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John Berbrich: The World Boneblog #21

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on May 22, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I finished that Connie Willis book of award-winning short stories.  It was indeed wonderful; I wouldn't call this hard SF, although some time travel is involved as well as some dismal looks into the future a few decades hence.  Don't worry, there's madcap comedy too.  One interesting fact: Every one of these ten tales is told from the first-person viewpoint.

And I'm getting a bit further in the May issue of Poetry Magazine, devoted to Australian poets.  Two additional favorites are Michael Brennan & Lionel G. Fogarty.  Now I'm working on the prose commentary.

And, don't laugh, I've started "Ooga-Booga" (2006), poems by Frederick Seidel.  I read a favorable review of Seidel in The New Yorker several months back & thought I'd give him a try.  He's cynical, blunt, & harsh.  Which is refreshing to read now & then but it gets a bit old poem after poem. 

For my local readers, that's the folks in SLAP (St. Lawrence Area Poets) & PPC (Potsdam Poetry Club), the next meeting will be held Tuesday, that's May 24th, @ 6:30 at the UU Church in downtown Canton.  The Challenge was to create something using the Automatic Writing method.  This is really a tough assignment.  I expect that, if anyone even tries it, the efforts will turn out like rambling prose poetry.  

And that's it.  Anyone living in St. Lawrence County (or nearby) who wants to get involved w/ SLAP or PPC, contact me at



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