Perhaps Carter's metaphors are "Moody" but maybe they should be when they are in response to an imperfect world. Perhaps some poems need to be cruel, to scare the indifferent awake, to remind us that not everything is funny. The collection is entitled "Get Serious" after all. I respect the poet for venturing into new territory. It may be unpopular, difficult territory, but the speakers in these poems are telling the truth. Isn't the truth more important than whether something makes us feel good?
This is another point: Take any Poetry 101 course, and the instructor will tell you that not every poem is from the perspective of the poet himself. Poetry is all about stepping into another person's shoes and seeing the world from a new perspective. Bravo, Mr. Carter for doing this well in Get Serious.
--Lisa M. Cole
Good poetry is capable of awakening, not soothing, whether the audience be NPR listeners or undergraduates. Good poetry grabs the readers’ lapels, shakes them awake and leaves them with a reinvigorated view of the world they thought they knew. Jefferson Carter's New and Selected Poems is a terrific collection that both strikes out into new territory and reminds us of older poems that have already staked a claim on our imaginations.
I find it amusing that the Earps are described as "Law and order Repulicans" when their main way of keeping peace was all about gun control.
Tim Hull. Why, he's a journalist! Who'da thunk. - an old friend from home.
Come to the Royale this Sunday, 5pm, and meet the author who wrote what the Tucson Weekly is calling, "the most important book you'll read all year."
Join us at the Bisbee Royale for a night filled with everything Bill Carter. There will be a screening of Miss Sarajevo as well as U2's Missing Sarajevo short documentary.
After the films a discussion will ensue based on Bill's previous books as well as his newest release Boom, Bust, Boom.
This is another great book by Darrell James. Like the first book, Nazareth Child, I was unable to put it down because Del is such an interesting character and Darrell James tells a great story. Im anxiously waiting for the next book!
As someone who just escaped an abusive relationship and knows a little too well what it's like to "enable" her abuser, I am curious to know how the author researched her material? Although it's painful, part of the process of healing (for me) is reading about abuse and I'm looking forward to getting a copy of this!
Matt Marine is a friend of mine, so when his first book was published I had to read it. I'm a pretty avid but slow reader, and am a fan of action thriller mysteries. But Matt absolutely impressed me!!!! The book is not one of those one inch thick books that can bore me - it's only 286 pages but packed full of fast paced action and twists that makes it hard to put down. I think Matt has many more books in his future. Help spread the word to friends to read Devil's Moon.
I just finished Triptciks: the most amazing read for quite some time.
Any of Joe Brown's books are worth finding, buying and reading. He is the real McCoy - he writes about ranching and the borderlands like nobody else. I wish Joe and Rick Padilla the very best in their endeavors.
You da** sure have it right, Leo! I read the entire book at one sitting. I'm not a Dogie, I had parents, but I also had a yearning to make a hand from a very young age. There were times when Joe watched me trying. Art Brooks, Wickenburg, Arizona
It's wonderful that the Plaza de Toros sits empty. Maybe you could arrange to have dog fighting there. Bullfighting is a remnent of a historic time when men weren't very civilized. Apparently, some men still lust for blood and have the desire to kill (or to watch) and it's a sore commentary on those people
Many thanks for this review. I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books with Elmore Leonard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Thanks for the info Pattie. I had several others I wanted to include but I ran out of space.
Nice batch of books! I would also add the wonderful collection of docent recipes published several years ago, "Dining with the Desert Museum".
As long-time Tucsonans probably know, Francisca was the wife of Lloyd who ran Lloyd's Mexican Restaurant on Sixth St., one block east of Park Ave. Great food and a great little family restaurant.
[i]"Before I go any further, I want to say something to any climate-change deniers out there: Please, for the sake of the rest of us (not to mention the planet), pull your heads out of your ponderous asses. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. It is directly tied to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, an earthshaking development in human history that led directly to a massive increase in the combustion of fossil fuels and thus their combustion products. It is supported by an irrefutable body of scientific facts. Not believing in climate change is like not believing in gravity, or not believing that the Earth is round."[/i]
To start an article out with a pointed insult to those who don't believe in many things, is not a way to win over any reader, whether they be liberal or not. Climate change has been happening to the planet for thousands and millions of years you 'ponderous ass'. (example; the coming and going of the ice age) It was only thanks to man and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, that the process was sped up ten fold. The planet will change (as everything does) and all we can do is adapt and help slow the process, by taking more care into how we do things.
Ultimately, climate change will happen whether you like it or not.
I will read this book as I do wish to read into another person's view on how the world is changing through their eyes.
On a recent swing through San Diego, Lane Van Ham was a guest of our organization, Jubilee Economics, for a presentation and a podcast. For those interested, the presentation, addressing a number of border-minded activists, clergy, and educators, is on YouTube at http://youtu.be/zoxFR4Wf-Ko. (Apologies that it's rather plain a presentation. We didn't get the room we planned on.) And the podcast, A Common Humanity, can be heard at http://goo.gl/qHGJu (bottommost link in the article).
There's plenty of information to enhance the reading of the book itself.
I went to the mission with my boys in 2000 and had very strange experiences. Staying a a neaby hotel I had dreams abour a priest and how a women feel in love with him and he refused her love because she had an affair.. Then when I went there I went to the hill nearby where the gate is and saw and felt such terror, fear and destruction. It was like people were being massacred all around. Then when I went to go in the church it was hard fir ne. I just wanted to cry and my boys had to kead me in. Looking around I felt so much pain and couldn't even look at anything without feeling so strange. It was kike I had to get out of there and once I got outside I could breath. Even looking at pictures now I just see glowing and someting I don't understand. I saw so many strange visions there and don't really understand them.
Thank you Michele Skillett Lincoln Nebraska
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