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City of Eternal Spring by Afaa Michael Weaver

citySeries: Pitt Poetry Series

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (September 17, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0822963256

ISBN-13: 978-0822963257

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Reviewed by g emil reutter 

Afaa Michael Weaver, son of a sharecropper, soldier, factory worker, professor. He has traveled a unique road, a road carved out and built by Weaver himself.  He presents us with poetry that is grounded yet spiritual. City of Eternal Spring is the concluding book of a trilogy that includes The Plum Flower Dance and The Government of Nature.
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The poems in this collection present the reader with a blending of American rearing and Chinese spiritualism.
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From the 2nd stanza of the poem Recognition:
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I am you sitting in chairs, memories coming back
to fill my bones with you, inform the way I get about,
growing old little by little, trying to enlarge the circles
of mother and father and son, the circles my mother made
for me in the pain of bringing me back from breakdowns
so I can see my birth…
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A beautiful stanza reflecting life itself in Weaver’s view. In the chair, memories filling bones, growing old little by little, enlarging circles, freed from breakdowns, born again.
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Weaver’s poem MRT about trains and subways and travel gently brings us to another place, unexpected, our arrival not physical at all.
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From the 2nd stanza of the poem MRT:
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Being is filling the sack of something, knowing
yourself as a space, having mind take over
everything, ignoring the tubes and liquids
that give it something to drive, the mind driving,
stopped only by pain, and the train keeps pain
away from us, as perfect a machine as Chinese
genius can make, no undue slap against the rails
like Boston’s T, or the horror of underground
cities in New York. This is the Swiss ticking
of time in a life where I hide in the language,
bury myself in memorizing a writing that is
the opposite of abc, an American born color
like blackness, a curtain holding itself over me
a talking mirror that lets these staring eyes believe
what American hatred would teach them with
it disciples living here, the white minds who
spread the sickness of the place where I was born.
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City of Eternal Spring is a bold collection from Afaa Michael Weaver. As he embraces spiritualism, Weaver always has two feet firmly planted in the American experience as he has lived it.

 

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

Poets @ Pennypack II – May 10th

amp-at-pennypack-environmental-center The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the second installment of Poets @ Pennypack on May 10, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will host.  The featured poets will be followed by an open reading.

The Lineup

April 12, 2014 007 g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia where he founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series.  Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by Stonegarden.net, Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. Most recently Carvings in November 2010. You can visit him at   http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

nat anderson Nathalie Anderson teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and librettist for three operas, including most recently a version of the Sherlock Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia.” You can read the poetry of Nathalie Anderson in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14nanderson.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/AndersonN.html

michelle Michele A. Belluomini is a poet, storyteller and librarian. Her work has been published in journals such as The Mad Poets Review, Poetry Motel, American Writing, APR: Philly Edition, and most recently in the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others won the 2004 Plan B Press Poetry competition. Her latest release from Plan B Press is signposts for sleepwalkers.  You can read the poetry of Michele A. Belluomini in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/01-MicheleABelluomini.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/20-MicheleABelluomini.html

dennis
Dennis Daly has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines and recently nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Ibbetson Street Press published The Custom House, his first full length book of poetry in June, 2012. His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was published by Wilderness House Press in August, 2012. His third book of poems entitles Night Walking with Nathaniel has been accepted for publication by Dos Madres Press. A fourth book is nearing completion. You can read the poetry of Dennis Daly in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14ddaly.html

lester

Lester Mobley was born and raised on Long Island, not far from the birth place of Walt Whitman. Lived most his life in Philadelphia where he resides in Center City, just over a bridge not far from the final resting place of Walt Whitman, whose background is that of a blue-collar tradesman, as was Walt Whitman.  He writes short stories and poems of God, nature, love, jazz, and the socio-political aspects of humanity. They are exemplified in his current book Chapbook, The First Three: Poems by Lester Mobley (Mobley Publishing 2013).  He has been a featured reader throughout the Philadelphia/South Jersey area and participates in open mics whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can read the fiction and poetry of Lester Mobley at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14lmobley.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

chad Chad Parenteau was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island in 1973 and grew up in  Bellingham, Massachusetts.  Graduating high school in 1991, he entered  Framingham State College (Now Framingham State University) and majored in  English.  He learned poetry and prose writing from instructors such as Alan  Feldman and Miriam Levine and studied journalism under Desmond McCarthy. Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans,  the Brownstone Poets series in Brooklyn and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state.  His recent contribution to the reading series is creating and editing its online tribute journal, Spoonful and releasing a limited series of print chapbooks currently availabe through the venue.  Most recently, he has partnered up Stone Soup with Jason Wright’s Oddball Magazine, where he currently serves as a contributing editor and oversees the weekly “Stone Soup Servings” column in addition to collaborating with on a humor column with George Panagopoulos called The Last(ish) Word. You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/07-ChadParenteau.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/16-ChadParenteau.html

RichardOkewole

A teacher by trade and writer at heart, Richard Okewole fuses his life in his native home of Nigeria with his experiences in the states to create poetry that speaks on many different levels. With an African father and Jamaican mother, Richard touches on topics in his writing that force readers to think outside the conventional box. His set of unpublished poetry have been featured in Polyphony Magazine and Anthology Philly Volume 1, but he spends most of his time teaching fourth grade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he resides. You can read the poetry of Richard Okewole in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/RichardOkewole.html

Night Walking with Nathaniel By Dennis Daly

Night-frcov copy

Dos Madres Press is now taking Pre-Publication orders for Night Walking with Nathaniel. The release date is April 30, 2014.  Go here to check out info: http://www.dosmadres.com/shop/night-walking-nathaniel-poems-salem-dennis-daly/

In Night Walking with Nathaniel, Dennis Daly skillfully draws a vivid panorama of  fascinating Salem, a town he knows profoundly well.  Its richly shadowed past contrasts ironically with its present: on Gallows Hill stands the wreckage of a playground, the Puritan Motel is now a scene of revelry.  Nathaniel Hawthorne, poet Jones Very, and innocents accused of witchcraft live and breathe again, alongside our contemporaries.  This is one of the more satisfying collections of American poems in years, a generous array of deftly crafted work, memorable for its storytelling, imagery, and verbal music.  Even readers unfamiliar with Salem will find it captivating. – XJ Kennedy

In a time when other poets have forgotten the power of a metered witnessing of history, Daly brings a rare compassion to a community’s misfortune and celebrates its dignity.  These poems are precise, the lines embellished with a craftsman’s beauty. – Afaa Michael Weaver

Dennis Daly will be reading at Poets @ Pennypack on May 10th

Dennis Daly in the Winter 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review

dd2 poems by Dennis Daly

http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14ddaly.html