Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Day 9 Poems - Tupelo Press 30/30 Project


In Memoriam: John Lennon 1940-1980


      Above a link to my favorite song of his. Of all the Beatles, his personality most closely matches mine. My wife and I saw Paul in concert last year, and were going to see Ringo this year. George became a solid composer. But John's wit, love of wordplay, those were the things that drew me to him. I gave up trying to learn the guitar as a teenager, but always appreciated good music of any kind. 

       Below an interesting story with a good quote from John. The math I would never comprehend, but reaching into one's own past for songs/poems, I totally understand!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Day 1 of Tupelo Press 30/30 PRoject



there is a topic or a style of poetry you wish to suggest to be, please make a donation of $15 or more and I will be glad to compose one!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tupelo Press 30/30 Project Begins Today



30 poems in 30 days, nine poets: do the math!

If you would like me to write about a certain topic or in a certain style, please contact me here on in Social Media!  We can talk about a level of sponsorship. Don't worry; I am flexible!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Starting ther 30/30 Project for the Tupelo Press in a Few Days


    Please pass the link along! If you can contribute something, that is wonderful! And even if you cannot, that is still wonderful! Along with a few other poets, I will write a poem a day to be posted in December. What a way to end 2020! Perhaps the core of a new book will emerge from this.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Perceptive Column about the 2020 Election


    Thomas Dewey said in the 1940s that conservatives do not win elections. He was a moderate Republican. One could make the case that socialists do not win elections either. However, many of their programs could be tailored to fit voters preferences. Joe Biden can do it!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Paul Celan Centennial Poem in Poem-a-Day


     Holocaust survivor Paul Celan (born 11/20/1930) committed suicide a year before I started studying German at Penn State. I remember reading about him in my Gruppe 47 book in my sophomore year. The curriculum did not include living or recently-deceased writers/poets, sad to say.

     Since I became an official poet (it sounds better than it looks), I have come across his work and have resolved to read more of it.


Monday, November 23, 2020

Review of Adrienne Rich Biography from the ATLANTIC


   The new issue came on Saturday. It is on the coffee table in my den. Today I have three online classes a Zoom meeting, and who knows what else. I may not get to the issue until evening or tomorrow. But I know it will be good!  The ATLANTIC is a first-class publication; I have subscribed to it for most of the last three decades, minus a deployment


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Biden has Two Predecessors Who Are Easy Acts To Follow


     For years I have been chagrined that the only Pennsylvanian who occupied the White House was the one who did absolutely nothing to prevent the Civil War. The article linked above says it all; James Buchanan understood other countries better than he did his own.

     As for soon-to-leave, never-to-concede Donald Trump: he does not merit further discussion. 

     Joe Biden spent about ten years in his native Scranton, PA. After moving to Delaware, where his father went to seek employment, Joe visited the area often. My family lived in an adjacent county to Scranton for over a dozen years, and we know what he is made of. And's good enough for us!

    Time to make some history, Joe! and you certainly can improve over these two predecessors.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

U of South Carolina Might Cut Adjuncts due to COVID


     Today's post is from the world of education. Normally I do to post much here; I usually tweet or put on Facebook. USC (the original, which is in Columbia, SC, and in several locations scattered through the Palmetto State) is a good school. The Darla Moore School of International Business ranks as the best in the nation. Many of my former students have gone or are attending there now. A few friends are faculty in various departments.

    My adjunct career began in Pennsylvania, where I taught History at two community colleges and Religion/Ethics at a four-year college that later became a university. Fortunately, I was employed as a full-time high school teacher at the time, in addition to being in the National Guard or Army Reserve, and serving a Lutheran parish part-time under call or filling in as needed.

     When I came to South Carolina, I continued my adjunct career at a local two-year technical college, this time mostly teaching English. Teaching at a four-year school did not happen, although there were a few glimmers of hope. The Great Recession of 2007/08 played a role in that. I taught high school full time, eventually retired from the Lutheran Church (still filling in as needed), and retired from the US Army Reserve Component, eventually receiving a pension.

     Some adjunct colleagues only have a tenuous existence in that their sole source of income comes from teaching what classes they can. Midlands Tech, where I teach, is very supportive and like most schools in the US, needs adjuncts. Around three-quarters of all college classes nationwide are taught by adjuncts. 

    Full-time faculty members at USC do not want to have to teach more or to teach introductory classes. Class size may be higher, and so will stress for all concerned. I hope that USC can cut some things in the budget to come up with the money they need to keep adjuncts. 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Maybe the Exorcism Worked Three Years Later


   Ed Sanders is quite the artist/post/etc.  Back in the day, the Fugs were more extreme than the Mothers of Invention, which speaks volumes. Enjoy!  Or better put, dig it!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Poetry for Holiday Gifts- Or for Yourself!

Wondering what to do for holiday giving?  Poetry works well, as does poetry with fine art!

The first link is for my books:


This is a link to our latest, expanded edition Art by Carol Worthington-LEvy


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Second Edition of "All in the Family" Exclusively Available on Blurb


https://www.blurb.com/b/10335105-all-in-the-family-2nd-editionLife does 

   Life does not allow for many do-overs, but book publishing does! Our second collaborative work has been expanded. The results are spectacular. Carol has added some new paintings and collages. She goes back a generation further than in the first version and adds to some others. All this spurred me to some new poems and insights. 

   Visually, this is stunning, and as far as the poetry goes, I enjoyed mixing styles and moods. The book itself is superb. If you cannot wait for it, you can order a .pdf copy to enjoy right away!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Interview on Times Radio about a Memorable Professor


     Above is the obituary for Dr. Ruth Klüger whom I had as a professor in the German Department of UC-Irvine in the mid-1970s. She was a dynamic, exciting teacher  When I was having some difficulties with my doctoral studies, she offered me a fantastic topic and offered to serve as my adviser. That would have all but assured me of the academic career I wanted.

     However, those same difficulties had led me to consider other options. When she made me the offer, I told her I was going to attend a Lutheran seminary in St. Louis. "Sie strahlen," she said to me. "You are beaming!" I was overwhelmed by the joy this Jewish Holocaust survivor had for this Lutheran. 

     I never regretted my decision, which has led me to so many wonderful people, places, and things. In March 2005 I was winding up my deployment in Germany with the US Army. Watching television one night, I believe the ARD, there was a documentary about a Holocaust survivor visiting her old neighborhood in Vienna. I knew her as Ruth Angress, but she had resumed using her original surname, Klüger. The next day I e-mailed her, and we exchanged a few e-mails. It was good to catch up with each other.

    I tweeted her obituary on the weekend. On Monday I was asked by Times Radio, UK, if they could interview me. I was- still am- honored. Here is a link to the interview, which begins around 50 minutes into the program.



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

"All in the Family" 2nd Edition Available on Blurb!


    This is an expanded edition from the earlier one. Carol has created some amazing new artwork, and my poems aspire to reach those heights.

    Spanning the generations and the continent, "All in the Family" may well inspire you to reflect on your own family and search its own remarkable past.

     Available only on Blurb right now!


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Artocalypse on 24 October!


     It's really a beginning, not an ending! No need to panic!

     Chris Shaw and others have created an amazing event based in the UK but intended for a worldwide gathering of artists and lovers of art. The Artocalypse seeks to make up for all of those missed events, festivals, readings, exhibitions by giving artists of all kinds a space to show what they have and where interested people can find it. This will not be a one-off event!

    I am working with other poets on some interesting things.

Recording by a Fellow Poet of a Poem in "Accents"


    Accents is available in Kindle or paperback exclusively from Amazon KDP.  My wife Pam comes from Mississippi and knows Lousiana well, How could I resist visiting a church named after a Hungarian? My in-laws were there years ago and brought me a brochure. Elizabeth was married to a German prince

and lived for a few years in the famous Wartburg castle. She became a Franciscan nun and is buried in the Elisabethkirche in Marburg, Germany. I visited that also.

    Kimberly reads this poem especially well, and I thank her so much!


And please see my other books also! Thanks!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Poet Wallace Stevens born 2 October 1879


     On this date in 1879, poet Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, PA. I did my seminary internship there. Stevens was a lawyer and insurance executive, who would write scraps of poetry in board meetings. Above is one o

f his best.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

A Favorite from "Accents"


Thinking about someone.....

Accents exclusively available on Amazon KDP in paperback or Kindle. Please learn about my other books also. They are available from the usual vendors also!


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Upcoming Interview on Chat & Spin Radio in the UK!


   I am pleased and honored to be interviewed on Monday, on September 2020. The interview should be posted by 3 pm/ 1500 the nest day, 22 September 2020.

    Thanks to Spin & Chat. If you have the time, please like my page, and check out my poetry books as well! Thanks!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Here are my Poetry Books on Amazon!


Accents can only be found here on Amazon as can A Village Remembered. But if you find a lower price somewhere, by all means, purchase from that company!

purchase there!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Is there a word you truly abhor? Put it in the bin!


    My newest poet friend Nadia Kingsley invited me to this and said I could share it. For my fellow US folks, putting something in the bin means to put it in the trash can!


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Mention of a Poem from "Accents" on Facebook

     There I was, adding to a Facebook post about having read Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here, his 1935 novel about a fascist takeover of America. It became timely in 2016 and has remained so.

    Anyway, a friend of a friend posted that he reread "Elegy for Jimi" from Accents, my book from Amazon KDP. Wow!

   On Kindle or in paperback!


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Thoughts on Muses, Prompted by the Literary Hub


   These muses come from the world of painting, but every art form has them. There are some for poets, and I am certainly glad for those who have inspired me. Some of them know it, others never will, and there is no danger of any of them being the subject of an article like this or of a major motion picture!

   Another interesting article from the Literary Hub. Worth subscribing to. It's free and comes weekdays with a Saturday best of the week.


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Poetry books by Arthur Turfa


     There are other vendors, except for Accents. Poetry is easy to read during the pandemic, or at any time, really.

    Thanks for checking this out. If you purchase any of these books, please let me know and leave an honest review on social media!

     All in the Family is available from Carol Worthington-Levy or myself!

Uighur Poets and Culture Face Extinction

Monday, August 10, 2020

Peter Green, RIP


   Peter Green was an outstanding blues guitarist. One of many who worked with John Mayall (I have the Hard Road vinyl). he became a co-founder of Fleetwood Mac. Not many remember that band was originally a blues band. One too many trips and Peter descended into mental illness, only coming back to performing late in his life. 

   RIP, Peter

RIP Judt Dyble, first voice of Fairport Convention


     Eclipsed by Sandy Denny's tenure with the band, Judi was no slouch. She went on to a varied musical career in her own right. RIP!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Poetry Optional? Not in the UK, and May that not be Exported!


While I hope and pray this will not cross the Atlantic, can't be sure. The study of Literature has been assaulted from many sides. Rhetoric has replaced Literature in some curricula, some people equate reading a magazine or catalog with Literature, and still others dumb down the curriculum with easy-to-read things.
I hasten to add that I do NOT believe that the canon must never be changed. Every age and place produce great literature. find it, read it, and enjoy it!

For now, I join Sir Ray Davies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFG-buhIDEA

Monday, August 3, 2020

Thinking of this one from "Accents"


     I was thinking about this poem tonight and wanted to share it again. It's very special to me. Accents is available exclusively on Amazon KDP. There are about thirty of my poem on Soundcloud.

    Link to my books:



Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Poem Will Appear in the Fall Lines!


   So honored to be included in this excellent publication, and so several friends and other fine poets/writers! We will have the traditional public reading when the pandemic permits.


At Master's Class Today with Adam Vines at the Virtual Sewanee Writers' Conference


Unconventional Approaches to Ekphrastic Poetry-    Adam is at the University of Alabama -Birmingham.and recently won an award. See the link below:


I enjoyed the Master Class very much. With Carol Worthington-Levy I have done two books of ekphrastic poetry based on her paintings. But I have known her for years and knew many if not most of the people//places/events portrayed. But I needed a push, and this, along with the Great Courses class on Aooreciating Art.

Maybe next year in Sewanee, TN!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

A Very Nice Honor from Wonderful Community of Poets

     Once upon a time Google+ hosted all sorts of poets' communities. Then Google+ went away, and the Diaspora began. Poet's Dream is a wonderful place where a world-wide collection of serious poets meets.That is what makes this honor so special to me.

from Elusive Me:

Good Morning Poets Dream Members,
It is my honour to choose from all of the wonderful, colourful, expressive and challenging poetry lodged for the 'She walks in beauty' line challenge.
I once again found it difficult to choose as truthfully there were three that I felt were outstanding for different reasons. Sometimes I imagine people are disappointed for not being chosen and I wish that I could choose more than one at times because there are poets who are constantly blessing me with their talents and inspiring me to push myself also.
Today's choice, after changing my mind three times, is of course brilliant and beautiful and lingering...and therefore I could not let this moment pass without honouring this poet and his poem.
I think most of your know Arthur Turfa. He has been particularly encouraging, supportive of many poets, and hardworking in many communities on G+. It can be tiring and sometimes takes from your own creative flow to support communities by being an owner or an admin (so I big thank you to all who do and give generously of their time).
Arthur is a published poet, has been a teacher in the field for many years, and is in short, a generous soul who imparts goodwill and encouragement as he shares his own walk as a poet.
I hope you will take some time and read his poem below, and let him know what you liked about it and give back some encouragement.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
She walks along ordinary ways,
her inherent beauty streaming
from her. All that she is colors
the mundane scenes surrounding
her. No sculptor, no painter, no
poet could replicate all that she is,
all that emanates from her aspect,
her spirit, her essence. Blessed am
I to behold and render thanks for
the glimpse of beauteous form.
Arthur Turfa, © 2020
A very special thanks to each and everyone who contributes to these prompts, as a poet, a reader, who comments or emojis posts and to the owner and admin team who make it possible.
I hope you are all well and safe and smiling.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Bi-lingual Blog from Miriam Gross

This bi-lingual blog comes from my friend and pastoral colleague, Miriam Groß, wh serves a German Lutheran (EKD) parish in Manhattan. Not everything is in both languages. Regardless of language, one can read well-written, cogent reflections on a variety of contemporary events and wide-ranging issues.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

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, ...