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Friday, March 16, 2018

Uzbek translation

Thank you very much to A'zam Obidov for his very capable translation of my poem, New World, into Uzbek. The poem was originally published in a collection entitled Custom House (Ibbetson Street Press, 2012) Mr. Obidov recently interviewed me in Cambridge on the subject of my translation of Alisher Navoiy' s poetry, Twenty-One Ghazals (Cervena Barva Press, 2016). Here is the link, https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dp22fuSDv19U%26t%3D12s&h=ATONKd5HNF-WMkoM9-jvr9CwBoU4H0gpxoFviS54nBtyPoRRgHUe6lqvJC2RAYb90hfYYJCPMpiwYtdobmjTqNcKpQ1tnZxvoNziLvfM_19BgKwMYdvytUOdg5zHrNE

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Link to Online Version of NDR

Notre Dame Review helpfully puts many of its printed works online also. Here is the link to my review of Marc Vincenz's book-long poem entitled Sibylline:  https://ndreview.nd.edu/assets/267303/daly_review.pdf

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review of Pearl by Lawrence Kessenich

Masked by its modest size and critically unconsidered, at least until now, because of the small number of available copies, Pearl, Lawrence Kessenich’s new chapbook, spellbinds the reader both as a commentary on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and, in its own right, as a compilation of compelling and elegant poetry.

 Besides the exquisite simplicity of the book’s design, Pearl astounds with a life-affirming passion rarely exhibited in contemporary American verse. Kessenich constructs his poems solidly, but somehow the spirit of their subject/ narrator hovers over his whole collection, seemingly moving from piece to piece. The poet includes five interludes of prosaic Hawthorne-speak, which knit the poems together and elucidate the strange personal connection between Hawthorne and the most impish of his fictional characters. For more of my review of Pearl go here:  http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesomervilletimes.com%2Farchives%2F82104&h=ATMbmzGR1D0C3Fl8WOIfCOJFGmlvKuVuQLKoG3e35hfaKr-do64gA_WcPkXbc05cJZ8emoBNsVZ4rlY5XmjtyPFVCA3OxeeMK6XFpq_npHev3zDL3CSwq7koPXpRY_w

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review Published in Notre Dame Review

Notre Dame Review, Number 45, Winter/Spring 2018 issue is out. My review of Marc Vincenz's Sibylline is included. Thank you to Executive Editor Kathleen J. Canavan and the other involved editors. The issue also includes two new pieces by Vincenz.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review of Unquiet Vigil by Paul Quenon

Out of great silence and temporal restraint comes an exquisite rush of words and, in turn, transcendental passion. Paul Quenon, in his latest book, Unquiet Vigil, belies the conventional understanding of repetitive monastic rituals, mystic self-abnegation, and meandering walls that delimit (at least metaphorically) wandering monks from worldly desires and ambitions. Quenon’s words soar with freedom’s exhilarating ardor, sustained by the fearlessness of his faith and the innate disposition of his environment, an unusual combination. Or, perhaps not. His poetry does not filter; it simply records quiet rhythms and perceives the essential forms of nature in compelling ways.

 Born in West Virginia coal country, Quenon entered Our Lady of Gethsemani Trappist monastery, near Bardstown Kentucky, in 1958 at the age of seventeen. His novice master, spiritual advisor, and poetry mentor was the renowned Thomas Merton. For the last twenty or so years the monastery has supported Quenon’s artistic endeavors (he has published five previous books of poetry and produced some extraordinary photography).
For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2018/02/unquiet-vigil-new-and-selected-poems-by.html

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Zvi Sesling reviews Pantoums

Thank you to Zvi Sesling, Brookline's Poet Laureate and the Editor of Muddy River Poetry Review, for his nice review of my new book Pantoums

Here's the Link: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2018/01/pantoums-by-dennis-daly.html

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pantoums Now Available

My new book Pantoums has arrived. It is available at the Grolier Book Shop, 6 Plympton St., Cambridge MA.

It is also available at Dos Madres Press: www.dosmadres.com

Soon it will be available on Amazon and at other bookshops


Thursday, December 21, 2017

My pantoum Thought just published

My pantoum Thought has just been published by Solstice Literary Magazine. This poem is included in my soon-to-be-published book entitled Pantoums (Dos Madres Press). It is, as far as I know, the first and only book entirely of pantoums ever published. My thanks to the editors of Solstice. Very strong issue, beautifully done. Here is the direct link.  https://solsticelitmag.org/content/thought/  but take a look at the other very original and diverse offerings too.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Review of Filched by James Tolan

Without an intermediary, a thickly (or at least thinly) constructed persona to absorb sentiment’s backwash, confessional poetry often erodes and collapses of its own weight. Some of it can be downright dangerous. In his new book, Filched, James Tolan avoids that pathetic destructiveness using tonal restraint, irony, and damn good storytelling. Each poem Tolan breathes onto his pages burns with a purloined joy, freed from time’s untoward tyranny. For more of my review go here:   http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/12/filched-poems-by-james-tolan.html

Monday, November 20, 2017

Poetry Reading December 5th Salem Athenaeum

    I will be reading my poetry on Tuesday December 5th at the Salem Athenaeum with some other very talented Salem writers including Kathleen Aguero, Richard Hoffman, Ashley Skeffington, Beth Ann Cornell, Susanna Baird and Liz Hutchinson. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. The Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St., Salem, MA.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Poetry Reviews Published by Print Journals

Two of my reviews have just been accepted for publication by print journals. My review of Marc Vincenz's book Sibylline, published by Ampersand Press, and entitled Into the Labyrinth: The Construction of a 21st Century Poetics has been accepted by Notre Dame Review (Notre Dame University, Indiana). Also my review of David Rivard's book Standoff, published by Graywolf Press, has been accepted by Ibbetson Street (Ibbetson Street Press / Endicott College, Massachusetts).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review of The Aeneid, translated by David Ferry

Whether carrying his father and leading his son out of a burning city, navigating his fleet through a tsunami, escaping a Carthaginian seductress, visiting the forbidden realm of Hades, or engaging in mortal combat with a Latin prince, Aeneas, in David Ferry’s new and superbly rendered translation of Virgil’s Aeneid, conveys the destiny of civilization forward into its ordained future. This epic journey with episodic tragedies, and mythological wonders still captures the imagination of modern readers perplexed by their own earthly impediments and those nasty, ill-deserved thunderbolt strikes from above.

 Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil) wrote The Aeneid for Octavian Caesar Augustus during the last ten years of his life (29-19 BC). He at first ordered his executors to burn the unedited manuscript. Octavian apparently intervened and countermanded that directive. Some critics argue that the book’s purpose was to justify Augustan succession and ultimately Pax Romana. Others believe that Virgil turned his work into something much larger, an allegory of man’s destiny and independence in the face of intruding forces emanating from a panoply of misanthropic and whimsical divinities. In any case, the narrative seems to take on a life of its own, at times brutally realistic, at other times strangely comforting. For more of my review of The Aeneid, translated by David Ferry go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-aeneid-by-virgil-translated-by.html

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Poetry Reading Tonight Thursday, October 26

I will be reading tonight at Brookline Village Library. The program starts at 7:00 PM. Five other very talented poets will also read. The event is hosted by Brookline's Poet Laureate, Zvi Sesling.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My poem Solitaire published in Lyrical The Somerville Times

My poem Solitaire has just been published in the Lyrical Section of The Somerville Times. It is also included in my upcoming book, Pantoums, which has recently been accepted by Dos Madres Press. Here is the link:  http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/79457

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My poems, Bulwark and Minefield, published in Muddy River Poetry Review

Two of my pantoums, Bulwark and Minefield, have just been published in the very fine fall issue of Muddy River Poetry Review edited by Zvi Sesling. Here is the link to the poems:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Dennis%20Daly-1.pdf

Here is the link to the issue:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My pantoum, Tongue-Tied, published in Sunday Poet series

Tongue-Tied, one of my new pantoums, is published this week as part of the Sunday Poet series. As a long time stutterer I thought the subject might make a good metaphor.  Here's the link:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-sunday-poet-denis-daly.html

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review of Moby-Dick Hidden Treasures discovered by Stephen Durkee

Up from the bottomless buzz of swirling current and sea-foam, a whale’s fluke breaks the surface of our consciousness and reaches toward some exultant and forbidden heaven, and, dammit, it changes everything. Stephen Durkee, in his posthumous book, Moby-Dick Hidden Treasures, trawls through Melville’s metaphysical masterpiece seeking, finding, and resetting poems of high caliber and higher interest. The separation of these lines from their original prosaic context counterintuitively enriches them with new powers of artistic independence (such as slow-walking both images and lyric) and a capacity for creative, far-flung allusions. Who knew? For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/10/herman-melvilles-moby-dick-hidden.html

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Poetry Reading on Thursday, Oct.26 in Brookline MA

I will be reading my poetry, along with five other very talented poets, on Thursday, October 26th at the Brookline Village Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA. The event will be hosted by Zvi Sesling, the Brookline Poet Laureate.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review of There It Is: New & Selected Poems by Michael Casey

When understated, casual, colloquial poetry—you know, the type that anyone can write—jolts winsome expectations with subtext after insightful subtext, watch out. Michael Casey has been writing this type of poetic narrative at least since 1972, when Stanley Kunitz chose his book Obscenities for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Casey’s new book, there it is New & selected Poems, chronicles his inspired career with lyrical monologues like no others. His poetry lures you in with its blue collar simplicity and sets you up, sometimes within a single piece, sometimes cumulatively. For more of my review of there it is go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-selected-poems-by-michael-casey.html

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading Thank You

Thank you to Valerie Duff and Aidan Rooney for their great readings and personal insights  at the Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading  at Christ Church, Cambridge MA last night. The program was expertly hosted by poet Michael Steffen, who also provided some first-rate commentary on Heaney's poetic legacy.  Happy to be part of the program.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Review of Starving Moon by Luke Salisbury/ Millennium Resolution by Jean Dany Joachim

Love and friendship in times of license and freedom often go amiss, derailed by life’s pedestrian complications. Prescribed relationships, on the other hand, monitored by their context in society and tempered by existential considerations or overarching cultural institutions reduce the tragedy and drama in everyday life to an acceptable expectation level. There’s the rub. Unpredictable extremes of behavior make life not only more interesting, but also, infused by unwieldy passion, more creative.

 In this dual publication Starving Moon/ Millennium Resolution writer Luke Salisbury and poet Jean Dany Joachim set up a compelling proposition and a stunning response with verve and spot-on tonality. Salisbury expertly provides the proposition in the form of a well-wrought short story. Joachim completes the narrative with a free verse poem that delivers an odd but very unique physicality. Together both literary pieces combine into a rather heartfelt, unified, and, more importantly, mesmerizing story. For more of my review of Starving Moon/ Millennium Resolution go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/08/starving-moon-by-luke-salisbury.html 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Change of Venue for Heaney Reading

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 now at Christ Church, 0 Garden St., Cambridge MA, near Harvard Square. The program will be hosted by poet Michael Steffen.

Note: the church and the address have been changed from the original venue because of ongoing renovations at First Church (the old address). But Christ Church (the new address) is only a block away  from the original reading site and on the same street. Everything else remains the same.

Review of The Sphere of Birds

Splicing together images from the natural world with internalized passion and the personal re-recorded perceptions of life, Ciaran Berry creates poems with mythical power and winged beauty. He sings like a troubadour and shares the secrets of this bird-world like a twenty-first century Francis of Assisi. Only darker. For more of my review go here:   http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-sphere-of-birds-poems-by-ciaran.html