Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gene Gryniewicz, Dorothy Walters, Patrick McDonnell, and! one from Prolific Press! (by ayaz daryl nielsen)

noble assistant editors Tama, Frosty, we have twenty-plus poetry books on (and under) the desk that we've promised ourselves ("and the poets", states Tama) we'd review ("because we love 'em", says Frosty) but these reviews, we haven't done them!  
     What should we do?

"We'll increase the number of posts we create each month", insists Tama 
"and the number of treats", says Frosty         
                                                 Yes!! and what else?

Tama: "We can move beyond feeling overwhelmed by reviewing just three or four loverly poetry collections in each post"
"And we'll have time and treats enough to give the three or four in each post extra TLC", insists Frosty
                Excellent, my friends!  Let's do it!
                A three meow salute from us, for us, for everyone!     


The awesome foursome we'll review in this post are:
Gene Gryniewicz, 'Learning Dreams As A Second Language'

Dorothy Walters, 'Some Kisses We Want:  Poems Selected and New'

Patrick McDonnell ("and Earl and Mooch", states Frosty):
                                                  'The Gift of Nothing'

"and, last", says Tama, "a surprise someone(s) we're especially fond of, with a poetry chapbook from Prolific Press!"
Frosty, purring...

We'll begin with Gene:

Gene Gryniewicz (who has Parkinson's) sent us an endearing letter- 'when I was at my lowest, attitudinally, Bear Creek Haiku was there to draw from me a line a word an all important syllable... which kept my artistic head above water... BCH springboarded me to a series of short children' stories (everything to do with bears) and to the gift I'm sending, a just-published collection of my poetry'-

Learning Dreams As A Second Language, through, $5.38 plus handling ISBN 9781530583607
Gene's email is:
and, if you want to order a book from Gene:

             Gene Gryniewicz
             7509 161st Place
             Tinley Park, Illinois

Tama: 'let's all order a copy of these fine poems from a courageous writer and friend, and/or just email him a nice message"

From Rumi and Hafiz's beloved heir apparent, Dorothy Walters,
a loverly collection of her recent poetry:

'Some Kiss We Want: Poems Selected and New'

also available on youtube is Dorothy and Andrew Harvey's sacred performance of these poems... 
available, of course, on, and hailed by critics as “beautiful and profound; rich with wisdom and insight, impassioned and powerfully engaging.”

                             'Reality is always                                  
                                 soft clay,
                        ever shifting and changing
                                 it's shape.'

              'Don't make lists, or explain ancient accounts,
                        Forget everything you know
                                 and open.'

Yup, Dorothy Walters, our poetry guru.

Frosty, stating 'next, my two heroes, Earl and Mooch!"
                "Mine, too!" states Tama    "And me, too!" says me

The Gift of Nothing, from Patrick McDonnell...

The Gift of Nothing (Patrick McDonnell, of comic strip MUTTS) released 2005 "and how did we miss this awesome little book?" asks Tama
         'But what do you get someone who has everything?'
"Teacher's Pick for Best New Books", Scholastic Parent and Child
"Pure Delight", Publishers Weekly...
                                                     available everywhere.

last! and, for us, so loverly! Prolific Press just published a selection of haiku by...  ayaz daryl nielsen! 'and by Frosty and Tama!', state Frosty and Tama...

from Prolific Press:   Window Left Open
                                                       ayaz daryl nielsen

                          Window Left Open
fifty-five haiku from yours truly
                     'and yours truly, too!' states Tama
                                    'and yours truly, three!" states Frosty

people pass by                          cat on the fence
a dog                                    again          
waiting for dog                        his moon song
                                          (I wrote this'n), says Frosty

available on Amazon's Kindle store, from Prolific bookstore/chapbook-series, and from us!  Send an email suggesting you are interested! Frosty says, 'send a nice email even in you aren't interested!'    

wow, assistant ed's, we'll need to lessen wordiness in future posts...

'but', states Tama, 'our poets deserve a lot more praise than even the small amount we've given them'

                               true, Tama true...

Frosty:  'and don't you think we've all earned an extra special treat?'
true, too, Frosty... let's go have our treats!
                (chorus of meows, surrounded by purrs)

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


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