Poetry Review: Mixed feelings by Beth Ann Fennely

Not all poetry leaves a fuzzy feeling in the reader. Some poems are initially enjoyable, but leave a strange feeling afterward; like delicious Mexican food gives eaters indigestion.

Beth Ann Fennelly’s newest collection of poems, “Unmentionables,” is a lot like Mexican food. It is bold, sexy, spicy, and at many times creepy and gross, leaving a strange feeling in the stomach. Instead of turning the reader off completely, this mix of characteristics makes her poems all the more interesting and enjoyable to read. Continue reading

Collage poetry by Dr. Thomas Fink: A self-described third generation New York School poet and painter, his poetry is not what students expected

Dr. Thomas Fink, a creative poet and performer from the City University of New York, LaGuardia held a poetry reading March 31. Dr. Fink recited several of his latest verse and abstract poetry in four different modes: Long and short poetry, a poetic/dramatic play, and series poetry. Dr. Fink’s works of poetry include “Clarity and Other Poems,” “No Appointment Necessary,” “After Taxes,” “Gossip: A Book of Poems,” and “Surprise Visit.” Continue reading

Filipino bilingual poet explores inner thoughts and memories

Poetry can be deeply personal and revealing about the inner struggles of the poet.

“Bird Eating Bird,” a debut collection of poems by Kristin Naca does just that. A Filipina-American poet, she was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Northern Virginia. She earned her B.A at the University of Washington, her M.A. in English Linguistics at the University of Cincinnati, an MFA at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. She speaks both Spanish and English, which is reflected in her bilingual poetry. Continue reading