Two Video Links: Oriana Ivy and Holly Prado

How to Jump from a Moving Train

Oriana Ivy’s new collection of poems, How to Jump from a Moving Train, has just been published by CERVENA BARVA. (The name of the press means “red color” in Czech, to honor the Czech descent of the publisher, Gloria Mindock). While many poets are hard at work on verse that protests the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and their voices certainly deserve attention, Oriana Ivy’s book has a historical plasticity that is rare in being so timely in its conjuncture with current events. THIS IS THE BOOK TO READ TO UNDERSTAND THE NUANCES OF THE ONGOING CONFLICT IN EUROPE.

I love these poems. Each one is astounding, a whole treasured world unto itself, rendered in language that’s been honed and polished until it shines. There’s an intimacy in this work that keeps opening out – from the deeply personal into something enormous, not grandiose but so human that it hurts, it blesses, it heals.
-Cecilia Woloch, author of Tzigan, Sacrifice, Carpathia, Earth and Late

Amongst the tens of thousands of poets at work in the United States in the twenty-first century, there are still a handful who began writing well before the Berlin Wall came down. How long ago that seems! Though Oriana Ivy’s poems are embedded in the playing out of European history after World War II, they speak to the crisis that is at the heart of the “ghetto of time.” With a poet as reticent as Oriana Ivy to be visible within the horde of contemporary working poets, it’s hard to know exactly how many poems she has written that are as fine as the ones in this collection. Several dozen more? Two hundred more? No matter. These poems alone would serve to preserve any poet’s name on the reading list of every astute lover of poetry.
-William Mohr, author of The Headwaters of Nirvana: Reassembled Poems and Holdouts: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance 1948-1992

Here is a video that will you a sneak preview of its contents:


On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 1-2 PM, seven poets, writers, and beloved close friends of Holly Prado (1938-2019), read selections from her luminous poetry, on Harry’s Poetry Hour, Creative Chaos MPTF. Featured readers included Alison Townsend, Cecilia Woloch, Laurel Ann Bogen, Barbara Crane, and Susan Hayden, as well as Phoebe MacAdams, Cecilia Woloch, and the James Cushing, three of the founding members of Cahuenga Press, the poets cooperative that issued Prado’s poetry during the last quarter-century of her life.

Thanks to Jennifer Cllymer, Director, MPTF Studios, & to the Creative Chaos Team.

Here is the link to the tribute:

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