Blog Tour: Tristan/Yseault, Harry Bonelle

Book Review: Tristan/Yseault, Harry Bonelle Poetry: Tristan/Yseault, Harry Bonelle Blog Tour February 20, 2024   The story of Tristan and Yseault (or Isolde) dates back to at least the 12th Century C.E. In the traditional telling of the story, Yseault from Ireland is meant to marry King Mark from Cornwall. Tristan is sent to fetch […]

Book Review: The Lost Spells, Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

Book Review: The Lost Spells, Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris   Poetry Collection: The Lost Spells, Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris   We reviewed the first collaboration of these artists a while ago. The Lost Words was a breathtaking set of poems and illustrations highlighting words that had been deliberately omitted from a recent dictionary. […]

Book Review: Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes

Book Review: Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes Poetry: Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes   I won’t pretend this is an easy read. Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin is not gentle, nature poetry. It is raw and caustic, written to shine a spotlight on violence and […]

2023 Celebrating National Poetry Month: Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For, Marjorie Maddox

Book Review: Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For, poetry by Marjorie Maddox, photographs by Karen Elias Poetry: Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For, poetry by Marjorie Maddox, photographs by Karen Elias   The first night of the blizzard that stranger inched into Ohio. Halfway through he skidded into our snow-spackled lives. His heart is buried In my […]

2023 National Poetry Month Celebration: Early Rain

Early Rain   City streets shimmer Headlights, street lights, building lights Refract off rivulets.  Rattles and booms declare the business Of delivery trucks bringing wares.  Strings wrapped around barren branches Twinkle through the drops Which beat their uneven rhythm On my umbrella. Car engines purr As their tires stage whisper cues, “Watch out. We splash.” […]

Book Review: Madwoman, Shara McCallum

Book Review: Madwoman, Shara McCallum   Poetry Collection: Madwoman, Shara McCallum   Shara McCallum is a professor at Penn State University. Named as the university’s 2021-2022 school year “Laureate,” she has been working diligently to raise awareness and appreciation for poetry in our community and our state. Her weekly feature on WPSU radio, Poetry Moment, […]