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Ben-Oni and Mcilroy Delight the Crowd

Featured Poets Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Featured Poets Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Featured Poet Rosebud Ben-Oni

Featured Poet Rosebud Ben-Oni


Featured Poet Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Featured Poet Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Featured Poets Rosebud Ben-Oni and Leslie Anne Mcilroy delighted the crowd with an outstanding reading at Ryerss Museum and Library followed by an exceptional open mic. Thanks to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Saul Broudy, Rodger Lowenthal, F Omar Telan, Mary Brucker, Ian Wolf, Liz Mayeux, Hila Ratzabi for reading in the open. Photos of the event can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

May 19th – Mcilroy and Ben-Oni

@2pm Ryerss Museum and Library , 2nd Floor Gallery -More information: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/may-19th-mcilroy-and-ben-oni-in-fox-chase/


You can visit with Leslie Anne Mcilroy here: http://lamcilroy.com/index.html

RosebudBen-OniAnd Rosebud Ben-Oni here: http://rosebudbenoni.com/

Solecism by Rosebud Ben-Oni

Solecism .



ISBN13: 9780944048504

ISBN10: 0944048501

Publisher: Virtual Artists Collective



Review by: g emil reutter


 Rosebud Ben-Oni has written of the world in her collection Solecism. It may or may not be a world you know but Ben-Oni knows it well and has lived it.  At Ten I Held the Look of Locust brings us to a playground surrounded by corporate greed.

I held the look of locust, black-sunken eyes and long, thin limbs
             so mothers of melting plastic and plywood
scrambled for sawdust from the mouths of razor-wild men.
               Bloody nails wrote the mornings after in pencil lead
I was unborn again, casting the look of locust, leather-rebellious nymph,
             Swarming in constant omission, twitching in sin.
Twenty years later, the factory is condemned, but the playground stands
                with a sign in English: Warning: Toxic waste, no playing. 
Ben-Oni notices the cracks in society and those that live in those cracks.  She has the ability to write of the everyday in solid imagery that places the reader in the poem.
Excerpt from Off the Q
Did I taste a toadstool
Sitting in a white-walled room
Off Lincoln and Ocean Avenue.
where the trains no longer keep me awake
passing by below, open and exposed,
the sharp sound of metal and voltage
like a grace note off a drum roll,
the snare head loose and low.
The blinds have never been gentle
with the dawn, the harsh glare
stabbing through like an evangelist
jumping up and down to move
millions. But when I needed hell-fire most,
in the late morning, especially on Shabbat
when I shouldn’t be writing at all,
The light fades to rubbish gray,
And the Q train shakes my solid desk,
The canopy bed—even the floors creak.
And an excerpt from After a Funeral in Jerusalem
Shiva is three nights at Haoman 17:
you climb the shoulders of an echis
commander, and claw
at the high ceiling. In the morning
you skid across the cafes of King Solomon.
In the light it is your face the young mourn.
Behind the cracked mirror of an old compact,
You throw your voice to order café hafuch,
for you stand too close to the edge.
Ben-Oni captures the images of events that surround her. Subtle yet not as subtle as in this stanza on Middle East violence from The Youth.
and then stooped off into the street.
No one called after him, after
                              pieces of him
                              out-of-camera shot
                              found their way into a stretcher,
                              Mourner’s Kaddish, some say.
                              opening his lips.
                              But for who?
No one thought to ask
Ben-Oni has a strong sense of place and of the places she has been.
From Over the River from Sal Si Puedes
girls grow slowly here
in graying eyelet dresses
under molted mocking birds
outside in rocking chairs
we mark time in losing it
even the eagle, a widow
shed from distant high winds,
has forgotten continuous flight
inseparable from the horizon
a promise has been broken
under junipers camphor lingers
the only pioneers, strangers
In Solecism, Rosebud Ben-Oni has marked time and place without losing it. She brings us to fractured places, but we depart with wholeness as Ben-Oni pastes them together.


You can buy the book at this link: http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780944048504?&PID=30560


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. -g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadlephia

Looking Forward

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Sunday, May 19th @ 2pm – Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Rosebud Ben Oni read at Ryerss Museum and Library. https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/may-19th-mcilroy-and-ben-oni-in-fox-chase/

Sunday, June 30th @ 2pm – F. Omar Telen and Richard Okewole read at Ryerss Museum and Library.

Saturday, July 13th @ 1pm – Poets on the Porch at Ryerss Museum and Library http://www.foxchasereview.org/13WS/docs/2013PoetsOnThePorch.pdf

August– Summer Break

September/October 2014– Release of new edition of The Fox Chase Review

Sunday, September 29th @ 2pm – Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Laura Kiesel at Ryerss Museum and Library.

Sunday, October 27th @2pm – Kristina Moriconi and Ray Garman at Ryerss Museum and Library

Sundy, November 24th @2pm – Robert Hambling Davis and Russell Reece at Ryerss Museum and Library

May 19th – Mcilroy and Ben-Oni in Fox Chase

The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on May 19th with Poets Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Rosebud Ben-Oni at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The reading will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The featured poets will be followed by an open reading


Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collectionRare Space and the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel. She also took first place in the1997 Chicago Literary Awards Competition judged by Gerald Stern. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008. Leslie’s work appears in numerous publications including American Poetry: The Next GenerationDogwoodThe Emily Dickinson Award AnthologyThe LedgeThe Mississippi Review, and the Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry and Pearl. Leslie works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her daughter Silas, and writer/guitarist, Don Bertschman, with whom she also performs poetry. You can read the poetry of Leslie Anne Mcilroy in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/LeslieAnneMcilroy.html


A former Rackham Merit Scholar and Leopold Schepp Scholar, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater, and at work on a new play. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review andPuerto del Sol. Her first book of poems SOLECISM was recently released by the  Virtual Artists’ Collective in 2013. She’s co-editor of HER KIND, the official blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org. You can read the poetry of Rosebud Ben-Oni in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13WS/Ben-Oni.html

If you arrive early you may want to attend


11:00 to 2:00: Animal rescue groups for cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, and horses will gather around the outside of the museum for this annual extravaganza. Pooches on parade at noon and treats for animals and humans will all be on hand.FREE

Ryerss Museum and Library is close to the Ryers and Fox Chase Train Stations, 24 and 18 Bus lines. Plenty of parking on site.

Off The Q by Rosebud Ben Oni


Off The Q by Rosebud Ben Oni in The Fox Chase Review http://www.foxchasereview.org/13WS/Ben-Oni.html

The Winter/Spring 2013 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is now on line

winter spring 2013 Fox Chase Review

The Winter/Spring 2013 Edition of The Fox Chase Review  featuring the poetry of :

Rosebud Ben-Oni,  Steve Burke, Margaret Campbell, Jim Daniels, Barbara De Franceschi,  Frank Diamond,  Melody S. Gee, Walter Howard, W. Todd Kaneko, Maryann Miller, Bert Moniz, John Timpane, Kirby Wright, R. Scott Yarbrough

And the prose of: Alice Wootson

We hope you enjoy this new edition of The Fox Chase Review 

The Editors