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The Books

Coming soon! A new chapbook of poetry by Ron Czerwien.

Cover art: "Blue Medley" © copyright Elwira Pioro

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.

The book will be available by the end of October.

Ron will read from the book Nov. 2. Scroll down for more info on the reading.

You can read some sample poems here.

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


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.


Bent Paddle Book Readings

Ron Czerwien will read from “a little rain, a little more” on Friday, November 2nd, at 8pm at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse, located at 1101 Williamson St. In Madison. An open mic will follow the reading.


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