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Bloom in Reverse by Teresa Leo

birSeries: Pitt Poetry Series

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (February 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0822962977
ISBN-13: 978-0822962977
Review by: g emil reutter
Teresa Leo has always been a poet who never hides behind the curtain. Bloom in Reverse is a collection of poems presented in stark realism in both subject matter and words. There are none of the current clichés used by those language folks nor are there any tee hee moments or a need to figure out exactly what the poet said. Leo is one of a growing group of poets who can return poetry to the mainstream by presenting poems people often have experienced in their own lives. As much as it may pain some, truth be told, people want to read poems, if at all that reflect their lives, losses and loves. Leo accomplishes this in this outstanding collection of poems written by a poet with the heart of a story teller.
From – Elegy, Two Years Later
I will no longer think
of her last moments on earth-
her final thought
or what random thing her fingers
may have touched
the  residue of warmth
that radiated there, pulsed
an undercurrent that looped
back into the body, spun
thourgh the neutral net
past organs and bones,
traveled up the spine
so that the brain
would recognize touch
in its form as pen or chair,
an image that might have stayed
in her mind, lodged
the last image
It is in poems such as this that Leo reminds us of the importance of passion and substance. That in fact ideas and the motivations behind them lead to poetry with a heartbeat.
From – Home is a Four Letter Word
There are other ways to say it-
trap, cell, rope, hell,
the kind of place
where she’ll pull up daylilies
on a cold morning
wearing only a thin nightgown,
and after that with dirt
still odged beneath the fingernails,
she’ll tear down photos
like the pornographic ransom notes
they are, trace evidence
of the felon she once loved,
In Bloom in Reverse, Leo, brings us into her world of loss of a friend and at other times a lover. She chooses her words carefully and with great honesty.
Teresa Leo in The Fox Chase Review http://www.foxchasereview.org/10SU/TeresaLeo.html
g emil reutter– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Warming up Ryerss

Special thanks to Featured Poets Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo for an outstanding reading at Ryerss today. Also to open mic readers Grant Clauser, Dave Worrell, Noah Cutler and Dave Matthews. Photos can be viewed at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

Anderson and Leo in Fox Chase on Feb. 26th

Feb. 26th @ 2pm – The Fox Chase Reading Series presents The Featured Poets Reading  at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Join us for the poetry of Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo followed by an open mic.

Nathalie Anderson’s first book, Following Fred Astaire, won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and her second, Crawlers, received the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press; her third, Quiver, is forthcoming from Penstroke Press; and a fourth, Stain, is under consideration by publishers.  Anderson’s poems have appeared in such journals as APR’s Philly Edition, Atlanta Review, Denver Quarterly, DoubleTake, Inkwell Magazine, Journal of Mythic Arts, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, The New Yorker, Nimrod, North American Review, Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Recorder, Southern Poetry Review, and Spazio Humano.  Her work has been commissioned for the Ulster Museum’s collection of visual art and poetry titled A Conversation Piece; for the catalogue of the retrospective exhibition Sarah McEneany at the Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania; and for the artist’s press book titled Ars Botanica published by Enid Mark of ELM Press. Her work appears in The Book of Irish American Poetry From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Notre Dame), and her poems have twice been solicited for inclusion in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St.Martin’s). She has authored libretti for three operas – The Black Swan; Sukey in the Dark; and an operatic version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia – all in collaboration with the composer Thomas Whitman and Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001.  A 1993 Pew Fellow, she serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and she teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing.  You can read the poetry of Nathalie Anderson in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/AndersonN.html

Teresa Leo hails from the coal-mining region of northeastern Pennsylvania.  She moved to Philadelphia in 1988 to attend Temple University’s creative writing program and has lived in the Philadelphia area since then. She is a former columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Commentary Page, past Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly, and has served as Acting Director of the Kelly Writers House. She is the author of a book of poems, The Halo Rule, winner of the Elixir Press Editors’ Prize.  Her poems have appeared in The Fox Chase Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Italian Americana, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere.  She has received fellowships from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  She works at the University of Pennsylvania.  You can read the poetry of Teresa Leo in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10SU/TeresaLeo.html

Next Up:  Marie Elizabeth Mali and Dilruba Ahmed in Fox Chase March 25th

                    Steve Delia, Musical Guests The Sun Bear Trio plus an open mic dedicated to Louis McKee on April 29th.

For our complete schedule: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/docs/TheFoxChaseReadingSeriesSchedule2012.pdf

Fox Chase Reading Series 2012 Schedule

Featured Poets Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Start time: 2pm. Featured poets are followed by an open mic.

January 29, 2012 @ 2pm

Mike Cohen and  Anthony Buccino

February 26, 2012 @ 2pm

Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo

March 25, 2012 @ 2pm

Marie- Elizabeth Mali and Dilruba Ahmed

April 29, 2012 @ 2pm

Steve Delia with musical guests The Sun Bear Trio And an open reading dedicated to Louis Mckee

May 20, 2012 @ 2pm

Jack Veasey, Marty Esworthy, Christine O’Leary Rockey

June 24, 2012 @ 2pm

J.C. Todd and Hayden Saunier

September 23, 2012 @ 2pm

 Ditta Baron Hoeber and Kirsten Kaschock

October 28, 2012 @ 2pm

David Kozinski and  Michele Belluomini



This is the sixth in a series of looking back at poets and writers published in past editions of The Fox Chase Review

From the Summer 2010 Edition:

D.B. Cox: one-storyhouse; blaze; exit;dust-off

Teresa Leo: Earth, Hair, Fire, Water; Fly Haiku

J.P. Dancing Bear: Canvas; Night Café

Jane Lewty: Attempt to Write an Alba (Only Poet To Hand BeingCharles Wright)

Charles P. Ries: Why I Gave Up Writing and Joined the Circus;
The Composition of Tears;My Cat’s Human; Exit Strategy

Anderson and Leo Celebrate National Poetry Month in Fox Chase

On this breezy spring day we celebrated National Poetry Month in Fox Chase with an exceptional reading by our featured poets Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo.  The 2ndfloor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library came alive with positive energy and outstanding poetry. Thanks to Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo for making this such a special day for poetry and to our open mic readers, Rodger Lowenthal, David Matthew, Scott Edward Anderson, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. For photos of
todays event click: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157614581079088/

Next Up:

May 10th- 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic

May 22nd- Maria Lisella and Gil Fagini feature at Ryerss

National Poetry Month and More

Events to celebrate National Poetry Month:

 April 3rdMoonstone Arts Presents15th Annual Poetry Ink Reading

 2nd Tuesdays on April 12th 

Anderson and Leo in Fox Chase April 17th 


May 10th @ Hop Angel Brauhaus – 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic  

May 22nd  – Maria Lisella and Gil Fagini feature @ Ryerss

…. And in June

The tenth edition of   The Fox Chase Review  will be released.

Poetry by:

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Christine O’Leary-Rourke, Francesco Levato, Michelle Cahill, Carlos Reyes, Lauren Camp, Joshua Gray, J.V. Foerster, Jack Veasey, Michael Graves, Josiah Bancroft, J.J. Campbell, Kammika Williams-Witherspoon, Bruce Kramer, Marty Esworthy, Lindsey Warren

Fiction by:

Michael Onofrey, Noah Cutler, Louise Halvardsson, Bob Davis, Nicolette Wong, William Hastings.