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Ibbetson Street #37 By Doug Holder
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In this issue of Ibbetson Street you will experience poetry by such fine poets as Jared Smith, Brendan Galvin, Jennifer Barber, Kathleen Spivack, Marge Piercy, Linda Conte, and many more. We are very... More > pleased that Melissa Shook, a retired Professor of Photography at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a nationally and internationally exhibited photographer, has a self-portrait gracing our front page, and an alluring sketch adorning our back.< Less
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur - Boston 1974 to 1983 By Doug Holder
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“Doug Holder is a poet of the old city, the city of our fathers, of the 1950s and later. Mr. Holder writes poems like notes in a diary. I found myself struck by their economy, wit, and urban... More > melancholy... He has a voice unlike that of any of his contemporaries. Holder is a poet of the street and coffeehouses, an observer of the everyday. He writes of old Marxists, security guards and his relationship to his deceased father—themes of the common life. I am drawn to these poems as I am to the poetry of Philip Levine and the prose of James T. Farrell. But Holder’s poetry is deeper than that. He sees the world not for what it is, but on his own terms. He is living in the poem rather than in poetry.” ~ Sam Cornish, First Boston Poet Laureate< Less
Human Cycles, Poetry and prose By Paige Shippie
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Paige Shippie is a student at Endicott College in Beverly, and is from Middleton, Massachusetts. She has been published many times in The Lyrical section of The Somerville Times, in The Endicott... More > Observer, The Endicott Review, and is currently working on a Sci-Fi novel called The Doppelganger Effect. Paige is the President of Spoken Bird Poetry Club at Endicott and is part of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor’s Society. She loves to perform on stage, and she sings and writes lyrics for Endicott’s Jazz Band. She is a Studio Art minor and enjoys painting, sculpting, drawing, and working with any form of media she can get her hands on.< Less
You Carry the Woods By Kimberly Pavlovich
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No two ages of life encounter precisely the same moments. If poetry relies on the rendering of experience so genuine as to wake the imagination, the poems from Kimberly Pavlovich’s first book... More > are admirable in their unflinching courage and versatility. Between the lines, we see emerging a literary Romantic, with an eye for the strange beauty of unseemliness (or, as Hopkins put it, “pied beauty”). The wonderfully titled You Carry the Woods makes for an auspicious beginning. Michael Todd Steffen, author of Partner, Orchard, Day Moon (Cervena Barva Press, 2014).< Less
Ibbetson Street #36 By Doug Holder
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Well, yet another Ibbetson Street has arrived. You will note the striking front cover – an arresting photograph of an enigmatic spiral staircase from Jennifer Matthews, with splendid graphic... More > touches (note the spectral birds) by Rose Gardina. On the back, our long time contributor the accomplished artist Bridget Galway, has a haunting painting of a woman captured in the face of a clock – of all things. Ah! sweet mystery of life! Not only do we have fine art, but we have our usual lineup of fine poetic talent with folks like Jean Valentine, George Kalogeris, Teisha Twomey, Marge Piercy, Kathleen Spivack, X. J. Kennedy, Diana Der Hovanessian, Victor Howes, Mike Ansara, Rhina P. Espaillat, Maggie Dietz and so many others.< Less
On Wings of Song By Molly Lynn Watt
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On Wings of Song… … is a journey into the heart, the place of deep caring for the state of being human.  Watt has written with the sincere and sympathetic hand to mark a path for... More > the reader to return to the Civil Rights Era of the 50’s and 60’s, a history that never leaves us.  As she writes, there is no time for fear.  In the inscape of her journey we see the time for caring is now.  These are gentle but sure lines of conviction, lines worthy of a standing applause. — Afaa M. Weaver, The Plum Flower Trilogy< Less
Ibbetson Street #35 By Doug Holder
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Ed Galing Tribute Issue. Poetry from Ted Kooser, Michael Collier, Marge Piercy and others ....
That poem that you didn’t understand that the poet read at the jazz bar By Jason Roberts
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Poems by Jason Roberts. From the Ibbetson Street Press/Endicott College, Young Poet Series
The Girl Who Wore Sunshine By Meghan Perkins
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Meghan Perkins' poems are a pleasure to imbibe. They are straight-shootin' charms of incidental show-downs and revery of memory. Her endings are crafty without being too lick and she seems right at... More > home in her bones and her vision of things. These poems represent a very promising first collection, sharp, concrete and humorous, walking a line between a reverence for life and a discerning and ironic laughter at its ironies and twists. --Lo Galluccio (Cambridge Populist Poet) With disarming precociousness and pearl-like insights Meghan Perkins pulls on life's loose threads and unravels them before our eyes. Her poems speak to what she knows best and her powers of sassy observations amaze.--Dennis Daly (Author of The Custom House)< Less
Ibbetson Street #34 By Doug Holder
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In this issue we are thrilled to have the work of such noted poets as: Martha Collins, John Skoyles, Jennifer Barber, Daniel Bosch, Dan Tobin, Andrea Cohen, Marge Piercy, Alfred Nicol, Fred Marchant,... More > Kathleen Spivack, and many others. This is the first issue edited by our new managing editor Rene Schwiesow. We are sure you will be pleased with the issue she puts together. Schwiesow and Lawrence Kessenich work on alternate issues and we are lucky to have these skilled folks on Ibbetson Street. Also – in Ibbetson Street 34, we have the artwork of Bridget Galway that adorns the front and back covers. Bridget’s artwork and poetry have appeared in a number of issues and we are glad she continues to contribute her fine work to our magazine.< Less