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Poets Read in Rustic Philadelphia- Poets @ Pennypack

Peter Krok reads as a cowboy passes in the background

Peter Krok reads at Poets @ Pennyapck as a cowboy passes in the background – Philly Poetry Day

A rustic reading in the city of Philadelphia, the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack was held in the amphitheater at the Pennypack Environmental Center in the Northeast. The featured poets delighted the crowd, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Peter Krok, Wendy Schermer, Bruce Kramer, B.E. Kahn, Tom Mallouk and J.C. Todd gave outstanding readings followed by Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal reading in the open mic.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Poets @ Pennypack – Philly Poetry Day

Wendy Schermer reads

Wendy Schermer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Bruce Kramer reads

Bruce Kramer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day



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B.E. Kahn reads

B.E. Kahn reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day

Tom Mallouk reads

Tom Mallouk reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

J.C. Todd reads

J.C. Todd reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

.You can view photographs of the event at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/

We return to the amphitheater on May 10th. More information will be forthcoming.

FCR Report on Philly Poetry Day

philly poetry day By: g emil reutter

Philly Poetry Day was slated to kick off at 12:00 am in West Philly with over 30 events scheduled across the city, Delaware and Bucks Counties. Philadelphia is home to a diverse group of poets mirroring the arts scene across the city. Realism, Language, Spoken Word, Mathematical, Haiku, Confessional, Formal, Concrete, Dada, Modernist, Post-Modernist, Avant-Garde, call it what you want but in Philadelphia this day words flowed forth from porches, coffee houses, in front of buildings, parks, studios, on Septa buses, town halls and colleges, on street corners and backyard barbeques . We at the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series have a fondness for the parks in Philadelphia. Our Poets @ Pennypack was planned over six months ago and fell on Philly Poetry Day. We decided to add two informal events to the day. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and I slated a reading in Lions Park in Fox Chase because that it is where it all started, the idea for the review and reading series. We also slated a reading at Gorgas Park in Roxborough where Diane graduated from the adjacent Roxborough High School and grew up just a block away where the elders of her family still reside.

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia Philly Poetry Day

Our day began at Lions Park for an 11 am reading centered on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We enjoyed reading in Lions Park to the folks waiting on the 18 bus in the loop.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

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Pennypack Environmental Center on Veree Road - Philadelplhia

Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road – Philadelplhia – Philly Poetry Day

Following the Lions Park reading in Fox Chase we traveled down Rhawn Street to Verree Road and the amphitheater located to the rear of the Pennypack Environmental Center. This rustic setting set on a ridge high above the Valley of the Pennypack  in the Northeast was perfect for a poetry reading. The reading began at 1 pm with our featured poets.  B.E. Kahn, Peter Krok, Tom Mallouk, Bruce Kramer, Wendy Schermer, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and J.C. Todd delighted the crowd with full 15-20 minute sets of poetry. The following poets participated in the open mic following the features: Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack Park- Philly Poetry Day

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Gorgas Park in Roxborough

Gorgas Park in Roxborough – Philadelphia- Philly Poetry Day

After a brief rest we traveled south on the Boulevard to the Fox street exit and down Henry to Leverington Avenue arriving at Gorgas Park which rests on Ridge Avenue. At 7 pm we completed the day much as we started, on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We were met by the elders of Diane’s family and a few neighborhood kids and enjoyed reading in Gorgas Park.

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

 

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Philadelphia is blessed with possibly the most beautiful park system in the country. From the expansive Pennypack Park to neighborhood parks like Lions Park and Gorgas Park. The poet Joseph Brodsky once said, “Poetry must be available to the public in far greater volume than it is.”  On this day, the 12th of April 2014 in Philadelphia, on Philly Poetry Day in over 30 venues, poetry was available in abundance.   Photographs from our events are available at these links: Philly Poetry Day : https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749178684/ Poets @ Pennypack: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/   For other reports from across the city  please visit: http://www.phillypoetryday.com/

More poetry? On April 27th @ 2 pm Dan Maguire and Ann E. Michael are reading at our Featured Poets/Writers Series at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information on this reading can be found at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/michael-and-maguire-april-27th/

Poets @ Pennypack – April 12th @ 1pm

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The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack on April 12, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. 7 featured poets will be followed by an open reading. For more information please visit : https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/poets-pennpack-april-12th-1pm/

Enjoy the Latest Poetry in the Fox Chase Review

fox chase reviewEnjoy the latest poetry in The Fox Chase Review by Jonel Abellanosa, Nathalie Anderson, Ashley Elizabeth Best, Lauren Camp, Philip Dacey, Dennis Daly, Joshua Gray, Lisa Lewis, Rodger Lowenthal, Tom Mallouk, Ellen Peckham, Russell Reece, Rebecca Schumejda, John Timpane and Frank Wilson. Follow the poets at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/poetry.html

….. We’ll Be Back in January

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We are looking forward to a great 2014 here in Fox Chase.

The Winter/Spring 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is slated for release in January. Until then you can enjoy the review at www.foxchasereview.org

We will resume blogging in January 2014.

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Our Featured Poet/Writer Series at Ryerss Museum and Library kicks off on January 26th with Maryann L. Miller and J. Erin Sweeney. Our full lineup for 2014 can be viewed here: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FCR2014ReadingSchedule.pdf

Amp at Pennypack Environmental Center

Our new outdoor poetry series, Poets @ Pennypack will be held on April 12th and May 10th. Our lineup can be viewed at these links:

April 12th: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FoxChaseReadingSeries-414.pdf

May 10th: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FoxChaseReadingSeries514.pdf

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Poets on the Porch at Ryerss Museum and Library will be held on July 13th. Our lineup can be viewed at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/PoetsonthePorch_2014.pdf

Nantucket Revisited by Tom Mallouk

mallouk_cover_lgPaperback: 48 pages

Publisher: Antrim House; First edition (April 10, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1936482479

ISBN-13: 978-1936482474

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Review by: g emil reutter
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Tom Mallouk is a quiet poet.  He observes not only the obvious, represented as the external, but one senses the internal workings of the poet himself. In the organized chaos of nature along the sea, Mallouk provides the calm with melodic words and images, as only one who observes can do, evidenced in the themes of his well-crafted poems.
           He brings us into the title poem, Nantucket Revisited, in the first stanza with the familiar:
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I’ve wobbled through sandy ruts to the edge
of the bluff, this rusted bike tipped on my hip.
The Ocean luffs like gray-green sheets and I see
the light green of a sand bar and the darker green
of the trough between the bar and the breakers.
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         Mallouk blends the calmness of the beach with the swells and breaking waves of the ocean. In the poem  Settled  Surf:
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Restful sleep. Dream of spontaneous
Remission of auto-immune disease.
Bright sunshine at the beach.
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Surf settled, ocean welcoming. Plovers
peck in the sudsy edge of the tide-line
Parents lounge in beach chairs, lost
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in books or conversation. Dark heads
of seals bob above the glint of swells
well beyond the breakers.
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       What would a collection of poems about the sea be without a fish story? Mallouk writes of his big fish in Savor. He writes of battling the rain and sea spray with a rented rod of questionable quality and a rusted reel. Mallouk hooks a striped bass, and despite the battle between fish and man, pulls the fish in, drags it onto the beach and it is a big fish, a fish bigger than his German shepherd.  He captures the weather conditions, battle of the fisherman, and of course the big fish. But this big fish poem is real, he provides a photograph of himself holding the defeated striped bass up next to his dog. The only striped bass he would ever snag. 
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