Dos Madres just sent me copies of the front and back covers of my new book of poems (due out in September 2021). Thank you to Robert and Elizabeth Murphy for their expert design and usual artistry. Also thank you to David Miller for his succinct and insightful blurb.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Petitions are like prayers, only they are addressed with more certitude. Humanity seems no more capable of reforming itself in the name of itself or its favorite deity than a distracted Almighty, who has clearly moved on to newer and more interesting subjects. Nevertheless, the very act of petition engenders sympathetic audiences of listeners and possibilities.
Joyce Peseroff, in her new poetry collection entitled Petition, makes her idealistic position clear and leads her readers through the daunting and changeable present-day suburban wilderness into her extraordinary alternative world of imagination and hope. For more of my review of Petition go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2021/06/petition-by-joyce-peseroff.html
Monday, May 10, 2021
|Posted in front of the Salem Armory|
Friday, February 26, 2021
Hospitality confers a plethora of emotions upon both host and guest. Some of these sensations, like empathy and gratitude, seem obvious. Others, like intrusiveness and resentment, seem less so. Cultural hospitality evolved historically as a survival trait, inhabiting the very center of tribal society. In her new collection of poems, How to Wash a Heart, Bhanu Kapil examines this interesting phenomenon with intimacy and tough-mindedness.
Nothing, if not original, Kapil sets her collection up in five sections of eight untitled poems apiece. The compositions are twenty lines long in the first section and twenty-two lines in the remaining four. She telescopes in and out, engaging in stories, images, scenes, and speculations of an Indian immigrant. Most of the lines are short and they work well lending emphasis and exposing drama. For more of my review go here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2021/02/how-to-wash-heart-by-bhanu-kapil.html
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Urban infrastructure rules! g emil reutter masterfully escorts his readers through the gritty limbo of despondent souls and derelict sprawl in his new collection of rust-laden and poetically powerful dirges entitled Farmers, Queens, Trains, and Clowns. In reutter’s world “no one is safe.” Fame and celebrity are phantoms. Barrooms proliferate. Nature does intrude but usually does not comfort. Birdsongs of dawn and hope are met by a madman with a hatchet. Other birds become bullies. Only love, faultless observation, and an attachment to the past, both to place and to another time, seem to matter. These exceptions, however, are intrinsic to the poet’s persona and center that persona with dreams of commiseration and tenderness and feathery lyrics. Here is the link for the rest of the review: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2021/02/farmers-queens-trains-and-clowns-by-g.html
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Four of my poems, Appearances, Status Quo, Webs, and Poem with a Line from Terence, were just published by Wilderness House Literary Review. Thank you to the Editor and Publisher Steve Glines and the Poetry Editor Ravi Teja Yelamanchili. Here is the link: https://www.whlreview.com/no-15.4/poetry/DennisDaly.pdf
Monday, January 4, 2021
My poem Psalms in Darkness has just been published by Amethyst Review, a British journal. Thank you to the Editor, Sarah Law. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/2Xa4KqM
Monday, December 7, 2020
Manchester By The Book, a well known independent book store, has copies of all seven of my books of poetry and poetic translations. The store is located at 27 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. It remains open every day. Its phone number is 978-525-2929 and its email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of its customers consider it the best used book store in the country. Stop in and see for yourself. COVID precautions are observed.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
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
Monday, October 5, 2020
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
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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
(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”
“…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
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
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
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Thursday, February 27, 2020
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Friday, February 14, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020