Subscriber News: May 2017
Congratulations to Dana Curtis. Her new poetry collection, Wave Particle Duality, was published by BlazeVOX. Poet Maurya Simon says of this book: "The breadth of the poet's regard is wide: she proffers a brilliant parade of poems containing meditations, laments, lyric complaints, love letters, and philosophical conundrums. She also explores physicist Erwin Schrödinger's quantum theories (including his famed boxed cat experiment), concurring tacitly with him that 'reality' may collapse onto one possibility or into another (opposite) one." She kindly shares a sample poem here.
Congratulations to Robert and Mary Bagg. The University of Massachusetts Press recently published their book Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur: A Biographical Study, the first biography of this major 20th-century American poet. Now 96 years old, Wilbur is the last of the literary generation that included Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Anthony Hecht, Delmore Schwartz, Stanley Kunitz, and Theodore Roethke. Read an overview of his work here.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Marchitti. Her poetry chapbook Growing Old Disgracefully will be published by Finishing Line Press in August and is currently available for pre-order. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Laura Boss, editor of the literary journal Lips, says that Marchitti "explores with candor and grace the delights and challenges of the so-called 'golden years.' Her philosophic and wise meditations concerning nature, a long and good marriage, family, writing are tender and moving."
Congratulations to Ellaraine Lockie. Her 13th poetry chapbook, Tripping with the Top Down, was published this month by FootHills Publishing. Read a sample on their website. Poet and editor Eve Anthony Hanninen says of this book, "Lockie invites her readers into confessional conversations while accomplishing what she does best: using ironic humor, sharp behavioral insights and a native diction that combines with vivid and detailed imagery to portray a wealth of pithy concepts." Sarah Bartlett's review in Cultural Weekly observes, "Lockie takes us on a visitor's tour of Los Angeles—sometimes, as unsuspecting tourists, to less than savory locations. She bridges worlds through a personal and often intimate lens, where suspense is key. There are wonderful portrait-poems that clearly showcase the poet’s ability to make the ordinary extraordinary..." Cultural Weekly also reprinted some poems from the chapbook here.
Marvin Lurie's poem "Trump Tower" was published in the February 9 issue of Writers Resist, a weekly online multimedia journal launched in response to the 2016 US presidential election. His poem "Alt-Majority Nursery Rhymes, Book One" appeared May 11. Read more poems on his website.
Lesléa Newman, Molly Peacock, and Dale Matthews will be reading their poetry on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, MA.
Published: May 8, 2017