Calypso Editions publishes limited, small editions of poetry, fiction and books in translation.
03/2013: Froth: Poems by Jarosław Mikołajewski (Florczyk translation)
05/2012: Use by Derick Burleson
02/2012: The Moonflower King by Anthony Bonds
09/2011: the vanishings & other poems by Elizabeth Myhr
07/2011: Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry (Woodside translation)
03/2011: Building the Barricade and Other Poems by Anna Swir (Florczyk translation)
12/2010: How Much Land Does a Man Need by Leo Tolstoy (Dralyuk translation)
Jarosław Mikołajewski | Froth: Poems
Poetry · English · Trans. Piotr Florczyk
Release: February, 2013
Froth gathers thirty-two of Jarosław Mikołajewski’s best poems, which Ilya Kaminsky calls “contemporary European poetry at its best: tender, unpredictable, a hymn, a love poem, a moment of laughter, of revelation,” while Adam Zagajewski writes, “Mikołajewski’s poems are kicking, running, appealing to us, readers. His poems live.”
About the Author: Jarosław Mikołajewski is a Polish poet, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and translator from the Italian. His ten volumes of poetry have been met with wide acclaim both in Poland and abroad. Jarosław Mikołajewski lives in Warsaw.
Derick Burleson | Use
Release: May, 2012
Built from a list of 600 words commonly used in the English language according to the frequency with which they appear in printed material, Use is an edgy reflection on our word choices and their hierarchies in modern American English. Each poem is made from a section of Dr. Frye’s 1990 word list, in the order in which the words were presented on the list. This technique has never been used before in the writing of a book of poems.
About the Author: Derick’s Burleson’s first book, Ejo: Poems, Rwanda 1991-94 won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He was a recipient of a 1999 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Derick is our northernmost cooperative member, living in Two Rivers, Alaska, and is Director of the Creative Writing program at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Anthony Bonds | The Moonflower King
Release: February, 2012
Dreams and memories are as real as waking life in Bonds’ The Moonflower King.
When Ash Moone learns that his twin brother Oscar’s botched suicide attempt has left him confined to a wheelchair, he is forced to leave his life as a writer in Brooklyn for the family’s dilapidated emu ranch in a remote East Texas town.
At first a reluctant caretaker, Ash must confront the old faces that inspired his first book, and soon learns the true depth of his family’s dark legacy.
As Oscar’s continued obsession with death threatens to ruin both of their lives, Ash must either abandon his brother or risk his own humanity to make peace between them.
“What a strange and wonderful little book this is. When Ash Moone goes home to the small town of Vatican, TX, after his brother’s failed suicide attempt, he is drawn back into a world where reality defers to dreams, and truths are only thinly veiled fictions. Bonds manages, in this slim novella, to create a captivating world where mythology and madness reign. I loved every quirky character in this story: each one is authentically flawed but also endowed with a certain amount of grace. And the ties that bind the Moone family together, though damaged by shared sorrows, are tenacious as vines all the same.”
-T. Greenwood, author of Nearer Than the Sky and Two Rivers
About the Author: Anthony Bonds is a writer and book designer. He works as a publishing editor in San Diego where he lives with his wife.
Elizabeth Myhr | the vanishings & other poems
Release: Sept. 2011
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A debut collection, the vanishings & other poems enters history, imagination and spirit and reminds us of what endures behind the fractured and anxious foreground of contemporary life.
“Nearly a Zen koan—this poet uses language to explore the limitations of language. With exquisite delicacy, her poems echo “the left hand of thunder” during concerts by “incomparable orchestras of rain.” Revived, we visit ‘a country // where the ancient loneliness restores itself.’ By turns passionate, curious, vivid, and mysterious, these poems shine like ‘the tiger of starlight / no bars no cages.’” —Peggy Shumaker
About the Author: Elizabeth Myhr, a founding member of Calypso Editions, is a poet, editor and freelance product development manager. She holds an MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University and lives in Seattle with her family.
Martin Woodside, Trans. | Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry
Poetry · Romanian & English · Translated by Martin Woodside
Release: July 2011
Amidst a history of upheaval, from Roman subjugation to the fall of communism in 1989, Romania’s fostered a persevering spirit and a strong poetic tradition. “Every Romanian is born a poet,” goes a popular idiom, and Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry aims to bring the very best of the country’s contemporary poets together in a single volume.
About the Translator: Martin Woodside’s poetry chapbook Stationary Landscapes came out in 2009 (Pudding House Press), and he spent 2009-10 on a Fulbright in Romania. He lives with his family in Philadelphia where he’s pursuing a PhD in Childhood Studies at Rutgers-Camden.
Anna Swir | Building the Barricade and Other Poems
Poetry · Polish & English · Translated by Piotr Florczyk · Foreword by Jericho Brown
Release: March 2011
“William Blake was inclined to see human sins as phases through which humans pass and not as something substantial. In . . . Anna Swir there is a similar empathy and forgiveness.”
Leo Tolstoy | How Much Land Does a Man Need
Fiction · Russian & English · Translated by Boris Dralyuk · Foreword by Brian Evenson
Release: December 2010
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