Featured Titles from Marick Press


Ministry of,
Emergency Situations

by Todd Swift

This collection
displays an
amazing poetic breadth
bounding from popular
culture to religion to family. 




No One's

by Paul Celan
translated by David Young

The more difficult the work
the more likely Young
is to find the perfect
modern colloquial and
emotional equivalents
emotional equivalents
in western prosody. 






Flea Song

by Richard Frost

Richard Frost makes it easy
for us to enter his poems,
but what happens next
is typically unexpected, sometimes
demanding, sometimes delightful,
but consistently offering his readers 
the gift of appreciative surprise. 




  • Ministry of Emergency Situations by Todd Swift

  • No One's Rose by Paul Celan

  • Mephisto's Flea Song by Richard Frost



David Young

Paperback - Summer 2010 
134 Pages
ISBN10: 1-934851-13-2
ISBN13: 978-1-934851-13-5
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Celan’s English language readers, and readers to come, will be deeply grateful for this new translation of his second book. I admire David Young’s clear and respectful introduction, generous to his colleagues in Celan translation, and helpful in providing a broad context for this poetry; and I admire, especially, his faithfulness in spirit as he becomes a “water-diviner” of Celan’s work. Young is a subtle, trusting reader of the ways this poet of poets took — as he had to — to create a completely new poetry.

— Jean Valentine


About the Author, Paul Celan

Paul Celan, now widely acknowledged as one the most important poets of the twentieth century, built a poetic vocabulary with which to express, slowly and painfully, the losses he had endured: his parents, victims of the Nazi death-camps; his fellow Jews of Europe; his native country, Romania, from which he fled the Stalinist takeover; and the poetic language, German, which had been so thoroughly corrupted and misused by the Third Reich. His reconstituting of German as a literary language, along with other writers like Günter Eich and Nelly Sachs, remains one of the most redemptive acts of our time. He died in 1970.

About the Translator, David Young

David YoungDavid Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Black Lab (2006) and of Seasoning: A Poet's Year (1999). He has also translated a wide range of poets, including authors such as Rilke, Petrarch, Miroslav Holub, Montale, and Du Fu. This collection is the first of three by Celan that he is undertaking to present in their entirety. He presently works as an editor at Oberlin College Press.


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Sept24The Poets’ Follies Reading Series, sponsored by Marick Press and The Oakland University Writing Center, will feature the poetry of David Young, Todd Swift and Jason Storms at 6:30PM. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session.
Wednesday September 24, 2014
6:30PM, Room 212, Kresge Library at Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309 
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