Poet Interview #50: Chrissie Morris Brady

Walking Is Still Honest Press

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? At what age did you start writing? Have you always written poetry? Who/what first inspired you to start writing? Who are your favorite poets?
 
I grew up with two cultures, so I was very familiar with German kinderlieder – 
nursery rhymes and playground songs. Later I found my Dad’s book of Kipling’s poetry and was fascinated by it. I began keeping a journal around the age of twelve or thirteen. I often wrote poetry in it and eventually it became almost entirely poems, quotes, and notes of something said that had impressed upon me. In school, I encountered Ted Hughs and his landscapes, some Hilaire Belloc and W.H. Auden. My favourite poets are Patrick Kavanagh, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, W. B. Yeats, Simon Armitage and Sylvia Plath. I also read Frank Mundo, Helene Cordona and Brendan Constantine.
 

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“Different”is the Reprise Review at Big Al’s Books and Pals Today

Very cool. Big Al’s Books and Pals had made my book “Different” its Reprise Review of the day. Check it out.
http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2016/11/reprise-review-different-by-frank-mundo.html
Different tells the story of Gregory Gourde, who wakes up in his bed one morning with an impossible new feature. We follow Gregory down a rabbit hole of sorts to a new world and an audacious exploration of what it really means to be different in this dark yet humorous nod to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.

 

 

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Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Part parable, part thriller, part cautionary tale, “The Vegetarian” is the crushing story of a family who seem both unwilling and unable to address the worsening mental illness of one of their own: a young woman name Yeong-hye, whose dream one night not only turns her against eating meat, it kick starts an extremely violent battle against everyone she knows for her mind, her body and her soul.

Told in three acts, from three very different perspectives: Yeong-hye’s awful husband, her pervy artist brother-in-law, and her miserable put-upon sister, the author explores the explosive relationship between inner-world passions and outer-world limitations — that strike-slip fault where the submission, subversion and expression of personal choices must meet and account for personal responsibility and familial and societal obligation.

Dark, disturbing, provocative, bloody, violent, intense, and sometimes even beautiful, “The Vegetarian” was a fast and excellent read — surprisingly meaty for its 192 pages. Hard to put down, especially in the first section. Four stars and a bit more.

I read it on my iPhone with the Kindle App, and there weren’t any formatting, typos or other issues. Definitely worth the money.

Get The Vegetarian by Han Kang at Amazon.

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Frank Mundo 2016 Best of the Net Anthology Nominee

Honored that my poem “Aubade” has been nominated for the 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. Thank you to Marie C Lecrivain, editor-publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles.

poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles’ nominees for 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology.

CREATIVE NONFICTION

1) G Murray Thomas -“A Personal History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Spoken Word

PROSE

1) Carol Schwalberg – “Knock-Out

2) Lynne Bronstein -“A Present For the Teacher

POETRY

1) Gwyndyn Alexander – “Poet in Atlantis

2) Deborah Edler Brown – “Taller Than the Moon

3) Frank Mundo – “Aubade

4) Angel Uriel Perales – “Minuet of the Burning Fields

5) Ben Trigg – “Shoes

6) Viola Weinberg Spencer -“Salvadore Dali Takes His Anteater For a Walk

 

Congrats to the nominees.

http://www.poeticdiversity.org

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Carolyn See, California Literary Legend, Dies at 82

You know that one teacher that changed your life, that one teacher that made you see a better version of yourself was actually possible and attainable?

That was Carolyn See for me. She was my teacher, my friend and mentor. I am a better writer and a better human being for having known her and learned from her and worked with her.

I just can’t say enough how much she changed my life for the better. She was the best!!! I’ll never forget her. I’ll never forget what I learned from her.

RIP Carolyn See, my friend and mentor. I love you, and I miss you!!!

To learn more about Carolyn See and her amazing body of work, here’s the announcement in the LA Times today.

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New Poem Published Today at Angel City Review

My new poem, “Waste of Shame,” a sestina I wrote for my brother, was published today in the latest issue of Angel City Review –> This magazine focuses on Los Angeles writers, established and new.

Check it out if you have a minute.

Other poetry contributors:
Janice Lee and Michael Duplessis
Emily Fernandez
Nelson Alburquenque
James Cushing
Alyssa Crow
Oktavi Allison
Mike Sonksen
Marcus Clayton
Sarah Thursday
Luivette Resto
AJ Urquidi
Kirk Sever
Jesse Bliss
Maja Trochimczyk

There are also short stories and non-fiction work in the magazine — a lot of great stuff for whatever you’re looking for.

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Midway Upon the Journey of My Life by Frank Mundo

Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

Midway Upon the Journey of My Life
a villanelle

Although my life is only halfway through,
And age, with stealing steps, has shown its claws,
There’s still a lot of dying left to do.

Friends and family, those I look up to,
So many lost to universal laws,
Although my life is only halfway through.

Since life’s spent waiting, wasting in the queue
And no one can escape death’s dropping jaws
There’s still a lot of dying left to do.

Each year I outlive someone else I knew,
While more get dipped in blue and wrapped in gauze
Although my life is only halfway through.

If Time’s a bloody nightmare coming true,
And growing old’s a bloodbath without pause
There’s still a lot of dying left to do.

Another year, another dropping shoe,
Reminds me that I need to live because,
Although my life is only halfway through,
There’s still…

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