Black Widow Press

Black Widow Press Mission

Our "mission" is twofold: to bring back into print (and keep in print) at an accessible price point those authors/titles that have had an impact on the cultural, literary, and/or artistic thought of the 20th (and 21st) century and to publish those poets who are still contributing today in a meaningful way to the same. (Read our full mission statement here.)

Chanson Dada: Tristan Tzara Selected Poems Cover Image
By Tristan Tzara, Lee Harwood (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780976844907
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Published: Black Widow Press - December 24th, 2005

This book is the best introduction to Tzara available. Made in conjunction with the poet, Harwood's translations are as facile and technically deft as the originals. Culled from a lifetime of publishing, Chanson Dada represents Tzara in all his guises, elements and forms. Rebellious, brilliant.


Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780976844938
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Published: Black Widow Press - July 20th, 2006

Until these translations appeared, Neruda had long held the grip on love poetry. Now it is Eluard's time. Not to be confused with Hallmark card sentimentalism, these poems are love in all its raw totality. Nostalgic, lyrical, gorgeous, tough, with the sometimes tenderness of a bruise, Eluard's work will change you. And your lover.


Backscatter: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780979513732
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Published: Black Widow Press - March 2008

Olson is the premier writer of prose-poetry in this country. A hybrid form too many have brutalized into triteness, Olson's work never falls into those traps. It sings, forces us to question our world anew, and graced by a subtle humor, will make you laugh. Superb.


The Poems of A.O. Barnabooth Cover Image
By Valery Larbaud, Ron Padgett (Translator), Bill Zavatsky (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780979513794
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Published: Black Widow Press - September 2008

Revolution of the Mind: The Life of Andre Breton Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780979513787
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Published: Black Widow Press - July 2009

The definitive work on Breton's life. Illuminating, endlessly readable, Revolution opens the doors on one of the 20th century's greatest artists and thinkers. Without Breton Dali, Picasso, Bunuel and more may never have existed as we know them. Important work, great reading.


Forgiven Submarine Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780981808833
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Published: Black Widow Press - April 2009

This is why we love small presses. Without someone like Black Widow bringing this book into print, she would remain known only in Europe. Like the best collaborations between jazz musicians and singers (think Coltrane and Hartman), Submarine, blows mighty and free. Nearly everything great poetry should have is in here. Don't miss it.


The Caveat Onus: Meditations Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780981808840
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Published: Black Widow Press - July 2009

Brinks is the epicenter of poetry in New Orleans. This book is a four part cycle built around Katrina and its aftermath. Tough, tender, always in love with his home city, Brinks' book is a monument to New Orleans as well as to poetry itself. Here is everything good and great about modern American poetry. A treat.


Endure Cover Image
By Bei Dao, Clayton Eshleman (Translator), Lucas Klein (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984264087
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Published: Black Widow Press - June 16th, 2011

Masterfully translated by Clayton Eshleman, Endure is a hallmark of modern Chinese poetry, a hallmark of modern poetry in general. These poems are tight compositions that never fail to open the mind, to give more back to the reader than was expected. Here is expansive writing, gorgeous imagery, forceful lyricism. Not much more you can ask for out of a book.


Curdled Skulls Cover Image
By Bernard Bador, Clayton Eshleman (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984264094
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Published: Black Widow Press - January 16th, 2011

For those who like their poetry powerful, political and thought provoking, look no further than Bador. At a time when so much of American poetry is stale, Bador's work is a breath of fresh air, one that will challenge and excite you. Wide ranging thematically, this book is a treat.


Au Present Du Monde/The Present Tense of the World: Poemes 2000-2009/Poems 2000-2009 Cover Image
By Amina Said, Marilyn Hacker (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984264070
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Published: Black Widow Press - June 16th, 2011

City Without People: The Katrina Poems Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780983707912
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Published: Black Widow Press - August 16th, 2011

Osundare's tribute to his adopted home of New Orleans should be a major award winner this year. If it is not, a great injustice to literature will have been made. Osundare's work is impassioned, lyrical, roaring with the raw energy of a poet using all of his powers to come to terms with both great disaster and recovery. This book will change you.


Approximate Man: & Other Writings Cover Image
By Tristan Tzara, Mary Ann Caws (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780976844914
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Published: Black Widow Press - December 24th, 2005

Tzara is a legend and this book very well might be his masterpiece. Weaving seamlessly from the lyric to the epic, from the Surreal to the real, there is nothing that Tzara can't do. At a time when too much poetry reads like watered down prose, Tzara's work comes as a breath of fresh air. Fearless, capable, a book as important today as it was eighty years ago.


Essential Poems and Writings of Robert Desnos Cover Image
By Robert Desnos, Mary Ann Caws (Editor), Terry Hale (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780976844990
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Published: Black Widow Press - December 18th, 2007

Desnos was one of the original founders of the Surrealist movement, a movement whose impact on history cannot be overstated. Considered dangerous enough as an artist to have the Gestapo arrest him, Desnos died in a concentration camp in 1945. This book is a testament to a brilliant man, a legendary writer, one of the few to truly revolutionize our world. Not to be missed.


Les Ziaux/Eyeseas Cover Image
By Raymond Queneau, Daniela Hurezanu (Translator), Stephen Kessler (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780979513749
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Published: Black Widow Press - June 2008

Author of thirty five books, we are glad to see this phenomenal retrospective collection of his poetry. Certainly one of the most important writers of the 20th century. His wide stylistic range, experimentation and power are something to behold.


La Fontaine's Bawdy: Of Libertines, Louts, and Lechers Cover Image
By Jean de La Fontaine, David Schorr (Illustrator), Norman R. Shapiro (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780981808819
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Published: Black Widow Press - January 2010

Finally the infamous ribald tales of La Fontaine find an English edition. These poems are not dirty, but rather part of the great bawdy tradition of writing dating back to Catullus. Wild, rollicking, absolutely hilarious, these are witty poems meant to be read again and again.


To Speak, to Tell You? Cover Image
By Sabine Sicaud, Norman R. Shapiro (Translator), Odile Ayral-Clause (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780981808888
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Published: Black Widow Press - March 15th, 2009

Incredible that all of these poems were written prior to Sicaud's death from illness at the age of 15. To read them is to enter a treasure of beauty and insight. Intellectually mature, lyrical, impassioned, Sicaud's work is a testament, a tower. It is high time she be discovered by the reading world at large. And loved.


The Inventor of Love & Other Writings Cover Image
By Gherasim Luca, Julian Semilian (Translator), Laura Semilian (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780981808871
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Published: Black Widow Press - August 2009

A miracle of poetic invention, Luca attempts to create new notions of love out of our old, shop-worn versions. He examines love in all its facets in order to reinvent the word, the feeling. Here is lyrical freedom, passion, experimentation with meaning--all things too often missing from our current poetry.


Fire Exit Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780981808895
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Published: Black Widow Press - December 2009

This book has all the wandering joy of Kerouac's and Hesse's best. An extended ode to the pleasures of rambling, of introspection, of breaking away from constrictive norms, Fire Exit is a book to be stuffed into the glove compartment and taken across the globe. Endlessly rewarding, you will be changed for the better for having read this book.


Anticline Cover Image
By Clayton Eshleman, Kenneth Warren (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984264063
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Published: Black Widow Press - April 16th, 2010

Furor & Mystery and Other Writings Cover Image
By Rene Char, Mary Ann Caws (Translator), Nancy Kline (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780984264025
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Published: Black Widow Press - February 16th, 2011

A hero of the French Resistance, Char's poetry is every bit as daring, tough and impassioned as his life. When Camus called him France's greatest living poet he was not overestimating him. This book is essential reading for all lovers of literature.


Preversities: A Jacques Prevert Sampler Cover Image
By Jacques Prevert, Norman R. Shapiro (Translator), Jeffrey Mehlman (Introduction by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780981808826
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Published: Black Widow Press - September 16th, 2010

Raconteur, surrealist, screenwriter, Prevert is a man hard to categorize. Regardless, he wrote some of the most memorable poetry of the 20th century. This book covers his lengthy career and is the best way to discover the endless rewards of reading Prevert. Too long neglected in this country, it's time more people discovered him.


Memory Wing Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780983707905
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Published: Black Widow Press - December 16th, 2011

A journey between Arkansas and New Orleans, Lavender's book is both creative nonfiction and poetry. It is a lyrical portrait of a man, our times. Surprising, haunting and told with a rare energy too often missing from our modern poets.


Capital of Pain Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780976844969
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Published: Black Widow Press - November 16th, 2006

This book has never gone out of print in France since being published in 1926. A landmark, it has been treasured and carried, handed from one person to another in the same manner that caused the explosion of the Beat Generation. A masterpiece of literature, Capital of Pain is a remarkable book, one the world is greater for having around.


The Sea & Other Poems/La Mer & Autres Poemes Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780976844983
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Published: Black Widow Press - October 2007

The first major anthology of Guillevic's work in English, this book will show you why he's legend in Europe. His singular poetry, written in clear, sharp lines, sings like the best song. These are moving poems, deep as a river, but without any of the fuzziness too many American poets use to cover a lack of vision. Just impassioned work made visible for all. Landmark poetry that is not to be missed.


Essential Poems and Writings of Joyce Mansour Cover Image
By Joyce Mansour, Serge Gavronsky (Translator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780979513725
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Published: Black Widow Press - July 2008

Mansour was one of the leading Surrealists and made her legacy as one of Europe's finest poets with her gorgeously erotic, strong-willed pre-feminist poems. These are wild and impassioned lyrics, the music of late night and smoke and love and all the fine corners found right. Here's a book for the ages.


The Grindstone of Rapport: A Clayton Eshleman Reader Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780979513770
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Published: Black Widow Press - October 2008

National Book Award winning Eshleman may very well be America's greatest living poet. If not, he's in the top three. Grindstone should be in the library of every aspiring writer, every thoughtful reader, every person who ever wanted to sit down with a book and have their heart opened. This one comes on our highest recommendation.


Art Poetique Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780979513763
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Published: Black Widow Press - May 2009

Guillevic's manifesto of the art of poetry. But it is more than that, it is an exploration of how we mine the mystery and come up with something that lasts. Open this book at random and see profound wisdom at work. One of those rare books that you know should belong on the shelf of every home, every writer's desk, every good bar worth its salt.


Concealments & Caprichos Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984264001
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Published: Black Widow Press - June 16th, 2010

One of the major poets of our time, Rothenberg's latest is an investigation into the possibilities of first person writing. At a time when narcissism has invaded more than just our literature, Rothenberg's work challenges that presumption and asks us to reinterpret our own potential.


A Life of Poems, Poems of a Life Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780984264018
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Published: Black Widow Press - July 16th, 2012

Finally one of the supreme French writers gets the translation she deserves. Here is a poetry of raw power, a bursting sense of life and vitality that is refreshing to read in this era of Wonderbread poets. The Comtesse's poems adhere to no school or rules but her own and because of it we are left with one of those rare and great works we too often need. Remarkable.


Larynx Galaxy: Prose Poems Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984264032
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Published: Black Widow Press - June 16th, 2012

Olson's collection of prose-poems are howls against the void, against the complacency that too often passes for literature these days. Whether he's calling himself "the anti-Gary Snyder" or writing his poems in the form of imaginary letters, Olson is afraid of nothing. This is a unique and special book, one that has deep and forceful rewards.


Exile Is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader Cover Image
By Habib Tengour, Pierre Joris (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780984264056
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Published: Black Widow Press - March 16th, 2012

A compendium of poetry and prose from the Algerian writer Tengour. Tengour is a fine way to introduce yourself to the vast world of Arabic literature. He is a powerful example of all that is wonderful with world literature: political, stunning writing, wide vision. Incredible work.


The Big Game Cover Image
By Benjamin Peret, Marilyn Kallet (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780981808864
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Published: Black Widow Press - July 16th, 2011

One of the founders of Surrealism, The Big Gfame still sells in France, eighty years after its publication. Don't let his association with the Surrealists scare you: these poems are accessible and forthright, without ever speaking down to the reader. We look for books to read over and over again, treasures to be pulled out when we most need them. This is one of those books.


The Price of Experience Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780985612207
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Published: Black Widow Press - January 16th, 2013

Beginning with his Blakean-visonary poems written on LSD in the late 1960s and going through essays written about today's leading poets, Eshleman's book is a stunning exploration of self in relation to the wider world. As always, Eshleman's insight and force and lyric sensibility remind us that he's one of our very best. Like all his work, he never fails and always inspires.


 

 

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