Here is the opening poem from a fine book- Francis Blessington’s book Poems from Underground.
Praise for Poems from Underground
Poems from Underground is an outstanding collection, well deserving a place on any adequate shelf of contemporary poetry. T he whole book gives pleasure and stimulation. Francis Blessington brings fresh insight to every subject he touches, with a rare mastery of imagery and metaphor. Great art can inspire him (Goya’s Prints), but so can the sordid (Cockfight). His control of free verse forms is admirable, as well as his handling of traditional meter and rhyme, so well displayed in his memorable translations from Baudelaire and Mistral.
—X. J. Kennedy
Lots of new books
Here we are in “a post-truth world” . . . a complicated world of media outlets, on the air and online, where rhetoric, jargon, imagined conspiracies, lies and deception permeate, leaving us to weed through with our educated mind and common sense, in search of bits of gnosis.
Lovers of poetry and literature in general, weed no further. There is nothing pretentious about work that is made with a love of creativity, essential observation and experience, and full with imagination.
Deerbrook Editions has a pile of new and recent titles, some which might fit into your idea of “arts and entertainment.” Because we know that there are many generations and types of readers with varying tastes, we offer most titles in a quality preview form on issuu.com, and most of these are embedded on book pages on the press Website.
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In these poems, Margaret Yocom offers a new vision of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm’s controversial “Allerleirauh” (“All Kinds Of Fur”), a lesser-known version of “Cinderella” that opens with incest. Erasing the Grimms’ words to reveal a young woman’s story of her journey to a new, full life, Yocom asks, What would ‘All Kinds of Fur’ say if she could tell her own tale? In ALL KINDS OF FUR , the heroine’s words rise.
Erasure is a contemporary poetry-writing practice. Poets begin with a source text of any kind and then “erase” selected words and letters, using one or several methods—such as whiting or blacking out their selections, or “ghosting” them with a gray font. What remains are erasure poems.
In her “Afterword: tale / translation / erasure,” the author explores the history of the tale “All Kinds Of Fur” (and its many, international versions) as well as her translation of the Grimms’ text. She also discusses erasure poetry more fully and mentions other erasure poets and their work. Here is an excerpt about the author’s own erasure practice:
. . . For me, the process of erasure has not been “What words should I erase?” but rather “What words rise?” Erasure offers me a chance to make visible and concrete a conversation—perhaps, even, an argument— between two texts. Through such a poem, rather than an essay, I can disagree with other interpretations of the tale as well as the assumptions of its translators. I can also create an alternative vision that presents the way a young woman, a survivor of abuse, would tell this tale . . .
Available now only on the press site.
Cover art: Painting Bear Girl by Anne Siems.
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Praise for Where You Happen to Be from Dawn Potter:
In Where You Happen to Be , Leonore Hildebrandt writes of “discern[ing] layers / of sound and scent,” of probing “the human dilemma / of purpose and failure.” The poems in this collection assume this task of recognition and discovery. Gently, and with a great and detailed patience, she walks us through physical and emotional landscapes, narrating travels that feel both in and out of time. “The living,” Hildebrandt writes, “inherit the world’s blindness— / so much of it, they get blissfully drunk.” Yet as her poems celebrate and mourn our blindness, they also remind us, again and again, of the power of resilience: “Let one lake rest on another.”
The cover features a painting by Susan Hammond
The Art of Juanita Guccione. Some of the most interesting work goes unnoticed. Why? Perhaps because of timing, because of being overshadowed by events or others that have gained prominence, or sometimes because creative individuals are not inclined to promote and sell their work. Making cold calls takes experience and confidence. Being discovered is a rare thing. There are many factors that visual artists, and others working in the arts, find as virtual barriers to creating a body of work, making it presentable, and marketing it through channels that may or may not be open to them. Sometimes friends and mentors can introduce work to the right people. Sometimes family members can provide assistance or motivation or that introduction. Often the moment of having a show and being recognized in even small ways just doesn’t happen.
I am particularly grateful to being able to see the works of this artist. Because of my association with the writer Djelloul Marbrook, having published a book of his poetry, which means spending some time getting to know the work, and the man, I found out about the artists in his family.
The ORIGINAL Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology: Freely showcasing the most creative minds on the planet
shows some beautiful examples of early twentieth century paintings by Juanita Guccione and something of the story of Juanita’s lifes work.