Maketa Smith-Groves is a reincarnate William Carlos Williams, recording specifics of an urban world so down and out that only those born of it are permitted to wander its ghost realm. When she brings this sensibility to a more familiar scenery, it is with compassion for its discarded broken denizens and exhausted working class ignored by the entitled, such as in L.A.'s bright horrors. Moving, accurate snapshots without a tough persona or preaching rhetoric. You haven't been here before. Marc Olmsted —poet, and author of Don't Hesitate Knowing Allen Ginsberg.
Maketa Smith-Groves has given her life to the poem, as these works so clearly and beautifully demonstrate. Her voice is strong, as she continues to practice the art and craft of poetry, with true devotion. This collection will take its place on the shelf of literature that lasts. Neeli Cherkovski —poet, memoirist and literary chronicler. His latest book of poetry is, The Crow.
The poems ... are marvelous! Elias Schneitter —poet, novelist, and co-founder, Sprachsalz Literary Festival. Co-author of, The Two Austrians of North Beach.
Maketa Smith-Groves is a truly important representative of American poetry. Her poetry unites the blues of Mississippi, the harshness of the struggle to survive in Detroit, and the sensitivity of an outsider in San Francisco. Hers, is a distinguished voice in American Literature. —Sprachsalz Literary Festival Review, Innsbruck, Austria.
104 Pages, Trade paperback. $14.95
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
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.”
Poet Laureate of San Francisco
from the introduction to the English edition.
Translations by Margarita Millar
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.
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.
Perfect bound paperback $9.95
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.
The Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center & the San Francisco Public Library present
Freedom Voices : SPEAKING TO AND FROM THE MARGINS
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:00pm
San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin Street @ Grove, lower level
Featuring recent and forthcoming books:
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.
20th Annual 2010 Literary Awards
Oakland Public Library,
Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2 PM – 5 PM
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.
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.
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!