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Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ron McLarty Interview in October Issue of Eclectica: I Didn't Know the Veteran Character Actor I Saw on TV and in Films Was a Talented Writer...
Read my interview with actor and writer Ron McLarty here
and check out new poetry, fiction, book reviews, op-ed pieces and interviews in October 2009 Eclectica.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
"In this highly acclaimed book and live literature event, six daughters speak openly and passionately about mother and daughter relationships.
Some Girls’ Mothers features stories from Suzanne Batty, Anne Caldwell, Nell Farrell, Char March, Clare Shaw and River Wolton.
Do daughters step into their mothers’ shoes? How does this central relationship colour women’s lives? The tales in this anthology address these questions with honesty and vigour, weaving humour and warmth into the telling of small but significant tragedies.
Celebrated poets, the writers showcased here explore daughterhood and motherhood in their own unique styles. They speak out in prose that fizzes and crackles, throwing light on these questions and many others. The stories offer a unique set of insights into this relationship. You’ll find plenty to uncover in this irreverent but heartfelt take on an age-old subject.
'Touching, wounding, humbling' - Simon Armitage
'Beautiful writing. A lovely mix of poignant and funny material, it will touch so many chords with so many mothers and daughters' - Polly Thomas (read less)
In this highly acclaimed book and live literature event, six daughters speak openly and passionately about mother and daughter relationships.
Some Girls’ Mothers features stories from Suzanne Batty, Anne Caldwell, Nell Farrell, Char March, Clare Shaw and River Wolton"
Friday, August 28, 2009
"Vegetable Love" Poem by Barbara Crooker Read by Garrison Keillor on the Writer's Almanac- I Love This Poem!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Journey Anthology includes work by Peter Krok, Mike Amado, Ed Galing, Halima Sussman, Helen Bar-Lev, Phillip E. Burnham, Phil Levy, Susan Tepper, Tom Sheehan, Elizabeth P. Glixman and many others.
"Our second anthology Journey is a huge success, in the eyes of the critics who have read the galleys and and I hope it will be with you and the public. We think it is a beautiful book inside and out. The content is thought-provoking, funny, luminous, mysterious and covers all the emotions and brings up important issues. It's beautiful to look at. It's beautiful to read."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The online issue my poem is in is not up yet. Enjoy the previous issue.
Is Reads website www.isreads.com.
And read an article about Adam and his outdoor journal in Poets and Writers Magazine
My poem was posted in these two spots among many others.
Monday, May 11, 2009
You can watch Polis Is This about poet Charles Olson at
http://www.polisisthis.com/ . I have an interest in Olson's work for many reasons.
One: He was born in my hometown in Massachusetts along with other notable poets such as Stanley Kunitz and Elizabeth Bishop.
Two: I love Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Maximus Poems were inspired by Olson's love of Gloucester.Gloucester is a beautiful place even though it has changed dramatically in the last four decades. Going to Gloucester on a day trip when I was a teenager was like going to a new world where nature ruled. The air was clean. There was an abundance of light. I felt invigorated. The smell of the sea and the fish, the weathered buildings, the fishing boats, the ocean, the quaintness of it all spoke of another time when people lived off the land, respected it and had roots in community. It was this sense of an enclosed community that held onto tradition that intrigued me.
Three: Olson believed in people's ability to shape their world.
Four: It seems he didn't care what people thought of him ( he was a bit eccentric) and he was humble. He was outspoken, eccentric yet humble. Hmm. Seems like a contradiction. I gathered this from the film Polis Is This.
Five: He had a station wagon that had no reverse. When asked why, he said no one should go backward in life.
I often think that many great poets are like mystic sages, visionaries or teachers who show things to us we do not see because we do not have the capacity or sensitivity to see things as they are in this world. Or because we are stuck in our solo vision of things. Olson gives the people who read his work a different view of what people can achieve.
Info on Charles Olson
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970), was an important 2nd generation American modernist poet who was a crucial link between earlier figures like Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, a rubric which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Subsequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure. He is credited as one of the thinkers who coined the term postmodern. Across the Atlantic, these various poetic movements have exerted a deep and ongoing influence on an important array of alternative and experimental writers, including Roy Fisher, Edwin Morgan, and Geoffrey Hill, behind whose works lurks Olson's ghost of language-driven inventiveness."
Info on poems from poets.org "He began work on his opus, The Maximus Poems, in the mid-1940s, and continued to expand and revise them until his death in 1970. Formally similar to Ezra Pound's Cantos, the Maximus poems are, in Olson's words, "about a person and a place."
Friday, April 24, 2009
April 24, 2009 - Do you love to draw whether free hand or on the computer? On June 6, 2009 ( Drawing Day)show the world your drawings.
One of my favorite " drawers" is Edward Gorey. I love his black and white drawings for their designs, textures, and humour (often bizarre or horrific).
He did the illustrations for the intro to the PBS Mystery series.
Make your own lines on a surface.
READ ABOUT DRAWING DAY
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Kim Addonizio- What Do Women Want?
Kim Addonizio- Video Readings
Saturday, March 28, 2009
March 27, 2009 Listen to Thomas Lux Talk about Poetry on the Paula Gordon Show .I Don't Know who Paula Gordon Is but Thomas Lux is a Unique Poet
The poems in God Particles do not shy away from the depressing and the ugly. Despite this they are life affirming to read. They are compassionate poems.
Here is a poem from the book
late August, before the harvest, every one of us worn down
by the plow, the hoe, rake,
and worry over rain.
Chicken coop confiscated
by the rats and the raptors
with nary a mouse to hunt. The corn's too green and hard,
and the larder's down
to dried apples
and double-corned cod. We lie on our backs
and stare at the blue;
our work is done, our bellies flat.
The mold on the wheat killed hardly a sheaf.
The lambs fatten on the grass, our pigs we set
to forage on their own—they'll be back
when they whiff the first shucked ears
of corn. Albert's counting
bushels in his head
to see if there's enough to ask Harriet's father
for her hand. Harriet's father
is thinking about Harriet's mother's bread
pudding. The boys and girls
splash in the creek,
which is low but cold. Soon, soon
there will be food
again, and from what our hands have done
we shall live another year here
by the river
in the valley
above the fault line
beneath the mountain.
I really liked what Thomas Lux says about poetry in this interview on the Paula Gordon Show.
Lux gives credit to performance poetry for our culture's recent renewed interest in poetry and talks about why poets write.
Read the rest-Audio Interview
Saturday, March 7, 2009
People came to the U.S. seeking freedom of expression and economic opportunity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century (THE SECOND WAVE: European Immigration from 1850-1920). http://www.memory.loc.gov/learn/educators/workshop/european/wimmlink.html
My grandmother worked hard. She had an independent spirit. She represents to me all the hard working women who came to the United States from Ireland, Germany, China, Italy, Eastern Europe during this wave of immigration who paved the way for more equal rights for all women in the U.S. These women who worked in factories, shops, were housewives, supported their husbands' dreams, and or manifested dreams of their own are role models for women of all ages. Many young women in the United States today do not know what their grandmothers and great grandmothers went through to be able to work, vote, or garner equality.
Check these sites out to learn more about the "famous" and "not famous" remarkable women who paved the way for us all. In the twenty-first century women and their families are immigrating to the U.S. They will contribute to the ongoing story of History in new and unique ways.
Gifts of Age: Portraits and Essays of 32 Remarkable Women
by Charlotte Painter
Women Make Movies Films by and about Women
A Place Called Home - Women and Immigration
"This extraordinary collection features titles that celebrate the lives and achievements of immigrants in the U.S. and explore ongoing struggles of immigrants today. Includes new release MOTHERLAND and the acclaimed ADIO KERIDA (GOODBYE DEAR LOVE)"
Emma Lazarus, Poet of the Huddled Masses
by Jacki Lyden
"In her poem The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus created what stood for years as an American credo. You know the words: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
The words of the poem were engraved on a bronze plaque hung in the Statue of Liberty museum 20 years after her death. To many, the verse expressed the governing U.S. attitude toward immigrants: welcome. But today, a new debate over immigration is dominating the political debate."
Read the rest
Miriam's Daughters: Jewish Latin American Women Poets
|Not only have I carried and continue to carry the languages of my ancestors, but I have also many names. Because I was born in the United States, my mother named me Marjorie, like the character in Howard Fast's novel Marjorie Morningstar. In Chile I was called Margarita; at home Magita; and at the Hebrew school, Miriam.|
Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been :New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora
Edited by Persis M. Karim
Foreword by Al Young
A powerful collection that speaks to history, immigration, and the emergence of a new international literary voice
Other Links of Interest
Immigration Learning Page Library of Congress
The Statue of Liberty: Ellis Island Foundation- Inc.
Karen Tei Yamashita Novelist- Brazil- Maru
Interview with Karen Tei Yamashita
Monday, February 16, 2009
T.C. Boyle's 2006 novel Talk Talk is about one woman's experience with identity theft. I've heard ads on the radio about how to protect your identity. I never thought much about this type of crime until I read Boyle's book. The book made the whole experience frightening. You will find out it REALLY can happen to anybody!
I read the book quickly. I wanted to know if the deaf woman and her boyfriend (they took it upon themselves to find the thief) would catch him. There were a lot of scenes in cars which made the book seem like one big car chase between cops and robbers.
Here are two reviews.
"Gabriel Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He has written numerous books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude (I will never forget this story) and Love in the Time of Cholera. Memories of My Melancholy Whores, his latest novel, is a 115-page, strangely erotic, and spiritual masterpiece. The man is a great writer, but I don't have to tell you that."
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is about more than the relationship between a young prostitute and a ninety year old man. Read more http://www.eclectica.org/v10n4/glixman.html
Friday, February 13, 2009
where everything is covered
with luxurious lace. You are right
You've entered a space with signs on walls
that read for the demure, the daring, the darling
The room is full of searching people like your neighbor
eighty year old Mrs.Rodriguez
hiding her Valentines Day hearts and flower thong
trimmed with neon pink lace in her bony hand
No one would have ever guessed
This is the way the world should be everyday
a shopping spree - a surprise-
All women are madonas goddesses
mistresses of the dark
in black lace and high heels and
then there are the women who are told
not to be women
who need to take care of their
This store is not a place of weeping and sighs
of threats and phrases
I am leaving you
Don't expect child support
And it is not a place where you pick up dry cleaning
or tell the judge how your significant other cheated
It is a place of
I am a lover of lace and soft things
at Angela's Lingerie store
Monday, February 2, 2009
Robert Frost lived and wrote in New England for part of his life.
"Though his work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England, and though he was a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics who remained steadfastly aloof from the poetic movements and fashions of his time, Frost is anything but a merely regional or minor poet. The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony."
Read more about Frost at
A few memorable poems.
DUST OF SNOWby Robert Frost
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
|An Old Man's Winter Night |
by Robert Frost
|All out of doors looked darkly in at him |
Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars,
That gathers on the pane in empty rooms.
What kept his eyes from giving back the gaze
Was the lamp tilted near them in his hand.
What kept him from remembering what it was
That brought him to that creaking room was age.
He stood with barrels round him -- at a loss.
And having scared the cellar under him
In clomping there, he scared it once again
In clomping off; -- and scared the outer night,
Which has its sounds, familiar, like the roar
Of trees and crack of branches, common things,
But nothing so like beating on a box.
A light he was to no one but himself
Where now he sat, concerned with he knew what,
A quiet light, and then not even that.
He consigned to the moon, such as she was,
So late-arising, to the broken moon
As better than the sun in any case
For such a charge, his snow upon the roof,
His icicles along the wall to keep;
And slept. The log that shifted with a jolt
Once in the stove, disturbed him and he shifted,
And eased his heavy breathing, but still slept.
One aged man -- one man -- can't keep a house,
A farm, a countryside, or if he can,
It's thus he does it of a winter night.
|From "Mountain Interval", 1916 |
I bought this book of Frost's poems and B.A. King photos years ago. I often re-read it. I find it inspiring. See more of King's black and white photos at this link.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
"... (an) extraordinary collection, which has an energy, a precision and a deep black humour I haven't seen in a long time." The Guardian
"God Is a Chicken" is one of the stories from Beware of God stories (Simon & Schuster March 28, 2006) . Imagine what you would do as an Orthodox Jew if you died and went to heaven and found out God was an actual chicken who did all things chicken. All the practices you observed like keeping kosher were meaningless. You wanted to tell your family to stop being observant because God was a chicken and the practices didn't matter. But you were dead! Esquire Magazine called it "Heretical. Hysterical." Auslander's second book Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir was published in 2007.
Auslander has contributed pieces to The New Yorker, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine and NPR( You Must Read This by Shalom Auslander
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This issue includes interviews with and by these members of the Wom-Po ( Women's Poetry) Listserv.
Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv