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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
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Fair

On Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Cambridge Public Library (community room, lowest level) there will be a book fair and sale with a number of short poetry readings. The event is hosted by the New England Poetry Club (NEPC) from noon to 4:30 pm. I'll be reading a few of my poems at 1:15 pm.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Poetry Reading on Nov. 15th

I will be reading from my new book, Sentinel, at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday, Nov.15th at 7pm. Two other poets will also read: Tom Lyons and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo. Here is the link: http://newtonfreelibrarypoetryseries.blogspot.com/

Review of Collisions On a Non-Existent Highway by Rosalyn Marhatta

Avoid the musk of Orient jungles and the threat of tiger paws. Or don’t. Rosalyn Marhatta’s Collisions on a Non-Existent Highway doesn’t.  Instead, she entices her readers into a movable feast of dangerous love, loss, and longing. She infuses her stanzas with cardamom-spiced passions in a pulao of cultural contradictions. From the first poem, Beware the Tiger Burning Bright, the exotic captures the imagination (not to mention the lust) of Marhatta’s youthful persona. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/11/collisions-on-non-existent-highway-by.html

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pushcart Nomination

I want to thank Zvi Sesling, the editor of Muddy River Poetry Review, for nominating my poem, Publius Claudius, for a Pushcart prize. Other fine poets such as Doug Holder, Gloria Mindock, and Marge Piercy were also nominated. Here is a link to that poem:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Oct%202016/Dennis%20Daly.pdf
 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans' Day 2016

Veterans' Day 2016



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My Boy Jack  -- by Rudyard Kipling

1914-1918

'Have you news of my boy Jack?'
Not this tide.
'When d'you think that he'll come back?'
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
'Has anyone else had word of him?'
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing and this tide.

'Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?'
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind-
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.
Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review of From Nothing by Daniel Tobin

Melding together physics, mysticism, and mathematics, Daniel Tobin, in his epic paean to Jesuit priest and scientist Georges Lemaitre entitled From Nothing, creates and choreographs a twentieth century re-conjured world of cosmological wonder and Dantean horror. He conveys his tale to us in extraordinary lines of narrative poetry.  Tobin’s writing explodes onto the page with white-hot intensity, its numinous words and birthing suns expanding and cooling first into elegance and then into a compassionate understanding of our human condition. For more of my review of From Nothing go here:
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/11/from-nothing-by-daniel-tobin.html

Sunday, October 16, 2016

5 new poems published by Muddy River Poetry Review

Issue 15, Fall 2016, of Muddy River Poetry Review is out. I am the special feature with five poems. Other fine poets are also included such as Doug Holder, Lee Varon, Tomas O'Leary, George Held, Gloria Mindock, Emily Ferrara, and Marge Piercy.  here is the link for my poems: http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Oct%202016/Dennis%20Daly.pdf

Here is the link to the entire issue. Check out the intros:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review of Against Sunset by Stanley Plumly

Stanley Plumly hobnobs with dead people – romantic poets, contemporary poets, and personal relations. Whether citing real or imagined incidents from diaries or first-hand memories evoked from his past life, Plumly uses his verses to delve into the meaning of mortality and the mystery of life itself. He gently sorts out the strange draws and the nagging fears inherent in that “good night,” and explores those inclinations with a lyricism that mesmerizes his undaunted readers. For more of my review of Against Sunset go here:
 http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/10/against-sunset-poems-by-stanley-plumly.html


 
 


Friday, October 7, 2016

Poetry Reading in Salem, MA -- November 5, 2016

On November 5, 2016 at 12:00 noon I will be reading from my new books of poetry at Derby Joe CafĂ©, located at 142 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970. The reading will be 2 hours long and hosted by In the Afternoon Press. Other poets will also be reading.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Coming Very Soon: Twenty-One Ghazals

                                                            





Here is the cover of my new book of translations, Twenty-One Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy. It should be released in the next couple of weeks by Cervena Barva Press.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Review of Loom by Kevin Gallagher

In the pre-dawn hours of August 21, 1863, during the American Civil War, William Quantrill led his infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas, murdering at least 185 men and boys. The Confederate irregulars rode into the city, about 400 strong, with lists of their intended victims. Once there many of them simply shot any male that they could lay their hands on. Northern abolitionists, who largely populated Lawrence, were the hated targets. This attack culminated years of strife in pre-war “Bleeding Kansas” between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces, as well as the strange lead-up to this discord rooted in New England’s textile industry decades earlier. For more of my review go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/09/loom-by-kevin-gallagher.html

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Poetry reading November 15th







I will be reading my poetry from my new book, Sentinel, on Tuesday November 15th, 7:00 pm at the Newton Free library Poetry Series with Kevin Gallagher and Tom Lyons

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sentinel now on sale

My just-released book Sentinel is now on sale at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, located at 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA and Wicked Good Books, 215 Essex Street, Salem, MA. It can also be purchased on Createspace and Amazon

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Sunday Poet features my poem Blowback

This week The Sunday Poet (Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene) features my poem Blowback. This poem is part of my just released Sentinel collection. Here's the link:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-sunday-poet-dennis-daly.html

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Becoming the Sound of Bees by Marc Vincenz

Over and beyond the pages of his new collection, Becoming the Sound of Bees, Marc Vincenz’s poems swarm, transcending set structures and standard dimensions. Some pieces align to the right margin. Others crawl down the width of the book, accommodating elongated lines or spacing anomalies. Never placid, these verses seem to vibrate out filtered memories and existential queries from a multilayered cosmic buzz. The vertiginous reader would be well advised to focus on a nearby item of solidity (try a bookcase) as a necessary counterbalance to this noise that in harmony becomes silence, a sacred silence.   For more of my review of Becoming the Sound of Bees go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2016/08/becoming-sound-of-bees-by-marc-vincenz.html