Ten Songs from Bulgaria

Cervena Barva Press
Somerville, MA
2008

“The first lines in Linda Nemec Foster’s Ten Songs from Bulgaria, sing ‘Small lives, small lives/ we are trapped inside/ small lives.’ The paradox here is that Foster’s poems reveal how large and rich the worlds are in which these small lives are lived. In line after line, we encounter the depths and reach of those who live outside the zones of everyday safety. Foster makes herself vulnerable to a world ‘as tangible as fog’ with her own penetrating observations. She walks ‘the long journey’ and her poems reflect the haunting music of ode and elegy.”

Jack Ridl

Collaborative Work

Listen to free excerpts of Cry of Freedom and order this CD of Laszlo Slomovits’ music that was inspired by the poems in Ten Songs from Bulgaria.

Listen to the Michigan Public Radio interview with Linda and Laszlo

“…I don’t know the answers. I’m only amused
that you would notice me at all. You,
with your world as tangible as fog.”

from the poem, “A Man is a Man When a Man is on the Road”

Notable Review

“These poems evoke–in their concision and clarity–intense, disturbing images of lives shredded into pieces so small all that’s left is the memory of having endured. They are caged inside the empty space of the page, which seems to want to suffocate their spare, fragile, incredible beauty. Each image speaks a world that is window and mirror of what we hide from in the fabricated assemblages we make against the truth these poems speak.”

Faye Kicknosway

News

Book review of Ten Songs from Bulgaria by Romanian poet, scholar and translator Monica Manolachi.

(Cervena Barva Press, W. Somerville, MA, 2008) Linda Nemec Foster is an American poet of Polish ancestry, who has published nine collections of poetry and lives in Michigan. Ten Songs From Bulgaria (2008) is her eighth collection, a chapbook with poems inspired by Bulgarian artist Jacko Vassilev’s black and white photography from the (post-)communist epoch(s) and which […]

Linda Nemec Foster Interviewed on Michigan Public Radio

Bulgarian photography and Michigan poetry inspire an album “Cry of Freedom” is an album by Ann Arbor musician Laszlo Slomovits, but it’s not your ordinary record. The album is actually a collection of poems by Grand Rapids poet and writer Linda Nemec Foster that has been set to music. Foster’s poetry that is featured on “Cry of Freedom” […]

Mark Lamoureux on four Cervena Barva Press Chapbooks

I first became acquainted with Cervena Barva Press through Kevin Gallagher, an author from my own press, who sent me a copy of his Cervena Barva chapbook Isolate Flecks. One of the great things about being an editor of a small press without an editorial hierarchy is that one is the sole arbiter of what […]

Polish-American Writers Reading at the Polish Museum of America

On February 12, 2009, The Polish Museum of America hosted a reading by five Polish American writers: Anthony Bukoski, Linda Nemec Foster, John Minczeski, Leslie Pietrzyk, and me. The event was a powerful emotional experience for all of us. Speaking for myself, I know that it’s not often that I have the opportunity to read to an […]

Accolades

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2007Finalist and publication Top finalist in national competition and will be published in late, 2008. Chapbook, Ten Songs from Bulgaria, Cervena Barva Press

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