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‘Complicity’ by Adam Sol – A Review

Not only is Somerville’s Denise Provost a great state legislator, but she is a fine poet and reviewer. Denise drops in now and then at the Bagel Bards literary group at the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, and she is a great supporter of the arts. I had the pleasure to publish her poetry in the LYRICAL SOMERVILE and in the literary magazine IBBETSON STREET. Anyway – here is her review of a new book of poetry:

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March 25

We need a spring poem; we need a poem with flowers; we need a poem with a lot of flowers. Deborah Leipziger, a member of Somerville’s literary group the “Bagel Bards” (we meet every Saturday morning at the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, so why not join us?) sends us a bouquet just in the nick of time. Here is a bit about Deborah below:

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Comedian, Playwright, George McDonald takes a ride with Whitey Bulger

Well, when you work  three jobs like I do, you meet a lot of interesting people. And because I am a local journalist, I get to interview a fair number of interesting people. Have if you will … one Mr. George McDonald, a comedian, playwright, and for now–a night counselor at McLean Hospital, where I work. George and I were like two ships passing in the night. I was leaving the 3 to 11 shift and George was starting his usual graveyard. George looked like an interesting dude, and so we eventually got talking. George is originally from Southie, and was part of the comedy explosion here in Boston in the 80s and 90s. Since we are both a year or so on either side of 60 – we knew a lot of the people, places, and folks on the scene for the past decades. George is good friends with the comedian Jimmy Tingle, who I worked with with when I ran The Somerville News Writers Festival. He had great anecdotes about many of the other great comedians, poseurs, players, what have you… in Boston and L.A.–his stomping grounds during his career.   Here is a bief bio for George:

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March 18

Zvi Sesling is a poet of the stacked deck, and the loaded dice…take his advice!

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Theatre@ First: A Nurturing Arts Organization in the heart of Somerville

There is something to be said about sitting at your favorite table, beside a fireplace, having a bagel, with the requisite smoked fish–tomatoes and onions, and a dark roast. Of course I am talking about my favorite haunt Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, Somerville. My guest on this cold winter’s morning was the founder of Somerville’s Theatre@First, Elizabeth Hunter, and playwright Andrea Humez.

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March 11

Susan Tepper sent us what we hope will be the last winter poem for awhile.

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New Poet Laureate Wants to Inspire: Somerville’s Nicole Terez Dutton

Last summer, at the defunct Sherman Cafe, Harris Gardner, Kirk Etherton, Greg Jenkins and myself met to establish the position of the first Somerville Poet Laureate. Here is an interview with Nicole Terez Dutton, conducted by Somerville Community Access TV reporter  Laura Onyeneho.

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March 4

This week our poet is Lawrence Kessenich. He dedicates this poem to Somerville resident and poet Kirk Etherton.

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Interview with X.J. and Dorothy Kennedy with Doug Holder

Introduction from X.J. Kennedy’s website:
X. J. Kennedy was born in Dover, N. J., on August 21, 1929, shortly before the crash of the stock market. Irked by the hardship of having the name of Joseph Kennedy, he stuck the X on and has been stuck with it ever since.

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February 25

Bruce Foley is a Somerville Poet now residing in Las Vegas. This Somerville High School graduate has never forgotten his roots. He writes The Somerville Times:

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‘Misery Islands’ by January Gill O’Neil

Somerville Bagel Bard Dennis Daly, a noted critic, reviews January O’Neil’s latest poetry collection Misery Island. O’Neil is a member of the Bagel Bards and Executive Director of the Mass. Poetry Festival.

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February 18

Poet Michael Todd Steffen’s spiral notebook is open “like a clean carp.” And in its finite space upon the page is the poet’s pathway to the infinite.

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The Book Shop in Ball Square Hits A Last Stop

Ball Square’s Gil Barbosa “The Book Shop” Owner was a Survivor.

Gil Barbosa was a survivor. The owner of “The Book Shop” in Ball Square in Somerville kept his store alive during a time when many similar used bookstores had a rise and inevitable fall. Barbosa told me: “It is hard to believe that three and a half years have gone by and we are still here, and I am glad to have a very good landlord who understands and is sympathetic to small businesses.” But unfortunately the vagaries of the biz has caused the shop to close. Barbosa told me he had to work 7 days a week to keep it afloat, and even then times were hard–not to mention it compromised his health.

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