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Thursday, August 14, 2014

EILEEN TABIOS BOOK LAUNCH 

YOU ARE INVITED! Eileen R. Tabios' forthcoming Marsh Hawk Press book will be represented at:

http://versestyphoonyolanda.blogspot.com/2014/08/sonoma-california-book-launch.html



The Sitting Room - A Community Library based in Santa Rosa (near Sonoma State University) will present a book launch for Eileen R. Tabios' three 2014 books:

147 MILLION ORPHANS (MMXI-MML) (gradient books, Finland)
SUN STIGMATA (Sculpture Poems) (Marsh Hawk Press, New York)
and
as Editor, VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA

The event is free to the public and will take place at 2 pm, Saturday, November 1, 2014.  Please click on The Sitting Room link for directions and other information.  The Sitting Room is at  2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove, CA.

Depending on availability, other poets from VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA, also will be present at the launch.  All book sales proceeds during this event -- not just from VTY but also Eileen Tabios' two other books -- will be donated for Haiyan relief.

Readings, discussions, Q&As -- you are invited to attend and participate!

For questions: email Ertabios@aol.com



Monday, August 11, 2014

PAUL PINES' ESSAY ON NUMERO CINQ 

Paul Pines has written a wonderfully in-depth look at "High Culture, Poetic Imagination and the Submerged Center" -- it is published at NUMERO CINQ.  Here's an excerpt:

The Great Depression confirmed for many that there was nothing of substance at the center. A few grieved the demise of High Culture. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel West wailed in the 1930s Waste Land. West wrote Miss Lonelyhearts as a night clerk at the Hotel Albert in Greenwich Village, and then at the Hotel Kenmore on 23rd Street. From his desk at the latter, looking out on a second floor terrace, he watched bankrupt millionaires fall from the top floor, “lovers leap.”  He observed that in the absence of a center, pain can’t be addressed. The result was a culture of cruelty and disconnection. His novel follows a sports journalist reassigned by a sadistic editor to the Advice Desk where he answered letters from the heartbroken as “Miss. L”. His attempt to take on the burden of the suffering humanity fails. Miss L. experienced a psychotic breakdown rather than what at an earlier time might’ve been mystical union or a redemptive renewal of faith.
West never made a penny on his novels. He moved to Hollywood in 1935. He met F. Scott Fitzgerald on the lot of Republic Pictures, aka Repulsive Pictures, where the major stars were singing cowboys. Fitzgerald’s royalties plummeted to $50 in 1933 from an earlier high of $29,757.85. The author who once defined The Jazz Age, now analogized himself and the world in which he found himself to a cracked plate. It might be glued and used, but would always be a cracked plate, not suitable for company. In essays for Esquire published posthumously as the Crack Up in 1940 by Edmund Wilson, Fitzgerald wrote about the death of High Culture. The novel, which he’d thought “the most powerful medium of conveying thought and feeling from one human being to another,” had become “subordinate to a mechanical and communal art…capable of only the tritest thought, the most obvious emotion.” Poetic imagination had given way to Hollywood, a collaborative medium which fed on the obvious.

Go HERE for the whole essay!

*****

Also, there is also a podcast of Paul's reading at the Gloucester Writers Center:
http://gloucesterwriters.org/podcast/paul-pines/





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

YOU ARE INVITED TO A PAUL PINES READING 

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

THE 2014 MARSH HAWK PRESS POETRY PRIZES 

Chosen by Brenda Hillman

THE MARSH HAWK PRESS POETRY PRIZE
Christina Olivares
Cash Prize of $1,000 plus Publication of the Manuscript


The Rochelle Ratner Memorial Prize
Kathleen Winter
Cash Prize of $250


The Robert Creeley Memorial Prize
Jennifer Firestone
Cash Prize of $250


Finalists
Bob Heman, Richard Carr, Andrew Ruzkowski, Robert McNally, Francine Sterle, Peter Waldor, Steve Myers, Elisa Karbin, Daneen Wardrop, Jan Freeman, Barbara Ungar, Jayne Benjulian, Jesse Nissim, Julie Babcock, Jeanine Deibel, Jennifer Whitten, Lisa Bickmore, J.L. Conrad, Barbara Duffey, Judith Azrael


CONGRATULATIONS!

Monday, June 02, 2014

REVIEW OF THOMAS FINK'S JOYRIDE 

William Allegrezza posts a brief but wise review of Thomas Fink's JOYRIDE.  Click on excerpt below for the whole thing:

Thomas Fink's Joyride is distinguished from other poetry collections immediately because of its forms.   In just flipping through the book before reading, I thought the forms looked interesting, for they range from hay(na)kus to shaped poetry, and the shapes are fascinating in themselves...





Saturday, May 03, 2014

A CONVERSATION WITH PAUL PINES 

Paul Pines converses with Jon Curley over at The Conversant!  Here's an excerpt:


The messages I listened for in my young life with its profound early losses were oracular, something to quiet a sometimes explosive desperation. I recall sitting on a winter’s day in my tenement apartment on Avenue B, sans heat or hot water, and maybe some chicken-hearts in the fridge, concerned about what the future might hold. I asked the Ouija to tell me what to do. Its reply rings as true to me today as it did back then:
ORACLE
Anger
Is cleansing
And calming
But be kind
Art is letting
All your senses
Live
This is a time
For quiet
Contemplation
All books will
Be written



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A PAUL PINES READING! 

Northshire Book Store
Saratoga: Paul Pines and Sherry Kearns
Start: 05/30/2014 7:00 pm
Poets Paul Pines and Sherry Kearns will present a reading of their work.
New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros by Paul Pines
As Paul Pines moves through two cities he reminds us that 'we go where we must to find / what we need.' And what he finds is plenty—plenty in all senses and for all the senses. From poems that hang out in the crazy costumes, poignant hilarities, and irreverent reverences of Mardi Gras, to those that fly with Hermes over the roofs of Paris, explore light with Monet and Pissarro, and walk graveyards in the wake of Apollinaire—this book brims, seethes, teems, with qi, duende, life.  
Deep Kiss by Sherry Moore Kearns
Sherry Kearns' raw and probing collection, DEEP KISS, which takes us places most poets allude to, decorate or altogether avoid. The deep kiss here loosens the tongue by reaching past it. Each poem is a deep kiss that compels us with unflinching intimacy empty with possibility to find Eros when no other god / will do.  
Location: 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
      United States

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