The brilliance of writing poetry on napkins


Brazilian poet Pedro Gabriel has always had his head in the clouds, simmering with ideas in a mix of words that, by a twist of fate, led him to stardom, as his books sold more than 200,000 copies. In a country where the habit of reading is not as strong and being published is something extremely difficult, this is praiseworthy.

“I never thought that it would become my source of income. Nowadays I can say that I live from my poetry and illustration, but three years ago that was unthinkable”, says the 32-year-old author.

Read more at the guardian

Irish issue in Kennebec Journal

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Steve Luttrell and Paula Meehan, one of Ireland’s best-known poets, in Dublin, Ireland, in May 2016.

Check out an awesome write up by the Kennebec Journal about our latest Irish issue!!

“Everywhere you go, it seems, there are people with a soft spot in their hearts for Irish literature. It’s a special-interest group, in a way, with a sort of heightened intensity of feeling about family or historical ties to the Old Country, or for the curiosities of the Irish Gaelic language, or sometimes just an affinity for W.B. Yeats or Seamus Heaney.

Here in Maine, I knew a press technician who was teaching himself Gaelic. Hugh Curran, a longtime Surry resident and poet who was born in Ireland, sends frequent email alerts about Irish poetry and culture. And Steve Luttrell, of Portland, also has these roots, and he traveled to Ireland last month to kick off the spring issue of his long-running Cafe Review magazine because it contains a healthy slam of poetry straight from contemporary Ireland.

The selections are diverse in subject matter, and relatively uniform in tone and tenor. From the 34 contributing poets, there are many angles on the Irish landscape (including several images from the cliffs of Moher) and on the relationship of language to both personal and sometimes political (a perennial Irish preoccupation) realities. And there are color reproductions of woodcuts by Nonie O’Neill and, in an inevitable nod to history, of oil paintings of Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan by Liam O’Neill.”….. Click below to read more

http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/06/09/off-radar-cafe-review/

OVER THE EDGE in Galway Ireland

Check out this great little write up about our very own Steve Luttrell’s reading from our latest Irish issue that’s happening in Galway on May 13 at the The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway! Stop by and say hi if you are around!

http://www.overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.ie/2016/05/may-over-edge-writers-gathering-with.html

Café Review 2016 Spring Issue

Special Irish Issue

Our Spring 2016 Special Irish Issue is now available featuring poetry by Pat Boran, Paul Casey, Stephanie Conn, Dónall Dempsey, Theo Dorgan, Noel Duffy, Susan Millar DuMars, Michael Durack, Janice Fitzpatrick-Simmons, Órfhlaith Foyle, Mark Granier, Jack Harte, Aideen Henry, Kevin Higgins, Kevin Kiely, Brian Kirk, John Liddy, Susan Lindsay, John MacKenna, Thomas McCarthy, Afric McGlinchey, Paula Meehan, Cláir Ní Aonghusa, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Seamus Ruttledge, Lorna Shaughnessy, Eileen Sheehan, Jessica Traynor, John Walsh, Adam White, Macdara Woods and Adam Wyeth with artwork from Liam O’Neill and Nonie O’Neill.

As with all our printed issues, remember, every issue is a limited edition run, this time it is 250.
Once it is sold out, they are gone forever, so buy yours today!
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Old Ballerina Club

unnamedLate in January of 2016 a collection of poems by poet Sharon Olinka, a past and frequent contributor to The Cafe Review with her own poems and poetry book reviews, was released by Dos Madres Press. The front cover collage image and a dozen more collages that appear within the book were made by senior editor of TCR Wayne Atherton.

To order a copy of the Old Ballerina Club and to view the entire catalog of Dos Madres Press publications, go to https://www.dosmadres.com/

TCR Reviews Editor Megan Grumbling’s poetry collection, Booker’s Point

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This April sees the launch of TCR Reviews Editor Megan Grumbling’s poetry collection, Booker’s Point, Winner of the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize and forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press, Booker’s Point is an oral history-inspired portrait-in-verse of an old Maine woodsman. Weaving storytelling, natural history, and the poetry of place, this collection evokes the sensibility of rural New England, meditations on home, nature, work, and elders, and, above all, the pleasures of a good story.

Pre-order Booker’s Point here!

Come help celebrate at the Booker’s Point Book Launch at SPACE Gallery,with reading, signing, and video installation, on April 6, at 7 pm!

Café Review 2016 Winter Issue

Our Winter 2016 Issue is now available featuring poetry by Steve Luria Ablon, Kim Addonizio, Peter Bradley, Fern G. Z. Carr, Douglas K. Currier, Christine De Luca, Keith Dunlap, Kathleen Ellis, George Evans translated by Zamora, Brian EvansJones, Megan Grumbling, Judy Kaber, Charlene Langfur, David Linebarger, Rochelle Owens, John J. Ronan, Peter Schireson, Mark Terrill, Frederick Wilbur, Margaret Young and Daisy Zamora with an interview with Kim Addonizio conducted by Kevin Sweeney.

The issue features artwork from Hafid Lalaoui, Patricia Schappler and Volker Figueredo Véliz with reviews by Anne Britting Oleson, Mark Schorr and Kristen Stake.

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Café Review 2015 Fall Issue – Special Tribute to Sumac Magazine

A Special Tribute to Sumac Magazine

A national literary journal under the Sumac Press banner, Sumac first appeared out of Fremont, Michigan in the winter of 1968. Coedited by Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison, the journal evolved into nine volumes, the final issue ending a monumentally significant literary evolutionrevolution in the fall of 1971. They were not slim volumes. Those nine volumes produced a total of roughly 1,386 printed pages. During that same period of time they also published a number of poetry books by various poets.

The first installment featured mostly poems, one “fictitious essay,” and a 45 page critical prose meditation by Robert Duncan. By the time the ninth volume appeared, Sumac: An Active Anthology, had expanded to include book reviews, more essays, beautifully composed and printed blackandwhite photographs (many of them shot by Dan Gerber), and fiction. Thomas McGuane was brought on board to become fiction editor effective with the final six issues.

Sumac was, by turns, precocious, fiercely independent, and uncompromising in the material it chose to print. The editors were not beholden to any literary fad, trend, or poetry school east coast or west coast. They democratically chose to include a rather large selection of work from what one editor referred to as “the flyover states.” They were by no means geographically or stylistically elitist.

Obviously long out of print, all nine highly collectible volumes may be difficult to find and not easily affordable to most of us. However, there is an anthology that is still in print. The Sumac Reader, edited by Joseph Bednarik, is available to order online or from what remains of a dwindling population of actual bookstores. The Sumac Reader features a wellchosen selection of diverse talent from the original run of Sumac and was first published in 1997 by Michigan State University Press.

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Our Fall 2015 Special Tribute Issue to Sumac Magazine is now available featuring poetry by Floyce Alexander, Carol Bachofner, George Bowering, Joseph Bruchac, Clayton Eshleman, Paul Fericano, Dan Gerber, Jim Harrison, Max Hjortsberg, Richard Jarrette, Gerard Malanga, Rebecca Newth, Sharon Olinka, Paul Pines, George Quasha, Jerome Rothenberg, Christian Teresi, Robert VanderMolen, Diane Wakoski and Diane Wald as well as artwork from Russell Chatham and Jack Richard Smith.

As with all our printed issues, remember, every issue is a limited edition run, this time it is 300.
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Café Review 2015 Summer Issue

Our Summer 2015 Issue is now available featuring poetry by Sarah Anderson, Michael Biehl, Molly M. Caldwell, Kathleen Clancy, Philip Dacey, Mark DeCarteret, André T. Demers, Eric Forsbergh, Ceridwen Hall, Bruce Holsapple, Pippa Little, John Lorence, Mark Parsons, Ronald J. Pelias, George Repp, James Rioux, Annie Stenzel, S Stephanie, Tim Suermondt and Marc Swan.

The issue features artwork from Brett Newburn, Elizabeth Ostrander and Marc Shanker, reviews by Jefferson Navicky, Kate Partridge and Julie Poitras Santos.

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Café Review 2015 Spring Issue

Our Spring 2015 Issue is now available featuring poetry by Ron Androla, Michael Bove, Michael Estabrook, Shana Genre, Gerard Grealish, Gerald Locklin, Donna J. Long, Jefferson Navicky, normal, Suzanne Osborne, Martin Ott, Mike Pulley, Jennifer Raha, Larry Schug, Roger Bernard Smith andSandy Weisman.

The issue features artwork from Andrew Abbott, Wayne Atherton and Michael De Brito, reviews by Leigh Donaldson, Andrew Purcell and Mark Schorr and an interview with Gerald Locklin by Kevin Sweeney.

As with all our printed issues, remember, every issue is a limited edition run. Once it is sold out, they are gone forever, so buy yours today!
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