
And yet her work is also full of the things of this world—birds fluttering through the night, trees, the sea—and in the half-light her lines haunt everything...
It's a dark poetry shining with the ecstacy of the imagination let loose, a triumph of being, a war against banality.
—David Dodd Lee, poet and editor, Half Moon Bay Editing
These unpredictable and often code-defying lines give us Stella Radulescu's unwinking eye for chaos, loneliness and the metaphysically absurd when before death without afterlife our hope and reality is "the amazing grace in ugly days," "fire on top of the pines," "hills sinking in sound," and "crimson for remembrance!"$9.00 | ISBN: 978-1596610941 | 31 Pages | 2 copies
—Professor Paul Friedrich, Anthropology & Social Thought, University of Chicago
Last Call by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
March Street Press, 2005
...metaphysical thought, molecules drowning in stars; these poems are strong, mysterious, cryptic, surreal, ethereal, dangerous, bursting with authority, operating at a ghostly spiritual intuitive level; narrative embedded in an abstract universe that sometimes reconfigures time.
—David Dodd Lee, poet and editor, Half Moon Bay Editing
In dark, often powerul images, Stella Radulescu offers a rich experience to those who pay attention to her poetry. Stark and intense in her performance, these poems cut to the bone and blood, yet provide release and respite. On stage, she is an insistent voice that deserves to be heard, and on the page that voice continues to resonate.$9.00 | ISBN: 978-1596610408 | 27 Pages | 3 copies
—Dr. Richard Prince, Professor of English, Lewis University and long time resident at the Green Mill, Chicago.
My Dream has Red Fingers
by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
CeShore Publishing, 2000
Combining lyrical, European prose with the sharp imagery of contemporary verse, My Dream Has Red Fingers is a collection to be enjoyed time and again. Stella Vinitchi Radulescu reveals profound insight and keen intellect in her rendering of love, emotion and human nature.$9.95 | ISBN: 1-58501-050-2 | 58 Pages | In Stock: 2
--CeShore Publishing Company
Homing by Philip Ramp
Pygmy Forest Press, 2005
Philip Ramp is an American poet who has lived in Greece for many years. Shoestring Press has previously published his translations of Nikos Karouzos, Tassos Denegris, Lydia Stephanou, and Spyros Vrettos. Ramps other collections of his own poetry include: Jonz, Butte, and Glass of an Organic Class, which were published by Politka Themata Publications, Athens.$12.00 | ISBN: 0-944550-72-x | 88 Pages | In Stock: 3
--Pygmy Forest Press
Fishing in Green Waters by Judy Ray
Červená Barva Press-2006; Second Printing-2007
"Sometimes, fishing in green waters, we draw up words in a fine net," says poet Judy Ray in her poem, "Sometimes." This "fine net" could easily describe her chapbook, Fishing in Green Waters, recently published by Červená Barva Press. In poems that take the reader from Tiananmen Square, to the Midwest flatlands, to the emotional landscape of Frida Kahlo, Fishing in Green Waters makes for a remarkable read. Ranging in tone from whispered quiet ("Let us lullaby to sleep the weary unseeing eyes") to breathless, imagistic cross-cuts ("[The poem] looks for the flash of the pileated woodpecker, finds the splash of blood in a schoolyard"), Ray reels in the political, the personal, and the historical in her tightly woven poems.
Gloria Mindock, Editor, Červená Barva Press
(Excerpt of Review)$6.00 | 35 Pages | In Stock: 10
The beauty of this poetry chapbook was the surprises I witnessed each time I turned the page. The author was quite adept in addressing different themes and different places. This rendered a kaleidoscope of writing and filled me with anticipation. --Francis Alix
Small Press Review, July-August, 2006
This is Not a Situation in Which You Should Remain Calm
by Michelle Reale
Červená Barva Press, 2013
Michelle Reale is an academic librarian on faculty at Arcadia University in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications both in print and online, including Nano Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Pank, Gargoyle, The Pedestal, elimae, JMWW and others. Her work was included in Dzanc’s 2011 Best of the Web Anthology. She is the author of four collections of short fiction and prose poems. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She blogs on immigration and Migration and Social Justice in the Sicilian context at www.sempresicilia.wordpress.com
Cover Photo: Isabella Reale
"Michelle Messina Reale's poems evoke a deep confessional visitation between the connecting North African landscape and Southern Italian Etruscan bloodlines. She has taken the sparse stones found among the terrain’s ruins and placed them one by one, each carefully aligned in unique prosaic consciousnesses that offer new and alluring formations of the old. Her rhythms are rough in prose, often at the edge as a stone cut at various angles, yet continuous and steadfast. The sensation of the hard and quick gallop of a horse through this horizon of remains and longing is heard. The fortitude of trudging onward, of seeing ruinous sights combined with delicious heated passions, leave the reader sweltering and swollen, understanding the validity of bruises."
—Sonia Di Placido, author of, Exultation in Cadmium Red
"In the title poem Michelle Reale, This is Not a Situation in Which You Should Remain Calm writes: Breathed it in to my pulsating lungs. You will want to breathe in to your pulsating lungs each beautifully crafted poem in this chapbook. You connect with the speaker of these poems on many levels and are drawn into each poem, I found myself holding my breath many times while reading this collection of achingly beautiful poems that encompass the human condition and all that it entails."
—Helen Vitoria, Poetry Editor, Thrush Poetry Journal
"Michelle Reale's poems are imbued in the "now" as much as they are journeys to the long-gone world of our ancestors. The stories she paints are harrowing and touching: alive as lizards and intoxicating as wild flowers. There is an exquisite touch to them: the robust flavor of wine, the taste of the nibbled food and the omnipresent homage to Sicilian religiosity. The beauty of this collection’s landscapes and soulscapes left me yearning for more."
—Alessandra Bava, Author of Guerilla Blues
This is Not a Situation in Which You Should Remain Calm
We held hands until the intersection. He dropped his first. I pulled$7.00 | 32 Pages | In Stock
my coat around me tight, for something to do, the buttons long
gone. My breasts were sore and I shuddered. Don't do that, he said.
He pointed with his head to the ATM machine across the street
from where we stood. Make it enough this time, he said. I hurried
across the street. I heard him greet some men in the street. The
keffiyeh's they wore waved like flags in the wind. They spoke
guttural and urgent. I could hear them over the vibrating traffic, cars
negotiating difficult turns. I stood with my coat open and the wind
ripping a gaping hole through me. I had the money in my hand. He
waved off his friends and came to me. He stood outside the market.
I chose some meat in a plastic package, pink tomatoes small and
premature, grown somewhere far from where we found ourselves.
There was a name for this in my language, but I forgot what it was.
At home I fried the meat. I sliced the tomatoes, cut my finger and
sucked the blood. He made a face, called me simple. Picked his
teeth right in front of me and I thought of what my father might say.
He stared at me, his face softening by degrees. I pulled down the
neck of my blouse, revealing my bruised breasts. Purple and green
and yellow flowers bloomed like a night flower. He set his toothpick
down. It wasn't me, he said. His coffee boiled over on the stove. I
smelled the scorch. Breathed it in to my pulsating lungs. Salvaged
what was left. Served it the way he'd become accustomed to; hot.
A curl of lemon skin. Never sugar.
Dead Letters by JP Reese
Červená Barva Press, 2013
JP Reese earned an MFA from The University of Memphis. Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and writer interviews have been published or are forthcoming in many online and print journals such as Metazen, Blue Fifth Review, A Baker's Dozen: Thirteen Extraordinary Things, and The Pinch. Reese is Associate Poetry Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, www.connotationpress.com, and Guest Fiction Editor for Scissors and Spackle. Reese's poetry chapbook Final Notes was published by Naked Mannekin Press in 2012. Reese's flash fiction has won the Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize and her poetry has won The Graduate School Creative Writing Award from The University of Memphis. Her published work can be read at Entropy: A Measure of Uncertainty, jpreesetoo.wordpress.com. Reese lives and works in Texas.
"In the new collection Dead Letters, the music of JP Reese's poetry never strikes a false note. The voice in her writing is always unmistakable, genuine, and penetrating. These poems – and you will keep them close to you – serve as maps for journeys over dark and grieving landscapes. This is a strong poetry that promises and delivers a place, finally, of human faith, of hope under 'the arid bone of flowered stars'."
—Sam Rasnake, poet and author of Inside a Broken Clock from Finishing Line Press.
"There is a sort of formal antiquity and modern lyricism at play in JP Reese's Dead Letters—lovers and family, mythology, allusion, and everyday moments so minute that it is only the persistent ache a reader experiences that alerts her of her own transport elsewhere. Reese's poetry is subtle that way. And powerful. A departure."
—Heather Fowler, poet and author of the new short story collection This Time While We’re Awake from Aqueous Books.
The lamp spreads its yellow halo
over my mother's dark curls.
Smoke swirls around her face
as she reads, a tea pot in its cozy,
rose-painted cup and saucer near.
Pall Mall butts lie discarded
in the ashtray, tipped with Avon's
latest red. Unthinking,
she raises delicate fingers
to her pink tongue, dabs a sliver
of tobacco from its tip. Never
taking her eyes from the book
cradled in her lap, she lives
another life. My father
sleeps, rooms away, unaware
of the change taking place
in the cooling, midnight air.
Your Own Back Yard ~ Writing and Art ~ Michael Gillan Maxwell: http://michaelgillanmaxwell.com/2014/03/07/book-review-dead-letters-jp-reese-2013-cervena-barva-press/$7.00 | 33 Pages |In Stock
Barbie at 50 by Jendi Reiter
Červená Barva Press, 2010
Winner of the 2010 Červená Barva Press Poetry Contest: Judged by Afaa Michael Weaver
Jendi Reiter's first book, A Talent for Sadness, was published in 2003 by Turning Point Books. Her poetry chapbook Swallow won the 2008 Flip Kelly Poetry Prize and was published in 2009 by Amsterdam Press. In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant for Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Criterion, Mudfish, American Fiction, The Adirondack Review, The Broome Review, FULCRUM, Juked, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Phoebe, Best American Poetry 1990 and many other publications. She is the editor of Poetry Contest Insider, an online guide to over 750 literary contests, published by www.winningwriters.com.
Visit her blog at www.jendireiter.com.
Jendi Reiter's Barbie at 50 contains an inventive re-imagining of the fairytale woman as well as iconic images of women, including Barbie. The poems are replete with surprise and peppered with humor. In her poem, "The Fallen Angel Writes a Letter Home" she writes, "I never run out of language. I'm easy listening. /Background music for the long drive away /from that sunset field where they fell under / the sweep of a great and lively silence." Her poems resound with lyrical language, and are not bound for silence, but for reading.In "The Happiness Myth" she jests, "Inside me is a thin person,/ two policemen, a rhododendron, and a sheepdog /trying to get out." Inside Barbie at 50 there is much more; a collection of well-crafted and delightful, well-imagined poems.
Barbie at 50 is a lush collection of poems with lines embroidered with the craft of a studied life. It's Barbie outdoing herself, leaving off the accursed weight of a 1950's perfectionism to discover the truth of genuine joy. These are poems of a life more real than any doll's, as they point up the grace of having confronted the problematic entanglements that attempt to derail a woman making her way through the puzzles of maturing in the last fifty years, a time studded with all ridiculous matter. These poems show us a difficult tenderness harvested from what makes us weep and what makes us shout out in celebration, what makes us laugh.
—Afaa Michael Weaver, Simmons College
Throughout this collection, various poems include reference to the following brands: Barbie and Ken, trademarks of Mattel Corp.; Maybelline, a trademark of L'Oréal USA Creative Inc.; and Project Runway, a trademark of Fashion Cents, LLC. No rights in these marks are claimed nor commercial affiliation intended.$7.00 | 28 Pages | In Stock
I'd Rather be Mexican by Charles P. Ries
Červená Barva Press, 2010
Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing. He is the author of THE FATHERS WE FIND, a novel based on memory and five books of poetry. Most recently he was awarded the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association "Jade Ring" Award for humorous poetry. He is the former poetry editor for Word Riot (www.wordriot.org) and a former member of the board at the Woodland Pattern Book Center. Charles is Co-Chairman of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. He will have a book of poetry published in early 2010: Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love that will be published by Alternating Current Pre, Leah Angstman, Editor. He is a founding member of the Lake Shore Surf Club, the oldest fresh water surfing club on the Great Lakes (http://www.visitsheboygan.com/dairyland/). You may find additional samples of his work by going to: http://www.literati.net/Ries/
El Latino Blanco
(The White Latin)
I woke up throughout the night
as the fleas kept biting my toes.
Just my toes – the rest of me
didn t seem to interest them.
"El Latino Blanco" the bartender called me as
I ordered double shots of tequila throughout the night,
one for me and one for my friend the large white rabbit
called El Conjito Blanco Grande who sat invisibly next to me,
as he has next to the other drunks who have used him as an
excuse to order doubles.
My dreams that night were ones of desolation and consolation.
Always in that order. I remember because the fleas kept me
on the edge of real time. Maybe they weren't fleas at all,
but insect sized psychic miners, biting me to lucidity and
injecting me with some sort of drunken-poet-dream-sex-venom.
I'm sure I'm not the first drunken poet to be visited in this way.
I'm sure I will not be the last.
As the morning came, the fleas went to sleep and I too drifted away$7.00 | 28 Pages | In Stock
into a deep cold river, waking to a pure blue sky, a massive Mexican
hangover and the smell of black coffee served to me by a mescal worm named Little Rico.
EK: Poems of Ekphrasis by Tree Riesener
Červená Barva Press, 2017
Tree Riesener is the author of Sleepers Awake, a collection of short fiction, winner of the Eludia Award from Hidden River Arts, published by Sowilo Press in 2015. Her collection of poetry inspired by astronomy, The Hubble Cantos, was published in 2016 by Aldrich Press. Her achievements include three first prizes for fiction at the Philadelphia Writers Conference, finalist for Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize, finalist in PANK magazine's Fiction Chapbook Contest, the William Van Wert Fiction Award, semi-finalist in the Pablo Neruda Competition, three short stories staged in the Writing Aloud Series of InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia, a Hawthornden Fellowship at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, and three poetry chapbooks: Liminalog, Inscapes, and Angel Poison.
The poems in Tree Riesener's EK: Poems of Ekphrasis hark back to the original meaning of ekphrasis- "to speak" "out." Driven by a kind of surrealistic urgency, the poems use all the language at their disposal to name what they see so that one bird "might escape the net." Whether focusing on works of art, photos, ultrasound images, relics, a bull fight, Chernobyl, or a shrine for a boy struck while bicycling, Riesener is an "eye witness," combining a longing for an "otherworld" with a sharp awareness of the "dead zones" of our making.
-Rebecca Seiferle, Editor of The Drunken Boat, Tucson Poet Laureate, author of Wild Tongue
In the epigraph to EK, Goethe speaks of reproducing the world that surrounds by means of the world within. No argument there as far as it goes - but he may have, in his heart, aimed for more. Tree Riesener applies wit and sometimes ecstatic imagery to form and to literary conceit, clearly aiming for more; beyond reproduction toward provocation; in this case, evoking not just the world but the mystery of encountering it. In EK, such evidence is abundant, first poem to last: "clear bright dense mysterious dusky bluish venous arterial subterranean multi-layered sustaining singing vulnerable scarlet" or "you signed the forms to be present in this room because being here where perpetual light shines upon you is better than being in the prison yard buried under a number"
-Kathryn Rantala, Founder-Editor of Ravenna Press, author of The Finnish Orchestra and other collections
The breadth and range of subjects in Tree Riesener's latest collection, EK: Poems of Ekphrasis, stretch the boundaries of the form, demand attention, enthrall, unsettle, and delight the careful reader. In "annunciation of reluctance," she has captured both Mary's terror and her desire for things to be normal with an unpleasant but quite ordinary migraine, a signal of that surreal occurrence. Brilliant! In a group of poems inspired by the Messiaen musical quartet, written in a concentration camp during WWII, the reader joins her in "searching the ruins of the rainbow for the angel who announces the end of time" (after Katrina). The ending dirge, "owed to thanatopsis gardens," is written for the plastinated bodies in an exhibit. The beautiful questioning meditations on the sublime round out these poems of witness truly written on the body and the soul.
-Michele Belluomini, poet and storyteller, former Literature Librarian of the Free Library of Philadelphia, author of Crazy Mary and Others (winner of Plan B Press chapbook contest), Translations from the Dark and signposts for sleepwalkers.
In this new collection, Riesener's "poems of witness" move into powerful, unexplored worlds of language. What strikes me the most? The vitality and freshness of her work-the beautiful side by side with the ugly and the sacred with the profane. The author dares you to tell the difference.$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9981027-6-4 | 114 Pages | In Stock
-John Sweet, author of Famine, Human Cathedrals, and Century of Dreaming Monsters, winner of the 2014 Lummox Poetry Prize
Radioactive City by Richard Robbins
Bellday Books, 2009
"Robbins can spin a hitherto-undiscovered cosmos out of a single, wayward proposition, but he never loses footing in the radiant, mortal, given world."$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9793376-2-8 | 54 Pages | 5 copies
—Linda Gregerson, Final Judge
The Number Before Infinity by Zack Rogow
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2008
"The Number Before Infinity reads like a novel or memoir in verse. Each poem is a chapter in the story of two lovers united by passion but separated by previous commitments. In lyrical, accessible verse, the book follows the lovers as they choose between their deepening connection and their existing loyalties.
Reading Zack Rogow's The Number Before Infinity, I was reminded of young Neruda's love poems; here is that passion, tempered and informed by briars and grace of marriage and family. Bravo Love. Bravo Poetry."
"Very few poets have the courage to open themselves as fully as Zack Rogow does as he pours out, in passionate poetry, the story of a love affair and the family fallout it generates. These poems are hot, honest, propelled by the skill of a first-rate worker in words to serve what William Carlos Williams said poetry was all about, feeling. Any reader who opens this extraordinary book and begins reading won't put it down. That's a guarantee."$16.00 | ISBN 978-0-9768676-0-9 | 72 Pages | In Stock: 2
On How to Read The Manual by Pam Rosenblatt
Ibbetson Street Press, 2008
On How to Read undertakes a vital mission, the questioning of the obvious in an age where the surplus of information seems to have created a new acquiescence. Rosenblatt's investigations make play itself an integral part of the act of reading while inviting us to question our world. This is a rich little book.
-Afaa M. Weaver, Pushcart Prize Winner 2008
In her collection of poems, On How to Read - THE MANUAL, poet Pam Rosenblatt raises questions about reading, calling it an active occupation, and applying it to subjects as far flung as "How to Read a Tennis Player" or "How to Read a Feral Cat." She explores perception of many things in an original, smart and enjoyable way, a kind of Dr. Seuss meets Gertrude Stein meets Kurt Vonnegut style that is new and fresh. If, as Gertrude Stein maintained, you have to go deep down and let go of sophistication to become truly sophisticated, Rosenblatt fulfills the task. These poems ask simple questions and send the reader on a journey into new territories, leading us to look at the world through her discerning eyes and enjoy her wry homor. You'll never drive the same after reading "On How to Read a Green Light." Take a journey into the ordinary world and enjoy these engaging manuals. You'll be glad you did.$7.00 | 26 pages | 5 signed copies
-Anne Brudevold, Editor, Eden Waters Press
Big Hammer #11 Editor: Dave Roskos
Contributors: Alan Catlin, Ken Greenley, Dave Cope, Kevin Sweeney, Becki Nison, David Pointer, Eliot Katz, Ed Galing, Dave Roskos, Maryellen Lebeda-Parra, Panther Moon, Tom Page, Eugeania Brokowski, Matt Becker, Tom Obrzut, Linda Lerner, Lisa McAllister, Joe Weil, Jim Patton, Jessica Smith, Angela Mark, Paul Sohar, Steve Worowski, Hugh Fox, Linda Radice, George Held, Cardinal Cox, Geoffrey Barber, Jim Patton, Alice B. Talkless, Starless Sneech, Gordon A. Graves, Gerry Grinnin$5.00 | ISBN ? | 84 Pages | In Stock: 3
Being Love Estar Enam0rado
by Jay Ross (signed copies)
Indian Bay Press, 2005
Being Love is radiant with a higher love…they are more like Rumi than Neruda. He evokes Love at its most transcendent…
Guy K. Ames: award-winning song writer
Sufi mystics say "God is love, lover, and beloved." Jay's poems spring from a very personal, sensual experience of this wondrous union and fusion.
Geoffrey Oelsner: author, Native Joy
The sense of Love that emanates from your poetry is as deep and profound as I imagine the Original Love. It inspires me to a richer appreciation/interaction to my own existence. Your voice brightens the world.$12.95 | ISBN: 0-9773695-0-1 | 80 Pages | In Stock: 3