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Friday, September 6, 2019

Reading on September 17th


7:00 PM/ADMISSION: $4.00

Hosted by: Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock


http://www.cervenabarvapress.com/9-17-Dennis-Daly.jpgDennis Daly has published seven books of poetry and poetic translations. His latest book, The Devil's Artisan, Sonnets from the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, has just been released. He has published many reviews in Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene, Ibbetson Street, The Notre Dame Review, and the Somerville Times.

http://www.cervenabarvapress.com/9-17-DeniseProvost.jpgDenise Provost graduated from Bennington College and Boston University School of Law. She has practiced law and worked in local government; in 2006 was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She has published in Quadrille, Ibbetson Street, Qarrtsiluni, Light Quarterly, Poetry Porch, and Muddy River Poetry Review. Her chapbook Curious Peach was published in 2019 by Ibbetson Street Press.

http://www.cervenabarvapress.com/9-17-DavidSurette.jpgDavid R. Surette's new book of poetry is Malden, selected and new poems that feature his hometown Malden, Massachusetts. He is the author of five other collections including Stable and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In, both honored by the Massachusetts Book Awards. He also has poems in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, a Maine Book Award winner. He lives on Cape Cod.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review of Voices of Dogtown by James R. Scrimgeour

James R. Scrimgeour communes with spirits and he does it with wit and wisdom. In Scrimgeour’s new poetry collection, Voices of Dogtown, he conjures up the denizens of a long abandoned New England village on the outskirts of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The few specters that still haunt this plot of land, called Dogtown, are not happy campers.  Without any mollycoddling, the poet gives them voices and listens to their grievances, all the while working into these poems a jumble of scholarly citations, guidebook descriptions, ekphrastic commentaries, and even conjectures from an earlier eminent poet. Consider this book a topographical and historical adventure. For more of my review of Voices of Dogtown go here:http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/08/voices-of-dogtown-by-james-r-scrimgeour.html

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review of The Devil Who Raised Me by Robert Cooperman

If you like old fashioned western stories, where hard scrabbled virtues and youthful spirit go unrewarded and tragedy begets more tragedy, you’ll love Richard Cooperman’s The Devil Who Raised Me. Cooperman’s fictional antihero, John Sprockett, brought up by a doting mother and Jesus-loving hypocrite father, devolves from childhood innocence into a stone cold killer in antebellum Missouri. Along the way Cooperman breathes vitality into a cast of larger-than-life characters, some of whom abet evil, some who cherish goodness, and some who do both.

 Cooperman conveys his story through colloquial verse. The episodic poems center intensity on individuals or actions and then gallop at breakneck speed to the next tale. Each character is thickly lined, so thickly lined in the way of cartoons or myths that the reader must choose his or her path of perception.  Myth wins out. Cooperman’s dramatis personae rise to lofty and detailed heights or fall to nightmarish destruction. For more of my review of The Devil Who Raised Me go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-devil-who-raised-me-by-robert.html

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Devil's Artisan Published

My new book The Devil's Artisan 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 at other independent book shops and also Amazon.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Cellini Poem Published by First Literary Review East

My poem Perseus (Detail: Medusa's Head), included in my soon-to-be-published book entitled The Devil's Artisan, Sonnets from the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, has just been published by First Literary Review-East. Thank you to Editor Cindy Hochman. Here is the link: http://www.rulrul.4mg.com/  The poem is about half way down

Monday, July 15, 2019

Ibbetson PublishesTwo of my Cellini Poems

Thank you to the editors of Ibbetson Street for including two of my sonnets entitled Near Death I and Near Death II in issue #45 with so many other interesting writers. Both poems are included in my soon-to-be-released book, The Devil's Artisan, Sonnets from the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Two Poems Published by Wilderness House

Two poems from my upcoming book, The Devil's Artisan, Sonnets from the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, have just been published by Wilderness House Literary Review. Much thanks to the editors for publishing such roguery. Here is the link to another Cellini murder, justifiable or not: http://www.whlreview.com/no-14.2/poetry/DennisDaly.pdf

Monday, July 1, 2019

Review of Magellan's Reveries by R. Nemo Hill

Perhaps life’s never-ending voyage? Perhaps the tidal pull of infinity? Perhaps an ekphrastic exercise of love? R. Nemo Hill retells the tale of Magellan’s first circumnavigation of our world with formalist elegance through the swells and troughs of rolling consciousness. He matches up each poem with a seascape photograph. There are 33 of each and the photographs are gorgeous. The resulting dual sequence astounds beyond marvelous.

 Explorers require certain traits for their livelihoods: courage, imagination, self-assuredness, determination, faith in their God and/or themselves. The package most often includes a much darker side. Historically, many of them were colonizers, tyrannical leaders, slavers, and aficionados of greed. Humankind is nothing if not a repository of Manichean complexity. Magellan certainly qualified as a member and even an exemplar of that brotherhood. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/07/magellans-reveries-by-r-nemo-hill.html

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review of Amounting to Nothing by Paul Quenon

Like Tibetan prayer flags hung outdoors, pervading the natural world with wisdom and blessings before fading into invisibility, Paul Quenon’s newest poems, collected in his book, Amounting to Nothing, are wind-blown mantras of belief and renewal.

 Quenon, a Cistercian (Trappist) monk living at Gethsemani Abbey in rural Kentucky, atomizes himself into his wondrous community of creatures and phenomena. His self-deprecation informs both his wit and wisdom. Inconveniently, however, the poet's brand of humility questions even his own judgment and thus his attempts to measure out a life. A flaw perhaps, but also an artistic irritation and poetic spur.

 Abnegation of being or a merging with the divine holds the key for any good monk seeking holiness. In Quenon's opening poem, Mad Monk's Life Ambition, his persona tries to figure things out. Double negatives aside, clever word play animates the piece. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/06/amounting-to-nothing-poems-by-paul.html 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Review of Poplar Hill by Steve Glines

Living well demands a nobility of style, opportunity, ability and daring. Dying well demands a good sense of self, stoicism, and a lot of luck. Very few mortals, unfortunately, achieve both estimable objectives. Stephen Ramey Glines, in his first novel, Poplar Hill, chronicles the life of one rather eccentric woman named Kitty Stevenson, who, with finesse and karma to spare, attains each of these aspirations.

 Kitty, the scion of a once prosperous New York society family fallen on hard times, exudes a sense of royalty and command. She is one of those characters who centers herself in any context and watches with wry satisfaction as the world adjusts. Pictou County in rural Nova Scotia provides the setting for most of these adjustments. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/06/poplar-hill-by-stephen-ramey-glines.html

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Poem in Sapphics Published

My poem, A Sapphic Benediction for my Bar Mates at the Anchor Pub, has just been published by Asses of Parnassus. Here is the link for those with Scythian inclinations:  https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/post/185247923902/a-sapphic-benediction-for-my-bar-mates-at-the

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: