Friday, September 26, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014



From close by I behold them:
Deftly turning above the surface,
Gliding in and out of it,
A blur of bluish-purple.
Blending with the sky.
Honey-hued skin beaded with water
Catching the afternoon sun
Glowing with transient diamonds
In beauteous evaporating evanescence 
The naiads take their leave.
© Arthur Turfa, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Leonard Cohen from THE GUARDIAN

Cohen has evolved into a towering figure in the arts. Here is an article from The Guardian.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ted Hughes' "Birthday Letters"

   I am savoring these poems. Hughes has an innovative style and I believe I will experiment with it as soon as the muse strikes me. Hughes was Poet Laureate when he broke his silence about his marriage to Sylvia
Plath through these poems. He always addresses her as "you" in them.
   Ironically and interesting enough, a poet friend of mine is reading Plath's journals right now.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bruce Springsteen's "Into the Fire"

     Springsteen captures the pathos and tragedy of 9/11 by focusing on the valiant firefighters who went up to their deaths while trying to save lives. The music of the refrain assumes a defiant pose and suggests to e that the last chapter in this book has yet to be written.
     During the 1970s roch and roll was moribund. Springsteen came out of nowhere and revivifed the genre, saving it from the mindlessness of disco. I cannot imagine a disco song that could speak to eloquently to the 9./11 events, or anyhting of important; certainly nothing beyond shaking one's booty all night uh-huh uh-huh.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Moderator at Words on Fire

I am thrilled and honored to be one of several new moderators at the google community's Words on Fire. Thanks for the offer, and I look forward to it! It is always nice to be recognized by peers, and to have fine poets pay you this great honor.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Manuscript sent off!

Publishing is a marathon, not a sprint, they tell me. I sent off my final manuscript of "Poems of Places and Times, Reflected", and now we will see what needs to be edited or otherwise changed before projected release date on April 7, 2015 by eLectio Publishing! Thanks to all who helped me along, and to those who have asked about it!

Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...