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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 …

Book Review: PARIS SCRATCH by bart plantenga

By | Prose

Paris Scratch by bart plantenga  Sensitive Skin, 2016 $15.95  This volume comprises a tidy collection of 365 ‘meta-factual’ verbal snapshots of Paris, city of light and low-lifes. It will be joined by a forthcoming companion piece, NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor, set in New York City, out later this year. The author bart plantenga …

On Writing with Duende

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Prose

The question becomes, in the end, why should I care about your subject matter? Think about it: why should anybody care about the subject matter of your poems? This isn’t meant to be harsh—just a reality check. If your poem is solely about content, solely about things you’ve already known and thought, what insight does …