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Making Room

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Making Room Book Cover Making Room
Djelloul Marbrook Books
Djelloul Marbrook
Leaky Boot Press
November 1, 2017
Paperback
172
978-1909849297

An artist creates a magical room for a young psychiatrist’s adopted infant nephew—a room with the heavens projected above and hideaways in the walls. To help him, he recruits a metallurgist haunted by a disturbed upbringing. As the three build this fantastic space, a rewarding friendship unfolds.

“... for those who entertain the subversive notion that the gifts with which they entered the world were lost—but may yet be recovered.”—Onlineoriginals.com (UK)

“This enchanting novella is a delicately wrought homage to Jung’s famous principle of meaningful coincidence...”Breakfast All Day, UK

Six poetic “adaptations” from Kenneth Rexroth’s English translation of 100 Poems from the Chinese

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Thinking About Not Returning to Work I Read
Lu Yu’s “Leaving the Monastery early in the Morning”

At night I’m so dead
Even murderers stay away.
Zac the cat sleeps
In the forest on my legs.
By dawn usually
I find coffee and news.
Soon my sabbatical will end
Though I’m not quite ready
To greet young minds
Who may wince when
Seeing someone so old.
Tonight it’s beans and wild vegetables
That will help me find
My way back to trouble.

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To Rhyme With Love and other Poems

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TO RHYME WITH LOVE

Of senators and popes and such small fry

—Edna St. Vincent Millay

It’s not for nothing Plato banished poets
from his republic. The Attic sky hadn’t rained
in months. Catfish crawling in the sewers
with rats among dead dogs. Neither oracle
nor god had advice worth more than rust
on a sword’s hilt, on monuments crumbling
in dry air, as we paced the cobblestones and
preached austerity, but those rhyme mongers,
crowned with laurel, raised sails toward some
island in the sick-green, tiring sea in search
of a new word to rhyme with love, as if
abandonment was solution, so that we,
the elders, build the future from the past
and disregard those poets exiled and
wandering in labyrinths of words.

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The Unemployment Of My Soul & How Lola Became A Vegetarian

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT OF MY SOUL

I can march on a picket line
in front of God’s Home Office
or sing: brother can you spare a dime—
trudge up and down the avenue
looking for work— anything will do,
a shoeshine box, or dishwashing hands
ready and able to perform God’s work.

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Opening Cavafy’s wounds to probe onanism in literature

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Clearing the Ground: C.P. Cavafy, Poetry and Prose, 1902-1911 Book Cover Clearing the Ground: C.P. Cavafy, Poetry and Prose, 1902-1911
Martin McKinsey
Translations and Essay
Laertes Press, Chapel Hill, NC
2015
Softcover
163
978-1-942281-00-9

 

Clearing the Ground is an exhumation and exquisite, sometimes excruciating examination of autoeroticism in poetry, in this instance the spartan oeuvre of C.P. Cavafy.
Or it can be considered an opening of old wounds with an eye to removing the shards sealed in them and exposing their facets to new light.

There is still use for the biblical term for autoeroticism: onanism. Onan (meaning strong) is a minor biblical person in the Book of Genesis chapter 38, who was the second son of Judah. Like his older brother Er, Onan was slain by God. Onan's death was retribution for being "evil in the sight of the Lord" through being unwilling to father a
child by his widowed sister-in- law. Instead, he “spilled his seed” on the ground: coitus interruptus.

A Warding Circle

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A Warding Circle Book Cover A Warding Circle
Djelloul Marbrook Books
Djelloul Marbrook
Poetry
Leaky Boot Press
May 1, 2017
Paperback
978-1909849211

 

The magical warding circle on the cover is called "Conjured Harm Returns to the Sender." A beautiful young artist struck by lightning in the Catskills shows the reader just how returning harm to the sender works in the New York art world, where jealousy, not talent, often decides the lives of artists like Artemisia.

The character of Artemisia is brilliantly drawn: she’s funny and smart, and the reader empathizes with her plight throughout. Her razored sense of humor rubs other characters the wrong way, and we absolutely love her for it. But perhaps the book’s most stunning achievement is the sharply drawn character of Nuala Gwilt... a woman who has somehow survived for decades in the male-dominated art world, and ... has the battle scars to prove it ... she displays her flesh wounds along with her fangs, so her contempt and jealousy of Artemisia come as no surprise.

Tommy Zurhellen, author of Armageddon, Texas

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