About Gloria Mindock |
Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock |
Blood Soaked Dresses by Gloria Mindock
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. "
ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS STUDIO
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY
Červená Barva Press Studio
Basement Room B8
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 7:00PM
Featuring: Andrea Cohen | Gail Mazur | Lloyd Schwartz
Andrea Cohen's poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny Review,
The Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. Her next poetry collections, Furs Not Mine and Branch Water,
will be published by Four Way Books. Other collections include Kentucky Derby, Long Division, and
The Cartographer's Vacation. She directs the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith
House Poetry Series.
Gail Mazur is author of 6 books of poems, including They Can't Take That Away from Me,
finalist for the National Book Award; Zeppo's First Wife: New and Selected Poems, winner of the
Massachusetts Book Award and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and Figures in a Landscape published
in 20l1. She is the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, a center for the
poetry community since 1973 and Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Emerson College Graduate Writing
Program. On the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she has twice been a
Fellow in Poetry at the Radcliffe Institute.
Lloyd Schwartz is the Troy Professor of English at UMass Boston and teaches in the MFA Program.
His poems have been selected for The Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, and Best of the Best American Poetry.
His publications include the Library of America's Elizabeth Bishop edition and Music In-and On-the Air,
a collection of his reviews for NPR's Fresh Air. He received the 1994
Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.3>
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.
New Release September 21, 2014:
E. K. Mortenson is the author of the chapbooks, The Fifteenth Station (Accents Publishing, 2012) and
Dreamer or the Dream (Last Automat Press, 2010. His work also appears in both print and online journals
as well as anthologies. He was the 2008 recipient of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, the 2012
Accents Publishing Chapbook Award, and is an instructor in the MFA in Creative and Professional
Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. He writes and teaches in Pennsylvania
where he lives with his wife and two children.
Answer: Attention, which is a kind of compassion.
[Somewhere between Charles Wright's obsession with the shadows where the physical and the
spiritual worlds meet and David Kirby’s laughably brilliant ability to find the gut-rooted humor
in both worlds, we find E. K. Mortenson's poems of celebration and grief, of laughter and agony, of
people in dreams and people in our arms, all recycling: the hands of a lost grandfather come again
in the hands of a toddler fascinated with water; the world refashions itself as another day, every day;
what's out there is born again in the brain, and that loop makes a mind and something at least like
Q: What is the central energy in the universe?
—Brian Clements, author of And How To End It and Jargon
E. K. Mortenson's What Wakes Us is a delightful exploration of the world at hand. The poems
experiment with lineation – seeing what's possible both with the fractured line of Ferlinghetti's
early poems, and with a more sustained line reminiscent of C.K. Williams. The final section of the
book abandons the device of lineation altogether in a sequence of prose poems. But throughout the
book, there are pleasures to be found. There is the startling comparison of eyes "the blue / of
the continental shelf / on a pull-out map / from one of his National Geographics / with which I
would wallpaper my room." There is the worry of a father holding a sick child, who is "terrified
to wake you, / to spill the overfull cup of your sleep." And there is the accuracy of moments like
this: "Small boats creak in the harbor, with only a token strain at their mooring lines, dangling
kelp and dulse and carrageen." The reader of Mortenson's work will find many such pleasures.
—Charles Rafferty, author of Appetites and A Less Fabulous Infinity
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-3-8 | 72 Pages
New Release August 12, 2014:
After 40 years of working for "The Man" and sometimes "The Woman" Michael Estabrook is finally free.
No more useless meetings under florescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms. He can concentrate instead
on making better poems and on pursuing his other interests including: history, art, music, theatre, opera,
and his wife who is still the most beautiful woman he has ever known.
Wasn't until my mid-fifties
from Cambridge, Massachusetts, etched
my first tattoo onto my left shoulder:
a pair of red roses encircling one another
on a mat of shimmering green leaves.
Robin, our youngest daughter,
was in cahoots with me,
driving me to the tattoo parlor,
in the room watching the whole while.
Our other daughter, Laura,
was excited and gleeful, yelling
to her husband, "Chris come and see,
you're not going to believe it,
my Dad got a tattoo!"
On the other hand, my son
was stunned, dumbfounded,
not sure what to say.
While my wife, my poor wife,
she's away on business, hasn't seen it yet,
doesn't know of it either. But she can't
be too mad, I reason, seeing as this tattoo
was drawn by her, not as a tattoo,
of course, but as an embellishment
for a book of my poems. So she can't
be too upset because it's her art and,
as Laura said, "it is such a romantic thing
to have Mom's art on your body, forever."
$7.00 | 35 Pages
New Release July 30, 2014: Herding by Anne Harding Woodworth
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry and three chapbooks.
She lived on a farm in New York State during much of her childhood, where her fondness
for cows began. It has stayed with her in spite of living in New York City; Detroit; Athens,
Greece; and Frankfurt, Germany. She now divides her time between a cabin in the mountains of
Western North Carolina and a home in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the Poetry
Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library. (www.annehardingwoodworth.com)
In Herding, cows rush in where angels fear to tread, as Anne Harding Woodworth finds the human in the
cow and the cow in the human. Cows serve as figurative and literal witness here, be they standing by during
a speaker's contemplative walk through a country morning or dressing up as a contest winner's best man,
"forced to masquerade / as a bull masquerading as a best man // wearing a tailor-made bovine tuxedo."
Woodworth's poems are funny and even ridiculous at times, but don't be fooled into thinking this is light
verse. Here, we find the essential: our place on and of the earth, and in the immediate and more general
human relationships that make up our personal herd.
—Ruth Foley, Managing Editor of Cider Press Review and author of Dear Turquoise
$7.00 | 32 Pages | In Stock
New release July 29, 2014: Fugitive Hope by Bruce Lader
Bruce Lader is the author of four other volumes of poetry, most recently, Embrace (Big Table Publishing, 2010)
and Landscapes of Longing (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009). Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005)
was a finalist for the 2006 Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Winner of the 2010 Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry
Competition, his poems have appeared in Poetry, New York Quarterly, Confrontation, The Humanist,
New Millennium Writings, Fulcrum, Harpur Palate, Against Agamemnon: War Poems anthology, and over 100
other magazines and anthologies. He has received a writer-in-residence fellowship from The Wurlitzer
Foundation and an honorarium from the College of Creative Studies at UC-Santa Barbara. Formerly a Special
Education teacher, he is the Director of Bridges Tutoring, an organization in Raleigh, North Carolina,
educating multicultural students.
His author Website is www.BruceLader.com.
Bruce Lader’s new collection, Fugitive Hope, begins with attractive, jazzy pizzazz and over four sections deepens,
broadens, and sweetens, as a pastoral symphony might, into gratitude for life, nature, and his wife, who bears the
mysteries of faith and hope. In the lovely “Hide & Seek,” the speaker is only “certain of this abracadabra / moment
ludicrous with / giddy freedom.” Witty and cutting, “Memo from Another Planet” imagines Earth’s quick, quiet
capitulation to conquest. Near book’s end, we are listening to “covert concerts in these woods,” and in
“Vision of Uncertainty,” the poet dreams of seeing spring’s advent in his wife’s eyes after his death.
It is an astonishing journey, beautiful and hopeful.
—Kelly Cherry, The Retreats of Thought: Poems
In Fugitive Hope, Bruce Lader is an adept guide covering the vast territory of this fresh, lively collection.
He offers compelling, sympathetic portraits of a wide range of individuals, from soldiers to judges,
from Diogenes to Orpheus. A skilled craftsman, he knows just when to pull up at the end of his poems,
put on the brakes, and send us flying.
—Jim Daniels, Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry
These are tightly structured, tightly controlled poems profuse with passion and a sometimes hidden but
always savage lust for life, formed of "the legacy of gargoyle and...of cherubs hovered in balance."
—Jared Smith, The Collected Poems of Jared Smith: 1971-2011
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-8-3 | 81 Pages | In Stock
A new book from Muddy River books:
Irene Koronas has a fine arts degree from Mass College of Art in Boston, MA. She is a multi-media
artist working with paint, collage, mono-printing, artists books, poetry and photography. She is
poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her poetry has appeared in journals, magazines,
and online zines. Her poetry is in eight anthologies, and she has two full length books, self
portrait drawn from many (Ibbetson Street Press), pentakomo cyprus (Červená Barva Press) and two
chapbooks, Emily Dickinson (Propaganda Press) and Zero Boundaries (Červená Barva Press).
Cover art: Irene Koronas
Experimental, intelligent, and environmental, turtle grass, a series of shadows, April 12, 2014;
ISBN 978-1-304-97193-7, ($17.95) is Irene Koronas' third full length book of poems.
Her language resonates, melts into the past and jointly falls forward. Her verse
includes traditional form, informational writings on nature, and romantic musing;
she remains true to her own style, eclectic. She is a well known local poet and painter,
a Mass College of Art, graduate.
The poems stroke the page with pigments; like green field paintings, poems float across the
pages. Grass is an ordinary plant, it grows everywhere, from high ranges to dry land.
Grasses are so common, often overlooked by pedestrian and poet. The poems stem from this
Her experiments are found in the direct use of descriptions, definition as poetry. Personal
experiences blend with the tender shoots, underwater broad-blade grass, and flat grasses.
The poems grow from a nurtured environment, and sing from an inner verse.
Zvi A. Sesling
Muddy River Books
$17.95 | ISBN: 978-1-304-97193-7 | 88 Pages | 4 copies
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
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: