#TPQ5: SAMUEL ADEYEMI
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POETRY IN CINEMA: YOU WERE LOST AND GONE FOREVER, OH MY DARLING
Their flaws are immediate; “I’m a vindictive little bitch truth be told” she tells him. While he ruminates that he falls in love with anyone who gives him attention. – Jessica Mookherjee
REVIEW: IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE — SHAUN ROBINSON (BRICK BOOKS)
You start in one place—a forest on fire, a restaurant where you’re stacking individual creamers into a tower, falling in love wearing colorful pants—and by the end, you realize you’ve run into yourself.
REVIEW: FOEVERHAUS – KAILEY TEDESCO (WHITE STAG PUBLISHING) – review by Kristin Garth
There is a candy-coated communion of saints inside these poems that encapsulates the terror of treats of childhood. A “peppermint Jesus” and “cinnamon virgin” cohabitate in these pages with the Bloody Mary.
#TPQ5: DAVID HANLON
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REVIEW: IR /RATIONAL – KALEB TUTT (ROARING JUNIOR PRESS)
If you have ever wondered if “that” one in a million situation could happen, Tutt has opened the floor for its discussion. – Bradley Galimore
REVIEW: WOUND FROM THE MOUTH OF A WOUND – TORRIN A. GREATHOUSE (MILKWEED EDITIONS)
it is of value, why try to fix the other parts, “…make them/more normal”? Would it be better to embrace the body in its natural state? – Martha Warren
POWER OF POETRY #127: ANNE FRICKE
Sometimes the moments are tense, and the uncomfortable stretching and growing of the audience are palpable. Other times, the open-hearted connections embrace the poet with unshakable support.
#TPQ5: COLLIN JONES
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REVIEW: WOUND FROM THE MOUTH OF A WOUND – TORRIN A. GREATHOUSE (MILKWEED EDITIONS)
Her poems don’t just show the reader these issues, they pull the reader into them, making them wear them like a skin.
I listened to a song that made me think of you.
An album I hadn’t heard later,
I feel like I knew you better than when
I invested time in knowing you.
What happens when you wonder,
If to be with someone
Means just putting up with each other,
Or finding another person
Who thinks about these things too,
As you both say nothing,
And simply exist
In this gray area?
POETRY IN CINEMA: IT’S NOT AN EASY THING TO MEET YOUR MAKER – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE
This week I tackle the poetry in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and specifically the use of William Blake’s poem, America: A Prophecy.
Moisturized and slightly,
Smoother than silk…
Is the spot in which I bask
In my after glow.
Your satisfaction in tow,
You told me:
“We are each other.
We exist with one another…
In our current and past lives…
We will always be together.”
REVIEW: THE TALES OF FLAXIE CHAR – ELIZABETH HORNER TURNER (DANCING GIRL PRESS)
“…explores the line between the fantastical and insanity in a woman pushed to the brink by tragedy…”
REVIEW: THE TALE OF TURKISH CARPET – JACQUELINE SAPHRA (BAD BETTY PRESS)
The poem is a great tale of how we ‘interpret’ other people’s lives when we go to other’s cultures and yet might forget the constraints on our own, thinking them normal. Until – it all gets too much.
#TPQ5: LINDSEY HEATHERLY
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In front of the sink,
Move your toothbrush
And look up into the mirror.
Let me embarrass my mother in ways
She hopes to never have to discuss…
Or at least never imagined to.
WOMEN WRITERS OVER 30: REVIEW: LARARIUM – RAY BALL (VARIANT LIT)
She says “snakes always my company” and just like Medusa she apparently has the power to elicit stoicism in her father. In this way, she is taking some of the power back from her father in their difficult relationship. However, also just like Medusa she is mortal, as seen in the line “cannot shed their skins.”
#TPQ5: SHAWN BERMAN
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We were both falling.
I wonder sometimes who would catch us,
And every time he reminds me,
Hopefully for me this act won’t be a repeat,
So I guess I’ll just keep the tempo…
REVIEW: BODEGA NIGHT PIGEON RIOT – AMANDA DEUTCH (ABOVE/GROUND PRESS)
Like riding in the car, riding the subway is a moment where many people wrestle with their thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts are a diagnosis of the self, other times they are external, a commentary on the troubles of the world around us.
WOMEN WRITERS OVER 30: TUNED: SELECTED POEMS – KYLA HOUBOLT (CCCP CHAPBOOKS)
“Ms. Houbolt’s solution to the horror of likely permanent and ever increasing climate change that is necessarily affecting us all, involves the continuing reverence for nature and not throwing away what we all desperately need.”
Half-light Collected Poems of Frank Bidart Because it contains all the work to date of one of the most important current American poets. Bidart is a genius and his difficult, dark work of existential struggle rewarding to any serious reader of poetry. Paul Farley He is true to his working
REVIEW: F LETTER – GALINA RYMBU, EUGENE OSTASHEVSKY, AINSLEY MORSE, EDS. (Isolarii)
Am I a poet or a poetess? Do I need to embrace a male style of writing, of interest, of canon, or someone else’s definition of radical feminist poetry?
#TPQ5: TOMMYE BLOUNT
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POETRY & CINEMA #2: ANYWAY… TEENAGE STUFF FOREVER – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE
This week it’s Charlie Kaufman’s (writer of Being John Malkovitch) difficult, angsty, psychological horror film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and a cool, young, and defiant Canadian poet, Eva HD’s poem “Bonedog”.
REVIEW: TRAVELOGUE – PAIGE MELIN (GHOST CITY PRESS)
“….she recognizes that she no longer has complete agency, having surrendered to her travels: “nothing will pull me / from this trajectory”, she writes, “not even its own / destruction”.
#TPQ5: JESUS GARAY
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REVIEW: SEEDLING – ALANA SALTZ (MAVERICK DUCK PRESS)
So if our memories are selective, and somewhat inaccurate, how do we keep those we loved with us after they’re gone?
#TPQ5: AIM HALLE GATELY
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#TPQ5: JESS COSTELLO
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REVIEW: AMNESIA – HAL Y. ZHANG (Newfound)
The pressures of assimilation run deep. To what extent do we forget our mother tongues when we immigrate to a new country? How much of ourselves, our culture, our language, can we retain?
#TPQ5: ROY VORAGEN
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#TPQ5: AMANDA HOLIDAY
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REVIEW: LA BELLE AJAR – ERNESTO CEPEDA (CLASH BOOKS)
A revitalized love story for an upended generation. Cepeda brings beauty to the parts of us we fear the most: desires, sex, love, guilt, self.
REVIEW: VENUS IN PINK MARBLE – GAYNOR KANE (HEDGEHOG PRESS)
This is a collection that moves around the themes of love, lust, futility and desire and the search for a self through these conflicts of empire and colonialism.
#TPQ5: I.S. JONES
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REVIEW: LET’S PHOTOGRAPH GIRLS ENJOYING LIFE – JASMINE GRAY (BROKEN SLEEP BOOKS)
This small poetry collection hits hard, it makes us voyeur and complicit in the diminishment of what gender and sex are.
Rev by @jessmkrjy
#TPQ5: DAVID HARRISON HORTON
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#TPQ5: GODEFROY DRONSART
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TPQ5: CANDICE WUEHLE
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#TPQ5: TAYLOR GIANFRANCISCO
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#TPQ5: C.T. SALAZAR
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#TPQ5 BRIONY HUGHES
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#TPQ5: BEAU WILLIAMS
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@awhitetrashpoet @andreagibson @SandraBeasley @FaylitaHicks
#TPQ5: BRANDI HOMAN
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#TPQ5: LEEANNE QUINN
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#TPQ5: ANNA G WINHAM
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#TPQ5: JAMES DUNNIGAN
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REVIEW: RECKLESS PAPER BIRDS – JOHN McCULLOUGH (PENNED IN THE MARGINS)
The tone of communication is exuberant and rife with polysemic connotations, producing a psychedelic effect. A sad Lady Gaga prompts us to reflect on how “terrible” it is “to be a god and listen”….
Review by Rodanthi Tzanelli
REVIEW: ALMS BASKET FOR YOUR HEART – MACKENZIE MOORE (VARIANT LIT)
It is a tender little book and a reminder that, yes, not all dreams come true, but that doesn’t mean we should stop dreaming.
@mxkmoore @whatisaletter @VariantLit
REVIEW: A QUARTER LIFE- TYLER PUFPAFF (SELF-PUBLISHED)
We can put ourselves in these cracks and pops of a body learning how to be on its own.
#TPQ5: ANNA GRACE DU NOYER
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#TPQ5: DAVID LEO SIROIS
What will David Leo Sirois, Canadian -American poet who lived & worked in Paris, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: CLIFFORD VENHO
What will Clifford Venho, poet, translator, and author, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: MIRIAM E. MILES
What will Miriam E. Miles, writer based in the Hunter Valley, Australia, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: RACHEL MWIHAKI WANJIKU
What will Rachel Mwihaki Wanjiku, who when isn’t writing, plays with wax, paint, thread and plants, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
POWER OF POETRY #123: RAY MWIHAKI
I’m the kind of person who bottles things up till they froth and bubble with the wrath of an erupting volcano yet …I realize more pain has been lived by those brave ones who choose to share their lives with us through art.
#TPQ5: TOM ELLYS LAWLOR
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#TPQ5: OLIVIA BRALEY
What will Olivia Braley, co-founder and Editor in Chief of Stone of Madness Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: KATIE PROCTOR
What will Katie Proctor, an LGBTQ+ poet from Yorkshire, England, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: RAGINI MOHITE
What will Ragini Mohite, whose monograph Modern Writers, Transnational Literatures: Rabindranath Tagore and W.B. Yeats is forthcoming, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
POWER OF POETRY #121: MACKENZIE MOORE
I never had a revelation that completely hoodwinked me into poetry — my parents were more Bob Dylan than Anne Bradstreet.
#TPQ5: C.M. CROCKFORD
What will C.M. Crockford, whose second chapbook Mark The Place is out via ThirtyWest Publishing, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
POWER OF POETRY #120: NISHA BHAKOO
What will Nisha Bhakoo, author of “You found a beating heart” (The Onslaught Press, 2016) and “Black & White Dream (@brokensleep, 2018), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: ADRIAN SOBOL
What will Adrian Sobol, author of THE LIFE OF THE PARTY IS HARDER TO FIND UNTIL YOU’RE THE LAST ONE AROUND (@MalarkeyBooks), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: MONICA ONG
What will Monica ong, author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
Despite my attempts to have a ‘legitimate’ kind of work-life, this was not going to happen, and my Swiss-cheese work history led me back to the pen yet again.
POWER OF POETRY #117: NOREEN OCAMPO
Staying silent for two years made everything build up and burst, and it turned out that poetry was still my favorite way to make peace, understand, and remember.
#TPQ5: SOPHIE GREGORY
Whaat will Sophie Gregory, published online and in print by Twist in Time magazine, Blink Ink Print, Lecker Zine and Mythic Picnic, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
POWER OF POETRY #116: LUBOMIRA KOURTEVA
We were never meant to know it all anyway – and learning to feel comfortable in the unknowingness is a humility to be treasured. This is something that poetry teaches us very well….
#TPQ5: DIANA RADOVAN
What will Diana Radovan, founder of the multicultural writing group Creative Writing in Munich, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
POWER OF POETRY #115: SHULY XÓCHITL CAWOOD
The best poems ask us to think twice about something. They ask us to see a moment in a different light. The poem, for me, is about how difficult it can be to figure out who we are and what we want…. – @shulycawood
#TPQ5: IAN RICHARDSON
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