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20th Anniversary of Poetic Matrix Press

 

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Poetic Matrix Press was founded in the high mountain beauty of Yosemite in 1997, and has since grown into a press that is producing full-length books as fine as any that can be seen in any bookstore or library. We started by producing a newsletter of poetry and essays on the poetic experience, then in 2000 we put out a nationwide call for manuscripts and published a total of 4 manuscripts in chapbook format. Since 2001 we have published full length perfect bound books, including books by poets in New York, West Virginia, Northern, Central and Southern California as well as England and South Korea. We are currently publishing out of Madera, California.

2017 is the 20th Anniversary of Poetic Matrix Press, now with close to 60 full length books. We are into our year long celebration of these books. Work has began on the Poetic Matrix Press author anthology. We are looking to place 2 poems from each book plus a new piece from each author and an updated bio. If anyone reading this would like to recommend poems please do so. We will consider all recommendations in the final choices. We’ve begun showcasing these poems on our Forever Journal blog at our website www.poeticmatrix.com. We are planning a reading in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in San Diego. It has been a great 20 years and continues on.

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Sisyphus is a magazine that focuses on contemporary issues surrounding art, culture, and language.
Managing Editor, Charles Entrekin
http://sisyphuslitmag.org/

This month, American Identity Issue (with this author and others; including)
I Am a White Male
John Peterson (essay)

The Moon Drew a Feather Across My Bones
Eugene Berson (poetry)

Four Million Marchers and 600 Cities
Judy Brackett, Washington D.C.
Laena Wilder, San Francisco
Katherine Entrekin, Oakland

 

 

Raphael Block in Concert 3/16

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If you are going to be in the Bay Area do stop by for this concert. Raphael’s poetry is beautiful as is David’s music, the two together is a real treat.  You can pick up Raphael’s book as well; Stings Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.   37e53786-ad62-4009-9e1c-3216066d9127

Poetic Matrix Press 20th Anniversary

In times like these, art has the power to make us feel less alone

Christina Patterson – The Guardian – Saturday, November 26, 2016

“As a citizen of the world in 2016,” says DiDonato (American opera singer Joyce DiDonato) in the introduction to (her) concert programme, “at times I feel overwhelmed by the temptation to spiral down into the turmoil and pessimism that threatens to invade all corners of our lives”. But the creators of “great art”, she says, show us “both our brutal nature and our elevated humanity.” Art, she says, “unifies, transcends borders” and “is a valiant path to peace”. I don’t know if art can be a path to peace. I don’t know if it could end the war in Syria, or create jobs in the so-called rust belt of America, or fill a £122bn Brexit “black hole”. What I do know is this. When bad things happen in the world, or in our lives, that art can make us feel less alone. And I know that to create the kind of art that hits us at the deepest levels, you need to be a master of your craft. You need, you could say, to be an expert. You need to think that expertise is good.

Raphael Block Video

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Dear friends,
Thank you for all your comments on the 5 minute documentary that serves  as my book trailer, too. It seems to have touched many of you!
We would really appreciate your help to get this film into the world. So, please consider posting this link https://vimeo.com/184929769 on your FaceBook Page.

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The documentary came into being thanks to Megan McFeely, who produced it and did the interviews. She has made her own compelling 40 minute documentary, As She Is, “ to reclaim, value, and live the feminine aspect of ourselves.” You will find more info on her site.              With love, Raphael

Earth

Each square inch

a harmony

of the dying

the dead

the living and the being born

Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems

www.raphaelblock.com

Book order for Raphael Block

Friends of Poetic Matrix Press.  Here’s a great way to support Raphael Block, one of our authors, in his 2nd book with us and receive an early copy of the finished book.  Please show your support. Thanks John

Dear friends,

I would like you to join me in releasing my new book, Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.
Due for general publication in January 2017, if you pre-order now at http://raphaelblock.com/  you will receive a signed copy by mid-November.
On my website you will also find a short documentary made by Elias Koch on my life and work, which has been accepted as an entry to the Awareness Film Festival, LA.
I feel that I’m one of thousands of seeds sprouted by the Earth in this time of need. You, no doubt, are another such seed.

Raphael Block

-overheard at a DC bar.

Picked up somewhere on the net.

Truth is like poetry

and most people fucking hate poetry

 

Ashley Pinkerton

Spiraling Forward

Let the dance of the sacred Spiral carry you on a journey through the cycles of Life.

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This is an invitation to support Ashley Pinkerton and Poetic Matrix Press in publishing her new book Spiraling Forward. Check out her Indiegogo campaign page, see what she is about and contribute to help this project.  Go to:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spiraling-forward#/

“Spiraling Forward will take the reader on a journey through the cycles of Life, as the dance of the sacred Spiral carries the reader to places of deep reflection, realization and discovery.”

The Bay Area Bookfair

 

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Here is our table at The Bay Area Bookfair in Berkeley this past weekend (June 4 & 5). The weather was beautiful and I met many good people.  Grace Grafton, Gail & Charles Entrekin came by as did Devon and Catherine.  It was a good 2 days.

Gail recently won first place in the Women’s National Book Association awards for “Before Making Love” from The Art of Healing and was interviews on PBS Newshour. Read here.

The Art of Healing got a nice intro by Judy Woodruff.

Many folks came by all weekend to send blessings to Francisco.

 

Traveling and Events

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We have been on the road for a few weeks.  We went to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Book Fair April 1 & 2 in Los Angeles, my daughter Kiirsti joined me and we met a lot of good people.  Kim Shuck, Joe Milosch and Brandon Cesmat came by; Shadab Hashmi was on a panel and she stopped by to sign books.  We had a poster and some videos of Francisco Alarcon reading from his book Borderless Butterflies/Mariposa sin fronteras. So many people came by who knew and loved Francisco; many old friends, ex-students of his and folks who heard about his passing. Really this was the highlight of the event, just knowing how much people cared for this amazing man.

I went from there to San Diego to visit family and my 2 grandsons Connor, turning 4, and Logan 9 months.  Stayed with Tomas Gayton my dear friend, met up with Art Campbell, Joe Milosch, Brandon Cesmat; Jack, James and Ed, wonderful old friends and Chris Vannoy, master of Facebook and great poet.  Listened to Jazz, ate good food, had good lattes at Rebecca’s Coffee House every morning, listened to some good poetry.  All a good time.

 

Coming up in the SF Bay Area 2 great book events:

Oakland Book Festival Sunday May 22, 11am to 6pm

www.oaklandbookfestival.org

Downtown Oakland at City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of City Hall)

We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you in the area.

 

Also in the Bay Area:

Bay Area Book Festival June 4 & 5, 10am to 6pm both days (this is a big event)

www.baybookfest.org

Downtown Berkeley streets (I’ll send out more information on where we will have our booth).

We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you’re in the area.