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SUMMER 2021

With close to 70% of the country vaccinated (more than that here in New York City), an induced paralysis has been significantly reduced, though not entirely.  Here in the city, office workers still show great reluctance to return to working here, not only due to the ordinary complications of office life, but to a city bizarrely remade by the strangest and disaffecting leadership of the past half century.  We do move on, however. 

For instance, Joseph S. Salemi's journal Trinacria, missing for three years due to family illnesses and loss, is back.  Museums are open.  Parks are no longer restricted.  Pools are open.  One Broadway theater is open, but not to a musical or play, instead to Bruce Springsteen .  Stadiums and the Garden are open.  However, theaters and night clubs for musicians, singers, dancers, comedians and actors won't open until September  But recovery will happen, though with far fewer tourists until the international story, which involves far more severe restrictions on travel than in the U.S, is finally resolved.  So New Yorkers can't get too cranky.  Throughout, we've had  marvelous online resources for concerts, productions of plays and operas, sporting events and even travelogues -- all useful in distracting us from Covid 19 and its management. 

For this summer release, we have the delight of introducing Albanian-born, now American poet, Gjek Marinaj, a widely published poet and critic.  And we have poems from Bruce Bennett, Susan Jarvis Bryant, Sally Cook, Michael Curtis, Robert Darling, Steven Duplij, E.S. Frese, jr., Claudia Gary, Jennifer Reeser, Gjek Marinaj, Joseph S. Salemi, Frederick Turner and the Webmaster.   Joseph S. Salemi has an essay on an annoying trend of substituting rhetorical posturing for art in writing poetry.  

Poet and physicist Steven Duplij was awarded the Bunin Award from the Russian Union of Writers for 2021.

Poetry:  Select to see new and past postings.

Essays:  Joseph S. Salemi writes on poets as radio announcers instead of practitioners of an art.

Reviews:  Reviews of William G. Carpenter's Eϸandun, and Karen Kelsay's Of Omens That Flitter.

Archives:  Divided into two sections, New and Old.   

Online Prosody As of now this will remain in the Old archives until editing and rewrite are complete. 


 

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