Paul Stepehenson (Appearing in the Winter 2017-18 Issue)
Selfie with Waterlilies
Selfie with Waterlilies won the Paper Swans Press 2017 Poetry Pamphlet Prize
From the intriguing opening poem Turkish Delight to the brutal honesty of the closing one, Appeasement, Paul Stephenson takes us on a journey which, whilst being rooted in familial and everyday experiences such as meals, travel, childhood and teenage angst, takes surreal twists and turns, wrapped up in a playful, yet crafted, joy in language. The issue of parental loss overarches but with a sideways glance that never means this rests heavy-handedly in the pamphlet. In a self-referential age, the ‘Selfie’ of the title is not overly intrusive and the ‘Me reflected from above’ (a phrase from the title poem) could be any one of us reflected from above, ‘seeing blue’. These are poems of the familiar yet exotic, of home and abroad, of Uncle Ben’s Rice and Baklava, of Rotherhithe and Russia, of seething and soothing – so ‘buckle and tighten’ (Waistcoat of Life) and enjoy the ride.
Editor: Jill Munro
ISBN 978-0-9931756-8-8 • 36 pages.
William Conelly (Appearing in the Fall 2017 Issue of The American Aesthetic)
"Uncontested Grounds, William Conelly’s first full-length collection of poetry, is eclectic in people and places, deftly moving from vineyard to beach, to a Hollywood filmmaking set, and even to the cockpit of a jet fighter. This is also a collection of contrasts-the din of war in “The Lead Man” versus the “hot reductive shore” of “R & R,” the tragedy of suicide in “Ernest in Elysium” versus the stir of the unborn “In the Ninth Month.” This collection of masterfully crafted poems of vivid insights, often delivered with minimalist verve and directness, is fittingly a finalist for the 2013 Able Muse Book Award." Amazon.
For further reviews see:
David Morley (Appearing in the Fall 2016 Issue of The American Aesthetic)
The Invisible Kings
Jonathan Edwards (Appearing in the Fall 2016 Issue of The American Aesthetic)
My Family and Other Superheroes
Claude Clayton Smith (Appearing in the Summer 2016 Issue)
MEDITATIONS After the Bear Feast
The Poetic Dialogues of N. Scott Momaday and Yuri Vaella
James G. Piatt
From Barnes and Noble: "Light: A Collection of Introspective Poems by James G. PiattIn his third poetry collection with Broken Publications, James G. Piatt takes us on a journey through life, death, the afterlife, love, devotion, the world, humanity, and beauty in the way that only this poet can. With striking prose and vivid metaphors, this collection offers readers imaginative and thought-provoking introspection accentuated by beautiful, lucid imagery.
SAINT AGNES OUTSIDE THE WALLS
SAINT AGNES OUTSIDE THE WALLS returns us to Moore’s familiar concerns with a humanity bonded by sacrifice and insight. Although named for the small, 4th-century chapel “outside the walls” of Rome, the poems move from historical moments in a shared European/American identity to present-day encounters with remarkable people and events. On these landscape, cultures mingle and truths are blurred by the power of desire. The poetry captures these movements by sudden turns of phrase, or even slippage, as metaphors map the route of the traveler, enquirer, and interlocutor. From ancient Rome to China, from Iceland to Portugal, in the thoughts of “martyrs” and “illuminati,” the poems question Catholicism, Buddhism, and other faces of belief, as we are asked to test these truths against the ironic events of the human world.
Available through Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Saint-Agnes-Outside-Walls-George/dp/1942371055/