Tuesday, November 4, 2008

August 2008 Front Page

this issue

accepted submissions for this issue
... page 2

review of John Yamrus by Casey Quinn
... page 3

resisting fossilization by Bernard Alain
... page 4

featured book

Body Event

Don Schaeffer
Winnipeg, Canada

Don Schaeffer established Enthalpy Press and has published 5 chap books including "Time Meat" and "The Word Cow and the Pig O' Love." ISBN series: 0-9687017 Recent poetry has been published in The Writers Publishing, Lilly Lit, Burning Effigy Press, "Understanding Magazine," "Melange," "Tryst," "Quills," and others. His first book of poetry, Almost Full" was published by Owl Oak Press early in the summer of 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from City University of New York (1975) and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife, Joyce.

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A Review by Bernard Alain

For a certainty the works of Don Schaeffer embrace the definition of contemporary poetry in both form and content, exposing real life in an aging diary that resists the sentimental edge, complimented by a style noted for it's psychographic nature and simplistic delivery. Don's poetry attaches itself to everyday events, breaking away from conventional three-dimensional views, extorting human texture, breathing soul. 'The Body Event' is a collection consistent with this standard and the artwork, the organization, the content all well thought out to provide the reader with the most optimal experience.

The introduction was written by John Yamrus who praises Don's work and goes on to say this:

"You can't teach this. Sure, you can teach the technical aspects, but you can't teach heart and soul and guts. You either have it or you don't."

The following is an excerpt and one of my favorites, of the many which survive out of context, the captions alone sometimes as engaging as the content:

What the Gunmen Said in a Dream

When the gunmen came
they told me now
you live in my heart.
showed me strange
x-ray pictures of
you. I asked them if
they feed you well
in my heart.

'The Body Event' focuses on the thoughts of a poet as a married life of 43 years draws closer to an end due to the fatal illness of his wife. The denials and escapes palpable as Don reflects, the text undressed yet sophisticated enough to provide an unique cross-section of perspective triggered by day-to-day events preceding the inevitable.

Although I found the title of the collection too vague given the strength of the forward, possibly not engaging the reader enough, it is a shortcoming easily overcome by the content, the reward consistent with that expressed on the back cover, a three-dimensional view, rich with human texture.

'The Body Event' is an excellent value, accessible to the novice and will easily satisfy the appetite of more advanced readers, a superb construction from beginning to end.

in the spotlight

Ivan Donn Carswell

Born in New Zealand, resident in Australia, Ivan’s poetic perspective moved and matured with the 56 years he has written verse. In his words: “...verse was where I first sought release, and still is...” He recalls early efforts used as models for teaching, which had the salutary effect of changing his own style. Thereafter his verse took form from the poem itself, not classical modelling. The principle of emotional attachment given free reign, cosmetic surgery effected where necessary, remains his method. As a twenty year old Ivan published in magazines and periodicals however at the time he didn’t consider pursuit of a literary career, opting instead to complete teacher training, and later a lengthy Regular Army engagement. Since semi-retirement as an Avocado Grower ten years ago Ivan has written with increasing energy. He discovered many magnificent poetry sites whilst surfing the web and was himself discovered by website managers looking for contributors. Thus began the evolution. With positive feedback as encouragement he set himself a target of 1000 poems, with the distinct possibility of editing them into collections for publication, the finish line is not far away.

Web venues:

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Famous Poets and Poems:

Poem Hunter:

selected poem


standing together in a crowded QR train
with a brand new hat bought at the EKKA
hardly equates to consuming intimacy

yet when we got seats at Caboolture
you rested your head on my shoulder
and slept easily – filling me
with that sweetness which glows

shy glances from the ear phoned lass
with braces on her teeth
confirmed she agreed

by Ivan Donn Carswell

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