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Ten New Year’s Resolutions for American Poetry, 2017

By | Blog Archives, Prose

These are resolutions for poetry. For readers. For writers. For what’s possible. For some, they may seem curmudgeonly. So be it. For some, they might seem frivolous. So what? We live in a time when there are more poems being written, being published in journals, published in anthologies and books, and yet, as someone who’s …

Confessions of a Could-be Confessional Poet

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Prose

A recent collection of essays, After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography, raises some issues about confessionalism, autobiography, and the role of the lyric I. Confessionalism, that moniker lodged against Lowell by M.L. Rosenthal that was then owned by an entire school of poetry, has of course led to numerous classroom discussions in which students declared that …

Excerpts from PARIS SCRATCH by bart plantenga

By | Prose

Paris Scratch: The Children Snapshots [Les enfants instantanés]   excerpts from Paris Scratch (Sensitive Skin, June 2016) Walking, like writing, leads from an oft-known destination to an unknown one. From the familiar to the unfamiliar. While living in Paris I fell from natural fascination into rote routine & so I decided to attain a more …

Book Review: THE SILVER GHOST by Chuck Kinder

By & | Book Review, Prose

The Silver Ghost by Chuck Kinder Braddock Avenue Books, 2016 $16.95 It is the late 1950s and America is a lush, electric, song-filled garden for teenage truelove, and Jimbo and Judy fully expect that their own truelove will grow and grow until the end of time, until the twelfth of never. Jimbo Stark lives in a …

Book Review: ICONOSCOPE by Peter Oresick

By | Book Review, Dakota Garilli, Prose

Iconoscope: New and Selected Poems  by Peter Oresick University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016 $16.95  It’s rare to find a poet with such a laser focus on creating a lifelong legacy. From Definitions in 1990 to Warhol-o-rama (2008) and anthologies like For a Living (1995), Oresick devoted his life’s work to making, fostering, inspiring, and highlighting art for, …

Specs of Dust

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Poetics, Prose

One might think the title is a typo, that I meant “Specks of Dust.”  Speck, from the Middle English “specke” and deeper still to Old English, “specca,” meaning “a small spot, mark, or discolorization” (American Heritage Dictionary).  But it’s no typo. In this case I’m referencing the Latinate “specere”—to look at, to see. As poets, …

Book Review: BRUJA by Wendy C. Ortiz

By | Book Review, Prose

Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016 $15.95  Wendy C. Ortiz’s Bruja is a collection of dream vignettes that pull us into a moment of life that is often unseen, and even more so, unspoken. Each dream scene is written in language that is sharp, but not simple, as it shakes us awake to …

Dance Review: ANALOGY/DORA: TRAMONTANE by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

By | Adrienne Totino, Reviews: Performing Arts

For over 30 years, renowned choreographer, Bill T. Jones, has built a prolific repertoire of dance works. Throughout his career he has received a number of accolades, including a MacArthur Genius Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, and two Tony Awards for Best Choreography. Jones has tackled difficult topics in his work, including the AIDS epidemic …