When the response to your writing has been downright chilly, it is not the writing. (editor@therawarterview.com)

• It is the people who are reading (or not reading).
• It is our 21st century culture and lifestyle.
• It is fast-paced lives full of too many things (manifest and phenomenal).
• It is the number of writers and books that are out there. (It is book fatigue).
• It is 7.5 billion people on the planet and climbing.

It does not follow that lack of recognition and lack of sales indicates that the world is not ready for your work’s esoteric form and content. It is not necessarily that nobody wants to read works of your kind while struggling to survive.

It is not that nobody cares; it is that nobody knows.

Even the most lyrical, easily accessible writing most often lingers among small groups of understanding and appreciative (often thrilled and enthralled) readers.

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• If we can grow the number of venues that accept and publish your work by direct intervention and true engagement with editors, more people will notice your work and buy your books.
• If we can expand your distribution market to include global online distribution platforms, more people will notice your work and buy your books.
• If we can help get you a contest win or place and put a WINNER sticker on your bookcover, more people will notice your work and buy your books.
• If we can get you a decent review from a high visibility paid source – like KIRKUS – and/or flood the reading market with reviews from free sources, more people will notice your work and buy your books.
• If we can get the local bookstores interested and encourage them to sponsor a reading and signing event, more people will notice your work and buy your books.
• If we can represent your writing to festivals, at open-mike sessions, in workshops, on social media channels and among information exchanges, more people will notice your work and buy your books.

It will be a marathon. The question to ask yourself is – how much can you put into the slog given the demands of your life-as-it-is? Can you do this?

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As usual, please forgive my dazzling typos…. Henry

Announcing the publication of “Farewell Clay Dove” by Sophia Falco

Farewell Clay Dove is the second book of poetry from Sophia Falco published by UnCollected Press.

“Sophia Falco is a talented, imaginative, driven, raw, crafty, and original poet whose writings overcome and transfigure the stigma and challenges of bipolar disorder in well- crafted poetic forms that communicate and manage the heights and depths of her being-in-the-world. Farewell Clay Dove tracks the levitations and journeys, the loneliness, terrors, illness, as well as the poetic wonder of her journey to health, autonomy, and bliss in imagery of, crimson doves, golden hours of sunset, shrinking stars, hospitals, rocket ships, radiant horses, sheer mania at noon. It is a work of wholeness, honesty, psychic quest, and probing intelligence.”

—Rob Sean Wilson, University of California at Santa Cruz

Farewell Clay Dove

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ANNOUNCING “OLD STATE ROAD” – award winning poems by Jason Gerrish with photography from Brad Daulton

I am woefully behind in announcing Jason Gerrish’s exceptional and peerless book OLD STATE ROAD. I am so far behind, because I have been struggling mightily to do it justice. I have felt strongly that this book requires an announcement that approximates the elegance, refinement, and uncompromising commitment to as pure and unadulterated an artistic aesthetic as I have come across in my 40+ years in publishing. This is just such a good book and on so many levels. The poems are the product of an artist, two artists – poet and photographer – who clearly know how to coerce beauty into words and images with patience and passion and finely-honed tradecraft.

Jason Gerrish’ poem, Cello Suite, is included in this book. Cello Suite is the winner of UnCollected Press’ Charles Bukowski Prize for Poetry. The contest was gratifying for the editors at UnCollected Press/The Raw Art review because of the numbers and the quality of the entries. There were so many good poems to read. Cello Suite emerged from the many exceptional poems as the most moving, artfully wrought and important poem that we read. It is entirely possible, I still do not know after reading the book many times, that Cello Suite, may not be the best poem of the bunch. There are a lot of other poems that shift, unsettle, and move me at my core. I go back to individual poems as they return to my memory while washing dishes, or reading something else, or nuzzling my pup, or walking on the Trolley Trail. I go back to Jason Gerrish’ poems all the time. I remember them often, individually – a poem must be powerful and impactful – a searing radiance in the dark background – for that to happen so often.

The poems are juxtaposed and balanced, appearing in counterpoint with the equally fine and moving photography of Brad Daulton. Brad Daulton’s photos, like Jason Gerrish’s poems, are individually fine works of art. They are also the product of an artist opening himself to the depths of understanding for inspiration. Brad Daulton’s photos find that thing – the largely indescribable thing at the heart of a moving piece of art. And, like Jason, Brad has the expert tradecraft skills to transform his discoveries into artwork, photos, that are breathtaking in their artistic expression.

In OLD STATE ROAD, each poem, and each photo stands firmly on its own as a sublimely finished work of art. Every poem and every photo also have been integrated into a book that articulates dazzling beauty, forceful impact and penetrating import, and perhaps that most evasive of achievements, true relevance – pure meaning. Poems and photos alternate, and the counterpoint and contrast, juxtaposition and compliment, work beautifully in harmony.

We are including in our announcement the back cover image, so that you can read what some of the finest artist-editors out there have said about this book. Hopefully, we can all convince you to buy OLD STATE ROAD and to experience this rare and shining work of art.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this book demanded the best of materials, it has been printed on very fine cover stock and coated paper. In addition to the refinement of the artistic creations, UCP/RAR has selected materials for printing that are an attempt to do the refinement of the artwork justice.


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BLOG: Tell Me Don’t Show Me

I would like to address the prevailing show me don’t tell me wisdom with a particular whim and whimsey I am feeling today. As you may have already discerned or may soon discern, we lose track of conventions at UCP/RAR. We like to claim this to be a matter of principles (or willful lack thereof), but it is probably just the wind. We don’t like dogma whenever it blows in. Today, the weather is full of show-me-don’t-tell me bluster.

Today, (perhaps just-today, perhaps not), it seems to me show me don’t tell me is an argument, sometimes invert and backhanded, for photo-realism. It demands an ultimate approximation of what you see (from the prison of your own skull) in a manner that is as close to what is actually there (whatever that means) as you can make it. Assuming the variance of your arbitrary filter and the relative scope of your powers of discernment, there must still be something consistent from all pens and minds – a final standard of sameness to strive for that some will reach and some will not.

So anyway, feel free to tell us – tell away. If you want to lay in a line of abstract impulse, that is presumably yours and only yours, that’s fine – preferably something over the top – rich and purply please. We desire your effusive, hopeless, emotional, personal expression to be be liberated. We want what issues forth from your bewildered and deranged cognition. Please please please have at it without stricture. It’s fine to get the morphology geeks foaming and fulminating. That, in itself, is a precise and perfect morpheme. Oh wait should I compose a picture? Nevermind, of course you can compose your own.

As always, I do not apologize for any dazzling typos – Henry.

“ANTHROPOCENE” by Dean Gessie receives prestigious recognition

Dean Gessie’s moving and artistically fine book Anthropocene, published by UnCollected Press, has done very well in multiple prestigious contests. Here is a list of just some of the most recent awards garnered by Anthropocene:

  • Second Place or Runner-up in the Los Angeles Book Festival Competition
  • Top Three in the Paris Book Festival Competition
  • Top Four in the New England Book Festival Competition
  • Honorable Mention in the New York Book Festival Competition
  • Honorable Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival Competitions.
  • Honorable Mention for the Big Other Readers’ Choice Award in New York

Buy and read this great book! You will not be disappointed.

John D. Robinson – Poet of Brutal Compassion

I am an unrelenting, completely immersed, hopelessly addicted consumer of the poetry of John D. Robinson. The fix I get is exquisite. When I read a John D. Robinson poem, I so often experience a powerful rush of the most potent concoction – a mix of uncompromising honesty and painful empathy; a sweet and deadly solution of brutal expose and unconditional love . John’s poems deliver to me what I am always, without apology, and with admitted compulsion, seeking from life – truth and love. The poems in these books, like the poems in every John D. Robinson book, are dangerous. Prepare yourself. Make sure you have uncovered your most courageous self. The one that is willing to see things as they are and to feel the most penetrating anguish at their state. Find and sharpen the only weapon that will get you through Johns’ books whole to the other side – Love. If you can do this, you will be following after the author. John is fearless. John is courageous. John does not compromise. His books are not decorative art. His books are not the exercise of the commercial artisan. His books are stripped of 21st century consumer bullshit. His books are a way in to what matters. Getty ready to deep read. It is going to hurt. And you will love it.