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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

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 Christ Church, 0 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