ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS NEWSLETTER
Gloria Mindock, Editor Issue No. 77 October, 2012
Happy October! My favorite time of year!
There was no newsletter in September.
Every October is fund-raiser month for Červená Barva Press. I found that raising money once a year is enough.
I tried it twice a year for a few years but it was too much work for me.
The press definitely needs donations, any amount will help. Please dig into your wallets and help us out!
The fund-raising will continue through November. So you have 2 months to donate!
Červená Barva Press is one of the most active presses in the country. For a two person press, Bill and I
publish many books and chapbooks. We are like the energizer bunnies! Since 2006, we have published 63 chapbooks
and 36 full-length books. Our next book, which goes to the printer this week, will make 100!!!!
This is really exciting for us.
It takes quite a bit of money to keep a press going and to keep publishing books. It definitely is a labor of love.
We need money for stamps, mailings, ink, paper, (we print the chapbooks ourselves), and the list goes on.
Publishing full-lengths is not cheap. We tried a few different printers over the years but have stayed with
one printer for years now. We love the work they do.
In the history of the press, three authors worked really hard to make sure people bought books through the press.
They are our best sellers!
We hope you will donate by check or credit card/PayPal.
It would mean so much to us and we would be soooo grateful!
Go to: http://www.cervenabarvapress.com/fundraising.htm
In the next months to come, look for full-length books by Dmytro Pavychko, Jiri Klobouk,
Flavia Cosma, and Daniel Y. Harris.
Bill is busy working on chapbooks. Our priority right
now is to get two chapbooks out by our contest winners of 2011 and
chapbooks by Rachel Goldstein and Ansley Moon.
In case you missed our announcement months ago, as of 2012, all Červená Barva Press full-length books
are distributed by Small Press Distribution (www.spdbooks.org).
Any books published before 2012 are not eligible. Do not email me about this.
Our future plans are big! We have been looking for a storefront place to move into. This is where
The Lost Bookshelf /
Červená Barva Press will have a home. We plan on holding numerous workshops and readings.
So far, the places we looked at were way too expensive.
We are keeping our eyes open. It will be so wonderful to have a home for our bookstore!
Bill and I will update you on this as time goes by.
Recently, Červená Barva Press took part in a Small Press Literary Festival, organized by Doug Holder of
Ibbetson Street Press and Medicine Wheel Productions of South Boston. Others taking part were: Off the Grid Press,
Wilderness House Literary Press, students from Endicott College, and South Boston Literary Gazette.
The event was in conjunction with the annual international event-100,000 Poets for Change. I was so
impressed with what Medicine Wheel does for the youth in the area.
Check out their website at: http://mwponline.org/
I also would like to thank Tam Lin Neville and Zvi A. Sesling for reading for Cervena Barva Press.
Thanks a zillion Doug and thank you Michael Dowling and Kathleen Bitetti of Medicine Wheel Productions
for being such great hosts!
As some of you probably saw on Facebook, Červená Barva Press will be giving a reading at AWP. I am so psyched!
Reading for the press are:
Andrey Gritsman, John Minczewski,
Lucille Lang Day, and Susan Tepper.
Thank you Lucy for all your help!
I will also be a part of a panel at AWP called, "The Look of the Book." Other panel members are: Anne Coray,
Lucille Lang Day, and Doug Holder. Thank you Anne for asking me.
I also will be part of an off-site reading by New Sins Press and Winged City Press.
I can't wait for this! They do gorgeous books. Glenn Sheldon and Teneice Delgado are the best!
I will give further details about this and who is reading when I know.
Thank you Glenn and Teneice.
There are 3 book reviews this month. I personally love all the books that are reviewed this month.
If I didn't, they would not be given to reviewers. Thank you Zvi A. Sesling, Irene Koronas and to
Steve Glines for taking the time to write a review.
I am always looking for reviewers so if anyone is interested, e-mail me.
Please be patient with my response time. This is a very busy time of year.
We are swamped! Happy but swamped! Thanks.
During September, we released a new chapbook by Teneice Durrant Delgado
called "Burden of Solace."
Check it out at: http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/cervenabooks.html#Burden of Solace
"In Burden of Solace, Teneice Delgado’s poems guide us through the brutality of the Irish slave trade while making a
clear and poetic argument for human resilience and dignity under seemingly unendurable circumstances. This poet’s ear
is clearly tuned to the past. Delgado tells a story that needs to be heard and she gives deft voice to the resigned and
—Kathleen Driskel, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Spalding University
"In Burden of Solace, Teneice Durrant Delgado boldly examines pain, fear, inevitability, and the soul’s arduous endurance.
These poems yield an understanding of human captivity from new, devastating angles, and they vividly convey the ways
in which hope can wither and flare."
—Marcus Jackson, Cave Canem Fellow
Next month, look for book releases from Červená Barva Press and an interview.
The New Arcana by John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris
NYQ Books, 2012
To order: www.nyqbooks.org
From the NYQ website:
The New Arcana is a multi-genre extravaganza featuring verse, fiction, mock journalism and academic writing,
drama, and art. Both referencing and transcending various literary precedents, the book is a pronouncement
for the 21st Century, an exploration of and commentary on the fast-paced and mercurial nature of life in the 2000s.
Co-written by poets John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris, the book presents a compelling, jazz-like, and satirical style,
a third voice born from the mingling of two distinct individual voices. The New Arcana is a memorable literary
statement-a manifesto for our time-as well as a proclamation regarding the transformative qualities of true
My Orchidia by Alexander J. Motyl
To order: http://brickhousebooks.wordpress.com/
"This is existentialism and cheese varenyky served on a single plate; My Dinner with Andre taken to the streets
of New York's Lower East Side. There's nothing here that doesn't belong. An exhilarating read, characteristically
smart, hilarious-the Motyl Effect at its best.
-Dzvinia Orlowsky, poet, translator, and winner of the Pushcart Prize for Poetry
To order: www.presapress.com
In this issue: John Amen, Guy R. Beining, Louis Daniel Brodsky, David Chorlton, Kirby Congdon, Robert Cooperman,
Linda Nemec Foster, James Grabill, Eric Greinke, John Grey, Ivan Hobson, Ruth Moon Kempher, Donald Lev, Lyn Lifshin,
Gerald Locklin, John Marvin, Ann Menebroker, Noman Nathan, Sheryl L. Nelms, B.Z. Niditch, Simon Perchik,
Charles Rammelkamp, Michael D. Riley, Dennis Saleh, Arnold Skemer, Marilynn Talal.
Featured poet: Linda Lerner
Lest We Forget, John Elsberg (Memorial)
Book reviews of Lerner, Francisco, Teneice Delgado
(Cervena Barva Press, author of Burden of Solace), Skemer and Brooks
LUMMOX magazine, a poetry anthology published by Lummox Press
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Once upon a time, there was a little magazine, called the Lummox Journal. It was published monthly between the years
1995 and 2004 and bimonthly from 2004 to 2006. And although it only had a few hundred subscribers, the LJ came to
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Reviews by Roger Taus, Mike Adams (on the poetry of John Macker), Carter Monroe (on the poetry of Tim Peeler),
Ben Newel, & C. Mulrooney.
Interviews with two of the L.A. area’s influential poets: G. Murray Thomas (who ran NEXT… magazine for five years
and writes for Poetix.com along with a variety of other Ezines) & Rick Lupert (who has been operating the
Poetry Super Highway website and running the Cobalt Reading series for over 15 years).
Guest Editors: Jane Lipman (Santa Fe, NM), Georgia Santa Maria (Albuquerque, NM), Doug Holder (Boston, MA),
Michael Adams (Colorado), Ryan Guth (Mid-South), Edward Nudelman (Northeast Poets), Jane Crown (International),
Biola Olatunde (Nigeria), Don Kingfisher Campbell (San Gabriel Valley, CA), Marie Lecrivain (W. Los Angeles, CA),
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Special Tribute section on Kell Robertson by Tony Moffeit, Leonard J. Cirino by Joe Shermis, Terrance Oberst,
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ART by: Robert Branaman, Mark Hartenbach, Jim McGrath, Norman Olsen, Claudio Parentela, Raindog, & Toko Tulani.
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Radomir Vojtech Luza, Lisa Marie Sandoval, Mary Torregrossa, Doug Draime, Doug Holder, Dan Sklar,
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HL Thomas, Jackie Joice, Jaimes Palacio, Hannah Weir, Jennifer Donnell, Chris Davidson, Raundi K Moore Kondo,
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Marc Olmsted, Mark James Andrews, Mark J. Mitchell, Mather Schneider, Matt Galletta, Mike Adams, James Taylor III,
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through readings, talks and publications.
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The Raspberry's Eyelash
by Pavlo Tychyna
Translated and edited by Steve Komarnyckyj
at the University of Salzburg
Copyright © 2012 by Poetry Salzburg, Steve Komarnyckyj
Softbound, 120 pages, no price listed
Review by Zvi A. Sesling
Imagine living under the czar in Russia and find yourself next under an even more oppressive regime head by Stalin.
Imagine too that a generation of Ukrainian authors is executed for their writing and become known as the "Executed Renaissance."
That in a nutshell is the story of one of the few survivors of Stalin's crackdown, Pavlo Tychyna (1891-1967).
Even more amazing is that Tychyna survive not only the czar and Stalin but World War I became head of the Soviet
In order to survive Stalin we are told he wrote doggerel. But at this best was a fine
poet whom Komarnyckyj says is the outstanding Ukrainian poet of the 20th century.
In his forward Steve Komarnyckyj notes, "The experience of reading a translated poem can seem like wandering through a
labyrinth of fairground mirrors and looking at your reflection becoming grotesquely swollen or stretched like a rubber band."
He goes on to note that, "Any attempt slavishly recreate Tychyna's intricate rhyme schemes and verbal pyrotechnics in
English is doomed to failure because of the intrinsic difference between the languages and cultures."
Nonetheless, Komarnyckyj has achieved a dynamic English version of Tychyna's poetry, which unlike some translators of
non-English poetry who leave the reader wondering what was written, Komarnyckyj has provided us with clean and easy to
read verse in which difficult Ukrainian metaphors are rendered in very accessible English.
Let's start with the opening poem, Solar Clarinets, which Komarnyckyj has translated in which one can imagine Tychyna
acknowledges himself as the survivor of Executed Renaissance and "buoyant spring grass" as hope for the future, along
with "remade with earth always."
Clarinet, your nakedness
Resonates around the centre of things,
Black wood, where notes are planets,
Trembles and sings
Until I am only
An echoing bell of sounds,
The blind place where we play
With angelic hands.
Buoyant in spring grass,
Remade with earth always.
The water's suppleness.
Of course, many of us will probably not know how the poem reads in its original language, but the English
rendering is understandable and neat.
Then there are these stanzas from the poem Golden Echo, which can be seen as a repudiation of Stalin:
O soulless bird,
You would peck out
Our eyes, our faith, our heart,
Why are you here? Speak?
And so spilling out from him the shadow,
A dark sheet
Thrown over the doves and sunlight.
Around us the streets fill
With a black tide
Of maimed and diseased people,
Who placed them on their knees?
Whose hand will reach out tto them?
A deranged God's?
Here the image of the dictator is torn down verbally the way Saddam Hussein's statue was physically removed
from its pedestal and decapitated. It may also be seen within the context of the Soviet forced famine of Ukraine
in 1932-1933 in which millions died.
Again in the opening stanza of Fugue we see Tychyna's mourning of the dead, those who succumbed to the Soviet state:
I walk past the cemetery
Summer is still abundant,
The day slouches in the grass
A man with his collar unbuttoned
And at ease,
But something weeps in nature.
There is a lot of simple beauty in Tychyna's poetry (and some more difficult as well). There are brave put downs
of the Soviet state and loyalty to friends and fellow writers. Fortunately for readers, Komarnyckyj's translations
are easy to understand, while retaining the Eastern European poetic tradition.
Tychyna's poetry is shown as a combination of surrealist and nature oriented, whose poetry, while not well known in
the United States is deserving of wider readership and recognition. Komarnychyj, is a first class translator who has
done a masterful job.
Zvi A. Sesling is author of Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva Press, 2011), King of the Jungle (Ibbetson Street, 2010)
and the forthcoming Fire Tongue (Cervena Barva Press). He is Editor of Muddy River Poetry Review and Bagel Bards Anthology #7.
Review by Rene Schwiesow
In 1242, King Bela IV of Hungary and his Queen, Maria Lascaris, were expecting a child. The royal couple pledged their
unborn daughter to God if only Hungary would be delivered from the terror of the Tartars. Hungary was liberated and Margit
(also known as Margaret) was given to the convent, entering the Dominican order at the age of three.
Marcelle Thiebaux pays tribute to the nun princess in her historical work "Unruly Princess." A former professor of English
at St. John's University, New York, Thiebaux's research on Princess Margit began at the National Szechenyi Library. She had
been invited to present a seminar on medieval women at the Central European University in Budapest. While in Budapest,
Thiebaux visited the ruins of Saint Margit's convent and was drawn to study her life.
Princess Margit, inspired by her aunt, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, was known for her austerity and severe self-penance.
In the opening chapter Margit introduces herself to the reader describing the items that she keeps in a large oak chest.
The chest, she says, is what her mother calls a hope chest and should contain items meant for her wedding. Instead,
Margit's chest holds what she terms "instruments of self-discipline." These include scourges, hair shirts and irons.
She uses the irons to inflict burns on her own skin. The first two chapters give us a clear view of what Margit feels
is necessary to make herself worthy of her heavenly spouse. Our modern day standards would certainly find her penances
to be self-inflicted abuse.
When Margit's cousin Ottakar of Bohemia defeats King Bela's army, King Bela hopes to arrange a marriage between Margit and
Ottakar to help bring peace. Ottakar has become smitten with Princess Margit, but Margit is steadfast in her devotion to
her heavenly spouse and refuses to accept a papal dispensation and leave the convent to marry. Though she intentionally
refuses to take care of herself, choosing instead to go without bathing and to dress herself in tatters, Margit has a deep
compassion for the villagers and is considered a miraculous healer. Her use of herbals and poultices is well-known.
"Unruly Princess" weaves a tale of family, country, religion and war during the 13th century. Thiebaux takes us on a journey
as seen through Margit's eyes and the eyes of those close to her, those who understood her commitment and devotion to God
and those who did not. It is well worth the read for those interested in medieval tale, as Thiebaux masterfully creates a
vivid, moving portrait from historical fact. In addition to "Unruly Princess" Thiebaux has penned other books and articles
on medieval literature, including "The Stag of Love: The Chase in Medieval Literature;" "The Writings of Medieval Women;"
and "Dhuoda: Handbook for her Warrior Son."
Rene Schwiesow is a southeastern Massachusetts writer/poet.
She is co-host of the wildly popular South Shore venue Poetry: The Art of Words.
Light Piercing Water (Guest Boy)
by Djelloul Marbrook
Mira Publishing House
Review by Steve Glines
There is always something fun about a book written in English by an author whose native language is not English.
Non-native speakers are often very inventive with our language, using interesting metaphors where we might use a
cliché. There are other times when the reader skids to a halt with the need to decipher a sentence or paragraph that
contains English words embedded in an alien grammar. Fortunately this does not happen very often in this first of a
trilogy that vaguely mirrors The Odyssey or so the author promises.
The hero of this thin volume is Bo Cavalieri, a seaman, former U.S. Navy frogman and an artist extraordinaire. Bo,
which stands for boson, is half Arab and half German with an Italian step father. OK so we know he's conflicted
right there. The book opens with a small convoluted plot that leads to a young Arab boys suicide. Bo takes it upon
himself to deliver the remains to the boys home town in Algeria. The task being done Bo signs up with a tramp steamer
that's been outfitted by a rich British eccentric (aren't they all) and his mistress to do underwater archaeology.
For the middle two quarters of the book Bo and his British companions wander the coasts of North Africa, Greece, the
Red Sea and somehow end up in Oman. Bo meets the Sultan of Oman who likes Bo and calls him Sinbad. A few pages later
they discover an important ship wreck. A few pages after that Bo quits for almost no reason and becomes captain of a
small Omani ship bound for the African coast. On the return trip Bo discovers that they are carrying slaves. He kills
the owner, renames the ship and divides the spoils between the rest of the crew after dropping his female slaves off
on a random beach somewhere.
Bo joins up with another tramp steamer headed to England. While this steamer is laid up for repairs he goes to
Scotland to visit his fathers former girlfriend. Bo thinks she might be his real mother because his real mother
is such a witch (See I told you he was conflicted). She isn't but he (and we) learn all about how Bo came to be
and why he is such a good artist: his mother was a good artist. We learn his father was killed in a jealous rage
but it's immaterial to the story. After having a one night stand with his fathers ex-girlfriend, Bo is back aboard
ship and ends up in New York City where we learn he owns an apartment. The apartment had been rented out to some
drug dealers so Bo throws them out and proceeds to get completely drunk, destructively drunk. His free time is spent
telling us about his childhood and how he loves to swim the East River. It's after one of these swims that Bo is
attacked by a bout of amnesia and ends up in Belleview psychiatric hospital.
That's it. There are two more volumes in this trilogy so it's safe to say that Bo remembers who he is unless the
rest is all retrospective but we are given no hint, no foreshadowing of what will happen to him. We have only the
publishers promise that the trilogy echoes The Odyssey. A good read...
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Mr. Graves is the winner of a grant of four thousand-five hundred dollars ($4,500.00) from the
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation for 2004.
He is the author of two full-length books from Black Buzzard Press: Adam and Cain (2006) and In Fragility (2011).
His chapbooks are Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M Press, 1990) and Illegal Border Crosser (Červená Barva Press, 2008).
He has published thirteen poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from his poems influenced by Joyce
to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart.
His poem Apollo to Daphne appears in Nina Kossman’s anthology,
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Oxford University Press, 2001).
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