Queen of Cups Issue Thirty-Six featuring Megan Grumbling

Check out the latest issue of the Queen of Cups featuring poems by our Reviews Editor, Megan Grumbling. You can check out more about this publication here: http://tinyletter.com/QueenofCups/letters/queen-of-cups-issue-thirty-six-megan-grumbling-and-the-high-priestess. Below is an excerpt about this issue featuring Megan’s work!

….”Welcome to Queen of Cups Issue Thirty-Six featuring Megan Grumbling and The High Priestess. ……. The poems appear in Grumbling’s collection Booker’s Point, published in 2016 by University of North Texas Press. Booker’s Point has been called an ‘oral-history-inspired portrait-in-verse’ and centers around old-time Mainer Bernard Booker. Grumbling captures the meandering, oral storytelling nature of Booker often in stylistically formal, metered verse. That juxtaposition strikes me as very ‘old New England’, ironically, as oral narratives which might appear open-ended and loose are in fact well-honed from years of telling. I’ve spent at least a few afternoons talking to old timers just like Booker! Many are working farmers who have a million and one things to do, but make it appear as though they have all the time in the world to spend on this one story. So the listener, by association, has all the time in the world too. Give them a few props: shapes of stones in a hearth, ‘four warped planks’, a red bike like that other red bike from around 1938, then sit back and enjoy. Impromptu oral storytelling is becoming something of a lost art as we have, or take, less time to reminisce, and also less face to face conversation with people who don’t already know our stories.”— from tinyletter.com

David Meltzer 1937-2016

It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of the great poet and our friend David Meltzer.

David Meltzer was born in Rochester, New York, & raised in Brooklyn.  He began his literary career during the San Francisco Beat & Berkeley Renaissance period in North Beach, California, & his work was included in the anthology, “The New American Poetry 1945–1960.”  At the age of 20, he recorded his poetry with jazz musicians in Los Angeles & also became a singer-songwriter & guitarist for several bands during the 1960s, including The Serpent Power.  He was the author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, including Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957–1992, No Eyes: Lester Young (2000), Beat Thing (2004), & David’s Copy (2005).

But most importantly, he was someone we were lucky enough to call friend. In our Summer 2014 issue, David was gracious enough to grant us an interview talking about his life, jazz and poetry. We are forever indebted to David for his amazing poems, music and spirit. The world is a slightly darker place now without him.

Episode 51: Andrew Abbott: Psychedelic Artist

Check out this cool interview with Sean Kneese, the cover artist of our latest issue. He even mentions us the Café Review. 🙂
In this episode Sean Kneese talks to psychedelic/experimental artist Andrew Abbott. Abbott talks about life as a painter, his time as a medic in the military, the influence behind his work, and his experience with marketing himself and participating in art shows. Check out his website here: http://allabbott.com/