MRPR #19     Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 Issue is full with fine poetry. I am particularly pleased to have four outstanding features: Fred Marchant, Susan Edwards Richmond, Kevin Rabas (Poet Laureate of Kansas) and Harris Gardner, as well as the return of a few of my favorite poets, Marge Piercy, Doug Holder, Emily Pineau and, of course, the great cadre of poets selected for this issue.

There are sixty-four poets in this issue, thirty-seven of whom appear here for the first time. These are new writers to Muddy River Poetry Review and I am happy to welcome them aboard. Others who return in addition to the ones aforementioned are Taylor Graham, Ed Ferri, Jr., Tim Suermondt, Steve Klepetar, Karen R. Neuberg, Mark Pawlak and Neil Silberblatt with two baseball poems appropriately published in time for the end of the 2018 baseball season.

I live in Brookline, MA. and am proud to be a member of the Somerville Bagel Bards, a group of writers who gather every Saturday at the Au Bon Pain in the Davis Square section of Somerville. The group was founded about fourteen years ago by Doug Holder and Harris Gardner. Writers of all genres of literature gather every Saturday from roughly 8 a.m. to noon to socialize, discussing everything from writing to politics. Networking is an important part of the Bagel Bard group. Often one learns about publications and editors and suggestions on where to send work. There are no fees or dues and once a member, each of us is a member for life.

Sadly, in the past year we lost three of the Bagel Bard members. Last October Joseph Cohen, a 100 year-old gentleman who brought his humor and gentleness to the group died. Another was Philip Burnham, whose wit and wisdom were reasons many sought to be his friend. Finally, the city of Boston’s first Poet Laureate, Sam Cornish, died in September. In their memory I have published a poem, bio and picture of each and the poem written and spoken at the memorial service for Sam by Rev. Mark Seifried, Pastor of the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC.

The poets mentioned as well the others in this issue will provide you with hours of great poetry. So as I invite you to do as with each issue, relax in a comfortable chair and take in the poets who present their considerable talents for your contemplation and enjoyment. Once again you will have the opportunity to read those previously published in this magazine and others who are new to our Muddy River Poetry Review family.


Zvi A. Sesling, Editor

Issue #19

Fred Marchant – Feature
Kevin Rabas – Feature
Harris Gardner – Feature