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A Road Well Traveled

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FCR has enjoyed a great run, publishing 21 issues of The Fox Chase Review , an international review of poetry and fiction  over seven years. Presented hundreds of poets and writers at our featured reading series, open mic and outdoor poetry events. Thanks to our poetry editor and Broadside publisher, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. Fiction editors Russell Reece, Robert Hambling Davis, Sandra Davidson, T.G. Davidson, O.L. Barnes. Creative non-fiction editor MM Wittle. Our  occasional reading series hosts, F. Omar Telan, Bruce Kramer, Rodger Lowenthal and Mel Brake.  Thanks to our web editors, Katie Reutter and Sandra Davidson who made the review possible on line.

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Our blog has been widely read, full of  book reviews, essays, poetry and literary news, interviews of poets and writers as well as area news. . We thank all those who contributed to the blog. The main focus of the review, reading series and blog has always been to promote poets and writers and we believe we have achieved this goal.

We now look forward to new challenges and goals, using more of our time to create and explore the craft. Please visit  and enjoy our past issues. http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/archives.html

Thanks to all the poets and writers who contributed, the great editorial staff, and occasional hosts of the readings series who kept FCR going.

The Fox Chase Review

The Fox Chase Reading Series Venues

Featured Reading Series @ 3 Sisters Corner Cafe

Featured Reading Series @ 3 Sisters Corner Cafe

 

Featured Reading Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library

Featured Reading Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Blue Ox Bistro and Hop Angel Brauhaus

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Blue Ox Bistro and Hop Angel Brauhaus

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Red Rooster Inn

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Red Rooster Inn

Poets In The Park - Lions Park

Poets In The Park – Lions Park

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss Museum and Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poets @ Pennypack

Poets @ Pennypack Park

We leave you with these wise words for all poets and writers to follow:

“Be what you are. Give what is yours to give. Have style. Dare.” – Stanley Kunitz

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Summer 2015 Edition of The Fox Chase Review now Available

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

The Summer 2015 Edition of The Fox Chase Review, our 21st is now live on line. We are pleased to present:

Poetry by: Simon Anton Diego Baena, Kevin Brophy, Michael DeMarco, Gil Fagianella, Ananya S Guha, Michelle Grottola, Maria Keane, Adrian Manning, David P. Miller, Michelle Myers, Carlos Reyes and Laura Madeline Wiseman.

Fiction by: Sterling Brown, Joseph Crossen, Jean Davis, and Nancy Sherman.

http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/

 

Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur by Doug Holder

portPortrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur

Boston 1974-1983

By Doug Holder

Big Table Publishing Company

Boston, MA

ISBN: 978-0-9908413-6-4

17 Pages

Review by Dennis Daly

Doug Holder hears voices. Lots of them! He channels these voices through his maturely manufactured, yet wholly internalized, persona, a replica of his younger, offbeat self. Holder’s persona specializes in self-deprecation, perceptiveness, and smart-alecky truth-telling. Consider the catch word of his title – poseur. Make sure you give it the appropriate French pronunciation with an elitist air, and see how it colors everything that comes after. The inset photo of Holder on the cover of this chapbook only adds to the effect. Tellingly, the specter of life’s brutality always seems to hover in and over the fabric of each of these funky prose poems, teasing out some pretty unusual insights.

Reading through this sixteen part poetic memoir the cadence carries you forward down alleys, past vacant lots, into a psychiatric ward, and out into the mystery of Boston’s Chinatown. The pull of the words and phrasing reminds me a lot of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry—specifically Kaddish. Unlike Ginsberg, however, Holder does not constantly engage. He keeps a bit of distance between himself and his objects of interest until he doesn’t. Then he zeros in with a vengeance, albeit a funny vengeance.

Holder’s persona, just out of college, comes alive at 271 Newbury Street in a piece entitled Newbury Street. The poet initially gives the reader a grand tour of the vicinity and a mini job history before dropping names of famous acquaintances – an interesting narrative in itself, but Holder is just setting his audience up. The poet springs his trap,

… I had the same Chinese

laundry as talk radio host David Brudnoy (the Chinese man always

used to yell at me Why you lose ticket?) Brudnoy, his pockmarked and

intelligent face, with an ironic smile. I worked as a clerk at the corner of

Newbury and Beacon Street, Sunny Corner Farms. Members of the

Cars used to come in regularly—Rick so sky high, fingering a

Twinkie… also Gila Radner—a frenzy of frenzied hair, Howard

Zinn, tall, a radical patrician, and Barney Frank—rumpled and in a

rush—all on the night shift. And beers after work at Frankenstein’s. My

boss, a fat Irishman, called me a dirty kike regularly after he had a few…

nice to me the next day…

“Nice,” a civilized and suburban word fits so snugly in that last sentence.

In the same poem humor and irony help maintain distance and narrative speed, but does not negate a strong sense of tragedy and waste pulsing through the page. Everywhere food and rodents seem to share the down-but-not-quite-out-background of this artist-in-training. Holder concludes his Newbury Street narrative with a wink,

… Those nights writing in my

furnished room, the clank, clank of the radiator—thinking I was a

Beat poet or something. The mice scurried by—my father told me,

over the phone: Get the hell out of there! My mother joined in, That’s the

lifestyle they lead, Larry. Hordes of us made the pilgrimage to be with

the rodents and roaches… all-night poker games with the service

bartender who worked at the Hilton… the dishwashers from his shift,

Latinos with flashy gold-filling smiles. Bartending was not his life he

told us—he was going back to U/Mass Boston—for the past 5 years he

told us.

Innocence gets its due in Holder’s piece entitled, Combat Zone, Greyhound Bus Station, Boston Public Library. The poet gives his reader an affecting reaction after the real world sneers at him. Here’s the gist of it,

…I weaved my way to the carnality of the Combat Zone—

down LaGrange Street. First stopping by Hand the Hatter, an

avuncular old man—some fish—some fish out of order—water—in the

midst of this—presiding over blocked, buffed, and august fedoras—the

kind my father wore—his heels pounding the floors in Penn. Station.

And the whore in the bar said: Give this kid a glass of milk.And all my

street-wise posturing melted with these succinct words—not a

boilermaker but a milk boy.

Holder’s persona seeks to confirm his romantic notions of the artist’s world by escaping to filmdom in a meditation he calls Harvard Square Cinema. This is probably my favorite piece in the collection. Stream of consciousness rushes through this set of memories from Brando’s Last Tango in Paris, setting up the way the world should work, to Frank Cardullo, who owned and held court at the Wursthaus eatery, delivering corny puns filled with dead-end wisdom, to an insane Harvard University exile, who counsels his fellow comrades, presumably directing their financially naïve futures. Holder’s persona here introduces a couple of his old pals,

…The Harvard refugees at the au Bon pain.

Expelled from the academy—for some reason or another. Gravitated

like moths around the light of Harvard Yard. Sat with my friend

Byron, trust-fund man, graduate of the wards of McLean—he

dabbled in Native American crafts—liked to ogle the young girls

passing by, called the old ladies trouts. George—a scavenger of scraps

of newspapers, and gossip of the street—full of news of the supposed

scandals at Harvard—joined us, and let us in on the insane, inside

dope.

Most modern practitioners of “beat” style and themes are pale imitations of the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, John Weiners, et al. Holder delivers more. He brings with him his own value added innovations to the genre, most singularly his humor.

In the very last line of his very last piece in this collection, Holder stands on a rain-slicked street in Chinatown waiting for a dramatic introduction in Twilight Zone fashion. I hope this signals that another installment of these “poseur” poems will follow in short order. Very short order.
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Dennis DalyDennis Daly lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife Joanne. They have four adult children. He is a graduate of Boston College and has an MA in English Literature from Northeastern University. Daly worked at General Electric for ten years. He edited and publishedThe Union Activist newsletter and the North Shore Union Leader, a labor newspaper. He also was the managing editor of the Electrical Union News, the official news organ of Local 201 IUE. He also was a regular contributor to The Salem News., He was elected to a leadership position of the 9000 member IUE union. Later he worked as a Department Head in the City Of Salem. He has been published in many poetry journals and magazines and nominated for Pushcart prizes in 2013 and 2014. He is included in a chapbook, published by Northeastern University Press, with two other poets, Robert deYoung and Patrick Duddy. . His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was published by Wilderness House Press in August, 2012.

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*first published at The Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene

 

 

 

 

Coming this July- The 21st Edition of The Fox Chase Review

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

The Summer 2015 Edition of The Fox Chase Review our 21st, is in production and will appear on line this July.

Poetry by: Simon Anton Diego Baena, Kevin Brophy, Michael DeMarco, Gil Fagianella, Ananya S Guha, Michelle Grottola, Maria Keane, Adrian Manning, David P. Miller, Michelle Myers, Carlos Reyes and Laura Madeline Wiseman.

Fiction by: Sterling Brown, Joseph Crossen, Jean Davis, and Nancy Sherman.

http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/

The Plum Tree Tavern – Eco Friendly and Open to Submissions

plum treeRussell Streur, longtime barkeep of The Camel Saloon is branching out so to speak. He has established a new literary site, The Plum Tree Tavern to focus on short works on nature and ecology. Longer works of eco-poetry will also be considered.

Russell Streur-Barkeep

Russell Streur-Barkeep

The Plum Tree Tavern is located at:  http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/  Submissions may be sent to plumtreetavern@gmail.com ; submitters should  read the guidelines. We wish Russell the best with this new endeavor.

Summer 2015 Edition of The Fox Chase Review Coming This July

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary – Philadelphia, Pa.

Coming this July… The summer 2015 Edition of The Fox Chase Review, our 21st. Until then visit the Winter edition at www.thefoxchasereview.org

The Fox Chase Review – 2008-2013 Archives now available

FCClockTallFlat Our archives for 2008 thru 2013 are now live and on line. You can find them here: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/archives.html

Thanks to Sandra Davidson for taking care of this.