Crisis Chronicles Press
is thrilled to announce the publication of Alex Gildzen's latest collection, Arroyo Chamisa: poems rescued from a blog, on March 4th 2022.
Arroyo Chamisa is 76 pages, perfect bound, 6x6". ISBN: 978-1-64092-954-8. Front cover photo by the author. Available now for only $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
Or subscribe to our entire 2022 series (at least ten titles, plus a surprise or two) for $100 with free shipping.
"Alex Gildzen was one of the first poets' blogs i
found & read with great appreciation & gusto. here was a
poet with a gift for vernacular, a wit to match his cinematic range, & an
obsession with movies that played upon my own heart. i've long been a
great admirer of Alex ever since those giddy early days of blogging when social
media held the promise of uniting poets & creating a community of writers
who, in their own unique ways, were dedicated to making & living a life in
poetry. Alex Gildzen is a poet with a life well-lived in poetry & at
the movies. his poems frequent the daily ordinary hard tasks of being a
human being in our digital age, along with the practical importance of
friendships, art making, family, technology, & the greats of Hollywood past
& present. Alex Gildzen is one of my very favorite poets &
human beings. as he says in a poem, 'go to the movies / you're
—Richard Lopez, co-editor of the
anthology The End of the World Project
is a master of his craft, unearthing beauty from the ordinary and celebrity
from the common. Nowhere is this more evident than in Arroyo Chamisa: poems
rescued from a blog. From the dark atomic whimsy of “swim thru the sea of
night little swimmer” to the pure joy of living well in “I call the 3 palms /
beside the pool / the Andrews Sisters,” Gildzen’s poetry grooves with the
universal and vibrates with the intensely personal. This is an expedition you
won’t want to miss."
Borsenik, author of Raga for What Comes Next and Publisher/Editor,
Alex Gildzen saw his first poem in print 60 years ago. The first of many
chapbooks followed in 1969. His poems have been published in Canada,
England, France, Germany, Greece and Australia. He has given readings at
Bowery Poetry Club, Palm Springs Art Museum, Bisbee Poetry Festival,
Captain Brady in Kent, Fort Mason in San Francisco, Center for
Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood and a
plethora of bars. Currently Gildzen lives in Palm Springs where he has
been called the city’s “unofficial poet laureate.” A piece of his is
featured on the Poet’s Bench in the uptown design district.
His previous Crisis Chronicles Press titles include Ohio Triangle and Alex in Movieland (1943-1973).