By Jim Christy
By Walid Bitar
"The empire's lacking hyperlinks are chanced on deep during this poet's ever-astonishing states of a number of consciousness—astutely attuned to the harassed, violent, mass conformities compelled upon us—brilliantly shaped into poems as bold and completed as any written within the English language today."—Lawrence Joseph
In those dramatic monologues, Walid Bitar supplies diversifications at the topic of strength: in politics, within the subjugation and abuse of different cultures, and in our divided selves. utilizing satire, parody, koan, and riddle, Divide and Rule struggles with the lying of language and identity.
They don't have any maps. Ours, i will redraw.
Isn't itself, their neck of the woods,
needs a rest—something greater than a nap,
and lower than loss of life, even though loss of life would not hurt.
Walid Bitar's poetry collections comprise 2 men on Holy Land, Bastardi Puri, and The Empire's lacking Links. He used to be born in Beirut and lives in Toronto, Ontario.
By Diane Buchanan
Drug remedy court docket is an strange position for a poet, and addicts and drug dependancy could appear distasteful topics for poetry. yet Diane Buchanan sees what poet Carolyn Forché calls a poetry of witness that's neither own nor political yet someplace in among, a spot of resistance and struggle…By situating poetry during this social house we will steer clear of a few of our residual prejudices.
Unruly Angels starts off with a caution: This poem is a roiling sea of drug-soaked decay, a Tarot card caution, a tsunami presage, and ends with a promise: grasp in there. It’s worthy it. In among are soliloquies, sonnets, incarcerations, graduations, stipulations, confessions and a complete alphabet of courage.
As Mary Oliver writes: There are during this international loads of devils with wondrous smiles. additionally many unruly angels. during this courageous and insightful poetry assortment we're taken backstage with the Drug courtroom staff to discover that underneath the addict’s masks is a terrified angel.
By Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Selected by means of Marilyn Nelson
Finalist, 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize
"Imagine Leda black—" starts Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s intriguing new selection of poems. blending vernacular language with classical mythology, sleek struggles with Biblical trials, she offers voice to silenced ladies prior and present.
In Van Clief-Stefanon’s strong voice, final night’s indignant phrases "puffed / into the darkish room like steam / punching during the thick floor / of cooking grits." She recalls a child’s innocence "lost / in the home the place I discovered the crimson rug / opposed to my chest, my knees / my tongue, . . . ." Black Swan is full of soreness, loss, wish, and the promise of salvation.
By Killarney Clary
By Richard Ellis Shaw
By Richard Swigg
By Daniel Casey
By hooshang danesh