Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Poetry – Rescue and Redemption (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 3) by Frank Prem

My thanks go to Sally Cronin and The Smorgasbord Blog Magazine for re-sharing her wonderful review of Recue and Redemption, from my ‘A Love Poetry Trilogy’.

Pop over and take a look at The Smorgasbord. It’s a wonderful blog site to visit.

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I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

This is my review from July 2020 and  is the last in the trilogy of poetry by Frank Prem that I have read and enjoyed. Rescue and Redemption – Poetry inspired by T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

About the collection

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells . . .

from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Drawing on the phrasing of T.S. Eliot’s amazing early 20th century poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (above) Frank Prem has…

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WW 1 poems – getting book-ified

A kittle update on one more project - turning the WW 1 poems that I have done YouTube readings for into book form. For a long time I had been of the view that a book/s would be unlikely because gaining lawful copies would only be possible at considerable cost. I checked again, just recently, … Continue reading WW 1 poems – getting book-ified

The Elyne Mitchell Photo Story Award

I rarely enter poetry competitions anymore. Occasionally I am tempted to try my hand at book awards or other literary honors because it is necessary to dip a finger into the water from time to time. For the most part, I keep my head down and concentrate on writing and developing my work in my … Continue reading The Elyne Mitchell Photo Story Award

#Publication: “Family Reunion”

I really enjoyed this post of Liz Gauffreau and especially the idea and the presentation of the work online.

Such a wonderful way to involve young and old and community in a poetic collaboration.

Bravo Liz and Newbury, Vermont.

Elizabeth Gauffreau

A Celebration of Poetry Deferred

In January of 2020, my poem “Family Reunion: Newbury, Vermont” was accepted for publication by the Waterford Township Public Library’s annual 2020 Poetry Leaves exhibit. (The Township is located in Michigan.)  I was particularly pleased that my poem had been selected because it was inspired by a return to the trees I’d taken for granted in the Newbury woods–after being away for thirty years. You can learn more information about the event here: https://www.poetry-leaves.com/.

Needless to say, the in-person celebration of poetry exhibit was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Sadly, 2021 marks the end of this vibrant community project. I do hope the library is able to rally the community to celebrate National Poetry Month in a sustainable way for the future, particularly given that school children have been involved.

Poetry Leaves: April 1 – April 30, 2021

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Voices (In The Trash) – a 5 star review, with a question mark

I'm delighted that Voices (In The Trash) has received another 5 star review on Amazon. These are truly to be treasured. It seems though, that readers may not be too sure what to make of the book. The reviewer (JT) writes that: The book was well written and was, without question, very different . . … Continue reading Voices (In The Trash) – a 5 star review, with a question mark

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 30th March 2021 – #Poetryreading Frank Prem, #Research Joan Hall, #Review Judith Barrow

My thanks to Sally Cronin and the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine for sharing my recent article and thoughts on reading short poems.

Pop over and take a look at the other articles and writing being featured.

It’s a treasure trove!

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A selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope that you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Frank Premwho shares much of his poetry on Youtube. In this post Frank provides a masterclass in how to read short poems effectively.

Frank Prem – Poet and Author

How to read short poetry – an introduction (of sorts)

Have you ever tried to listen to someone struggling over how to read short poetry? It can be an aggravating experience. In any case, I’ll try to explain why I find it so, in a moment, but first I should acknowledge that short poetry – such as haiku and similar short forms – haibun, tanka and so on, are wonderful, disciplined writing forms, designed to pack a big conceptual and meaningful impact in just a handful of words. I like that concept very much.

I…

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watch cloud (see you)

Some new Seventeen Syllable poetry. No pictures, this time.

Sometimes, if I feel there is more to say than I wish to squeeze into a single poem, I extend the theme. In this way, Seventeen becomes 34 or 51 syllables, but remains true to the idea of brevity.

I think.

Seventeen Syllable Poetry

I watch
every cloud

survey atmosphere

jet trails
above
spear the sun

. . .

a wish
spreads

wisps
on blue

I feel the heart
and know
right there
you are

. . .

fancy

me
seeing you

it is only cloud

and I
so earthly bound

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How to read short poetry

Link to my article on How To Read Short Poetry

Frank Prem Poetry

<phew> It’s taken all day but I’ve managed to distract myself by putting a few thoughts together on the subject of reading short poetry. Probably talking through my hat, but if you care to read what I’ve done, with a few recorded samples, here is the link: https://frankprem.com/how-to-read-short-poetry/

Hope you enjoy.

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Project #9

There have been a couple of additions to my current Seventeen Syllable Poetry project recently.

Seventeen Syllable Poetry

Tibetan Book Project – Poem #9

In case you’re wondering, this and other ‘project’ posts are experimental by me. I’m working with The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – doing interpretations of what I read there.

My experiment is to take images of ephemeral, impermanent, perhaps fragile things (clouds, grasses, wildflowers and such) as visual background for each poem.

For the first time I am creating a collection with the poems unnamed. I’m not sure whether I will use numbers in any final collection

Hopefully, a seventeen syllable picture poetry book one day.

I will be delighted to receive any and all feedback.

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