“The mood, the music, of Peter Weltner’s The Return of What’s Been Lost is often elegiac. Memory in these stories and poems broods over what inevitably is present mostly as absence. But the book rejects what some might think of as the self-indulgent sadness of the elegiac mood. The Return of What’s Been Lost confronts what can’t last, what is necessarily mortal, and reflects upon its characters’ deeds and words and its poems’ voices with a tragic spirit. That is, it understands how joy and love may exist within mourning and sorrow, how each sustains and deepens the other. Each life in it dwells at once in the present and in a kind of enduring past. ‘How much the dead must miss us,’ the narrator of “Return of the Fallen” thinks, ‘to imprint their lives on ours.’” David Morris
For anyone who has ever worked in schools and with children, or for those who appreciate how language can transform lives, this collection of poems is for you.”
Morna McDermott McNulty, Associate Professor of Education at Towson University.
Alexander Motyl’s seventh novel, Fall River, has just been released by Alternative Book Press. Based on the life stories and personal memories of the author’s mother, uncle, and aunt, it is a multi-dimensional exploration of how family history, Ukrainian roots, and European war shaped the personal destinies of three Ukrainian Americans who were born in Fall River, Massachusetts, grew up in interwar Poland, and returned to an America that was as alienating as it was welcoming. Narrated from different, though intersecting, perspectives, it paints a complex portrait of American emigrants forced by fate to become Ukrainian refugees and European immigrants. Fall River is available on Amazon.
Many Parishes poet Adrian Gibbons Koesters recently published a couple of poems online that you might like to take a look at: “A Modern Prophet Says a Prayer on the Day Shortened by 1.8 Millionths of a Second” at Festival Writer and “Our Goodness” at Split Rock Review.
Lewis Turco’s most recent book of poems is The Familiar Stranger, published by Star Cloud Press in 2014. Installments from his epic, The Hero Enkidu, which will be published next year by Bordighera Press, are available in Per Contra and in Radius.
Peter Weltner has had poems published during the last few months by The Light Ekphrastic (with photographs by Nathan Wirth), The Outrider Review, and Knockout. Several poems appear in Galen Garwood’s MAENAM, Of Water, Of Light, recently released by Marrowstone Press. And others are forthcoming in Raintown Review and Visions International. He read from his work for First Formal Wednesdays in Albany, California, in August.
Over the past few years, Bradley Strahan has been featured a featured poet at three international festivals in Europe: the 26th annual at the Maison de Poesie in Namur, Belgium and both the first and second Fermoy International Poetry Festivals in County Cork, Ireland. He was also the featured poet at the annual Ballyhooly Arts Festival in County Cork.