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Monday Must Read! The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, Nancy Peacock

 

I LOVE this book 🙂

nancy peacockThe fabulous and loving Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband Ben. Her most recent novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a definite must read!

 

Visit Nancy’s website!

Buy The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

Praise for The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

“ ‘I have been to hangings before, but never my own…From this riveting beginning to the last perfect word, Nancy Peacock grabs her reader by the throat and makes him hang on for dear life as the action moves from a Louisiana sugar plantation to life among the western Comanches, bringing to blazing life her themes of race and true love caught in the throes of history. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is as deeply moving and exciting an American saga as has ever been penned.” -Lee Smith, Author of Guests on Earth and Dime Store

“Such a powerful story, so beautifully written. Peacock captures the era perfectly, with just the right amount of historical detail woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story. Unlike some historical novels loaded with digressions that are merely undigested chunks of raw research, this book is just the opposite—a fully realized world with rich, vivid characters. The novel hard to put down—and impossible to forget.” Donna Lucey – author of Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

“A magnificent, immersive, breathtaking work of historical fiction. Nancy Peacock has written a beautifully crafted, richly detailed novel inhabited by morally complex and fully realized characters, enthralling and heartbreaking in equal measure.” -Jennifer Chiaverini – author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

 

Buy Nancy’s Other Wonderful Books!

Life Without Water

Home Across the Road

A Broom of One’s Own

 

More from Nancy Online

https://pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/interview-with-nancy-peacock/

http://wunc.org/post/maid-novelist-writer-s-journey#stream/0

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/indie-author-landed-traditional-book-deal

Reading

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho5sSIHC7Mg

Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTmcvRmpNkI

 

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise for Persimmon Wilson

 

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Getting Lost, and Finding Home

11 March 2017

Spent the day lost in a book. 

Make art about being lost in a good way.

lost good way

12 March 2017

Dreamt a future conversation with my grandson, where we talked about what it meant to create home wherever you are, that our true home is what we carry inside us, from our experiences, from the ancestors. He nodded solemnly, as if he already knew this. 

Make art about where home is, or how we create home. 

home heart ancestors

 

Monday Must Read: Laila Halaby, Once in a Promised Land, and a memoir in poems, My Name on His Tongue

One of my favorite writers, one of my favorite novels (a read we need now even more than ever), and a memoir in poems. Laila is one of the writers whose work draws me back again and again.

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Once in a Promised Land: A Novel 

and

my name on his tongue: memoir in poems

laila-halabyLaila Halaby was born in Beirut to a Jordanian father and an American mother. She grew up mostly in Arizona, has traveled a fair amount, and has lived for bits of time on the East and West Coasts, the Midwest, and in Jordan and Italy. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Italian and Arabic, and two Masters degrees, in Arabic Literature and in Counseling. She currently works as an Outreach Counselor for the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health.

my name on his tongue, Laila’s most recent publication, is a memoir in poems. Her novels West of the Jordan (winner of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award) and Once in a Promised Land (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Authors selection; also named by the Washington Post as one of the 100 best works of fiction for 2007) were both published by (the phenomenal) Beacon Press. Besides fiction and poetry, she write stories for children, including a (as yet unpublished) book entitled Tracks in the Sand. This is a collection of Palestinian folktales that she gathered from children during the year she was living in Jordan and studying folklore on a Fulbright scholarship.

Laila’s most recent project is a novel that has as one of its main characters an American soldier coming home to the United States after completing three tours in Iraq. The writing and researching of this novel has led to the formation of a creative writing class for veterans.

 

Visit Laila’s Website: http://lailahalaby.net/

 

Buy Laila’s beautiful beautiful books!

my name on his tongue

Once in a Promised Land: A Novel

West of the Jordan

Praise for Once in a Promised Land

‘Sometimes you run out of adjectives. Or the adjectives lose their luster. What if I say that “Once in a Promised Land” is brilliant, insightful, heartbreaking, enchanting — what does that even mean anymore? But this novel is brilliant because the prose glows, sends off heat. Insightful because it allows us to see into a place that most of us don’t know about. Heartbreaking because you can feel the situation that these characters are trapped in. And enchanting because it’s told in the form of a fairy tale that lets us believe that, somehow, these poor souls may be able to rescue themselves.”-Carolyn See, Washington Post

Once in a Promised Land is the story of a couple, Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing their own dreams of opportunity and freedom. Although the two live far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the nationwide fallout from 9/11. Jassim, a hydrologist, believes passionately in his mission to keep the water tables from dropping and make water accessible to all people, but his work is threatened by an FBI witch hunt for domestic terrorists. Salwa, a Palestinian now twice displaced, grappling to put down roots in an inhospitable climate, becomes pregnant against her husband’s wishes and then loses the baby. When Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shady young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel . This intimate account of two parallel lives is an achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find save haven.”-Book Sense (Notable Title 2007)

Praise for his name on my tongue

“In her debut poetry collection, best-selling novelist Halaby (West of Jordan) narrates the need of any Arab American to navigate new realities while giving voice to old ones. She writes about her inner feelings and daily experiences in a confessional mode reminiscent of works by Louise Glück. Using narrative style as she passionately interweaves insights about peace, war, family, nostalgia, exile, and sociopolitical conflicts among others, Halaby promotes poetry as both testimony and instrument of change: ‘one thousand /one hundred / one / it doesn’t matter the number / they came / and walked / for peace.’ The tireless search for a sense of belonging drums through most of the poems, as the poet tries to reconcile here with there, her new country with the ancestral homeland. She deploys sarcasm and irony to express her bitterness over the trend of cultural demonizing, and her heritage, with its strong narrative of historical grievances, gives the poems a melancholy tone. VERDICT Halaby transfers her life’s experiences into emotionally touching poems. Recommended for all readers, especially those interested in Arab American literature.”—Library Journal

“Laila Halaby is a necessary poet. The frank, appealing poems of my name on his tongue illuminate complexities and inequities with resonance and power. A wake-up call of a book.”—Naomi Shihab Nye, author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

Read More from Laila Online

Articles

Poetry

“Hair, Prayer, and Men”

Work in Anthologies

 

Hear Laila Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIiu0jFcEr4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHplbuS7DrI

 

Happy reading!

Mary

Monday Must Read! Clare Martin, Eating the Heart First, and Seek the Holy Dark

clare-martinClare L. Martin is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and lifelong Louisiana resident. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies both online and in print, including Avatar Review, Blue Fifth Review, Literary Mama, Louisiana Literature, and Poets and Artists, among others. Her poems have been included in the anthologies The Red Room: Writings from Press 1, Best of Farmhouse Magazine Vol. 1, and Beyond Katrina. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2012), Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web (2011), Best New Poets (2009), and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net (2008 and 2011).

Visit Clare’s website here: https://clarelmartin.com/

Buy Clare’s beautiful books!

Eating the Heart First

http://www.press53.com/BioClareLMartin.html

Preorder Clare’s new book Seek the Holy Dark!

http://www.yellowflagpress.com/_p/prd15/4592458541/product/clare-l.-martin—seek-the-holy-dark

Seek the Holy Dark  available for pre-order. Trade paperback, 66 pages, only $10. Pre-orders will ship in early February.

Praise for Eating the Heart First

Clare L. Martin pulls off an impressive balancing act in her debut book of poems Eating the Heart First. In this collection, divided into three sections, she manages trust of her intuitive powers while she tats her findings onto poems built with technical expertise. She is a believer of dreams, and the whole of the work can be read as an oneiric treatise guided by the powers she believes in: the power of memory, the power of water, the power of moons, the powers of longing, and the power of love. In one of the late poems a crow in a dream asks, ‘Let me be a whorl of darkness— / Let me be a fist in the sun.’ All of the poems in this collection have the impact of that crow’s call and of the trope it creates. Gradually the poems reveal richly textured revelations of a heart tied to human experience in that ‘dream we cannot know completely.’ And, while we may not ever know the dream completely, Ms. Martin hands us a guidebook to dreams and to the art that uses dream and dreaming as the scaffolding from which to make something beautiful, and useful, and mysterious all at the same time.” 

— Darrell Bourque, former Poet Laureate of Louisiana and author of In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems

Clare L. Martin is a fine young poet whose work is dark and lovely and full of a deep organic pulse. Like the landscape of her beloved Louisiana, her work is alive with mystery. You could swim in this hot water, but there are things down inside its darkness that might pull you away forever. It is an exquisite drowning.” — Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America

Praise for Seek the Holy Dark

From the holy dark of horror storms and freedom in the hand, to starving wolves and old women who live in woods, Clare Martin’s poetic imagery seeks in myth to locate depth of soul. She incants salvation “bone by bone” up from the shadows. Her writing has a beautiful fury, a hard questing and secret exultation that keep the reader poised and intoxicated. “Do you seek the heart too” the opening poem asks, and of course, we answer Yes and read breathlessly on. These poems “drop through this world/into dark awakening.” The strong-hearted will understand.

~Rachel Dacus, author of Gods of Water and Air

Seek the Holy Dark is a book of revelations in poems.  Clare L. Martin sees the richness and the poverty that are bedmates, proffers them as gifts, lays them at our feet.  Her poems suggest we join in the quest to be both humbled and exalted. Martin, who never looks away, fully understands the duality of nature, its light and darkness, exploring both in this lush and lyrical new collection.

~Susan Tepper, author of dear Petrov and The Merrill Diaries

Visit Clare’s beautiful litmag: MockingHeart Review!

https://mockingheartreview.com/

Read More from Clare Online

http://wewantedtobewriters.com/2014/01/excerpt-from-clare-martins-poetry-collection/

https://referentialmagazine.com/contributors/m-o/clare-l-martin/

http://www.eclectica.org/v12n1/martin.html

http://www.redheadedmag.com/poetry/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=232:two-poems-by-clare-martin&catid=36:poetry&Itemid=59

http://www.unlikelystories.org/12/martin1212.shtml

http://www.madhattersreview.com/issue15/poetry_martincl.

Hear Clare Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yx32YG96f8

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

Monday Must Read! Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice

Planning to use this in my Intro to Poetry class this spring.

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resistancePoetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice
Edited by Francisco X. AlarcónOdilia Galván Rodríguez
University of Arizona Press 2016

On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capitol in an act of civil disobedience to protest Arizona’s SB 1070. Moved by the students’ actions, that same day Francisco X. Alarcón responded by writing a poem in Spanish and English titled “Para Los Nueve del Capitolio/ For the Capitol Nine,” which he dedicated to the students. The students replied to the poem with a collective online message. To share with the world what was taking place, Alarcón then created a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and posted the poem, launching a powerful and dynamic forum for social justice.

Since then, more than three thousand original contributions by poets and artists from around the globe have been posted to the page. Poetry of Resistance offers a selection of these works, addressing a wide variety of themes, including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared identity, and much more. Contributors include distinguished poets such as Francisco Aragón, Devreaux Baker, Sarah Browning, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, Sharon Dubiago, Martín Espada, Genny Lim, Pam Uschuk, and Alma Luz Villanueva.

Bringing together more than eighty writers, the anthology powerfully articulates the need for change and the primacy of basic human rights. Each poem shows the heartfelt dedication these writers and artists have to justice in a world that has become larger than borders. Poetry of Resistance is a poetic call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, and healing.

Praise for Poetry of Resistance

Poetry of Resistance is a timely response (via verse) to the current political climate of Arizona, though what the book ultimately argues is that these injustices have always been taking place—SB 1070 is simply its most recent manifestation. —Rigoberto González, author of Our Lady of

Alarcón and co-editor the eco-poet and activist Odilia Galván Rodríguez selected the strongest work from the hundreds of entries to shape this anthology whose communal message—a plea for social change—will remain timeless and resonant.–NBC News

Buy Poetry of Resistance here!

http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2590.htm

Monday Must Read! Naomi Ayala: Calling Home: Praise Songs and Incantations

naomi-ayalaThe beautiful Naomi Ayala was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States in her teens, eventually earning an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars. Writing in both Spanish and English, she is author of the poetry collections Wild Animals on the Moon, chosen by the New York City Public Library as a 1999 Book for the Teen Age, This Side of Early, and this week’s recommended read, Calling Home:Praise Songs and Incantations. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Boriquén to Diasporican: Puerto Rican Poetry from Aboriginal Times to the New Millennium (2007), Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature (2006), and First Flight: 24 Latino Poets (2006).

An educator and arts administrator interested in environmental causes, Ayala has received numerous awards, including the Connecticut Latinas in Leadership Award, the 2000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of Environmental Justice Award, and the 2001 Larry Neal Writers Award for Poetry from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Ayala has been a visiting humanities scholar for Hermana a Hermana/Sister to Sister and was co-chair of the board of directors for the organization Change: Building Social Justice, Starting in the Classroom; she co-founded the New Haven Alliance for Arts and Cultures. A former resident of Washington, DC, she currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and works as a freelance writer, educational consultant, and teaching artist.

 

Buy Naomi’s beautiful books!

Calling Home: Praise Songs and Incantations

http://bilingualpress.clas.asu.edu/book/calling-home

This Side of Early

http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/side-early

Wild Animals on the Moon

http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/wild-animals-moon-and-other-poems

 

Read More from Naomi Online

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/53007

http://washingtonart.com/beltway/ayala.html

http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/nayala.html

http://washingtonart.com/beltway/ayala4.html

http://www.nathanielturner.com/naomiayalabio.htm

http://www.anomalouspress.org/current/25.ayala.winter.php

http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/2010/11/poem-of-week-naomi-ayala.html

 

Interviews

http://www.eethelbertmiller.com/muse/ayala.html

http://letraslatinasblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/pablo-miguel-martinez-interviews-naomi.html

Interview for the Oral History Program at the Institute for Latino Studies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPdLwaN2ez8

 

Hear Naomi Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isocCGT-hFQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJZKJpqAIAw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUPkGvwHjFo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py5zfe-f9kc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84jhZutUlWo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABMXD7mY3uc

 

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

Must Read–and Must See–Monday: Poetry of Witness

 

poetry-of-witness-posterSomething a little different this week: recommending a documentary, Poetry of Witness. Poetry of Witness is a 2015 documentary film directed by Billy Tooma and Anthony Cirilo about the lives of six contemporary poets who have lived through, and survived, extremities such as war, torture, exile, and repression, using poetry to preserve their memories.It debuted October 16, 2015 at the Buffalo International Film Festival.

The film documents the struggle of six contemporary poets who have faced the duress of war, exile, and human rights violations to give voice to their experiences while wrestling with the complex moral quandaries of artistic production, memory, and trauma. The poets: Carolyn Forché (Salvadoran Civil War), Saghi Ghahraman (Iranian Revolution), Fady Joudah (Doctors Without Borders), Claudia Serea (Socialist Republic of Romania), Mario Susko (Bosnian War), and Bruce Weigl (Vietnam War) offer first-person accounts of how their experiences as soldier, activist, doctor, and survivor imprint their poetry as evidence of those conflicts, rather than as representations of them.

Buy Poetry of Witness: The Documentary

A Couple of Suggested Anthologies (there are so many more…)

Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness

Award winning poet Carolyn Forché spent 13 years compiling Against Forgetting: 20th Century Poetry of Witness. It is an exhaustive and illuminating work of breadth, beauty, wisdom and tragedy.

Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500 – 2001

More about the Poetry of Witness

Anthony Cirilo Talks about Poetry of Witness

Carolyn Forché talks about the poetry of witness

Poet Carolyn Forché gathers 500 years of suffering in new anthology

Sandra Beasley: “Flint and Tinder – Understanding the Difference Between ‘Poetry of Witness’ and ‘Documentary Poetics’”

More About Against Forgetting at3Generations

Love y’all. 

Mary

 

 

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