Laura Shovan, editor of The Little Patuxent Review, has posted a book review of Forage at the LPR blog.
Laura featured my poetry last year during her National Poetry Month virtual road trip at the blog Author Amok with a look at my poem, “Winged Vessel.” I’ll get to meet Laura Shovan and other contributors to LPR’s Winter 2012 issue: Social Justice this Saturday, January 28 at the launch reading for this new issue. Especially eager to read offerings from Clarinda Harriss, Emily Severance, Jeff Fearnside and Martín Espada. Thank you to guest editor Truth Thomas for including my poem, “Advisory.”
I was beamed up into December, somehow. Back in the world of October, I promised to highlight some poems from The Delmarva Review. (The editors seek submissions for Volume 5 through February 2012.)
The DR is a regional review, although the 33 authors in Volume 4 come from eight states, DC, and the Ukraine. I was charmed by the Eastern Shore flavor of this volume and three poems in particular.
Wendy Ingersoll’s portfolio of poems about her dad, who grew up along an Eastern Shore river, ends with a colorful monologue, “Tell Us About the River, Dad,” his description of crabbing and oystering at low tide, when “a northwest wind/ blew the water clear out of the bay…”
The title of Linda Blaskey’s “Two Days at Shipping Creek” engages my interest in our peninsula’s place names. The poet’s emotional turmoil, from the Adirondack chair overlooking Oyster Cove, is just a …
I just received a copy of Volume 4 of The Delmarva Review, with my review of the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Poet Lore :
Poet Lore: A 2nd Century of New Writing, 106: 1-2 (Spring/Summer 2011) $10.00
The editors of the 122-year-old Poet Lore carry on its tradition: work by little-known and well-known writers side-by-side. Two poems on facing pages I enjoyed are “Dr. Chute’s Secret Journal, 3/22/03” by Robert M. Chute and “Incoming Prayer” by Leonard Gontarek. Both poems, wry and personable in tone, use abstracted landscape and conversation to render a moral dilemma: to determine one’s responsibility for war from a position of minor power. Chute is new to me though little-known here does not mean beginner or emerging. Gontarek’s language is interior, both sharp and suave; I like reading him juxtaposed with others.
The pleasure of a well-edited journal is juxtaposition: the editorial work displayed. The …