"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. "
New Release April 21, 2015: Almost Too Much by Barbara E. Murphy
Barbara Murphy’s work has appeared in several literary journals including New England Review,
Green Mountains Review, The Threepenny Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She was nominated for a
Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of a Vermont Council on the Arts fellowship. Murphy has worked as president
of Johnson State College in Vermont since 2001 and has been recognized for her leadership roles in higher education.
She lives and works in northern Vermont with her husband Tom Garrett.
Almost Too Much both tactfully and relentlessly interrogates our human experience in these dehumanizing times.
There’s not a sliver of false hope in these pages, but reading them, we catch glimpses of the paradox of our
lives, that "The sound of geese /overhead, their thin cries clear /as night through the ceilings and roof / of
the house, is either the saddest /sound [we] will ever know / or one of great lifting joy." Barbara Murphy’s
quietly brilliant poems move us readers toward usable truth.
—David Huddle Author of Glory River and Blacksnake at the Family Reunion
Murphy’s lyrical narratives, lively and exact, speak of braveries and hesitations, fugitive beauties and stations
of calm. A lifetime of truths take the reader through first games of hide and seek, the boys so far away/lost in
their secret places/there was no way/they’d ever get home in time; first loves and second marriages where desire is
more of a casual friend./It will not/always be there breathless and flushed; loving children and step-children with
different needs in different time zones. These poems should be read aloud for their honesty and musicality.
They do the heart good. Almost Too Much is a stunning debut.
—Dzvinia Orlowsky Author of Silvertone and A Handful of Bees
Deeply intimate, each line a breath. In flashes of brilliance against a landscape of existential dread, these
poems flare up and stare down this given world until it surrenders its grace.
—Nancy Mitchell Author of The Near Surround and Grief Hut
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-3-6 | 70 Pages
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
WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 7:00PM
Featuring: Julia Lisella | Lisa Sewell
Julia Lisella is the author of Always (WordTech Editions 2014) and Terrain (WordTech Editions, 2007)
and Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press, 2004), a chapbook. Her poems have been widely anthologized
and appear in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Valparaiso, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review,
VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, and on line at Antiphon, Literary Mama, Pebble Lake Review and other sites.
She has received residencies from the Millay, Dorset and MacDowell Colonies for the arts and has held
several grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to writing poetry she is a scholar
of American modernism and teaches American literature and writing at Regis College.
Lisa Sewell is the author of several books, including Impossible Object, which won the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize
and is forthcoming from Word Works Press. She is also co-editor,with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the
21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan 2007) and Eleven More American Women Poets
in the 21st Century: Poetics Across North America (Wesleyan 2012). New work is appearing of forthcoming
in Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review and Mead. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches
at Villanova University.
Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.
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.
Revolutionary Voices: Victory over the Sun
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Few theatrical creations of the 20th century are as mythically iconoclastic as
Victory Over the Sun. Concocted by the trans-rational poet Aleksey Kruchenykh, the messiah
of painterly abstraction Kazimir Malevich, and the avant-garde composer-painter Mikhail Matiushin,
Victory was nominally called an opera. In fact, it was an anti-operatic, anti-theatrical,
anti-literary piece of performance art, intended to topple aesthetic and intellectual
hierarchies and idols. Please join us for a performance of this seminal early achievement
of Russian Futurism that spanned many art forms, including poetry, art, music and theater,
and a discussion exploring what it can tell us about the connections among art,
technology, and the humanities today.
Victory over the Sun
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
(MBTA Green Line “B” to BU Central or “C” to St. Mary’s St.)
Free and open to the public | Reception & book-signing to follow
The evening will open with an experimental production of Victory Over the Sun, directed by
Anna Winestein, followed by comments by historian Harlow Robinson, a panel discussion with scholars
and the creative participants in the production, and a book signing with the author of the newly
re-issued translation of Victory, Larissa Shmailo.
Our digital-humanities interpretation of Victory will feature music composed and digitally mastered
by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, choreography by Rebecca Rice, voice performance by Larissa Shmailo
(alongside digital voices synthesized by Kervinen), and digital projections created in collaboration
with the BU Computer Science Department that respond to the movement of the dancers.
The Revolutionary Voices project is directed by Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian &
Comparative Literature, and Minou Arjomand, Assistant Professor of English, in collaboration with
the Center the Study of Europe.
Sponsored by the Boston University Center for Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment,
the Provost Arts Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Europe. Presented in collaboration
with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Cervena Barva Press.
New Release February 18, 2015: some words suicidal by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, Ph.D. in French Language & Literature, is the
author of numerous collections of poetry published in the United States,
Romania and France. She writes poetry in English, French and
Romanian and her poems have appeared in Laurel Review, Asheville Poetry
Review, Wallace Stevens Journal, Seneca Review, Pleiades, Rhino, Louisville Review
among others, as well as in a variety of literary magazines in France,
Belgium, Luxembourg, Québec and Romania. She is the winner of
several International Poetry Prizes awarded for her French books,
including the Prix Amélie Murat (2013) and the Grand Prix de la
Francophonie (2014). A collection of her New & Selected Poems is
forthcoming from Orison Books Press. At the present she lives in
Cover Art: Icône en confidence by Michel Bénard
Poetry is the record of hidden things in commerce with one another, and only that mystery allows
us to live. Stella Vinitchi Radulescu's poetry is an alchemy, a magic of restraint and exposure,
revealing the machinations of our invisible feelings, motives, appetites and fears. That she is a
master of her condensary goes without saying, for this is a consummate language shaped with remarkable
skill, and the voyages that these poems take are brilliant excursions into our inner lives, secret
things pushed into the subconscious, broken promises and whispered asides. I have long admired Radulescu's
bilingual ability to bend sentences to her will and those constructions are filled with a cross-cultural
understanding that is consistently transcendent, that builds bridges into the landscapes of our shared
—Keith Flynn, author of Colony Collapse Disorder
Some Words Suicidal, Stella Radulescu's newest poetry collection, is all at once experientially
effusive and parsimonious, and is bravely so, both on and off the page. The meditative remittance of
these works reminds us just how language means. Radulescu is not afraid to insist her readers subsist
on the unnamable, in the spaces between ideas. The poems here thread rather purposefully through dimensions,
all the while rending artifice's will without the prudence of architecture, where "words are bees stars
ants roaming / on the page / beyond understanding" into truth. Radulescu takes nothing and everything
for granted, and at her behest, every word, every line, every stanza and poem reminds us we should too.
And, yes, every time, with absolute devotion.
$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-1-2 | 100 Pages | In Stock
New release February 10, 2015: Until It Does Us In by Myles Gordon
Myles Gordon’s book-length book of poetry, Inside the Splintered Wood, was recently published by
Tebot Bach (Huntington Beach, CA), as winner of the press's "Patricia Bibby First Book Competition."
His chapbook, Recite Every Day, was published by Evening Street Press (Dublin, Ohio) in 2009, as
winner of the press's "Helen Kay Chapbook Competition." He is a past winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize,
and honorable mention for an AWP Intro Award – Poetry. He currently teaches English in a
Massachusetts high school.
Praise for Until It Does Us In
Myles Gordon's ambitious and affecting sonnet sequence not only conveys – sometimes with beautiful
formal understatement, other times with bitter directness – the horrors of Jewish history, but also,
heartbreakingly, how those horrors infiltrate the present. In Until It Does Us In, moving sonnets
about the suicide of a hip, pot-smoking, peace-sign wielding older cousin function as continuations
and repercussions of what is captured in this exquisite final couplet: "the Jews of Brest Litovsk;
the German gun./The shadows dwindled, thinned. Then there were none."
—Jacqueline Osherow, Author of Whitehorn
The humanity and sense of loss in Gordon’s poems is so forceful and fresh, we feel like rising
up and saving each other.
—Yehoshua November, Author of God's Optimism
This little book of sonnets startles and reaches the reader in ways that no other medium can.
It is the naked truth, the full story, condensed in a few lines. It weaves the horror of the
Holocaust through the fabric of generations, linking past atrocity to present day tragedy, laying
bare all pretenses and deceptions that are attempt to disguise it.
—Dr. Dori Laub, Founder – Fortunoff Video Archive For Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University
How is it we evolve from violence? Myles Gordon asks then answers in 25 tightly controlled sonnets.
Compassionate and unflinching, Until It Does Us In seeks to answer one of the most heart-wrenching of
questions: How is it that someone whose family was nearly murdered out of existence ends up taking
his own life?
—Catherine Sasanov, Author of Had Slaves
Myles Gordon directly confronts the afterlives of the Holocaust through this deftly woven family
saga, crossing continents and centuries. Gordon maps the "DNA of tragedy," determining the difference
between what we inherit and what we control, forever searching for the legacy of the Holocaust
—Alyssa Pacy, Archivist – Cambridge Public Library
$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-0-5 | 35 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.