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Even in Quiet Places By William Stafford

Even in quiet PlacesPublisher: Confluence Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1881090167
ISBN-13: 978-1881090168
 
Review by S. M. Page
 
William Stafford’s Even in Quiet Places is outstanding poetry.  Stafford is one of the greats who controls form and line using lyrical conversational meter.  The book is divided into four sections.  The first three were published as chapbooks and the last a garnering of poems Stafford wrote as a project for U.S. Forest Service (several being put on signs and posted along wilderness trails in the Cascade Mountains—that alone is a monumental achievement).  I read the book four times, three as it is ordered by editor and son Kim Stafford, and once in the chronological order the sections were originally written.   I like my last reading best, as it gives me better sense of Stafford’s final years in regards to his style, theoretical, and spiritual growth.  His poems topic nature, environmental destruction, and human to human apathy; even more so, how short human life and consciousness are compared to the Earth’s:
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This From Lookout Point
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The cast here, in order of disappearance, were
dinosaurs, saber tooths, many birds, pioneers,
Shoshones, Wolverines, Wolves, Grizzlies,
For some reason they don’t come around much anymore.
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Also certain people have gone away—saints,
explorers.  They didn’t want to disturb the air.
All those tracks in river and sand—gone.
And their fires, the charcoal—all washed away.
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So sometimes I choose a cloud and let it
cross the sky floating me off there too.
Or a bird unravels its song and carries me
as it flies deeper and deeper into the woods.
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Such times, laments are not necessary.  You could
wait here all winter and the mountains would
just stand there.  They wouldn’t say anything.  Why
should they care?  Someday everything will be goon.
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Hey, let’s hurry down and forget this.
It gets cold here.
 
 
 
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S. M. Page at a lookout point S. M. Page is the author of The Timbre of Sand and Still Dandelions.  He holds degrees from Palomar College, Columbia University, and Bennington College.  He is the recipient of The Jess Cloud Memorial Prize for Poetry.  He loves to teach, spend time with his family, and wander through the woods communing with nature. 

A Look Back at Four Years of Poets on the Porch Festival

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

To have a look at our past Poets on the Porch in photographs please visit this link and enjoy: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157624536350361

Poets on the Porch 2015 will be held on July 11th at Ryerss Museum and Library. For more details about the poets reading please visit https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/poets-on-the-porch-2015/

 

Poetry and Poets in the News

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Oxford poetry needs to broaden its accent

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/01/oxford-poetry-needs-to-broaden-its-accent-wole-soyinka-simon-armitage

Dread of literary parties led Philip Larkin to shun Oxford poetry professorship

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/01/philip-larkins-refusal-of-oxford-poetry-professor-nomination-discovered

Schild finalist for poetry award

http://www.winonapost.com/Article/ArticleID/44431/Schild-finalist-for-poetry-award

Poet Terrance Hayes On ‘The Poetics Of Liquid’

http://kuow.org/post/poet-terrance-hayes-poetics-liquid

Olivia Gatwood Poetry Video Goes Viral

http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/olivia-gatwood-poetry-video-goes-viral/104166

Louise Glück awarded Gold Medal for Poetry

http://news.yale.edu/2015/05/29/louise-gl-ck-awarded-gold-medal-poetry

An evening of poetry

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/an-evening-of-poetry/article7264768.ece

OPERA REVIEW: Whitman’s poetry shadows Matthew Aucoin’s ‘Crossing’

http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20150601/ENTERTAINMENT

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The Prison House of Post-Internet Poetry: A Critical Look at the Poetry of the New Museum’s Triennial

http://hyperallergic.com/204402/the-prison-house-of-post-internet-poetry-a-critical-look-at-the-poetry-of-the-new-museums-triennial/

Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/25/caution-world-changing-poetry-at-work.html

Exploring the last Mughal’s poetry as it intertwined with his life

http://www.hindustantimes.com/art/exploring-the-last-mughal-s-poetry-as-it-intertwined-with-his-life/article1-1353232.aspx

What Poet Robinson Jeffers Can Teach Christians

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/reverend-dr-malcolm-clemens-young/what-poet-robinson-jeffer_b_7472746.html

Church opens its archive on poet WB Yeats

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/church-opens-its-archive-on-poet-wb-yeats-1-6774363

No foul play in death of Chilean poet Neruda, researchers say

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/us-chile-neruda-idUSKBN0OD1QD20150528

Libyan poet wins international recognition

http://www.libyaherald.com/2015/05/29/libyan-poet-wins-international-recognition/#axzz3bunq25xd

Carl Sandburg Home preserves life of poet

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/2015/05/29/carl-sandburg-home-preserves-life-poet/28161273/

The Plum Tree Tavern – Eco Friendly and Open to Submissions

plum treeRussell Streur, longtime barkeep of The Camel Saloon is branching out so to speak. He has established a new literary site, The Plum Tree Tavern to focus on short works on nature and ecology. Longer works of eco-poetry will also be considered.

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Russell Streur-Barkeep

The Plum Tree Tavern is located at:  http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/  Submissions may be sent to plumtreetavern@gmail.com ; submitters should  read the guidelines. We wish Russell the best with this new endeavor.

Sahms-Guarnieri and Reutter in Bloomsburg June 4th

River Poets Series @ Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market Street, Bloomsburg, Pa.  Poetry reading begins at 7:30 pm. http://riverpoets.com/

???????????????????????????????Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011) and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, forthcoming in January, 2016). She has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Blue Collar Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. Awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013, she currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review. More about Diane can be found at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/  & https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

IMG_1360g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Nine collections of his poetry and fiction have been published, most recently a collection of short stories, Thugs, Con-Men, Pigs and More released in 2014. His new book, From the Valley—Poems will be released in 2016. He can be found at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/

The Longest Pleasure by Vinita Agrawal

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Review by g emil reutter 

Vinita Agrawal is a poet of honest observation who is an imagist at heart. The poem, Wrought By The   Storm is about having tea with her father, the death of her mother is central as in this excerpt:.

The storm struck our prayer bell

Shook the Gods at the altar

Caused the fan to whir anti-clockwise

Jerked wildly in our pulse beats

Skewed our outer expressions of calm

Flickered like fear in our eyes.

She captures in stark images those left behind in economic prosperity and social reform in the poem, Pedder Road Flyover:

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Here they lived – under the canopy of opulence

on a road named after Mr. W.G. Pedder,

a British Municipal Commissioner of 1879 Bombay.

Politicians changed the name to Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg after a social reformer.

But somehow the families here still picked garbage,

waded around in stench, did death’s work,

stayed alive only because cholera was dead.

If you ventured out at the devil’s hour,

you’d have heard them groan into the darkness

as at last, traffic dimmed around three in the morning.

A few hours of oblivion must have felt good

with loyal street dogs curled up warmly by their sides.

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In the poem, Jovan Musk and Tiananmen Square, Agrawal writes of being there during the uprising. Of

…The screams of raw blood flooding a public street

Unaware, that on its silver jubilee, I’d be reminded with deadly hurt

Of what it was like to live in oppressions long shadow

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Azadirachta Indica is a poem about the shade of a Magosa. How they populate most courtyards in India of her walk with a doctor and the dangers of the Magosa and then:

Watch, he said, and picked up a golden yellow seed

popped it between his thumb and forefinger until oil oozed out.

He poured it on a worm down below, stunning it.

It retreated hastily. Didn’t stand a chance.

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Later, I dipped my sins in it,

hoping it would cauterize tissues of guilt

sterilize thorny voices in my head

that accused me of being unclean.

 

From the poem, Time Lag

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Despite loess caressing the roots

and the damp, earthy aroma of trees,

a brokenness clings to the winds;

fresh as a pistil that has just lost its flower.

Despite the wet tissues made of air and rain,

the tree branches look fractured

their leaves pale like pinched skin.

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Vinita Agrawal is a well-traveled poet who takes in all that she observes. Her honest and passionate images cause a stirring of thought and a desire of action. She is an urban poet who writes of the stark realities of the world and of her own pulse beats and broken drift wood of the heart.

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You can pre order the book here: https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?cPath=4&products_id=2423

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IMG_1360-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. You can find him here: https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/

 

 

 

 

Poetry in the News

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Book thief vents rage on laureate’s poetry with shotgun

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/05/21/book-thief-vents-rage-laureates-poetry-shotgun/27711589/

Powerful language fires poetry of Clarke in Traverse

http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1288715-powerful-language-fires-poetry-of-clarke-in-traverse

Utah Cowboy Poetry Festival is ‘dad burn’ fun

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2538748-155/utah-cowboy-poetry-festival-is-dad

Les Murray finds brevity in poetry anthology Waiting for the Past

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/les-murray-finds-brevity-in-poetry-anthology-waiting-for-the-past/story-fn9n8gph-1227361535511

Rebel Poet’s 116th birth anniversary

http://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/rebel-poets-116th-birth-anniversary-86902

Debate continues in Chile over reburying the remains of poet Pablo Neruda

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2015/05/20/debate-continues-in-chile-over-reburying-remains-poet-pablo-neruda/

The Body Poetic: An Interview With Luna Miguel

http://thequietus.com/articles/17932-luna-miguel-interview-emily-berry-poetry-body-mermaids-alt-lit-death-los-estomagos

Polish Poet Zagajewski: ‘Being Optimistic Today is Rather Naive’

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/05/21/polish-poet-zagajewski-being-optimistic-today-is-rather-naive/