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Tending by Laura Grace Weldon

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Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Aldrich Press (November 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615913423
ISBN-13: 978-0615913421
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Reviewed by: g emil reutter 
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Laura Grace Weldon has a gentle brutal voice in this exceptional collection of poems. It is reflected in the opening stanza and closing two stanzas of Ruminating, a poem about the family cow.
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Animals are incapable
of higher thought and emotions
or so I was taught
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She moves to the last two stanzas, the gentle Isabelle is observing the farm family as she relaxes in the pasture along the fence line, ruminating….
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Isabelle regards us
from the nearby fence line
her soft lips moving
as she chews, ruminating.
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Our breath hangs in the cold air
smelling of her son
roasted with onion, herbs, wine
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In Santa Clara County V. Southern Pacific Railroad, Weldon reflects wealth traveling through rural poverty with images that pop from the page:
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The day a car uncoupled,
spilling frozen beef,
armed guards arrived to destroy the cargo
but hungry people pushed onto the tracks
They bent gladly all the way home
Bearing suppers heavy promise.
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Torn hillside nearly empty, still
those who know what it is to be broken
stand on crushed grass
staring at tracks
leading away from here.
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The poem, Making it Work, concerning domestic strife, the wife is surrounded…
Where everything is beige and brown framed in flowered wall paper.
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In these poems Weldon creates images that reflect not only the beauty of rural American life but of the brutal reality that it truly is.
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g emil reutter 2-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA) https://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Nude Descending an Empire by Sam Taylor

nudeSeries: Pitt Poetry Series

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (August 9, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0822963043

ISBN-13: 978-0822963042

Reviewed by: g emil reutter

   Poet Sam Taylor’s Nude Descending an Empire is a collection driven by the moment with an occasional glance over his shoulder. Taylor writes poems that are created by surroundings and events, more often than not he avoids modern poetry’s preoccupation with self, although he dips his keyboard there every so often.
   He brings us to old Europe into the dust and sand of places we may not want to be, to the heartland and swamps of North America. In the poem, Jataka Tales, he writes
I can’t stop dreaming of maps/ but from my life as a stone/ I have yet to speak.
   And then there is his visit to China, when surrounded by locals he attempts to speak to them in their language, not knowing he was using the wrong tone. Poet and shit use the same structure but with different tones, so when asked what he does in the poem The Book of Poetry, he responds in the wrong tone, I am a shit man. I write shit and repeating it. A shit person, I write books of shit. Understand?
     I am glad to say Taylor doesn’t write books of shit. A great example are a few words from the poem The Book of Winter, which knowingly or not, Taylor gives a nod to Sandburg.
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In the pasture
heaven is falling
into heaven
into the bare willows
and oaks, and cottonwoods,
over the vertical
exhaust pipes
of parked semis,
their white cabs
with painted blue
flames.
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This collection of poems by Sam Taylor is worth the read, you should pick up a copy.

You can check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Nude-Descending-Empire-Poetry-Series/dp/0822963043

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

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/