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Reviews 'Subway Stories' art and poetry inspired by underground New York City
Posted by RZS on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (02:00:12)

Poetry News: In "Subway Stories" the artwork of Sophocles Plokamakis and the poems of Apostolos Anagnostopoulos create a unique snapshot of the New York City subway system. Inanimate objects speak, and the little dramas subway riders experience every day are played out in vignettes more like flash fiction pieces than poems.

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Reviews Book Review: 'Unveiling the Mind': Poems
Posted by RZS on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (01:26:41)

Poetry News: I like to think of poetry as open-heart surgery; the poet opens his or her heart and out comes words and images to comfort or disturb you. Sometimes the comforting is disturbing, but that's what poetry is all about to me: a crystalizing of thoughts and ideas that rearranges everything.

Read the review here!


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Reviews Poetry Set to Music, I - Martha Redbone
Posted by LostInTranslation on Monday, September 29, 2014 (14:23:56)

Poetry News: From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song. Sample from Redbone's album, "The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake" and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry.CLICK HERE to read more!

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Reviews "OBSERVATIONS" by Colleen Adele Kelly Poetry Collection Review
Posted by LostInTranslation on Monday, September 29, 2014 (12:29:09)

Poetry Review: Poet Colleen Adele Kelly looks for inspiration in the day-to-day idiosyncrasies that make up her life. She has gathered these reflections about life, spirituality and current events into her poetry collection, "Observations: A Collection of Short Poems" (published by Lulu).CLICK HERE for full story!

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Reviews Berkeley scholar offers revisioning of traditional holy days prayers, practices
Posted by RZS on Friday, September 19, 2014 (03:32:21)

Poetry News: ... There is no mention of God in Marcia Falk’s new book, “The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.”

The book is a counterpart to the Berkeley-based author, poet and scholar’s “The Book of Blessings,” which has become a staple in progressive congregations worldwide. ...

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Reviews Jason Ajemian: Folklords
Posted by RZS on Thursday, September 18, 2014 (15:18:16)

Music review excerpt: ... inspired versatility. In addition to his protean bass work, Ajemian occasionally recites stream of consciousness poetry with a naked emotionalism that belies its stylized affect. Politicized but abstract, the leader's melodramatic verses call out ...

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Reviews Review: 'Voices' draws attention to black poets
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (05:20:58)

Poetry News: ... - the main literary outlet for black authors and poets of the time - "Voices" covers the gamut of African-American poetry from 1827 to 1899: odes to freedom and condemnation of slavery, celebrations of life and love, calls to religion and politics, ...

Read full review here!


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Reviews Aimless Love, Reader and Poetry by Billy Collins
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (05:13:28)

I love the poems of Billy Collins. Quiet and intimate, they are like sharing your thoughts with your spouse or lover when both of you are feeling happy and have nothing to do.



Full review here!


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Reviews Book review: Sailing The Forest: Selected Poems
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (02:15:34)

Robertson begins with New Gravity from A Painted Field. It has the intimacy and coldness one associates with his poetry, its riddling, wry eyebrow ("Under the oak, the fallen leaves / are pieces of the tree's jigsaw"), its fierce clarity and precise ...

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Reviews Ken Berman: Sound Poetry
Posted by RZS on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (22:56:53)

Music News:

Pianist Ken Berman's friendship with the late poet Eythan Klamka served as the inspiration for Sound Poetry , a musical project of mostly original compositions bookended by two solo reinterpretations of classic jazz standards. Poet Klamka, to whom this album is dedicated, had previously stated that "any true musician is a sound poet" and to this end, poetry and music come together on the pianists fourth album as leader.



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Reviews Book reviews: Two new books play on songs of the Rust Belt
Posted by RZS on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (22:37:24)

Poetry News: ... novels, "I Was So Much Older Then" in 2001 and "The Measure of Everything" in 2006, as well as the collection of poetry "Time of the Light" in 2013. Both authors have taught creative writing. Both stories are situated in the Rust Belt. A great deal ...

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Reviews Book Review: 'Stone Mattress: Nine Tales' by Margaret Atwood
Posted by LostInTranslation on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (04:57:26)

Margaret Atwood’s latest story collection, “Stone Mattress,” is subtitled “Nine Tales” to signal its interest in the folkloric, the macabre and the supernatural. It includes bloodsucking, a severed but animate hand, a cruise-ship femme fatale and several victims of unusual violence, including an opportunistic suitor who may or may not get his comeuppance from an ex-girlfriend reincarnated as a mongrel dog.

CLICK HERE to read full review!


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Reviews REVIEW: Blas Commission Miorbhail nam Beinn
Posted by chameleon on Monday, September 08, 2014 (12:14:24)

For the opening night, Scottish Natural Heritage’s Great Glen House with its high windows and hilltop outlook made a great setting for the premiere of Iain MacFarlane’s production – this year’s Blas commission – which celebrates nature, the hill of Ben Dorain and Duncan Ban MacIntyre, the 18th century bard who praised it in the poem that inspired the show.

Read the full review at Northern Scotland!


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Reviews Atwood combines realism and folkloric in 'Stone Mattress,' new collection of tal
Posted by chameleon on Monday, September 08, 2014 (11:43:06)

Margaret Atwood is a literary icon, and her latest book steps out into new territory. This review/interview at Weyburn Review explores both the book and the writer's views in depth. A great read! ...

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Reviews Celebrating Leonard Cohen 80th birthday with a biography, for the record
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, September 07, 2014 (15:02:19)

Backbeat Books celebrates the 80th birthday of poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen with the release of a new book. Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows (Backbeat Books, $34.99) is a fitting tribute to Cohen's genius. His songs and poetry are defined by their emotional and intellectual intelligence. Lyrically potent, his records are full of romance, innuendo, ...

Read the full review at Examiner.com!


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Reviews Ono-no-Komachi Noh Performance Turns on Poetry
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, September 07, 2014 (14:43:20)

In Japan, they write entire plays about poetry, or so it seems from this review of "Omu Komachi (Komachi’s Parrot-Answer Poem)", a Noh performance event happening next week in Kyoto. The play exists at the intersection of several arts, including theater and poetry.

Read the play summary and explanation of Noh at Japan Visitor blog.


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Reviews CLARKE: Translations offer range of sensibility
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, September 07, 2014 (14:26:37)

Toronto publishing house, Guernica Editions, has released two new volumes of translated poetry. Throughout its decades-long history as a small press, Guernica Editions has frequently elected to publish poetry in translation. Originally based in Montreal, the press was keen to produce bilingual work as well as texts translated into - or from - Italian.

Read the review of both books at The Chronicle Herald!


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Reviews Book Review: Poetry in Motion
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, September 07, 2014 (06:50:05)

Meet an emerging poet from Uganda, Ivan Mulumba, in this in-depth review from the Sunday Monitor.

The first time I saw the title of the book, it evoked in my mind an image of graceful movement. Poetry In Motion is an eclectic collection of 49 poems grouped in five parts, each devoted to a particular theme.

A poet's view of society's dynamics!


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Reviews Book review: Debut poetry collection "If I Go Missing" focuses on love, loss and
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, August 31, 2014 (11:21:06)

Poetry News: "If I Go Missing" , Octavio Quintanilla's first book of poetry, is a compelling and mature work of art.

Link! This review of the first book by poet Octavio Quintanilla's first book, "If I Go Missing," is an intriguing introduction to the writings and poetry of the south Texas professor of creative writing. If you're a fan of GP member brownbwi, you'll find similarities in Quintinilla's work.

More links to learn about and discover Octavio Quintanilla below the fold...


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Reviews Lasana Sekou on summer reading list in Spain, Yaya's book reviewed in the UK
Posted by Essex68 on Sunday, August 31, 2014 (07:05:03)

Poetry News: ... the developing literary culture of our island," said Sample . The Pelican poems were selected from nine of Sekou's poetry books and translated from English to Spanish by the Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodriguez. He also wrote the analytical ...

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Reviews Review: Concert for Gaza at Ebbw Vale Institute
Posted by Essex68 on Thursday, August 21, 2014 (16:21:02)

Poetry News: ... to aid those is dire need. Poet and activist Patrick Jones was instrumental in putting together a night of music and poetry in support of Gaza relief and a capacity crowd at Ebbw Vale Institute were treated to some inspirational and emotion-charged ...

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Reviews Jon Allen, Deep River - Album Review
Posted by Essex68 on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (19:41:49)

Poetry News: ... the song fills out into several layers. 'Falling Back' and ' Humming Bird Blues' repeat the trick, but there's enough poetry in Allen's delivery to keep things from getting stale, especially in the aforementioned ' Lady of the Water' as Allen ...

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Reviews Larry Thompson's First Book "This Land Has Become Like the Garden ...
Posted by Essex68 on Monday, August 18, 2014 (00:00:00)

Poetry News: New book "This Land has become like the Garden of Eden" from Page Publishing author Larry Thompson is a work of religious poetry that will buttress readers' faith and bring strength to mind, body, and spirit.

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Reviews Scots poet wins top prize for Uist-inspired work
Posted by induce on Sunday, August 17, 2014 (04:12:42)

Poetry News: A SCOTTISH poet who began his writing career as a youngster by throwing bottles containing scribbled messages and maps into the sea was last night awarded the biggest prize in British poetry at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Reviews 10 Creepiest Books
Posted by Essex68 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 (12:00:00)

Poetry News: ... the book its uncanny resonance. The stories are further united by Walt Whitman, who appears in person and through poetry in each, and Cunningham's gorgeous prose. 4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - Everyone talks about The ...

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