Category Archives: literary news

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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http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2014/07/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none_21.html

Poets and Poetry in the News

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Poet reads in Las Vegas Lounge

http://www.latimes.com/nation/great-reads/la-na-c1-las-vegas-poet-20140718-story.html#page=1

The poetry on Washington’s poet laureate’s shelf

http://crosscut.com/2014/07/18/books/120985/book-recommendation-elizabeth-austen-poet-laureate/

NC’s controversial poet laureate resigns

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/17/4012769/ncs-disputed-poet-laureate-resigns.html

The price of pillow cleaners

http://rapidcityjournal.com/lifestyles/columnists/ted-kooser/american-life-in-poetry-the-price-of-pillow-cleaners/article_40f70082-d351-5ea0-9225-2ec9e717d8a0.html

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/20/t-a-k-e-h-e-a-r-t-a-conversation-in-poetry-7/

Poet finds her work flows well from Hot Springs

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2014/jul/20/poet-finds-her-work-flows-well-hot-springs/?f=trilakes

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

http://tribune.com.pk/story/738554/of-forgotten-poets-the-elegist-of-peshawar-fights-a-lonely-battle-for-his-life/

Noted cowboy poets to perform at Dangberg Historic Park

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/2014/07/20/noted-cowboy-poets-perform-dangberg-historic-park/12876943/

Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-r-enszer/are-too-many-people-writi_b_5560772.html

Everybody Should Write Poetry

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2014/07/everybody-should-write-poetry/

Ryerss Poetry Workshop – October 4th

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As of 7/24 all spots are filled.

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:

http://www.ryerssmuseum.org/2014/07/13/adult-poetry-workshop/

 

Modern American and British Poetry – Anthology- Louis Untermeyer

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A look back…

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 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?

http://www.amazon.com/Modern-American-Poetry-British-Anthology/dp/B000HI34UI

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/

 

 

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

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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

Report from Poets on the Porch 2014

State Rep Mark Cohen and Poet Diane Sahms-GuarnieriOn this warm July Sunday afternoon poets gathered on the porch of Ryerss Museum and Library for the 4th installment of Poets on the Porch. State Representative Mark Cohen of Philadelphia kicked off the day presenting Diane Sahms-Guarnieri with a Pennsylvania State Citation in honor of her decade of volunteer community service in the promotion of the art of poetry, through promotion of poets in live venues, workshops, in volunteer editorships of literary publications and her current position as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library.

Hosts Rodger Lowenthal and Bruce Kramer

Although our initial lineup changed, the audience was treated to a wide array of poetic styles ranging from realism, surrealism, avant-garde, cowboy, spoken word, performance and formal poetry. A beautiful mix of diverse voices on the porch.

The presentation was followed by the first set of poets reading on the porch hosted by Bruce Kramer. Poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, g emil reutter, Noah Cutler, Frank Wilson, George Wylesol and Mel Brake read in the first set.

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The second set of poets reading hosted by Rodger Lowenthal followed as the July temperature climbed to an appreciative crowd. Poets Elizabeth Akin Stelling, F. Omar Telan, Bernadette McBride, Maria Masington, Mike Cohen and Hayden Saunier read in the second set.

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Thanks to this talented and eclectic group of poets and to the great crowd who appreciated their work. More photos from Poets on the Porch 2014 can be viewed at this link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157624536350361/

Jack Kerouac & Ed White – Where Celine Raged

A new release from Bottle of Smoke Press

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Letters, 12pp. Book measures 7″ x 10″. Contains two letters, one from each author, from 1949. Cover lettering and internal artwork by FAILE. Tipped in photograph frontispiece.

An amazing pair of letters written when Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) had just sold his first novel (The Town and the City) and Ed White (1925-) was living the life of a young American in Paris. Jack Kerouac and Ed White met in 1946 at Columbia University and maintained a lifelong friendship. Ed White appears in On the Road as “Tim Gray” and in Visions of Cody as “Ed Gray”. He is credited with suggesting, in 1951, that Kerouac try “sketching with words rather than writing conventionally.”

You can find it here: www.bospress.net/order.html

Poetry in the News

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Cowboy Poetry & Music comes to Sherwood Hall

http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/life/2014/07/09/cowboy-poetry-music-comes-sherwood-hall/12411831/

Let the light in: how Memphis grew a national poetry champion

http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2014/07/08/let-the-light-in-how-memphis-grew-a-national-poetry-champion/#.U76AtvldWR4

Sidewalk poetry debuts in Appleton

http://fox11online.com/2014/07/09/sidewalk-poetry-debuts-in-appleton/

Hear great poets of the past via the Poetry Archive

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/06/hear-great-poets-of-past-via-poetry-archive

Crowd funded poetry on love

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Crowd-funded-poetry-on-love/2014/07/10/article2322572.ece

Joseph Lee: Dundee’s forgotten war poet

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27602625

After 65 years writing poetry, local Texas Poet Laureate still seeking and finding surprises

http://www.themonitor.com/life/valley_life/after-years-writing-poetry-local-texas-poet-laureate-still-seeking/article_6f99ccd4-05fb-11e4-85d2-0017a43b2370.html

How Tunisians Are Fighting Free-Speech Limitations With Slam Poetry

https://news.vice.com/article/how-tunisians-are-fighting-free-speech-limitations-with-slam-poetry

Poet’s Former Hartford Home Could Become Museum

http://www.ctnow.com/business/hc-wallace-stevens-hartford-conn-home-museum-20140709,0,2032788.story

 

 

Poets on the Porch – July 13th @ 1 p.m.

scenes-from-poets-on-the-porch-2013-045 Poets and lovers of poetry will gather on the Victorian porch of Ryerss Museum and Library for the 4th installment of The Fox Chase Reading Series – Poets on the Porch. 14 Poets will read their original work on July 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 7370 Central Ave. in Philadelphia, Pa. 19111 atop the hill at Burholme Park. The event will be hosted by Rodger Lowenthal and Bruce Kramer. For the lineup please click: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/poets-on-the-porch-2014/

The Words of Rutkowski and Smith float on the Warm Summer Breeze

IMG_9355IMG_9349On a warm June Sunday Thaddeus Rutkowski and Curtis Smith shared fiction at the featured poets/writers series at Ryerss. The featured readers were followed in the open mic by: Bruce Kramer, Rodger Lowenthal, Stuart Roberts, James Feichthalor, Lester Mobley, Robert Zell, F Omar Telan, Russell Reece, Robert Hambling Davis, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and David Matthew. Photographs of this event can be viewed here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/