An urgent question drives this book: what is it to speak for another? Technology today often makes us feel as if we can speak for or as another. But this is an illusion. It is crucial that we remain seriously and playfully alert to the active role our imaginings have in the shaping of what we think we know of ourselves and others. Poetry is vital to raising this awareness. “Art is puppet-like,” the poet Paul Celan observed. This collection of poems, some in formal, some in free verse, explores the ironies, humor, emotions, and visions produced by such multifaceted puppetry, its pleasures and dangers, its role in both grief and joy, in experience and recollection.
When you find an old notebook you never know what you will find some times. I was going through what I thought was a notebook with my first book of poems in it. Instead I found a few poems that I had left out for one reason or another. Which leads to this book and it’s title. This is a group of poems that I wrote over several years about several different subjects. Mostly about relationships and love. I hope you enjoy these poems.
In prose poems and lineated poems, sonnets and free verse, Kathleen Brewin Lewis writes about the seasons—of the calendar year and of family life. JULY’S THICK KINGDOM moves the reader through snowstorms and thick pollen into summer’s bounty and the bittersweet beauty of fall, from her children’s childhood to her parents’ old age. “The words go on, a braided rope”—in her second chapbook, Lewis means to mark the passage of time.
In GOING PLACES, Elaine Fowler Palencia’s third poetry chapbook, she continues to explore the themes of her two collections of Appalachian fiction: identity rooted in place and family, exile and return, childhood, and lost Edens. Grounded in history and the western literary tradition, these poems bring together imagery from fairy tales, the Civil War, bluegrass music, spectral visits, Abraham Lincoln, mountaintop removal, regional speech, and Greek statuary to make surprising connections. The poetry is imbued with the grace, gentle irony, humor, and social concern of her distinctive storyteller’s voice.
Employing a clear, unflinching eye and a wry, affirmative humor, Robert J. Levy’s “All These Restless Ghosts” unfolds in a series of discursive meditations and vignettes – written in a mix of both free and formal verse – that seek to unearth the large in the small. With a meticulous intimacy and resonant music Levy mines the quotidian events of daily life, finding in the smallest of moments the most luminous of epiphanies. In lines tinged with gentle humor, he crafts poems that are at once refreshingly conversational and profoundly meditative. He engages our affectionate attention, leading us to wonder, astonishment and awe. In this volume Levy tackles the most monumental of concerns with a humane deftness, revealing an incomparable soul and a large, large heart.
Henry Redstone had it all – a beautiful wife, a beautiful house and a beautiful Cessna 152. But floating in the clouds with Henry and his airplane was the jagged detritus of a failed marriage, puncturing forever any hopes he’d had of a happy ending to his bankrupt life.
Temperate Zone is an edgy collection of poetry that takes a gritty look at the journey of personal growth. Likened to the development and aging of trees, each poem is woven together to take readers through the stages of Missing Rings, Whorls, and Growth Rings. Charged up and penned to stir the soul, these poems are far from the “sip a cup of tea” norm. Now that I have your attention, pull up a seat and settle in for an exhilarating journey through the Temperate Zone.Warning: Suitable for ages 16+. Reader discretion is advised.
Have you experienced an eerie chill crawl your skin and give you goosebumps for no apparent reason? Have you been haunted by an apparition you can’t explain? Has your abuelita told you stories about the legendary cucuys that have, for centuries, been a part of our valley folklore?These stories are simply cuentos many are skeptical to believe in. Leyendas my family has shared with me. It is up to you to decide whether to believe in these stories or not. Regardless, they are intriguing and will continue to be told for generations on end. Read on, enjoy, and beware of the cucuys!