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|Francisco Dominguez||November 2005|
|Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 3||
Phyliss L. Geller and Marilyn Krepf are back with a third
installment of the well-crafted Meridian Anthology of Contemporary
Poetry. The volume displays the editors' strong ability to create a
solid representation of the human spirit through the art of poetry. But
what’s impressive in this anthology is the editors' unwillingness to use
such ability to play it safe. This volume is definitely bolder than its
predecessor. For one, the number of writers has increased. However, the
reader may not feel overwhelmed by the large number of works. Much of the
same techniques in editing that proved so successful in the previous
anthology are employed here as well, mainly, the careful placing of works to
create seamless continuity.
copyright 2005 Francisco Dominguez
|Francisco Dominguez||November 2004|
Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 2
Sometimes a great poem risks losing its urgency when
placed under a different context. This can occur in compilations featuring
a diverse number of contributors. In fact, many works in the Meridian
Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 2, could very well have run
this same risk. Each of the authors lending their works to this collection
has a distinct background.
copyright 2004 Francisco Dominguez
Poetry in motion
Editor, Naples Daily News:
April was National Poetry Month — a good opportunity to reflect on why we need poets.
Perhaps the poet is the magnetic force that captures the true meaning of, let us say, palm trees or the flickering pearl color on the horizon. The poet is involved in the temporary uprooting of emotions, truth and beauty, so that we can examine them in our fragile hands.
The poet is society's eyes and can see the primal beauty, the oneness, that's true of all of us, but also the deceit and turmoil that exists in the human heart. In today's uncertain world, the poet can help us transcend hatreds, heal divisions, accept, understand and truly see others in their struggles and their epiphanies.
A few tips on appreciating poetry might be helpful. It is a good idea to read a poem slowly and more than once or twice. Be aware of the words chosen. A single word, aptly placed, can carry you into the world of the poem. It is also helpful to read the poem aloud, being attentive to the sounds that carry you along its path.
Poets are scattered everywhere, recognized or not and like a good shoemaker who knows and loves the leather he works with, the craft alone is enough reward.
— Marylin Krepf/Naples
As with all poetry collections, I found poems in this anthology that moved me and others that left me indifferent. That's the fate of the reader, perusing a collection of contemporary poetry. But it's great to be exposed to current writing that has been carefully edited and thoughtfully published. What I like about Meridian Anthology is its adventuresome willingness to explore current writing by some of the best poets in America, professionally presented for our ease of consumption. This first volume includes work by Anselm Brocki, Phyllis Geller, Benita Glickman, Stacie M. Kiner, Marilyn Krepf, Gilda Kreuter, Vladimir Swirynsky, and Gerald Zipper, just to mention a few of those included in this volume whose work has been available in other venues. Ranging from insightful descriptive poetry ("In the Library of the Mind / Pompano Beach, FL" by Brian C. Felder, to insightful personal discoveries ("Home Depot" by Brenda Serotte), this collection explores aspects of the "human condition" in current language, all decent and avoiding the lazy use of four-letter words, speaking about life being lived intensely. Because the variety offered is so wide, quoting any particular poem offered would limit your perception of what this anthology's scope is and in future editions will be. It is a book for browsing, not reading in one swell foop, -- a poem-a-day to be enjoyed and contemplated. I look forward to the next issue of Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. If you are willing to wait until December each year to see your poems in print, this may be a good place to offer your own work and see what the editors do with it.
Ursula T. Gibson, Poetry Editor, Poetic Voices
"Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry
pries open a window in the literary mind mansion of thought, feeling and
expression . . . and extends the courtesy of inviting us in."
--Anthony Pomes, Square One Publishers