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The Lost Bookshelf.
Welcome to the November Newsletter. There was no newsletter in October.
Instead, Bill and I put all our energy into getting chapbooks and books ready to be published.
This month, 3 chapbooks and 3 full-length books will be
December 10, 2013
Bill Yarrow is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing,
Shakespeare, and film. He is the author of Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX, 2012) His work has appeared in
many print and online journals including PANK, Poetry International, Thrush, DIAGRAM, Contrary,
"Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku is a masterfully competent and original course in
comparative poetics, an erudite inside joke that will make you laugh out loud. Hilarious and
apt send-ups of Whitman, Rimbaud, Lermontov, Yeats, and Bishop and Yarrow’s own poetic voice
make this literary tour a tour de force—funny, moving, and unique."
—Larissa Shmailo, In Paran
"With brilliant wit and deadpan humor, Bill Yarrow captures our ripe imperfections and absurd
beauty. This is a collection to be read over and over. Hilarious, unflinching, and right on
—Meg Tuite, Bound by Blue
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-1-4 | 45 Pages | In Stock
December 3, 2013
DENISE BERGMAN is the author of Seeing Annie Sullivan, poems based on the early life of
Helen Keller's teacher. She conceived and edited City River of Voices, an anthology of urban poetry.
Her poems have been widely published. An excerpt of her poem about a neighborhood slaughterhouse is
installed as public art in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Denise Bergman's second collection of poems is astonishingly original: I can't think of
another work that uses something so small to such large effect. The Telling is ultimately about
time and memory, art and truth, women and birth and death, and it all comes from "A sepia
memory/mildeweed, perhaps, or not"-a tiny center around which Bergman's lyrical intelligence
moves with haunting power and grace.
As scribe to the recounting of a few harrowing childhood hours that would shape her
grandmother's life, Denise Bergman examines trauma, suppression and how the honest mind
must sometimes alter truth. This, then, is no simple compassion; as the narrator bears
witness to the recounting of a monumental and guilt-laden secret, Bergman searches underneath
the told story. In her spare, halting lines and the wide silences between them, one senses
a tender and horrified listening, and in this listening an implied counterpoint, a murmur of
truths unspeakable. Every object in The Telling has a vulnerable, culpable animus. All are
witnesses. Bergman's testimony acknowledges the heartbreaking necessity of amnesia.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-4-5 | 84 Pages | In Stock
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- Buy a raffle ticket for $10.00 and win all the new chapbooks Cervena Barva Press publishes in 2014!!!
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New from Muddy River Books: Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock
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
My Father's Eyes a memoir by Mary Bonina
Mary Bonina has published two collections of poetry, Clear Eye Tea and Living Proof. She is also the author of Lunch in
Chinatown, a chapbook of poems inspired by the experience of teaching the English language to recent immigrants in their
work places. Her poetry and prose has been featured in Gulf Stream, Salamander, English Journal, Hanging Loose, and in
many other journals and several anthologies, most recently in Entering the Real World: VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo,
celebrating forty years of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Commissioned by composer Paul Sayed, she wrote a
suite of three poems, Grace in the Wind, and Sayed's composition for piano, cello, and soprano voice had its world
premiere at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts in November of 2012. Bonina is a
graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. In addition to being a Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts Fellow since 2001 when she was named the finalist for the Goldfarb Fellowship in non-fiction, she is
also a member of the Writers' Room of Boston, Inc. where she is working on a novel and a new collection of poetry.
She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, poet Mark Pawlak and their son, Gianni Bonina-Pawlak.
ADVANCE PRAISE for MY FATHER’S EYES
"Not many pages into this gloriously moving book, a feeling begins to
grow that it would have been a humbling yet exquisite experience to
have sat and talked with Biagio John Bonina. What his daughter Mary
Bonina has given us is a solid and lasting portrait of a man who was
simple and complicated. (That is not a contradiction once you come to
know him.)…America is a country of grand men and women who
live on a modest scale, and no one fits that category more than he does.
Once his eyes began to fail him, he lived even more for his family and
its welfare and his efforts and work make him in my mind, the kind of real hero we fail to glorify
anymore. So enter this book and come to know her father and his dedicated overwhelmingly loyal
daughter, as well as a large stage of family members and friends who are unforgettable and insanely
knowable and human."
—Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World
"Mary Bonina casts her considerable spell with exquisite sentences and unerring evocative details. She
is a writer of inordinate compassion, formidable intelligence, and unflinching honesty. My Father’s
Eyes documents a family’s coming to grips with the legacy of blindness, a daughter’s unflagging
allegiance to her father, and one man’s heroic determination to live a life of independence and quiet
dignity despite obstacles that would crush the strongest of us. The book is an inspiration. When I
finished reading it, I walked around for days seeing the world through its lens. Yes, it’s that good. It’s
—John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass. and No Regrets, Coyote
"Packard. Record player. Telephone party line. Fallout shelter. Holy Ghost. These and other blasts
from the past make up the world of this beautiful, clear-eyed memoir that reads like a novel. It’s partly
the story of a girl who loved words on her way to becoming a writer. Of all the words in her universe,
the most important were eyes and seeing, for this was a girl growing up with a beloved father going
blind. Becoming his guide and his eyes, she becomes herself. And what a character he is! We come to
know him as if we’re all his children, one minute consumed with terror at the dangers he faces, and
the next minute awed by his courage, and the next exasperated by his human flaws. And ultimately, we
see and feel for ourselves what his daughter means when she says, “I know about love from being my
—Ellen Cooney, author of A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies
$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-8-5 | 290 Pages | In Stock
New Release: My Life With Blondie by Jiří Klobouk
Jiří Klobouk writes fiction, radio plays, poetry and essays. He discovered jazz when he was
twelve and later began to visualize the world around him through a camera lens - he worked
for 20 years in television. These experiences are reflected in his writing. He created a body of
work in which as one critique noted: "We could feel the rhythm and see things from unexpected
angles." Many short stories have appeared in literary periodicals: Partisan Review, Chicago
Review, Stories and Artful Dodge. For Winter Wolves, a story published in Mid-American
Review, he was named outstanding writer in the 1985-86 The Pushcart Prize edition. His
list of books includes: My Life with Blondie, Winfield, Radio Plays I, Radio Plays II, Music
After Midnight, The Stair Climber, Anti-Communist Manifesto (1975), The Homecoming,
JAZZ II: Parents and Third Wife. The author lives in New York City.
Translated from the Czech by Helena and John Baker
A fifty-year-old man, named Harley Davidson, has suffered from a vivid fantasy, a condition
not as rare as it might seem: alongside reality, which he perceives accurately, he has created
for himself a second, parallel world of dreams. When he was seventeen, he fell in love with
Blondie he saw on a magazine cover. For the next thirty-three years all he wants is to tell her
that he loves her. As time goes by it seems it will never happen, but then one day...
...thirty three years later Harley learns that Blondie (inevitably an aging starlet) is arriving in
town to perform at a local bar. She has reserved a room in the rundown hotel where Harley
works as a receptionist. Finally, he is convinced his dream will come true.
In this novel, we become acquainted with Harley’s entire life - from childhood, through the
demise of two marriages. We follow him on his journey to Austria, Portugal, Germany and
Vietnam. It is a story of a human being who, inspired by the power of love, keeps his spirit
intact against all odds and circumstances.
$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-6-1 | 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
Gloria Mindock is editor and publisher of Červená Barva Press. In 2007, she took over as editor of the Istanbul Literary Review,
an online journal based in Turkey. In 2010, she co-founded an experimental journal, X Peri, with Irene Koronas.
She is the author of two chapbooks, Doppelganger (S. Press), Oh Angel (U Šoku Štampa) and is the author of three books,
Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson St. Press, 2007), Nothing Divine Here (U Šoku Štampa, 2010), and
La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania, 2010), translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma.
Gloria has been published in numerous journals including River Styx, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Blackbox, Ibbetson St., WHLR, Poesia,
Arabesques, and Bogg. In Romania, her poems can be found in UNU: Revistă de Cultură, Gând Românesc, Citadela and the anthology Murmur of
Voices (Cogito Press) with translation by Flavia Cosma. Other anthologies include: Bagel With the Bards No.1 and No. 2,
WHLR Anthology # 1, and City Lights.
Recently, she was interviewed by Luis R. Calvo and Flavia Cosma in the literary magazine,
Generación Abierta (Buenos Aires, Argentina). The interview was translated into Spanish by Flavia Cosma.
Gloria has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, St. Botolph Award and was awarded a fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council.
From 1984-1994, she edited the Boston Literary Review/BLuR and was co-founder of Theatre S & S. Press, Inc.
Theatre S. received grants from the Polaroid Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Globe Foundation,
New England for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Somerville Arts Council.
With an extensive background in theatre, Gloria has written and performed numerous performance pieces including
BIG BOMB BUICKS, WHERE DID ALL THOSE BIRDS AND DOGS COME FROM?, I WISH FRANCISCO FRANCO WOULD LOVE ME, and
SKIN CELLS, MAGGOTS, AND OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST. Her poetry collection called Doppelganger was a text of a
theatre piece of the same name performed by THEATRE S. A review by STAGES stated she took great liberties with
Poe and "captured the romantic desperation of "William Wilson," a tale of self-destructive double-identity."
Gloria has performed, acted, composed music, and sang in the theatre.
Her newest performance piece is called WALKING IN El SALVADOR. Gloria works
as a Social Worker and freelances editing manuscripts and conducting workshops for writers.
Gloria Mindock's Website is currently under construction.
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
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
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:
$15.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-04760-7 | 87 Pages | In Stock
Blood Soaked Dresses by Gloria Mindock
Ibbetson 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.
Also available at Grolier Poetry Bookstore in Cambridge, MA., and can be ordered online at: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Powells.
For signed copies: order directly from the author at: P.O. Box 440357, W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222 ($13.50 plus $3.00 S/H)
"El Salvador, 1983" was translated into Serbian by Berislav Blagojevic:
Berislav Blagojevic's Blog:
To read reviews go to:
Boston Globe review by Ellen Steinbaum
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene Reviews: