Wild River Review Files for Extension of National Poetry Month

April 27, 2006

WRR 2006

April 27, 2006
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Wild River Review Files for Extension of National Poetry Month

Current issue of Wild River Review features new poetry from cultural historian William Irwin Thompson, an interview with the iconic poet, Phaedra Zambatha Pagoulatou, Dzvinia Orlowsky‘s latest work, and much more.

April 27, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA) — Because no one should have to choose between completing their taxes on time and reading the poem that will change their lives, Wild River Review formally applied for an extension of National Poetry Month today. In protest, Wild River Review will be featuring national and international poetry from leading literary voices all over the world throughout the month of May.

Did you ever hear of “mind jazz?” The term coined by cultural historian William Irwin Thompson comes alive like a wild smoky saxophone solo during his nine part epic poem, Canticum Turicum. Says Thompson, “to choose to become a writer is like choosing to become married; it is an association with another,” in his foreward to Canticum Turicum. “You are moved to write because another has touched you through writing. A poem is a solitary act that still seeks connection with the noble dead and the living great.” This issue features an exclusive profile of this fascinating contemporary intellectual.

That we don’t all die in childhood/is the greater miracle,/God lifting His light hand/ to bring out a phrase, clearing the pedal… begins Dzvinia Orlowsky poem, Listening to Schuman’s Piano Concerto,which (like many of her other poems) explores the intersection of art and culture. Orlowsky, a Ukrainian-American poet is a founding editor of Four Way Books and the author of three poetry collections including Except for One Obscene Brushstroke (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004). She currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College.

Also in this issue, Greek writer and Poet, Lili Bita, author of the recently published memoir, Sister of Darkness interviews the iconic poet, Phaedra Zambatha Pagoulatou. The Athens born poet, daughter of prominent writer, Koulis Zambathou, began to write at an early age. Her first book of verse, Drops of Light was published in 1962 and to date, she has published 23 works of poetry, fiction, essays, and translation.

Wild River Review Poetry Editor, Wendy Fulton Steginsky, inaugurates her column, Fire and Blood of Poetry, by exploring the imaginations of some of the world’s greatest poets, Wallace Stevens, Robert Penn Warren, and Mary Oliver, to name a few. “The fire and blood of poetry live in the poet’s imagination,” says Steginsky. “This imagination, shaped by past and current experiences, is what gives a poet’s work its special flavor, its uniqueness. Form, imagery, the sounds a poet gives a poem all reflect the poet’s energy, personality, and spirit.”

Wild River Review maintains a quarterly theme but updates content throughout each month. The publication continually searches for, and offers, high-quality inventive voices, experimental themes, diverse subjects, and riveting images from around the world. It is the creation of a team of professional writers and artists who form the eclectic coterie known as the Wild River Gang.