September 15–21, 2008: Doug Holder and Gary Lehmann

week of September 15-21, 2008

Doug Holder and Gary Lehmann

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Doug Holder
ibbetsonpress@msn.com

Bio (auto)

My work has recently been in Nibble, Conceit, Pegasus, Cause and Affect, Gloom Cupboard, Word Riot, Quercus Review and others My latest poetry collection is”The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel” ( Cervena Barva Press) which was a July/Aug 2008 Pick for The Small Press Review I was recently a guest of the literary organization “Voices Israel,” and I read and conducted workshops in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv I am the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press I live in Somerville, Mass
Visit Doug on the web here: http://dougholder.blogspot.com

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Doug Holder nd may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


My Poetry Book Reviewed

No longer crisp
but presentable
Binding or hinges
not cracked or exposed Very few blemishes No tears to dust jacket Only minor evidence
of being read
***** (4 stars)

Gary Lehmann
glehmann@rochester.rr.com

Bio (auto)

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Gary Lehmann’s essays, poetry and short stories are widely published – over 100 pieces per year Books include The Span I will Cross [Process Press, 2004] and Public Lives and Private Secrets [Foothills Publishing, 2005] His most recent book is American Sponsored Torture [FootHills Publishing, 2007] Visit his website at www.garylehmann.blogspot.com

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Gary Lehmann and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Picasso & Gertrude Stein

When Picasso decided to paint a portrait of his friend
Gertrude Stein, he selected his colors very carefully
Gertrude can only be painted in shades of brown, he said,
set against patches of black, all somber and intellectual

Her body was large, corpulent, and heavy set,
but her mind had to be portrayed for its lightness and agility
The problem emerged when he began depicting her face He couldn’t get anything right It looked too big
Then it looked too small 99 times she sat for him Very patient she was, but it just wasn’t working
Finally, Picasso despaired He feared he was about to fail So, he picked up a brush and started painting from memory
He sat down while Gertrude Stein wasn’t there
and portrayed the her he knew to be always there
Her present absence was made up for by her constant presence He drew the essence of her face in the shape of an African icon
She was blunt I don’t like that she told him upon first seeing it You will, he replied smugly You will, and she did.