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‘Jesus Was A Homeboy’ by Kevin Carey
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Recently I interviewed poet Kevin Carey on my Somerville Community Access TV show Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer. And here is my review of his latest poetry collection.

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September 28

Ed Meek is the author of three books of poetry and a collection of short stories coming out soon. He also writes articles, reviews and commentary. His work has appeared in many magazines, journals and newspapers including The Paris Review, The North American Review, Cream City Review, The Boston Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. He taught composition, creative writing and literature at Austin Prep School. At Curry College he directed the First Year Seminar Program and taught in the English Department. He is a Writing Coach for College Solutions. He lives in Somerville with his wife Elizabeth.

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‘Whiteness of Bone’ by Gloria Mindock
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A new poetry collection is out by Somerville’s Gloria Mindock. It is reviewed here by the noted critic Dennis Daly:

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Whiteness of Bone
By Gloria Mindock
Glass Lyre Press
Glenview, Illinois
www.GlassLyrePress.com
ISBN: 978-1-941783-19-1
81 Pages
Review by Dennis Daly

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September 21

Michael Todd Steffen is the director of the Hastings Room Reading Series in Cambridge, Mass..  His latest book of poetry is Partner, Orchard and Day Moon that was published by Cervena Barva Press. His poems and articles have been published in many literary reviews in the United States and abroad. He has spent ten years living and teaching in France and England, an experience that has enriched his creativity. He was awarded the Somerville News Writers’ Festival Poetry prize.

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Jazz producer Alan Ringel dishes it out about jazz at Sweet Ginger in Somerville
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This is my interview with my old pal, Alan Ringel, experimental jazz producer and a founder of About Time Records. I met Al over 30 years ago at McLean Hospital, where we worked as counselors. Al talked about one of his artists Henry Threadgill, who just won the Pulitzer-Prize, the “jazz loft” scene in the 70s in NYC, the role of improvisation and composition in jazz, misconceptions about Louis Armstrong, jazz writer Stanley Crouch, the jazz clubs in Greenwich Village, and much more. We had our discussion at the Thai restaurant Sweet Ginger in Union Square, Somerville.

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September 14

Richard Wilhelm is a painter and poet who has lived in Somerville Since 1984. He is the author of one book of poems, Awakenings (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007), and was one of three editors of the anthology City of Poets: 18 Boston Voices (2000).

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Review: ‘If Mercy’ by Frannie Lindsay
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Somerville Bagel Bard Alice Weiss reviews Frannie Lindsay’s new collection of poetry:

To any reader who knows Frannie Lindsay’s work it will come as no surprise that in this collection the poems are lyrical, complex, imagistic, syntactically subtle and musical. But they are also philosophical; they play with with and against logic. Take the title itself and the poem of the same name. If Mercy, is, the first clause of an if/then statement. In logic, if/then is a statement formed by combining two statements, where the second is a condition of the first. In such a statement, only if the If clause is true, can the statement be true. But in the poem the statements are incomplete. A series of nouns substitute for the clauses that follow the if clause: If, August, house, joy, mercy, peace. What is true here is the lightest touch of felt image: If August…

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