Thanks to Dustin Pickering and the Yellow Chair Review for this smart and provocative review of Ventriloquy!
How to Start
from dawn to dusk
from dawn to dusk to now
from the get and the go, from the sea to the sea, shining in rags and riches
from the head to the hand to the heart, seat of the sea and the dawn
from the ridiculous to the sublime, the sea of sublime, the get up and go of the ridiculous
get up, get up, all hands on deck, shape up, ship out
from here to there where the sea bottoms out and the heart tops down
and all hands on high and all heads on go
from the stem to the stern, get up, get up, all hands on deck, shape up, ship out
all shining sea to sea, all shining and sublime, all choked up, clammed up, eased up
get up, all hands and hearts, from the sea to the grave, from the grave to the cradle
get up, get up, from this day forward, from this forward day, step up, stand up
from the here, from the now, from the ground all shining, from the heart all shining
from the sea and the dawn and the now, the now, the now
from the ground shining into the here and the now, shining from the ground up.
for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, June 2-4 2015
It was such a pleasure to write about Yahya Frederickson and his prize-winning book of poetry. I hope you will take some pleasure from reading it.
Many thanks to Sonya Chung, a kind and astute editor!
In a day or so a Q & A will go live at Bloom — so look back to hear Yahya voice (in print, that is).
Go here now!
I’m so happy to welcome a new poetry journal — and not just because it features three of my poems. One of the editors says, ” I wanted to start Tinderbox because I felt something kind of greedy in me–is that OK to admit?–I wanted to be host to some of those gorgeous poems.” Tinderbox satisfies that greed in me — what poetry riches here!
May I introduce you to a remarkable poet you’ve maybe never heard of? Ruth Stone is a poet beloved by many poets, which could mean her poetry is difficult, allusive, fussy, but it doesn’t mean that at all. Ruth Stone writes with great humor, an irony that looks up rather than down, and with an eye for the ripe image. I just read some of her poems to a UU group and they laughed and cried right along with Stone.
And please take awhile to enjoy Bloom — lots of beauties there!