Dear Friends and Colleagues:
The editor of SENTENCE: A JOURNAL OF PROSE POETICS posted a prose-poem/essay of mine, "Gaston Leroux," on THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY blog. The piece will appear along with two others, "Man Ray" and "Jules Verne," in the new issue of SENTENCE. Gaston Leroux created my favorite literary character.
THRUM, a new chapbook by Joel Allegretti from Poets Wear Prada
ISBN 978-0-9841844-4-6, Trade Paperback, 38pp., $12.00
"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' 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."
Author of Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,
1997 National Poetry Series selection
"Joel Allegretti's latest collection of poems is as enjoyable as it is different. Thrum takes the reader on a journey that explores known musical instruments, such as the mandolin, dulcimer and fiddle, as well as some not-so-known instruments, such as the oud, koto and theorbo. But what makes this journey unique is that each instrument is in a sense personified as the emotive element of each instrument is brought to life. Allegretti does a wonderful job tuning every poem so that the music of each instrument is realized again and again in the words on the page. An intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."
Now Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thrum-Poems-Joel-Allegretti/dp/0984184449Raymond Hammond
Editor, The New York Quarterly