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POETRY MONDAY: March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Judy Rowe Michaels

The happy poet you see pictured here, hygge (cozy), as the Danes would say, with a cat on her lap absorbed in a book of poems from WordTech Editions, is a founding member of the poetry critique and performance group, “Cool Women” and a poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey. A six-time cancer survivor, she also gives talks on ovarian cancer for “Survivors Teaching Students,” a program in over one hundred medical schools throughout the United States.

She has published three full-length poetry collections: The Forest of Wild Hands (University Press of Florida); Reviewing the Skull (WordTech Editions) and a chapbook, Ghost Notes (Finishing Line Press), as well as three books on teaching writing, most recently Catching Tigers in Red Weather (National Council of Teachers of English Press). A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she has held two poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council and in 2015 won the New Jersey Poets Prize. (more…)

Note to Submiters on February 7, 2017 from Irene Willis

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

To all who responded to my “Call to Poets” for submissions to the anthology Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry:

As some of you may already know, I have been derailed for a few months, but am now back on track and beginning to respond to submissions — many more than expected, from all over the world. If you have not heard from me, either by e-mail or postal mail, by March 1st, 2017, and still wish to have your poems considered, please re-submit them, together with a cover letter and brief bio, by no later than March 10. U.S.1 members may send poems as e-mail attachments, to my personal e-mail address.

Other submiters will please send by postal mail to:

Irene Willis
Poetry Editor
International Psychoanalysis
P.O. Box 217 (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Betty Lies

No, she doesn’t. It’s pronounced Lees, in case you wondered, and she’s one of the most truthful poets I know. Full disclosure: I’ve known and admired Betty Lies as a poet, educator and colleague for many years and in fact even blurbed one of her books, The Day After I Drowned (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010). I had the occasion to re-read it recently, and it resonated more strongly than ever. This is what poetry does for us – one of the many things it
does. For me, right now, having suffered a painful loss, her poems were as good as a grief support group. (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: January 2, 2017

Monday, January 2nd, 2017


Zara Raab

Happy New Year, everyone!  Well, it seems as if we’ve survived 2016  — and what a year it was.

Now, back to poetry, which is one of the things that helps us stay alive and human.

You must think so, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this page. Our poet today is someone whose sophisticated and mature work I had the pleasure of discovering only recently.  Zara Raab grew up in northern California, where her
grandparents’ grandparents settled in the 19th century.  Settled now in western Massachusetts, she works on-line in media communications and is putting together two new books, leading workshops in formal aspects of poetry and helping out at MassPoetry.

The author of two full-length collections, Swimming the Eel and Fracas and Asylum  (David Robert Books, 2011 (more…)

The Poem that Foretold Modernism

Sunday, December 11th, 2016


Click Here to Read: The Poem that Foretold Modernism: How Stéphane Mallarmé’s greatest work was forged from tragedy BY Ellen Handler Spitz in the New Republic on December 9, 2016.

‘Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé’ by Édouard Manet, 1876 / Wikimedia Commons

POETRY MONDAY:  December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5th, 2016


Jayne Benjulian


Welcome back, everyone.  As I keyed in this date, my mind jumped ahead and back to “a day that will live in infamy.”  Of course.  But we’ve had many infamous days since then  — some very recent —  and we have to remember and hold on to the fact that poetry helps to keep us not only alive but human.

Our new poet today is one who was new to me until a short time ago, when I discovered her here in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.  Her poems were a delightful surprise.  It was also a surprise to learn that she has just come out with a first collection, although she has been publishing in many fine literary magazines for some time.  (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: November 7, 2016

Monday, November 7th, 2016

To our readers:

Our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, has had to take a bereavement leave this month, but she will be back with a new Poetry Monday in December.

Meanwhile, she wants to remind you to send your submissions, whether for Poetry Monday or for the forthcoming anthology, Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry, by postal mail, to:

Irene Willis, Poetry Editor
International Psychoanalysis
P.O. Box 217
South Egremont, MA 01258

POETRY MONDAY: October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


Elizabeth Socolow

To those of you whose holidays are this time of year, our very best wishes.

For all of us, we are pleased to present a poet who last with us on this page in October 2016. I urge you to search the archives to read about her and her previous publications. She’s a splendid poet, has long been a splendid poet, but there’s something special about these new poems. They are about someone our readers know quite well – and they were sent in response to a call to poets we published recently, in which we announced our forthcoming anthology of poems about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis. Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry, Edited and with an Introduction by Irene Willis and supported by a grant from the American Psychoanalytic
Foundation, is now in progress, and IPBooks has agreed to publish it – hopefully, sometime in 2017. (more…)

Calling All Poets: A Message from Irene Willis

Monday, September 5th, 2016


To Our Readers:

This is a reminder that we always welcome your poetry submissions, which should be sent, by postal mail, to the address below:

Irene Willis
Poetry Editor
O. Box 217
South Egremont, MA

And now, here is a special announcement, which we strongly urge you to consider.  I am editing the anthology described, which is to be published by IP Books in 2017.

Click Here to Read: Calling All Poets: A Message for our Readers from Irene Willis, our Poetry Editor.

POETRY MONDAY: September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5th, 2016

john guzlowski

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the climax of Labor Day weekend and the beginning of what already seems like fall here in the Northeastern part of the U.S.

Many of you were impressed with the work of John Guzlowski, our featured poet in April of this year. He has devoted a large part of his life and career to writing and speaking about the experiences of his Roman Catholic parents, who were taken as slave laborers by the Nazis and barely survived. Both he and his sister were born in Displaced Persons camps. There could not be a better time to re-consider those events than the present, during the heat of our own political campaign, which has kept alive the burning topic of how the world should treat refugees from war-torn regions. Please go back to our archive first to re-read some of John’s strong poems and information about his latest book, Echoes of Tattered Tongues (AQUA POLONICA, LTD., 2016), and then take the time to watch the video below, which he has been kind enough to share with us.

                                                                                              –Irene Willis
                                                                                              Poetry Editor


Click Here to View: A reading by John Guzlowski at the Hamtramck Public Library in Michigan on YouTub,.

60 Years Since the Murder of Jewish Intellectuals in the Soviet Union

Saturday, August 13th, 2016


Click Here to Read: 60 Years Since the Murder of Jewish Intellectuals in the Soviet Union on the Nation of Israel website.

Click Here to Read: Remembering the Night of the Murdered Soviet Yiddish Poets by Masha Leon on the Forward Website on August 17, 2015.

Click Here to Read:  Stalin and the Night of the Murdered Poets By Eli Kavon in the Jerusalem Post on August 11, 2015. (more…)

Poem on Blind Faith by Lawrence L. Schwartz

Friday, August 5th, 2016

On the Occasion of Hiroshima Day we thought it fitting to share the following poem by Lawrence L. Schwartz.  He introduces it with the following words:

On July 11, 2016, I was privileged to read my “Poem on Blind Faith” at the United Nations Chapel, in my role as an interfaith minister, as one of the guests at an interfaith program organized by Guruji Dileepkumar Thankappan.  (Text of poem follows link to video.)

Click Here to View:  Lawrence L.  Schwartz reading the poem on YouTube.

“A Poem on Blind Faith”

When religion is based on fear, not Love,
You cannot feel that God’s within,
You’re stuck with the fear of “that God above,”
And spend your days in dreading “sin,” (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: August 1, 2016

Monday, August 1st, 2016


Charles Harper Webb

Instead of poems today, we’re sharing an article I consider so important that no one interested in contemporary poetry should fail to read and consider. It’s from Charles Harper Webb’s new book, A Million MFAS Are Not Enough, forthcoming next month from Red Hen Press. We would welcome your comments after you’ve read it.

                                                            Irene Willis
                                                            Poetry Editor

Click Here to Read:  The Limits of Indeterminancy: In Defense of Short Poems by Charles Harper Webb.  This poem originally appeared in Writers’ Chronicle, September 2015.

The Curious Fates of Famous Artists’ Pets

Saturday, July 9th, 2016


Click Here to Read: The Curious Fates of Famous Artists’ Pets by Allison Meier on the HypoAllergic Website on July 7, 2016.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s illustrated poem mourning his pet wombat (November 6, 1869), pen on paper (via British Museum/Wikimedia)

Poetry Monday: Henry Seiden

Monday, July 4th, 2016




                Henry Seiden

Happy Independence Day, everyone – at least, those of you who are in or from the U.S.A.  We shouldn’t forget that we are part of an international conversation.

Our poet today, Henry Seiden, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who lives and practices in Forest Hills, New York.  In his professional role, he is a member of the Board of Editors of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Division/Review, journals of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.  Within that role, he is co-author of Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide (Scribner’s, 1988), which has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Russian. Among his professional papers, some of which overlap with his knowledge of poetry and skill as a poet, are articles on Wallace Stevens and on using poetry in psychotherapy with children.  He is also Poetry Editor of Division/Review. (more…)

What’s The Matter With Poetry?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016


Click Here to Read: What’s The Matter With Poetry? For Ben Lerner, poems are the perfect medium for failure. So how can they negotiate with the politics of real life? BY Ken Chen in The New Republic on June 23, 2016.

Luigi Cherubini And The Muse Of Lyric Poetry, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1842.Musée du Louvre

POETRY MONDAY: June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6th, 2016

We have news this month about a number of our featured poets – some of it very sad and some quite happy indeed.  The dates in parentheses after their names show when they appeared on these pages.  If you look them up in our archives, you will be able to see their photos, learn a bit more about them, and read or re-read a few of their poems.

First, the sad news. Two more are no longer with us.  Joan Peronto (October 2009), died of heart failure last month, still young at 85.  Michelle Gillett (November 2012), only 68 years old,  also died recently, and very suddenly, of cancer. These two poets and friends from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, who contributed strongly to our poetry lives here and elsewhere, will be greatly missed. (more…)

Poetry Monday: Merridawn Duckler

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

POETRY MONDAY:  May 1, 2016



 Merridawn Duckler

Was there ever a poet with a name more perfect for spring?

If you haven’t heard of Merridawn Duckler before, it’s because you may have been following only one art form.  Her poems have appeared and are forthcoming in poetry journals such as Naugatuck River Review, Cirque Journal, Fifth Wednesday and many others. Her recent fiction has been published in Farallon Review and Poetica.  Her play in verse was in the Emerging Female Playwright Festival of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and other plays (more…)

Pribor 1856 by Eugene Mahon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016


Dreams were born here
When he recognized
we were throwing away
The core of knowledge
Seduced as we were by
Surface glitter, manifest
Displays of light, the deeper
Dark ignored as if night’s
Waiting rooms
Were empty and all its ghosts
Not worth our interest,
As if limbs of desire didn’t
Flash and fling mystery about,
In tumult and scream,
As if stars couldn’t see
In the dark, as if folly (more…)

Poem for Winnicott’s birthday by Eugene Mahon

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Poem for Winnicott’s birthday

A joy to be hidden:
Disaster not to be found-
Only the self can find you
In the mind’s deep underground.

Look! Look! The self is in hiding
Afraid of the shadow it casts
Until it grabs hold of the sunlight
And never lets go while it lasts!

Eugene Mahon