Tag Archives: Spring 2015

“Tree by Charity”: Robert Frost and the American Christmas

Posted in April 6, 2015
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Adam Bryant Marshall At the end of his book Christmas in America, historian Penne L. Restad concludes that, despite the sense that “profanation, secularization, commercialization, and prevalence throughout American life have delustered it…Christmas remains the most important holiday on our …

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Review: Naked by Donnelle McGee

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Brian Fanelli, PQ Contributing Editor Naked Donnelle McGee Unbound Content Paperback, 110 pages ISBN-13: 978-1936373437 http://unboundcontent.com/naked-by-donnelle-mcgee/ In his manifesto “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” Langston Hughes defines blues and jazz as a “revolt against weariness in a white …

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Review: Things That Keep Us from Drifting by Andrew Ruzkowski

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Ann E. Michael, PQ Contributing Editor Things That Keep Us from Drifting Andrew Ruzkowski Another New Calligraphy, 2014 88 pp., large format paperback, $18.00 www.anothernewcalligraphy.com In his writings, John Dewey mentions the phenomenon he calls “drift,” when social forces lose …

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Review: Divining the Prime Meridian by Carol Smallwood

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Nancy Means Wright Divining the Prime Meridian Carol Smallwood Word Poetry, 2015 Trade paper, 118 pages 978-1-62549-111-4 http://www.wordpoetrybooks.com/smallwood.html Poet Carol Smallwood knows how to tell the truth slant, as Emily Dickinson advised, with double meanings, like the prime meridian in …

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Review: Through A Garden Gate by Charlotte Mandel (poems) and Vincent Covello (photographs)

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Sander Zulauf Through A Garden Gate Poems by Charlotte Mandel Photographs by Vincent Covello Cincinnati, OH:  David Robert Books, 2015 Paper. 60pp. $20.00. ISBN:  978-1-625491-213 www.davidrobertbooks.com After this bitter cold, relentless, dangerous winter of 2015, what better to cheer the …

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Review: The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014

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Lori A. May, PQ Founder and Past Editor-in-Chief The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 Guest Editor: Sonnet L’Abbe Series Editor: Molly Peacock Tightrope Books, Nov 2014 ISBN: 978-1926639833 http://tightropebooks.com/best-canadian-poetry-2014/ This is a biased review. I confess bias since I’ve …

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The “Darling” of the Poetry World

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Millicent Bórges Accardi, Interviews Editor Reviews have made me a better writer, one who is more articulate about her own practice. Poetry is a conversation, and your book is just the beginning. The author of over twenty books, including Melancholia …

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Poetry Writing Hacks: 7 Playful Ways To Create Poetry

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Laura Weldon Kids are eager to liberate poetry from the stuffy good-for-you closet where it’s so often kept. That is, as long as they can do so playfully. Each time I lead poetry-writing workshops I learn from students as young …

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Review: Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015 by Chana Bloch

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Charlotte Mandel Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015 Chana Bloch Autumn House Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015 Paper, 221 pp, $19.95 ISBN 978-1-938769-00-9 http://www.autumnhouse.org/product/swimming-in-the-rain-new-and-selected-poems-1980-2015-by-chana-bloch/ Chana Bloch’s new collection, titled Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015, …

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Review: Reckless Lovely by Martha Silano

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                      Lesley Wheeler Reckless Lovely Martha Silano Saturnalia Books, 2014 Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 978-0-9899797-1-9 http://www.saturnaliabooks.com/?q=node/81 I am currently teaching an undergraduate seminar on Mid-Twentieth-Century American Poetry, a course full …

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