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Bagels with the Bards #12 By Steve Glines
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The Bagel Bards is a group of poets and writers founded by Doug Holder and Harris Gardner thirteen years ago. Writing poetry can be an isolating experience. Poetry is not exactly the go-to arts and... More > entertainment experience for most Americans. We don’t honor our poets the way they do in Latin America where poets are appointed as diplomats. Anyway, the Bagel Bards meet each Saturday morning at Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, Somerville, MA. There, we discuss everything from poetry to basketball, and in doing so, foster a community of writers. One of the bards, Gloria Mindock, is the current Poet Laureate of Somerville. Another, Zvi A. Sesling, who edits this anthology, is the Poet Laureate of Brookline. What all these poets have in common is a love of language and poetry and within these pages, you’ll find a wide range of poems that manifest that.< Less
SEA GLASS By Lillian R. Freedman
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SEA GLASS A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND OTHER WRITINGS BY LILLIAN R. FREEDMAN. This dedication was written for our wonderful mother’s 80th birthday. Both she and this dedication have withstood the... More > test of time. It is now our pleasure to celebrate her 95th. She has always been a woman ahead of her time, blessed with many extraordinary qualities: a keen mind, a good heart, generous in every way, a dispenser of sage advice, a solver of problems, a superb hostess, a successful business woman, a devoted wife and most of all a supportive and loving mother, who has made all that we have possible. With all our love, Mona, Roger and Julie< Less
Bagels With the Bards #11 By The Bagel Bards
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The Bagel Bards (or Bagels with the Bards) (are) a group of poets varied in age, race, gender meet, share poems, discuss poetry, drink lots of coffee, chew a bagel if so desired, sometimes sell their... More > books. The atmosphere is generous and open to all, and you don’t have to be a poet to attend. What I find most exciting about the Bards, people here are not conscious of reputation and achievement, but love the poem and good friendly unpretentious talk. That doesn’t mean that pretensions don’t exist if that’s what you desire, but the coffee is strong, the people sincere and are publishers of small press magazines, pamphlets and books. If you want to be in an atmosphere that is intelligent without self-involved, convoluted literary talk of people who need to prove themselves and announce themselves as artists, here is a place to and the pleasure that good literary company may offer. — Sam Cornish< Less
Bagels with the Bards #10 By The Bagel Bards
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The Bagel Bards (or Bagels with the Bards) (are) a group of poets varied in age, race, gender meet, share poems, discuss poetry, drink lots of coffee, chew a bagel if so desired, sometimes sell their... More > books. The atmosphere is generous and open to all, and you don’t have to be a poet to attend. What I find most exciting about the Bards, people here are not conscious of reputation and achievement, but love the poem and good friendly unpretentious talk. That doesn’t mean that pretensions don’t exist if that’s what you desire, but the coffee is strong, the people sincere and are publishers of small press magazines, pamphlets and books. If you want to be in an atmosphere that is intelligent without self-involved, convoluted literary talk of people who need to prove themselves and announce themselves as artists, here is a place to and the pleasure that good literary company may offer. — Sam Cornish< Less
Bagels with the Bards #9 By Bagel Bards
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The scene.7:45 AM, Au Bon Pain, Davis Square, Somerville. The lone figure of Dennis Daly, at a table seemingly praying over a poetry book. This is how Saturday morning breaks for the Bagel Bards.... More > By 10 AM there is a cacophony. 90-something Joe Cohen, on his wheelchair, bites into his cheese danish, drinks his black coffee, and shows us his latest photographs. Krikor arrives, tall and regal, looking for all the world like a refugee from a Russian novel. And Harris Gardner, a shock of white hair, an impresario of verse, an Einstein with a bag of books from Salvation Army bins – offers all of us a share of his pastry. And so it goes with Luke and Zvi and Lawrence and Paul – and all the others. We are regulars. We are kibbitzers-old, middle-aged, rarely young. Stumblebums, friends, writers , poets. We cross our stage-give our soliloquies, our Sermon on the Mount, the stunningly bad jokes, the salient points. Then...we call it a day... and drift away....< Less
Thoughts from the Sweat Lodge By Jack Apfelbaum
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Thoughts from the Sweat Lodge presents some of the articles Jack Apfelbaum has written over the last seventeen years. The series includes memories, opinions on questions of sustainability, family... More > memoirs, life as lived now, views of nature, some political views as well as recollections of army days and observations while traveling. The title of this series arose one day in 1995 during a ski vacation in Vermont. My wife and I were sitting on one of the chair lifts bringing us back to the top. As we smoothly rode upwards there was this lovely melodic interval as melting icicles dropped from the branches next to the lift and hit other icicles, creating a lovely sound pattern. Had I been a composer I might have noted down the melody. As it was, once I reached our lodge that evening and was ensconced in a nice hot and steamy sauna, my mind began to create the first of these commentaries and the title, Thoughts from the Sweat Lodge was born.< Less
Bagels with the Bards #8 By The Bagel Bards
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So it came to pass that a couple of poets ‐‐ congenially munching their bagels in the spacious basement refectory of a bagelry called Finagle‐a‐Bagel on JFK in Harvard Square,... More > all the while conjecturing upon the potential mental, spiritual and perhaps even physical salubriousness of occasional social interface with other human beings likewise blest or cused to pursue the word, to ply their craft or sullen art, in isolation ‐‐ gave birth to the idea of Bagelbards.< Less
Seven Days In Fiji : Travelers Edition By Steve Glines
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An eye opening account of a trip to Fiji just before Christmas 2005.
Bagels with the Bards #7 By The bagel Bards
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So it came to pass that a couple of poets ‐‐ congenially munching their bagels in the spacious basement refectory of a bagelry called Finagle‐ a‐Bagel on JFK in Harvard... More > Square, all the while conjecturing upon the potential mental, spiritual and perhaps even physical salubriousness of occasional social interface with other human beings likewise blest or cused to pursue the word, to ply their craft or sullen art, in isolation ‐‐ gave birth to the idea of Bagelbards. — Tomas O’Leary The Bagel Bards, a wide-open and ever-expanding group of writers— including several award-winning poets—have met for coffee, tea, bagels, muffins, socializing, literary gossip, and networking at Cambridge and Somerville cafes. (Their current home is Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, and any writer is welcome.)< Less
Seven Days in Fiji - Travelers Edition By Steve Glines
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An eye opening account of a trip to Fiji just before Christmas 2005. With Black & White illustrations.