A Walk Through The City: My changing landscape By Doug Holder

A beautiful piece by Doug Holder at The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Blog

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Poets and Poetry in the News


Poet reads in Las Vegas Lounge


The poetry on Washington’s poet laureate’s shelf


NC’s controversial poet laureate resigns


The price of pillow cleaners


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry


Poet finds her work flows well from Hot Springs


Of forgotten poets: The elegist of Peshawar fights a lonely battle for his life


Noted cowboy poets to perform at Dangberg Historic Park


Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?


Everybody Should Write Poetry


The Best Cheesteak in Philly- Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop

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Philadelphia is a bastion for the culinary arts but when it comes to cheesesteak, no one has perfected this delight quite like Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop. These steaks delight the palate like no other in the City of Philadelphia or the Delaware Valley. In addition to the finest steaks in the city, Joe’s has great milkshakes, fountain sodas and if this doesn’t leave you full, (unlikely), you can get a great desert. Not to be cliché but if you have tried the tired old places downtown or the Roxborough joints, you need to give Joe’s a try, you will keep coming back after one visit.

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You can order in advance as Joe’s is normally packed, there is street parking available, be patient, it is worth the wait. Vist Joe’s at http://joessteaks.com/

6030 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19135

If you been to Joe’s or after you go don’t forget to vote for them at the Philly Hot List:


Ryerss Poetry Workshop – October 4th


Spots are filling quickly

A poetry workshop will be held on October 4th by Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, at Ryerss Museum and Library. There are only 10 spots available, of which 4 have been filled. For more information please visit:



Modern American and British Poetry – Anthology- Louis Untermeyer


A look back…


 Untermeyer begins the foreword of this anthology first published in 1922

“Modern” is, perhaps, the most misleading adjective in the dictionary. There is no term more fluctuant and elusive, that shifts its meanings with greater rapidity, that turns its back so quickly upon those ardent champions who defended it most stubbornly. The present merges so swiftly into the past that today’s definition of modernity may seem, after the shortest of intervals, an apology for some safely enshrined tradition. 

In the preface Untermeyer offers a look at the changing American literary landscape, defining when American poets came into their own, reflecting the nation in words as opposed to the literary establishment that failed to embrace the changing nation and remained tethered to England. This history highlights the revolution that was Whitman and Dickinson to Sandberg, Amy Lowell, H.D., Langston Hughes, Frost, and western frontier poetry that enchanted the nation by the likes of Bret Harte, John Hay, Edward Rowland Sill and Joaquin Miller.

This first half of this anthology contains the work of 83 American poets with two distinct threads. The shooting stars and those who faced harsh criticism, endured, who even today influence poets. Untermeyer offers up a history of each poet prior to a set of poems. This in itself is worth the read, as history is a good thing to know.

I picked up my copy at a used book store. It is in very good condition although well read. You can find a copy at Amazon for a whopping $.074 for a hard copy. An anthology and history of poets for under a buck, how can you beat that?


Next time we will have a look at the Brits.

IMG_9390-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. You can find him at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/



Sketches From The Porch – F Omar Telan

Some sketches by F. Omar Telan from Poets on the Porch 2014 at Ryerss Museum and Library. Mel Brake-Mike Cohen-George Wyelsol, Maria Masington, Frank Wilson, Hayden Saunier, Bernadette McBride.

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telanbycristinokeefeaptowiczF. Omar Telan was born in Industrial Philadelphia during the 1876 centennial. With his decidedly halo halo background, Omar adds a singular perspective to Asian American expression. Neo-Futuristic, omgsototallygoth, and absolutely suburban fabulous, Omar appeals to his fellow artist who understands how satire sometimes involves eating children. Boom-bastic and introverted, he fascinates the casual audience with his ability to plumb the underbelly of his own psyche while simultaneously appreciating delicious, chilled plums. You can read the poetry of F. Omar Telan in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/Telan.html and visit his website at http://www.telan.org/

Reading Series on Break – But We Will Be Out and About

diane-sahms-guarnieri-reads-at-book-launch-10-15-11-017The Fox Chase Reading Series will be on summer break until September 28th when the series returns with MM Wittle and Rodger Lowenthal at Ryerss Museum and Library. Please note the new start time of 1 p.m. Schedule here: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FCR2014ReadingSchedule.pdf

Where We Will Be During the Summer


July 23rd @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

South Jersey Poets Collective

Dante Hall Theater – Richard Stockton College

14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City New Jersey

August 4th @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter

Stone Soup Poetry Series

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery

106 Prospect Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 

August 27th @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri –g emil reutter- Mel Brake

Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub

August 27th @ 7 p.m.

1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

September 19th @ 7p.m.

g emil reutter – Noah Cutler

Fabio and Danny’s Station Café

Wayne Train Station

135 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087

September 27th @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri – g emil reutter and Others

“The Jackson Inn Presents: Breakout the Straight Jacket…An Evening of Poetry and Music.”

Jackson Inn, 101 North Dupont Road, Wilmington, De. 19801