Friday, December 29, 2017

Soundcloud recording of a new poem

And it has even been translated into Spanish. Now if the friend who translated it would also record it.......

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Marlene Dietrich's 116th Birthday

     Google honored her today with a doodle. She did not have to leave Nazi Germany, but she chose to do so. Her tireless work selling war bonds showed her love for her new country. But her continued aversion to Germany after the war alienated her from the land of her birth. Belated recognition in her home town of Berlin was not without controversy, as the second link shows/

     The song she was best know for:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

ArcaMax Poem Of the Day 26 December 2017

Poem Of The Day by ArcaMax
I post this today not only because it is nice to have a poem every day e-mailed to me, but because this one connects a poet with a place. The concept of place is important to me and permeates what I write. Amy Newman in her remarks connects pets' lives with their work, and that is a connection we often fail to make. When we do not make that connection, we miss out on a lot, in my opinion. Enjoy! 

Sylvia Plath is in Paris with a Balloon on a Long String

Amy Newman
its tricolor streamers floating and trailing.
It takes up the air like a determined child.
Plath was riding her horses of need,
and then breaking them, one by one.
The horse of loneliness, the horse of panic.
The horse of the Sacre Coeur's calcite-and-rainwater white
piped on Montmartre like a wedding cake.
The horse of the wallpaper powdered with rosebuds.
The horse of weeping in the charming vestibule.
The horse of the park's green geometry,
of the mushroom's black underpleats.
The horse of the lily-of-the-valley's chaste bell.
The horse of the prickly thin storm about to be,
of the cool cottons of the hotel bed
and his beautiful body, golden, lean,
and the horse of having been so close,
and then changing his mind.
The horse of her will like a planet, irrefutable,
distantly tethered to the bestial earth, and Paris
splayed and blazing around them, as if illustrated.

About this poem
"If we studied the lives of the poets closely, could we begin to see American poetry coming into being? In my book 'On this Day in Poetry History,' forthcoming from Persea Books in 2015, I imagine the history of American poetry as a kind of Google Map or kinetic diorama, the poets moving toward or away from epiphanies, navigating among odd, compelling moments and unexpected correspondences. In this case, it's March 29, 1956, and Plath is in Paris with a balloon."
-Amy Newman

About Amy Newman
Amy Newman is the author of "Dear Editor" (Persea Books, 2011). She teaches at Northern Illinois University and lives in DeKalb, Ill.

The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience. Email The Academy at poem-a-day[at]

(c) 2014 Amy Newman. Originally published by the Academy of American Poets, Distributed by King Features Syndicate 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Nearing the End of a Year

     This is one of those years when the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve occur on the same day. While I realize not everyone observes these days, I do and for that reason, I see a deeper meaning than the religious one.

     In the middle of 2018, Saluda Reflections,  my third book of poetry, will come out from Finishing Line Press. As I prepare for that event, I am now looking for a new publisher for Accents. my second book of poetry. No need to dredge up that story. If nothing else happens, I have a plan that is not self-publishing, My main purpose is to keep a good book available.

     So I have two things going on at once also. And then what? There are a few irons in the fire. No matter what happens next, I want to sharpen my poetic skills. I intend to experiment a little more (likely not tanka), and read a little more as I promote my books.

     Already I have about half of a chapbook's worth of poems, but I want to see what else I can do before I look at another book. Certainly I will keep submitting to journals and anthologies.  Thanks for reading! I also appreciate how some of you dig into the archives.

     Below is the picture by Carol Worthington Levy that became the cover for Places and Times. It got me thinking about writing poetyr again.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

     Bright Star's title comes from a sonnet Keats wrote during the time he knew Brawn. This is a well-done portrayal of their romance, doomed as it was. Keats' poetic career had only begun to earn him some money, but his tuberculosis worsened. I include a link about Fanny later in her life.

And a link to the sonnet:

     On my first trip to Europe, I went to Rome. While walking down the Spanish Steps, I passed by the house where Keats died. Little did I realize how he, an others, would come to influence me.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

And the Search for a New Publisher Goes On

     Accents is at a few places, and hopefully will find a new home. There is no bitterness about its previous home, only a sense of wistfulness. I remain proud of my artistic accomplishment, and know it will be readily-available to the public again. Right now I have about 50 copies; if you have reliable mail delivery and we can work out a means of payment, contact me! I would not be surprised if it were still to be had from one source, but I would not see royalties. But it is all right if people enjoy the book.

     Hopefully I will be able to announce something before much longer. Meanwhile Saluda Reflections will be available for pre-orders from Finishing Lien Press in February 2018, and I am excited about that! This book reflects contemporary American issues in a more pronounced way than my earlier books.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Searching for a New Publisher

     Accents will attract a new publisher. I am confident that something will happen early in 2018, if not sooner. Until then, I have hard copies available. please contact me. If anyone finds some on the Internet, or electronic copies, please let me know.

    Thanks for your patience. I am very proud of this book, and as a writer friend told me yesterday, "Your art is evolving".

    My e-mail is aturfa@aol,com 

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     Thanks again

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Little Late- 150th Anniversary of Baudelaure;s Death

    Although I likely heard of him somewhere or the others, when Mountain's album Flowers of Evil came out in 1971,  the references to Les Fleurs du Mal captivated me. I was en route to becoming a German major, but I still pushed myself to get enough French to look at bi-lingual editions.

     Before long I was emulating Baudelair by drinking lots of coffee and smoking a lot of tobacco, just as he did. And I wrote some  poetry. Eventually I decreased my caffeine and nicotine intake, Eventually the poetry stop
ped for some time.

     I will put Baudelaire on my lengthening list of poets to read again. This article below captures him perfectly.

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, ...