BOOKS by CZURY

The author of over 20 poetry collections, Craig's books have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Croatian, Albanian, and Russian. He is also an editor and translator of a number of collections and publications. Here are some of his books in print - covering 40 years of a poetic life.

POSTCARDS & ANCIENT TEXTS

2020 - FootHills Publishin

75 pages, Paperback, Hand-Stitched Binding.

 

"Fourty years of Napkin Poems" is how Czury playfully refers to this postcard-sized collection of travel poems which take the reader from his high school hallway in rural anthracite Pennsylvania across  country by thumb to the Oregon coast and open skies of Montana, by train to Montreal, and later by poetry to Mexico, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Lithuania, Italy, Greece, Kosovo, and Argentina - in no particular order. 

 

Czury's reader has the sensation of walking through the bright carnival of time and cultures, simultaneously assailed and regaled by sights, sounds, smells, sensations as if walking the crowded midway of the poet's memories. “Postcards & Ancient Texts (1969-2019)” is breath of fresh air in a Covid-delineated world - reminding us that journeys can still be had, and that the covetable trips take us far from habitual paths, both in person and on paper.

 

IN PRINT.

$15 USD

$2.00 shipping & handling

Purchase here, or email craigczury @ gmail.com

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FIFTEEN STONES

2017 - New York Quarterly Books (NYQ Books)

84 pages, Paperback    http://books.nyq.org/title/fifteen_stones

 

In Fifteen Stones, Craig Czury traverses multiple continents, dimensions and decades. It is a magnetic web of words, woven from fish scales, seaweed, handlebars and tire treads, reaching across an ephemeral geography between coast lines and chalk lines. Czury steps neatly out of the white space on his page, pats his hair down like since a kid, and dives into the form of prose for these poems.

 

Written in four sections, part one is from northern Italy, written while tooling around town by bike. Part two is a playful bob and weave, slipping between the serious and the absurd, wondering if there is a difference. Part three slices down the coast in Chile, the way one cuts into an avocado, hungry for the ripe spirit inside. In the final section, he gives the band free reign, moving into a smooth cacophony of form and improvisation.

 

If, as Edmond Jabès says, "Every work is a hymn from the other side of memory to a memory that is spellbound," then Fifteen Stones is Czury's hymnal and he is both choir and conductor, leading all of his ghosts in glorious song.

 

IN PRINT. $20 USD

$2.00 shipping & handling

Purchase here, or email craigczury @ gmail.com

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THUMB NOTES ALMANAC:
Hitchhiking The Marcellus Shale

2016 - FootHills Publishing

87 pages, Paperback, Hand-Stitched Binding

 

A poignant and timely collection of "docu-poems" crafted from a collage of voices gathered while Czury stuck out his thumb, hitchhiking Pennsylvania Route 29 in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties during the height of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the region. The result is a fascinating, multi-voice snap-shot album, or almanac, of people and their varied thoughts while living through a dramatic energy play. 

 

IN PRINT. $20 USD

$2.00 shipping & handling

Purchase here, or email craigczury @ gmail.com

Also available:
"Never Mind The Trucks"
(Non Pensare ai Camion)
In Italian - by Craig Czury and Aldo Villagrossi

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GOD's SHINY GLASS EYE - Seco

2016 - FootHills Publishing

87 pages, Paperback, Hand-Stitched Binding

 

A poignant and timely collection of "docu-poems" crafted from a collage of voices gathered while Czury stuck out his thumb, hitchhiking Pennsylvania Route 29 in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties during the height of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the region. The result is a fascinating, multi-voice snap-shot album, or almanac, of people and their varied thoughts while living through a dramatic energy play. 

 

IN PRINT. $20 USD

$2.00 shipping & handling

Purchase here, or email craigczury @ gmail.com

Also available:
"Never Mind The Trucks"
(Non Pensare ai Camion)
In Italian - by Craig Czury and Aldo Villagrossi

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KITCHEN OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

2016 - FootHills Publishing

87 pages, Paperback, Hand-Stitched Binding

 

A poignant and timely collection of "docu-poems" crafted from a collage of voices gathered while Czury stuck out his thumb, hitchhiking Pennsylvania Route 29 in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties during the height of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the region. The result is a fascinating, multi-voice snap-shot album, or almanac, of people and their varied thoughts while living through a dramatic energy play. 

 

IN PRINT. $20 USD

$2.00 shipping & handling

Purchase here, or email craigczury @ gmail.com

Also available:
"Never Mind The Trucks"
(Non Pensare ai Camion)
In Italian - by Craig Czury and Aldo Villagrossi

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FIFTEEN STONES

2017 - New York Quarterly Books (NYQ Books)

84 pages, Paperback    http://books.nyq.org/title/fifteen_stones

 

In Fifteen Stones, Craig Czury traverses multiple continents, dimensions and decades. It is a magnetic web of words, woven from fish scales, seaweed, handlebars and tire treads, reaching across an ephemeral geography between coast lines and chalk lines. Czury steps neatly out of the white space on his page, pats his hair down like since a kid, and dives into the form of prose for these poems.

 

Written in four sections, part one is from northern Italy, written while tooling around town by bike. Part two is a playful bob and weave, slipping between the serious and the absurd, wondering if there is a difference. Part three slices down the coast in Chile, the way one cuts into an avocado, hungry for the ripe spirit inside. In the final section, he gives the band free reign, moving into a smooth cacophony of form and improvisation.

 

If, as Edmond Jabès says, "Every work is a hymn from the other side of memory to a memory that is spellbound," then Fifteen Stones is Czury's hymnal and he is both choir and conductor, leading all of his ghosts in glorious song.

 

IN PRINT. $20 USD

$2.00 shipping & handling

Purchase here, or email craigczury @ gmail.com

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