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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Poetry Reviews Published by Print Journals

Two of my reviews have just been accepted for publication by print journals. My review of Marc Vincenz's book Sibylline, published by Ampersand Press, and entitled Into the Labyrinth: The Construction of a 21st Century Poetics has been accepted by Notre Dame Review (Notre Dame University, Indiana). Also my review of David Rivard's book Standoff, published by Graywolf Press, has been accepted by Ibbetson Street (Ibbetson Street Press / Endicott College, Massachusetts).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review of The Aeneid, translated by David Ferry

Whether carrying his father and leading his son out of a burning city, navigating his fleet through a tsunami, escaping a Carthaginian seductress, visiting the forbidden realm of Hades, or engaging in mortal combat with a Latin prince, Aeneas, in David Ferry’s new and superbly rendered translation of Virgil’s Aeneid, conveys the destiny of civilization forward into its ordained future. This epic journey with episodic tragedies, and mythological wonders still captures the imagination of modern readers perplexed by their own earthly impediments and those nasty, ill-deserved thunderbolt strikes from above.

 Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil) wrote The Aeneid for Octavian Caesar Augustus during the last ten years of his life (29-19 BC). He at first ordered his executors to burn the unedited manuscript. Octavian apparently intervened and countermanded that directive. Some critics argue that the book’s purpose was to justify Augustan succession and ultimately Pax Romana. Others believe that Virgil turned his work into something much larger, an allegory of man’s destiny and independence in the face of intruding forces emanating from a panoply of misanthropic and whimsical divinities. In any case, the narrative seems to take on a life of its own, at times brutally realistic, at other times strangely comforting. For more of my review of The Aeneid, translated by David Ferry go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-aeneid-by-virgil-translated-by.html

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Poetry Reading Tonight Thursday, October 26

I will be reading tonight at Brookline Village Library. The program starts at 7:00 PM. Five other very talented poets will also read. The event is hosted by Brookline's Poet Laureate, Zvi Sesling.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My poem Solitaire published in Lyrical The Somerville Times

My poem Solitaire has just been published in the Lyrical Section of The Somerville Times. It is also included in my upcoming book, Pantoums, which has recently been accepted by Dos Madres Press. Here is the link:  http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/79457

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My poems, Bulwark and Minefield, published in Muddy River Poetry Review

Two of my pantoums, Bulwark and Minefield, have just been published in the very fine fall issue of Muddy River Poetry Review edited by Zvi Sesling. Here is the link to the poems:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Dennis%20Daly-1.pdf

Here is the link to the issue:  http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My pantoum, Tongue-Tied, published in Sunday Poet series

Tongue-Tied, one of my new pantoums, is published this week as part of the Sunday Poet series. As a long time stutterer I thought the subject might make a good metaphor.  Here's the link:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-sunday-poet-denis-daly.html

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review of Moby-Dick Hidden Treasures discovered by Stephen Durkee

Up from the bottomless buzz of swirling current and sea-foam, a whale’s fluke breaks the surface of our consciousness and reaches toward some exultant and forbidden heaven, and, dammit, it changes everything. Stephen Durkee, in his posthumous book, Moby-Dick Hidden Treasures, trawls through Melville’s metaphysical masterpiece seeking, finding, and resetting poems of high caliber and higher interest. The separation of these lines from their original prosaic context counterintuitively enriches them with new powers of artistic independence (such as slow-walking both images and lyric) and a capacity for creative, far-flung allusions. Who knew? For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/10/herman-melvilles-moby-dick-hidden.html

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Poetry Reading on Thursday, Oct.26 in Brookline MA

I will be reading my poetry, along with five other very talented poets, on Thursday, October 26th at the Brookline Village Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA. The event will be hosted by Zvi Sesling, the Brookline Poet Laureate.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review of There It Is: New & Selected Poems by Michael Casey

When understated, casual, colloquial poetry—you know, the type that anyone can write—jolts winsome expectations with subtext after insightful subtext, watch out. Michael Casey has been writing this type of poetic narrative at least since 1972, when Stanley Kunitz chose his book Obscenities for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Casey’s new book, there it is New & selected Poems, chronicles his inspired career with lyrical monologues like no others. His poetry lures you in with its blue collar simplicity and sets you up, sometimes within a single piece, sometimes cumulatively. For more of my review of there it is go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-selected-poems-by-michael-casey.html

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading Thank You

Thank you to Valerie Duff and Aidan Rooney for their great readings and personal insights  at the Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading  at Christ Church, Cambridge MA last night. The program was expertly hosted by poet Michael Steffen, who also provided some first-rate commentary on Heaney's poetic legacy.  Happy to be part of the program.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Review of Starving Moon by Luke Salisbury/ Millennium Resolution by Jean Dany Joachim

Love and friendship in times of license and freedom often go amiss, derailed by life’s pedestrian complications. Prescribed relationships, on the other hand, monitored by their context in society and tempered by existential considerations or overarching cultural institutions reduce the tragedy and drama in everyday life to an acceptable expectation level. There’s the rub. Unpredictable extremes of behavior make life not only more interesting, but also, infused by unwieldy passion, more creative.

 In this dual publication Starving Moon/ Millennium Resolution writer Luke Salisbury and poet Jean Dany Joachim set up a compelling proposition and a stunning response with verve and spot-on tonality. Salisbury expertly provides the proposition in the form of a well-wrought short story. Joachim completes the narrative with a free verse poem that delivers an odd but very unique physicality. Together both literary pieces combine into a rather heartfelt, unified, and, more importantly, mesmerizing story. For more of my review of Starving Moon/ Millennium Resolution go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/08/starving-moon-by-luke-salisbury.html 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Change of Venue for Heaney Reading

On Wednesday August 30th at 7pm I will be reading at the Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading with two other very talented poets, Valerie Duff and Aiden Rooney. The reading is part of the long-running Hastings Room Reading Series held now at Christ Church, 0 Garden St., Cambridge MA, near Harvard Square. The program will be hosted by poet Michael Steffen.

Note: the church and the address have been changed from the original venue because of ongoing renovations at First Church (the old address). But Christ Church (the new address) is only a block away  from the original reading site and on the same street. Everything else remains the same.

Review of The Sphere of Birds

Splicing together images from the natural world with internalized passion and the personal re-recorded perceptions of life, Ciaran Berry creates poems with mythical power and winged beauty. He sings like a troubadour and shares the secrets of this bird-world like a twenty-first century Francis of Assisi. Only darker. For more of my review go here:   http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-sphere-of-birds-poems-by-ciaran.html

Monday, July 17, 2017

Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading, August 30th

On Wednesday August 30th at 7pm I will be reading at the Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading with two other very talented poets, Valerie Duff and Aiden Rooney. The reading is part of the long-running Hastings Room Reading Series held at Christ Church, 0 Garden St., Cambridge MA, near Harvard Square. The program will be hosted by poet Michael Steffen.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Three Pantoums Published in WHLR

Three of my recently written pantoums have just been published by Wilderness House Literary Review. My thanks to the editors. Here is the link:  http://www.whlreview.com/no-12.2/poetry/DennisDaly.pdf

Monday, June 26, 2017

My book Pantoums accepted for publication


My next collection of poems has been accepted by Dos Madres  Press. Thank you Robert and Elizabeth Murphy. Here is the front cover.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review of Lord's Own Anointed by Kevin Cutrer

Like a 2 X 4 to the head Kevin Cutrer’s new poetry collection, Lord’s Own Anointed, gets your attention fast. Set in rural Louisiana, Cutrer’s lyrics preach everyday Southern life writ both large and small. He marbles in pointed comedy and homespun wisdom. His subject matter is the human condition and his regional angle works wonderfully well. The riveting drawings by Rob Fairburn, who hails from the same small town as Cutrer, capture the poet’s tone perfectly. For more of my review of Lord's Own Anointed go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/06/lords-own-anointed-poems-by-kevin-cutrer.html

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review of River of Bones by Holly Guran

Perfecting a persona in poetry can be a tricky business. Personal feelings to the point of intimacy need to be balanced with distance and a level of objectivity. Holly Guran, in her new collection, River of Bones, achieves this equilibrium with a consistent well-modulated tone. In fact this modulation of diction astonishes with its adeptness whether she is speaking as one of her forebears or a young nineteenth century millworker or herself. Even at her most confessional Guran never descends into the rabbit hole of obsessive self-importance and soggy feelings. Her descriptive words reveal the wonder of both hurt and joy in her chosen contexts. For more of my review of River of Bones go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/05/river-of-bones-poems-by-holly-guran_17.html

Friday, March 31, 2017

Review of Transom by Rick Mullin

Dismal things embedded in a city-scape of soaring architecture gaze outward like Gothic demons into the crisp sunlit clarity of Rick Mullin’s poetic universe. Mullin notices them there and paints their likenesses onto the pages of Transom, his newest collection of ground-breaking poetry. Unlike some of his grander books such as Soutine (a stunning verse biography of a neglected artist) and Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle (a wondrously detailed retelling of Charles Darwin’s epic journey), Mullin scales down his subjects to pedestrian or, more to the point, commuter proportions.

 As a consummate formalist Mullin uses measure and rhyme in a fifteen line sonnet-like invention he calls a Third Sancerre. Appropriately enough the name suggests a French wine region noted for its elegant, yet very drinkable, wines grown in flinty, mineral rich soils. For more of my review of Transom go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/03/transom-poems-2016-by-rick-mullin.html

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review of Message from the Memoirist by Paul Pines

Tick Tock Tick Tock. Hickory, Dickory, Dock…. The various concepts of scientific time tell us almost nothing with their deconstructing conundrums. Nursery Rhymes do conjure up a sense of play and curiosity but then abandon us to the immediate. Only when time intersects with the eternal or the pinned-down specific does meaning appear, gleaned from the residue of the fiery crossover or the accelerated collision. Paul Pines, in his wonderfully illustrated poetry collection entitled Message from the Memoirist, uncovers precious pieces of memory from the dreamscape of mind and transmutes these quark-like particles into summonses that evoke the true nature of fundamental things. The spectacle or rather spectral results can be unsettling. Or exhilarating. Even funny.

 In tracing his expansive memories back to the “time before thought” Pines, presumably dressed in a cowl and carrying a torch, leads us through a primordial darkness. Shades appear and vanish from our reach. A cock crows and dawn’s light drenches with creation all who have passed over the River Lethe again. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/03/message-from-memoirist-poems-by-paul.html

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tuesday, March 7th Poetry Reading

I will be reading my poetry at Harvard University for the New England Poetry Club on March 7, 2017 between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The reading will be held at the Yenching Library's common room, located at 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge MA. Three other talented poets, Bob Carr, Holly Guran, and Eleanor Kedney, will also read.

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