Reviews

Comedy Incarnate CD-ROM by Ward Kelley
 ----A Press Release

Special Short Story Review:
"The Messiah of LaGuardia" by Elisha Porat

                                       Reviewed by Jack Fischel

See www.The-Manhattanite.com for present work and  upcoming Short Stories by Elisha Porat, Edited by Doug Tanoury and Mary Barnet. Elisha Porat's Poetry is published in PoetryMagazone.com.

"Steel Umbrellas" by David Hunter Sutherland
"
Athens Avenue Anthology" Edited by Doug Tanoury
"Jigsaw, Poems and Prose Poems" by Gary Catalano
                                Reviewed by Mary Barnet

"The Moon Inside" by Ruth Daigon
"Reefs We Live" by Janet I. Buck
"Erratic Sleep in a Cold Hotel"
by Marie Kazalia

"The Moon Inside" by Ruth Daigon
(Newton's Baby, 1999)

"Ruth Daigon's work is a long drink of cold crystalline spring water... clear  without being shallow, direct without simplification...She writes utterly  without sentimentality. Her poems are like small very sharp knives that peel  back clutter, enabling the reader to see beneath the daily surface of the  ordinary."

-- Marge Piercy The Moon Inside

ISBN 0966722833
Newton's Baby, 1999

On December 1, 1999, Newton's Baby will release The Moon Inside, a new book 
of work by acclaimed poet and concert soprano Ruth Daigon. Ms Daigon has  published widely in print and online journals, and The Moon Inside will  feature 70 poems previously seen in places like Southern Poetry Review,  Shenandoah, Atlanta Quarterly, Web del Sol and Alsop Review, as well as brand  new work.

Ruth Daigon was for twenty years the editor of Poets On: and has won a number  of awards for her own poetry, including the "Eve of St. Agnes Award" from  Negative Capability. Her most recent book of poems, Between One Future and  the Next, was released in 1995 by Papier-Mache Press.

Copies of The Moon Inside will be $11.95 US plus $3.20 shipping, but you can  subscribe, or pre-buy, a copy for $10 with no shipping charge. Order your  copy now. You don't even have to send the money yet - we'll let you know when  we're ready.

Newton's Baby
788 Murphey Street
Scottdale, GA 30079

Announcing Reefs We Live, a collection of poetry 
by Janet I. Buck. 

Reefs We Live, an extraordinary new eBook of poetry by Janet I. Buck, is 
now available from Word Wrangler Publishing. This collection addresses 
disability, grief, American culture, family, and love, and is laced with 
stunning illustrations by internet artist Cindy Duhe. 

Many of the poems in Reefs We Live are new and others have appeared in 
such journals as Niederngasse, Feminista!, San Francisco Salvo, Conspire, The 
Horsethief's Journal, Poetry Super Highway, Southern Ocean Review, Pyrowords, 
Riding the Meridian, Athens City Times, Serpentine, Disquieting Muses, The 
Free Cuisinart, Arkham, poets4peace, and Salon d'Art. 

Douglas Clark, editor of Lynx: Poetry from Bath, says: "Janet Buck 
writes dense, tightly-packed poetry of undoubted quality." Barbara Benepe, 
editor and founder of Cayuse Press, heralds Buck's work as "...a world of 
witty wordplay and raw, immediate emotion." 

Order your copy today. $12.95 (available for download and on CD)

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(Just click on the New Releases button on the upper left corner of the 
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"Erratic Sleep in a Cold Hotel" 
by Marie Kazalia
(Phony Lid Publications)

Beyond the jargon, styles and definitions of poetry, there is a voice, a  narrative that is the foundation of the craft: a story that should be told-- This one  is by Marie Kazalia, simply titled Erratic Sleep in a Cold Hotel. This collection  of 46 poems present the vivid reality of a disengaged life through sometimes  disturbing yet intriguing images of a woman immersed in the urban struggle, faced with compromising accommodations in run down hotels in the Mission district, encounters with street derelicts, homelessness and her own sense of sexuality. The poems capture with poignant vitality the observations of the author as she readjusts to American life on her return to San Francisco from 4 years as an expatriate in the Orient. Like black and white photography these confessional poems will draw you into a world that is frighteningly honest and deeply  personal.   Ms Kazalia lives in San Francisco and has been published widely in the small press and in numerous electronic magazines online.   This is her first collection of poetry.

Erratic Sleep in a Cold Hotel
poems by Marie Kazalia

78 pages
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Marie Kazalia's e-mail: MAKazalia@aol.com

"Athens Avenue
A Collection of Poetry"
 
Edited by Doug Tanoury
(Funky Dog Publishing)

This anthology contains the poetry of The Athens Avenue Poetry Circle: Wendy Carlisle, Paul Kloppenborg, David Hunter Sutherland, Doug Tanoury, whose Funky Dog Publishing is also the publisher, and Mike Timonin. Uniting Paul Kloppenborg, of Australia, and Mike Timonin, of Canada, both very interesting and talented poets with these fine American poets certainly makes a book that is a pleasure to read. Jennifer Ley's work is some of her best and her sensual verse really shines in this volume. She is a talented poet who sees her womanhood as part and parcel of her poetry, and in fact her whole being:

"I cannot help but thank the stars I write so achingly about that I am singularly a woman that my void is shaped like a womb"

The volume begins with the poetry of Wendy Carlisle, whose poetry in this collection is absolutely exceptional. She deals with life and death in a very simple and direct manner. Her use of metaphor throughout a poem is absolutely wonderful, particularly in the poem "Against the Current," where he personifies "the answer" as being as "simple really, beautiful and slick as a California seal." "The City." "Touch," and "Wolf" are poems in this collection you will want to take special notice of, but one does them a disservice to quote only portions of them because they are complete, and quite perfect little poems. In the poem "Real Estate," Carlisle states with customary succinctness:

" Then I write and never mention an eclipse, last winter's message, or the small, bad chance that real is only each day's end in distance."

David Hunter Sutherland verse in this anthology is lyrical and, as in "Bury A Sister" always moving in its content as well as its rhythm:

"...I will... Lap up the everlasting summer That suffers your eclipse, Hold all the remnants, All the power of life's beauty, All that remains."

David Hunter Sutherland is definitely an up-and-coming writer whose musical and
yet always erudite poetry is a breath of fresh air blowing from the Internet into the print world in what we hope will become a gust.

Doug Tanoury's poetry has the simple beauty of perceptive statement. "Rising" is a wonderful poem in which the

"financial center holds in each

Window a piece of sky Like a mosaic in a Byzantine tomb"

The following, from the poem, "The Presence Of Your Absence," is quite lovely:

"If memory were a ragged couch Or worn chair I would carry It out and set it by the curb, Yet I cannot cast out phantoms That possess this pace and Follow me from room to room Like a loyal dog, unwilling To leave me unattended."

Doug Tanoury has certainly done a wonderful job in editing this fine volume and one does oneself a service to buy it and read it. You will not be disappointed

Look to a bright future of more poetry from Funky Dog Publishing, now on-line at it's own URL: www.FunkyDogPublishing.com whose Publisher , as well as Editor is Doug Tanoury

by Mary Barnet

"Steel Umbrellas"
by David Hunter Sutherland
(Archer Books)

David Hunter Sutherland's poetry is both elegant and erudite.  His vision gives reality an appeal and a grounding which brings both the legendary and the common-place home to the reader. He makes a much-discussed future real in a fantastic manner to us in "The Second Coming."

In "Gaussian Space," we hear some of Sutherland's more simple lyricism when he states that we
"...Hold nature, distributed like stars,
In the palm of our face."

His wisdom is palpable in "Sans Falcon," when he tells us that

"...There will be moments of clarity,
Ineffable beauty, exceeding singularity,

This is withdrawal, naked loss, grief, solace, pain
But mostly . . .
There will be moments of silence,
The slow kick and roll of tumblers through empty stretch,
When like a newborn's grasp on thumb
We must learn to hold and release,
Hold and release."

David Hunter Sutherland is one of the "new wave" of poets  emerging from the Internet into the print media and his "arrival" is source of gratification to all of us here on the Internet.

Mary Barnet

"Jigsaw, Poems and Prose Poems"
by Gary Catalano
(Paper Bark Press/Craftsman House)

Gary Catalano makes the most ordinary sights and sounds  extraordinary. In "Wholemeal Loaf," he compares "even the  lightest loaf" to "a lump of masonry from a demolition site." In "Ars Poetica," he evokes

"the soft, descending

'Shh' that these leaves make
when they come to sense
the wind's presence
in a nearby tree."

Gary Catalano expresses experiences we have all had in a way  that unites his reading audience as one. In "Souvenir," a lovely short poem, he states:

"I would have preferred to come back
with something a bit more
substantial than this

but seeing it's such
an odd shape for a stone
I had to pick it up

and have always kept it
here, on the window sill,
next to my desk."

His prose poems are thought-provoking. He recalls the past in  such delicate detail, but in such a way as not to provoke the  least doubt of his veracity in the reader. In "Calendar," he recalls both an experience and his thoughts at that time:

"...I gaze at the calendar and simultaneously swing my bare feet so that they make a dry sandpapery sound as they scrape across the lino. And with every swing I ask myself what name I should cry out when I turn at the sound of the unoiled hinges
and find her standing in the door."

As a well-known Australian art historian and critic, Gary Catalano's vision and voice leads us into a world of his own delicate creation. He is an important voice in International, as well as Australian, poetry.

by Mary Barnet