Straight Jacket Elegies by Alan Kaufman — review by Ron Kolm

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Taking a Sledge Hammer to American Culture:

Straight Jacket Elegies

poems by Alan Kaufman

 

review by Ron Kolm

 
 
Straight Jacket ElegiesStraight Jacket Elegies
poems by Alan Kaufman (Author)
Last Word Books & Press (1 Nov 2015)
ISBN-10: 1944234004
ISBN-13: 978-1-944234-00-3
$14.00 USD pbk
Poetry

 
 

We live in tepid times — a kind of faux-fifties. There is a hysteria afoot; a fear of being different in any meaningful way. If you stopped to take a photo on Fifth Avenue and then compared the result with one from 1957, you’d be hard-pressed to notice a difference: the hairstyles are mostly similar; short hair for the males and long, straight hair for the women; the suits and dresses are reminiscent of that era, too.
This overlay holds true in the literary realm as well; the sun-bleached style of the Franzens amd Safran Foers is a throwback; it’s non-life-supportive. Flimsy plots and tons of description do not a meal make. Same for the music. Pop, with its generic lyrics and manifold falsettos, is nothing more than rehashed Beach Boys and Four Seasons. Some of the brothers I know are even dissing the taming of rap; that particular revolution has become predictable and meaningless.

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Between Spectacles and Dreams: Enablers in conversation with Mark McCawley

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Between Spectacles

and Dreams:

Enablers

in conversation with Mark McCawley

 
 

From left to right: Sam Ospovat - Drums; Kevin Thomson - Guitar; Pete Simonelli - Words; Joe Goldring - Guitar. Photo Copyright © Lenny Gonzalez

From left to right: Sam Ospovat – Drums; Kevin Thomson – Guitar; Pete Simonelli – Words/Vocals; Joe Goldring – Guitar. Photo Copyright © Lenny Gonzalez

 

That one finds the urge to twist and fugue to this music and Simonelli’s dark urbane tales is due to the collective gestalt and unique zeitgeist of this band which relishes pushing musical and lyrical boundaries of form and content and presenting them in an eclectic and exciting manner.
• Mark McCawley

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Blue Coffee Reading Series presents Edward Anki, Laura Clarke, and Andrew F. Sullivan

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Blue Coffee Reading Series

 

presents

 

Edward Anki

Laura Clarke

Andrew F. Sullivan

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Small Objects That Changed My Life: Shouting At The Ground by :Zoviet*France: radio essay by bart plantenga

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“A silent man, walking in solitude by a mountain stream… We begin to see what is real and what really deserves our allegiance.” • Gary Snyder

bart plantenga

The first disc I’d bring along to a deserted island is this one – along with The Gentle Side of John Coltrane and Ascenseur pour l’échafaud by Miles Davis. Never mind that I only have Shout on a poor-quality cassette. In 1999, I was asked to participate in an art exhibit entitled “Small Objects That Changed Your Life” in De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. I placed this tape with the below self-made cover – a small detail clipped from a Bruegel painting in a magazine + a dried Paris leaf – into the exhibit with a short explanation. That I never hesitate to mention it when this question comes up is impressive since I have listened to literally thousands of songs and albums and whenever someone asks for a Top 10 of anything, I usually come up with a Top 25 + a mea culpa. There are so many deserving records, so many under-listened-to artists. And yet…

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Triple Crown, Sonnets by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright — review by Ilka Scobie

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The Last Word In Modern Sonnets:

Triple Crown, Sonnets

by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

 

review by Ilka Scobie

 
 
coverTriple Crown, Sonnets
by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright (Author)
Rene Ricard and JCW (Illustrator)
Spuyten Duyvil (March 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1881471233
ISBN-13: 978-1881471233
$15.00 US pbk | $18.68 CDN pbk | £9.29 UK pbk
112 pages, 6″ x 9″, Poetry

 
 
Jeff Wright’s lyrical liberties propel the traditional sonnet on a worldwide dash. Every poem is “Made in…” somewhere —beginning with China. In the second poem, “Made in Hong Kong,” the initial entreaty beckons with musical sophistication: anagrammatic words coupled in a double-beat rhyme scheme.
 

“Come to me now, unkind whirlwind
Come to me now and unwind, wunderkind.”

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