In a conversation that ranged from the eclectic to the earthy, with poems ranging from childhood memories of planting flowers to defiance of corrupt Authority figures, to even a few interruptions by noisy seagulls, poet Ruth Farr amused and delighted all who came to hear her. We made a recording of the event - check it out right here. Its about 45 mins long - enjoy.
RUTH FARR IN CONVERSATION WITH EAMONN LYNSKEY
Seven Towers are accepting submissions to Census 4, the fourth Seven Towers Anthology. This Anthology is a collaboration between the spoken word and the written word all contributors are committed to performing and reading their work in public places and all have read at events organised by or participated in by Seven Towers.
Check out Ernest Hilberts brief excellent launch speech from the NY launch of 'Obscure Classics'
Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock, Quincy R. Lehr’s first collection of poems since 2008’s critically acclaimed Across the Grid of Streets, extends and subtly alters that volume’s vision. By turns witty and serious, gentle and acerbic, concise and expansive, this volume is a deeply personal collection, drawing both on Lehr’s years in Ireland and in Brooklyn. Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock confirms its author’s stature as an important up-and-coming American poet.
―Gifted with truly biting wit, Quincy R. Lehr is equal parts Beau Brummel and Jacques Brel, Lord Byron and John Dryden, Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce. He is an Augustan satirist, of both the Roman and British varieties, with the dash and thrust of a Turkish corsair out for blood. Lehr’s verse amuses, stirs, and wounds all at once. His addictive stanzas—ironic, sophisticated, precise and profoundly moral, always venomous but buoyed by wisdom—serve as splendid and welcome antidotes to the suffocating naivety, sameness, and self-indulgence of so much American poetry. With a Luciferian glint in his eyes, he pierces everyday pieties and commonplace pompousness with a well-honed blade!‖ – Ernest Hilbert
―Quincy Lehr’s is an imagination that keeps poetry keen and on its toes. Free of dogma and not dogged by encomium, his voice "had to be imagined," in the words of Wallace Stevens, "as an inevitable knowledge." – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Quincy R. Lehr was born in Oklahoma City, and he lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches history. His poems, criticism, and essays have appeared in numerous journals in North America, Europe, and Australia. He is the associate editor of The Raintown Review, and his first book, Across the Grid of Streets , appeared in 2008.
Publisher: Seven Towers Ltd; first edition (26 Mar 2008)
Language English ISBN-10: 0955534631 ISBN-13: 978-0955534638
Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 17.2 x 0.8 cm
Quincy Lehr's poetry, suffused with the language and imagery of New York city and the lingering memories of his native Oklahoma, provides us with lyrical full colour snapshots of life on the streets where we live and the many roads we pass through in life. Angry, evocative, descriptive, reflective, the poems in this collection breathe on the pages and will draw the reader into their world again and again Across the Grid of Streets was launched to much critical acclaim in Ireland.
It has been described by Michael O Loughlin as "intellectually rigorous and displaying a serious engagement with poetic form", by John W Sexton as "a wonderfully strong and powerful collection" and Liam Aungier has described Quincy as "one of the finest poets I have had the pleasure of knowing". Fiona Sampson declared in the Irish Times that Lehr's poems "demonstrate much energy and narrative talent." Fiona Sampson Irish Times June 14 2008