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‘Twenty-One Ghazals (of) Alisher Navoiy’ Translated from the Uzbek by Dennis Daly

State Rep. Denise Provost reviews this latest collection of poetry by noted critic Dennis Daly:

Twenty-One Ghazals [of] Alisher Navoiy
Translated from the Uzbek by Dennis Daly
Cervena Barva Press, Somerville, MA, (2016)

 

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February 15

One of my poetry students at Endicott College has shared a poem. Here is a bit about her background: Mikayla Rose Brasefield (19) is a sophomore Nursing major from Vernon, CT, with a previous history in Creative Writing. She was featured in her high school’s student-written and published magazine, titled War & Pieces (2015), was awarded an honorable mention in the Nancy Thorpe Poetry Contest (2014), and has won several silver medals and a gold medal for some of her poetry/writings in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. She would like to thank her professor for the opportunity to continue featuring her work and also her friends, family, and boyfriend for always supporting her and giving her constant inspiration.

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‘On Broad Sound’ Poems by Rusty Barnes

I recently interviewed poet Rusty Barnes on my Somerville Community Access TV show Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer. I decided to send you, dear readers, my review of his latest poetry collection:

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February 8

Anthony Michael Majahad: Tony is an environmental chemist. He and his wife, Dorry, moved from Cambridge to Winthrop. Mentors have been Jean Pedrick, Nina Nyhart, William Corbett, and Carol Dine; currently Susan Donnelly. Poems have appeared in Marblehead Magazine, Suffolk University Venture, Bagel Bard Anthologies #6 and #7 and MSPS’s Waterfront CREW Chapter Anthologies. He published online via North Shore Poetry Forum, Ocean Blue and Muddy River.

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‘Twentieth Century Women’

Longtime Somerville resident, former philosophy professor, Bagel Bard, and occasional movie reviewer William Falcteano chimes in:

Twentieth-Century Women is a coming-of-age period piece set in Santa Barbara, California in 1979. The story is not just about the central character Dorothea, played with uncanny appeal by the incomparable Annette Bening, but also about a small circle of women who are a part of Dorothea’s life at this confusing, transitional moment in American history. The confusion is mainly over gender roles and love-expectations but it applies to the much larger question of life itself and how it should be, could be, or might be lived.

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February 1

In these times a poem like this can be a much needed balm:

Krystal LaPorta is 31 years old and from Somerville, Ma. She was born in Boston, Ma. LaPorta is the author of a poetry book Beauty and Thorns, published through the Books of Hope organization. Her book can be found in the Somerville Public Library in the teens section. She currently resides in Somerville with her three boys, and enjoys the scenic views and art in and around the city.

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Interview with Clea Simon

Clea Simon is an accomplished writer of mystery/crime novels that feature the object of her affection: cats.

Cats play any number of roles with Simon’s human sleuths as they experience the unsettling of their worlds and then try to set them right again. Simon is a book reviewer, and often contributes to The Boston Globe, and has written several works of non-fiction including Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings, that deals with the mental illness of her brother and sister and the impact it had on her family, as well as an exploration of the bonds that bind cats and women titled The Feline Mystique.

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January 25

Mr. Dua writes The Times:

“My name is Kevin Dua, a 29-year old African-American male that teaches 9th-grade high school history at Somerville High School, in Somerville, MA. This poem was inspired by the 1937 Abel Meeropl’s poem, Strange Fruit (that protested American racism, and lynching of African Americans).

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‘Can We Talk About Poetry?’

Guest columnist, Somerville Poet Ed Meek, chimes in with this review:

Poetry Matters
ISBN 978-0-9965026-3-413.95.
April 2017

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January 18

The new Poet Laureate of Somerville Gloria Mindock writes, “I will serve the Somerville community with regular office hours, hosting a poetry round table open to all writers, workshops and readings for the elderly, poetry with puppets for children, readings and an informative talk about El Salvador’s civil war and the Salvadoran writing today in our community, and the giving away of free books throughout Somerville as part of Read America Read. I look forward to representing the city of Somerville for the next two years.”

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Poet Gloria Mindock: New Poet Laureate of Somerville

I am pleased to announce that Gloria Mindock will succeed Nicole Terez Dutton as Poet Laureate of  Somerville as of Jan. 2017.

The Laureate Panel, that consisted of Harris Gardner, Doug Holder, Kathleen Seward, and Glenn Ferdman, had a hard choice to make, but we are confident that longtime Somerville resident/poet/publisher/activist Gloria Mindock is the best choice. The notable runner-ups were Kirk Etherton and Ralph Pennel.

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