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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

John Barr

John Barr

The poems of John Barr have appeared in many magazines and have been published in seven previous collections: The War Zone (1989), Natural Wonders (1991), The Dial Painters (1994), Centennial Suite (1997), all by Warwick Press; The Hundred Fathom Curve (1997) and Grace (1999), by Story Line Press; and The Hundred Fathom Curve: New & Collected Poems (2011) by Red Hen Press. Barr has served on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, Yaddo, and Bennington College, the latter as chairman. He has taught in the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College, and was appointed in 2004 the first president of The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. He lives in Chicago and New York. The Adventures of Ibn Opcit is his eighth collection due out by Red Hen Press in 2013.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Books Available:

Dante in China

Dante in China

John Barr
2018-07-10
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Description:

In John Barr's poems, the ancient masters encounter the modern world. Dante on a beach in China beholds the Inferno: "Flaring well gas night and day, / towers rise as if to say, / Pollution can be beautiful." Bach's final fugue informs all of nature. Villon is admonished by an aging courtesan. Aristotle finds "Demagogues are the insects of politics. / Like water beetles they stay afl oat / on surface tension, they taxi on iridescence." And his afterlife: "When three-headed Cerberus greeted him / Socrates replied: I won’t need / an attack dog, thank you. I married one."

"W. H. Auden once longed for the return of a 'civic poetry,' by which he meant two things: a poetry whose subjects would be interesting to people who had no primary investment in the art, and a poetry that managed to entertain and instruct at the same time. How happy Auden might have been with this inventive, various, and large-spirited book by John Barr! I hope it finds the wide audience it certainly deserves.”

—Christian Wiman, author of Once in the West, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award

"The book's powerfully imagined final poem, 'Aristotle's Will,' is like nothing in our poetry. . . . It is a wonderful work."

—Ilya Kaminsky, co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

"John Barr's poems stake out the intersection of wit, philosophy, grace, shadow, and an unabridged dictionary. And they travel far."

—Sarah Lindsay, author of Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower


The Hundred Fathom Curve

The Hundred Fathom Curve

John Barr
2011-02-01
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Description:

The Hundred Fathom Curve chronicles the search for an American identity from the Vietnam war to 9/11. The poems, drawn from five previous collections and published over 40 years, include Barr's eye witness accounts as a Navy veteran of Vietnam, and as a New Yorker who was present at 9/11. They explore the boundary of what is human with all that is not, and find things never to be as they seem. They follow the journey from nature into art, and the efforts of the artist to discover what it means to be human.


Dante in China (Casebound)

Dante in China (Casebound)

John Barr
2018-07-10
$24.95 Casebound
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Description:

In John Barr's poems, the ancient masters encounter the modern world. Dante on a beach in China beholds the Inferno: "Flaring well gas night and day, / towers rise as if to say, / Pollution can be beautiful." Bach's final fugue informs all of nature. Villon is admonished by an aging courtesan. Aristotle finds "Demagogues are the insects of politics. / Like water beetles they stay afl oat / on surface tension, they taxi on iridescence." And his afterlife: "When three-headed Cerberus greeted him / Socrates replied: I won’t need / an attack dog, thank you. I married one."

"W. H. Auden once longed for the return of a 'civic poetry,' by which he meant two things: a poetry whose subjects would be interesting to people who had no primary investment in the art, and a poetry that managed to entertain and instruct at the same time. How happy Auden might have been with this inventive, various, and large-spirited book by John Barr! I hope it finds the wide audience it certainly deserves.”

—Christian Wiman, author of Once in the West, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award

"The book's powerfully imagined final poem, 'Aristotle's Will,' is like nothing in our poetry. . . . It is a wonderful work."

—Ilya Kaminsky, co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

"John Barr's poems stake out the intersection of wit, philosophy, grace, shadow, and an unabridged dictionary. And they travel far."

—Sarah Lindsay, author of Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower


Grace (Volume One of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit)

Grace (Volume One of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit)

John Barr
2013-01-15
$14.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

Grace, the first volume of the mock epic The Adventures of Ibn Opcit, is the master song of Ibn Opcit, a Caribbean gardener/poet condemned to die by torture. In a series of jailhouse monologues we hear him descant on justice, on creation, on America, on death and on life after death.


The Adventures of Ibn Opcit

The Adventures of Ibn Opcit

John Barr
2013-01-15
$24.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

The Adventures of Ibn Opcit is a two-volume work by John Barr, first president of The Poetry Foundation. Grace, the first volume of this mock epic, is the master song of Ibn Opcit, a Caribbean gardener/poet condemned to die by torture. In a series of jailhouse monologues we hear him descant on justice, on creation, on America, on death and on life after death. In volume two, Opcit at Large, the poet pushes back on his oppressors in three adventures. Like Virgil in the Inferno he visits the afterworld of reincarnation in "The Afterdammit;" he struggles to survive as poet laureate to Africa's newest President for Life in "Opcit en Afrique;" he orbits earth as "The Last Cosmonaut" on the eve of the fall of the Soviet Union. He comes home with the dignity and strength of one who has survived and prevailed.

Praise for Grace, Volume One of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit:

“The six parts of [Grace] add up to a linguistic tour de force, verbal playfulness reminiscent of the work of James Joyce or Anthony Burgess. Grace is a unique reading experience, guaranteed to add spice to the ‘glum tostada’ of American poetry.”

Library Journal

“John Barr’s Grace is a wonderful surprise. It’s that rarest, rarest, rarest of phenomena, an enjoyable book of contemporary poetry. He’s on to something marvelous. The potential of his new approach is limitless.”

—Tom Wolfe


Opcit at Large (Volume Two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit)

Opcit at Large (Volume Two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit)

John Barr
2013-01-15
$14.95 Hardcover
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Description:

In volume two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit, Opcit at Large, the poet pushes back on his oppressors in three adventures. Like Virgil in the Inferno he visits the afterworld of reincarnation in "The Afterdammit;" he struggles to survive as poet laureate to Africa's newest President for Life in "Opcit en Afrique;" he orbits earth as "The Last Cosmonaut" on the eve of the fall of the Soviet Union. He comes home with the dignity and strength of one who has survived and prevailed.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.