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Ilya Gutner

I was told that I would know him by his unruly hair, beard bare face, and gray tie. We met at the Esspresso Royal cafe. A five shot cappuccino whet Ilya’s poetic flute and prepared us to read from his found Blue Books. He discovered the collection of poems in Hamilton Hall of Columbia University buried in a book donation box. The invocation of the books reads;

Here is a Bluebook for the City
Examination in Old Age:
I’d put some markings on each page
A few of even have some meaning.

I wish you, Reader, some enjoyment
At least a little as you read
(Since you’re the one who speaks the word if
It’s a long afterlife I lead…)

I wish you well, I wish you happy,
I wish you happy with me, too;
And if of friends you’ve got a few,
I’d wish your friends would get a copy.

But I am not pretentious after all;
Or if I am then cavemen were pretentious
When sharing markings for each other’s wall.
Is facebook progress? For your wall: my pictures.

Ilya Gutner is studying the Classics as a graduate student at Columbia University. His reading does the poetry justice below.

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Zachary Bos; Poet with connections.

I arrived in the city where no one stays on a Sunday afternoon sunk in drizzle. ‘People come to work for or go to school and then move on, nobody stays in Boston,’ says poet Zachary Bos. People here are like smart free range chickens when it comes to Boston; they take flight.

This transient trend is the cause of the decline of scene and the strangling of artistic endeavor in the Boston area. In comparison with New York or Philadelphia there are no scenes. And how could there be such an environment in a city dominated by tourism and higher education.  The nurturing of the creative soul is dependent on the teet of thriving community and Boston folds barren. The bewildered artists that remain slaver upon their meager reservoirs.

Zachary Bos has decided to be a poet in residence for the city of Boston. He and a group of other literary figures aspire to create a community that caters specifically to the Bostonian’s unique nature. Through journals, meet-up groups, literary events, and small presses Zachary hopes to create a port for the creative mind; a place where a person can be dock and discover what they need quickly.

Zachary is the head of the the Boston Poetry Union, Executive Editor of Pen and Anvil Press, the Academic Adviser for Clarion (BU undergraduate literary journal). He is a member of the American Atheists Massachusetts chapter. His poetry has been included in publication such as Fulcrum, The Basilica Review, and Literary Imagination.

Pen and Anvil Press

He reads three of his poems;

Island Camping

Kowloon

The New The Last The Next

Zachary took the time to talk with me about some of his poetry, and his aspirations.

On Giving Poetry a Location in Boston

On the Publishing Industry and His Related Aspirations

James Zoller, looking fine.

James Zoller, looking fine and a-poet.

Dr. James Zoller is a English Professor at Houghton College in Western New York. The three poems that we recorded are from his most recent book of poetry, Living on the Flood Plain (may be purchased at WordFarm ). I am no critic on poetry, but from my slight knowledge I would say that Dr. Zoller’s poetry strongly exhibits the qualities of essential verse; it is verse that moves the listener or reader with it’s mimetic rhythms, and clear subtle messages. Dr. Zoller is the author of another book of poetry, Simple Clutter, and has been featured in Antaeus, BlueLine, Zone 3, The Kentucky Poetry Review, Oxford Magazine, Other Poetry (uk), The Best of the Prose Poem, The Christian Century, The Laurel Review, Blue Violin, and The Greenfield Review. He also is a member of a fantastic family.

Mark Stevick center, Catie Porter on the left, Nora Messier on the right

Here is a version of Jonathan Busch’s ten minute play “The Case of the Missing Butler,” read aloud by Mark Stevick, Catie Porter, and Nora Messier.

Jon Busch is the author of several award-winning plays including “Laying the Smack-Down in Cambridge” which will be published by Smith & Kraus this Spring. He lives in Beverly, MA and pays the bills by writing copy for advertisements.

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