Welcome back! Thirty of the forty-three poets in this issue of Muddy River Poetry Review are making their first appearance which attests to the publication’s ability to attract new talent who believe this is a worthy journal in which to appear.
Our Special Feature, Dennis Daly has appeared previously in the poet section and as a feature. Dennis’s new volume of poetry, Sentinel, (Red Dashboard LLC Publishing), 2016) is a set of poems written uniquely about subjects not often found in the poetic form. Please read my review of Sentinel online in the Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene. Dennis finds poetic subjects where many poets do not, and turns them into compelling reading. I recommend you get a copy so you will know what I mean.
Our Features are Emily Ferrara and George Held. I met Emily at a reading in Wayland, MA a little over a year ago and am extremely impressed with her poetry. You will be too, when reading her fine work in this issue of Muddy River Poetry Review which presents a wonderful sampling of her poetic talent.
George Held is a truly outstanding poet. Aside from eight Pushcart nominations George has been a professor and award winning poet. His poems have been widely praised and published and his most recent book, Bleak Splendor, was published by Muddy River Books to much acclaim. I know you will enjoy his offerings.
I am pleased to offer many poets who appear for the first time in the journal, all who come from various parts of the U.S. as well as from Israel, Wales, Scotland and England. Their variety and styles give Muddy River Poetry Review the feeling of an anthology both in the style of the poetry and the subject matter.
So again I invite you to relax in a comfortable chair and take in the poets who present their considerable talents and thoughts for your contemplation and enjoyment. Some have been previously published in this magazine and others are new to our Muddy River Poetry Review family.
Zvi A. Sesling
Special Feature – Dennis Daly
Feature – George Held
Feature – Emily Ferrara