Now Available: Catching Calliope Spring 2014

cc coverSwimming with Elephants Publications is proud to announce the release of the spring edition of Catching Calliope.

Catching Calliope is a quarterly publication benefiting the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community. All proceeds from sales will go to supporting the community and the youth program. Buy your copy today to show your support for poetry and the youth. You do support poetry and the youth, don’t you?

Find your copy at Amazon or CreateSpace.

This is the second edition of this quarterly publication. All Catching Calliope publications will be benefiting the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community (a non-profit collective focusing on bringing poetry and freedom of expression to Rio Rancho, NM and surrounding areas).

Submit to the Summer 2014 edition of Catching Calliope May 15-June 15th. More information to come.

Catching Calliope Spring 2014

featuring:

Victoria Alexander

Melissa Baca

Gigi Bella

Emily Bjustrom

John S Blake

Alicia Borillo

SethWilson I Gray

Katrina K Guarascio

Mercedez Holtry

Gina Falcone

Damien Flores

Zachary Kluckman

Jessica Helen Lopez

Jesus Lucero

Ryan Magee

Gina Marselle

Jasmine McSparren

Susana Rinderle

Vogue Robinson

Bianca Sanchez

Danielle Smith

Sarah Smithson

Jon Sturgess

Felicia Vigil

Brooke Von Blomberg

Amy Waltner

Kirstina Ward

Charles Sanzone-Wood

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Now Available: To The Last Word

Swimming with Elephants Publications is proud to announce its newest publication: To the Last Word an anthology of poetry from the 2014 ABQ Unidos slam team. Currently the book is available through Createspace and Amazon.com

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To order from amazon:  To The Last Word

Or to order from creatspace: To The Last Word 

Featuring:

 
Victoria Alexander
SethWilson I. Gray
Bianca Sanchez
Sarah Smithson
Amy Waltner
Claire Wimborne

Cover Art design by Bianca Sanchez

All proceeds from the sales of this collection will go directly toward raising money for the 2014 ABQ Unidos Slam Team. Support the youth of ABQ while getting your hands on some great poetry. Available for Special Event Pricing at all Unidos Fundraising Events, Cafe Bella Coffee, and local bookstores.

Coming Soon: To The Last Word

To the Last Word

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an anthology of poetry compiled

for the members of the

2014 ABQ Unidos Team

 

Featuring:

 

Victoria Alexander

SethWilson I. Gray

Bianca Sanchez

Sarah Smithson

Amy Waltner

Claire Wimborne

All proceeds from the sales of this collection will go directly toward raising money for the 2014 ABQ Unidos Slam Team. Support the youth of ABQ while getting your hands on some great poetry. Available at all Unidos Fundraising Events, local bookstores, and Amazon.com beginning May 1, 2014,

Poetic Seamstress: A Review of September

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a review by Sarah Smithson

Title of Book:  September: traces of letting go

Author : Katrina K Guarascio
Photography by: Gina Marselle

Guarascio gently weaves together simply written stories of love and release with consistency of the changing of seasons.  Each poem is a delicate and welcome punch to the senses and as addictive as pomegranate seeds. Every word is full of intent and as precious as a ruby-red jewel. The bittersweet emotion infused into each poem is refreshing to the eyes.

Guarascio stands out among the multitude of verbose poets; simplicity is her tool and she is a master of page craft. These poems are without flaw and each piece reflects the assurance that through love and loss, life will blossom. This collection is for anyone who wishes to see the softer side of letting go, coping with loss, and moving on.

Katrina K Guarascio is an active member of the poetry community as a writer and a teacher. Guarascio also sponsors the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community and coach two youth slam teams. Her collection, September: traces of letting go, is a lovely compilation of photography and poetry. Find your copy at Amazon or CreateSpace.

On the Surgeon’s Table: A Review of Some of it is Muscle

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A review by Sarah Smithson

Title of Book: Some of it is Muscle

Author: Zachary Kluckman

                Kluckman portrays his life experiences with a ringing theme of home, family, loss, and endurance presented in each diverse and carefully constructed poem. He offers love and survival as the antidote for all obstacles, evoking emotion and tenderly stitching wounds up with the delicacy of a one performing open heart surgery.

The imagery chosen for each poem is open, dry, and honest, reflecting the desert setting presented in a majority of the poems. Although a second or third read may be necessary to grasp the deeper nuances of each piece, it is hardly a burden since a cover-to-cover read is enjoyable and enlightening.

Kluckman’s poems are sun-ripened peaches; flavorful, rich, and filling. Once you’ve been spoiled on them, poetry will never read the same way again. Kluckman, like many performance poets, uses the combination of experience and emotion to craft powerful pieces; a method successfully employed throughout the book.  

262710_10200154892465990_1862870133_nThe poem entitled, “Training Day,” recognizes these themes, stating, “This is how we acknowledge the heart.” As strength. As work. As Muscle. The only blemish in this masterful collection is the use of some rather abstract metaphors, which may require deep thinking and multiple readings to reveal. These poems were intended to offer hope to the quiet, downtrodden, and lost, and they do this well. This would a recommended read for anyone who craves beauty, hope, or guidance.

Zachary Kluckman is a performance poet, a two-time member of the Albuquerque National Slam Team, and an accomplished spoken word artist. He is featured in numerous publications, as well as radio broadcasts and organizes many events in the local Albuquerque area. His recent publication, Some of it is Muscle, is now available from Swimming with Elephants publications. Find your copy on Amazon, Createspace, or a Local Book Seller in the Albuquerque area.