REVIEW: WE MEANT TO BRING IT HOME ALIVE – ARMIN TOLENTINO (ALTERNATING CURRENT PRESS)

This is a collection of survival in spite of all that happens in life. It’s the learning of “the sound liquid makes as it works through the body’s waterways.” The unrelenting feeling that while life is draining from one body, another is taking it back. Continue reading REVIEW: WE MEANT TO BRING IT HOME ALIVE – ARMIN TOLENTINO (ALTERNATING CURRENT PRESS)

REVIEW: Mud Woman – Joanna Penn Cooper & R. Bratten Weiss (Dancing Girl Press)

Over the course of your correspondence, you begin to discuss your dreams. Begin, in fact, to have dreams that echo the other’s. There is a house, creepy yet somehow luminous. Stables. Treasure, possibly, among the muck. But should you be there? Who (or what) lurks in the dim? – JPC from “You Correspond with a Woman in Ohio” Three days of rain and in the … Continue reading REVIEW: Mud Woman – Joanna Penn Cooper & R. Bratten Weiss (Dancing Girl Press)

THE POWER OF POETRY #7: BLYTHE BAIRD

   THE POWER OF POETRY By Blythe Baird The first time I was exposed to spoken word poetry, I was a sophomore in high school. It was a strike of pure luck. My first day back at school after months of intensive rehabilitation for mental and physical health issues, a special event called Writers Week was happening. I sulked into the auditorium with my English … Continue reading THE POWER OF POETRY #7: BLYTHE BAIRD

THE POWER OF POETRY #3: JENNY DRAI

  “The Power of Poetry” by JENNY DRAI 1. I remember the poem that made me want to be a poet—it was Paul Celan’s “Night Ray” (“Nachtstrahl”) from Poppy and Memory. (I first encountered Celan as an undergraduate German major. Up to that point, I had written almost exclusively fiction and my grand plan in life was to become a world-famous novelist, preferably by the … Continue reading THE POWER OF POETRY #3: JENNY DRAI