On a Sunday Night
Before an Election
a one-poem chapbook by
On a Sunday Night Before an Election is a Red Shuttleworth one-poem chapbook presented by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition of 32 copies. The poem is from Red Shuttleworth's in-progress, late-year project, Gold Rock Notebook.
This chapbook poem gives attention to Red Shuttleworth's maternal grandfather, Serge Moiseevich Odnovalenko (1901-1992).
Odnovalenko (or Valenko as he named himself in America) was predisposed to abrupt violence. Other Russian immigrants in San Francisco (1923-1975) feared him, gave him a wide berth. His first wife called him, without affection, "Tatar," "Cossack," and "Mongol." He ate salted steak and eggs for breakfast every morning, drank a bottle of booze daily, and lived to be at least ninety-one.
Serge Odnovalenko, 1930's