Rochford Press originally published El Asombrado by Les Wicks back in 2015. It was first published as a stand-alone website but after 5 years we are migrating the publication to a readable eBook on the Issuu platform. Accessing El Asombrado will cost $4.99 which will allow you to read the collection on your computer, tablet, phone or other supported device. It will also allow you to download a pdf version to read in your eBook reader of choice.
El Asombrado was Les Wicks 12th book. The title loosely translates to “He Who Watches and is Amazed” The book is a selection of work from over the past 15 years up until 2015 presented in both Spanish & English. The translator, Colombian G. Leogena is a master of the art.
Rochford Press will be trialing the use of the Issuu platform to provide inexpensive access to out of print titles as well as the publication of stand-alone collections, exhibition catalogues and anthologies.
Open, by Sarah St Vincent Welch was reviewed by Les Wicks in the on-line jounal Plumwood Mountain along with Anne Casey’s second collection out of emptied cups. Wicks says of Open:
We the readers should approach a new title looking for some if not all of the following: unity of concept, consistency of poetic exploration, innate veracity and the processes to surprise / enrich / illuminate.
Open meets all these criteria. I love the imagery – have you ever wondered if it was possible for someone to craft a new image from that most observed of phenomena, the moon? St Vincent Welch does it three times: ‘moon lead / bruise’ (5), ‘the new moon follows / like an excited dog’ (9) and the brilliant ‘porthole moon’ (7). Image is not used promiscuously but rather carefully placed like the methodical gardener. Delight in the ‘powder of age’ (2), ‘my breasts are empty sails’ (7), and ‘kneeling bus’ (16), interspersed with a crisp, clear even occasionally vernacular language.
Open, is an enriching book with a reach far beyond its limited number of pages.
Judith Nangala Crispin is an artist and poet of Bpangerang descent. Her lumachrome glass prints are deeply rooted in the practice of honouring Country by way of memorialising animals and birds who have died. Judith is part of a three woman exhibition, Juno Gemes, Judith Nangala Crispin & Ana Pollak – Three Women Artists In Country, at at Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, 19 Glenmore Road, Paddington, NSW running from Tuesday 17 September until 29 September 2019. https://rochfordstreetreview.com/2019/09/14/gemes-crispin-pollak-exhibition-preview/
As part of the lead up to the exhibition Rochford Press is proud to have published Judith Nangala Crispin’s artist statement online.
The complete range of Rochford Press recent titles are now available from The Little Lost Bookshop, Shop 10, Hapenny Lane, 181 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, New South Wales. They are next to the Blue Mountains Food Co-op so you pick up your organic vegies and a chapbook in the one shop.
Each year, for the past 12 years, the Nortmead Uniting Church have organised an anual exhibition based around the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross refers to a series of images depicting Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. Commonly, a series of 14 or 15 images will be arranged in numbered order along a path and the faithful travel from image to image, in order, stopping at each station to say the selected prayers and reflections.
The curators at the Northmead Uniting Church each year approach 15 artists to produce work representing each station. As the curators state “We do not ask artists to participate because they are religious or not religious; they are always asked becuase we think they have the ability to address significant life questions through their art practice”.
The 2019 exhhibition, which ran from 8 April to 21 April at the Northmead Creative & Performing Arts High School, featured, as Station 4, Anne Graham’s Via Dolorosa. This Station represents Jesus meeting his mother as he carries the cross.
Describing the inspiration for the work Graham writes:
I have been reading the poems of Mohammad Ali Maleki, an Iranian poet who has been living in deention on Manus Island; he writes about many things but often about his mother and his dreams of being with her and losing her, he became a part of this work about a mother losing her son; his poems filled me profound sadness. The hands are for all mothers reaching out to their sons.’
“I saw a hand stretching out to me – it was my mothers hand”
from The Migrant Child by Mohammad Ali Maleki in Truth in the Cage Rochford Press 2018
When I Was Clandestine / Cuando Fui Clandestino by Juan Garrido Salgado, Rochford Press, 2019, will be launched by Steve Georganas MP as part of the World Festival Of Poetry and is a feature of the Bilingual Poetry Reading – Reader of the Month. This Thursday 13 June 2019 from 6.30pm at Chateau Apollo, 74 Frome St Adelaide, South Australia. RSVP here – https://www.facebook.com/events/432441780637525/
Come join us for the exciting Adelaide book launch of When I Was Clandestine / Cuando Fui Clandestino by Juan Garrido Salgado. The book will be launched by the Honourable Steve Georganas MP in the delightful devoted space of the Chateau Apollo. Musical performances by Chris Finnen, Lenin Marròn & Lazaro Numa. Food & Drinks provided by Roxie’s (Highly recommended. Yummm) Open Mic for bilingual reading throughout the night.
Juan Garrido-Salgado was born in Chile. He was a political prisoner under the Pinochet regime, but now lives in Adelaide (Australia). He has published six books of poetry and many poems in magazines in Chile, Colombia, Spain, USA and Australia. He translated into Spanish M. T. C. Cronin’s Talking to Neruda Questions (Respondiendo a las Preguntas de Neruda) which was published in Chile in 2005 by SAfo Ediciones. And translated a book of indigenous poetry (Mapuche) from Chile with Steve Brock and Sergio Holas published in Australia 2015.
This launch is a part of the World Festival Of Poetry and is a feature of the Bilingual Poetry Reading – Reader of the Month. Supported by Pablo Neruda Cultural Committee SA (Proceeds from the night will go to support Mapuche Political Prisoners in Temuko – Chile)
$15/10 – On the door
RSVP and Rochford Press looks forward to seeing you there.
Looking for a gift for Mother’s Day. The don’t delay – order a poetry book from Rochford Press! There is a ever expanding list of titles to choose from and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to disseminate some of the best writing in Australia today.
Rochford Press is proud to invite you to the Melbourne launch for The End of the Line, the final collection of poems by Rae Desmond Jones.
The End of the Line will be launched by John Jenkins at the Dan O’Connell Hotel at 2pm on Saturday 27 April (as part of the regular Poetry@The Dan readings) with readings from the book by John Jenkins, Joseph Chetcuti, Gig Ryan and Robbie Coburn.
Rae Desmond Jones was born in Broken Hill NSW in 1941. The son of a miner, he left Broken Hill when he was 17 and moved to Sydney, where he discovered poetry and worked in a variety of manual occupations. Rae, together with John Edwards, established the legendary poetry journal Your Friendly Fascist in 1970 and his first collection of poetry, Orpheus With A Tuba, was published by Makar Press in 1973. Over the next 44 years he published twelve collections of poetry, two novels and a collection of short stories. Rae was also active in local politics becoming involved in the battle to protect Summer Hill from over development in the 1980s. He was elected to Ashfield Council and was served as Mayor from 2004 to 2006. Rae never stopped writing poetry and was working on the poems in The End of the Line during the last year of his life.
“The End of the Line is an animated collection, bristling with the varied perspectives, moods, and colours of Jones’ consciousness and ‘voice’. Jones was an impressive raconteur and his distinctive physical voice echoes through the pages. The poems shift easily from the social/political agora to the deeply personal, to contemplative, spiritual/cosmic dimensions. He investigates individual and terrestrial mortalities, and concepts of being. He can be playful, cheeky, bawdy, satiric, savage and biting – as well as reflective, passionate, lyrical and grave. Shadowy images inhabit the book’s atmosphere at times, but in the final poems there is a sense of achievement – of abundance and joy: ‘Harvest the glow’. This is a vivid book. In ‘To prepare a course of poetry’ Rae advises – ‘ Porridge should be avoided'”. – Joanne Burns
“Rae Jones was one of the great characters of the Inner West. His commitment to safeguarding the built environment led him from being an activist to becoming Mayor of Ashfield Council. Rae’s poetry reflects the eclectic and progressive nature of the community where he lived, as well as his passion for politics. It canvasses a range of topics including family, friendships, history and the state of the world”. – Anthony Albanese
“Like most poets of worth there is an identifiable template to a Rae Jones production, but within its quite necessary bounds, what a variety! And in this book, with much of it concerned with his and our mortality, this variety continues. Heart-on-sleeve when required, sardonic when required, often in the same work, these poems are distilled Jones, from a man with a life and career more multifarious than most of us. Though the physical Rae is gone, in Sydney’s Inner West and in Australian poetry, his legend still grows”. – Alan Wearne
“Many of Jones’s poems finish with the natural world as aloof, seemingly unaffected by the odd juxtapositions in human life – …… But mostly nature serves as pool of comparison, as site of possible transcendence, with what Jones wishes to see, gracefully, as the insignificance of big-noting humanity: this is the descant strand hovering over his fervent engagement in this gritty world – viewed partly in ministerial solidarity, partly in a parody of disdain, and partly in raging shit-stirring protest”. – Gig Ryan
Rochford Press is proud to announce the publication of Cuando Fui Clandestino/When I was Clandestine by Juan Garrido Salgado. Cuando Fui Clandestino is a bilingual chapbook (Spanish/English) by a poet who immigrated to Australia from Chile in 1990, fleeing the regime that burned his poetry and imprisoned and tortured him for his political activism. Juan Garrido Salgado has published five books of poetry and his works has been widely translated. He has also translated works by a number of leading Australian poets including John Kinsella, Mike Ladd, Judith Beveridge, Dorothy Porter and MTC Cronin, into Spanish.
Cuando Fui Clandestino/When I was Clandestine will be launched by Ray Kelly Snr as parft of the Newcastle Writers’ Festival on Saturday 6 April at 5.30pm at The Press Book House, 462 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW
“Juan Garrido Salgado is creating a space for poetry and doing it with style and grace, this book is alive with imagination and passion, all delivered in language that is moving and hopeful, a book to read and savour”…. -Robert Adamson
Poetry has no borders in the tangled tongues of When I was clandestine. A webbed space-time where birds carry us between languages and lands to share secrets of the forgotten in the mouths of those who remember”. … – Tamryn Bennett
Juan Garrido-Salgado’s poetry lives on the streets and celebrates community. It has grown out of Australia’s suburban gardens and Chilean prison cells. Born of the población and street theatre, his work finds its natural home in the pamphlet and chapbook, passed hand-to-hand under the curfew of night. At once folkloric and literary, the poetry in this collection stakes its claim on an uncompromising and explosive dialogue between English and Spanish language traditions”. … – Steve Brock
Sarah St Vincent Welch’s chapbook Open was launch by Anna Couani at The Shop Gallery in Glebe last Sunaday. The next launch will take place in Canberra at ‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Monday Night’, Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City/Civic on Monday at 7pm on Monday 8th April.
“Sarah St Vincent Welch dangles you under ‘a conker sun,’ wears you like ‘a soft corpse on her shoulders,’ slides you ‘into a bird cry.’ In Open each poem is a world – sensuous, intimate, nostalgic. You feel the rhythmic push and shove of these worlds as the poet folds you into them”.…….– Lizz Murphy