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09/21/2021

Look for our BIG “ALL CHINESE “ Issue Coming Soon!

We are now accepting poetry submissions online via submittable! Check out out our submissions page for more info: https:...
06/26/2021
The Café Review is accepting online poetry submissions via Submittable

We are now accepting poetry submissions online via submittable! Check out out our submissions page for more info: https://www.thecafereview.com/submissions/poetry/. We will be limiting the number of submissions a month till we get a solid handle on how this new process will work and so our volunteer editors don't get overwhelmed, so if submissions are closed at the time you try to submit your

We are now accepting poetry submissions online via submittable! Check out out our submissions page for more info: We will be limiting the number of submissions a month till we get a solid handle on…

Please Join Us ....Dear Friends,The Local Buzz Reading Series on Zoom will return for its season finale on Saturday, May...
05/03/2021
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Please Join Us ....

Dear Friends,

The Local Buzz Reading Series on Zoom will return for its season finale on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 3-4 PM EST. Please join us for readings by poet, editor and essayist, Kathleen Sullivan and poet Craig Sipe.

In order to attend the event via ZOOM, you will need to Pre-Register using the link below:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 15, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Barbara Kelly of Kelly's books to go will be on hand to sell our readers books. We look forward to seeing old friends and new for our final Local Buzz event of the 2020-2021 season!

warm wishes,
Marcia Brown & Linda Aldrich

Kathleen Sullivan is a grandmother, a psychotherapist, and writer who lives with her husband at the end of a long dirt road, in the middle of a forest in Freeport. Kathleen came to writing late in life. A psychotherapist for over fifty years, she noticed in her early sixties that she was so attuned to others’ stories that she was losing words for her own. To remedy that, she got an MFA in 2005 from Stonecoast in poetry. She has had poems published in the Bellevue Review, Poet Lore, Café Review, Poems from Here and in various anthologies. In 2019 she co-edited the book, “A Dangerous New World, Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis.” When Covid hit last March, she decided to keep a diary of the experience and started a blog on substack called “Covid Diaries, Process Notes of a Pandemic.” She can be found on substack at Katheensullivan.substack.com. She’s hoping to publish the entire diary as a book so that “someday, when another pandemic hits, people will have notes, will know how we coped, what we thought.”

Richard Craig Sipe grew up in Western Pennsylvania in the town of Beaver Falls where he graduated from Geneva College with a major in English. In spite of the latter, he was able to get a job, and spent the bulk of his career in the shipbuilding industry in Connecticut and Rhode Island, relocating to Maine with his wife after their retirement in 2016.

He is the author of the poetry collection Lovely Dregs (Atmosphere Pres 2020). His work has appeared in numerous journals including The Maine Arts Journal, Right Hand Pointing, Iconoclast, and an upcoming issue of S***k the Carp. He is a poetry editor, and the audio editor for The Café Review. Lovely Dregs is about what is left over after the places and events of life, what remains, and what is never the same. Except that, somehow, quite oddly, it is. You can check out his website at: rcsipe.com

Richard Craig Sipe lives with his wife on Orr’s Island in Maine. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, he worked in the shipbuilding industry in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 35 years. He is the author of the poetry book “Lovely Dregs”. His work has appeared in numerous journals over t...

Jim Westphalia is an artist featured in our upcoming spring issue
02/25/2021
Trailer: Vanish - Disappearing Icons of a Rural America

Jim Westphalia is an artist featured in our upcoming spring issue

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02/24/2021

The man is gone but the legacy of his work ,his passion lives on ! Laurence Ferlinghetti was not only talented but generous with his Time and talent.
I remember writing to him 25 or 30 years ago to
ask him if he would send us, a new poetry publication, some of his poetry. He sent us some
Poems and his best wishes for the publication.
I will always be grateful to this magnanimous man!
Rest In Peace Laurence!

'tis the season for giving, and The Cafe Review still needs your support to reach our funding goal to digitize 30 years ...
12/14/2020
The Cafe Review archive digitization project, organized by Krista Luttrell

'tis the season for giving, and The Cafe Review still needs your support to reach our funding goal to digitize 30 years of issues. We are a 100% volunteer operated, not for profit organization that brings Art & Poetry to the World. No contribution is too small.
Thank you for continued patronage and support.
**Happy Holidays!**

Dear Patrons of the Arts and The Café Review: As we enter into a new de… Krista Luttrell needs your support for The Cafe Review archive digitization project

Join us live at 4:30 pm today for Enough! Protest Poetry readings, including works by our very own, Steve Luttrell.
11/10/2020

Join us live at 4:30 pm today for Enough! Protest Poetry readings, including works by our very own, Steve Luttrell.

Happening Today!!!
11/10/2020

Happening Today!!!

Be sure to check out the growing library of The Cafe Review's audible poems on the website. Every quarterly issue releas...
11/01/2020
Poetry Clips

Be sure to check out the growing library of The Cafe Review's audible poems on the website. Every quarterly issue release is paired with 3-4 spoken word versions of a featured poet's work, in their own voice.
Enjoy!
KJL
https://www.thecafereview.com/poetry-clips

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John Whalley: born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, he went on to study drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of...
10/13/2020
John Whalley

John Whalley: born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, he went on to study drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. A common theme in his work is one of redemption; saving from trash bins, flea market tables, the sea shore, and antique shops, natural or man-made objects bearing the patinas and marks of many decades of use and abuse. He believes that“the best art is made from un-artful things” ; the paradox of the particular beauty found in the humble and the broken. He is represented by Greenhut Galleries of Portland and Vose Galleries of Boston. He can be found on Facebook at John Whalley Studio, and his website: www.johnwhalley.com

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Mary Ross: received a B.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. She was a Landscape painter initially, taking most of her ...
10/13/2020
Mary Ross

Mary Ross: received a B.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. She was a Landscape painter initially, taking most of her inspiration from nature. For many years she has been exploring Collage, combining her painting expertise with beautiful handmade papers. Her fanciful works in Collage include the imaginary world of mermaids, abstracts, fun owls with charming names, elephants, and woodland scenes to name just a few of her subjects. Her paintings and collages are in many permanent collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is 92 years old and lives in Marion, Massachusetts.

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Karrie Ross: born in 1949, is a native Los Angeles visual artist. Growing up with artistic parents, the quintessential S...
10/13/2020
Karrie Ross

Karrie Ross: born in 1949, is a native Los Angeles visual artist. Growing up with artistic parents, the quintessential Southern Californian “Beach Bunny / Hippie” of the 1960s, her career started with stained glass and news-paper ads in Vail, Colorado in the 1970s. She eventually joined the out-door artist scene and worked in the Los Angeles hi-end design industry (Disney, TransAmerica, etc.) which transitioned into her current job-job creating books and promotions for self-publishing authors. Publication mentions in Hollywood Today, Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post. She is an award-winning artist and author and guest curates and organizes collaborations within the art community. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. www.karrierossart.com

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William Rand: born in 1953, he grew up on the Maine Coast, studying at the Portland School of Art: BFA 1978, in human an...
10/13/2020
William Rand

William Rand: born in 1953, he grew up on the Maine Coast, studying at the Portland School of Art: BFA 1978, in human anatomy and drawing the figure. In 1989, catalog essay “Les Lecons des Tenebres” by Rene Ricard is published for the William Rand exhibit at 56 Bleecker Ltd. New York. In 1990, he illustrated a set of five large poem prints by Taylor Mead. (The Farnsworth Museum, and The New York Public Library Print Collection). In 1996 he moved his studio to Madrid from New York. In 2003, catalog essay “William Rand’s Ava Gardner” by Richard Milazzo is published in Madrid for the Rand exhibition, “Ava Gardner: Sacred and Profane.” In 2005 he moved to Alicante Spain, opened a studio on the Mediterranean and traveled often to Morocco and Istanbul. In 2015 he moved back to the United States and opened a studio in South Freeport, Maine.

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Rush Brown: while his Artistic concerns are diverse and lead him in many directions, much of his painting centers on obs...
10/13/2020
Rush Brown

Rush Brown: while his Artistic concerns are diverse and lead him in many directions, much of his painting centers on observations of his immediate environment. Currently paintings of Casco Bay represent the intimate, visual relationship between our lovely city and the “ocean seas.” He often paints the harbor seen both from atop Munjoy Hill and at water level, where he spends hours enjoying the diverse and lively activity of boats in their varying pursuits and proportions. The effort concentrates on the attempt to balance or even transcend literal representation and capture the glorious ambience that fills his heart and drives his life’s pursuits.

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Bob Branaman: in the late 50s and early 60s, a painter, print maker, poet, and film maker, he was part of the Beat Gener...
10/13/2020
Bob Branaman

Bob Branaman: in the late 50s and early 60s, a painter, print maker, poet, and film maker, he was part of the Beat Generation and a group called the Rat Bastard Protective Association of the Wichita Vortex. These artists showed works in the influential Batman Gallery in San Francisco. He regularly exhibits his work in shows in the Los Angeles area. His artwork and films are held in private collections and in the collections of major institutions in the United States. He is currently the Artist in Residence at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California and is still painting.

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Andrew Abbott: creates multi-layered, seemingly obsessive artworks, with non-traditional found materials such as shoppin...
10/12/2020
Andrew Abbott

Andrew Abbott: creates multi-layered, seemingly obsessive artworks, with non-traditional found materials such as shopping bags, cabinet doors, and notebook paper. He received his BA in Studio Art from University of North Carolina. He was born in Nova Scotia, grew up in North Carolina, served in the U.S. Army as a medic, and has lived in Georgia, Maine, Canada, and Puerto Rico. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Natalia. His works are exhibited internationally.

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William Wolnak: has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis...
10/12/2020
William Wolak

William Wolnak: has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis Editions. His collages and photographs have appeared as cover art for such magazines as Phoebe, Harbinger Asylum, Baldhip Magazine, Barfly Poetry Magazine, Ragazine, Cardinal Sins, Pithead Chapel, The Wire’s Dream, Thirteen Ways Magazine, Phantom Kangaroo, Rathalla Review, Free Lit Magazine, Typehouse Magazine, and Flare Magazine.

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To Mo Cohenby Tony TowleIf there were a place called Kafka Park,it would likely be a modest parking lotin a wilderness, ...
10/12/2020
To Mo Cohen

To Mo Cohen
by Tony Towle

If there were a place called Kafka Park,
it would likely be a modest parking lot
in a wilderness, in the Klondike,
with empty brick buildings on three sides,
and intrepid weeds sprouting here and there
at the edges of the asphalt, and with a lone car
in the far lefthand corner; it has never
been driven anywhere interesting, so it thinks,
but that is about to change.

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Saturated Landscapeby Tony TowleThere is a special trip, scenic andpersonal, that everyone should take.To launch it, pre...
10/12/2020
Saturated Landscape

Saturated Landscape
by Tony Towle

There is a special trip, scenic and
personal, that everyone should take.
To launch it, press the link
Here. I’m going to continue
with my prepositional ruminations:
for while I fry up the sausage and
peppers (passersby gaze skyward
at the rapidly disappearing comestibles),
younger people are committed
to frying them off (spectators
bid the food adieu as it leaves the pan
on horizontal journeys to wherever),
and a chef on television recently
sautéed down his ingredients, which
must have rendered them revolting;
analogously, citizens that used to simply swap
democracy for dictatorship, now
have to swap them out, in order to reach
a conversational or political objective.

As if on cue, political charlatans appear,
drawing attention to themselves,
drawn by opportunity,
drawing crowds,
drawing upon falsehoods,
drawing support from fools,
drawing blood
but not withdrawing,
while we draw a deep breath
and look to draw comparisons
amid strife, lots of strife,
but pretty much draw a blank.

This might be the time
to take one of my own
scenic and personal trips,
which occur pictographically
in literary gloom;
but the atmosphere is sunny on this occasion
and more like a park,
and the trees are talking among themselves
but they’re talking in German.
Maybe you’re in a German park.
Ah, that would explain it. I wonder
what the older ones did during the war.
Survive, apparently.
Right, and they were too short then
to provide the German soldiers with shade,
so let’s not chop them down
for being war criminals, or chop them up
for firewood. In fact,
alles gut, as they murmur
among themselves in the breeze —
everything’s fine.

And they get to stay where they are, separated,
or, as one says now, separated out
by fantasy from the reality I’m stuck with —
turmoil, brutality, and malignant discord
whipped up from shadows into authenticity
by villains and dirtbags, plus those
who have selected bat-sh*t insanity
as a rewarding life choice,
creating an overall composition too “busy”
for us to focus on much of anything
except abhorrence and terror — all the while
extending our walk, begun months ago,
through the gauntlet of microbial ambush,
where you may be picked off at any time
and tagged for delayed assassination.

And perhaps that has already come to pass.
It might explain the bizarre colloquy
with a figure unknown
to whom I am posing the question:
Why is your thumb in my soup ?
I need to keep it warm.
You’re keeping it warm in my soup ?
Well, if the obvious visual scenario
needs redundant description, then yes, I am,
but just until the soup cools off,
or down, if you prefer.
I’d prefer that you just remove your thumb;
it’s the only lunch they’ll give me.
Did you know it costs £11 to view
a fossilized 9 th-century Viking turd
in York, in England ?
This is off the subject.
That’s the equivalent of 14.50 in dollars.
That does seem like a lot.
Also —and I bet you didn’t know this —
your great-great grandfather used to declare
that Populists were ninnies, deluded enough
to think their beloved leader would ever
put their interests ahead of his own.
But here’s the irony: He was talking
about William Jennings Bryan!
How can you possibly know what he said ?
His speeches are on record.
No, my great-great grandfather.
Based on probability.

I wanted to say that my relative died
while Bryan was still a teenager,
that the populist observation must be
about someone else, and said by someone else,
but I couldn’t hear my words;
although I could faintly hear his:
The soup is both too cold to eat now
or to provide warmth for my thumb.
Before it freezes over completely, try drawing the line
between the society you thought you knew
and the one you want no part of,
but which fate may soon swap out for.

We note that my last observation, heard by no one,
is that tweeted wisdom comes only from the birds;
the meaning may not always be clear
but it’s well worth listening to.
I am listening as they draw the curtains.

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California Suiteby Tom VeitchOnce upon a midnightSatan withered to a dry huskin the eye of a child.Oh, but the boy still...
10/12/2020
California Suite

California Suite
by Tom Veitch

Once upon a midnight
Satan withered to a dry husk
in the eye of a child.
Oh, but the boy still gave away his power
to false authority and the beast who thirsts!

The shadow of a man must burn
so we can learn the secrets of dying.
14-year-olds with guns
must kill people in the streets
of San Francisco

So nice to be here
So nice to be nearer my God to thee
To be or not in the light of darkness
This sickness that infects all our reflections.

* * * *
O Mother of this Universe,
I am mad with love and longing for you,
I need thee and nothing less.

Stubborn in my faith that you are behind all events
While other gods offer false logic and predatory intent,
I renounce all my earth’s companions, good people
who never created the soul.

Mother Night,
Teacher of winter light
An eternity of fractal unfolding and
fractional worlds folding back
to reveal infinite layers of
fractured relations, the dream
I dream the dream, now
comes the last dream before the dream
of everlasting freedom.
I am ever grateful for death
at the hands of a child.

* * * *
I remember the beginning of the present moment
in 1973.
I remember a woman’s face
was the perfect mirror of my heart
in 1973,
and since then
the feeling of being right has been absolute.

Now I am a cloud of atoms collecting on the wind
and a tremendous gravity pulls me down
into the heart of all hearts.
I have the feeling of being sole survivor
of a long dead race.

On the hillside archaeologists
free a ruined city from the jungle.
I find my bones scattered among the stones
of prehistory.
My sleep is haunted by giants
from that lost world, a time when
rainbows of divinities
danced in a cloudless blue sky,
skies that yet look down and smile
on our lost & forgotten city.

* * * *
Reassembling my body
I rise from blood-soaked ground
and set boots moving on the ancient highway
from the mountain to the plain.
Seven leagues later
I become seeing itself, and
throw off the images that rule me.

Beings on distant planets
come to life in me.
How can Gotham stand against this ?
I tell you, it cannot.

Consider the burning night
And the owl’s secret anger.
Who but the lone hunter can know
the turning points of history ?
You are him, bro, but your brain needs
to go into the shop for repairs.
(song ends)

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OPEN CALL: THE OPEN COLLECTIVE is a mentorship program for LGBT poets in New England between the ages of 18 and 28 who have not received a college degree nor are currently enrolled as matriculated full-time students at a university or college, yet have an aptitude for poetry. Applicants need to be open to constructive criticism for the purpose of revision. If you fit this criteria and are interested, or know of someone who would be interested, the application instructions and more details can found here:
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I used to live in Maine in the 90s and remember your wonderful journal!