Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hosted by Su Polo and David Elsasser
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
"Kitchen Chore" is included in From the Porch Swing -- memories of our grandparents (Silver Boomer Books). You can read the poem on my blog: http://roxanne-hoffman.blogspot.com/2010/04/silver-boomer-books-accepts-kitchen.html
Read George Held's latest satire, Little Bo Peep and the Big Bad Wolf
in Issue 18 of Clockwise Cat.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Title: Detailed Still. Author: Karen Neuberg. Cover design: Alan Neuberg. Publisher: Poets Wear Prada. ISBN-13: 978-0-9817678-6-4. Paperback: 28 pages. List Price: $10.00 Binding: Perfect Bound. Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5" x .06".
by Karen Neuberg
soft cover/perfect bound/28 pp.
—DEAN KOSTOS, Author of The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and
Last Supper of the Senses
Karen Neuberg’s marvelous accomplishment in DETAILED STILL is that each poem is like a tiny mirrored room that reflects and refracts experience, evoking all the complications of memory and desire. Her gift is to find the connection between feeling and thought; each poem takes place in a synapse between brain and body, curiously both abstract and concrete simultaneously. Time is this poet’s subject, and how desire is quickened or lost over time, and how we understand that only through memory. What a welcome debut this is for our American poetry.
Photo Credit: Alan Neuberg
Karen Neuberg’s poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies including Barrow Street, 42Opus, Boxcar Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Louisville Review, Stirring, and Riverine, An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (Codhill Press). A Pushcart and Best of the Net Nominee, she holds an MFA from the New School and is an associate editor for Inertia Magazine. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, NY and West Hurley, NY.
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Friday, August 20, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 20, 2010
THE RUTHERFORD RED WHEELBARROW
3RD COLLECTION CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN POETIC VOICE
Published by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, this third annual edition of the literary journal celebrates the epic in the local and poetic voices in the American grain that so inspired William Carlos Williams, Rutherford’s hometown doctor and poet, whose liberation of the voice of the common man (and woman) in poetry was a true revolution in words during the last century.
“Dr. Williams was a one-man vortex who continues to inspire the many fine poets who live in Rutherford or come here to take part in its many poetry readings, workshops, symposia, and literary journal,” said Jim Klein, editor of the book and leader of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.
“All of the poets in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow have a deep connection with the town,” said Klein. “Either they have participated in the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ weekly poetry workshop, now in its fourth year, or the monthly readings at the Williams Center, sponsored by the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative, or the monthly readings at GainVille Café hosted by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.”
“We have scored another coup by publishing two rare and perhaps previously unpublished works by Williams,” said managing editor Mark Fogarty. “Jane Fisher, director of the Rutherford Public Library, graciously allowed me to look through the library’s Williams Collection, and we came up with a short typed memoir of Paris by the doctor and a handwritten letter and introductory fragment of a poem Williams worked on in the first decade of the 1900s.”
“Our featured poet this year, Kathy Kuenzle, is a Rutherford native now living in Providence, RI who has made a “return of the native” to Rutherford in the past couple of years,” said managing editor Sondra Singer Beaulieu. “Her exciting work comes both from her Rutherford period and her later years in Providence.” Kuenzle’s poetry has just been issued by the Rutherford-based White Chickens Press in the volume A Dress Full of Holes.
Keeping up the Williams theme, the book also features four essays on the poet, adapted from presentations made at the monthly Williams Center readings, as well as a review of a new book of Williams’ correspondence with his brother. There is also a memoir of the North Jersey poetry scene by Hoboken poet and critic Joel Lewis.
The journal will be launched on Sept. 1 at 7 PM at the Williams Center, at the Williams Poetry Cooperative reading run by poet John J. Trause and Fisher. Copies of it will be available for sale that night, and many of the poets in the journal will read from it during the evening. The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow is also available online at Lulu.com and will be available through Amazon.com before the end of the year.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Read George Held’s poem, “Victory” for August 7
Read George Held’s poem, “Kindle” for August 27
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Interview with poet Martin Willitts, Jr.
When I first started writing poetry in 1970, it was by pure accident. I had no interest in writing or reading poetry; but I wanted to write drama, so I took a creative writing course. The college teacher said that he would only read poetry. I was going through my radical period so I decided to rebel and write what I called “anti-poetry”. I started writing down fragments of conversations and used line breaks and stanza breaks “like a real poet. “ I did not realize that what I was doing was a variation of Found Poetry. What surprised me then was that he thought they were good poems.
(Read more about Martin Willitts, Jr. at:
DAVID ELSASSER will be featuring with MIRIAM STANLEY
Monday, August 16th
The SATURN SERIES
at the Nightingale Bar
213 2nd Avenue
(2ND Ave. & 13th Street –
a short walk from Union Square)
plus an open reading
starts at 7:30 P.M. - ends at 10:30 P.M.
sign-up at 7 P.M.
$10 two-drink minimum
Hosted by Su Polo
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Brooklyn Book Festival is a huge, free public event presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America’s premier literary and literacy events, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. The festival is organized around themed readings and devoted to timely and lively panel discussions. The inclusion of top national and international authors and new partners has expanded the festival’s reach while continuing to celebrate and enhance Brooklyn’s contemporary and historic literary reputation. To find out more about the festival visit http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BrooklynBookFestival/festival.html
Poets Wear Prada will be sharing a table with Pleasure Boat Studio. Please stop by and say hello to publishers Roxanne Hoffman and Jack Estes. Authors from both presses will be stopping by through out the day to meet you and sign your books. We are also coordinating satellite events during the preceding week.
Public Transportation: 2, 3, 4, 5 To Borough Hall; R To Court Street; A, C, F To Jay Street/Borough Hall.
By Car From Manhattan: Coming Over The Brooklyn Bridge, Stay Straight On Adams Street. Turn Right On Joralemon Street.
By Car From New Jersey And Staten Island: Verrazano Bridge To 278west. Take Exit 27/Atlantic Avenue And Turn Onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn Left On Boerum Place. Turn Left On Joralemon Street.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Dear Family & Friends,
I continue to co-host with Jane Fisher, Rutherford Free Public Library Director, this excellent series, now in its fifth year, so please come by for this upcoming reading. Mark your calendars now!
NOTE that this series is held on FIRST Wednesdays each month from now on.
I have three poems in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow volume 3, and I look forward to joining in the celebration as both host and participating poet.
The WCW Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County is pleased to invite as our next feature the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets, on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 7:00 p. m. This monthly program will also feature the words of William Carlos Williams (presented this month by Joel Lewis) and time-permitting open readings from the floor. No advanced registration is required and all poets and poetry lovers are invited. Note that we are now holding the WCW Poetry Cooperative readings on the Terrace of the Williams Center for the Arts (http://www.williamscenter.org/ ) located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, N. J. Download a program flyer here:
Also, please remember that noted poet Jim Klein leads our peer-to-peer poetry workshops (Red Wheelbarrow Poets) on Wednesdays (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) when we do not have the readings. These will continue in the Rutherford Free Public Library (http://www.rutherfordlibrary.org/ ). Please see the flyer here:
Also, please see the Red Wheelbarrow website here:
Remember that the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets have published volume 3 of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow anthology including three poems of mine, those of many others associated with the WCW Poetry Cooperative and literary life in Rutherford, and some excellent essays. Copies of the anthology will be on sale, so please contact the editors at email@example.com, if you would like more information or like to arrange the purchase a copy or two. They make excellent birthday or holiday gifts for poetry lovers and anyone who loves literature and history.
Please come out and support these creative endeavors.
Love & Peace,
Sunday, August 8, 2010
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“Tantra's writing oozes with the passion of Neruda and the sensitivity of Sonia. Her words can warm the coldest of hearts.”
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“Tantra-zawadi's poetry speaks of a global consciousness and ambassadorship; each word of every line reminds us of the connection we have to one another in the race to win.”
— Tshombe Sekou Harris, Founder/Host of FREEDOM VERSE CAFE
Tantra-zawadi, an award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, has performed to standing-room audiences in the USA, South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. GATHERED AT HER SKY contains excerpts from her off-Broadway production SOLDIER BLUES, and her one-woman performance piece GIRL: A CHOREOSPECTIVE, as well as the text of previously recorded spoken word tracks.
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“In THRUM, Joel Allegretti, deftly and delightfully, strums his magical musical instrument, which is poetry, as he forges fresh forms of songs and stories that are inspired by strummers’s strings. 'Context is everything,' Allegretti reminds us, and we’re planted in the heart of a global ancient/modern orchestra. Prepare yourself for the revelatory performance.”
— Martine Bellen
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
August 3rd, 2010
Special to Infauxtainment by George Held
New York, NY (INS) – Alex Rodriguez, All-Star third baseman for the Champion Yankess, has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. The fabled A-Rod has played his last game and will end his career with 599 home runs, a number he has been stuck on since July 23, 2010.
“I give up,” Rogriguez told Yankees beat reporters when announcing his retirement. “I gave it my best shot, but the pressure is too much. I don’t need all this agita” in trying to become the sixth player ever to hit 600 homers.
Critics of the slugger said that he has never handled pressure well and rarely got clutch hits for Seattle, Texas, or the Yankees, the teams he played for. Vinnie Garbanzo, head of the Bleacher Creatures in the old Yankee Stadium, complained that A-Rod left him doubly frustrated with the team: “First, they raise the prices in the new stadium so high I can’t even afford the bleachers no more, and now that bum Alex Rodriguez gets stuck at 599. I’m glad he’s packing it in.”
But Rodriguez’s fans, including Annette Funicular of the Bronx, say they’ll miss the star. “I ain’t going to anymore games,” she said. “If I can’t see that great bod at third base, if I can’t scream for him to hit the big 600, I’m going to the Jersey Shore for the rest of the season.”
YES, the Yankees Sports Network, is worried about falling ratings without their star in the lineup. YES lawyers are working with Rodriguez’s agent to try to hold him to his $30 million per year contract. But unless he un-retires, A-Rod’s Cooperstown line will read, Homers—599.
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