Wednesday, August 21, 2019

 

Review of "The Taste of the Earth"



Review of The Taste of the Earth
by Hedy Habra ((Press 53, 2019)


In The Taste of the Earth, Hedy Habra lays out a topography of the spirit, for as one’s “face is a map” of one’s history so too is one’s poetry. Our memories are rooted to the earth that we ask: “…does it make a difference if the root remembers?” One would say yes for one’s memories are chiseled into each crevice on one’s face, landscaping our past, present and future.

Memories can be vivid and long lasting—”a fluid mirror clouded with ripples, rippling memories”—as deep as an olive tree that when “chopped down and burned, / their roots too deep to uproot, their veins spread, shoots [speak] in tongues, mapping the field,”—the field of one’s memories and cultural roots that cannot be forgotten or ignored. For even if cut to the ground, one’s roots like that of the olive tree are deep in the earth of one’s ancestors such that their “stories and wisdom” never die. And even if memories become dust among the countless paths we take in life, we “visit dreams” like “grains of sand” beneath “our feet.” The silence at the beach shrouds us “with dust of legends.” Habra’s collection covers present and ancient ground, knowing that all ground is sacred because our ancestors walked it and cultivated the land from which the future emanates.

Read The Taste of the Earth, a deep and moving collection, and know that you will not be lost among memories and legends but instead will discover the wisdom embedded in the lines and spaces between words like history left in the cracks in sandstone and marble citadels, looking out across the topography of human experience. —Robert L. Giron, author of Songs for the Spirit

About the Author
Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She has authored Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award and the International Book Award for Poetry, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the 2013 Arab American National Book Award's Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award and the USA Best Book Award. Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (2012), explores the visual and interartistic elements in the Peruvian Nobel's fiction. Habra holds a B.S. in Pharmacy. She earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. in English and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University where she has been teaching. A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, she won Honorable Mention from Tiferet and was finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Award. A fourteen-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the net, her multilingual work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Bitter Oleander, Cimarron Review, Connotation Press, Cutthroat, Diode, Drunken Boat, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, Letras Femeninas, Mizna, New York Quarterly, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Pirene's Fountain, Solstice, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily and World Literature Today.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

 

Michael Rodman Wins the 2019 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award



Gival Press is pleased to announce that Michael Rodman of Milford, New Hampshire has won the 18th Annual Oscar Wilde Award 2019 for his poem titled Document (Undocumented). Kailee Pedersen last year’s winner served as the judge, who read the entrees anonymously.

Michael Rodman received a cash prize of $100.00 and his poem is published at Gival Press websites.

Click on the link: Document (Undocument)

About the Author
Michael Rodman’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Defenestration, MAD magazine, SPY magazine, Oddfellow magazine, Talking River Review, and elsewhere. His work has been adapted and presented onstage by Lively Productions in New York City. A native of Metro Detroit, he lives in New Hampshire.



Finalists

Dreaming of Top Surgery at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop by Jendi Reiter of Northampton, Massachusetts

Oh Lord I Wanna Be a Drag Queen by Raymond Luczak of Minneapolis Minnesota

Dyke March, 2050 by Laura Mayron of Brighton, Massachusetts

Fruiting by Charlie Lefever of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Sunday, July 28, 2019

 

Special Women in Translation Issue of ArLiJo






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Please visit ArLiJo to read Issue No. 121 with 6 amazing women from around the world who write poetry in their native languages, presented with the English translations. This issue was edited by Poet Laureate Emerita Katherine E. Young of Arlington, Virginia.

Included in the issue:
Dostena Anguelova
Lê Pham Lê
Diti Ronen
Hadassa Tal
Dareen Tatour
Blanca Wiethüchter

Click here ArLiJo

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

 

"Anasazi Sunrise" by Bette Ridgeway


About the Artist
In her four decade career, Bette Ridgeway has exhibited her work globally with over 80 museums, universities and galleries, including: Palais Royale, Paris and the Embassy of Madagascar. Multiple prestigious awards include: Top 60 Contemporary Masters, Leonardo DaVinci Prize, and Oxford University Alumni Prize at Chicanciano Art Museum, Tuscany, Italy. Mayo Clinic and Federal Reserve Bank are amongst Ridgeway’s permanent public placements, in addition to countless important private collections. Many books and publications have featured her work, among them: International Contemporary Masters and 100 Famous Contemporary Artists. Ridgeway has also penned several books about her art and process. In her four decade career, Bette Ridgeway has exhibited her work globally with over 80 museums, universities and galleries, including: Palais Royale, Paris and the Embassy of Madagascar. Multiple prestigious awards include: Top 60 Contemporary Masters, Leonardo DaVinci Prize, and Oxford University Alumni Prize at Chicanciano Art Museum, Tuscany, Italy. Mayo Clinic and Federal Reserve Bank are amongst Ridgeway’s permanent public placements, in addition to countless important private collections. Many books and publications have featured her work, among them: International Contemporary Masters and 100 Famous Contemporary Artists. Ridgeway has also penned several books about her art and process.

Anasazi Sunrise

Copyright © 2019 by Bette Ridgeway.

This work will also be appearing in ArLiJo Issue No. 119.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

 

What I'm reading lately--"Lovejets" edited by Raymond Luczak



I was thrilled to have been chosen to be featured in the anthology Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman edited by Raymond Luczak, a prolific writer, in praise of Walt Whitman, my favorite poet of all times. Whitman was the poet who inspired me as a high school student when I didn't know much about anything, really. I read Leaves of Grass and knew intuitively that Whitman and I had more than one thing in common. Later, of course, I would see the light of day and the rest is history.



“This wide and impressive range of poetry echoing the spirit of Walt Whitman and his literary forebears demonstrates the essential embrace of community that we’ve always needed to feel whole with ourselves and among others, especially now during these tumultuous times. Celebrating what had to be largely hidden from view during Whitman’s day, the living queer male poets who grace the pages trumpet a glorious and unforgettable spectacle of passion and compassion.” —Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet

There are numerous poets included in this fine collection, but some of my favorites are: Shane Allison, Charlie Bondhus, Alfred Corn, Jim Elledge, David Groff, Trebor Healey, Scott Hightower, Walter Holland, Jee Leong Koh, Michael Lassell, Daniel W.K. Lee, Timothy Liu, Chip Livingston, Raymond Luczak, Jeff Mann, Jaime Manrique, Marcos L. Martínez, Stephen S. Mills, Felice Picano, Gregg Shapiro, David Trinidad, Edmund White, and Walt Whitman. As I said, there are numerous poets in the collection so there is something for everyone.

Pick up a copy and start reading.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

 

Art Work by Mark Yale Harris




Mirror Image
Copyright © 2019 by Mark Yale Harris.


About the Artist
Mark Yale Harris, a New Yorker, has created an evolving body of work in stone and bronze, now featured in public collections, museums and galleries worldwide, including: Hilton Hotels; Royal Academy of London; Marin MOCA; Four Seasons Hotels and the Open Air Museum - Ube, Japan. The purpose of his artwork is to invoke an awakening of the sensual. Stimulating a perceptual, internal, and intellectual response for the viewer: a visual that speaks to life’s experiences. Creating symbols of universal connection underscores the relationship that one has to another and to nature. Art conveys his nonverbal view of life. An ongoing portrayal of himself, his behavior, adventure, exploration, risk taking, and non-acceptance of convention and the status quo. Constantly in search of the new and different, he is fascinated with the unconventional. Life has a hard, aggressive side, as does much of his work, represented by rigid, angular lines. However, the soft side is also apparent, visible as curves and soft forms. Using the invaluable experience of the mentorship of Bill Prokopiof and Doug Hyde, along with his own vision, he has created an evolving body of work in alabaster, marble, limestone, and bronze. Combining different elements, he brings forth a duality in the sculptures that he creates.


Awakening III
Copyright © 2019 by Mark Yale Harris.



Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Meteor by C. M. Mayo Is Now Available

Gival Press is pleased to present Meteor, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by C. M. Mayo. The collection chosen by judge Linwood D. Rumney was released at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon.


"The narrative poems of Meteor are both funny and thoughtful, turning ordinary situations on their heads and capturing strange, surprising scenes." —Foreword Clarion Review, Feb. 2019




"...Mayo's best work—perfect words without artifice; characters and situations made permanent; a triumph of language as a natural art...." —Grace Cavalieri, The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress


(Photo by Teresa Castrane)

"Mayo creates magic, in poems that transform the ordinary into something more marvelous and strange...." —Kim Roberts, author of A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.


“Meteor pierces the psyche with a dazzling presence and otherworldly light. Mayo delights in the pleasures of language and the possibilities of imagination. By leveling a playfully skeptical voice that is wholly her own, she transforms the quotidian into the outlandish while making the bizarre seem familiar and inviting. Through her inexorable wit and endless inventiveness, Mayo crafts the most unusual—work a book that is both challenging and fun to read.” —Linwood D. Rumney, judge and author of Abandoned Earth


About the Author
C.M. Mayo has published poetry in literary magazines for many years, among them, Beltway Quarterly, Bordersenses, Gargoyle, Rio Grande Review, St. Ann’s Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review, and in numerous anthologies including those edited by Robert L. Giron, Poetic Voices Without Borders and Poetic Voices Without Borders 2. Mayo’s works of fiction include the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, a Library Journal Best Book and the short story collection Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award; her nonfiction books include Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madeo and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual; and Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico. She is also a noted translator of contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction, and is the editor of Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. A native of El Paso, Texas, she was raised in California, educated at the University of Chicago, and has been a long-time resident of Mexico City. In 2017 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Visit her website: http://www.cmmayo.com


Meteor
ISBN: 978-1940724164 | Paperback ($15.00), 106 pages
eISBN: 978-1940724171 | ebook ($7.99)
Release date: March, 2019
Available from Ingram (bookstores), Gival Press
and other venues:
Amazon
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