Virgogray Press poet, Donna Snyder, will be reading at the J. Cloyd Miller Library at Western New Mexico University on Wednesday March 18, 2015 as part of the continuing series, “Reflections of an Artist,” presented by the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning.
In Donna Snyder’s debut collection of poetry, I Am South, readers are exposed to the vivid psyche of a poet unafraid to release the passions, fears and reasoning of inner toil and resolve. Snyder’s poetry is like a painting that tells mystified stories and is very revealing in all their discretion. The language of the poet is elaborate and intense evoking images such as darkness: “it is a black night and I dive over and over / from the prow of a black boat/ into the blackest water” (“To Continue is Imperative,” 27), mythology: “He turns his feathered back on the siren’s song / a choice will lead him back to the horned man’s woodland” (“Dreaming in Cards,” 23), and sex: “the sound of movies and silk hosing swishing / the young thighs crossed and uncrossed in the darkness / If only I had never said yes to fervent kisses beneath my ear” (“Blame it on Neruda,” 15). For all the poetic language, Donna is exceedingly forward in some of her work, as in “Like a Cloak of Many Colors,”
I can’t write in subtleties by nature
I articulate experience in blatant terms
name the emotion
… I can’t write in ambiguities
my job is to name a thing and make its existence
… you know what I mean when I say it” (38)
and the title poem, “I am South,”
Gravity pulled me from north to south
to find some truer self
South is where I learned to swallow Pablo Neruda
South is where time stretches out like a bus trip
in exotic lands
And south is where I can both swear and sweat
There is antiquity here everywhere
and I have become part of it.” (37)
Through the images and poetic devices, Donna Snyder presents a collection both kaleidoscopic and in-your-face, and gives nods to such writers as Octavio Paz, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Pablo Neruda. First published as a chapbook in 2010, I Am South is now re-issued as perfect bound edition and brings readers poetry that has proven to age gracefully over the course of four years.
I Am South by Donna Snyder is available through Amazon and other fine retailers.
Good evening. I hope everyone is well at the time of this writing. It has been a crazy year, 2012, that showed very fruitful for poetry and Virgogray Press. Having released several collections, and gratefully with the humble returns of poets like Suzi Olmsted, Justin Blackburn and Chris D’Errico, a core has begun to form. The remainder of 2012 and moving into 2013, Virgogray has plans for the release of only a few more titles of poetry from poets such as Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke and Ayne Francis de la Cruz. The newest collections, A. Molotkov and John S. Williams’ “The End of Mythology” and Mary B. Harrison’s “Beneath our Feet” are virtually upon us.
Nothing. No One. Nowhere. No. 5 is still waiting in the wings. Do not fear. We will move forward with the magazine as soon as we are able to. Do not forget, issue number 6 shall be edited by Sonnet Mondal. To have your work considered for publication please be sure to e-mail Sonnet Mondal (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be accepting poetry, short fiction, non-fiction. Carcinogenic Poetry is still publishing and shall anthologize for the third time very soon. The Occupy Poetry Project shall publish through the end of the year and will be laid to rest in 2013. We’ll probably anthologize the series to send it off. It is with great thanks to the writers and readers of the web series that I reflect on it as it has been a fun and interesting ride in publication. That could be said the same for Virgogray in its entirety.
Virgogray is producing the Austin Salon Poetic, a free community-based poetry open mic in downtown Austin, Texas at a bar called Headhunters Club, that recently underwent a remodel by Spike TV reality show, “BarRescue.” The Austin Salon Poetic features local and regional poets to raise awareness of local poetry and also features a poetry open mic. Poets we’ve featured so far include, Thom Woodruff, Juan Manuel Perez, Bill Shute, Devorah Winegarten and others.
There is certainly more to look forward to, including re-issues of previously out of print collections, such as Marc Olmsted’s “Fresh Lotus Rehab” and A. J. Kaufmann’s “Broke Nuptial Minds.” That is all that can be said. To all others involved, I thank you for your patience and understanding in all matters of the press. Virgogray could not promote and share such vital work without the loyalty and integrity of the poets, artists and readers who support us.