POETRY, MUSIC, ART

POETRY, MUSIC, ART
SILENCE HAS A NAME - Poetry Chapbook and CD, with Music by Mark Hanley

Thursday, December 22, 2016

TODAY

Reading Joan Didion's oeuvre in an attempt to keep my own head together, or rather to acknowledge that it has also left my body, I came upon this, still relevant today--the opening of Slouching Towards Bethlehem:

"The center was not holding. It was a country of bankruptcy notices and public-auction announcements and commonplace reports of casual killings and misplaced children and abandoned homes and vandals who misplaced even the four-letter words they scrawled. It was a country in which families routinely disappeared, trailing bad checks and repossession papers. Adolescents drifted from city to torn city, sloughing off both the past and the future as snakes shed their skins, children who were never taught and would never now learn the games that had held the society together. People were missing. Those left behind filed desultory missing-persons reports, then moved on themselves.

"It was not a country in open revolution. It was not a country under enemy siege. It was the United States of America in the cold, late spring of 1967..."

We are now a country in open revolution. We are now under enemy siege. And it is the United States of America in the winter of 2016.

Monday, December 5, 2016

BLACK SCAT REVIEW--NOIR--AND OBSESSION

I've had the pleasure and privilege of appearing in a few lit mags over the years. Black Scat Review counts among the most exquisite in terms of its look and includes an unusually interesting cast of international authors such as Alphonse Allais, Adrienne Auvray, Paulo Brito, William L. Gibson, Agnes Potier, Douglas Skinner, Mercie Pedro e Silva, among others, in its current issue on "Obsession." The piece of mine that is included is titled, "A Play of Jeans," and pays homage to Jean Seberg as well as the art of cinema.

If you are a reader who is fond of noir, dada, surrealism, existentialism or radicalism explore Black Scat Review. And if you are a writer who is drawn to these realms, you have found your niche.

https://blackscatbooks.com/black-scat-review/

Here's an excerpt from The Obsession Issue #16:

"They sat together on the beach in silence. It was drizzling and he cupped his hands against the wind as he lit up. He had felt hungry before, but now all he wanted was the cigarette. She was boring a hole through his side, knowing he sensed it. He pretended not to notice, and continued to puff in silence. In the water three mallard ducks with shiny green heads were gliding past, bobbing in and out, filtering the briny food through their bills in the mud. She looked over at him again, and this time he offered her his cigarette."

--From "Out of Time," by Adrienne Auvray




Friday, September 23, 2016

POETRY REVIEWS



Here's my review of Kendra DeColo's poetry collection, THIEVES IN THE AFTERLIFE, featured in the current issue of Cider Press Review: http://ciderpressreview.com/reviews/the-numinous-nighscapes-of-kendra-decolo/#.V-XUuiMrKRt

Another sensatioal collection of poetry is Cynthia Atkins's IN THE EVENT OF FULL DISCLOSURE. Here is my review of that in Cleaver Magazine:
http://www.cleavermagazine.com/?s=arya+f+jenkins&x=4&y=12

"In this poor body, composed of 100 bones and nine openings, is something called spirit, a flimsy curtain swept this way and that by the slightest breeze. It is spirit, such as it is, which led me to poetry, at first little more than a pastime, then the full business of my life. There have been times when my spirit, so dejected, almost gave up the quest, other times when it was proud, triumphant. So it has been from the very start, never finding peace with itself, always doubting the worth of what it makes."  - Matsuo Basho

"Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do." - Stephen Spender



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NIGHT OF THE LIVING STARS

NIGHT OF THE LIVING STARS

a reading of
flash and poetry
featuring

Pauline Beck
Douglas A. Fowler
Arya F. Jenkins

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
7-9 p.m.

The Mocha House
467 High Street
Warren, OH

Be prepared to enjoy yourself and hang with
poets and writers afterward.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

READING AND MUSIC AT THE SOAP GALLERY

ARYA F. JENKINS WITH MARK HANLEY

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

@ 7 PM

THE SOAP GALLERY

117 S. CHAMPION STREET

YOUNGSTOWN

http://soapgalleryyo.squarespace.com/

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SATURDAY AUGUST 6 AT THE SOAP GALLERY

TONIGHT

August 6, 2016
at The Soap Gallery
117 S. Champion Street
Youngstown
SABOTAGE
a collaboration
with Mark Hanley, Tony Armeni and Zac Hanley
@ 7 PM

I'll be performing an experimental work, "A Play of Jeans," which pays homage to Jean Seberg and the art of cinema.




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

UPCOMING POETRY PERFORMANCE GIGS

My poetry chapbook, Silence Has A Name, is scheduled for publication,
Feb. 15, 2016 via Finishing Line Press.

Subsequent to that, there will be readings at:

The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion Street, Youngstown
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Group Exhibition of Women Artists 
Poetry Reading: Thursday, April 14, from 7-8 p.m.
Writers: Mari Alschuler, Kelly Bancroft & Arya-Francesca Jenkins
at 7 p.m.
Ward Bakery spring open studio on April 30, 2016

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS

Sunday, January 10, 2016

ON THE DARK LEGACY OF CHET BAKER



Here's the link to a short essay and poem of mine on the dark side of the legacy of trumpeter Chet Baker, featured in Jerry Jazz Musician:


http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2016/01/chet-baker-and-his-abandoned-shadows-an-essay-and-poem-by-arya-f-jenkins/