Category Archives: poetry news

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.

19th Annual Poetry Ink: 100 Poets Reading – April 26th

PoetryInk2015-front-coverSunday, April 26, 2015 12 noon

Brandywine Workshop, 728 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

For a listing of poets reading please visit:

http://www.moonstoneartscenter.org/poetryink/19th-annual-poetry-ink2015/

LitLife Poetry Festival – April 25th @ Rosemont College

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The LitLife Poetry Festival will be held on April 25th at Rosemont College. Between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. we will be joining with other poetry publishers for a roundtable discussion in the Lawrence Auditorium. The college is located at 1400 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

For the complete schedule of events for the LitLife Poetry Festival visit: https://squareup.com/market/philadelphia-stories/litlife-poetry-festival

 

Poets and Poetry in the News

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Local poet receives 2015 Langston Hughes Society Award

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150413/NEWS/150419718/101193

Steve Kowit dies at 76; San Diego poet championed numerous causes

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-steve-kowit-20150413-story.html

Editor’s Choice: The brilliant poetry of Wislawa Szymbourska

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/editors-choice-the-brilliant-poetry-of-wislawa-szymbourska-20150412

A tale of two poets, Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Bishop

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/11/poets-thom-gunn-elizabeth-bishop-colm-toibin

Local Poet Carolyn Forché on Why American Poetry Still Matters and How 9/11 Changed it 

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/books/2015/04/13/local-poet-carolyn-forche-on-why-american-poetry-still-matters-and-how-911-changed-it/

A Craftsman of Russian Verse Helps Ukraine Find Its New Voice

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/11/world/europe/a-russian-poet-helps-ukraine-navigate-its-new-identity.html?_r=0

Maverick freedom fighter and poet of romance

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/Maverick-freedom-fighter-and-poet-of-romance/articleshow/46904536.cms

Russia opens 1st museum for Jewish Nobel-winning poet

http://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-opens-1st-museum-for-jewish-nobel-winning-poet/

Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month 5

This is the fifth in a series of recommended books to read for National Poetry Month by the editors of The Fox Chase Review and hosts of The Fox Chase Reading Series

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From F. Omar Telan 

 Bill Knott by Bill Knott

First and foremost, Bill Knott… his whole catalog… which is all free here http://www.billknottarchive.com/pdfbooks/

American Poetry The Next Generation

My favorite Poetry anthology of all time is American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series) edited by Gerald Costanzo and Jim Daniels

http://www.amazon.com/American-Poetry-Generation-Carnegie-Mellon/dp/0887483437/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1428835855&sr=8-2&keywords=American+Poetry%3A+The+Next+Generation


The Collected Poems of Ai

In general, I prefer digesting poems in shorter collections, you cannot beat the experience of delving into The Collected Poems of Ai

http://www.amazon.com/Collected-Poems-Ai/dp/0393074900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428835644&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Collected+Poems+of+Ai

satan says

The first volume of contemporary Poetry I read was Satan Says by Sharon Olds

http://www.amazon.com/Satan-Says-Pitt-Poetry-Sharon/dp/0822953145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428835760&sr=8-1&keywords=Satan+Says+by+Sharon+Olds

The Prose Poem

 I haven’t read The Prose Poem: An International Anthology edited by Michael Benedikt. I can’t even find it. So I recommend finding it, reading it, and then giving it to me.

http://www.amazon.com/Prose-Poem-International-Anthology/dp/044037099X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428835520&sr=8-1&keywords=Michael+Benedikt++%2B+The+Prose+Poem%3A+An+

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– F Omar Telan is a poet and artist. He will co-host Poets on the Porch 2015 on July 11th. He can be found here: http://www.telan.org/

The Butterfly’s Choice by Joanna Kurowska

butterfly Publisher: Broadstone Books
PubDate: 3/15/2015
ISBN: 9781937968151
Binding: Paperback
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Review by Sunil Sharma
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The Butterfly’s Choice is a thrilling voyage across shifting sands of time. In this third book of her poetry, you become aware of the power of an international language harnessed creatively by a bilingual user and its dexterous employment in the hands of an accomplished writer. Here, the reader keeps on moving in different realms and contexts, guided by a medley of strange metaphors, images; twists and turns of a language mastered.
The poem,  On Talking,  leaves an immediate impact through the pithiness and implied message of creating values and meanings through human interactions by cutting down on the inanities of daily conversations in deadening societies by using words that are sincere and heart-felt:
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Each person has one word to carve
but we don’t know it until
it’s almost too late
 
Until, too weak to say anything,
we see only dust
in a mirror
 
Then, knowing we have talked
too much, we hold
our breaths
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The words and their implications need to be sensitively recovered in a consumerist age where language has lost its basic authenticity and got debased by the adspeak and overall duplicity involved in the public discourse. Dust in a mirror is a sensory image that conveys a lot—the inability to see fully and correctly the reflected self. Only distortions or the phantoms stare back at the hapless viewer! Such verbal shifts in emphasis, tones and articulation; quick movements in tenor, from one to another idea; such fast intellectual and imagist diversions constitute the core of her poetry. In the poem Vibrations, the same theme gets echoed but slightly differently:
 
Vibrations
 
Shards of words bounce
against my skin; some,
like seed, penetrate me
entering my bloodstream.
Long before my brain can
grasp the meaning, it crawls
up my veins and tells me
exactly who I am.
If I could trace that first word
like Helen Keller’s water.
Was mine, too, soft—or cold?
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The grappling with words, textuality, surfaces, linguistic resources and their varied functions in social and interpersonal communication contexts fascinate and engage the poet’s attention. She seems to be exploring the formalistic features of poetic artifacts and poses the question: Is her style/language mellow or harsh on the auditory faculty? In fact, it is a universal probe by every creative mind: Does the style imitate the artist? Is there proper balance between thought/idea and its verbal expression? The potential of words to create or destroy meaning/s is stated in the poem cited above. The most interesting observation comes in a mini poem that deals with the primary role of language as a communicative medium and rendering reality in a new manner, especially for a bilingual artist, experiencing objects differently due to the acquisition of the changed langue-position in the Saussarian sense of the term:
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Coming Here
 
Coming here was a plunge in language
Words join houses and streets into a city
Like a film, they cover hands and faces
Fleeting dreams, they spawn the reality
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History and memory get intertwined in the following poem that alters POV:
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An Inkling
For Stephan A. Hoeller
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A western autumn in Eastern Europe;
the sky’s deep blue, white knit-clouds;
a narrow street—maybe a back alley;
some grass, concrete, a garbage can.
The wind carries an ochre-colored leaf;
it whirls between the walls that separate
our compartments filled with dust.
The air is a mask. I have to stop.
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Tackling her relocation in America, Joanna writes about existence becoming as some kind of a riddle and thus speaks for every re-located person:
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On Familiarity—A Riddle
 
In foreign lands, we grow nearer to our friends
who begin to see we are not so very different
but the strangers grow uncomfortable when we
open our mouths and speak in accented tones
 
At home, we grow more distant from our kin
who perceive us increasingly strange and aloof
but the strangers feel comfortable since we
know how to greet the day in familiar tones
 
The whole book of poems is a collage of memories, experiences, past and present, of old streets and parental home left behind and current one found, and commentary on things philosophical or mundane, with an Alice-like tribute to a pet cat. In My Grandfather’s Suitcase or A House That Says Nothing, the personal histories intersect with national histories and references are made to the Nazi occupation and then fading away of the living into the dead and finally the eloquence of silence with its implied threat of erasure and amnesia. The poet is concerned with capturing such critical junctures, thresholds, intersections where individual and collective meet and collide and wish to record such individual encounters with history through acts of literary commemoration. In brief, The Butterfly’s Choice is a delicate tapestry of emotions, moods and contexts caught in broad and/or minimalist verbal strokes, thus creating a deeply enriching and satisfying totality. For Joanna, butterfly represents both profound beauty and fragility—and life-force and vitality. The lines describing the winged and tiny, pretty creature are equally valid for people as well:
 
Knowledge about ways of being eaten
is implied—if not conceived—
in a butterfly’s design,
time of death depending on which part a beak
captures first—a wing or a leg,
the head or the trunk.
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Does the butterfly have a choice? a life
yielding half-beauty to the world it fans
with a half-wing?
Death, life, satiation, hunger—for an insect
things can only be black or white,
even in shades
(A Butterfly Caught In The Frame Of A Harley Motorcycle)
 
It is book that lingers on, post-reading, like some beautiful sunset recalled on solitary evenings in a cramped Mumbai home…
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s-sharmaMumbai-based, Sunil Sharma, a college principal, is also widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writerHe has already published three collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and co-edited six books so far. His six short stories and the novel Minotaur were recently prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012. Recently his poems were published in the UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree.
 
He edits online journal Episteme:

Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month 4

This is the fourth in a series of recommended books to read for National Poetry Month by the editors of The Fox Chase Review and hosts of The Fox Chase Reading Series

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From Russell Reece

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Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Dog-Hell-Charles-Bukowski/dp/0876853629/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428626014&sr=1-1&keywords=love+is+a+dog+from+hell+by+charles+bukowski

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The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins

http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Poetry-Other-Poems/dp/0375755217/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428626102&sr=1-1&keywords=the+trouble+with+poetry+by+billy+collins

Russell Reece is a poet and short fiction writer and serves as a fiction editor of The Fox Chase Review. You can find him at: http://www.russellreece.com/