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Myshkin's Blues By Mark Fogarty
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MYSHKIN'S BLUES is a physical and emotional travelogue that takes as its patron saint Dostoevsky's holy fool. Organized into a double album in the manner of Cream's "Wheels of Fire" or... More > Jimi's "Electric Ladyland" or Guns n'Roses' "Use Your Illusion," the poems of Mark Fogarty's questing work walk through the valley between folly and wisdom, relying on the magic of the blues to transform painful experiences into joyful ones!< Less
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MYSHKIN'S BLUES is a physical and emotional travelogue that takes as its patron saint Dostoevsky's holy fool. Organized into a double album in the manner of Cream's "Wheels of Fire" or... More > Jimi's "Electric Ladyland" or Guns n'Roses' "Use Your Illusion," the poems of Mark Fogarty's questing work walk through the valley between folly and wisdom, relying on the magic of the blues to transform painful experiences into joyful ones!< Less
Peninsula By Mark Fogarty
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No man is an island entire of himself, but many are peninsulas. Mark Fogarty's dramatic new book of poetry examines a life surrounded by water on three sides and connected to land by one side. This... More > wide-ranging volume traces the disconnections of modern life as well as the sweet moments when the stars all line up. Fogarty's love of music shines out through his poems on many of his favorite musicians: Ozzy Osbourne, Lisa Lopes, Jaco Pastorius, Glen Matlock. There are also a few shouts out to favorite athletes: Muhammad Ali, Henry Aaron, Jackie Robinson. PENINSULA also features the major poem "A Sash for Addie Mae Collins," about the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. You will also find out how he is related to Queen Elizabeth!< Less
Went to See the Gypsy By Mark Fogarty
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Now there's a second edition of Went to See the Gypsy! Are you a Baby Boomer that still rocks? Or a fan of rock’s golden era of any age? Do you remember the first vinyl record you bought? Do... More > you still play your favorite songs two or three times in a row? Then you will enjoy Went To See the Gypsy! The title is from a Dylan song about Elvis, and it evokes the journey I’ve been on since the Beatles took America by storm in 1964. My friends and I were so taken by the Beatles that we made up a fake-Beatles band with tennis racket guitars and lipsynced the songs to the neighbors at a nickel a pop! And I’ve been following the rock gypsy caravans ever since, from the British Invasion bands on AM transistor radios, to the psychedelic revolution on FM radio, to punk rock on the left of the dial, to alternative music on CDs, and all of it over again on digital!< Less
Phantom Engineer By Mark Fogarty
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Rock and roll poetry! PHANTOM ENGINEER is the creative reaction to fifty years of listening to music, playing music, recording music. The natural joyousness of rock is big in these pages, plus the... More > sadness of remembering those who died young. Jimi Hendrix, Jaco Pastorius, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Lisa Lopes, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and Nicky Hopkins are all remembered for talent (or genius) that bloomed young and died young. Meanwhile, the Phantom Engineer pulls the strings and makes the blues and the zydeco appear!< Less
Continuum: The Jaco Poems By Mark Fogarty
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The life of Jaco Pastorius, the master of the bass guitar, was brilliant and turbulent. But it is possible to see, using the title of one of his most famous compositions, a continuum to his life that... More > is mirrored by the continuum of these poems, which celebrate the maestro's musical genius while puzzling and sorrowing over the maladies that led to his early decline and death. And now, 25 years after his death, the up and down rollercoaster has brought his legacy back to the forefront of the musical world, and he is once again one of the few musicians known everywhere on the planet by one name: Jaco.< Less
Sun Nets By Mark Fogarty
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SUN NETS, Mark Fogarty's new book of poetry from White Chickens Press, contains about two dozen short poems, some rhymed, some not, all evocative, all catching light to illuminate things and... More > situations. His fourth poetry book follows closely the themes of the first three: truth versus lies, the dark matter of the universe, the webs of a basketball cover, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Clutter family of Kansas, the doomed and talented Minnie Riperton, and the great grandson of poet Joyce Kilmer. Believe it or not, some sense is made of this wide and various universe!< Less
Eye of the Circle By Mark Fogarty
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Mark Fogarty's new book of poetry chronicles a long journey that led him to investigate the Native American Ghost Dance phenomenon and its ultimate closing chapter with the Wounded Knee massacre. He... More > travels through visionary and sometimes hallucinatory landscapes to come to a better understanding of who he is and where he comes from.< Less
All That's Best of Day and Night By Mark Fogarty
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It is three years after the events of ALL THAT's BEST OF DARK AND BRIGHT. The University of Monroe Metrics are again a mediocre club. This year, though, the Beast, the Northeast regional... More > championship, is being held at Monroe. They face the embarrassment of being blown out of their own arena. What's more, a valuable artifact has been stolen! The Monroe AD hires Reporter Guy, narrator of the earlier book, to find the crown jewel. And as a cover, he makes Reporter Guy the Metrics' poetry coach! Will Poetry Man find the trophy? Will he discover unknown skills as a poetry coach to motivate the team? Boy howdy!< Less
All That's Best of Black and White By Mark Fogarty
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Will it be a cakewalk to the world championship for the US national women's basketball team? It should be, since they are called The Franchise, the best team in WBB history. But it turns out not to... More > be smooth for these star hoopsters. Nick Johnson has taken on the job of being their poetry coach, but decides to ground them in some American history instead. The women start thinking about who it is they are actually representing as a team, and eventually they must make a momentous choice between following their ideals and being disqualified from the world final. Either way they choose, this is a team America can be proud of!< Less