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    Gloria Mindock
    Mar 17, 06:29am

    Cervena Barva Press Announces a New Chapbook
    "The Lines Are Not My Friends"
    Poems by Stacia M. Fleegal

    Stacia M. Fleegal is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, forthcoming 2010) and the chapbook A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). In 2009, individual poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared or are forthcoming in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, The Kerf, Prick of the Spindle, New Verse News, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, The Heartland Review, and Babel Fruit. She received her MFA in writing from Spalding University, is co-founder and managing editor of Blood Lotus (www.bloodlotus.org), and recently co-founded Imaginary Friend Press (named after Thomas McGrath's Letter to an Imaginary Friend) with her partner, the poet Dan Nowak.

    28 Pages

    An Unknown Poet's Grandiose Call to Action

    If all the living world is your canvas and

    you can see where there is red earth and
    you can hear where there is white noise and
    you can taste orange and yellow fruits and
    you can smell purple in a hard-earned spring and
    you can feel blackness or rainbows and

    you can hug your children and
    you can joke about incompetent leaders and
    you can relate to suffering and
    you can feel remorse and
    you can stockpile food in your basement and
    you can worship your television and
    you can answer your phone when it rings and
    you can buy things with promises and
    you can never run out of promises and
    you can promise that and
    you can promise nothing else of substance and

    you can hear about Darfur and Burma and
    Lebanon and Detroit and
    St. Louis and Miami and
    rape-as-a-weapon and hate crimes and
    drowned polar bears and extinct butterflies and
    dead uninsured babies and jobs outsourced and
    everyone everywhere casting stones and

    you can sleep at night and

    you can hold the tool you were given at birth on this soil and
    you can appreciate art when being cultured is "in" and
    you can testify that pictures on menus deepen hunger and
    you can see the merit of having the whole picture

    how then does your brush still hang lamely at your side?

    Order online at http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/cervenabooks.html

    The Lines Are Not My Friends



    Send check or money order payable to:
    Cervena Barva Press
    P.O. Box 440357,
    W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222
    e-mail: editor@cervenabarvapress.com

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