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06/2014: Ocosingo War Diary: Voices from Chiapas
02/2014: The Little Trilogy 

10/2013: Athanor and Other Pohems

07/2013: City That Ripens on the Tree of the World by Robin Davidson
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)

 

Efraín Bartolomé (trans. Kevin Brown) | Ocosingo War Diary: Voices from Chiapas

Non-fiction · English
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Release: June, 2014
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Efraín Bartolomé, a poet from Chiapas, lived through the entire beginning of the Zapatista uprising in 1994. His family, like many in the village of Ocosingo, received death threats from the Zapatista guerrillas who demanded they join them at risk of being declared enemies of the Revolution.

This book, equal parts poetry and diary, is his account of that conflict.

Anton Chekhov (trans. Boris Dralyuk) | The Little Trilogy

Fiction/Translation · English & Russian edition

the Little TrilogyRelease: January, 2014
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About the Author: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is universally regarded as a master of the short story, and nowhere is his rich contribution to the genre on fuller display than in the so-called Little Trilogy (1898): “The Man in a Case,” “Gooseberries,” and “About Love.” These interconnected stories reflect the entire range of his gifts, his ability to hold comedy in balance with tragedy, to wrest beauty from ugliness, and to transform the pathetic into the sublime. Written rather late in his career, the Little Trilogy also serves as a kind of artistic autobiography, charting the evolution of his own approach to story-telling from humorous caricature, to Tolstoyan sentimentality, to a uniquely Chekhovian study of “individual cases,” in which generalities are dispensed with and judgment is withheld.

Gellu Naum (trans. Martin Woodside and MARGENTO) | Athanor & Other Pohems

Poetry · English & Romanian bilingual edition
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Release: October, 2013
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One of Romania’s most important poets and a key figure in the surrealist movement, Gellu Naum remains almost entirely unknown to English speaking audiences.  Sampling some of Naum’s best work from a unique literary career spanning over more than 60 years, this collection offers a long overdue introduction to one of the greatest figures in 20th century European poetry.

About the Author: Gellu Naum (1915-2001) is one of the greatest European poets of the 20th century and one of the most important names in the history of Romanian literature. His one-of-a-kind surrealism defied both Communist propaganda and escapist aestheticism while leaving an indelible imprint on generations of Romanian non-conformist poets and artists.

Robin Davidson | City That Ripens on the Tree of the World

Poetry · English
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Release: February, 2013
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Robin Davidson’s City That Ripens on the Tree of the World is a cycle of twenty-seven poems emerging out of her time in Krakow, Poland, and conceived as a response to poet Ewa Lipska’s figure, Mrs. Schubert, a kind of European “every woman” of modernity. Through the creation of an equivalent persona (Mrs. Schmetterling), she explores poetry as the uncertain intersection of personal and historical forces—what Lipska might call the accident or “the spectacle of our lives,” which one both participates in and observes as witness.

About the Author: Robin Davidson is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of The New Century: Poems (Northwestern Uni­versity Press), from the Polish of Ewa Lip­ska.


Jarosław Mikołajewski | Froth: Poems

Poetry · English · Trans. Piotr Florczyk

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Release: February, 2013
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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

Poetry · English

Release: May, 2012
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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

Fiction · English

Release: February, 2012
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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

Poetry · English

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

Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian PoetryRelease: July 2011
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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
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“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.”
Czesław Miłosz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature


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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The greatest story that the literature of the world knows.”
James Joyce


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