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The Rhythm of It, Poetry’s Hidden Dance by Anita Sullivan, Reviewed by Katie Eberhart

The Rhythm of It, Poetry’s Hidden Dance by Anita Sullivan Shanti Arts Publishing, 2019, 118 pages, $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-951651-03-9 (softcover) Available at http://shantiarts.com Author web site: https://www.anitasullivan.org The Rhythm of It, Poetry’s Hidden Dance by Anita Sullivan is a collection of essays brimming with ideas that accompany the author’s mindful and body-movement exploration of poetry. …

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Chasing Down the Storm – by Charles R. Castle, Jr. reviewed by Joy McDowell

Improbable Press, 2019, 110 pages   $20 ISBN 9781088457542 Available at – www.amazon.com Fluidity is the word that came to mind as I read Charles Castle’s latest collection of poems. Divided into seven sections, Chasing Down the Storm does indeed chase a panorama of personal pathos and characters that utilize a bridge between nature and the …

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And if the Dead Do Dream by Anita Sullivan, reviewed by Gigi Cooper

Uttered Chaos, Laura LeHew ISBN# 978-0-9889366-6-9 2016, 35 pp., $10.00 www.utteredchaos.org In And if the Dead Do Dream, Anita Sullivan draws the reader into her personal realm: her house, her walks in the woods, her family. She answers “Where Did You Grow Up?” and signs her “Dear Baobab” letter “Love, Anita.” Fully two-thirds of the …

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Litany for Wound and Bloom by Judith H. Montgomery, reviewed by Catherine McGuire

Uttered Chaos Press, 2018, 80 pages, $19 ISBN 978-0-9998334-1-4 https://www.utteredchaos.org As I often do when I start a book of poetry, I opened Judith Montgomery’s Litany for Wound and Bloom at random and dove in. The poems are startling and beautiful, standing on their own even without the arc of the arrangement, though that had …

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The Moon’s Soul Shimmering on the Water by Doug Stone , reviewed by Erik Muller

Self-published book, 2018, 53 pages, $12.00 ISBN 978-1724418180 Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble To write 21st century poems in the manner of 20th century English translations of Chinese poems by Ezra Pound or Gary Snyder may seem an affectation  ­– I use this word knowing that I, too, write this way. In Doug …

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Before Dreaming: Poems by Arn Strasser, reviewed by Gigi Cooper

Before Dreaming by Arn Strasser   Budding Branch Books, an imprint of Asher & Merriman Publishers ISBN# 978-0-9841874-1-6 2015, 89 pp., $19.95 www.buddingbranchbooks.com   Before Dreaming almost is correct; Between Dreaming would be accurate. Arn Strasser’s collection investigates the interaction between the dream state and wakefulness. He approaches the enigma of the dream world with …

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Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast: Poems by Quinton Hallett, reviewed by Alan Contreras

Uttered Chaos, 2015, 74 pages, $10   ISBN 978-0988936645   Available via Amazon   Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast is one of the most complex and carefully layered collections of poetry that most of us will ever read. I wondered, when I saw the title, whether this was a feminist restatement of Woody Allen being chased over …

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Broadfork Farm by Tricia Knoll, reviewed by Wallace Kaufman

ISBN-13 978-0-9980999-4-1 The Poetry Box 2017, 73 pp, $12.00 On her web site, www.triciaknoll.com, Tricia Knoll speaks of herself in the third person. She is a tree hugging . . . Master Gardener who routinely talks to crows who ignore her. She also calls herself an eco-poet. In the opening line of “The Klickitats,” the first …

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Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems by Pepper Trail, reviewed by Alan Contreras

Painted Thrush Press, 2015, 65 pages, $12 ISBN 978-1508484356 Available via Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Cascade-Siskiyou-Poems-Pepper-Trail/dp/150848435X The Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon and northern California are what writers of stories of the west, both historic and fictional, call “rough country.” It is in fact about as rough as anyone might ask for in the lower 48 states, …

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Riddle, Fish Hook, Thorn, Key by Kelly Terwilliger, reviewed by Anita Sullivan

Riddle, Fish Hook, Thorn, Key by Kelly Terwilliger Airlie Press, Portland, OR ISBN-13 978-0989579964 2017, 79 pp., $16.00 Reviewed by Anita Sullivan When you pick up a copy of this remarkable book, stop! Look at the cover – really look at it. Across the bottom rests a narrow strip of seashore in vivid blues, whites and …

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