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Monday, July 17, 2017

Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading, August 30th

On Wednesday August 30th at 7pm I will be reading at the Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading with two other very talented poets, Valerie Duff and Aiden Rooney. The reading is part of the long-running Hastings Room Reading Series held at the First Church Congregationalist, 11 Garden St., Cambridge MA, near Harvard Square. The program will be hosted by poet Michael Steffen.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Three Pantoums Published in WHLR

Three of my recently written pantoums have just been published by Wilderness House Literary Review. My thanks to the editors. Here is the link:  http://www.whlreview.com/no-12.2/poetry/DennisDaly.pdf

Monday, June 26, 2017

My book Pantoums accepted for publication


My next collection of poems has been accepted by Dos Madres  Press. Thank you Robert and Elizabeth Murphy. Here is the front cover.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review of Lord's Own Anointed by Kevin Cutrer

Like a 2 X 4 to the head Kevin Cutrer’s new poetry collection, Lord’s Own Anointed, gets your attention fast. Set in rural Louisiana, Cutrer’s lyrics preach everyday Southern life writ both large and small. He marbles in pointed comedy and homespun wisdom. His subject matter is the human condition and his regional angle works wonderfully well. The riveting drawings by Rob Fairburn, who hails from the same small town as Cutrer, capture the poet’s tone perfectly. For more of my review of Lord's Own Anointed go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/06/lords-own-anointed-poems-by-kevin-cutrer.html

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review of River of Bones by Holly Guran

Perfecting a persona in poetry can be a tricky business. Personal feelings to the point of intimacy need to be balanced with distance and a level of objectivity. Holly Guran, in her new collection, River of Bones, achieves this equilibrium with a consistent well-modulated tone. In fact this modulation of diction astonishes with its adeptness whether she is speaking as one of her forebears or a young nineteenth century millworker or herself. Even at her most confessional Guran never descends into the rabbit hole of obsessive self-importance and soggy feelings. Her descriptive words reveal the wonder of both hurt and joy in her chosen contexts. For more of my review of River of Bones go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/05/river-of-bones-poems-by-holly-guran_17.html

Friday, March 31, 2017

Review of Transom by Rick Mullin

Dismal things embedded in a city-scape of soaring architecture gaze outward like Gothic demons into the crisp sunlit clarity of Rick Mullin’s poetic universe. Mullin notices them there and paints their likenesses onto the pages of Transom, his newest collection of ground-breaking poetry. Unlike some of his grander books such as Soutine (a stunning verse biography of a neglected artist) and Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle (a wondrously detailed retelling of Charles Darwin’s epic journey), Mullin scales down his subjects to pedestrian or, more to the point, commuter proportions.

 As a consummate formalist Mullin uses measure and rhyme in a fifteen line sonnet-like invention he calls a Third Sancerre. Appropriately enough the name suggests a French wine region noted for its elegant, yet very drinkable, wines grown in flinty, mineral rich soils. For more of my review of Transom go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/03/transom-poems-2016-by-rick-mullin.html

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review of Message from the Memoirist by Paul Pines

Tick Tock Tick Tock. Hickory, Dickory, Dock…. The various concepts of scientific time tell us almost nothing with their deconstructing conundrums. Nursery Rhymes do conjure up a sense of play and curiosity but then abandon us to the immediate. Only when time intersects with the eternal or the pinned-down specific does meaning appear, gleaned from the residue of the fiery crossover or the accelerated collision. Paul Pines, in his wonderfully illustrated poetry collection entitled Message from the Memoirist, uncovers precious pieces of memory from the dreamscape of mind and transmutes these quark-like particles into summonses that evoke the true nature of fundamental things. The spectacle or rather spectral results can be unsettling. Or exhilarating. Even funny.

 In tracing his expansive memories back to the “time before thought” Pines, presumably dressed in a cowl and carrying a torch, leads us through a primordial darkness. Shades appear and vanish from our reach. A cock crows and dawn’s light drenches with creation all who have passed over the River Lethe again. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/03/message-from-memoirist-poems-by-paul.html

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tuesday, March 7th Poetry Reading

I will be reading my poetry at Harvard University for the New England Poetry Club on March 7, 2017 between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The reading will be held at the Yenching Library's common room, located at 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge MA. Three other talented poets, Bob Carr, Holly Guran, and Eleanor Kedney, will also read.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Review of Hypothetically Speaking by M.K. Sukach

Just sayin. Apocalypse by Raptors. Toasting Death. Scatological Pledge. Hell’s Bill. Mindless Breathing. Cataclysmic Ponder. Robotic Hearts. Just sayin.

 Poems of wrath and dire suppositions dare us to awaken and live darkly in Hypothetically Speaking, M.K. Sukach’s new collection of fractured visions. This poet knows how to destroy with graven logic and malefic lyric. Never close enough for out- -and-out rage, Sukach sets up his alternate universes with a dastardly sharp and shifting wit, enticing us down some pretty idiosyncratic narrative paths. for more of my review of Hypothetically Speaking go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/02/hypothetically-speaking-by-mk-sukach.html

Friday, February 17, 2017

Upcoming Readings

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM I'll be reading for the New England Poetry Club at Harvard University. The event will be in the Yenching Library common room, located at 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA. Three other talented poets, Bob Carr, Holly Guran, and Eleanor Kedney, will also read.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 I'll give a short reading at the Boston National Poetry Month Festival, held in the Commonwealth Room of the Boston Public Library. I'm scheduled to read with other poets between 1:00 PM and 2:10 PM.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review of 21 Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy

Denise Provost reviews my translation, Twenty-One Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy, in the Somerville Times. Here is the link:  http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/73844

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review of Spirit Boxing by Afaa Michael Weaver

How does a man endure a lifetime of mind-numbing physical work, then go on to write a body of profound, ethereal poetry unlike anything else being written today? Ask poet Afaa Weaver. He’s not the first poet/writer that has broken out of a hard knocks life. But his measured, sometimes soaring verse, distilled from years of drudgery, offers up an unusual intoxication worthy of the most engaging, indeed the best, of modern writing.

 Using Chinese mystical metaphors Afaa Weaver, in his new book Spirit Boxing, revisits his coming-of-age experiences and blue collar workplaces he and others labored in with keen insight and a racial sensitivity both adamant and gentle. For more of my review of Spirit Boxing go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/02/spirit-boxing-by-afaa-michael-weaver.html 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Twenty-One Ghazals Available

My new translation of Twenty-One Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy is available at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton St., Cambridge Ma and Wicked Good Books, 215 Essex Street, Salem MA.

Small Press Distribution will have them shortly.
Also available from the publisher here:  http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/d.html#Dennis

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Review of An Emigrant's Winter by Pui Ying Wong

Small moments in the starkness of infinite space create their own palace of eloquent imagery in Pui Ying Wong’s An Emigrant’s Winter. Stringing a plethora of similes together, Wong constructs her architecture of muscular arches, lyrical spires, and exquisitely positioned lattices within her picture-perfect stanzas and flowing icicle-laden lines. Indeed, each multi-sided poem seems to defy gravity by rising above us into the frigid atmosphere of faceted and timeless exhilaration. For more of my review of An Emigrant's Winter go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-emigrants-winter-by-pui-ying-wong.html

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ed Meek reviews my translation Twenty-One Ghazals

My newest book of translations has been reviewed by Ed Meek. Here is the link:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/12/gifts-from-samarkind-by-ed-meek-review.html

Anthology Publication

Two of my poems, Little Misery Island and Great Misery Island, from my third book, Night Walking with Nathaniel, are included in the anthology Realms of the Mothers, published by Dos Madres Press.  I'm honored to be included in this beautifully designed book with so many talented poets.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Twenty-One Ghazals Released

My latest book of translations, Twenty-One Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy, has just been released by Cervena Barva Press.

Here is the link: http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/d.html#Dennis

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Fair

On Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Cambridge Public Library (community room, lowest level) there will be a book fair and sale with a number of short poetry readings. The event is hosted by the New England Poetry Club (NEPC) from noon to 4:30 pm. I'll be reading a few of my poems at 1:15 pm.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Poetry Reading on Nov. 15th

I will be reading from my new book, Sentinel, at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday, Nov.15th at 7pm. Two other poets will also read: Tom Lyons and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo. Here is the link: http://newtonfreelibrarypoetryseries.blogspot.com/

Review of Collisions On a Non-Existent Highway by Rosalyn Marhatta

Avoid the musk of Orient jungles and the threat of tiger paws. Or don’t. Rosalyn Marhatta’s Collisions on a Non-Existent Highway doesn’t.  Instead, she entices her readers into a movable feast of dangerous love, loss, and longing. She infuses her stanzas with cardamom-spiced passions in a pulao of cultural contradictions. From the first poem, Beware the Tiger Burning Bright, the exotic captures the imagination (not to mention the lust) of Marhatta’s youthful persona. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/11/collisions-on-non-existent-highway-by.html

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pushcart Nomination

I want to thank Zvi Sesling, the editor of Muddy River Poetry Review, for nominating my poem, Publius Claudius, for a Pushcart prize. Other fine poets such as Doug Holder, Gloria Mindock, and Marge Piercy were also nominated. Here is a link to that poem:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Oct%202016/Dennis%20Daly.pdf

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans' Day 2016

Veterans' Day 2016



My Boy Jack  -- by Rudyard Kipling


'Have you news of my boy Jack?'
Not this tide.
'When d'you think that he'll come back?'
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
'Has anyone else had word of him?'
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing and this tide.

'Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?'
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind-
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.
Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review of From Nothing by Daniel Tobin

Melding together physics, mysticism, and mathematics, Daniel Tobin, in his epic paean to Jesuit priest and scientist Georges Lemaitre entitled From Nothing, creates and choreographs a twentieth century re-conjured world of cosmological wonder and Dantean horror. He conveys his tale to us in extraordinary lines of narrative poetry.  Tobin’s writing explodes onto the page with white-hot intensity, its numinous words and birthing suns expanding and cooling first into elegance and then into a compassionate understanding of our human condition. For more of my review of From Nothing go here: