RUTHERFORD, August 20, 2010 — A remarkable collection of 42 poets connected with the Rutherford, NJ poetry revival gives voice to memorable poetry and essays in the third edition of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow.
Published by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, this third annual edition of the literary journal celebrates the epic in the local and poetic voices in the American grain that so inspired William Carlos Williams, Rutherford’s hometown doctor and poet, whose liberation of the voice of the common man (and woman) in poetry was a true revolution in words during the last century.
“Dr. Williams was a one-man vortex who continues to inspire the many fine poets who live in Rutherford or come here to take part in its many poetry readings, workshops, symposia, and literary journal,” said Jim Klein, editor of the book and leader of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.
“All of the poets in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow have a deep connection with the town,” said Klein. “Either they have participated in the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ weekly poetry workshop, now in its fourth year, or the monthly readings at the Williams Center, sponsored by the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative, or the monthly readings at GainVille Café hosted by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.”
“We have scored another coup by publishing two rare and perhaps previously unpublished works by Williams,” said managing editor Mark Fogarty. “Jane Fisher, director of the Rutherford Public Library, graciously allowed me to look through the library’s Williams Collection, and we came up with a short typed memoir of Paris by the doctor and a handwritten letter and introductory fragment of a poem Williams worked on in the first decade of the 1900s.”
“Our featured poet this year, Kathy Kuenzle, is a Rutherford native now living in Providence, RI who has made a “return of the native” to Rutherford in the past couple of years,” said managing editor Sondra Singer Beaulieu. “Her exciting work comes both from her Rutherford period and her later years in Providence.” Kuenzle’s poetry has just been issued by the Rutherford-based White Chickens Press in the volume A Dress Full of Holes.
Keeping up the Williams theme, the book also features four essays on the poet, adapted from presentations made at the monthly Williams Center readings, as well as a review of a new book of Williams’ correspondence with his brother. There is also a memoir of the North Jersey poetry scene by Hoboken poet and critic Joel Lewis.
The journal will be launched on Sept. 1 at 7 PM at the Williams Center, at the Williams Poetry Cooperative reading run by poet John J. Trause and Fisher. Copies of it will be available for sale that night, and many of the poets in the journal will read from it during the evening. The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow is also available online at Lulu.com and will be available through Amazon.com before the end of the year.