ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS NEWSLETTER
Gloria Mindock, Editor Issue No. 59 October, 2010
Welcome to the October, 2010 Newsletter
Hi everyone! I hope everyone can get away to see the beautiful foliage this month.
Before you know it, we will be freezing. Winter is just around the corner so enjoy this month!
September was a busy month for Cervena Barva Press. Coming soon...
What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollack & Dori G by Gary Percesepe and Susan Tepper.
Recently, Steve Almond interviewed Gary Percesepe and Susan Tepper
in The Nervous Breakdown. Check it out at: http:// www.thenervousbreakdown.com/
We released two other full-lengths which are:
Triage by Tam Lin Neville
Tam Lin Neville is interviewed in this newsletter.
Profane Uncertainties by Luis Raúl Calvo
Cervena Barva Press and translator Flavia Cosma were awarded a
SUR Translation Program Support Grant to publish this book.
Two chapbooks were also released in September. They are:
Where Sanity Begins by Hugh Fox
Paul Celan and the Messiah's Brokened Levered Tongue: An Exponential Dyad
by Daniel Y. Harris
and Adam Shechter
In October, look for the following releases:
Clear Eye Tea by Mary Bonina
Everything Happens Suddenly by Roberta Swann
Here and Abroad by Joan Gefland, 2010 Cervena Barva Press Fiction
Chapbook Winner, judged by Dorothy Freudenthal
Barbie at 50 by Jendi Reiter, 2010 Poetry Chapbook Winner,
judged by Afaa Michael Weaver
Elegiac: Footnotes to Rilke's Duino Elegies by Elaine Terranova
This month, I will be guest lecturer at Endicott College, speaking to three classes about my poetry, publications, books,
and Cervena Barva Press. These classes are taught by Doug Holder (Ibbetson Street Press).
Every April and October is fund-raising month!
If you didn't already donate in April, here is your chance to help us out.
We survive by sales and donations.
Visit our Fundraising page
If you want something to show for your money, buy a chapbook or book. Any sale helps us!
Visit our Bookstore
Thanks so much!!!!
Have a great October and Halloween!!!!
Gloria and Bill
A Prayer for Everyone, Poems by Tomas O'Leary, 2010
Ilora Press, Washington, DC
This is Tomas's third collection of poetry.
An excerpt from the back of his book: "For O'Leary, blessings are due to everyone- 'the saved and the damned…the wisest,
the most foolish…the souls in heaven, the souls in hell…the unbegun and the neverending.' All of these will find their rest,
each one in his or her own due time. And may the reader be blessed, also, who discovers these poems."
Life Descending/Ascending by Alice Shapiro, 2010
Total Recall Press
To order: www.TotalRecallPress.com
"In this new volume of poems, Alice Shapiro finds countless ways to show us how we live now.
She transforms the present moment into vivid art, blends down-to-earth voices with a poet's sense
of sound deftly, and meets the challenge of writing originally about big subjects like politics,
death, disease, lonliness, and love. In Life, Shapiro is guilty of great writing, and her poetry
descends into real life itself and ascends into rare achievement."
-Hans Ostrom, author of The Coast Starlight: Collected Poems 1976-2006
My congratulations to Alice and her new book! I had the wonderful opportunity to edit many of these poems which was a real honor.
Anamnesis by Andrei Guruianu, 2010
Finishing Line Press
To order: www.finishinglinepress.com
"Too much American poetry is lost in itself these days. What of the lost others? How ironic entering the second decade
of the twenty-first century that it is rare to find an American poet who tackles the big subjects of nations and political
change and the people that the turbulence of geo politics affects on the street level; perhaps it takes a Romanian expatriate
such as Andrei Guruianu to dare to write against the corrupt and the dead, and to do so without polemic but with irony, wit,
and images. Taking as his title the idea of remembrance, Guruianu gathers for us the smallest shards of memory:
gypsy sellers whose vegetables have been confiscated by cops, ghost crosses, ten-year-old junkies sucking bronze
paint, a labyrinth of petals, a chamber full of blanks. Each shard tells us Andrei is that rare poet of history
whose work transcends time and place to speak in the lyric, so necessary, so needed,
“now that you’ve discovered/ the doors to your own cell were locked before you ever entered.”
-Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line
VERSE AND STEEL/BIKERPOETRY ANTHOLOGY
The Bikerpoets and Writers Association, 2010
Edited by K. Peddlar Bridges and Co-Edited by M.S. Williams-Migneault and Eddie Sorez
To order: RoadHouse Press, 20 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915
Includes: 20 poets, 11 writers, and photographers
Tam Lin Neville lives and writes in Somerville, MA. Journey Cake, her previous poetry collection, was published by
BkMk Press (University of Missouri, Kansas City). She has received a Somerville Arts Council grant. Her poems have appeared
in Harvard Review, Mademoiselle, American Poetry Review, Ironwood and Sulfur, among others. With her husband, Bert Stern,
she co-edits Off The Grid Press, a press for poets over sixty. She also works for
Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.
Discuss your new book Triage, published by Červená Barva Press.
What was your process for the book?
Many of the poems in Triage are about down-and-out people. This underserved population came into my life when I moved to
Boston eleven years ago. I was not financially in trouble but I was new to Boston. Much as I wanted to be here, it was a
difficult landing, and I spent a lot of time walking the streets. This book was prompted by what I found there - a huge
idleness, many people just sitting or standing, doing nothing, a tide of human waste washed up on the shore and, basically,
left for dead.
I can't imagine conceiving of the idea for a book of poetry and then setting out to write it.
With Triage, my process was the opposite.
After I moved to Somerville and had been writing for about five years,
I noticed that many of my poems where about street people. The subject had arisen naturally because of what I saw around me.
I've always been a poet interested in my own neighborhood, my own local and a good many of the poems in the book take place in
or near Union Square in Somerville.
The word "triage" is an interesting one. Initially I fell in love the sound of the word itself. I wrote a poem just
about just that, titled Triage. In the end I did not include the poem in this collection because it didn't seemed to fit.
But I took its title for my book.
"Triage" means "to sort." Most often this word is used in military
settings where resources are limited. "On a battlefield, for example,
the word triage means attending to the most severely wounded, those who have the best chance of survival. The goal is to save
as many as possible. Others may have to die unattended." (from Mountains Upon Mountains by Tracy Kidder). In a way, my book is
about who is sorted out in our society, who is left for dead - the homeless and other marginalized people. Unlike the battle
situation, here the irony is that those who need attention most are the last to get it. For me, the word "triage" includes a
sense of a social hierarchy. Who does the sorting? Who is included, excluded?
When I had about half of the poems for this book, I had a title and I knew, roughly, what its theme was. In putting together
my first book, Journey Cake, the process was exactly the opposite. I had enough poems for a book but I had no idea what
the unifying theme was. It took me several years to figure this out.
Describe your writing process.
My writing process is very bound up with early morning hours. I like to get up at 6 or 7, before my husband gets up and before
the traffic really starts moving, when people start going to work at 8:30. I've never been a late night person but many writers
I talk to say their most creative hours are when everyone else is asleep, be it early morning or late night.
Early in the morning, I feel fresh and have a sense of stolen time. My mind's usual "tapes" haven't started up yet. I often sit
in the same place in my living room, a chair I call the "wisdom seat" because much has come from my meditations in that spot.
Sometimes, later in the morning I will take this early draft with me to the main Somerville library. This building has a wonderful
3rd floor balcony with carrels that overlook the city. I always go to the same carrel, one that faces south. This gets me away from
the domestic distractions of home that have a strong pull on me.
Sometimes, to prime the pump when I first get up, I will read for 15 - 20 minutes. Right now I'm reading a wonderful book of poems
by Nora Pollard called Death and Rapture in the Animal Kingdom. Her sympathies are also with the underdog. She is a writer who
pushes against the boundaries but she does it in a natural way, without seeming reckless or crazy. She shares my own preference
for prose rhythms in poetry. But sometimes I need to shake myself up and read someone who style is completely different from my
own like William Carlos Williams or Anna Akhmatova. Sometimes I like to read a book of really demanding prose, criticism or
something like Kierkegard's Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing. Reading involves me in a conversation. When it's a good one
I want to become part of that conversation.
I should also say a word about the role of my body in writing. I think of writing, especially poetry, as a metabolic process.
When I set out to write I like to have a feeling of fitness, of physical readiness. For this I go to the gym. I also do a fair
amount of walking. In Triage you will see many poems prompted by walking. A friend of mine said walking is almost like thinking
in my book.
What are you writing/reading now?
I'm currently working on a manuscript of poems, 25 pages, just the right length for a chapbook.
These poems are all in the voice of a fictitious detainee being held at Guantanamo without charge.
I have given him the name "Hasan" and in the course of writing these poems a sort of biography has arisen,
not spelled out directly but alluded to in the poems. I was helped in this by reading several prison narratives,
especially Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number, by Jacobo Timmerman and Five years of my Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo
by Murat Jurnaz. These books gave me many details that helped to make the poems more real.
In general I would say my writing life is very bound up with my reading life.
Triage by Tam Lin Neville
Tam Lin Neville’s new book, Triage, reminds us that our cherished notions of
freedom, happiness and plenty actually conceal large communities of entrapment,
misery and poverty where many are simply left to die – triaged, if you will – in
front of our eyes. An observant neighbor, a journalist, and above all, a poet of
great skill and heart, Neville speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Few poets writing today have the patience and talent to guide us toward such a
Behind this remarkable book is a mind that has long contemplated the humanity
of those she meets every day – neighbor, stranger, friend. Yet she speaks from a
respectful distance and this enables her to write poems with no self-interest, only
clear sight and generosity. Her language is spare, stripped of all aesthetic preening,
creating a poetry that is both accurate and visionary.
Triage is a tough, uncompromising book, but one that’s also big-hearted, despite
the sorrow so evident in the title and in many of the individual poems. Written
with great economy and precision, the lyric here is not merely a display of skill,
but a form of wisdom literature, a site map to help us navigate these difficult times.
I hear the voices of Dickinson and Niedecker – stern mentors, indeed. In Neville’s
poems their legacies are gracefully and fearlessly served.
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