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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

My Poem Memorious-You Published

My poem Memorious -You has just been published in Lyrical Somerville of The Somerville Times. The poem is part of a book length sequence of rondels I am preparing for publication. Here is the link:  http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/101441

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Review of High Tide by Ed Meek

Holding court in his realm by the sea, Ed Meek mines the details from every corner of his kingdom for poetic nuggets that teach and transform. The raw materials include mushrooms and ethnic sensibilities, a mythological crossing guard, family memories, meatballs pertaining to human nature, and barbarian children. Meek is a veritable Everyman (in the medieval, morality play sense). His upwardly mobile progress, as he negotiates around or through annoying obstacles, is toward goodness and evolution’s steady continuity.

 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

My Poem Great Reckonings Published

My poem Great Reckonings has just been published by Molecule, a wonderfully pithy magazine. Thank you to the editors, M.P. Carver and Kevin Carey. Here is the link to the issue:  Molecule

Thursday, March 12, 2020

My Poem Falling Acorns and Morbidity Published

My poem Falling Acorns and Morbidity has just been published by The Asses of Parnassus. Much thanks to the editor, Brooke Clarke. Here is the direct link: https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/post/612393257802104832/falling-acorns-and-morbidity
Here is the journal's general link:  https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/

Thursday, February 27, 2020

My Poem Street Cleaner Published

My poem Street Cleaner has just been published by The Asses of Parnassus. Much thanks to the editor of this unusual publication, Brooke Clark. Here is the specific link: https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/post/611129065688252416/street-cleaner
Here is the general link to the site: https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/

Friday, February 14, 2020

Review of XXX Poems by Raquel Balboni

Raquel Balboni butters her readers with luscious phrases and salted cream stanzas in her first book entitled XXX Poems. She churns her verses with naked abandon in an avant-garde display of unabashed kisses ingrained with unabashed cravings. For more of my review of XXX Poems go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020/02/xxx-poems-by-raquel-balboni.html

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review of Child Ward of the Commonwealth by Eileen Cleary

Poignant to the point of defining poignancy, Eileen Cleary’s first book of poems, Child Ward of the Commonwealth, shakes the soul with her truth-telling narratives of childhood trauma and disfunction. Cleary somehow melds a mature poetic sensibility with a child’s wide-eyed ability to see the world’s wreckage with wonder and awe. Her persona relates adventures of fairy-tale-like brutality, not unlike fables from the Brothers Grimm. However, Cleary’s anecdotes are not mythologized; they are direct and very personal. For more of my review of Child Ward of the Commonwealth go here: 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review of Spreading Like Wild Flowers by Timothy Gager

Well-titled and well-introduced, Timothy Gager’s new poetry collection, Spreading Wild Flowers, both celebrates and broods on everyday life and the persistence of a medieval-generated, but contemporary version, of a morally centered Everyman. Gager’s wiry verses come at you from all directions, each bloom well-rooted and well protected against predatory aesthetes and lackadaisical flower pickers. Lushness seems beside the point to this poet. Themes of hardscrabble continuity and day-to-day endurance drive these poems. for more of my review of Spreading like Wild Flowers go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020/01/spreading-like-wild-flowers-by-timothy.html

Monday, December 30, 2019

Poetry Reading on January 5 in Plymouth MA

I will be reading my poetry In The Art of Words/ Mike Amado Memorial Poetry Series in Plymouth  at The Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth MA on Sunday January 5. The program begins at 1 p.m.with a music feature, followed by two poetry features, and finally an open mic. The other poetry feature is a very fine poet indeed -- Eileen Cleary.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Poetry Reading in Amesbury November 26th

I will be reading my poetry at the Amesbury Public Library, located at 149 Main Street, Amesbury, MA. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review of That Swing by X.J. Kennedy

X.J. Kennedy knows what he’s doing. Into his ninth decade he is one of a handful of poetry grandmasters who revived the ongoing formalist tradition of rhyme and meter, giving it new life and introducing original beats and jazzy tones. His countermeasures against the status quo not only presented an alternative to the undisciplined brand of free verse popular at the time, but rejected its mirror image, the old, tired, formalist drivel being foisted by academia onto that unsuspecting generation of long-suffering students.   

 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

Reading November 14th

I will be reading my poetry at The Cellar Continues on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00- 9:00 PM, located in the Beverly Depot Restaurant, adjacent to the Beverly train station, 10 Park Street, Beverly MA.

Reading November 24th

I will be reading my poetry on Tuesday November 24th, 2019 in the Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, 149 Main Street, Amesbury MA. The poetry reading is 6-7:30 PM with a single feature and an open mic.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

My poem, Musical Indirection, published

My poem, Musical Indirection, has just been published by The Asses of Parnassus. Thank you to the editor, Brooke Clark. Here is the link: https://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/post/188235607517/musical-indirection

Friday, October 4, 2019

Review of Among the Enigmas by Robert Murphy

Without an inductive or deductive leg to stand on, Robert Murphy, in his new collection of poetry, Among the Enigmas, nails the existential perplexities that niggle our attempts to apprehend human consciousness and metaphysical selfhood. Quite an accomplishment! He achieves his ends with humor, wordplay, and puckish subversions, marbled throughout with his singular warmth and kindliness.

 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

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/index_60.html  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