Posts Tagged ‘Marsh Hawk Press

26
Jan
13

Steve Fellner’s Blind Date with Cavafy (2007)

Over the next few weeks or months, I will post all my reviews (“Tom’s Celebrations”) that appeared in Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose (formerly Redactions: Poetry & Poetics) up to and including issue 12. After that, my reviews appeared here (The Line Break) before appearing in the journal. This review first appeared in issue 10, which was published circa April 2007.

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Steve Fellner's – Blind Date with Cavafy“How many men are worthy of a memory?” asks Steve Fellner in the poem “Blind Date with Cavafy.” I ask how many men are worthy of a fantasy. At least one – & it is Fellner in Blind Date with Cavafy (Marsh Hawk Press), which was the winner of the 2008 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry and the winner of the 2006 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.

In these poems, we see how the fantastic thinks in Fellner, Cavafy, Socrates, Fellner’s family members, and more. More specifically, the book is a graph of Fellner’s mind with reality and fantasy as the x- and y-axes and with the poems curving towards the fantasy axis.

I think these fantasies, which are everyday fantasies, & not like dragons and fairies, allow Fellner, to a certain degree, to persist/survive in reality, even when the fantasy isn’t his. Consider his history teacher with Alzheimer’s who misremembers the date of the Spanish Civil War but the students later learn the correct date. Consider how this false date became a reality. A reality so real, more real than the correct date, that Fellner provides the false date as an answer in another class, & everyone believed him, “No one questioned it.” It’s this inaccuracy and how others grasp it that sustains Fellner. The fantasy of sustaining the false date & the memory of it “stopped / me [him] from killing myself [himself] / on at least nine different occasions.”

For Fellner, it’s the fantasy world that provides hope. Consider the lines from “Upon Discussing Whether We Should Condescend to Science-Fiction Writers,” where he is talking about aliens invading Earth.

   Let’s pretend we’ll take their advice
   [. . . ]
   Let’s pretend that on other planets seeing the end of infinity
   is even more common than winning $37,687,324.90 in the state lottery.
   Except you expect it to happen every other day.

And even though Fellner can be a god in these fantasies – he can create, script, and direct how he wants life to move forward – Fellner is still aware of the realities of life:

   Don’t yell
   too hard. You may wake up and realize life
   isn’t like that. It isn’t really like anything.
   But life does like itself and it needs you.

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Fellner, Steve. Blind Date with Cavafy. East Rockaway, NY: Marsh Hawk Press, 2007.//

29
Jan
11

The World’s Deadliest Readers . . . Coming Soon

Movie’s shouldn’t be the only medium with a trailer. A reading with three wonderful writers should also have a trailer.

Alright, so the reading doesn’t have a budget for its own trailer since it was all spent on wine and tapas for the reading. But imagine if those guys gave a reading, then you’ll know what this reading will be about.

That’s right. Steve Fellner, Tony Leuzzi, and Lindsey Brown will be giving a reading on Saturday, February, 26th at 7:30 p.m. at A Different Path Gallery on 27 Market Street in Brockport, NY.

The Writer Within poster
(To see a larger version of the poster, click the poster. To download a printable PDF, click The Writer Within poster PDF.)

Tony Leuzzi is a poet who teaches literature and composition at Monroe Community College. He is also the author of two books of poems: Tongue-Tied and Singing (FootHills Publishing, 2004) and Radiant Losses (New Sins Press, 2010). His prose and poetry has also appeared in a wide range of journals, such as Arts and Letters, Pinyon, Rhino, Left Curve, and The Kenyon Review.  He is currently completing a book of interviews with American poets and is mid-way through his third book of verse.

Lindsey Brown has studied fiction writing with Pinckney Benedict and Michael Knight at Hollins University and interned at Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story. She completed her Bachelors degree in Spanish from SUNY Brockport in 2008 and earned her Masters in English at Brockport in 2010. Her work is forthcoming in the anthology, Love Rise Up. Certified in bilingual elementary education, Lindsey now teaches Spanish to seventh, eighth, and ninth graders at Allendale Columbia, an independent day school in Pittsford, NY.

Steve Fellner’s first book of poems Blind Date with Cavafy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2007) won the Thom Gunn Gay Male Poetry Award. His memoir, All Screwed Up (Benu Press, 2008), focuses on his relationship with his ex-trampoline champion mother.//




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