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Readers Choice- Top Twenty Book Reviews at The FCR for 2014

Our list of the top twenty books reviewed at The Fox Chase Review Blog for 2014 based on readership. 
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Poem Continuous – Reincarnated Expressions – By Bibhas Roy Chowdhury- Translated by Kiriti Sengupta

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My Glass Of Wine by Kiriti Sengupta


Living Off the Country By John Haines

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Golden Cacti by Sunil Sharma


The Last Cowboys at the End of the World By Nick Reding


My South by Southwest – A Cast Iron Tempo Recollection by Elizabeth Stelling


Celebrity Chekhov By Ben Greenman


Words Not Spoken by Vinita Agrawal


I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast by Melissa Studdard


Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford


Lucky Bones by Peter Meinke


Principles of Belonging by Joshua Gray


Bloom in Reverse by Teresa Leo


Red Seeps – Droplets of Doubt, Destiny and Devotion in Verse by Sadia Riaz Sehole


Meena Kumari the Poet : A Life Beyond Cinema- Translated by Noorul Hasan


She Had Some Horses by Jay Harjo


Long Way Back to the End by Paul B. Roth


In the Illuminated Dark- Selected Poems by Tuvia Ruebner


Church of the Adagio by Philip Dacey


 A Sort of Adam Infant Dropped: True Myths by R. Scott Yarbrough


Three local poets show poetry’s human range

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Frank Wilson reviews 3 books by Philly Poets in the Inquirer



Recommend Reading for National Poetry Month


This is the first in a series of books recommended by the FCR staff for reading during National Poetry Month.

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From g emil reutter 


Bloom in Reverse by Teresa Leo



On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems by Barbara Hamby



Loose Weather by Robert Herschbach



Cities Hidden by Rain – Edgar Cage



Principles of Belonging by Joshua Gray


-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). You can visit him at http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Bloom in Reverse by Teresa Leo

birSeries: Pitt Poetry Series

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (February 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0822962977
ISBN-13: 978-0822962977
Review by: g emil reutter
Teresa Leo has always been a poet who never hides behind the curtain. Bloom in Reverse is a collection of poems presented in stark realism in both subject matter and words. There are none of the current clichés used by those language folks nor are there any tee hee moments or a need to figure out exactly what the poet said. Leo is one of a growing group of poets who can return poetry to the mainstream by presenting poems people often have experienced in their own lives. As much as it may pain some, truth be told, people want to read poems, if at all that reflect their lives, losses and loves. Leo accomplishes this in this outstanding collection of poems written by a poet with the heart of a story teller.
From – Elegy, Two Years Later
I will no longer think
of her last moments on earth-
her final thought
or what random thing her fingers
may have touched
the  residue of warmth
that radiated there, pulsed
an undercurrent that looped
back into the body, spun
thourgh the neutral net
past organs and bones,
traveled up the spine
so that the brain
would recognize touch
in its form as pen or chair,
an image that might have stayed
in her mind, lodged
the last image
It is in poems such as this that Leo reminds us of the importance of passion and substance. That in fact ideas and the motivations behind them lead to poetry with a heartbeat.
From – Home is a Four Letter Word
There are other ways to say it-
trap, cell, rope, hell,
the kind of place
where she’ll pull up daylilies
on a cold morning
wearing only a thin nightgown,
and after that with dirt
still odged beneath the fingernails,
she’ll tear down photos
like the pornographic ransom notes
they are, trace evidence
of the felon she once loved,
In Bloom in Reverse, Leo, brings us into her world of loss of a friend and at other times a lover. She chooses her words carefully and with great honesty.
Teresa Leo in The Fox Chase Review http://www.foxchasereview.org/10SU/TeresaLeo.html
g emil reutter– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). http://gereutter.wordpress.com/