William Everson: The Light the Shadow Casts

Clifton Ross

Selected Everson Poems and Five Interviews by Clifton Ross

In this collection of interviews with one of the central poets of the San Francisco Literary Renaissance (which preceded the Beat movement) William Everson/Brother Antoninus ponders the mystical dimensions of poetry. The interviews span the final fifteen years of his life and contain his final thoughts on the prophetic, the shamanistic and the aesthetic dimensions of his craft, as well as his own life, characterized by the Portuguese proverb that “God writes straight with crooked lines.” The interviews, accompanied by selected poems, were conducted, edited and introduced by Clifton Ross and were first published two years after the poets death by Stride Publications, UK, republished by Freedom Voices to honor the centennial of the poet’s birth. $14.95

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Translations from Silence

Clifton Ross
Winner of the 2010 PEN Oakland poetry book award.

with an introduction by Jack Hirschman

“Clif Ross is among the most highly respected activists of the Left Coast… His own poetry, a generation of works, is here warmly presented in the context of a maturation of tone and voice that is quietly remarkable--and very much like himself. Ross is a fusion of a lyric realism and the power of metaphor. His voice isn't of the plosive kind. He writes an organic lyric, resisting any attempt on the part of the "Poet" in himself to overcome himself by a kind of verbal oblivion. His poems are expressions of his determination that friendship triumphs through beautiful communications that make one feel solidarity without feeling one's being indoctrinated or recruited.”
Jack Hirschman
Poet Laureate of San Francisco
from the introduction to the English edition.

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Song of the Flies

María Mercedes Carranza
[An Account of the Events]

Translations by Margarita Millar

Available now!

Canto de las Moscas (Song of the Flies), by the late Colombian poet María Mercedes Carranza, was published for the first time in 1997, following a decade marked by extremely high levels of violence in Colombia. At this point the country had already endured nearly half a century of armed struggle between government and rebel groups, and had more recently experienced the emergence of paramilitary forces and warring drug lords.

Carranza wrote these twenty-four poems, each bearing the name of a town or city that had been the site of large-scale violence, as a sort of chronicle and commemoration of the tragedies the people endured. The titles reflect a contradiction characteristic of Colombian reality: the beautifully-musical and whimsical place-names stand in cruel contrast to the events that marked them as massacre sites. Written in a form similar to Japanese haiku but not adhering to its strict line-and-syllable counts, the poems are short and spare.

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Man Offbeat

Rhett Stuart

This collection of poetry and prose tells the story of one man's liberation. Reading it, we join him as he spirals outward from the sound of the word, to the sound of the street, from a story of everyday life, to the inner magic of creative transcendence. His love of language and of people vibrates almost musically on each page. Stuart finds himself always out of sync. Offbeat. . . articulating hope in a place where sleeping on the streets is as common as being housed.

ISBN: 0-9625153-5-3
60 pages
Perfect bound paperback $9.95

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Image and Imagination

Ben Clarke, Editor; Photographer, Dorothea Lange

Writer-in-residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library, Ben Clarke, re-examines Dorothea Lange's photographs along with collaborating artists including: A.K. Black, Scott Braley, Lucha Corpi, Kitty Costello, Maketa Groves, Richard Oyama, Margot Pepper, Eric Robertson, Clifton Ross, Abena Songbird, and Rhett Stuart. Using poetry, personal essay, rap and contemporary photography the artists explore the intersection between Lange's documentary photography and current realities.

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Freedom Voices Reading, Tuesday June 26 - 6pm, SF Main Library

Freedom Voices

The Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center & the San Francisco Public Library present


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:00pm

San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin Street @ Grove, lower level

Featuring recent and forthcoming books:

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Translations from Silence by Clifton Ross wins PEN Oakland Award

Freedom Voices

We are pleased to note that Translations from Silence  by Clifton Ross has won the 20th annual PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award outstanding book of poetry published in 2009, awarded in 2010.  Please join us at the PEN Oakland Awards ceremony and booksigning.

PEN OAKLAND 20th Annual 2010 Literary Awards
Oakland Public Library,
Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2 PM – 5 PM

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Release Party for Song of the Flies Sept 17, 6 p.m. at Modern Times

Freedom Voices

Friday, Sep 17, 2010

Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 6:00 p.m.

Presentation and poetry reading, 6:30 p.m. 

Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. @ 20th St., San Francisco, CA 

Come celebrate the release of the late María Mercedes Carranza’s Song of the Flies [An Account of the Events], a bilingual edition of her most moving poems, translated by Margarita Millar, published by Freedom Voices. Join us to honor and remember one of Colombia’s best poets of our time, and her efforts to bring peace to her country. Order the book.

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Fall Event


Freedom Voices and the TallMountain Circle present:


Spirit of the Streets

an afternoon of FREE workshops and readings at the Faithful Fools
Sunday, November 16, 12 noon to 3 pm.

Readings and workshops featuring Marsha Campbell, Jess Clarke, Kitty Costello Kathleen Moore, Margot Pepper, Ramu, Eric Robertson, Clif Ross, Rhett Stuart, George Wynn and other Freedom Voices authors and friends.

The TallMountain Circle will announce the 2008 Tall Mountain Award for Creative Writing and Community Service winner, fine food will be served and a good time is available for all!

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Eric Robertson
Laundry Line

Grandma had three kitchen drawers full of folded aprons
pinks, light blues, spring greens, yellow,
gold, polka-dotted, striped, square-cut and scalloped

Aprons to cook in and clean
and for my sister and me
aprons to tie on like capes and run
batman and robin-style
through the house screaming
bada dada dada dada BATMAN!

Joining ranks at every carpeted corner
Freezing and splitting off again with
dramatic orders--You go that way

Grandma took the aprons off the laundry line

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