Published by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, this fourth annual edition of the literary journal continues to celebrate the epic in the local and poetic voices in the American grain that so inspired William Carlos Williams, Rutherford’s hometown doctor and poet, whose liberation of the voice of the common man (and woman) in poetry was a true revolution in words during the last century. Thirty poets connected with the ongoing Rutherford, NJ poetry revival carry on that tradition in this year’s publication. They include: John Barrale, Céline Beaulieu, Sondra Singer Beaulieu, Marian Calabro, the late George de Gregorio, Milton P. Ehrlich, Mark Fogarty, Thomas Fucaloro, Davidson Garrett, Elissa Gordon, Roxanne Hoffman, Jim Klein, Melanie Klein, Janet Kolstein, Kathy Kuenzle, Brant Lyon, Zorida Mohammed, Rick Mullin, Mike O’Brien, Jane Ormerod, George Pereny, S. Gili Post, Tony Puma, Dan Saxon, Claudia Serea, Francesca Sphynx, Madeline Tiger, John J. Trause, Dorinda Wegener, and Don Zirilli.
“All of the poets in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow have a deep connection with the town,” said Jim Klein, leader of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets. “Either they have participated in the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ weekly poetry workshop, now in its fifth year, or the monthly readings at the Williams Center, sponsored by the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative, or the monthly readings at GainVille Café, hosted by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.”
In addition to the poetry, four essays give insight into the life and work of the Rutherford doctor/poet: William Carlos Williams and the Baroness by John J. Trause; The Poetry Reading by Madeline Tiger; Friendship and “The Figure 5” by Marian Calabro; and Medicine, Languages, a River and the American Muses in the Work of William Carlos Williams by Céline Beaulieu. Jim Klein shares his thoughts on creating a painting in “Don’t Talk Unless You Can Improve the Silence,” and Mark Fogarty gives a preview of his novel in excerpts from It’s So Easy to Fall in Love.
“Featured this year is John Barrale, a gifted poet with a wide poetic imagination and a protean talent for turning observations and memories into cogent poetry,” said managing editor Mark Fogarty.
The journal will be launched on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 700 P.M. in the Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ. Copies will be available for sale that night, and many of the poets will read from it during the evening. The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow is also available online at Lulu.com (www.lulu.com/content/10922431) and will be available through Amazon.com before the end of the year.