Poetry Bookshelf

December 5th, 2014 by admin

Poetry Bookshelf Having a full bookshelf of poetry books is one mark of an active and well-read intelligence. The benefits are many, from the quiet moment in the night where a short poem is perfect to a warm afternoon where a chosen book is just right. There are other times where a deep read provokes...
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Eugene Ionesco

December 3rd, 2014 by admin

"To renew language is to renew the conception, the vision of the world. Revolution consists in bringing about change in mental attitudes." -Eugene Ionesco...
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Tomás Gayton

November 20th, 2014 by admin

Serengeti Africa is billowy primrose clouds on sky blue canvas barefoot Masai boys wearing red plaid blankets herding scrawny goats and cattle over ruddy dry earth, purple-green foothills— our primal ancestral common ground Thompson’s gazelles graze sparse dry grass giraffes browse on thorny treetops...
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Philip Levine

November 20th, 2014 by admin

"...poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home." ~Philip Levine...
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Solar Eclipse by Francisco X. Alarcón (click here for full poem)

October 21st, 2014 by admin

Solar Eclipse I Mother Moon embraces Father Sun above the clouds – we, their children, rejoice! Mamá Luna abraza a Papá Sol sobre las nubes – sus hijos nos regocijamos Tugann an Mháthair, an Ghealach, Barróg don Athair, an Ghrian, os cionn na néalta – Déanaimidne, a gcuid páistí, gairdeas dóibh! II the...
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You are part of the power of this country by James Downs (click here for full post)

October 20th, 2014 by admin

I do believe in fairness and care for our fellows and getting rid of poverty and help the homeless. But until we solve the problems that keep us apart on core issues, we will never start down that road at all.  Those who do not want these things fixed spend a lot of money on candidates and representatives...
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TEN QUESTIONS of Juan Felipe Herrera

September 9th, 2014 by admin

TEN QUESTIONS of Juan Felipe Herrera [caption id="attachment_438" align="alignleft" width="150"] Juan Felipe Herrera, at the National Bookfest, 2013(from Wikipedia)[/caption] Juan Felipe Herrera, poet, playwright, founder of four theatre ensembles, talks of his background: “I grew up on the farm...
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Francisco X. Alarcón

July 26th, 2014 by admin

      Poetic Matrix Press with Francisco X. Alarcón has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to publish his new book Borderless Butterflies:/Mariposas sin Fronteras: Go to: http://igg.me/at/borderlessbutterflies/x/3168928 to learn more about our campaign and donate $5 and...
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Poets House Showcase

July 12th, 2014 by admin

Poets House Showcase "The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase is a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year (volumes by individual authors, anthologies, chapbooks, biographies, critical studies,...
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Walt Whitman

July 2nd, 2014 by admin

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to...
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Barnes & Noble, a problematic view of poetry

June 6th, 2014 by admin

Click on above link to see entire essay. I recently left Barnes & Noble with a problematic view of the position of poetry in the store. The poetry section in Barnes & Noble in Fresno is located towards the back of the store, right up against the children's section, right in between bookshelves...
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OK by John Peterson

May 31st, 2014 by admin

OK OK, mid morning on a Monday Diana Krall comin through the speakers The latte is hot and smooth Like the sun on my shoulders Yes it's Starbucks, the coffee and sounds Are canned, chosen in the hip board room, Still it's good Traffic and Bart going by, the Richmond Sun as fine here as anywhere it shines....
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Muso Soseki

April 24th, 2014 by admin

Still from the film Baraka The sounds of the stream splash out the Buddha’s sermon Don’t say that the deepest meaning comes only from one’s mouth Day and night eighty thousand poems arise one after the other and in fact not a single word has ever been spoken —Muso Soseki (1275-1351). Translated by...
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Martha Graham

April 24th, 2014 by admin

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy...that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist... It is not your business to determine how good it is...It is your business to keep it yours clearly...
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Quote

March 4th, 2014 by admin

When we see truly, there is nothing at all. There is no person; there is no Buddha. Innumerable things of the universe Are just bubbles on the sea. Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning. —Yoka Genkaku (665-713 CE), Shodoka   Seen by the eye of faith the cherry blossoms are always about...
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Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird Joseph Milosch New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website Climbing Modjeska Peak It is the same, climbing a mountain or a high-tension power pole. The world becomes smaller as I climb, fixing my eyes on fractures and fissures no thicker than a quarter...
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Malala

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Malala Lyn Lifshin New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website ON THAT DAY the teenagers chattered with their teachers as the school bus rattled along the country road. They just finished a term paper and broke out singing a Pashton song. That music must have been the last thing...
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Spangling Darkness

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Spangling Darkness Raphael Block poetry and songs New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website New Year Our celebrations were small affairs with one or two present at most, like the welcome my wife and daughter gave the New Year, with carefully prepared round, sand-filled trays, candles of...
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