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Read America Read will have its sixth event Saturday, April 30th.
Here we go: The next Read America Read Project is Saturday, April 30th.
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 Aprill 30th 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,
Swiss poet Erika Burkart (1922-2010) has been compared to the likes of Ingeborg Bachmann, Friedericke Mayröcker, and Rainer
Maria Rilke. During the latter half of her lifetime, the Swiss literary establishment perceived her not only as the grande dame of German-
Swiss poetry, but also as an elusive, metaphysical, at times eccentric enigma of contemporary German-language literature.
Born in Aarau, Switzerland, Burkart published over 24 collections of poetry and nine prose works, writing for the most part in the house of her childhood
(the former summer house of the Prince-Abbot of Muri), Haus Kapf in Althäusern, Aargau, which was run as a tavern by Erika's parents.
Burkart received numerous literary prizes during her lifetime, including the Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis (1978), the Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart-
Preis (1990), the Joseph-Breitbach-Preis (2002), and the Gottfried-Keller-Preis (1992). To date, she is the only woman ever to have been
awarded Switzerland's highest literary prize, the Grosser Schiller-Preis (2005).
Born in Hong Kong, Marc Vincenz is the author of nine collections of original poetry; his latest are This Wasted Land, and Its Chymical
Illuminations (Lavender Ink, 2015), Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015) and Sibylline, a book-length poem
(Ampersand Books, 2016). The Washington Independent Review of Books recently called Vincenz "[a] peripatetic linguist... [he] prospers
through travel like a psychoactive medicine man. Each poem is an open environment where anything can happen-a ceremony of
advanced thinking-where a pilgrim of great altitudes accepts life's vagaries." Vincenz is also the translator of many German-language
poets, including the Herman Hesse Prize winner, Klaus Merz, Werner Lutz, Erika Burkart, Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Robert Walser and Jürg
Amman, and has published ten collections of translations-the latest is A Late Recognition of the Signs by Erika Burkart. His translation of Klaus
Merz's collection Unexpected Development, was a finalist for the 2015 Cliff Becker Book Translation Prize and will be published by White
Pine Press in 2018. He has received several grants from the Swiss Arts Council and a fellowship from the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.
His own work has been translated into German, Russian, Romanian, French, Icelandic and Chinese; Bucharest's Tractus Arte Press released
a Romanian translation of his collection The Propaganda Factory, at the 2015 Bucharest Book Fair. He is International Editor of Plume,
Executive Editor of MadHat Press, and Plume Editions, Co-Editor of Fulcrum, and lives and writes in Western Massachusetts. Recent and
forthcoming publications include The Nation, Ploughshares, Guernica, Washington Square Review,
The Common and World Literature Today.
"Erika Burkart often evokes darkness, all the while "recu[ing] / fragments of images / from the dark chambers"-and these
bits and pieces of the world, which she gathers with such care, gleam with a lasting, even healing light in her work. A
precise and loving observer of nature, this major Swiss poet is especially sensitive to the question of how perceptions can
be written down to "find [her]self / [...]-a language / no one knows anymore." For her, words raise no insurmountable
barriers between the self and outside reality, but rather encourage her, as it were, to examine how one might more fully
"With Secret Letter, Marc Vincenz has gracefully and accurately rendered one of the last and most important books written
by this philosophically minded poet. Hats off to him, for these full-fledged English poems express all the discreet music,
subtle emotions, and thought-provoking qualities of the originals."
-John Taylor, poet, translator of Philippe Jaccottet, Jacques Dupin, and Jose-Flore Tappy
"Secret Letter by Erika Burkart offers lyrics so pristine and resonant in English that it's hard to fathom that these are
translations. Marc Vincenz has done a great service for English-speaking, opening our shutters, our vistas onto the light-
rich work of this amazing poet. Each poem mirrors creation and the birth of poetical language, without affectation or even
extra syllables. The ensemble remins us of why we turned to poetry in the first place, for its spare, lyrical power, its
shock of beauty, emotion, and insight."
-Marilyn Kallet, poet, translator of Paul Eluard, Benjamin Peret, and Chantal Bizzini
"Burkart's poems leave behind much more than a fleeting trace in the snow. Her delicate poetic footsteps have long since
inscribed themselves in the memory of nature and her readers."
"Erika Burkart possessed something like a second sight. She saw people, nature, the world, with both an inner and outer vision."
$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-3-4 | 83 Pages
Poet and Playwright Martin Burke is from Ireland but has lived for many years in Flanders
(the northern Flemish speaking part of Belgium) a region with which he strongly identifies.
More akin to the broad European visionary tradition than to any form of social realism,
his work is noted for his insight and lyricism, qualities which are to the forefront in
this version of the famous work by Rilke. He is currently working on a book-length poem
The April Calends.
Who from the angels will hear me?
Into what existence may I vanish?
Why is it that, though it can, beauty does not destroy us?
Why does terror spring from every angel's mouth in joy?
Yet this is the world's landscape where, somehow, we endure
And the lovers, who annihilate annihilations
Lock time like a prisoner in their arms but their hearts are birds in air
Spring and its stars require us and the mission of music also
As we require mirrors to hold our expectations
As sinful and profane are our chosen companions
Where Antaeus is livid in air but renewed on the ground (oh let there be praise for such falling for this is no elegy)
As lovers are (oh pleasurable earth that such joy be yours!)
Sap to earth-mould that love rise again in any space, region or occasion through which its arrow passes
To focus on the unseen voice prompting a saints' ecstasy
Listening only to the secretive breath of the world
Speaking histories and chronicles-but what will they tell of you?
Let them tell that you were enraptured and quivered
In the arrows flight within you.
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-9-6 | 22 Pages
ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS STUDIO
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY
Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS READING
THURSDAY JUNE 30, AT 7:00PM
Featuring: Heather Madden | GennaRose Nethercott |
Heather Madden's poetry has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, Mid-American Review, Salamander,
and the Massachusetts Review. She teaches creative writing in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire
College and serves as a contributing editor for Salamander. Her work has been supported by the Somerville Arts
Council and by an emerging artist's award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. She lives in Chesterfield NH with
her husband, their infant son, and a small pack of domestic animals.
GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont, currently living in Boston.
Her recent work has appeared in The Offing, Cleaver, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Maudlin House, among others, and her poem
"The Legacy" won the Spark Creative Anthology's grand prize in poetry. She writes poems-to-order for passersby on a
1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, a collection of which was released by Honeybee Press in 2015.
Julia Story is the author of Post Moxie (Sarabande Books), winner of the Ploughshares 2010 John C. Zacharis First
Book Award, and a chapbook, The Trapdoor (dancing girl press). Her recent work can be read at Sixth Finch, Salt Hill,
and Gulf Coast and she is 2016 recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She teaches writing and literature at Bunker Hill
Community College and lives in Somerville, MA.
Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served. Parking behind the building.
Directions & parking:
The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the
armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square
which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be
caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell
Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off
at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Inside the Armory:
Go inside main doors and walk straight ahead about 30 feet, look for the door on the right to the
stairs down to the basement. (There is an elevator just after the stairs.) Once in the basement walk
through the basement lobby straight ahead about 20 feet, first door on the right is
the Červená Barva Press Studio.
T.M. De Vos is a 2015 Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellow; Co-Editor-in-Chief of Gloom Cupboard; and staff member
of The Atlas Review. Her work has appeared in Juked, The Pacific Review, burntdistrict, Moonshot Magazine, Quiddity,
Hawaii Pacific Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review, among others. She has been named as a
semifinalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and the Paumanok Poetry Award. De Vos is also the recipient
of fellowships from Murphy Writing Seminars, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Cullman Center at the
New York Public Library. She is currently working on her first novel.
"Some poets jump up and down, make faces, pretend to act smart, or witty, or stupid as they write.
T.M. De Vos comes up to your table as you sit alone in a cafe, sits down in the empty chair, and starts talking
to you in near whisper. You're surprised at first, don't know how to react, but are soothed by the softness of
her voice, the warmth it projects, push out of your mind the din than surrounds you, and let yourself be drawn
in by her words. There isn't a single lie, a hint at pretense in what she says. It is all so honest and simple.
Her story is yours but she tells it in a way you would have never thought of and you see yourself differently.
You're amazed. You're grateful to her for having sat down at your table. You've gained a friend."
-Yuriy Tarnawsky, author of The Placebo Effect Trilogy
"An illuminating collection, Cimmeria inspects human intimacies. These poems are at once clinical and
compassionate as they slip from the ordinary to horror, from a boy's red balloon to his bag of blood. T.M. De Vos
enlarges as she vexes our grounding in the everyday."
-Renato Rosaldo, cultural anthropologist and author of Diego Luna's Insider Tips
"Cimmeria plumbs modern relationships from intimate perspectives. The poems talk from across the room, then
sit down and whisper unexpected truths. Where the 21st century keeps the bright and beautiful at the forefront,
De Vos provides a rich depth of field that shows there is nothing of significance to fill the vacuum left
-John Gosslee, editor of Fjords Review and author of 12: Sonnets for the Zodiac
"In her collection Cimmeria, poet T.M. De Vos opens up a complex world of brutal emotional pain delivered
in elegant, precise, yet emotive language. We are taken through a landscape scarred by anguish and littered
with memories ground down to a powder by unsuccessful, at times stifling relationships. But the look back upon
this scorched earth of ardent scars is that from a vantage point of forgiveness and transcendence. De Vos is
magically able to simultaneously condemn and absolve the cruelty that lives within all of us."
-Alex Pruteanu, author of Gears
"T.M. De Vos reaches beneath the surface of experience to examine what is primary and primordial in everyday-and
not so everyday-actions. Her examinations sometimes cut like a surgeon's knife, other times magnify like a
biologist's microscope, to reveal what (often) has been taken away from those who try to give. The precision of
her language and clarity of her imagery open our eyes to what has remained hidden, buried and closed off for
-Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Haywire, Tetched, and Roughhouse
"T. M. De Vos sounds the depths of what we truly know. With tremendous tenderness, yearning and passion in
her voice, she gives us the visceral truth, including the literal blood, bone and guts of experience. By
knowing where the limits of desire come from, herself, she is able to wisely accept what it is that life
-Jeffrey Ethan Lee, author of Towards Euphoria
$7.00 | 36 Pages | In Stock
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent
being Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014). The Last Gun is her fourth chapbook
after Up From the Root Cellar and Herding, both from Červená Barva Press. A selection from The Last Gun
won the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Award out of Cogswell College, San Jose, CA, judged by poet A. Van Jordan,
who wrote: "You'll find that The Last Gun is 'a gathering place for... admirers, rememberers,
the once-armed.'" Harding Woodworth lives in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the
Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
"Just when you thought you knew all the arguments in America's gun debate, here comes Anne Harding Woodworth's
powerful chapbook, The Last Gun. In these haunting poems, the "last" gun clears its throat and speaks. He speaks
his fears and hopes in a voice as unexpected as it is unsettling. We almost feel sorry for him as we follow his arrest,
imprisonment, and more. These poems aim straight at the rhetoric. They trigger some laughs but mostly they lament
a country in which we hear too much from guns. Guns usually get what they want. But here, in this smart, insightful
collection, Anne Harding Woodworth only appears to show the gun's humanity. Actually, she shows us our own."
-Joseph Ross, Author of Ache, Gospel of Dust, and Meeting Bone Man
An excerpt from The Last Gun was the winner of the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Awards (Cogswell Polytechnical College,
San Jose, CA), judged by poet A. Van Jordan, who wrote:
The Last Gun opens with smoke and closes with a bang. These poems toggle between the spirits of the living and
the spirits the living carry into death "to ask questions, to contemplate/ a state of being that is no more."
These poems care about what we carry with us on our journeys and how others hold us in memory. As a reader,
you'll find that The Last Gun is "a gathering place for... admirers, rememberers, the once-armed," and this poet
has prepared us both "for the journey... where it will be judged," and for the "deeds on earth."
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Zvi A. Sesling has published poetry in numerous magazines both in print and online in the United States, Great
Britain, Ireland France, New Zealand, India, Canada, Australia and Israel. Among the publications are: Midstream,
Voices Israel, Saranac Review, New Delta Review, Plainsong, Asphodel, Ibbetson St., Blue Lyre, Door Is Ajar,
Scapegoat, The Chaffin Journal, Ship of Fools, Levure Litteraire, The Moth, First Literary Review—East, and Main
Street Rag. He was awarded First Prize (2007) in the Reuben Rose International Poetry Competition. In 2008 he was
selected to read his poetry at New England/Pen “Discovery” by Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish. He was a featured
reader in the Jewish Poetry Festival in Brookline, MA. He is a regular reviewer for the Boston Small Press and
Poetry Scene and is Editor of the Muddy River Poetry Review and publisher of Muddy River Books. Sesling has been a
featured reader in various venues in the Boston area, San Diego, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Boston
Poetry Festival. Sesling has also read on local radio and cable television programs. He is author of King of the
Jungle, (Ibbetson St., 2010), and a chapbook Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Červená Barva Press, 2011). He has taught at
Suffolk University, Emerson College and Boston University. He lives in Chestnut Hill, MA with his wife Susan J. Dechter.
In Fire Tongue, the poems are precise and unsparing as they probe old questions of how and why the unspeakable
enters our lives. In terse, suspenseful language and lines that are as light as their subjects they carry are
heavy, indeed ominous, Sesling looks for hope, for what can redeem us. The poet finds the answer in our ability to
listen, to feel, to own a conscience, and to value life.
-Afaa Michael Weaver
Poet Zvi Sesling is at a point in life where there is much more in his past than in his future. In "Fire Tongue"
there is delicate balance of the past, present and speculation of what is to come. Sesling fearlessly faces what we
all feel deep in our marrow - our own mortality. As a highly skilled poet with a gimlet eye, Sesling pulls this off
with a mixture of humor and pathos. No word is wasted... life is too short for that... Sesling ,my friends, is well
acquainted with the night.
-Doug Holder, Ibbetson Street Press, Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing/Endicott College
Fire Tongue takes us on a journey down Zvi Sesling's "road of sorrows." Here is madness, pain, cities of the dead,
remnants of the lost, vast fields of suffering, outcroppings of cruelty, deserts of war and violence. With a
dream-like clarity and precision reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, Sesling shows us what we cannot deny about our
nature, our history, our times. This is poetry as ritual incantation, a fiery tongue in its own right, teaching us
how to navigate and thus perhaps begin to understand our harsh and bloody terrain.
-Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House (Graywolf Press)
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-4-1 | 87 Pages | In Stock
Olivia Bush is currently a junior at Simmons College, an all-women's college in Boston, Massachusetts,
and is studying English and Communications. After she graduates, she aspires to become an editor.
Born and raised in Central New Jersey, many of her poems are inspired by its scenery from the factories
on the Turnpike facing the city skyline, to the picturesque shore. She is a poetry buff,
who enjoys reading and draws inspiration from works from a variety of eras. Besides writing,
she is an immature distance runner, and currently works as the director of a mentoring program
for ninth and tenth graders. Despite the usually dark undertones present throughout most of
her works, she enjoys a good comedy, and one of her long-term dreams is to write for a cartoon.
Your peculiarity stuck me like a pin,
As I am a peculiar soul;
It met my delicate skin, drawing blood,
Which dripped to the floor
It was surprising: just a pin
drew such abundant blood;
but the bleeding roused my fancy,
as it poured from veins to the air
When it collected in a puddle, stained the rug;
I knew I had to do something
To stop the bleeding—
I eventually learned bandages only go so far
$7.00 | 18 Pages | In Stock
Milorad Pejić was born in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1960. Since 1992 he has lived in Sweden.
His books of poems include The Vase for the Lily Plant (1985), The Eyes of Keyholes (2001, 2012),
and Hyperborea (2011, 2013), for which he received the "Slovo Makovo-Mak Dizdar" prize
in Bosnia in 2012.
Omer Hadiselimović, formerly a professor at the University of Sarajevo, is now an
adjunct professor of English at Loyola University Chicago and at North Park University, Chicago.
He has published works in American studies, English literature, and travel writing.
In recent years he has been translating poetry from Bosnian into English and from
English into Bosnian, published in various venues.
I mourn for the cypresses I brought
from Hvar: under tiny days, like through
sunglasses deficient they grow, breathing
with deaf leaves as if through a button.
From their horrible disease, like a thin trail
of ink spilled on a newspaper, they bleed out
at night over the yard wall into the moonlight.
The long winter is drying out the boats down
at the lake, a small church above smoking
roofs looks like a fishing buoy. No one from
anywhere to unlock me from the cypresses.
Planted in the snow, they traipse after me with
their shadows' needles like after a vial of lavender.
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-1-0 | 44 Pages | In Stock
Ed Hamilton is the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and
Outlaws of New York's Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007). His fiction has appeared in dozens
of small journals, including Limestone, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, SoMa Literary
Review, Exquisite Corpse, Bohemia, Omphalos, and in translation in the Czech Republic's
Host. His non-fiction has appeared in The Villager, Chelsea Now, The Huffington Post,
and Living With Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog. Ed lives in New York City. Visit his
website at www.edhamilton.nyc
Just as Soylent Green is people, so The Chintz Age is now. Everything is cheaper and
chintzier than in the past, from consumer products to culture itself. Our great cities,
and, in particular, New York, are being transformed as we speak, as rising rents
squeeze out the artists and bohemians who honed and burnished the city's glittering
cutting edge. So should we look backward in teary-eyed nostalgia for the glorious past,
or grit our teeth and move forward, accepting the inevitability of change in order to
carve out a place for ourselves in this Brave New New York? This book of gritty urban
fairy tales represents a heartfelt prayer for the future of the arts in New York, as
well as a blueprint for a moral and spiritual resistance to the forces of cultural
In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the
old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the
face of this rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of
New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell's Kitchen, and from the Bowery to
Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks,
hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon
of urban demigods—gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap
diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.
PRAISE FOR THE LEGENDS OF THE CHELSEA HOTEL
"There's something remarkable about the way the author manages to celebrate the Chelsea's
singular atmosphere — the exuberant aspiring artists, the divorced movie stars, the
disheveled blonde who may have Tourette's and who lingers in the lobby hissing like a
snake — without ever forgetting how toxic the air is for many of the people who come
desperate to breathe it."
—Jeff Giles, The New York Times Book Review
$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-9-8 | 284 Pages | In Stock
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.