Poetry and Social Media

And so National Poetry Month is coming to an end. Festivals, events, group activities, readings, recommended poetry collections, thousands of reviews will soon fade into time. Then there is the modern need for social media popularity in venues such as Facebook, twitter, blogs and other outlets to promote poets and their poetry. It all seems to be a diversion stealing precious time and energy that would be more productively spent in creating poems and the submission process in sharing poetry with other others in publication. I am not condemning the current obsession with social media, we at FCR maintain a well-read blog and a limited presence on Facebook and Twitter as well as photographs on Flickr of poets who read for us and who we come into contact with. We do this out of a responsibility to promote the poets who read for us and with us as well as those published in FCR. We also have been sucked into this need to promote on social media, a media that seems to me to be all about self in an age that privacy has become passé and celebrity a priority.

John Morgan 2012The Poet John Morgan said, “If poetry seems peripheral in our culture, in part it’s because we’ve been distracted by all the trivia around us. But underneath, I sense that something is going on. I feel a rumble. Maybe in the not too distant future poetry will make a comeback. Poetry is the most solitary of the arts but already—as my two park encounters suggest—it plays a part in many people’s lives, a part that isn’t fully recognized by the mass media.”*

Does recognition by mass media include social media? As Morgan states, “Poetry is the most solitary of the arts…” or are we distracted as Morgan says, “If poetry seems peripheral in our culture, in part, it’s because we’ve been distracted by all the trivia around us.” Do we contribute to this distraction by using social media?

jack gilbert

The Poet Jack Gilbert in response to a question concerning his statement that there are two kinds of poetry said, “I think serious poems should make something happen that’s not correct or entertaining or clever. I want something that matters to my heart, and I don’t mean “Linda left me.” I don’t want that. I’ll write that poem, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about being in danger—as we all are—of dying. How can you spend your life on games or intricately accomplished things? And politics? Politics is fine. There’s a place to care for the injustice of the world, but that’s not what the poem is about. The poem is about the heart. Not the heart as in “I’m in love” or “my girl cheated on me”—I mean the conscious heart, the fact that we are the only things in the entire universe that know true consciousness. We’re the only things—leaving religion out of it—we’re the only things in the world that know spring is coming.”**

How does a well-crafted poem fit into social media? As Gilbert states, “I think serious poems should make something happen that’s not correct or entertaining or clever. I want something that matters to my heart…” How would a poem that is serious and not concerned with being entertaining or clever play out on social media?

As much as I would like to believe I am a social animal, enjoying the company of others, in the end poetry is a solitary art, a poet and their thoughts, crafted and put to paper. In a modern society, across the globe that is more concerned with celebrity via social media than substance, I am not quite sure where the art of poetry fits in. What I do know is that poets write poetry because it is who they are and no matter what changes there are in communications, social media included, the poet will always write.

*From 49 Writers

**From the Paris Review

April 12, 2014 007-          g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA)


Amy King is Hungry and Knows What She Wants

I want my poetry and I want to eat too

amy king


Temple Theaters Produces a World Premiere Drama About Bullying

A world premiere production on bullying presented by Temple Theaters.  Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. Adapted and directed by Douglas C. Wager, associate dean of theater, film and media arts, it is based on a pioneering book of the same name by Rachel Simmons, an author and an educator.

odd girl

At the Philadelphia Inquirer:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140423_

At Temple News: http://news.temple.edu/news/2014-04-18/temple-theaters-produces-world-premiere-drama-bullying-0?utm_source=templetoday&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Odd_girl

Ticket information and show dates:



Why Poetry Matters

An article by Pam Allyn



13th (PA) Congressional District Election- Make an Informed Choice

The May 20th primary for the 13th Congressional District offers the voters of the district a wide array of candidates in both the Democrat and Republican primaries. We have chosen to highlight two of those candidates. Democrat Brendan Boyle and Republican Beverly Plosa-Bower. Boyle has served as a representative in the state house representing Northeast Philadelphia. Plosa-Bower has served the nation for over 30 years in the United States Air Force. We have also included websites for Democrats Marjorie Margolis, Val Akroosh, Daylin Leach and Republican Dee Adcock. We urge you to investigate the candidates, make an informed choice and above all vote on May 20th when your vote will count. 



Brendan Boyle: http://voteboyle.com/ 

On the Issues


Excerpt: “As the first person in my family to attend college, I understand the value of higher education. If not for scholarships and student loans, I would not have been able to attend college.”

Health Care

Excerpt: “In Congress I will join the push to create a “Public Option” for health care. I believe it builds on the health care reform legislation by creating more competition, lowering costs and it provides a great way to bring down the deficit.”


Excerpt: “I believe Medicare should be allowed to negotiate for cheaper drug prices. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is able to negotiate for cheaper drug prices and the cost savings are significant. It is illogical that a consumer can buy medicines over the counter more cheaply than Medicare, despite its bulk purchasing power.”


Excerpt: “It is essential that our neighborhoods and our communities remain strong and stable. I am proud to be endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police because of my legislative record in fighting for laws that protect our public and keep our neighborhoods safe.”


Excerpt: “I have always fought for workers. I am proud that over 95% of labor organizations have endorsed my congressional campaign because of my record fighting for working families. We need people in Congress who will stand up for workers.”



Beverly Plosa-Bowserhttp://plosabowser.com/meet-bev/

On the Issues


Excerpt: “America was once the best place on earth to start or expand a small business and it can be again. Free enterprise, business, industry and entrepreneurs create jobs. Small business is the backbone of our economy. I will work to reduce taxes on small business and free them from unnecessary, unwieldy government regulation to invest, grow and create family-sustaining jobs.”


Excerpt: “Because I want to protect the quality of care we have in our country, I support a health care system that keeps you in charge of decisions about your family’s care and minimizes the government role between patients and their doctors. No government policy or office should dictate how patients receive health care.”

National Security

Excerpt: “I believe that a strong America remains the guiding light that shines for freedom across the world. Working closely with our international allies and friends, we must succeed in Afghanistan and keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists and state sponsors of terrorism. I fully support our military forces as they protect our National interests as well as efforts in Congress to develop new technologies and training programs for our first responders to counter new and dangerous threats.”

Social Security

Excerpt: “Social Security is a promise made to those who have paid in to the system. We as a nation must keep our promise. With our economy back on track we can begin to look for meaningful reforms to Social Security that protect the promises we have already made.”


Excerpt: “The basic building block of our nation is the family and as a working mother, I will support and protect families so parents can maintain their parental rights, have the freedom to provide for their needs, bear no more than a reasonable tax burden and support a culture of life.”


The Other Candidates



 Marjorie Margolies: https://www.marjorie2014.com/


Daylin Leach: http://votedaylin.com/


     Val Arkoosh:  http://www.valarkoosh.com/



Carson Dee Adcock : http://www.adcockforcongress.com/

Poets @ Pennypack II – May 10th

amp-at-pennypack-environmental-center The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the second installment of Poets @ Pennypack on May 10, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will host.  The featured poets will be followed by an open reading.

The Lineup

April 12, 2014 007 g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia where he founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series.  Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by Stonegarden.net, Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. Most recently Carvings in November 2010. You can visit him at   http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

nat anderson Nathalie Anderson teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and librettist for three operas, including most recently a version of the Sherlock Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia.” You can read the poetry of Nathalie Anderson in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14nanderson.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/AndersonN.html

michelle Michele A. Belluomini is a poet, storyteller and librarian. Her work has been published in journals such as The Mad Poets Review, Poetry Motel, American Writing, APR: Philly Edition, and most recently in the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others won the 2004 Plan B Press Poetry competition. Her latest release from Plan B Press is signposts for sleepwalkers.  You can read the poetry of Michele A. Belluomini in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/01-MicheleABelluomini.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/20-MicheleABelluomini.html

Dennis Daly has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines and recently nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Ibbetson Street Press published The Custom House, his first full length book of poetry in June, 2012. His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was published by Wilderness House Press in August, 2012. His third book of poems entitles Night Walking with Nathaniel has been accepted for publication by Dos Madres Press. A fourth book is nearing completion. You can read the poetry of Dennis Daly in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14ddaly.html


Lester Mobley was born and raised on Long Island, not far from the birth place of Walt Whitman. Lived most his life in Philadelphia where he resides in Center City, just over a bridge not far from the final resting place of Walt Whitman, whose background is that of a blue-collar tradesman, as was Walt Whitman.  He writes short stories and poems of God, nature, love, jazz, and the socio-political aspects of humanity. They are exemplified in his current book Chapbook, The First Three: Poems by Lester Mobley (Mobley Publishing 2013).  He has been a featured reader throughout the Philadelphia/South Jersey area and participates in open mics whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can read the fiction and poetry of Lester Mobley at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14lmobley.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

chad Chad Parenteau was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island in 1973 and grew up in  Bellingham, Massachusetts.  Graduating high school in 1991, he entered  Framingham State College (Now Framingham State University) and majored in  English.  He learned poetry and prose writing from instructors such as Alan  Feldman and Miriam Levine and studied journalism under Desmond McCarthy. Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans,  the Brownstone Poets series in Brooklyn and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state.  His recent contribution to the reading series is creating and editing its online tribute journal, Spoonful and releasing a limited series of print chapbooks currently availabe through the venue.  Most recently, he has partnered up Stone Soup with Jason Wright’s Oddball Magazine, where he currently serves as a contributing editor and oversees the weekly “Stone Soup Servings” column in addition to collaborating with on a humor column with George Panagopoulos called The Last(ish) Word. You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/07-ChadParenteau.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/16-ChadParenteau.html


A teacher by trade and writer at heart, Richard Okewole fuses his life in his native home of Nigeria with his experiences in the states to create poetry that speaks on many different levels. With an African father and Jamaican mother, Richard touches on topics in his writing that force readers to think outside the conventional box. His set of unpublished poetry have been featured in Polyphony Magazine and Anthology Philly Volume 1, but he spends most of his time teaching fourth grade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he resides. You can read the poetry of Richard Okewole in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/RichardOkewole.html

Michael and Maguire in Fox Chase- April 27th

michaelDMaguireThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on April 27th with Poets Ann E. Michael and Dan Maguire at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.  The reading will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The features will be followed by an open reading.

For more information please view these links: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/michael-and-maguire-april-27th/ Broadsides by Michael and Maquire will be available at the reading: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/fcr-broadsides-14-6-and-14-7-available-april-27th/