Blue Five Notebook – (May 2014 / 14.9)

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Blue Five Notebook – (May 2014 / 14.9)

Madeleine Slavick, Found Graffiti, Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California 2010 Madeleine Slavick, Found Graffiti, Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California

MADELEINE SLAVICK has authored several books of poetry, non-fiction, and photography, most recently Delicate Access (2004),  (2010), and Fifty Stories Fifty Images (2012). Slavick lived in North America for 25 years, in Hong Kong for another 25, and now resides in New Zealand. She also lives online.  


Sara Fitzpatrick Comito

The smell of honey

As nascent corpses breathe out their love
it congeals in a sticky ball with all the millions
and goes to live in my beehive.

Cracked amphorae of thuja and clove
grow in eucalyptus mushroom rings,
chaya moths harden in violet sugar
and fall to the waiting grass,

thyme and camphor streak red
borealis, gnats in last light turn coral
spawn in moonlight, swarms spin
sleeping spiders into hing.

We inhale and never have…

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The Goldfinch: What Does It Mean to Keep a Secret?

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

This book is too complicated for me to convey to you in any sort of detail or even coherently.  I will not be spoiling the overall plot of the book in this review.  I will say that it is about art, specifically a painting called “The Goldfinch” (1654) by Carel Fabritius.  It is about secrets.  It is about boyhood.  And it is about Theo Decker.

It is The Goldfinch (2013) by Donna Tartt and the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

the goldfinch cover

I am a Tartt fan, so reading this book was a way for me to pay homage to her talent.  Although the content of the book often strayed from what I consider to be uplifting, enlightening, or engaging, I still couldn’t put it down, and I could see the beauty of her writing in the grittiest of passages.  To my sensitive friends, I warn you that this…

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Kelly Cherry, on Cinéma Vérité (A-Minor Press) …

Nice to see this review of Sam’s latest work which is engaging.

sam of the 10,000 things

Cherry “I fell in love with this book on the first page. Sam Rasnake’s poems – often metrical, or visually arrayed like a piece of art – are beautifully crafted. In them, we relive great films we have seen, learn how to pitch to a producer, encounter a script in development, and are shown close-up portraits of the directors. Delightful, fresh, full of superbly smart, insightful observations about film’s ability to model the twinned Janus-faces of comedy and tragedy. Roger Ebert would give Cinéma Vérité four stars. So do I.”
– Kelly Cherry, winner of the Hanes Poetry Prize, a Pushcart, and three PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards, and author of The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems


Cinéma Vérité (A-Minor Press, 2013)

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