Special Short Story Review:
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.
Moon Inside" by Ruth
Inside" by Ruth Daigon
"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
Announcing Reefs We Live, a collection of poetry
"Erratic Sleep in a
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.
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
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
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
His wisdom is palpable in "Sans Falcon," when he tells us that
"...There will be moments of clarity,
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.
"Jigsaw, Poems and
by Mary Barnet