Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Three of my poems, Shield Wall, Battle Axe, and Short Sword have just been published in Muddy River Poetry Review. Thank you to editor Zvi Sesling. Here is the Link: https://muddyriverpoetryreview.webs.com/Dennis%20Daly-4.pdf
Monday, October 5, 2020
My poem Presence has just been published by Amethyst Review (October issue). Much thanks to Sarah Law, the Editor-in -Chief. The poem is part of a new book length manuscript of 55+ rondels. Here is the direct link: https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/10/04/presence-a-poem-by-dennis-daly/
Here is the general link: https://amethystmagazine.org/
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Thank you to Lee Varon for her recent review of one of my early books, Night Walking with Nathaniel, Poems of Salem. Somehow I missed it at the time. But I do appreciate her thoughtful review
(Dos Madres Press, 2014)
I always enjoy books of poetry that center around a central theme. Dennis Daly’s book of poems, Night Walking with Nathaniel, Poems of Salem, brings us deeply into the world of Salem, Massachusetts—both past and present. The Nathaniel of the title refers to Salem’s famous author, Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Daly is a master wordsmith. With apparent ease, he create a rich tapestry, often using rhymes and off-rhymes. Whether writing about the native peoples who once inhabited New England, or the disturbing period of the Salem witch trials, Daly draws a vivid picture of his native New England town.
In his poem Nanepashemet’s Fortress, Daly recounts the great native leader’s death:
“New moon, you give/A people no light, they/ Flee before ravage,”
and later speaking of the leader’s demise at the hands of another tribe:
…your fortress/ Impregnable / As a cumulus/Cloud
Daly’s wry humor comes through in poems like Puritan Motel which:
“Offers a sanctuary of bed-crabs, / Broken televisions and obscene verbs”
“…their prayers/ Of private lust and secret fang/Flowering from them like mildew, or flung/ To the dog-morning when breath brakes on a dime,”
Salem’s history includes the infamous Salem witch trials which Daly deftly touches on in the poem, Lead Mills, that refers to another New England blight—lead paint contamination.
“Does place suck into itself contagion/Enough for all generations to come? /Do we in our time inherit deeds misdone”
Daly is a master at alliterative language, in a shipwreck depicted in The Can Do In Salem Sound:
“Green water engulfs the boat’s bow, / The given grace of God gathers force/Into the carve of gale; the bellow/From blizzard’s blunt maw…”
Perhaps my favorite poem in this wonderful collection is All Soul’s Day: Town House Square in which Daly recollects visiting Woolworth’s Five and Dime with his grandmother as a child. Daly gives us a scintillating memory of the store where “big-hatted women” and children searching for some treasure, walk through aisles that seem to go on forever.
When I put down Night Walking with Nathaniel, the imagery and music of this marvelous book stayed with me.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Nor does Meek avoid intellectual confrontation. He seems to welcome it. In Meek’s world understanding must precede judgment. But judge he certainly does. Even time bends to his moral percipience as he retrospectively determines when and where childhood happiness reaches its pinnacle. For more of my review of High Tide go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020/05/high-tide-by-ed-meek.html
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Here is the journal's general link: https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Here is the general link to the site: https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/
Friday, February 14, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Monday, December 30, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Much of Kennedy’s verse is light and funny, but not that light, and not that funny. He has serious things to say and significant points to make. His accessible, colloquial language and breezy wit disguise much. Kennedy’s new book entitled That Swing promises a lot and delivers with a slew of good poems and a couple of great ones. For more of my review of That Swing go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/11/that-swing-poems-2008-2016-by-xj-kennedy.html
Friday, October 18, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019
Additionally, most of Murphy’s poems are paired up with intriguing artwork by Donald Golder. Golder’s ink drawings and watercolor images both complement the knotty verse puzzlements and tease away any trite conclusions. For more of my review go here: https://dougholder.blogspot.com/2019/10/among-enigmas-poems-by-robert-murphy.html
Friday, September 6, 2019
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY
POETRY AT THE CAFÉ
191 HIGHLAND AVENUE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
7:00 PM/ADMISSION: $4.00
READING AND OPEN MIC
Hosted by: Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
THE FIRST AND LAST WORD POETRY SERIES
Dennis 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.
Denise 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.
David 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.