Lush from Rufous Press is now also available at Amazon. To purchase a copy from Amazon click right here. Lush is a lovely collection of poetry and prose. The best publication from Rufous Press, according to its editors.
The end of winter arrived, but the rooms of the house remain cozy in the details of a modern central heater. Such is the way of Texas weather. So, what is a better way to spend an afternoon than to sit down with Juniperus Flamenco, the most recent book of poems by Ande and Jenny Enochsson.
This couple lives in Sweden and have established themselves as talented writers, amazing poets, as well as fine publishers and editors. As the founders and owners of Rufous Press, they have edited a number of works, both collaboratively and individually, but their latest, Juniperus Flamenco is well worth taking the time to read and then read again.
Any collection of contemporary poetry would be incomplete without this book. Both Ande and Jenny employ evocative imagery with a simplistic touch of complex thoughts and ideas. Their multilayered writing will astonish the reader with each page containing a treasure.
Picture this: 200 acres of the Texas Hill Country, scrub cedar, a previous life of more than seventy years spent in the downtown heart of San Antonio, and goats, dogs, …and more goats that behave like adorable dogs, …and then throw in the wit of Erma Bombeck, and you have a great, hilarious, heart-tugging odyssey of a couple of retired executives, as told by June Reedy in her book Goat Diary.
It has been a long time since I have been so entertained by so many pages of wit and charm about something so improbable as goat ranching. Ms. Reedy goes above and beyond with her words to hold her reader awake late at night or left sitting at the breakfast table late for work.
This Goat Diary should be purchased and read and recommended to friends and coveted with a special spot on your bookshelf. It will leave you laughing with a warm smile pulling on your lips as you fall asleep, walk your dog, or when just sitting in front of your television.
Imagine the bright morning sunlight cut by the fine crystal of a wine glass resting on the weathered wood of a picnic table. Such a diverse image of contrasts expresses what I have found in the poetry of Ed Balldinger.
His collection, From Cavity’s Kitchen To The Bone Comber’s Home, is a stark combination of creativity, illustrating the universal concepts of heart tugs in images drawn from everyday and anywhere.
From his poem I Saw You There (p 42) :
“I saw your face in a lapping flame of a late night campfire and as the ashes rose, I was exposed to your elements, so I stoked the fire with wood.”
These simple, everyday images tug at the reader’s emotions. The double and triple layers of meaning are just one example of Mr. Balldinger’s style.
I always recommend supporting contemporary poets but especially so in this case.