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A Road Well Traveled

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FCR has enjoyed a great run, publishing 21 issues of The Fox Chase Review , an international review of poetry and fiction  over seven years. Presented hundreds of poets and writers at our featured reading series, open mic and outdoor poetry events. Thanks to our poetry editor and Broadside publisher, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. Fiction editors Russell Reece, Robert Hambling Davis, Sandra Davidson, T.G. Davidson, O.L. Barnes. Creative non-fiction editor MM Wittle. Our  occasional reading series hosts, F. Omar Telan, Bruce Kramer, Rodger Lowenthal and Mel Brake.  Thanks to our web editors, Katie Reutter and Sandra Davidson who made the review possible on line.

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Our blog has been widely read, full of  book reviews, essays, poetry and literary news, interviews of poets and writers as well as area news. . We thank all those who contributed to the blog. The main focus of the review, reading series and blog has always been to promote poets and writers and we believe we have achieved this goal.

We now look forward to new challenges and goals, using more of our time to create and explore the craft. Please visit  and enjoy our past issues. http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/archives.html

Thanks to all the poets and writers who contributed, the great editorial staff, and occasional hosts of the readings series who kept FCR going.

The Fox Chase Review

The Fox Chase Reading Series Venues

Featured Reading Series @ 3 Sisters Corner Cafe

Featured Reading Series @ 3 Sisters Corner Cafe

 

Featured Reading Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library

Featured Reading Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Blue Ox Bistro and Hop Angel Brauhaus

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Blue Ox Bistro and Hop Angel Brauhaus

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Red Rooster Inn

2nd Tuesdays Open Mic @ The Red Rooster Inn

Poets In The Park - Lions Park

Poets In The Park – Lions Park

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss Museum and Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poets @ Pennypack

Poets @ Pennypack Park

We leave you with these wise words for all poets and writers to follow:

“Be what you are. Give what is yours to give. Have style. Dare.” – Stanley Kunitz

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James Diamond – A Profile

james diamond 3 courtesy bucks county hearldJames Diamond grew up on a 600 acre farm between Masontown and Smithfield in Fayette County Pennsylvania. James traveled to Doylestown in Bucks County to pursue his degree at Delaware Valley University. It was in Doylestown that James met his wife Betty, a partnership for decades that spurred an amazing array of activity in support of local and global causes. Diamond earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Delaware Valley University in 1961; his master’s degree in counseling from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

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The Diamonds settled on Cedar Brook Farm in Ottsville Bucks County Pennsylvania where they raised sheep while James taught at Delaware Valley University and Pennsylvania State University. For most newlyweds this would be enough, but destiny had something else in store for the Diamonds. They traveled the world with the Peace Corp, served with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, The United States Agency for International Development. Traveled and advised educators in the area of agriculture in Chad, Mali, Cameroon, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ethopia, China, Bulgaria and The Netherlands. The Diamonds traveled to over 46 nations. Wherever they paid a visit, they left behind hope for the future and the knowledge for those they met to improve the agricultural needs of millions of people. They always returned to Cedar Brook Farm.

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In their senior years the Diamonds leased out Cedar Brook Farm, building Clearwater Dell on the edge of the farm. The Diamonds are active in the Grange, Open Space Preservation in Bucks County and many of the farmers in Upper Bucks County were once students of Dr. James Diamond. They established The Jim and Betty Diamond Endowed Scholarship Fund. Annual interest to be awarded to DVU students majoring in one of the agricultural or environmental science majors.

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As an author, James Diamond has published numerous technical papers, nine instructional booklets and five books, most recently Poetry from the Heart, I Did What I Had to Do about his adventures with Betty and the Peace Corp, and Domestic Animal Bells from Around the World. His poems have been published in a number of literary and newspaper publications. The Diamonds are avid bird watchers and keep a list of all the birds they encounter on their adventures. James Diamond has been a guest lecturer at numerous venues on a wide range of topics.

james diamond 1Now you would think James and Betty Diamond, together for five decades would take comfort and live out their days at Clearwater Dell. They are not. Currently they are planning for a trip and adventure to South Africa. James is pursuing the craft of poetry and was kind enough to share this poem with us.

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The Great Blue Heron
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Early morn mist hangs low,
with a sun peeking over horizon
boldly casting its rays into a brisk invigorating air.
A Great Blue Heron awkwardly floats downward
landing on elongated legs at water’s edge.
Slowly and effortlessly it steps into shallow water
where small fish do swim.
Stoically, standing in shallow water at rigid attention
stalking fish images in a watery ecosystem.
Together with a fixed stare at rippling water
with beady eyes on each side of its long yellow beak likened to a bayonet,
accurately aimed to toward a watery surface.
Ready to discharge its long-pointed yellow bayonet
that will pierce an unsuspecting fish in a flash.
Watch closely for the ruthless quick zing of the Heron’s yellow bayonet.

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If you would like to contact the Diamonds about their adventures and a speaking engagement you can contact them at jandbdiamond@frontiernet.net

You can find I Did What I Had to Do on Amazon at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Did-What-Had-Do/dp/0533163250/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435793911&sr=1-6

15648469158_fde0487b43_o-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. He can be found at:

https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/

 

Coming this July- The 21st Edition of The Fox Chase Review

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Trail at Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

The Summer 2015 Edition of The Fox Chase Review our 21st, is in production and will appear on line this July.

Poetry by: Simon Anton Diego Baena, Kevin Brophy, Michael DeMarco, Gil Fagianella, Ananya S Guha, Michelle Grottola, Maria Keane, Adrian Manning, David P. Miller, Michelle Myers, Carlos Reyes and Laura Madeline Wiseman.

Fiction by: Sterling Brown, Joseph Crossen, Jean Davis, and Nancy Sherman.

http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/

Myers and Vilayphonh @ Asian Arts Initiative – June 19

From The Asian Arts Initiative

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Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh of Yellow Rage

Please join us for a very special Family Style Performance Showcase & Open Mic to celebrate the end of our 5th Anniversary Season!

Family Style Performance Showcase & Open Mic

Friday, June 19

Doors open at 7pm

Show starts at 7:45pm

$5-$10 Sliding Scale Admission at the Door

Asian Arts Initiative – 1219 Vine Street – Philadelphia, PA 19107

On the web:

http://asianartsinitiative.org/

 

 

 

Sum and Substance by K Pankajam

sumAuthorspress, New Delhi, 2014

ISBN 978-81-7273-962-1

Review by Shernaz Wadia 

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This is a collection of poems written in forthright, simple language. The poems have an undercurrent of morality but Pankajam does not write like a preacher or someone who believes her destiny is to change the world. It remains for the reader to glean the pearls from between her words and lines. She writes quietly, reflectively, spraying quotidian subjects – Bus Journey, A Surprise Visit, Signboards, My City Seldom Sleeps, Rain Skills, Before The Ink Dries – with freshness and vibrancy.
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Resolutions will immediately resonate with the habitual resolution makers. Many will ‘rewind’ with the poet and ‘think of the debt I could not pay, the promises I could not fulfill’  She takes us relentlessly through each month of the year to finally wind up where we started, with “a fresh list for yet another year”.
She finds Faith everywhere from a plain sheet of paper to everything in nature. It is ‘in our expectation of a daybreak after pitch-dark nights, while our existence next moment/seems beyond prediction.’  
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She writes lucidly about the Indian customs, rituals and ethos she is a part of. (The Pipal Tree, Vishukkani, Hopefully…, Gruhapravesham) Nor does she shy away from what might be termed ‘superstition’. In Stains (Pg. 33) she visits childhood memories of her grandfather’s quirks.  Language of Childhood bemoans the loss of innocence and voices the universal desire for a return to it while Second Childhood compassionately revives the memory of an uncle who had slipped into dementia.
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 When the world is tooting gender equality and women of substance are feted, her women-centric poems stop us in our tracks and compel us to take a look at a different reality. ‘Morning Blues, Yielding… ‘You Are (Not) a Working Woman’, is the dismal tale of every homemaker, whose relentless toil is taken for granted even though she works herself to the bones. 
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Inching slowly, she saunters towards the bed
And slithers into the waiting arms. He murmurs:
“Thank God you are not a working woman!”
Her day continues…
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‘Solitude’s Whimper’ is one poem that shatters our complacency. It shames us out of our apathy as we stare with a dumb ache and with “the walls bleed silently”
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If a philosophical vein peeps through poems like The Journey, A Little Secret, The Ultimatum…, the poet’s humour drips from poems like ‘A Surprise Visit to a Bachelor’s House’.  I couldn’t help but smile at ‘A Momentary Impulse’ a poem most will be able to relate to
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No sindhoor on the parting line/a milky path to the kingdom of love/that kindles his passion to leap a bit.
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In ‘An Orchestra’ she becomes ‘a song in the concert’. In Muse-Inspired she says,
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Salty breeze from Bay of Bengal….give rebirth to my sunken moods/ raises my spirit to its meridian splendour/and soaks my soul in the pavilion of passions.
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Some subjects have been written about endlessly, but they don’t lose their poignancy. Life Is a Circle is a heart-wrenching letter from a parent in an old age home which concludes with the lines
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I taught you all about life
maybe not about relationships
and I write to say:
Don’t tell your son I am here.
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Another evergreen subject for poets is Mother. Pankajam’s ode to her’s is ‘You Visit Me in My Sleep’.
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In my sugared memories of the past,
your face blooms like a lotus that meditates
unfolds at sunrise, upright,
with flawless beauty and virgin purity.
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In Sum and Substance Pankajam serves us a varied fare which is appetising, appealing and satiating. There is a sprinkling of nature poems, love poems, poems that throw a search light not only on society but on her inner realm. We are carried along on her words as she questions, wonders, dreams, empathises, hopes and muses.

 

 

Shernaz-Wadia3– Shernaz Wadia, a retired teacher, lives in Pune, India. A free-lance writer, her articles, short stories and poems have been published in many online journals and literary magazines like Muse India, Boloji, Kritya and The Enchanting Verses etc. Her poems have been anthologised in Poets International, Roots and Wings and Caring Moments. Shernaz is in the process of publishing her poems in a book titled Whispers of the Soul.. She has also co-authored a book of poems titled “Tapestry”, with Israeli poetess Avril Meallem. It is an innovative form of collaborative poetry writing developed by the two of them.

Poets in the News

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Poet and Journalist Maria Lisella Selected as New Laureate for Queens

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150609/kew-gardens/poet-journalist-maria-lisella-selected-as-new-laureate-for-queens

THE POET OF THE MISSION

http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2015/the-poet-of-the-mission/

Balakian Reads with Kurdish Poet in Diyarbakir

http://armenianweekly.com/2015/06/09/balakian-reads-in-diyarbakir/

Poet Richard Blanco Launches Writing Project To Lift Cuba’s ‘Emotional Embargo’

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/09/richard-blanco-cuba-writing-project_n_7545270.html

Kannada poet Kayyara Kinhanna Rai turns 100 on June 8

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru/Kannada-poet-Kayyara-Kinhanna-Rai-turns-100-on-June-8/articleshow/47573793.cms

Poet’s works ponder the link between man and machine

https://news.usc.edu/82194/poets-works-ponder-the-link-between-man-and-machine/

Love, poetry and war: the Afghan women risking all for verse

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/06/love-poetry-and-war-the-afghan-women-risking-all-for-verse

Three Irish poets shortlisted for £10,000 Forward Prize

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/three-irish-poets-shortlisted-for-10-000-forward-prize-1.2242755

 

 

PII Gallery and Dave Worrell Seeking Poets and Writers

From Dave Worrell

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The Philadelphia International Institute gallery (PII) in Old City, Philadelphia, (242 Race StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19106) is looking for poets and creative writers of all kinds to take part in its August 7 First Friday opening event. The gallery show will feature abstract paintings — so if you have poems or prose pieces that are a little bit out there (or a lot), we want you.  This is your chance to let that wild side off the leash for a while — more or less within the limits of the law, of course. No need to write anything specifically for the occasion — just bring your most imaginative stuff.

We anticipate a sizable crowd so we may not be able to give folks more than a minute or two — sort of fast-moving tag-team marathon concept. Sometime in July, you will be able to see some of the paintings on the PII website. http://www.piigallery.com/

Dave WorrellTo get booked for this event please contact me by the end of June so we can you include your name in the publicity materials. daveworrell13@yahoo.com