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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.


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.

To view past issues of The Fox Chase Review please click on the links under the Masthead.

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



Pre-Winter 2014 Editions of the Fox Chase Review


For those looking for The Fox Chase Review pre 2014, Sandra Davidson is currently working on converting the files into a web friendly pdf file .You will be able to access  the file at www.thefoxchasereview  by clicking  the archives link when she completes the transfer.

Davidsons Moving On

Sandra DavidsonSandra Davidson has served as web editor for The Fox Chase Review since 2007. Her husband, T.G. Davidson and Sandra have also served as fiction editors of the review since 2011. Sandra’s commitment to providing the best possible venue for poets and writers in the presentation of the review has been greatly appreciated not only by those of us at the review but by the numerous poets and writers who populate our pages. Sandra and T.G. Davidson’s service as fiction editors was outstanding as reflected in the work they chose to accept. The Davidsons will always be an integral part of The Fox Chase Review and their input and hard work will be missed. We wish them the best on their continuing journey through life and the best of health as they enjoy each sunrise and sunset atop the mountains out west.

New – FCR Broadside Series

BS Series 003We are pleased to announce the launch of The Fox Chase Review Broadside Series featuring Daisy by our Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Man of Stained Glass by our Web/Fiction Editor Sandra Davidson. The broadsides will run in limited editions of 30 copies and will be available at The Fox Chase Reading Series.

These broadsides will be available at our September 29th reading. (https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/september-29th-diane-sahms-guarnieri-and-laura-kiesel-in-fox-chase/)

Commencing in January 2014 Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will edit the Broadside Series and they will be available at each reading during the year. This series will only feature poets/writers reading at The Fox Chase Reading Series on any given month.

Summer Break

Clouds over Pennypack Park, Pine Road, Philadelphia, Pa.

Clouds over Pennypack Park, Pine Road, Philadelphia, Pa.

We will be on a vacation from July 14th to September 1st from blogging and the reading series but will be prepping the Autumn/Winter 2013 edition of The Fox Chase Review. As noted in the previous blog post The Fox Chase Reading Series returns to Ryerss Museum and Library on September 29th with poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Laura Kiesel.

Where you can find us

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri: http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/ or http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

Sandra Davidson: http://alayeringofperception.wordpress.com/

g emil reutter: http://www.gemilreutter-author.com/ or http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Traveling Music by Eric Greinke

Traveling Music by Eric GreinkePaperback: 84 pages

Publisher: Gazelle Book Services (August 9, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0980008190

ISBN-13: 978-0980008197




Review by:  Sandra Davidson

It is a superstition of mine: I never read the back cover, the blurbs of praise or the author’s bio until the book is read. A quite similar ritual is performed with movies.

With poetry, I often start with the last poem first so I do not know the sections or chapters, or titles of poems until I meet them.

Eric Greinke’s “Traveling Music” gave me deep pause at page 78 with ‘The Accident’. The words open in on action of a common domestic scene, using children as an ultimate and desperate bargaining tool. If you’re clenching your jaw by the last word of the third, your jaw is bound to be slack at the start of the fourth and onto the end of the poem.

Greinke is paddling into the middle of his sixth decade. Some of the work is going to be reflective and backward-looking. I would hope so. The difference I found in his hindsight is he sees the reflection of his past in the light of a forward-looking window.

Too, his words of self-recrimination are not lashes to his hide; instead he joins the suffering hearts who knew what could be done and what wasn’t, as with ‘Expressway Death’ and eerie threat in ‘Apparition’. Between dustless white pages I am with him at a ‘Visitation’. Though we cross the threshold twice, it isn’t we who are doing the visiting.

These are poems to carry me to a wiser place as in ‘Kayak Lessons’, which is spoken as if to a young man in a sporting goods store, a young man who maybe didn’t ask for two bits of a stranger’s opinion, and then hears experience instead of advice.

You can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Music-Eric-Greinke/dp/0980008190


Sandra Davidson

-Sandra Davidson is the Fiction Editor of The Fox Chase Review

FCR Staff Recommendations for National Poetry Month

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The following poetry books are recommended reading from the staff of The Fox Chase Review. We hope you enjoy the selections.

Medford Arts Center Reading 3 14 13 Featured Poet Diane Sahms-Guarnieri (2)From Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri


William Carlos Williams – Selected Poems

Edited by Charles Tomlinson



 Charles Baudelaire – Les Fleurs du Mal, Translated by Richard Howard



Neruda – Selected Poems, Edited by Nathaniel Tarn



Rimbaud – Complete Works, Selected Letters,  

Translated by Wallace Fowlie



The Inferno of Dante, Translation by Robert Pinsky 



Sandra DavidsonFrom  Editor Sandra Davidson


Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods by Paula Bohince


the need

The Need to Hold Still by Lisel Mueller



Vain Empires by William Logan



The Play of Dark and Light by Rita Ott Ramstad



Coming Into Eighty by May Sarton



Rodger Lowenthal 4From Staff Book Reviewer Rodger Lowenthal


The Dream Songs by John Berryman


different hours 

Different Hours  by Stephen Dunn



Unincorporated Persons of the Late Honda Dynasty

by Tony Hoagland


 Child Made Of Sand

Child Made of Sand by Thomas Lux


 muscular music by Terrance Hayes

Muscular Music by Terrance Hayes



g emil reutter

From g emil reutter

Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine

Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine by A.D. Winans



The Achievement of Theodore Roethke


What Work Is

What Work Is by Phillip Levine


poet laureates

Poets Laureate Anthology



The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry




Psychiatric Tales: eleven graphic stories about mental illness by Darryl Cunningham

Psychiatric TalesHardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (February 1, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1608192784

ISBN-13: 978-1608192786

Review by: Sandra Davidson


As with most books on mental illnesses, Mr. Cunningham, an experienced psychiatric hospital caregiver, attempts to relieve the pressure of stigma. Living with or with someone who experiences mental illness is difficult enough without the hush-hush of family members and the whispered finger pointing of acquaintances.

I purchased this item online without connecting of ‘graphic’ with drawn illustrations of story-lines  With nonfiction, I’m a meat-of-the-matter person unprepared for panels of images accompanied by small amounts of text.

This said, the other three-quarters of Americans who do not experience mental illness would be advised to read and share this read with those who work and live with someone who does have a mental illness.

If I had a broken leg, would you try to talk me through it, or would you take me to a trained professional? And if I received professional assistance with a broken leg, would you expect that I have no lingering experiences? No limp, perhaps? No pain when I overtax the capacities of the limb? And if I refuse to take medication for prevention of infection or pain, though I am within my rights, this refusal might negatively affect you and others.

One cannot talk a person out of a mental illness. As Mr. Cunningham discusses, mental conditions are chemical. If your pet dies, you experience sadness and then you cherish memories and photos. Perhaps you consider inviting another pet into your life.

Chemical disruptions aren’t temporary. I have hypothyroidism and take medication. It is a chemical imbalance and no one would blame me for seeking to right the chemical imbalance.

Why then does our society heap blame and fault on those with mental illness? Heavier the burden becomes without support. The majority of persons who experience mental illness seek to hide it; they’re not attention seekers.

Let Mr. Cunningham’s clinical experiences with people experiencing dementia, cutting, chronic depression, bipolarity, schizophrenia and suicide open an eye to empathy.

You can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Psychiatric-Tales-

Sandra DavidsonSandra Davidson is the Web/Fiction Editor of The Fox Chase Review

I Feel Great About My Hands – Edited by Shari Graydon

I Feel Great About My Hands

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1553657861
ISBN-13: 978-1553657866

Review by: Sandra Davidson

When I saw the title, I knew this book is where I’m at. By no means am I an octogenarian, and I’m double twenty and some.

A collection of connections on aging, I Feel Great about My Hands: And other unexpected Joys of Aging, edited by Shari Graydon, seems just the thing when pronounced with “the knees of a 70-year-old.”

I do fit right in among these women who have come of age, the second age of womanhood and third age of life. Joys of aging. I’ve certainly not heard very many olders through the years who gushed with joy about their fondness for the decade behind them and expectations for another incoming.

The past ten years have been costly on a most personal level. I believed in my health, that one thing we have if we have nothing else—except the illusion parted at age 33 with a diagnosis of melanoma. Six months later in was tumbling through a physical cascade, which was met with an emotional one. By the end of 2005 I thought I had seen the darkest days; I was wrong.

I read the words between the book’s covers and discovered a more subtle sweetness and far less bitterness. Each person’s writing was a dream of its own under the same sky, and I took the time to stop after each woman had her say. This is nonfiction. Nothing that began ended as I expected, but it is nonfiction.

I admit to reading bits to my husband and snickering, and crying. Sharon Carstairs pulled the chair from beneath me, so powerful the beginning and ending. Uncommonly familiar, “Finding One’s Voice.” Powerful women, potent ideas, rich, rich experience from which they rise.

If you’re pondering the pucker around your eyes or the irregular looping in your grandmother’s conversation, consider connecting with these women on a level you’d probably never experience face to face with anyone.

You can purchase the book at this link: http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/i-feel-great-about-my-hands
sr davidsonSandra Davidson is the Web/Fiction Editor of The Fox Chase Review

A Layering of Perception

A new blog from Sandra Davidson http://alayeringofperception.wordpress.com/