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There are three interviews in the newsletter this month.
Interviewed are: Joanna Kurowska,
and Claudia Serea.
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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 release March 31, 2014:
Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections: TRYING TO HELP THE ELEPHANT MAN DANCE
(The Backwaters Press, 2007) and JUST BEAUTIFUL from New York Quarterly Books, 2010. He has published poems
in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK,
Bellevue Literary Review and Stand Magazine (U.K.) and has poems forthcoming in Gargoyle,
A Narrow Fellow and Plume Poetry Journal among others. After many years in Queens and
Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.
"Tim Suermondt's poems in this new collection are open, friendly and inviting, in "the voice of our familiarity,"
but always with a profound or humorous twist. He is devoted
"to a bravery found only in the details," to the "the raspberries and the ball games,"
or his wife "in a strange and beautiful hat," as well as to the dreams, disappointments
and possibilities of everyday existence. Not for him the modish pessimism and linguistic
difficulties of much of contemporary poetry. "When my wife puts on some Schubert," he says,
"I'm sure the world will never end/ and neither will we." Here is a poet who communicates
directly and has some hope for us. The apparent simplicity and genial humor of these marvelous
poems are grounded in an artful subtlety that reflects the way life really is."
Cover Art: "Skull in a Landscape" (1946) by Edward Burra
$7.00 | 28 Pages | In Stock
New release March 31, 2014:
Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdansk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in
Copenhagen since 1985. He has published ten volumes of poetry and three collections
of short prose pieces in Poland; three books of poetry, a book of poetic prose and
an experimental novel (translations) in Denmark; and a book of selected poems in Bosnia-Herzegovina,
as well as a selection of plays. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.
His recent book of prose poems, Kopenhaga, was published by Zephyr Press, 2013.
Between classical lyricism and central European surrealism, between the punk aesthetic
of Mark E Smith and the existentialism of Camus, between the miniatures of Joseph Cornell
and the stalker of Tarkovsky, between painting, plays, poetry, performance art, and the
memoir, between Poland and Denmark and the milky way, Grzegorz Wróblewski is on the mainland.
His work is the most distinct and diverse coming out out of the so-called "bruLion generation"
always moving into the major leagues of this universe and perhaps others. If we don't become
extinct as a species in the near future, Wroblewski will go down as one of our greatest writers, artists, and thinkers.
-Marcus Slease, author of Mu (so) Dream (window)
Cover photo: Wojciech Wilczyk
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-7-6 | 96 pages | In Stock
New release March 18, 2014:
Charles S. Kraszewski. Poet and translator. Recipient of the 2013 Award for the Promulgation of
Polish Literature and Culture by the Union of Polish Writers Abroad (London). Recent publications
include Beast (poems), Rossetti's Armadillo (verse translations and essays),
Irresolute Heresiarch: Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the Poetry of Czeslaw Milosz.
Creative in both English and Polish, he is a frequent contributor to
Odra (translations of T.S. Eliot and Robinson Jeffers).
Cover art: Navajo Antelopes by Stefan Tejk
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-5-2 | 87 Pages | In Stock
New release March, 2014:
Cover Art: Untitled (1991) by Paweł Młynarczyk
Joanna Kurowska immigrated to the U.S. in 1988. After publishing two books of poetry in Poland-Ściana
(The Wall), 1997 and Obok (Near), 1999-she gradually switched to English as her poetic medium. Many of her
poems have appeared in American and European journals. In 2013, eLectio Publishing released The Wall & Beyond,
a volume of her Polish poems translated into English. Another collection of Joanna's poetry,
The Butterfly's Choice, is forthcoming in 2015, from Broadstone Books.
Inclusions is Joanna Kurowska's first book of originally English-language poems.
These mostly short, lapidary lyrics present to the reader not only a fallen world of detritus, missed emotional
connections, thoughtless consumption, empty gratification, but also a world of fragile and fleeting beauty, raptures
that last "but a fraction of a second," and art-making that redeems us. A town's soul leaks away as globalization
grinds everyone and everything to sameness; a bishop's suit in a window is "a skin missing a body;" and a price is
put on everything: "The trees have turned into business letters." This is simply the "now," as Kurowska sees it.
But these are spiritual poems, though the god evoked-invoked-is not the property of any single group or mission.
In the title poem, the speaker longs "to make sure/that i, too, am included/in the world deposited/on God's tongue."
And always, the human possibilities, and the beauty of the world, are what we transcend to. In the final
poem, to her son who asks what the meaning of life is, the poet replies, "Next to me, a feather swirls/In the air.
A draft carries it/When the window is open" … To me, this is a lovely, non-Western image of the inclusion the
poet prays for.
—James Cummins, Author of Still Some Cake
Inclusions is a book of surprising, reflective encounters with things as small as ants and as big as God.
The ants, however, are big enough to make us think
about the meaning of life and death. God, on the other hand, is small and light enough to fit into a snowflake.
The poems listen to silence, loved ones now gone, cupboards and birds. Joanna Kurowska's slender verses pray by
playing and masterfully lead the reader to the realization that "knowing is letting go."
—Katia Mitova, Author of Dream Diary
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-09910091-6-9 | 53 Pages | In Stock
New release March 7, 2014:
Rodica Draghincescu, born in 1962 in Buziaş, a town in the
province of Timiş in the west of Romania, and now living in the
region of Metz in France, was called by World Literature Today
"one of the most spectacular figures in the new Romanian
literature of the 1990s." She has published prize-winning books
of original poetry and prose fiction in Romanian and in French
(both in France and Canada), as well as translations, interviews,
and essays. Her work has also appeared in translation in England,
Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
In 2006 Draghincescu was awarded the "Le Lien" Prize for Poetry
in Nancy-Metz, France, and in 2013 the "Virgil" Prize for
European poetry in Paris. Since 2007 she has served as Artistic
Director of the International Poetry Festival of Metz and consultant for arts education to
the institutions of culture of Lorraine, and she is editor-in-chief of the multilingual
web-magazine Levure littéraire and on the editorial board of the German review Matrix.
Cover Art: Devis Grebu
About the Translators:
Adam J. Sorkin is a translator of contemporary Romanian literature, whose work has won
the Poetry Society (U.K.) Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation for
2005, as well as the Kenneth Rexroth Memorial Translation Prize and the Ioan Flora Prize
for Poetry Translation. In 2011, he published A Path to the Sea by Liliana Ursu, translated
with Ursu and Tess Gallagher (Pleasure Boat Studios—Silver Award winner in poetry as a
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year), Ioan Flora’s Medea and Her War Machines,
translated with Alina Cârâc (University of New Orleans Press—third-round selection for
the National Translation Award), Ion Mureşan’s The Book of Winter and Other Poems,
translated with Lidia Vianu (University of Plymouth Press), and The Vanishing Point That
Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House). In 2012,
Mouths Dry with Hatred by Dan Sociu, translated with the author (Longleaf Press), and
The Flying Head by Ioan Flora, translated with Elena Bortă (Toad Press), both appeared.
Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State Brandywine.
Antuza Genescu is a free-lance translator who lives and works in Timişoara in the west of
Romania. Her translations of Rodica Draghincescu with Adam J. Sorkin have appeared in
literary publications in the United States, the Netherlands, and Slovenia, both in print and
on the web.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9910091-2-1 | 41 Pages | In Stock
New release March 7, 2014:
Michael Todd Steffen’s poems and articles have appeared in Connecticut Review,
Poem (HLA), ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Ibbetson Street, Wilderness
House Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review and in the window of the
Grolier Poetry Bookshop. A graduate of Belmont in Nashville, on a Rotary
International Fellowship he studied and taught in England and France. He was
awarded the 2007 Somerville Newswriters Festival poetry prize, and currently
lives in Cambridge where he writes and works for non-profits.
Cover Art: Irene Koronas
I've just come back from reading the poems in Partner, Orchard, Day Moon,
full of admiration. Steffen is so alive in his writing, keen with observation, both
of what things actually look like, what the wind feels like, how things grow and
rot, and also of character, his own, his uncles', anybody's he sees. The book
gives us many wonderfully memorable lines using his chosen meter for all its
worth. This is very good work.
"A very moving collection of poems. I’m enjoying reading — and re-reading—the poems."
—Kathleen Spivack, author of
With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-2-3 | 61 Pages | In Stock
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THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY
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Basement Room B8
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
THURSDAY APRIL 24, 7:00PM
Featuring: Susan Nissenbaum-Becker | Gary Whited
Susan Nisenbaum Becker's poetry has appeared in many journals including
Salamander, Comstock Review, Poetry East,
Consequence, Lumina and Calyx. She is a playwright, actor and arts organizer receiving several Local Massachusetts
Cultural Council Grants. She has been awarded residencies at the Banff Center for the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell
Colony, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Nisenbaum Becker's first book,
Little Architects of Time and Space, was published in 2013 by Word Press.
Gary Whited is a poet, philosopher and psychotherapist. He grew up on the plains of eastern Montana,
and a strong sense of place pervades his poems.
His manuscript titled, Having Listened, was selected as the winner of the Homebound Publications 2013
Poetry Contest. Having Listened offers a collection of poems that speak from the confluence of a childhood
on the prairie remembered and an encounter with the haunting voice of Parmenides echoing across 2500 years.
Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.
CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
MONDAY APRIL 28, 7:00PM
Featuring: Peter Daniels
Peter Daniels lives in London. His book of translations from the Russian of Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939),
published in the USA by Overlook, is currently shortlisted for the Rossica Prize. Peter published his first full
collection Counting Eggs with Mulfran Press in 2012, following several chapbooks
including Mr Luczinski Makes a Move (HappenStance, 2011). He has won first prize in a
number of poetry competitions including the Ledbury (2002), Arvon (2008)
and Times Literary Supplement (2010).
Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.
CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
TUESDAY APRIL 29, 7:00PM
Featuring: Susan Lewis | Gloria Mindock | Sam Witt
Susan Lewis lives in New York City and edits Posit. Her eight books and
chapbooks include This Visit, forthcoming,
State of the Union, and two from Cervena Barva Press: How to be Another and Commodity Fetishism, winner of the 2009
Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Contest. Her work has been performed on stage and in concert halls such as Carnegie’s Weill Hall and
the Kennedy Center, and published in a great number of journals and anthologies, including Berkeley Poetry Review,
The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron Review, The New Orleans Review, Phoebe, Ping Pong, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse
(online), and Verse Daily.
Gloria Mindock is the author of La Porile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania),
Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, Montenegro, 2010) and Blood Soaked Dresses
(Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press, and
a US editor for Levure Litteraire (France). Gloria's poetry has been translated and
published in French, Serbian, Spanish, and Romanian, as well as being widely published in
numerous journals in the US and other countries worldwide. Her fourth chapbook,
Pleasure Trout, was just released by Muddy River Books. Whiteness of Bone, her fourth
full-length book, is forthcoming.
Sam Witt is the author of two books, Everlasting Quail (UPNE, 2001), winner of the Katherine Nason Bakeless Prize,
and Sunflower Brother (Cleveland State University Press, 2006). He has taught at Harvard University, University of
Missouri-Kansas City, and at Whitman College. Witt is an Assistant Professor of English at Framingham State
University and the Poetry Editor of Jaded Ibis Press. His recent work has recently appeared or is forthcoming
in Interim, Colorado Review, and Boston Review.
Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.
THURSDAY MAY 1, 7PM
IRENE KORONAS INVITES YOU TO HELP CELEBRATE HER NEW BOOK
"TURTLE GRASS, A SERIES OF SHADOWS"
MUDDY RIVER BOOKS
IRENE WILL READ FROM HER BOOK NEW "TURTLE GRASS, A SERIES OF SHADOWS"
AND THERE WILL BE SMALL HANDMADE BOOKS ON DISPLAY FOR THIS EVENT!
REFRESHMENTS AND WINE,
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!
PARKING IS AVAILABLE DIRECTLY BEHIND THE ARMORY. THE ARMORY IS ABOUT A
15 MIN WALK FROM DAVIS SQ. OR TAKE THE #88 OR #90 BUS FROM DAVIS SQ.
GET OFF AT LOWELL STREET.
Reception to follow.
CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
THURSDAY MAY 8, 7:00PM
Featuring: Tamlin Neville | Donald Wellman
Tam Lin Neville is the author of two poetry collections: Journey Cake (BkMk Press, The University of
Missouri-Kansas City, l998) and more recently, Triage, from Cervena Barva Press. Her poems have appeared
in Harvard Review, Mademoiselle, American Poetry Review, among others. She is co-editor of
Off The Grid Press, a small poetry press for writers over 60(http://offthegridpress.net/). She also works for
Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.
Donald Wellman lives in Weare NH. Books of poetry include The Cranberry Island Series (Dos Madres 2012),
A North Atlantic Wall (Dos Madres, 2010), Prolog Pages (Ahadada, 2009), and Fields (Light and Dust, 1995).
He edited O.ARS, a series of anthologies, including Coherence, Perception, and Translations: Experiments in
Reading. Books of poetry in translations include Enclosed Garden, Emilio Prados (Lavender Ink / Dialogos 2013)
and two books by Antonio Gamoneda, Gravestones (University of New Orleans Press 2009)
and Description of the Lie (Talisman House 2013).
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 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: