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Dancing, with Mirrors by George Amabile — review by Mark McCawley

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Dancing, with Mirrors

 

by George Amabile

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Dancing, with Mirrors amabileDancing, with Mirrors
George Amabile
Porcupine’s Quill
$19.95 pb, 192 pages
ISBN 978-0-88984-343-1

More than twenty years in the making, George Amabile’s ‘lyrical retrospective’, Dancing, With Mirrors is Amabile’s thoughtful fragmentation and re-arrangement of his personal history. Essentially one long poem which examines the major events and themes of the poet’s life, organized thematically into a roughly chronological narrative, this long poem is broken down into eleven distinct ‘cantos’, each with a different focus — pain, affection, desire, disappointment, loss, those small graces of the everyday found among the mundane aspects of living. These are intense snapshots of life-defining moments distilled over a lifetime of experience and poetry in which there is general sense of continuity with each of the cantos rather than an imposed unity.

When I began this project, my hope was that, looked at closely, fragments of an individual life — moments of intensity or understanding, crossroads, discoveries, the dynamics of family and friendship, the shifting gestalts of public and private events, glimpses of the interplay between mind, spirit, and world — might become a vehicle for speaking to some of the concerns that have emerged, with some urgency, from the cultural matrix of the last half century. The cantos, as I call them, are organized by juxtapositions which reveal thematic linkages, or narrative connections, and sometimes both.

~George Amabile, Author comments, Porcupine’s Quill webpage

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AltrOck / Fading Records Releases (2013) — review by Mark McCawley

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AltrOck / Fading Records Releases (2013)

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

NotAGoodSignCOVERNot a Good Sign is a project by AltrOck/Fading Records and some bands’ members of the label. Marcello Marinone, Paolo «Ske» Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, proposed a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result was an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive. In 2011, Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics. Soon, Gabriele G. Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, also joined the band. The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012. In the following two tracks — “The Deafening Sound of the Moon” and “Afraid To Ask” — many will recognize the Old Prog School sound from the 70s, albeit in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the band’s melancholy but colourful imagery:
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A Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores In Hollywood by Tony O’Neill — review by Mark McCawley

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A Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores In Hollywood

 

by Tony O’Neill

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Tony O'Neill SingleA Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores In Hollywood
by Tony O’Neill
Galley Beggar Press, 13pp, 7 June 2013
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B00AJ5SDFK
£1 UK, $ 3.04 CAN, $2.92 US
Fiction, Short Story

Among the new vanguard of contemporary urban post-realist writers, Tony O’Neill’s fiction is raw, honest, unpretentious, unsympathetic and completely unapologetic in it’s use of sex and violence. O’Neill explores and examines the underside of modern urban life with a dark, sardonic humour and a mordant insight only a past substance user and abuser can possess and convey with any amount of authenticity.

O’Neill does just that with the publication of ‘A Story Sadder Than All The Bruised Whores in Hollywood’, an eBook released by as part of independent publisher Galley Beggar’s Singles Club.
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Geographies of a Lover by Sarah de Leeuw — review by Mark McCawley

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Geographies of a Lover

 

by Sarah de Leeuw

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Geographies of a Lover Sarah de LeeuwGeographies of a Lover
by Sarah de Leeuw
Edmonton : NeWest Press, 1 April 2012.
ISBN 978-1-897126-78-3
80 pp, 6 x 9, $14.95 CAN

 

There is no angle the world can assume which the love in my eye cannot make into a symbol of love. Even the precise geometry of his hand, when I gaze at it, dissolves me into water…

—Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, 1945.

 

Geographies of a Lover — a bold, erotic prose poem (in long poem form) composed in eight sections: distance, place, topography, scale, mapping, contour lines, borderlands and north; and within each section, further composed into specific coordinates of latitudes and longitudes denoting specific place — is Prince George, British Columbia writer Sarah de Leeuw’s second book and first poetry collection.
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New 2013 Releases From AltrOck — review by Mark McCawley

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New 2013 Releases From AltrOck

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

hg_guzzle_it_upArtist: Humble Grumble
Album: Guzzle It Up!
Country: Belgium
Sub Genre: Avant Prog, Jazz-Rock/Fusion
Label: AltrOck
Release date: February 27, 2013

Each time I receive a package from AltrOck I am amazed by not just the variety of alternative music offered by this Italian label — from experimental to avant-jazz, Rock In Opposition to contemporary classical and progressive rock — but by the sheer excellence of the musicianship of the bands as well as the musicians themselves. The new 2013 releases from AltrOck (including one co-released with Fading Records) continues this ongoing tradition of filling their catalog with the best artists of contemporary progressive rock, anti-folk, fusion, avant-classical, avant-jazz, and RIO, nodding both to great musical innovators of the past while reaching forward with innovations of their own.

Humble Grumble is a Belgian band who has built an original sound mixing skilfully and effectively a number of genre – rock, jazz, folk, prog. They follow the great tradition of Belgian alternative bands such as X-Legged Sally, Fukkeduk, Think of One. In their unique style one can easily find complex structures, rhythm intricacies together within an expressly melodic vein. With an inexhaustible ironical attitude, one can hear the influence of early Zappa as well as that Captain Beefheart (circa Trout Mask Replica).
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