Publisher: Asahina & Wallace (October 21, 2013)
We normally concentrate on poetry and fiction here at The Fox Chase Review, but over the last week or so I had a visit with Sandburg’s Lincoln. While Lincoln is the core of this six volume set, Sandburg wraps not only national events but world events and progress around Lincoln. As you read through the volumes, the change in our manner of communication abounds, cruelty of war, intrigue of politics and society, slaves in the south, wage slaves in the north, the ever expanding movement west and the inventive minds at work across the United States. These events and the people involved come to life as the pages of this work unfold. Each volume contains poetry by not only poets of the day but by Lincoln himself, an extra bonus I believe.
These volumes reveal a country in transformation socially, economically, and scientifically. Throughout the volumes I was struck by not only the violence of the civil war in the United States but the daily violence of society in general in the developing democracy. Lincoln by Carl Sandburg is not only worth a visit by people in the United States in order to gain a knowledge of our past but for those in developing nations who strive toward freedom and democracy. There are lessons for all to learn from this masterpiece by Sandburg.
For those in the Philadelphia area who desire to read the six volumes of Lincoln by Carl Sandburg, you can find the set at Ryerss Musuem and Library, http://www.ryerssmuseum.org/ , simply fill out a library card and check them out. Others can check local libraries or surf the web for a copy.
-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). You can visit him at http://gereutter.wordpress.com/
Red Glass Books – December 2013
Review by: Marcelle Thiébaux
Here is a riveting collection of Thaddeus Rutkowski’s brief, emotional pieces touching on childhood and parenthood. The focus appears to be on the author’s own present-day family, where a young, lively, teen-age daughter is at the heart.
There are forays into the past and toward other nearby families–even to a couple of vulnerable young birds watching tv from their nest (“Family of Birds”) contributing to the capriciousness often present. The parental mood is protective, responsible and loving–with a frequent whimsical quality, as in “Father Figures?” and “The Truth about the Tooth Fairy.” Not to mention the fantasy of “Sitting on the Ceiling,” where daughter suggests “I know how we could have more space…. We could use the ceiling as the floor.” The eeriness and paranormal genre of “Lost in Space” doesn’t lose any of the psychological reality of how this family interacts; in fact, the story deepens this relationship. The personalities of father, daughter and mother emerge with vividness in their individual voices and attitudes; the parents’ conscientiousness and anxieties, the daughter’s inquiring, venturesome, playful and serious moods.
There’s often a bitter-sweet flavor–as with warning fears of other scary, untrustworthy fathers who may like children the wrong way (“My Absent Father” and “Riding Alone”). Intensely moving meditations on mortality are in “Scary Dream,” and “Dear Daughter.” Overall, “Child World” is both wide-ranging and specific, a pleasure to savor in small, delicious bites.
Check out the book here: http://janetkaplan-litworks.com/red_glass_books_store
-Marcelle Thiébaux is the author of books and articles on medieval literature, among them, The Stag of Love: The Chase in Medieval Literature; The Writings of Medieval Women; and Dhuoda: Handbook for her Warrior Son. She has written about women of all centuries, including British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and American Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Glasgow. http://www.marcellethiebaux.com/
Publisher: Brown Critique- Sampark Books
Review by: g emil reutter.
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Publisher: Red Dashboard LLC (November 9, 2013)
Review by Dennis Daly
You can check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Belonging-Joshua-Gray/dp/1492993506/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391856155&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=Principles+of+Being+by+Joshua+Gray
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.