This a Time of the Poet Republic 2021 NewYear Present to Prolific Wordsmith and Publishing Maestro . Lundy partners with Poetry Chef Michael Dickel at IS A ROSE publishing gig . IS A ROSE has since catalogued hallowed literalists and pen -slingers that includes Professor DeWitt Clinton( In By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters, a collection of 114 poems) . And so many other poetry writing gems . Gary Lundy has a myriad of his thought-provoking and mind- jamming versifications published by several journals ,magazines and webzines in United States of America and abroad. The rarity of his voice is nerve-wrecking ,the depth of his verbiage is trendsetting and the psychical vintage is profoundly astounding .I managed to graze through raving reviews of his chapbooks( When Voices Detach Themselves) and I got entangled into the prowess within , the dexterity abound is catalytic enough for me to write up a literary arts prescription of this great poetic luminary stationed at IS A ROSE publishing center. This profile instalment serves the vital purpose of inspiring other established and rising poets from across the world and also a profile AD lead for you fellow readers to get know of the existence of IS A ROSE publishing gig and the literary legends behind this great literary arts and book publishing stable -( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
“Poetry is at its basic level language at play. I try not to dictate the rules of that play.” gary lundy
When Voices Detach Themselves( A gary lundy CHAPBOOK )
Poetry that is constructed of bits and pieces of relationship, vulnerability, love, narrative, images, bodies and longing while seeking to find understanding, or at least calm, amid the discordant endings and beginnings life provides. Full of striking and provocative writing at the internal and external edges of awareness( Amazon.com)
A Short Review from the late G JAMIE DEDES
“gary’s style is an engaging cross between the spontaneity of artistic improvisation and a steady flow of interior monologue. His often fragmented word-play, draws us inescapably into his haunted world. His is singular voice that pulls at our heartstrings as he scrutinizes his life, his loves, and the ragged edges of longing. He is exquisitely open in his explorations of grief and vulnerability, facing the discordant notes head on. I think what impressed me most about gary’s writing is a virtuosity unpretentious and honest”- G Jamie Dedes , Founding Editor of theBezine.com
A Praise Message from DONNELLE McGee
“The remnants of love and fragmented voices shape the narrative of Gary Lundy’s when voices detach themselves. You will be enthralled with Lundy’s lines. Each line constructed of images that breathe vulnerability onto the pages of a narrative that brings you in close to the voices of longing, and even closer to the voices and bodies trying to find harmony amid discord”.
—Donnelle McGee, Shine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012).
gary lundy is the author of three poetry chapbooks: this making i tore the sight from, lavish is saying nothing like again, and to each other water cool and pure. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines and journals including: Spout, Main Street Rag, Taproot Literary Review, The Rockford Review, RiversEdge, Voices Israel, ditch, The Bicycle Review, Down in the Dirt, Askew, My Favorite Bullet, Cedilla, and Indefinite Space. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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But here is a bit about our name, “is a rose press.” It comes from Gertrude Stein. Here is what Phrase Finder (UK) reports about it:
A rose is a rose is a rose…
The line is from Gertrude Stein’s poem Sacred Emily, written in 1913 and published in 1922, in Geography and Plays. The verbatim line is actually, ‘Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose’:
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
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When asked what she meant by the line, Stein said that in the time of Homer, or of Chaucer, “the poet could use the name of the thing and the thing was really there.” As memory took it over, the thing lost its identity, and she was trying to recover that—”I think in that line the rose is red for the first time in English poetry for a hundred years.”
Stein was certainly fond of the line and used variants of it in several of her works:
– Do we suppose that all she knows is that a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. (Operas and Plays)
– … she would carve on the tree Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose until it went all the way around. (The World is Round)
– A rose tree may be a rose tree may be a rosy rose tree if watered. (Alphabets and Birthdays)
– Indeed a rose is a rose makes a pretty plate. (Stanzas in Meditation)
The University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing provides these additional citations of the phrase:
When I said.
A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
And then later made that into a ring I made poetry and what did I do I caressed completely caressed and addressed a noun.
“Poetry and Grammar,” Lectures in America (Boston: Beacon Press, 1985), p. 231.
Civilization begins with a rose. A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. It continues with blooming and it fastens clearly upon excellent examples. (As Fine as Melanctha)
Lifting belly can please me because it is an occupation I enjoy.
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
In print on top. (Bee Time Vine)
Now listen! I’m no fool. I know that in daily life we dont go around saying is a is a is a Yes, I’m no fool; but I think that in that line the rose is red for the first time in English poetry for a hundred years. (Four in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1947).
TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC CURATOR( Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Author of a Letter to the President (Zimbabwe) Co-Author of Metaphors
of the Rainbow (Malawi). Co-Author of Whispering Woes of Ganges and
Zambezi (India, USA). Co-Editor of SecondNameofEarthisPEACE
African Contributor Poet /Essayist at Monk Arts and Soul Magazine
(UK). DitchPoetry( Alberta University,Creative Writing ,Canada).
Poetry Potion( Canada). FullofCrow(Canada). Scarlet Leaf( Canada).
Atunis Galatica( edited Agron Shele, Belgium). BlackWell
PoetryPamplhet (Oxford School of Poetry, UK). Litnet ( South Africa) .
OfiPress( Mexico City). FemAsiaMagazine (UK). InkSweatandTears (UK).
Squackback (USA).The Poet a Day Zine (founded by the late Maestro G
Jamie Dedes, Brooklyn, and USA). DemerPress International Poetry
Series (curated and edited by Hannie Rouweler, Netherlands). World
Poetry Almanac Series( Curated and Edited by Hadaa Sendoo, Mongloia).
Poesi. Is Journal (edited by Peter Semolic, Slovenia). Festival de
Poesia de Medellin (founded and directed by Fernando Rendon,
Colombia).DIOGEN Magazine (Turkey). RuckSackPatchPoetry, Voices of
Diversity (Passion for Poetry, curated by Antje Sehn, Italy). Cultural
Weekly ( International Space,USA) . Zimbabwean (published Wilf Mbanga,
UK) .WordCity monthly (curated and edited by Darcie Friesen Hossack,
International). IHRAF Publishes (founded by Thomas Block, NewYork,
USA). Diasporan Online (founded and edited by Lola Thomas, Spain) .New
Best African Poets (curated and edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka,
Zimbabwe) and more.
2020 Festival Readings/ Writers Symposia includes Festival de Poesia
de Medellin, (Colombia). University of Glasgow Creative Writing
Programme, (Scotland). World Poetry Festival, (USA). IHRAF LIVE, (New
York USA). Rucksack Poetry Patch, Voices of Diversity, (Italy and
Mexico). International Human Rights Day, IHRAF Arts Concert and Poetry
Live Symposia, (New York, USA) .SpokenWordOnline(Paris,France)