Dubrava’s Books

THE RED SEA (El Mar Rojo)
by Rafael Courtoisie
Translated by Patricia Dubrava

Rafael Courtoisie lives and works in Montevideo, Uruguay and has won numerous international awards for his poetry and fiction, including the 2002 Jaime Sabines International Poetry Prize. The Red Sea, the second in a trilogy of short fiction collections, is his first English publication from SRLR Press.

Thirteen short stories depict apocalyptic scenarios of people destroyed or corrupted by society or technology gone awry. The title story presents a nightmarish vision of survival in a post-holocaust world where contaminated water takes on the biblical symbolism of the Red Sea. Stories include “The Trophy,” “The Uprising,” “Eratostenes,” “The Storm,” and “The Persistence of the Weak.”

Cover photo by J. Michael Robbins.

The Red Sea
102 pp., 6×9 in., wrappers
ISBN 0-9724542-1-7
$15.00 each plus $3.00 shipping





Patricia’s second collection of poetry was a finalist for the 1995 Colorado Book Award. Published by James Andrews & Co., Inc. in 1994 with a cover painting and design by Phil Normand this book is in very short supply.

“These are wide-ranging poems that settle terrain both strange and familiar, poems that bridge dualities and move easily from humor to solemnity.” — Linda Hogan, author of Mean Spirit and People of the Whale

“The centerpiece grandmother poems are worth the whole book—a personal, sympathetic and humorous study of one of the poet’s favorite people. Dubrava writes with an understanding of how language turns a trip into an odyssey.” — Len Fulton, publisher, Dustbooks

Holding The Light
103 pp., 6×9 in., wrappers
ISBN 0-9614643-4-8
$10.25 plus $3.00 shipping





Patricia’s first book of poetry was a tour de force for a new writer. Published by Bread & Butter Press in 1981 and illustrated by New Mexico artist Nancy Bohm, this beautifully designed book is a gem of small press printing.

“Urioste’s collection of poetry gives reader an extended study of women’s issues in the latter half of the 20th Century. She selects topics, such as menstruation and breast cancer, typically associated with women and discusses them openly and, sometimes, painfully, but gives these topics voice nonetheless. Women readers will certainly find some kinship with the women in the poems. Urioste then moves onto additional topics, including women aging and women’s response to cultural fairy tales that suggest some handsome male will ‘rescue’ a lady in distress. Urioste’s language is comfortable and accessible, and young adult readers should be encouraged to peruse this collection. At the same time, adult readers may find a familiar face waiting in the words.” — Dr. Rita Jones, University of Northern Colorado

Long out of print, a small number are still available from the author.

Choosing The Moon
68pp., 6×9 in., wrappers
Original edition limited to 1,000 copies. Now out of print. Small number still available
$20.00 plus $3.00 shipping


2 Responses to Dubrava’s Books

  1. Pat,
    I enjoyed reading your blog this morning. I would like to purchase your book Holding the Light. How do I go about doing that?

    • Pat Dubrava says:

      Hi, Sue, new PayPal buttons have been added. Just click on the one you want and it’ll take you to PayPal to order the book from Normand Design. Thanks!

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