Thursday, December 21, 2017
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.
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Friday, December 8, 2017
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
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Monday, November 20, 2017
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.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
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).
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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/
Here is the link to the issue: http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
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
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Sunday, October 8, 2017
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
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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
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Friday, September 1, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
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
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
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.
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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
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Five of my pantoums were just published by Peacock Journal. My thanks to the editors, Bill Lantry and Kate Fitzpatrick. Here is the link to the journal:
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Monday, July 17, 2017
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.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
Judy Katz-Levine reviews my translation, Twenty-One Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy . Here is the link: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/06/twenty-one-ghazals-alisher-navoiy.html?spref=fb
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Monday, June 26, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
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
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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
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Friday, March 31, 2017
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