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Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month 2

This is the second 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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Do Not Rise by Beth Bachmann



Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart by Carlos Reyes



I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast by Melissa Studdard



City of Eternal Spring by Afaa Michael Weaver



Church of the Adagio by Philip Dacey


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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. 
poem continuous us edition

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

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast by Melissa Studdard

I ATEHardcover: 82 pages

Publisher: Saint Julian Press, Inc.; 1st edition (September 15, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0988944758

ISBN-13: 978-0988944756


Reviewed by g emil reutter

Melissa Studdard writes of God as female birthing the universe, of what God could be, our reactions and creations. She writes in the poem, Naming Sky:

Kneel to the temple of wind. Listen to the voices
lingering in trees. When they moan,
it is your name they call. You can answer
with touch. You can call them God or sky or self.
Studdard writes of truck drivers, Neruda, Van Gogh, of trees, animals and gatekeepers. She lives in the sunsets and stars, knows of shadows and lights. The opening of the poem, Those who See in The Dark, pulses with energy and images.
So freedom would rain
In the ballrooms of their chests,
They entered sideways through the pulse
Of hands on imaginary dreams. One
Wore a wing beat in her eye,
The other, groves of laughter in her thumbs,
And all the while, they called it dancing.
From Everything is so Delicious:
I feel so hungry, so thirsty,
I don’t want to die.
This desire to butter and eat the stars.
This desire to pack the sunset in my bag
and run home with her, to make
a terrarium for the moon.
I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast is a fast paced creation of stars and sunsets of God and the images of the mind of Melissa Studdard. She is a poet of vison and sensitivity, of the perfect and imperfect, absorbing all around her.


You can check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Ate-Cosmos-Breakfast-Melissa-Studdard/dp/0988944758/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411651757&sr=1-1&keywords=i+ate+the+cosmos+for+breakfast+by+Melissa+Studdard


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New Release- I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast by Melissa Studdard


“Melissa Studdard’s high-flying, bold poetic language expresses an erotic appetite for the world: ‘this desire to butter and eat the stars,’ as she says, in words characteristically large yet domestic, ambitious yet chuckling at their own nerve. This poet’s ardent, winning ebullience echoes that of God, a recurring character here, who finds us Her children, splotchy, bawling and imperfect though we are, “flawless in her omniscient eyes.”–Robert Pinsky

“In so many ways the poems in this book read like paintings, touching and absorbing the light of the known world while fingering the soul until it lifts, trembling. Gates splayed, bodies read as books, and hearts born of mouths, Studdard’s study, which is a creation unto itself, would have no doubt pleased Neruda’s taste for the alchemic impurity of poetry, which is, as we know, poetry that is not only most pure of heart, but beautifully generous in vision and feeling.” –Cate Marvin

You can check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Ate-Cosmos-Breakfast-Melissa-Studdard/dp/0988944758

You can read the poetry of Melissa Studdard in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/MelissaStuddard.html