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The Books

Out now! A new chapbook of poetry by Ron Czerwien.


Cover art: "Blue Medley" © copyright Elwira Pioro

You can read (and hear!) some poems from the book here.

Click on the "bookstore" link below of the page to purchase the book.

a little rain, a little more

Poetry by Ron Czerwien. Bent Paddle Press, 2018, 34 pp., $12.

Czerwien writes the strange familiar and the familiar strange. Snowflakes, owls, fathers, loves, premonitions; familiar but new. These poems surprise. They are conversations with friends you always knew you had but never knew you had. Poems of close attention; poems from that place poets go and bring back something entirely their own. Pull up your wing chair, sit awhile at this window on the world.

“This is a wonderful new chapbook, ...full of feeling and elegy, language and play!”
—Robin Chapman-poet, artist and Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences.

[This] book is graceful, sad, strange and beautiful. Attending as carefully to things of language as to the observed world, the acuity of these poems is matched by their formal economy. Everything’s essential.
—Andy Gricevich-musician, performer, poet and editor of cannot exist.

Bent Paddle Book Readings

Friday, March 16th, at 8 p.m. Ron Czerwien will take part in an “Oscar Presents” reading at the Arts + Literature Lab, 2021 Winnebago St, in Madison. He will be reading with poet Kevin Ducey. The reading follows another poetry event—a Watershed Series poetry reading—which begins at 7:00 that night

Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. Another Bent Paddle extravaganza with Richard, Ron and Jeanie at Arcadia Books in Spring Green (102 E. Jefferson St.).

Friday, March 29th, at 6:30 p.m. Ron Czerwien will read from “a little rain, a little more” at the Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd. in Madison.

Monday, April 8th at 7 p.m. At The Draw, Feather & Bone Art Gallery, 800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton. Ron Czerwien reads with open mike following. Wine, water and root beer available.

Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Another Bent Paddle author reading, this time at Mystery to Me Bookstore in Madison.

Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. Ron Czerwien will read at the Reader’s Loft (2069 Central Court, Suite 44 Green Bay) as part of the House of the Tomato poetry series.

Tuesday, May 28th, at 6:30 p.m. Ron Czerwien will read from “a little rain, a little more” at Evergreen Manor, 1125 N. Westfield Drive, Oshkosh. An open mic will follow.


More Books

The Collect of the Day

By Jeanie Tomasko. Bent Paddle Press, 2017, 30 pp., $12. 
Limited edition of 126 hand sewn chapbooks with French covers.

A blend of grief and beauty and prayer and hope with more than a share of the quirky thrown in.

Read some poems here.


Art and poetry by Sharon Auberle and Jeanie Tomasko. Bent Paddle Press, 2017, 25 pp., $12. 

Another poetry / artwork Collaboration between Jeanie & Sharon Auberle. The two exchanged drawings and then wrote poems to each other's art. A superb collaboration!

Read some poems and see some of the artwork here.


Poetry by Richard Merelman. Bent Paddle Press, 2017, 25 pp., $12.

 Merelman finds a way into the human condition with storied, deeply layered poetry. His poems demand (maybe invite is a better word) rereading to discover the subtle connections and layers.

Read some poems here.



Canoeing a River with No Name

Poetry by Ronnie Hess. Bent Paddle Press, 2018, 56 pp., $12.

Follow poet Hess on this riverine journey of thoughtful, nuanced poems. Hess' unique voice can come across as almost matter-of-fact, yet  there are depths to her poetry that belie this seemingly straightforward tone. Rocks and rapids lie just underneath the gentle current and surprises wait around the next bend.   

Read some poems here.

See the author's website here.

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