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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

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Living Off the Country By John Haines

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Golden Cacti by Sunil Sharma

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

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

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Celebrity Chekhov By Ben Greenman

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Words Not Spoken by Vinita Agrawal

I ATE

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast by Melissa Studdard

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Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford

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Lucky Bones by Peter Meinke

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Principles of Belonging by Joshua Gray

bloom

Bloom in Reverse by Teresa Leo

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

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

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She Had Some Horses by Jay Harjo

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Long Way Back to the End by Paul B. Roth

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In the Illuminated Dark- Selected Poems by Tuvia Ruebner

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Church of the Adagio by Philip Dacey

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

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Three local poets show poetry’s human range

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Frank Wilson reviews 3 books by Philly Poets in the Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/literature/20140406_Review

 

Recommend Reading for National Poetry Month

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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 

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Bloom in Reverse by Teresa Leo

http://www.amazon.com/Bloom-Reverse-Pitt-Poetry-Series/

 divine

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

http://www.amazon.com/On-Street-Divine-Love-Selected

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Loose Weather by Robert Herschbach

http://www.amazon.com/Loose-Weather-Robert-Herschbach

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Cities Hidden by Rain – Edgar Cage

http://www.rainmountainpress.com/books26.html

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Principles of Belonging by Joshua Gray

http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Belonging-Joshua-

-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
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Review by: g emil reutter
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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.
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From – Elegy, Two Years Later
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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
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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
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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.
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From – Home is a Four Letter Word
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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,
 
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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.
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Teresa Leo in The Fox Chase Review http://www.foxchasereview.org/10SU/TeresaLeo.html
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g emil reutter– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). http://gereutter.wordpress.com/
 
 
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