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What's New in 2007

Gentling the Bones, by Katherine E. Young
A Review by Whitney M. Smith
– December, 2007

Skillfully aware of the past and its continual influence upon the present, Katherine E. Young has created a moving series of poems in which she revisits ghosts and old friends alike. In her second book of poetry, Gentling the Bones, Young establishes and analyzes movement through time, recognizing change as more than just "the difference between silver/ and gray" as in "Grandma at Ninety," but also as a personal journey through small towns, private devastation, relationships with family, and drifting lovers. …

Little Boat by Jean Valentine
A Review by Sonja James
– December, 2007

Jean Valentine’s Little Boat is her most distinctive collection of poetry to date. Her spare yet innovative language simultaneously hits the reader with the force of a tidal wave while retreating like a murmur too soft to be heard. The poems defy one to assign meaning when meaning enforces and enables each Spartan line. These poems work because they demand work on the part of the reader. …

Legacy by Richard Harteis
The Fifty-Ninth Swan – A Review by Peter Klappert
– December, 2007

Legacy is a series of poems for Richard Harteis’s lover of 36 years, the gentle, quietly elegant and rather traditional poet William Meredith. Writing these poems is one of the ways in which Richard struggles to be reconciled to his loss, a series of elegiac lyrics which come together as a non-lineal narrative of their lives together and Richard’s life now, alone, and as a moving and often artless extended elegy. …

Kimnama and More Than Anything
A Review by Ethan Fischer
– December, 2007

Good poems love to travel. Kim Roberts conceives a new passage to India, immersion in its tints, sounds, and scents. Sight the Buddha’s very own neighborhood or move in rivers of traffic where time stops. … and Marylander Hiram Lewis evolves a poetry of home. Yet here or there his volume takes wing with a felicity of words for fits of fancy. More than Anything (billed on the cover as “an audacious teenager”) issues too from the splendid new Vrzhu Press, a vehicle for books of verse that travel, revisit, move within. …

A Secret Room in Fall by Maria Terrone
A Review by Andrew Kaufman
– December, 2007

The celebrated 137th psalm--turned into a hit single three decades ago by Bob Marley, among others--asks the haunting question: "They that carried us away captive required of us a song...of mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. [But] how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" …

OCHO 12—A Composite Review – November, 2007

Six Poets respond in writing to the magazine OCHO # 12, presenting a rich composite review. Ernie Wormwood, Hope Maxwell-Snyder, Mary F. Morris, Sonja James, Ed Zahnizer and Merrill Leffler give their opinions and evaluations. ...

Of Whiskey and Winter, poems by Peter Conners
A Review by Bernadette Geyer
– November, 2007

In reading Peter Conners’ poetry collection, Of Whiskey and Winter, you come to understand the broad potential of the prose poem, both in subject and style. Thematically diverse, these poems cannot be pigeonholed – there are narratives and lyrics, letters and fabulist fables. Interwoven throughout the collection is an extraordinary sense of playfulness that exemplifies Conners’ ability to experiment and succeed in thwarting readers’ expectations of the prose poem genre.

Politics Writ Personal—and So, More Effective
Whiskey in the Garden of Eden by Sarah Browning
A Review by Ed Zahniser
– November, 2007

Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal wrote that “the economy of the future will be to make things more beautiful.” Sarah Browning implies that the economy of the future will be to make life more fruitful for mothers and children—and other sentient beings. That would be: without war. Imagine. ...

A Brilliant Effervescent THE TAMING OF THE SHREW October, 2007

If there is one play of Shakespeare that has received adequate exposure on stage and in film, it 's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. But for the uninitiated, maybe those high schoolers filling the front rows, we need only look at the program cover with Kate wearing boxing gloves behind her wedding gown, and the tale is told. Runs through November, 18, 2007. ...

Information Graphics by the Joe Miller Company
Featured on Reuters board in Times Square
– September 26 to 30, 2007

Information graphics by joe miller's company for Dust Networks were projected on the massive Reuters board in Times Square from September 26 through 30, 2007. Created for multiple applications also designed by joe miller's company including exhibition kiosk, signage, and screen presentations, the diagrams illustrate Dust Networks' wireless sensors for broad industrial applications. Attached is a look at a kiosk, exhibit sign, and Reuters' webcam in Times Square. ...

Kiss the Sky – Edited by Richard Peabody
A Review by Ernie Wormwood
– September, 2007

In my living room, Jimi Hendrix is always just about ready to break out the guitar and launch into “All Along the Watchtower.” For beauty I display the album cover “The Essential Jimi Hendrix” –two inches of lips, two inches of nose, one of the truly ethereal faces of all time, smoldering with the in-your-face truth of music down to your own personal truth-knowing spot. It’s like The Mona Lisa smile times a gazillion, he’s always watching. And every time I walk past him, well what can you say about someone born a legend, who strung his guitar upside down, died at 27? ...

Broken Hallelujahs – poems by Sean Thomas Dougherty
A Review by Bernadette Geyer
– September, 2007

With his collection, Broken Hallelujahs, Sean Thomas Dougherty traverses a broad range of subject matter: family, history, music, the urban landscape, and introspective ruminations. Dougherty is a poet known widely for his performances and this collection is filled with examples of his love of music, as well as the music of the spoken word. ...

Making a Poem: Some Thoughts About Poetry
and the People who Write It by Miller Williams,
A Review by Ernie Wormwood
– September, 2007

Your assignment is to read one book about poets and poetry—this one by Miller Williams.  You resist.  “Why?” you protest.  Is it because he’s the father of Lucinda Williams?  Is it because he was inaugural poet for President Clinton’s second swearing-in? Or because he’s the author, editor, or translator of thirty-three books? ...

Next Life by Rae Armantrout,
A Review by Amy King
– September, 2007

As the editor of MiPOesias, I have had the pleasure of publishing Rae Armantrout’s poetry, and so it is with an eagerness that I now turn to her most recent book, NEXT LIFE.  A fast flip through these poems reveals Armantrout’s spare style of short lines and brief stanzas.  The longest poem in this book is only 14 stanzas long, comprised primarily of couplets. ...

The Outernationale by Peter Gizzi,
A Review by Barbara Goldbert
– September, 2007

These poems are hard – the language is razor-sharp; the syntax, fractured; surfaces collide with great force and speed – in short, the poems are hard to take, much less swallow.  And there is no attempt to soften the blow: no story, no plot, and perhaps hardest of all, no character, no “I.” ...

Beyond Literacy, The innovative photography of Noelle Tan
Civilian Art Projects, curated by Jayme McLellan — Opening September 7, 2007
406 7th Street NW • Washington, DC – Phone: 202-607-3804

Review by: Grace Cavalieri

Throughout Europe, altar art displayed in the cathedrals can only be fully seen by depositing a coin. After depositing a coin, it takes a moment before the painting is illuminated; and, because it is timed, luminescent energy suddenly turns off. But there is one moment between the time when reality is rendered in the dark, and in the light where expectation flares. A psychological phenomenon occurs. This is when we realize we do not insist on the object of art to be our only reality. ...

A Snake Charmer by Paulo Henriques Britto, The Clean Shirt of It, Poems,
Translated from the Portuguese by Idra Novey
– July, 2007

Britto’s poetry is a window to his unique world, sometimes wide open, sometimes shut, clean or dirty, at night or at dawn.  In her introduction, Idra Novey states, “No other contemporary Brazilian poets write like Britto.” His distinctive use of language and the dances he performs, at times with the reader, other times with a lover, and others yet alone, lend a captivating richness, a certain magical element to his work. ...

The Language of Loss by Mariela Griffor, Exiliana Poems
A Review by Hope Maxwell-Snyder
– July, 2007

Exile is a form of death. Nowhere is that more clearly stated than in Mariela Griffor’s poetry. Her book, Exiliana, deals with the loss of her native country, language, family, and friends.  Departure may save one’s life, but it carries the burden of fear for the lives of those who stay behind and a feeling of guilt about their future. ...

Resurrection of the Dust, Selected Poems
by John McKernan — A Review by Sonja James
– July, 2007

Resurrection of the Dust, John McKernan’s first full-length collection of poetry, is not only the wise work of an accomplished poet chronicling life’s tempests and tediums but also that of a tender-hearted magician normalizing life’s coarser realities, namely death. These are poems to be enjoyed as well as analyzed, and reading these poems is to become invigorated by the consistent presence (and pressure) of mortality as the shaping influence upon the quest to address humanity. ...

Contemporary American Theater Festival Launches its 17th Season of New American Plays at Shepherd University in Sherpherdstown, WV - July, 2007

Ed Herendeen founded CATF in 1991. As Producing Director, Herendeen shoulders the vision, management, maintenance, fundraising and energy hydraulics for one of this country's most significant enterprises. He has not yet buckled under as we can see by this year's offerings.

The 2007 Robinson Jefferson Tor House Prize for Poetry

We are pleased to announce that the 2007 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, an honorarium of $1,000, is awarded to Parthenia M. Hicks... Read more...

Three Reviews by Mary Morris - July, 2007

Children Having Trouble with Meat - by: Christine Hamm
OCHO #9, From MIPOesias Magazine
Best of Café’ Café’, Summer 2007, MIPesias Print Publication

A master of metaphor, unsentimental in troubling circumstance, Christine Hamm takes charge in this book with a risky subject: children’s eating disorders. She works deftly, with precision, skill and sensuality. Think of the mouth, texture of food, the sound of eating, weight...

The Blue Train to America by: Barbara F. Lefcowitz - June, 2007
A Review by Ed Zahniser

Three main modes of travel are: in fact, in memory, and in imagination. Barbara F. Lefcowitz whisks you ‘round the world via all three in her insightful ninth book of poetry The Blue Train to America. The book is nicely produced by Dancing Moon Press in Newport, Oregon, with front cover illustration from an original etching by Lefcowitz, who is also a visual artist....

An Intoxicating Operatic Composition, a review by Kirsten C. Kunkle
of "Gabriela's Voice" by Michael J. Vaughn
- June, 2007

Ever since I was a young child, I have had two passions - books and music, specifically fiction and opera. I have pursued the latter interest as my career, as I am currently finishing my doctorate in vocal performance. Even with my overwhelmingly busy schedule that accompanies higher education, and especially a performance degree, I still find myself devouring novels late at night and any other time I can catch a free moment. Equally enjoyable for me is scouring any bookseller's stock that I can find and trying to discover something new or different that will give me a chance to live vicariously through a few exciting characters. ...

Review by Grace Cavalieri - May, 2007

All That Lies Between Us by Maria Mazziotti

Maria Mazziotti Gillan has written eight books previous to this. With each word emerges a vivid account of a life that could have been scarred by environment were it not exposed to so much family good. 18th century Mary Wollstonecraft was the first author to use the word "Nurture" in her treatise, perhaps that's why we associate the word with women writers. ...

A Review by Grace Cavalieri - May, 2007
"Reunion" by Fleda Brown

As spiritual leaders tell us, life is a horizontal plane. A flat line from birth to death with a bit of excitement in between. Then there is the vertical plane where artists live, so much light coming through them, it spills over and they make pictures and poems and things. If we are lucky. ...

A Review by Grace Cavalieri - May, 2007

"The Matter of the Casket" by Thom Ward

When I asked Thom Ward about this book, he said he might be called a misanthrope, but that there was much to be misanthropic about. The truth in any sentence is always after the "but," and it is all in how the poet manages that, whether it matters or not. ...

A Review of Circling Out by Mary F. Morris - May, 2007

In the beautifully wrought book, Circling Out, we find Martin Galvin’s poems immediately steeped in his Irish Catholic heritage. One is reminded of that country and its legacy as in the work of Seamus Heaney or Eavan Boland. We enter. ...

MetLife Foundation Presents "theatre Bay Area" - May, 2007

Join Bay Area arts, business and civic leaders for an afternoon of knowledge-sharing, discussion and idea development on the subject of arts and workforce development. Learn best practices and innovative ways to encourage the evolution and implementation of arts-based learning both in the schools and the corporate community. ...

A Review by Ernie Wormwood - April, 2007

When one begins reading Mary Kaiser’s chapbook Falling Into Velasquez, the clock strikes art and elegance enters the room in a velvet cloak. So pervasive is the elegance that one thinks of the artists who ride in these fourteen poems, Velasquez, Eakins, Kahlo, Cezanne, among them, as delicate china that can speak an exquisite language from an exquisite cloth on an exquisite table in a supremely seductive candlelight. ...

A Review by Ed Zahniser - April, 2007
If You’re Not Averse to Comic Verse . . .
by X. J. Kennedy

I’m all but certain that X. J. Kennedy read at the First National Poetry Festival at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., October 22–24, 1962.  He began being published in 1956. My father extricated me from suburban Maryland high school classes all three days to attend the readings. I don’t recall anyone reading limericks at that august gathering. Robert Frost did not read but sat in front of us one day—you could hear the readers through his hearing-assist device. ...

Review by Daniela Gioseffi - April, 2007
75 Poems on Retirement

Edited by Robin Chapman & Judith Strasser

Here and there throughout this anthology of 75 poems on retirement, quotable phrases pop out at us to crystallize the theme of the collection that includes such recognizable names in contemporary American poetry as Grace Paley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Pinsky, Ismael Reed, Ted Kooser, Stephen Dunn, Hayden Caruth, Maxine Kumin, and Sam Hamill, along with several lesser-known poets. The finite nature of our vulnerable human lives, the inevitability of aging and death, the poignancy in the loss of youth, but often the joy in life continuing in a less stressful state into new horizons is explored with humor, irony and sadness...

Review by Ernie Wormwood - March, 2007
Temporary Apprehensions by Patric Pepper
Washington Writers Publishing House

Reading Patric Pepper’s book of poems does make us apprehensive, alerting us to a journey that is sometimes urgent and always necessary. Soon enough we see there is nothing temporary about the impact of this seemingly effortless voice and magnified view....

Join Rafael Jesús González in honoring Dr. John Haddox - February, 2007

You are invited to join Rafael Jesús González reading his poetry Thursday evening, March 1, 2007.

Son invitados a acompañar a Rafael Jesús González en una lectura de su poesía el jueves, 1º de marzo 2007.

Check out Michael J. Vaughn's online journal, Caprice. - February, 2007

Go to www.geocities.com/capricejournal and find the poetry of Jean Emerson, Grace Cavalieri, Ray Succre, Cheryl Snell, and Anne Gelhaus, fiction from Carly Svamvour and myself, an interview with world poetry slam champ Mike McGee, and the astounding works of photographer/digital artist Paula Grenside.

Review by Daniela Gioseffi - February, 2007
Their Other Side: Six American Women & the Lure of Italy,
Essays by Helen Barolini

As a student, Helen Barolini, an Italian American whose forte is writing fine essays, spent years as a student in Italy after World War II, married an Italian, and lived a good deal of her life there. These Italian years of her life have given us her best book of essays, yet. Well conceived and artfully written and researched, Barolini explores the wanderings of six American women who found their heart’s desire for emotional freedom and expressive in the land of sunlight and art. ...

An Interview with Grace Cavalieri - January, 2007
by Kathi Wolfe

When award-winning poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri was in college, few women poets were published. Her professors told her that the work of Edna St. Vincent Milay was like "little pools of green vomit."

A Review by Maria Enrico: Talismans/Talismani - January, 2007

Talismans are objects marked with magical signs that confer protection. I could not think of a better title for this wonderful bilingual English/Italian collection of 27 poems. Marino’s insightful preface alerts the reader to, “…the constant presence of circular images tightly connected with female figures.”

Books for the Turn of the Year: December, 2006 - January, 2007

The Washington Writers' Publishing House
Reviewed by Grace Cavalieri

Nora's Army by Dennis Collins. Washington Writers' Publishing House.
© 2006. pgs. 298. ISBN: 0-931846-83-8

The Medusa's Smile by Laura Brylawski-Miller. WWPH.
© 2006. Pgs.206ISBN: 0-931846-84-6

The Steam Sequence by Carly Sachs. WWPH.
© 2006. Pgs. 60.ISBN: 0-931846-81-1

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