Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
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
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Friday, October 18, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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
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Friday, October 4, 2019
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
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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.
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Thursday, September 5, 2019
The Devil's Artisan featured in this week's Small Press Distribution recommendations: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/CategoryCenter/1SP/SPD-Recommends.aspx
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Saturday, August 31, 2019
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
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Sunday, August 18, 2019
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
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Friday, August 9, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
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
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Monday, July 15, 2019
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.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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
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Monday, July 1, 2019
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
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019
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
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Sunday, June 2, 2019
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
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
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
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Monday, May 13, 2019
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
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Thursday, May 9, 2019
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.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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
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Friday, April 19, 2019
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.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
My poem Why Waltham Will Not Do has just been published by The Asses of Parnassus. Here is the link: http://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/post/183586400482/why-waltham-will-not-do
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