Monday, October 28, 2013


Two Important Utah Poets Present Their Work

Poets Rob Carney and Michael McLane will present from their works at Cedar City's Main St. Books (25 N. Main St.) at 7pm on Monday, November 4, 2013. A reception and book signing will immediately follow at nearby Artisans Art Gallery (94 W. Center St.).

Refreshments will be available.

This event is free and made possible by sponsors Main St. Books, Artisans Art Gallery, and Sugar House Review.

Rob Carney is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Story Problems (Somondoco Press) and Home Appraisals (Plan B Press). His poem "Seven Pages from The Book of Sharks" just won first prize in Terrain.org's poetry contest; the latest issue is available on line now. He teaches at UVU and lives in Salt Lake City.

Michael McLane earned an MFA in Creative Writing and is finishing an MS in Environmental Humanities. He is the review editor for Sugar House Review and a co-editor of the new journal saltfront. His work has been published in numerous journals including Interim, Laurel Review, Colorado Review, Sidebrow, and Denver Quarterly. He is the Literary Program Officer for the Utah Humanities Council.

Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear two exceptional Utah poets present their work.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Sound of Sugar....Brian Gilmore



Billy Bathgate (for chico)
  

    all i’ve got is this picture.

it could have been van der zee
gordon parks,

oggi ogburn fresh from
a chancellor williams’
shoot,

we are capable boys;
innocent,

up some small mountain
in the summertime
from that swamp of a city,

we couldn’t juggle balls
didn’t know any gangsters,

all we had was ice cold michelob and red juicy melon
holy like water.

we didn’t even know about the rattlesnakes
that i’ve now been told are all over that mountain.

all i’ve got is this picture.

    i could call up the crew,

though some of them are gone away now like wisps of smoke.
others are here but just floating on the skyline like kite
without string.

we were capable boys,
looking into the future as if we
would live long like frederick douglass
or c.l.r. james.
did i mention the michelob?
the red juicy melon
holy like water?

and how about those rattlesnakes?
all around us always now that we know
they are there.

all i’ve got is this picture.

unbreakable smiles.
lean frames.
polo shirts gripping some young
boys soon to be walking tight rope
without poles.

    it’s there, all of it.
    ice cold michelob.
    melon holy like water.
    rattlesnakes.
    we couldn’t juggle balls.
    didn’t know any gangsters.

we were capable boys,

all i’ve got is this picture.









About the Poet:

Washington D.C.'s Brian Gilmore is a poet, writer, and public interest lawyer. He currently teaches at the Michigan State University College of Law. He is the author of two collections of poetry: "elvis presley is alive and well and living in harlem," and "Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: poem for Duke Ellington." His poetry, essays, and reviews have been widely published in newspapers, magazines and journals; his honors include - Individual Artist Award - Maryland State Arts Council - 2001, and 2003, Pushcart Prize nominee 2007, Willow Books Award nominee (fiction) - 2013. He is also a regular columnist with the Progressive Media Project where he writes about politics, law, and culture. His blog is the chocolate city review.





About the Sound of Sugar:

We’ve loved reading the work that we’ve published (clearly), so now we want an opportunity to better hear our contributors. We will feature an audio recording of a poem from one of our seven issues, read by the poet and updated every couple of weeks. This an open invitation to all contributors from any of our issues, we were delighted to print your work, now we’re eager to hear it.