Monday, August 20, 2007

Edmund Berrigan's Glad Stone Children and Anne Waldman's Red Noir

Farfalla Press is proud to have two new books of poetry in production for this fall.

Anne Waldman's Red Noir


Edmund Berrigan's Glad Stone Children

Look for them both on SPD web site this fall as well as full sets
of broadsides from 24 poets involved in our year long
Bowery Broadside Series

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Junior Burke

Below are two reviews for Junior Burke's Novel Something Gorgeous

Available from Small Press Distribution

and a link to his new web site

A Brilliant Revisitation of the Jazz Age
J. Cardier (Akron, OH)

Burke weaves an incredible tale of love, social conflict and the thirst for realizing our dreams. His voice is masterful and his characters beautifully developed in a way that will make the Jazz Age with all its loud glory and hidden melancholy come to life for the reader. The most striking aspect of the book, however, is its ability to solve the mysteries of a different Jazz Age novel in a way that will change the classic in the reader's mind forever. Burke explores the many levels of Fitzgerald's masterpiece and deepens them by exploring all the directions in which the book could turn, opening every mystery and digging deep into its essence.

Something Gorgeous is a delight to read but it will also take the reader on a journey through the history of the US and Europe in the 20's as well as the secrets and nuances of one of America's greatest literary classics.

Great American Novel
Anna (Colorado)

This novel is unique in its style and handling of subject. The author captures a time in America where want and desires tended to get the best of people. Through intricate back-story Burke weaves a tale of underlying caution. Often using love, lust and greed as the guide. Something Gorgeous is part romantic love story, often hedonistic. And part a glimpse into a history worth revisiting. It is a fine example of an author doing his homework, as his knowledge is infinite and thorough.
The characters are multidimensional, written so finely as though describing the fantasy version of oneself (both good and bad). At times disturbing, but thoroughly poignant the reader is left with a desire not to fall prey to the perils so well described in the novel. This is a moral tale, however, Burke did an excellent job of never shoving that into the readers face. Rather he let the reader find for herself the values that lie in all of us.

If you are looking for a story to get swept away in, you'll find it in this book. If you're looking for a tale of love lost and the lengths to which one will go to regain love, this novel is it. If you're looking to learn more of a time so drenched in World history, this book is it. Burke created a tale for all the masses to enjoy, while subtly mixing in the importance of being who you are and accepting that with out fear.

Posted by Gary Parrish

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Farfalla Press Presents An Earthquake: Kristin Prevallet and Stacy Szymaszek Bowery Broadside Series #8

Farfalla Press presents Kristin Prevallet and Stacy Szymaszek

Bowery Broadside Series #8

Friday August 17th at The Bowery Poetry Club
7:00 to 8:30pm
First fifty patrons receive a limited edition broadside composed by the poets
with art work by George Schneeman

308 Bowery @ Bleecker, right across from CBGB's
F train to Second Ave | 6 train to Bleecker |

Kristin Prevallet’s previous books include I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time, Essay Press, 2006. Shadow Evidence Intelligence (Factory School, 2006), Scratch Sides: Poetry, Documentation, and Image-Text Projects (Skanky Possum, 2002), and Perturbation, My Sister: A Study of Max Ernst's Hundred Headless Woman (First Intensity, 1997). Her essays, poems, and translations have appeared in several magazines including Jacket, The Nation, Chain, Poetry New York, Poets and Writers, Conjunctions, Seneca Review, Bombay Gin and The Chicago Review. From 1994-1997, she served as one of four editors of apex of the M, a literary magazine based in Buffalo, NY that published six issues of exciting work from both emerging and more established writers. She recently co-edited Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art with Tonya Foster (Teachers & Writers, 2002), an anthology of essays about the challenges and rewards of uniting art and writing in the classroom. Her selected edition of Helen Adam's ballads and collages, The Helen Adam Reader, is forthcoming from the National Poetry Foundation.

Stacy Szymaszek was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. From 1999 to 2005 she was the Literary Program Manager for the nonprofit literary organization Woodland Pattern Book Center. Her extensive curatorial and editorial work during this period helped galvanize a community of poets in the Midwest region. In 2005 she answered the call to move to New York to serve as the Program Coordinator at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she is now the Artistic Director.

She is the author of several chapbooks including Mutual Aid (gong press, 2004), Some Mariners (Etherdome, 2004), There Were Hostilities (repair, 2005), Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005) and from Hyperglossia (Belladonna Books, 2005). Her first book, Emptied of All Ships, was published in 2005 and her second book Hyperglossia is forthcoming in 2009, both with Litmus Press. She is coeditor with Instance Press, contributing editor of Fascicle and editor of the poetry magazine Gam.

The artist George Schneeman
Mr. Schneeman is a long time resident of New York and whose paintings have accompanied poets Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Michael Brownstein, Tom Clark, Edwin Denby, Larry Fagin, Dick Gallup, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Greenwald, Steve Katz, Lewis MacAdams, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Harris Schiff, Peter Schjeldahl, Tom Veitch, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh, and many others.

Upcoming Readings

Sep-Nathaniel Siegel and John High
Oct-Arlo Quint and Christopher Martin

Past Readers Include: Anselm Berrigan, Edmund
Berrigan, Marcella Durand, Jessica Fiorini, Jessica
Rogers, Lee Ranaldo, Anne Waldman, Corrine
Fitzpatrick, Stefania Iryne Marthakis, Brenda Coultas
Simon Pettet,John Coletti, Dustin Williamson and
Lewis Warsh

Gary Parrish