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Sep 21, 2014 / 3 notes
Sep 14, 2014

The Poetry-In-Film Series: Juan-Paolo Perre - “Your Garden” [Music: Brian Eno]

One of the first videos in the Poetry-In-Film Series done for my poem, “Your Garden” which was included in my book, “A Confederacy of Joy”.

Sep 11, 2014 / 1 note

"A Confederacy of Joy: Poems" - Trailer II [SIENA Press] from CalmeEtVolupte on Vimeo.

The second book trailer for the poetry collection, “A Confederacy of Joy” by author Juan-Paolo Perre, the 2014 Legacy Poetry Series Prize selected poet.

NOW AVAILABLE AT OUR WEBSITE SHOP: thesienapress.com/store
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SIENA PRESS is proud and excited to announce the release of the début collection of poetry by author, Juan-Paolo Perre entitled “A Confederacy of Joy” which is the 2014 official selection of Siena Press’ inaugural LEGACY POETRY SERIES designed to highlight significant contributions to poetry whether it be by new or established poets; the sole criteria being works of substantial promise and enduring quality.

""A Confederacy of Joy" is like an intimate journey of the soul through the landscape of the body - Whitman-esque - an auspicious introduction of promise."

Evoking the haunting specter of Federico García Lorca’s duende, this auspicious debut collection hums of a humane music with themes both personal and universal. These are the poems of a soul seeking and of one searching. They are the poems of the prodigal - who journeys out eager into the world and returns having found it once again in shades bucolic, melancholic and buoyant.

One can clearly see in these poems his ancestral bloodline: from Pablo Neruda to Hart Crane and Walt Whitman to Philip Levine. These poems clamour with a sure and pervasive vision.

In fact, these are, in their purest essence, love poems: sometimes solemn as prayers and more often than not, rhapsodic; the love of words, of place, of persons past and present and a love for and of a world which seems always in a miraculous flux between the sacred and profane.

Like incantations or the lingering lyric of a departed balladeer, they are the poems written by a new type of visionary - one that sees the world but then dares to step back into it - taking his place once again but now militantly hopeful and armed with a certain kind of impenitent joy.

Born in Siena, Italy, Mr. Perre emigrated as a child to London, England and then later to New York City. An acclaimed polymath, he regularly engages in “a nifty, polymathic juggling act” in a variety of art forms.
[juanpaoloperre.com]

Sep 11, 2014 / 2 notes

"A Confederacy of Joy" 1st Book Mini Teaser Trailer [SIENA Press] from CalmeEtVolupte on Vimeo.

The first book trailer for the poetry collection, “A Confederacy of Joy” by author Juan-Paolo Perre, the 2014 Legacy Poetry Prize winner.

NOW AVAILABLE AT OUR WEBSITE SHOP: thesienapress.com/store
AND ON AMAZON : amzn.to/SxD0ZM

SIENA PRESS is proud and excited to announce the release of the début collection of poetry by author, Juan-Paolo Perre entitled “A Confederacy of Joy” which is the 2014 official selection of Siena Press’ inaugural LEGACY POETRY SERIES designed to highlight significant contributions to poetry whether it be by new or established poets; the sole criteria being works of substantial promise and enduring quality.

""A Confederacy of Joy" is like an intimate journey of the soul through the landscape of the body - Whitman-esque - an auspicious introduction of promise."

Evoking the haunting specter of Federico García Lorca’s duende, this auspicious debut collection hums of a humane music with themes both personal and universal. These are the poems of a soul seeking and of one searching. They are the poems of the prodigal - who journeys out eager into the world and returns having found it once again in shades bucolic, melancholic and buoyant.

One can clearly see in these poems his ancestral bloodline: from Pablo Neruda to Hart Crane and Walt Whitman to Philip Levine. These poems clamour with a sure and pervasive vision.

In fact, these are, in their purest essence, love poems: sometimes solemn as prayers and more often than not, rhapsodic; the love of words, of place, of persons past and present and a love for and of a world which seems always in a miraculous flux between the sacred and profane.

Like incantations or the lingering lyric of a departed balladeer, they are the poems written by a new type of visionary - one that sees the world but then dares to step back into it - taking his place once again but now militantly hopeful and armed with a certain kind of impenitent joy.

Born in Siena, Italy, Mr. Perre emigrated as a child to London, England and then later to New York City. An acclaimed polymath, he regularly engages in “a nifty, polymathic juggling act” in a variety of art forms.
[juanpaoloperre.com]

Gladly, I Have No Choice
Sep 10, 2014 / 1 note
Poetic Salvation

When I can’t be “in the peace of wild things” this will do just fine…  
Sep 9, 2014 / 1 note

Poetic Salvation

When I can’t be “in the peace of wild things” this will do just fine…  

Sep 3, 2014
Labor Day, My Idol, A Poem…Philip Levine…”What Work Is”
Sep 1, 2014 / 2 notes
September 2014: Global Arab and Arabic Literary Events Calendar
Aug 31, 2014
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Aug 27, 2014

A great and vital organization. Check them out and the work they (we) do at http://www.pen.org

A great and vital organization. Check them out and the work they (we) do at

Aug 12, 2014
from “Poetry” by Pablo Neruda
I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.
Aug 12, 2014 / 3 notes
Aug 12, 2014

TOXIC FAME: The Irrevocability of Anonymity

 Rest in Peace, Robin.robin_williamstoxicfame

Many years ago this book saved my life. You see, decades ago I had discovered the secret to immortality and day after day, moment after moment each and every one of my desires and dreams were coming true in the most outlandish and prodigious manner. Not having a family to support and appreciate my accomplishments I thought what would be better than to have the notice of my…

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Aug 11, 2014

Poetry…he knew…

Poetry…he knew…

These past few weeks the excitement, stress, worry over my book has segued into stress, worry and lament for Palestine. Some moments I can hardly negotiate myself so used to the total absorption in my artistic world as I am, with the hard realities of the present world so much in glaring urgent evidence.

This morning I reached for one of my books of poetry by Pablo Neruda and found this poem…

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Jul 28, 2014 / 2,757 notes