Category: Books

“This, of course, comes as no surprise to those familiar with King’s work. It is uninterested in evenness and regularity. It is adroit and sharp and scream-y (often in literal caps) and rampaging. You don’t disgorge a poem entitled “PUSSY PUSSY SOCHI QUEER PUSSY PUTIN SOCHI QUEER QUEER PUSSY” because you are trying to lull…

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ANARCHY’S TIPTOE

ANARCHY’S TIPTOE Who’s to say what magic is when we’ve got vistas to explore? We’ll spend a day at the Hindu temple, watch a man who loses everything still hold his hands like being married. A younger man dreams of lions, a cave, an imminent slaughter the Lord intervenes on. His voice took the sword…

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National Poetry Month

Gently Read Literature 2nd Year Anniversary When Will We Stop Swimming?  Nathan Logan on Amy King’s Slaves To Do These Things In the Beginning: Dennis Etzel Jr. on Mathias Svalina’s Destruction Myth You’ve Been Warned: Jen Michalski on American Soma by Savannah Schroll Guz Lost Inside Maryam: Marcia Lynx Qualey on Mansoura Ez Eldin’s Maryam’s…

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Towards Still Another Universe…

Slaves to Do These Things is now available on Amazon (SPD later) for order – enjoy!   “I’m portable. My mind travels / the verse and valleys of whole people says the poet.” Correct! Readers of this book will discover their own memories. They will melt in them, amazed, lullabied, dramatized, shocked that they exist.…

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SUN, SEPT. 21st @ 3:00 p.m.- Race and Poetry: Integrating the Experimental

Next month, from Thurs. Sept. 18-Sun. Sept. 21, we’ll be putting on the second annual Welcome to Boog City poetry and music festival. It will feature performances from 49 poets, 13 musical acts, and one theater company over the four days. Among the highlights are: —a night devoted to Durham, N.C. small press minor/american; —a…

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Big Pimpin’

A Night At the Ear Inn Did I mention that my best friend and jazz critic, among other hats like Frank O’Connor scholar, W.B. Yeats aficionado, and friend of the Maxwell’s, Michael Steinman, started up a blog a few months ago? He’s on the move now, road-trekkin, with his lovely lady, Lorna Sass, for a…

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Birthing…

I forgot about this kick-ass picture Jennifer Firestone and I posed for some year or so ago (Well, mostly she’s kick ass and daring while I ride her coattails here!). That is, I forgot until I got word of her new book, HOLIDAY. Then, I thought that celebrating this book would also be a means…

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Never a More Generous Man

Never a more generous man have I met than poet and friend, Matthew Rotando. I take great pleasure in singing the praises of his first book of poems, THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON. I wish you could all know him too, as you will find that once you fall in love with this collection, you will long…

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I Dig It

Jennifer Bartlett’s DERIVATIVE OF THE MOVING IMAGE Jennifer Bartlett’s first book, with its most compelling title, DERIVATIVE OF THE MOVING IMAGE, is somehow not what I imagined it would be. I mean, there is shadow play and fondling of the slippery parts of relationships, but how can a first book reveal the mastery found within?…

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Small Presses and Big Politics

1. Go on and support Small Press Distribution if you have money to spare. My most recent is available now. 2. One speculative equation regarding “How Clinton Won“: “Hillary Clinton won last night by putting together the voting coalition that has held Democratic frontrunners in good stead for 75 years. Take a look at these…

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