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Friday, October 16, 2020

Three of my Poems Published in Muddy River

 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

Review of Library of My Hands

Illuminated wonder. Musical sparkle. The transcendent light within everyone. These are the objects of Joseph Heithaus’ collection of intimate and ecstatic poems entitled Library of My Hands. The book reads like a revelation of family, nature, birth, and death, but always through humanity’s compassionate lens. It reminds one of Thomas Merton, or, more to the point, Merton’s mystical side. Heithaus covers poetic territory not much dissimilar from Merton, a poet in his own right, who at the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets in Louisville, Kentucky, on a shopping mission for his monastery, observed his fellow passerbys, “shining like the sun.” Merton believed he had seen the goodness and the beauty at man’s core or, perhaps, he had espied the individual hearts of his fellow travelers. Heithaus runs with a kindred metaphor of light, using his own perspectives and experiences as an approach to metaphysical or, at least, visionary phenomena. For more of my review of Library of My Hands go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020/10/library-of-my-hands-by-joseph-heithaus.html

Monday, October 5, 2020

My Poem A Plea Published in Amethyst Review

My poem A Plea was recently published in the Amethyst Review (September issue). Much thanks to Sarah Law, the Editor-in-Chief. Here is the direct link: https://amethystmagazine.org/2020/09/13/a-plea-a-poem-by-dennis-daly/

My Poem Presence Published by Amethyst Review

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

Review of Sprawled Asleep by David P. Miller

Too often contemporary poetry dwells on the versifier rather than the verse. The confessional reigns and the uniqueness and self-importance of the poet drives both the narrative and the music. In the worst and most extreme examples of this navel-gazing art the poet and his readers develop an unhealthy bond of elitism, which separates them from any objective world view and renounces the joy of detail shared by soulful creation. David Miller’s first full length book, Sprawled Asleep, does not do this. Its meditations are directed by an exactness of observation that deemphasizes the poet-observer to the point of irrelevance. As this poet-observer fades, his objects achieve a singular, eye-opening clarity that leaves one somewhat stunned. The motif in which this observer delineates his objects is often mass transportation. Alienation, counter intuitive as usual, finds a niche here.​ For more of my review go here:  https://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020/09/sprawled-asleep-by-david-p-miller.html

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Review of Night Walking with Nathaniel

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

 

 

 

 

 
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
Night Walking with Nathaniel by Dennis Daly
(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”

and later:
“…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

Review of Born With by Michael Daley

The art of narrative indirection requires not only a studied callousness, but also an abundance of fervor and a willingness to change course on a dime. Many of Michael Daley’s poems initially spit mulled anger and resentment through and out of his earthy stanzas before metamorphosizing into the most hopefully dressed, delicate winged lyrics (or vise versa). Daley manages this by strategically interrupting his story-line or ending it abruptly, then dwelling on the word power that got him to that point. For more of my review of Born With go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020_08_30_archive.html

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: 
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2020/02/child-ward-of-state-by-eileen-cleary.html

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

THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY
POETRY AT THE CAFÉ
191 HIGHLAND AVENUE
SOMERVILLE, MA

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


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.