Category Archives: Philadelphia Poetry Scene

Hands Turning the Earth by Bill Wunder

wunder-handsPaperback: 84 pages
Publisher: WordTech Communications (June 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1625490941
ISBN-13: 978-1625490940
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Reviewed by g emil reutter
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There are some poets who become stuck in the murky past, never wanting to leave the warm bubbling places of their comfort zone. Bill Wunder is not one of those poets. Hands Turning the Earth is a collection of poems that include the past always moving toward the future.
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Wunder writes of riding bikes in the fog of mosquito trucks, his mother cooking pot roast in a Levittown kitchen, of Agent Orange falling upon him from the sky in Vietnam and the cancer ward at the V.A. hospital. Wunder is insightful, deliberate as he tells us of birds in the Vermont Mountains, of the Promised Land in sobering lines, “to wither and fade, never to see the milk and honey of spring, another Moses, Forsaken.”
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The poet discovers the need to believe again in the birches of Vermont in the poem, Walking my Dog in Vermont. It really isn’t a poem about walking a dog, but of more, the need to believe. An excerpt:
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The sky has shattered
and tumbled down
like when you said you no longer
loved me and moved out.
The entire world crackled
and remains in pieces.
The birches have shed the ice
but are hunched, one by one, each
A monument to trauma.
Pablo pulls us home
to the warmth of wood stove,
comfort of rocking chair
and dependability of books.
I follow needing
Something to believe in again.
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And here is the essence of Hands Turning the Earth, the need for something to believe in, something to move on toward.  
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g-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA) http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Reading Series Booked for 2015

The Fox Chase Reading Series

For those inquiring, The Fox Chase Reading Series is booked for the 2015 Season. Schedule will be released in December.

The Summer 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is now live

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The Summer 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is now live for your reading pleasure

Poetry by: Vinita Agrawal, Andrea Applebee, Jose Angel Araguz, Peter Baroth, Mike Cohen, Erin Dorney, Zach Fishel, Kristina Moriconi, Ariana Nadia Nash, Salvwi Prasad, Zvi A. Sesling, Kimmika Williams Witherspoon

Fiction by: Katie Cortese, Beverly Romain and J. Erin Sweeney

The Fox Chase Review can be found here:  http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/

Remembering Lawren Bale …

From Dave Worrell

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Delaware Valley poet Lawren Bale passed away last summer. Lawren was much loved in the local poetry scene.  Area poets will participate in a memorial for Lawren, read his poems and share stores of Lawren. Tech savvy, Lawren worked  diligently at HNS Hermes Internet Design. He was a devoted husband to his wife Martina and father to Annabelle Jean Elisabeth.  Lawren traveled through life with an eye always to adventure and learning.

Active in the poetry scene in the Delaware Valley Lawren Bale read his poetry at a number of venues to include The Mad Poets Society, Bolingbroke Reading Series, Blam and Friends of Poetry where he also assisted in hosting with long time friend Arlene Bernstein.  He also hosted 2nd Thursdays Poetry at the Leonard Nelson Gallery in Bryn Mawr.

The memorial will be held :

Sunday, August 3 at 4:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 196 Woodbine Avenue, Narberth, PA

You can learn more about Lawren Bale here: http://www.narberthpa.com/Bale/bio.htm

Books by Lawren Bale:  http://www.narberthpa.com/Bale/lsbale_dop/dopindex.htm

Read the poetry of Lawren Bale on line at:

The Fox Chase Review: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/LawrenBale.html

Poets on the Great Recession: http://poetsonrecession.blogspot.com/2011/12/lawren-bale.html

 

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/

 

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

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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/

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/