Tuesday, October 19, 2021

New Book! In Her Terms by Toti O'Brien!

From Alturas:

My apologies for condoning the hawk
for not holding its predating nature
against it. We all hunt, just
in different ways.
The hawk does it beautifully
as large birds do, sunlit
and in plain sight.

. . . I seem to have been wed
to the hawk time ago, in prehistoric eras
our tie as indissoluble
as a sacrament. Let me
celebrate the rite of the hawk,
hawk and I, hawk and eye, the long gaze
the telescopic vision.

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Toti O'Brien is the Italian Accordionist with the Irish last name. Born in Rome, living in Los Angeles, she is an artist, musician, poet, and dancer.

   Click here to read a review of In Her Terms by John Brantingham 

Click here to read a review of In Her Terms by Michael Escoubas

Click here to order In Her Terms ($5) 


Monday, October 18, 2021

New Book! The Desert by John C. Van Dyke

John Charles Van Dyke (1856–1932) was an American art historian, critic, and nature writer. He was born at New Brunswick, New Jersey, studied at Columbia, and for many years in Europe.

In 1878, Van Dyke was appointed the librarian of the Gardner Sage Library at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and in 1891 as a professor of art history at Rutgers College. He was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1908.

When visiting the western deserts, Van Dyke brought his years of Art experience with him when composing this book, The Desert. The result is the visual language of light, air, and color which gives his writing a vivid poetic imagery loved by generations of readers.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

New Book! Calendar Girls by Tobi Alfier!

Calendar Girls can be imagined as a poetry book with a 2022 calendar, or as a 2022 calendar with poetry to help you make it through each month. The calendar has plenty of room to write doctor's appointments, readings you're attending, pta meetings, and everyone's birthday. The words and pictures will keep you inspired as you visit the life of a different woman each month through the eyes of Tobi Alfier. 

Tobi Alfier is co-editor of San Pedro River Review (www.bluehorsepress.com), an international semi-annual print journal of poetry and art. Her chapbooks include The Coincidence of Castles from Glass Lyre Press, Romance and Rust from Blue Horse Press, Down Anstruther Way from FutureCycle Press and Grit and Grace from Orchard Street Press. Her newest full-length books are Somewhere, Anywhere, Doesn't Matter Where from Kelsay Books, Sanity Among the Wildflowers from Cholla Needles, Slices of Alice & Other Character Studies from Cholla Needles and Symmetry: earth and sky from Main Street Press.

a peek inside (true size 11" X 17"):


Notice from Quill & Parchment
Review from Quill & Parchment


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Open Poetry Reading October 6, 5-7 PM!

Cholla Needles Open Poetry Reading
October 6, 2021 5-7 PM
The Joshua Tree Folk Stage
Bring a mask and a lawn chair for comfort!


Friday, October 1, 2021

October issue released! Cholla Needles 58!

 The theme this month - Terra - comes from the book selected to be read throughout our community for the 2021 BIG READ: An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo. The BIG READ is presented locally by Arts Connection and the Arts Council of San Bernardino County. The authors and artists for this issue were asked to present a personal understanding of Terra. We're tremendously blessed by how well they help us visualize our earth from so many viewpoints:

Leslie Shaw
Cynthia Anderson
John Brantingham
Caryn Davidson
Jeffrey Alfier
Tobi Alfier
Ruth Nolan
John C. Krieg
L. I. Henley
Dave Maresh
Tony Soares
Simon Perchik