Half my life is an act of revision.
Here we go: The next Read America Read Project is Saturday, November 25th.
Leave a book for someone
to take anywhere you want. This time, ask two people you know to do this also. This way the project
will grow each month. I would like a book marker to go in every book so people know where they are
coming from. Please e-mail me at the following e-mail address and I will send you an e-mail back
with the book marker for you to print out and cut. Thank you for being a part of this project.
Lets make November 25th great! Send me photos too. I have a list of names of who
participated and as this grows, keep letting me know you are doing this. Thanks a zillion.
You all rock. Lets get America reading!!!!
Thanks so much,
THE LOST BOOKSHELF BOOKSTORE
IN THE CERVENA BARVA PRESS STUDIO
WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY DECEMBER 2 FROM 10AM TO 3PM
Released September 22, 2017:
David Gullette was one of the first editors of Ploughshares, and has been for many years the Literary Director of
the Poets' Theatre. He has published poetry, fiction, memoir and criticism in a wide range of journals, and
book-length translations from both Italian and Spanish, with a specialty in Nicaraguan revolutionary
poetry. He is Vice President of the Newton/San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua) Sister City Project and
Professor Emeritus of English at Simmons College in Boston.
David Gullette describes 'the way we live our only life':
the world is kicked awake by our desire;/if not, the loser lies there sunk in sloth./
There is no sunset we do not ignite. A lesser writer would have composed a more "slothful" volume:
But the ignition of brilliancies in David Gullette's QUESTIONABLE SHAPES is as dependent on copious learning
and the keen sort of intelligence that the Augustans called wit as it is on emotional impulse. The balance
and maturity of this book make it a real keeper!
-Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont
QUESTIONABLE SHAPES is a book brimming with long-brewed illuminations.
"Orbiter Dicta" gives an unforgettable portrait of a lovable dangerous brilliant father.
"Disaffiliation" and "What the Catbird Sang" are terrific poignant instances of the eternal
farewell to mother. "Superscriptions" and "Fame" are profound meditations on the unappeasable
human longing to leave a lasting trace. Questionable shapes as we all are, we need the soul-encouragement
that David Gullette's marvelous book so generously and buoyantly provides.
-Mark Halliday, author of Thresherphobe
"What are the strata / of pastness?" a poem in this fine book asks, and David Gullette responds with ghosts,
dreams, daydreams, visions-"questionable shapes" that live beneath the surface of richly lived and recorded
experience, like "waves breaking deep down under the house." A carefully wrought tension between depth
and surface, memory and desire makes this deeply explorative book-with its moments of linguistic whimsy
and social commentary-both challenging and engaging.
-Martha Collins, author of Blue Front
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-8-2 | 67 Pages
Released September 22, 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.
-John Sweet, author of Famine, Human Cathedrals, and Century of Dreaming Monsters,
winner of the 2014 Lummox Poetry Prize
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9981027-6-4 | 114 Pages
ABOUT THE PRESS
ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS was founded in April of 2005.
The press solicits poetry, fiction, and plays from various writers
around the world, and holds open contests regularly for its chapbooks,
postcards, broadsides and full-length books.
I look for work that has a strong voice, is unique, and that takes risks with language.
Please see submission guidelines for current information.
I encourage queries from Central and Eastern Europe.