"In this generous selection from privately printed chapbooks of recent years the mature poet is revealed in her various voices: spiritual seeker, religious sage, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, traveler, lover, political critic, compassionate protester, student of current affairs, world questioner. Her tone ranges from wonder and awe to grief and disbelief, her acute sensitivity and active consciousness constantly engaged in earthy yet transcendent realms of perception. The pleasures of sensory awareness and the joys of human interconnection permeate even the most tragic of Stock’s insights. An aura of mystery suffuses every sentence. The depth of experience rendered here defies description except in its own words recording an ever-elusive understanding. Alternately lyrical, prosaic, magical, dreamlike and experimental, these writings are the rich harvest of a constantly inquiring, intelligent and restless heart".
—Stephen Kessler, Poet and literary translator, author of Moving Targets: On Poets, Poetry & Translation
A NOISE IN THE GARDEN was published by Kelsay Books in February
2022. It can be ordered directly from the publisher or from Amazon ,
or wherever you buy your poetry books!
Written over a period of ten years these poems range widely as young Amparo moves from her grief at the death of her father, the Argentine journalist and cultural force Ramiro Casasbellas, out into a world written both large and small. Because from her earliest years she was exposed to her father’s library, such literary greats as Pablo Neruda (whose funeral her father attended clandestinely), Octavio Paz, Miguel Hernández, Federico García Lorca, Oliverio Girondo, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, and Rubén Darío, Casasbellas-Alconada was deeply grounded in her literary tradition before she even picked up the pen to write these poems. One imagines her sitting on a public square in Oviedo, Spain, or in the shade of a tree on a country road as she incorporates both the grand architecture of a Spanish church and the tiny huts dotting a hillside of rural Argentina into her work.
Your excellency free will. Excelentísimo albedrío: Edición billingüe / Translated by Doreen Stock with Marcelo Holot (Spanish Edition) Published by Prosa Amerian Editores; 1st edition (July 11, 2021)
Available as an ebook on Amazon
Bye Bye Blackbird, Doreen Stock explores the last days of her 93-year-old mother, Annetta Winnick. In this theme-based (rather than chronological) suite of poems, we move in mythic time and through the moments of loss and conveyance that characterized this woman's journey toward the end of her life-always against the background of the mother-daughter relationship.
Doreen Stock is a master of her craft, and her newest collection of poems captures her mother’s last days and beyond with heart- wrenching grace, beauty, humanity, and artistry. Each poem is a jewel, a layered world of story, memory, love and senses, light and dark. Her work does what only the best art can: it connects readers with what it is to love, to lose, and to be fully alive in this world. You will keep this book on your shelf as a reminder of what matters, and you will want to come back to it again and again.
Freelance Journalist and Writer, The New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine
Bye Bye Blackbird Published 2021, by The Poetry Box
In this book of poems and prose-poems charmingly depicting the international love affair of a middle-aged Argentinian and a middle-aged Californian, Doreen Stock's sensitively brilliant language at times reaches that state of delirium that the lover in everyone will recognize and hail.
A work of insight and splendid surprise. The poet asks, “What happens to this small souvenir of brief happiness?” The evidence of what is discovered is all over these brilliant poems. This collection is an exceptional and enduring delight.
––––Leah Huete de Maines
Tango Man Published July 2020, by Finishing Line Press.
Available on Amazon.com and at Finishing Line Press
Printed 2019 in a first edition of 150 copies and published by Norfolk Press, San Francisco, California
"With her poet’s pen, Doreen Stock brings her own remembered experience to life on every page of this haunting memoir—the story of a woman navigating her daily roles as wife, mother, writer, political activist. Each word waxes rich with the everyday texture of living—the quiet moments between husband and wife, the family breakfast rituals, the soccer matches, the fragrance of violets. Because Ms. Stock conveys so vividly the sanctity of each observed moment, her book also conveys her deep concern with all that threaten to destroy it—the guns, the nuclear threat. More than a memoir, really, My Name is Ycontemplates what it means to be awake to the beauty and the challenge of being alive in our own times".
– Jaqueline Kudler,
Poet, Memoir and Literature Instructor, College of Marin
"The voice is lyrical and the overall tone poignant, with even moments of joy often being threaded through with an awareness of complicity in and responsibility to stand against the world’s injustices."
- Kirkus Review
Printed in a first edition of 80 copies and published in 2018 by Norfolk Press, San Francisco, California. Available for purchase at Norfolk Press: https://norfolkpress.com/three-tales-from-the-archives-of-love-doreen-stock
A chapbook-length interview in which Marcelo Holot answers six questions posed by Doreen Stock covering his early years, his life as a student protester during the Dirty Wars, and his subsequent career as a journalist in Buenos Aires.
Published in a first edition of 80 copies by Mine Gallery Editions of Fairfax, California. Printed and bound by Norfolk Press, San Francisco, California
Doreen Stock has contributed important literary works of poetry, memoir and essays for more than four decades. Her reflection on both social and political issues in the post-modern era provide powerful insights into the deeply personal considerations of moral and ethical boundaries and what it means to be alive in heart and mind. Stock turns the many-faceted prism of a feminist perspective, from that of mother and lover, to that of an impassioned witness of global events. She speaks as a resident of many nations - Israel, Greece, and the US - and as a literary translator.
With a forward by poet/activist Jack Hirschman, In Place of Me is a collection of the most thought-provoking and relevant poems from her work to date. Appearing with works selected by Hirschman from chapbooks spanning ten years’ of writing, In Place of Me underscores the power and depth of Stock’s work. As a collection, the poems deliver an extraordinary lens to review the high-speed events that ushered in the twenty-first century, and her reckoning of unsettling times gives us the weight to pause and consider how we live now.
"Stock has become an become an expert at controlling the speeds of her poems, and this auto-motive aspect of poetic expression is not something to be scoffed at––not simply because most people's minds spend an hour or two a day in motion in cars, but because that motion and the inner workings of mind and heart have played important parts in shaping or reshaping our poetry."
––Jack Hirschman, from the Introduction
In Place of Me (Mine Gallery Editions/June 2015/ISBN 978-0-9909203-1-1/Trade Paperback $18.00) available for purchase on Amazon: HERE