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Monday, May 13, 2019

Three of my poems from The Devil's Artisan published

Muddy River Poetry Review just published three of my poems from The Devil's Artisan, a sequence of 82 sonnets in the voice of 16th century Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini. Thank you to Editor Zvi Sesling. For poems of murder, mayhem, and papal perfidy go here:  https://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Dennis%20Daly-3.pdf

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ipswich Poetry Reading on May 9th

I will be reading my poems with other poets and writers on May 9, 2019 at the historic Hall Haskell House on Rte 1A in Ipswich. The program begins at 7 o'clock p.m. Organized by Blaine Hebble, the Celebration of the American Voices has been going on for eight years. It is a three night affair, beginning on Thursday and continuing through the weekend. It does good work benefitting The Ipswich Food Pantry and My Brother's Table in Lynn.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review of Mudanca by Kevin Cutrer

Never underestimate the power of exuberance. Never, never underestimate the creative power of love’s exuberance. Kevin Cutrer’s new book, Mudanca, sings a melody of love like nothing I’ve heard in years. Can this be the return of courtly love? The poet’s words radiate authenticity as they reel through an emotional cross-cultural ether. Art, metrics, all of it fade into the distant background as Cutrer pulses out his evanescent, barely containable, joy. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/05/mudanca-poems-by-kevin-cutrer.html

Friday, April 19, 2019

Cover of My New Book

Dos Madres has accepted my manuscript entitled The Devil's Artisan, Sonnets from the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini. I have been working on this book for quite some time. Dos Madres is noted for, among other things, their excellent art work by Elizabeth Murphy. The inside design is also pretty amazing. Publishing date is still undetermined.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My poem Satyr published by The Ekphrastic Review

My poem Satyr has just been published by The Ekphrastic Review. Satyr is part of The Devil's Artisan, a sequence of 82 sonnets based on the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, a sixteenth century goldsmith, sculptor, and poet. Here is the link:   http://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-review/satyr-by-dennis-daly

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review of Like by A.E. Stallings

Alexander Pope famously defined “true wit” as “what oft was thought, but n’er so well expressed.” More than any other contemporary poet, A.E. Stallings, an American expatriate living in Athens, Greece, exemplifies this pedigree of versifier. Her poems make that which seems quite ordinary or just everyday sing.

 Stallings’ new book, Like, doubles down on what she has done before in her three earlier volumes of original poetry— identifying and, on occasion, inviting irony, tragedy, and most of all, a deeper understanding of human nature into her formalist domicile. Her narrative conclusions can be biting. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/03/like-poems-by-ae-stallings.html

Thursday, March 7, 2019

My poem entitled Political Advice published

A couple of my poems have recently been accepted by The Asses of Parnassus, an unusual site that I heartily recommend. Here is the link  to The Asses of Parnassus' site:  http://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/

 and here is the link directly to my just published poem: http://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/post/183291156492/political-advice

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review of Hesiod Works and Days translated by A.E.Stallings

Just the polish from A.E. Stallings new translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days can blind. Only momentarily, of course. But certainly the well-wrought formality of each couplet causes the reader a certain hesitancy and a loss of verbal sense as he or she marvels at the architectural details and pinpoint verbiage embedded by Stallings in this brilliant rendition of a fountainhead epic.

 Hesiod’s persona, through Stallings, reaches out from its ensconced eighth century (BCE) sanctuary with unmistakable antique connections cocooned within a surprisingly modern ethos. Born in the boondocks of Grecian Boeotia, Hesiod was a child of emigres. His father had fled the hardships of a sailor’s life and re-established his family inland, in the farming village of Askra, under the loom of Mount Helikon. This farming background frames and informs the structure of Works and Days. Starvation, according to Hesiod, is only one failed harvest away and worldly riches needs only a god’s nod and hard work. In fact Zeus has sent a twin of Strife to prod men on. She impels human kind with envy and competitive juices. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/03/hesiod-works-and-days-translated-by-ae.html

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review of In A Moment We May Be Strangely Blended

Sucked into the circular stir of worldly playtime and metaphoric toads, the reader of David Giannini’s new collection of poems, In A Moment We May Be Strangely Blended, seeks out objects of solidity like a book or a sofa or a bed or an arctic poppy for balance in the midst of indeterminacy. But to no avail. Giannini is just too good at what he does.

 Joy emanates from these poems in classical cacophonies and word waves. In addition, this poet appears to actually like what he does. He amuses his audience with mortality’s imaginings and historical absurdities.  Some of these poems need to be bottled and thrown into the space-time sea for other generations in other universes to grimace and chuckle at. That is, if there ever are future generations. The poet seems to entertain some doubts on that score.  For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/02/in-moment-we-may-be-strangely-blended.html

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Another discussion of my work on Uzbek TV

Recently I was presented questions online by Uzbek TV. Here they discuss my translations of Alisher Navoiy, along with my submitted answers and other associated subjects (about 2 minutes in). The footage shown of me speaking is from an earlier interview, which took place in Cambridge Massachusetts.  Here is the new link:


Friday, January 25, 2019

Nixes Mate Reading

I am honored to be reading in the Nixes Mate Poetry Marathon on January 26th between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Sherrill Library Ludcke Research Center, Leslie University, 89 Brattle St. Cambridge MA. I'll read a set of poems at 3 p.m. or thereabouts. The reading is sponsored by the Nixes Mate Review.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review of On the Meaning of Human Being, Heidegger and the Bible in Dialogue by Richard Oxenberg

Not since Saint Thomas Aquinas channeled Aristotle by way of Boethius in Summa Theologica have philosophy and theology met in such an unexpected and enlightened way. Richard Oxenberg in his new book, On the Meaning of Human Being, Heidegger and the Bible in Dialogue, uses a framework employed by the estimable (and somewhat infamous) Martin Heidegger to get at the ethical basis of humanity and the relevance of religion in the twenty-first century.

The first half of the Oxenberg book sets up his secular and foundational approach as well as developing a tool box of helpful terms and delving philosophic concepts. His choice of Heidegger seems at first rather odd (more on that later) and then… and then… not so much. Being and Time, Heidegger’s breakthrough work of phenomenological investigations, is clearly up to the task. Oxenberg manipulates Heidegger’s perceptions masterfully, architecturally structuring his own original arguments from them with deftness and certainty. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/01/on-meaning-of-human-being-by-richard.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

My poem How to Set a Ruby published

My poem How to Set a Ruby has just been published in Issue 10, Winter 2019 of Nixes Mate. Thank you to editors Philip Borenstein, Anne Pluto, and Michael McInnis. The poem is included in my first-person, 82 sonnet sequence entitled The Devil's Artisan, based on the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, a Renaissance goldsmith, poet and sculptor. Here is the link:  http://nixesmate.pub/how-to-set-a-ruby/ 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Ibbetson Street Pushcart Nominations

My poem An Ordinary Day (Ibbetson Street #43) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Thank you to the publisher and editors of Ibbetson Street. I'm honored. Congrats to the other nominees: Laura Cherry, Kathleen Aguero, Mary Buchinger, Elizabeth S. Wolf, and Lucy Holstedt.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

My Poem Salt Cellar published by The Ekphrastic Review

My poem entitled salt Cellar has been published by the Ekphrastic Review. The poem is part of  The Devil's Artisan, a collection of 80 sonnets based on the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, a Renaissance goldsmith, sculptor, and poet. Here is the link:  http://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-review/salt-cellar-by-dennis-daly

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review of Shot in the Head by Lee Varon

How can one not read this book? From its provocative title—Shot in the Head, through its narration of adultery, revenge, edgy family lore, religious hatred, and racial violence, Lee Varon leads her readers to a generational promised land of understanding and bone-rattling reconciliation.  

 Varon’s verse insights of damaged human beings in a deeply flawed culture are breathtaking. She pieces together her family history by chronicling a close knit, loving, but paradoxically fraught relationship with her undisputedly bigoted grandmother. Poetic short lines and stanza breaks both heighten events and invite atypical considerations of moral dilemmas among kith and kin. As one reads the geographical happenings of Petersburg, Virginia, circa 1930s, one can’t miss the contemporary racial and religious implications. In short Varon seems to have conjured up a psychological portrayal of singular significance.  For more of my review go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2018/11/shot-in-head-by-lee-varon.html

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Review of Green Midnight by Stuart Bartow

Breeziness in poetry has its advantages. Stuart Bartow draws one into his new book, Green Midnight, with an easy, light touch. Martian cat women, New Age vampires, cannibal Sirens, and quacking ravens open the collection by amusing and baiting the unwary reader as he or she drifts inexorably into the poet’s sublime and deepening hive of nowhere and everywhere. For more of my review of Green Midnight go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2018/08/green-midnight-by-stuart-bartow.html

Monday, July 2, 2018

R.I.P. Paul Pines

Paul Pines has died. A wonderful poet, memoirist, novelist, Jungian therapist, and jazz aficionado (He founded the Tin Palace Jazz Club in New York and hosted the annual Lake George Jazz Festival), Paul seemed to navigate through life on a whirlwind of energy. He also directed a performance of my translation of Sophocles' Ajax at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Paul's stage directions and casting choices were inspired. Condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Paul. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review of In Praise of the Useless Life

After living six decades in the Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of Gethsemani, Paul Quenon has written a quiet, self-effacing journal of the heart, which periodically breaks out into syllabic dance and grammatical song. This memoir purports to portray the life of an ordinary man living in an unconventional community, a spiritual haven that attracts both simple penitents and intellectual paragons. However, a man, who keens at the death of trees, claims Emily Dickenson as his soul sister, writes exquisite poetry, and engages in a mysticism that he calls “the choreography of heaven” doesn’t strike me as ordinary at all. For more of my review go here:  https://dougholder.blogspot.com/2018/06/in-praise-of-useless-life-monks-memoir.html

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review of What I Got For A Dollar by Bert Stern

If ever there were a tour de force of poetic cravings this is it. What I Got for a Dollar is Bert Stern’s third poetry collection and it’s magnificent. Stern craves deeply, but not shrilly, the cause behind the cause of creation. He makes the basic argument for divinity’s possibility as deftly as Thomas Aquinas ever did. Perhaps better. In fact the somewhat absentminded Deity that Stern conjures up behind his naturalistic images seems eminently likable, albeit dependent on humanity for help in keeping up appearances.   

Everything depends on the focus in Stern’s poems. In one poem he considers the micro world, Blake’s grain of sand. In other contexts the poet ponders over what he curiously calls “the ordinary.” Occasionally he jumps off the earth’s edge to commune with more fearsome, macro and fiery powers. Even the political and the comic are not beyond Stern’s observational attention. Also, throughout the collection, the poet works in an exquisite commentary on aging. He embeds it in both his persona’s longings and perceptions. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2018/05/what-i-got-for-dollar-poems-by-bert.html

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pantoums Sold Locally

My new book entitled Pantoums is now being sold locally at the Wicked Good  Books independent bookstore, located at 215 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Reading for the Boston National Poetry Festival

On Saturday April 7, 2018 I will be reading my poetry as part of the Boston National Poetry Festival (April 4th to 8th). I'm scheduled to read at 1:20 p.m. or shortly thereafter. The readings will be held at the Boston Public Library in the Commonwealth Salon. The library is located at 700 Boylston Street.