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FANCY: 8 Odes of John Keats; Published by the Barbarian Press

Away! Away! for I will fly to thee, Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards, But on the viewless wings of Poesy, Though the dull brain perplexes and retards… –from Ode to a Nightingale I have definitely dawdled and procrastinated … Continue reading

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Poetry of Sappho; Published by the Arion Press

…“Whom again do I persuade to take you back into her love? Who, Sappho, is doing you wrong?” These lines from a poem of Sappho speak to us across the millennium. It’s been twenty-six centuries since this intriguing and unforgettable … Continue reading

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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman; Published by the Arion Press

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue … Continue reading

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The Seasons: Four Bagatelles; Published by the Barbarian Press

I’ve lived the endless summer of Southern California for long enough now that my body probably doesn’t have it in it to enjoy the seasons I experienced as I grew up along the Eastern Seaboard from Rhode Island to Key … Continue reading

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A Coney Island of the Mind; Published by the Arion Press

I’ve been visiting San Francisco regularly since I switched to the west coast from the east coast by way of university somewhere in between. One constant of my visits has been bookstores. Another has been bars. Now it leans heavily … Continue reading

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Melville’s Selected Poems; Published by the Arion Press

Like many people for whom Moby Dick is the first thing that comes to mind when Herman Melville is mentioned, I’m not sure I was really aware of his poetry. Even after my second reading of Moby Dick, I never … Continue reading

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Biotherm by Frank O’Hara; Published by the Arion Press

“Ut pictura poesis,” Horace wrote in the first century BC. “As is painting so is poetry.” In his Poetry Foundation blog post “Poets and Painters”, Martin Earl writes “Painters and poets have been wed from the beginning. Language itself has … Continue reading

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A Flame in the Heart; Published by Littoral Press

On the first page of A Flame in the Heart: a love/hate anthology we learn that it “is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future … Continue reading

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How Words See; published by Occasional Works

This book just leapt off the shelf at me when I was browsing at Wessel & Lieberman’s in Pioneer Square, Seattle. It’s an elegantly designed book of poetry about art. How Words See, or maybe how seeing turns into words … Continue reading

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Sabbaths 2006 by Wendell Berry; published by Larkspur Press

If there were anyone that could convince me to go back to the land and live on a farm, it would be Wendell Berry. His writings reinforce in various ways his belief in connection to the land, sustainability, stewardship, and … Continue reading

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