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Book Review: THE LOSS OF ALL LOST THINGS by Amina Gautier

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The Loss of All Lost Things by Amina Gautier Elixir Press, 2016 $17.00  Not all loss is created equal. As I read Amina Gautier’s third collection of short stories, The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press 2015), I tried to imagine the extent of loss I could endure. The loss of a child or partner …

Book Review: A CONTRIVED WORLD by Jung Young-Moon

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A Contrived World by Jung Young Moon Trans. by Jeffrey Karvonen & Mah Eunji Dalkey Archives Press, 2016 $16.00  Constructing A Contrived World, Korean writer and translator Jung Young Moon layers thoughtful vignettes, pulled from his narrator’s vivid imagination, to weave fiction and reality together. Set in the streets of a fictitious San Francisco, the narrator’s world …

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for American Poetry, 2017

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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

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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

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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, …