Have you seen the latest issue of Arbella? If not, you should. Tom's included some really interesting writing, photographs and drawings. I especially love the back cover photograph by Andrew M. Daddio, "The Loraine Diner Series/#18-End of the Meal."
Prepublication sales for Television Daddy, a new chapbook by Susanna Rich, have begun! From July 11 through August 22, Finishing Line Press is offering free shipping for the book. It would be a tremendous support to her if you ordered your copies now—this first printing is a limited collector's edition and the press run and publication strength of this title will be determined, in part, by how many books are sold during this period. Just visit
Ed Galing's poetry, through the use of simplistic form and language, tackles subjects that are complex and extremely relevant today, given our current economic climate. Galing is 91 years old and is still writing. He is an inspiration and a talented poet. I had asked him to read for PoetsWednesday a couple of years ago, but the trip from PA was too much for him. I read several of his poems at the Barron Arts Center and they were well received. With the permission of Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books, Dave Roskos was gracious enough to let me print these three poems from Buying A Suit On Essex Street. I hope you enjoy these poems as much as I do. My childhood was somewhat similar. I, too, grew up in a cold water flat. I understand all that is related to that lifestyle such as warming yourself near the kitchen stove, heating stones in order to warm the sheets before bed, and very discretionary spending. Ed Gailing has a gift. He finds beauty in places that most people refuse to look, and is at home where no one wants to live. That's poetry.