Here we go: The next Read America Read Project is January 26th.
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 January 26th 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,
CHANTS a memoir in sonnets by John L. Stanizzi
John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall,
After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide - Ebb Tide, and Chants. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner,
American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Cortland Review,
Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Rust & Moth, Connecticut River Review, Hawk & Handsaw, and many others.
His work has been translated into Italian and appeared in El Ghibli, in
the Journal of Italian Translations Bonafinni, and Poetarium Silva.
His translator is Angela D'Ambra. John has read and venues all over New England,
including the Mystic Arts Café, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage,
and many others. John is coordinator of the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT. He is also a teaching artist for the national
recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. A former New England Poet of the Year,
John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT and
he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.
This is what history sounds like, a song that takes over us until we join the Chants and become part of history.
Thanks to John L. Stanizzi for showing us another path of walking into today.
—Romeo Oriogun, Nigeria's Oriogun is the recipient of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2017
These loose sonnets with the punning title — "Chants"—push us in various directions: towards the past,
towards the present, even towards the immensely problematical future. It's the story of a Catholic boy
grown into a compassionate, intelligent man looking at the world as it has configured itself in his
lifetime: all the changes. The difference from a newspaper account is that Stanizzi is an observer
with music on his mind: "cause / to breathe in cleanly in the thrall of rain."
These poems sing—"chants"—about the life he has lived out of all the lives he
might have lived: "chance." It is a poetry of witness dealing with death, life,
childhood and growth. But it also allows us to experience sudden miracles of flight: I am inspired/to pick him
[a goldfinch] up—and he lets me!—his eyes/unsure and trusting in a lightning flash,/and then
he flies, my upturned palm in rain.
—Jack Foley, Foley is the author of many books, including Grief Songs, and The Tiger
These inspiriting poems amplify and celebrate life. They find the deepest reaches of the human heart with
a passion that will cause readers to pause and read again. From the beauty of goldfinches to the horrors
of war and the joys and tribulations of family life, John Stanizzi discovers the universal in the personal.
He turns words into instruments that pierce the soul.
—David K. Leff, author of The Breach and Poet-in-Residence New England National Scenic Trail, 2016-2017
$17.00 | ISBN:978-1-950063-00-0 | 47 Pages
YET, LOVE, ILLUMINE US and Other Poems by Jüri Talvet
Since the start of the 21st century, Jüri Talvet
(born in 1945 in Pärnu) has emerged as one of
the internationally best-known Estonian poets
and essay writers. Book-length selections of his
poetry have appeared in English, Spanish,
French, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Serbian and
Catalan. Yet, Love, Illumine Us, and Other
Poems is Talvet’s third poetry book in English translation, following Estonian
Elegy (2008) and Of Snow, of Soul (2010), both published by Guernica
(Toronto). Talvet has chaired World / Comparative Literature at the University
of Tartu since 1992 and is elected member of Academia Europaea (2016).
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
H. L. Hix's recent books include a poetry collection, Rain Inscription (Etruscan Press, 2017),
an essay collection, Demonstrategy (Etruscan Press, 2019), and an art/poetry anthology,
Ley Lines (Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2014). His previous collaborations with Jüri Talvet
include a selection of poems by the Estonian poet Juhan Liiv,
Snow Drifts, I Sing (Guernica Editions, 2013), and anthologies of
contemporary Estonian poetry: Vello ceo nórdico. Poesia estonia contemporánea
(Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2002) and On the Way Home.
An Anthology of Contemporary Estonian Poetry (Sarup & Sons, 2006).
From the introduction...
As, according to Aristotle, philosophy begins in wonder, so too do Talvet's
poems. But Talvet's is not a youthful, naïve wonder. Instead, it is the wonder
that Elias Canetti speaks of in this way: "The real creator gets bolder with
age…. [T]he more one has experienced, the more there is to be astonished by.
Our capacity for wonder grows with experience, becomes more urgent." The
poems in Yet, Love, Illumine Us are bold in proportion to the urgency and
maturity of their astonishment, the capaciousness of their wonder.
—H. L. Hix
Cover image by Laura Talvet
$17.00 | ISBN:978-1-950063-01-7 | 103 Pages
What Happens Next by George Ovitt
George Ovitt is the author of Splitting the Difference (poems), The Snowman (stories), and Stillpoint (a novel).
Since 2012 he has co-written the popular literary blog Talented Reader. He lives in New Mexico.
The poems in What Happens Next allow us to enter the patience and calm of a poet who expresses himself after
long listening, creating a welcome intimacy and a sense of life considered and savored. Natural in their diction,
unforced, these poems create clarity even when looking out at a chaotic world.
-Kim Garcia, author of DRONE and The Brighter House
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-692-13790-1 | 69 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.