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‘Moon until Night’ by Richard Hoffman

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Moon until Night
by Richard Hoffman
Barrow Street Press $16.95

When I read the poetry collection Noon until Night by Richard Hoffman, I said to myself, “Damn, this is one wise dude.” I think Hoffman has a way of reporting back to us through his own scars, displaying the bullshit we will encounter, and then he tells us in an avuncular way, “Move on.”

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October 18

Dan Calnan is a freshman at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. He is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. Dan is from Lynn, MA, and graduated from Lynn English High School earlier this year. At Endicott, he is working on developing a portfolio of various writings, and aspires to become a writer for a career.

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Somerville voice teacher Celia Slattery gives her students a voice

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Little Kisses
By Lloyd Schwartz
The University of Chicago Press
73 pages. $18.00.
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45827-4.

Review by Ed Meek

Somerville resident Lloyd Schwartz has become a cultural icon in the Boston area. Like Robert Pinsky, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Helen Vendler, his is a name you probably recognize. Part of the reason for this is that Lloyd Schwartz has a wide range. I first ran into his work in the 80s when he wrote about opera for the Boston Phoenix. He is a well-known Elizabeth Bishop scholar and he won a Pulitzer Prize for music criticism. He does a little acting. He teaches in the MFA Program at University of Massachusetts Harbor Campus, and he writes poetry.

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October 11

Caroline Moll is a first year undergraduate student at Endicott College, studying marketing communications/advertising. She has a passion for writing that began as a kid, and has stuck with her ever since. Looking to pursue a career in advertising, she hopes to be able to combine her love for writing and visual art.

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Somerville voice teacher Celia Slattery gives her students a voice

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Originally from California, voice teacher and performer Celia Slattery has lived in worked in Davis Square for the past 17 years. She described the community as vibrant, and a good place for someone in her profession to be located. She has performed in many local spots, such as: the now defunct Johnny D’s, the Davis Square Theater, Ryles in Inman Square, Club Passim in Harvard Square, etc.

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October 4

Julie Cristal is a freelance writer and essayist from Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Her blog can be found at juliecristal.blogspot.com. Julie wrote this poem about her late mother-in-law who treated her and her sister-in-law to a trip in the South of France to celebrate her cancer being in remission.

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‘Iron Moon: An Anthology of Chinese Migrant Worker Poetry’

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Review by Kate Hanson Foster

Iron Moon, An Anthology of Chinese Migrant Worker Poetry originates from the documentary of the same name directed by Qin Xiaoyu and Feiyue Wu. This collection gives voice to the voiceless – unknown names penning a “sharp-edged oiled language of cast iron … language of tightened screws.” (Alu, “Language”). To be a migrant worker in the 21st century is a calloused portrayal of rural residents voyaging into the city for the first time, abandoning their autonomy and transforming into human machines:

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September 27

Walter Lincoln Howard is a retired history professor, English teacher and journalist. He is a member of the Longfellow Society, the Bagel Bards, Natick Writers Group, and the Wayland Poetry Workshop. His first poetry collection, Seed Upon the Wilderness, was published in 1963. His poems, often set in New England, have appeared in many journals. He took the slam prize in 2009 at Natick Poetry Month with his poem The Moon in a Bad Mood. He was featured reader at the 2009 Stone Soup Poetry Series in Cambridge. He was also featured at the 2011 Annual Reading of the Wayland Poetry Workshop, not to mention many other public appearances. As Chad Parenteau sums it up, “Walter Howard is a longtime fixture in the Boston poetry scene and the open miker’s open miker.” Walter has a new collection of poetry of poetry coming out later this year from the Wilderness House Press.

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