Tag Archives: Rodger Lowenthal

The Reading Series Returns – September to November 2014

podiumThe Fox Chase Reading Series

Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd Floor Gallery

7370 Central Avenue

Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

 

After a summer break, The Fox Chase Reading Series returns with readings in September, October and November at Ryerss Museum and Library. The featured readers are followed by an open mic.  Please note our new start time of 1 p.m.

September 28th

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 MM Wittle and Rodger Lowenthal 

October 26th

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Bill Wunder and Robert Rosenbloom

 November 30th

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Lynette G. Esposito and Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Poets on the Porch – July 13th @ 1 p.m.

scenes-from-poets-on-the-porch-2013-045 Poets and lovers of poetry will gather on the Victorian porch of Ryerss Museum and Library for the 4th installment of The Fox Chase Reading Series – Poets on the Porch. 14 Poets will read their original work on July 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 7370 Central Ave. in Philadelphia, Pa. 19111 atop the hill at Burholme Park. The event will be hosted by Rodger Lowenthal and Bruce Kramer. For the lineup please click: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/poets-on-the-porch-2014/

The Words of Rutkowski and Smith float on the Warm Summer Breeze

IMG_9355IMG_9349On a warm June Sunday Thaddeus Rutkowski and Curtis Smith shared fiction at the featured poets/writers series at Ryerss. The featured readers were followed in the open mic by: Bruce Kramer, Rodger Lowenthal, Stuart Roberts, James Feichthalor, Lester Mobley, Robert Zell, F Omar Telan, Russell Reece, Robert Hambling Davis, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and David Matthew. Photographs of this event can be viewed here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

 

Poetry in the News

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Poetry Southern Style

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/entertainment/2014/06/02/poetry-southern-style/9869307/

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

http://www.ctnow.com/arts-theater/hc-sunken-garden-poetry-festival-0605-20140530,0,4516096.story

Timpane on West Chester Poetry Conference

http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-02/news/50248155_1_michael-peich-x-j-kennedy-poetry

Listen! It’s the resurrected poets society: From Betjeman to Larkin, the poets we love to hear read aloud

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2636329/Poetry-Betjeman-Larkin-poets-love-hear-read-aloud.html#ixzz33frNyQln

 Rodger Lowenthal’s Under the Stars to Benefit Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program

https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/rodger-lowenthals-under-the-stars-to-benefit-montgomery-county-poet-laureate-program/

Guerrero’s poetry starts in ‘the gut’

http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/books/article/Guerrero-s-poetry-starts-in-the-gut-5514333.php

Bright Travellers review – Fiona Benson’s first collection of poetry

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/23/bright-travellers-fiona-benson-review-poetry-collection

American Life in Poetry

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jun/01/american-life-in-poetry/

Stanford scholars view Iberia’s multicultural history through poetry

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/may/iberian-poetry-book-052214.html

Check Out These Fantastic Examples of Sign Language Poetry

http://io9.com/check-out-these-fantastic-examples-of-sign-language-poe-1578335974

Exemplifying poetry in motion, ‘Scent of Ink’ explores harmony, heritage

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140604000494

Nemec Foster and Levin Up the Bar at Ryerss

IMG_9222Linda Nemec Foster and Lynn Levin took to the mic in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss following the annual Petapalooza Festival at the museum. The two poets presented an exemplary reading followed by an outstanding open mic with Rodger Lowenthal and Alice Wootson

You can view photographs of the reading at this link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438

Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month IV

national-poetry-month-4This is the fourth in a series of books recommended by the FCR staff for reading during National Poetry Month

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From Rodger Lowenthal

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Tom Lux, Child Made of Sand

http://www.amazon.com/Child-Made-Sand-Thomas-

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Franz Wright, Walking to Martha’s Vineyard

http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Marthas-Vineyard-Franz-

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Terrence Hayes, Lighthead

http://www.amazon.com/Lighthead-Poets-Penguin-Terrance-

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Jack Gilbert, Collected poems

http://www.amazon.com/Collected-Poems-Jack-

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Rodney Jones, Imaginary Logic

http://www.amazon.com/Imaginary-Logic-Rodney-

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Stephen Dunn, What Goes On: Selected and New Poems 1995-2009

http://www.amazon.com/What-Goes-Selected-1995-2009-

Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent Ryerss Museum and Library  in Fox Chase. He is a regular contributor of book reviews to FCR and an occasional host at the reading series. He also hosts “Under the Stars”, a poetry and musical quarterly event. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is known to pick up pieces of cigars and Hollywood whenever he can.

Trying To Be Cool – Growing Up In The 1950’s by Leo Braudy

tryingPaperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Asahina & Wallace (October 21, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1940412048

ISBN-13: 978-1940412047

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A Poetic Review by: Rodger Lowenthal 
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A response
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A story of one of hundreds of corner “hangouts” (or to be more genteel,gathering places), that could be transposed to any large Eastern city.
The author grows, the corner decreases in importance.
The ultimate focus is on the mysteries and struggles of teenagehood.
   about what comes easy and what does not
   of finding comfort zones and fitting in
   about the sociological importance of the 1950’s cultural changes
Braudy casts a wide net
   consider survival and growth, neatly tied together
   the musical conventions changed by rock and roll
   his early interest in film
   the clearly yoked dependency of memory and imagination
   recall and reframing
   as his “true story” unfolds  the reader is treated to
   a strong sensitive intelligence
There are Sunday afternoons of coffee shop folk music
   the father son relationship
   more rock and roll history
   styles of “cool” friends   masturbation
   the growing importance of girls
   unexpected sidetracks
Braudy has an agreeable expansive style
   and a keen ear, comfortable with
   both patois and poetry
What about cool? then and now? Then reticent
and understated   now thriving ostentation
For me easy to compare and contrast my 1950’s years
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A note:
One gripe: Why do small presses lack proofreaders? Sadly this book had at least a dozen unnecessary words repeated or vowels omitted.
Leo, my friend, the publisher owes you an apology.
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rodger-lowenthal-4Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent Ryerss Museum and Library  in Fox Chase. He is a regular contributor of book reviews to FCR and an occasional host at the reading series. He also hosts “Under the Stars”, a poetry and musical quarterly event. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is known to pick up pieces of cigars and Hollywood whenever he can.
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