|THE LIQ LONG ISLAND POETS’ CHAPBOOK LIST 2010
Inside a Turtle Shell by Robert Savino. In this book Savino demonstrates and ability to leap easily from the deepest mists of Native American mythology to a trackside seat at Belmont Racetrack; and from the moonlit beaches of his heart to the stark fluorescence of Vietnam Vets, subway trains and high school toughs smoking in the boys room. With INSIDE A TURTLE SHELL, he has taken one mighty swing and produced a book that bursts open like a pinada struck by a home run king.
Choice by Paula Csorba Camacho is a nostalgic look back at the author’s experience of the American dream. Camacho leads the reader on a tour of her life, sharing personal memories and locating them in the context of national history. From “Moon Landing, 1969” to “Ode To Our Computer” this collection gracefully explores aging and memory in a rapidly changing world where “It all comes down to the math of space one person can live in.”
Always Looking Back by Nancy Keating revisits a lifetime’s collection of tokens and “small hurts.” Rooted in specific places from Babylon to Cairo, these poems ruminate on and trace the connections between everything from lost loves and mislaid spoons to native plants and national politics. “Sifting in gravel, panning for gold” Keating “floats of out time” like a modern day Lot’s Wife “always looking back” at a personal history rich in metaphor.
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