Posts Tagged ‘book review’

CLICK or cut & paste this LULU address into your browser

to preview CIEN SONETOS (One Hundred Sonnets – written in English) at the Luna Bisonte Prods website.

CIEN SONETOS by Iván Argüelles was published January 2019 with
a foreword poem by Jack Foley, an afterword of sonnet hacks by John M. Bennett, and back cover comments by Jake Berry.

CLICK or cut & paste this WORDPRESS address into your browser: then scroll down the page to read an interview by Paul Brookes, the editor of Wombwell Rainbow, with Berkeley CA poet, Iván Argüelles.


TLP-10-x-3-from-February-8,-2015-outside-for-web Haddock, Colin Scholl, Cheryl Penn, Thomas M. Cassidy (Musicmaster), and Matthew Stolte will be recipients of first five imperfect printouts from my ‘puter. As soon as John makes TLP edition from perfected copy, & braves the elements to go to post office, more will go forth into the non-digital universe via snail mail. [This condensed web-version is not fit for printing, BTW.]TLP-10-x-3-from-February-8-2015-inside-for-web

What follows is a blurb I wrote for EXPANDING THE RADIUS, by Mary Ellen Derwis & Joe Balaz (also residents of  my own state of Ohio). You may very well want to purchase this book, as I’ve received a reviewer’s copy recently (originally I wrote my review by viewing a PDF file) and the color print job by Lulu P.O.D. is EXCELLENT as usual, with crisp and gorgeous color saturated  images. The front/back covers are RIGHT ON THE MARK.

(Click the following book title to go to Editor: Mark Young’s, Otoliths website for a preview of the book:)
EXPANDING THE RADIUS /Full color paperback book; 72 pages $24.95

Early on in EXPANDING THE RADIUS, Mary Ellen Derwis gives us an untitled narrative sequence of digital art, hinting at the human form, which picks up again towards the end of the book in a more figurative sequence— “Rendezvous”. Intimate portraits, wider anthropological insights, and other strongly titled art also prevail. Among other tightly woven directives, Joe Balaz includes multi-paged narrations “High in Blue”, “Fairly Textual”, and “The Industrial Poet”. Then there are the collaborations which find a distinct third voice, as often happens when two people are so creatively in synch. The book ends with two of Mary Ellen’s urban shots that include typographical symbols and a similar photo, a final pun by Joe— “C and Leave”. Many of these images have appeared separately in the quarterly “Otoliths”; now it’s a pleasure to see/read this combined three headed body of always direct, sometimes humorous, often profound digital art, visual poetry, and collaborations. —C. Mehrl Bennett