Although I have traveled far and wide, I am never far from the Monongahela Valley. I am a second-generation American; the Old Countries are never far from me. The wood, and hills, rivers and “cricks” have given me an appreciation for nature.

2017-11-15
Jumping on that Holiday Gift Bandwagon
And why not? If you live in the USA or Canada, I can easy send you signed copies of either or both books! If you live elsewhere, let me know if you have difficulty obtaining a hard copy. E-versions are always an option. If you would like a signed card,...

2017-11-13
I might have won on Jeopardy tonight!
At least on this question. The Final Jeopardy was tricky! Have to love Rilke! http://www.sporkworld.org/guestartists/picot/rilke.html...

2017-11-11
"Saluda Reflections" sometime in 2018
I have a contract to sign with Finishing Line Press and will have it back to them in a few days. It is exciting to have my third book in the works. Much more to come of course, but I better continue the final edits....

2017-11-08
Book-give-away from a friend and fellow author
https://twitter.com/i/notifications?lang=en&lang=en Thanks to H.A. Callum, you mgiht win a copy of Accents!...

2017-11-08
Submitted Another Poem
The online journal has published me before, and I do feel good about this one! Wish me luck!...

2017-11-07
Woman Warrior- Jenna Lé
I have admired Jenna Lé's poetry for a few years, and have read both of her books. In this short interview i like how she tries to write 20 good liens of poetry a week. But I can't write during my commute, since I drive! Well-earned honor! https://www.stephaniehan.com/woman-warrior-iv-jenna-le/...

2017-11-05
Blog Rejuvenation: The Life of a Poet
A few months ago I was thrilled to see that the blog reached 100,000 hits! Since then action has slowed down. That caused me to wonder what I was doing, or not doing, to hold people's interest. I looked over some statistics, and saw that My music-related posts do well,...

2017-11-03
"Saluda Reflections" from Finishing Line Press
Sometime in 2018 my third book of poetry, Saluda Reflections , will be released by Finishing Line Press. I am thrilled to announce this, even before the contract is signed. Pre-orders will be taken; keep checking here or on my other accounts (Facebook/Twitter) for updates! https://www.finishinglinepress.com/...

2017-10-29
what a Blast at the Fall Festival
It seemed like Winter, as least as far as South Carolina goes. The temperature barely reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I was inside but the door was open to the large room. but I sold well, made some new friends, some of whom shared friends with me! It was a fantastic...

2017-10-24
Interesting reactions to a poem from class tonight
Some of the best things in a classroom are unplanned. We had some time at the end of poetry class, and I added Yeats' "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death". As I read, I paused now and then to point out the poignancy and despair of the situation. The speaker...

2017-10-21
Fall Festival 2017----29 October
This will be a fantastic event! I have been at a few events with Jennifer David Gerdes in her old location. This summer I had a signing at the new one and it was superb! I will have many copies of both books and am looking forward to meeting people....

2017-10-20
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https://www.facebook.com/events/499145763778009/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story This promises to be a great festival I will be there with both books!...

2017-10-16
Richard Wilbur, RIP
America's second Poet Laureate, Richard Wilbur, has died. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize. The obit below shows his interesting background and gives a glimpse of his fine poetry. Although I have read some of it, now I want to read more. I had not known that he was a...

2017-10-13
Review of "Accents" in Jasper
Perceptive review (again) from Jonathan Butler in the Jasper magazine of Accents . It is extremely nice to see that he gets what I was trying to say. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214197058662046&set=a.3964603195127.171614.1281784341&type=3&theater...

2017-10-11
Indie Author Day in Aiken, Sat, 14 October
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2017-10-08
Tom Petty, RIP- Belated Remarks
Among the many excellent things about the late Tom Petty was how good songs were matched with equally good videos. He breathed new life into rock and roll, while putting his own personal stamp on the genre. He always seemed to have fun. The Travelling Wilburys showed that, and his...

2017-10-07
Back in Aiken Saturday, 14 October
I have been invited back to this event, and am very excited! I will have both Accents and Places and Times available. This time I will also debit my two https://www.facebook.com/events/1281118908684020/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2217%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D...

2017-10-04
Time to Learn Tanka
The best thing about being a poet is writing poetry. A close second would be having friends who are good poets, who inspire, persuade, even cajole you. One of them asked me to write some tanka. So I will do my best. I had been thinking about some of these...

2017-09-30
A Poem from Alicia Salabert
I admire a poet/writer who writes in a language other than the language he or she originally learned. At times I write in German, but usually not. My good friend Alicia Salabert excels in her poetry. Whether she also writes in Spanish, I do not know. She has my admiration...

2017-09-30
A Timely Poem
Normally I avoid current events in my poetry. Anyhting I mention is well after the fact, and usually indirect. But several things converged today, and while I was working out at the gym, saw somehting on CNN that put this on my heart. I was fortunate to have seen Clemente...

2017-09-29
In Upcoming "Military Experience & the Arts"
There was a time when I thought the two were incompatible. How that has changed over the years. As a Retired (Army) Reservist with Veteran Status, I find myself culling poetry out of those nearly 23 years I spend as a National Guardsman, Reservist, and when mobilized, Active Duty Soldier....

2017-09-27
Impressive Poet
Istvanne Juranyi is an artist whom I met on Google. She is from Budapest, where I have family. Through her I learned about Miklos Radnoti and his tragic life. He is one of Hungary's greatest 20th century poets, but died during the Holocaust. I have below a link tow a...

2017-09-24
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RM6XMH/ref=sr_1_1?tag=geolinker-20&ie=UTF8 I have two poems in this anthology. It's a worthy cause. Thanks....

2017-09-20
Market Tea Room Fall Festival
I will be there with both books. This promises to be a splendid event and is well worth attending! http://wis.eviesays.com/event/6924499/market-fall-festival?tid=48991454...

2017-09-17
HA Callum Interview
https://karenannwirtz.com/2017/09/17/author-interview-%F0%9F%93%9A-h-a-callum/ One fellow Blue Deconian interviewing another! Learn more about the fine authors at Blue Deco Publishing!...

2017-09-16
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An exciting day, and I hope to return to Augusta to this venue, perhaps finding new ones! the best part was to see how people connected to my poetry. Whether it was a place we had in common, or ethnic connections, or the appreciation of language.....it was awesome! Thanks to...

2017-09-09
Don Williams RIP
When my future wife and I were dating, I learned to appreciate Don Williams. She had an eight track (all right, laugh if you want to) or two of him, and we would play them as we talked and got to know each other. I liked his easy style, the...

2017-09-05
John Ashbery, RIP
New York Times obituary, I will do so. I like the connections he made between poetry, art, and music. And he certainly counted among his friends and associates some poets I admire. While I have read a few poems of his, I confess that I do know know much about...

2017-09-03
Three poems Appear in This Journal
file:///C:/Users/Pamela/Downloads/Poetry%20Journal_5.pdf And this is the first time I have been translated into another language....

2017-09-02
New Recordings from "Accents" on soundcloud
For your listening pleasure: https://soundcloud.com/arthur-turfa-1/accents...

2017-09-01
Maybe We Forget Why We Have Labor Day
Labor unions have a bad reputation in some quarters these days. belong to a teacher association, since South Carolina prohibits unions. In Pennsylvania it was a union. Labor Day holiday started to honor the dignity of workers, and to celebrate such things as the 40-hour week, compensation insurance, the eight...

2017-08-29
A Review from Spain for "Places and Times"
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=509795626079249&set=a.373059846419495.1073741828.100011464476062&type=3&theater I am so touched to see this. Alicia saw an earlier edition of this book and wrote some wonderful things for the book jacket. When I saw this Facebook post, I was beside myself with joy. Since I resumed writing poetry, I have been in touch with many people....

2017-08-26
Not all Gorkas Are That Way
Normally I am glad to see a fellow Hungarian-American do well. There was Joe Namath, Ernie Kovacs, and Mariska Hargitay, to name a few. Sebastian Gorka does not merit my praise. While I was not saddened to see that he has left the White House (an ongoing exodus it continues...

2017-08-23
Want to See which Writers I Like?
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wKc4l It is a diverse group. Check my other Collections, and feel free to comment, share, or anything! Thanks....

2017-08-20
A Blast from my Past
The call letters that I knew were WD The Daily Collegian, I met the station's Steve Rubin, also covering the event. He was the News Director and told me I was welcome to join the staff. I hesitated because I was with the paper and was unsure about my speaking...

2017-08-19
To Add my Book to the Syllabus, or Not to Add....
Any university/college student has encountered professors who add their books to the syllabus and either 1. never use it but are glad for the royalties t o 2. over-emphasize its value. I am thrilled to offer the Poetry class again at a local tech college, where I have been an...

2017-08-16
"The Fifth Gospel" is sensational
The mark of a good book for m is one where I miss the characters after I finish reading. This book has clearly-defined characters, a thorough description of everyday life in Vatican City (yes, there is such a thing), and a solid,, serious theological background: the Shroud of Turin and...

2017-08-14
Help out a friend, please!
https://www.weledaglobalgarden.com/aut/candidate/1823 This will help Laura Demelza Bosma. abstimme n means vote in German!...

2017-08-06
An Extremely Pleasant Surprise
Back in January I won the chance to select a book for a prize at a Poetry Slam at the Coffee Shelf in Chapin, SC. I selected Ian Caldwell's The Fifth Gospel . My fear is that it would be one of those "Jesus went to India/Jesus and Mary Magdalene...

2017-08-04
Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of English's finest lyric poets, Shelley was born 4 August 1792 in Sussex. Like many of his peers among the English Romantic poets, he died young. Not by illness, but by drowning; he and some companions did not heed the warning of Italian sailors and ventured out anyway. I...

2017-08-02
Interview on Lenka's List
https://lenkaslist.com/arthur-turfa-interview This is a very nice site that supports authors very well. I am honored to be part of it....

2017-07-30
Some Thoughts on Lorca
I am about to read the rural section of his poetry, and I wonder if it will be as surrealistic as the New York part. For a change of pace, I skipped ahead to a lecture/reading he gave. He mentioned a poem he was going to write, and the subject...

2017-07-24
A Quick Lorca Update
These poems are very surrealistic. What I had read early by him was not, but this is a pleasant surprise all the same....

2017-07-24
Book signing/poetry workshop in Chapin, SC this Saturday
Come see the new Accents banner! This time I am paired with a children's author, so there is no direct competition. I would hate to be with a fellow poet, especially one who is a friend. The Coffee Bar is a wonderful place, and is very relaxing! I will see...

2017-07-22
Philip Yancey on Reading, and Poetry
How do we carve time from our busy schedules to read to understand something? Philip Yancey's post "Reading Wars" examines the issue. He is an evangelical Christian writer who sounds to me like a Lutheran, which is great in my book! For years I felt that I had no time...

2017-07-20
"Accents" Launched in Columbia, SC
An outstanding Columbia Launch last night for "Accents" at Mind Gravy (Cool Beans was the location). Many thanks to friends and fellow poets Al Black for having me at his event again, and John Starino for pictures! Also thanks to Vashaboo for music, and to all who listened, bought, and...

2017-07-18
He could have made millions, but chose to help people
The Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a lot like the Monongahela Valley of the Keystone State where I was raised. The difference was that the former had anthracite coal, and the latter bituminous. For a dozen years we lived in the Wyoming Valley, and for almost five of them...

2017-07-17
Martin Landau, RIP
Younger audiences will not have seen the Mission Impossible television show, nor have seen Landau as a Roman in Cleopatra . most likely they would have seen him in Ed Wood as Bela Lugosi in his final days. A skilled an actor as he was, Landau also taught acting. His...

2017-07-16
Columbia, SC Launch of "Accents"
https://www.facebook.com/events/2075131366047699/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22messaging%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22attachment%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%7D%7D]%22%7D I am also working on another launch in the suburbs....

2017-07-15
My Favorite Songs Collection on google+
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/EsfFHB...

2017-07-14
Stretching myself with a bilingual Lorca edition
I have been intending to do this for some time, and I found a copy of Poet in New York in Augusta Georgia's excellent Book Tavern. There will be more about this as I work my way through it. If you are fortunate to have an independent book store in...

2017-07-10
58% of Republicans Think College is Not Good for America
No, this is not satire. This is not fake news. I would post this no matter what the majority was; I am not picking on Republicans. While the article starts off with the Pew Foundation poll, scroll down to see what some 2016 Republican candidates said during the primary season....

2017-07-07
When life gives you lemons, post the lemons somewhere else.
Recently I submitted something to a site that would allow me to do some book promotion if I taught readers something in 400-1,000 words. The piece eas rejected, but it is a good blog post all the same. Life goes on. Before my first book came out, a long-time friend...

2017-07-02
Happy 150th, Canada!
By my count I have visited Canada six times. My father used to fish there, and an uncle and aunt had a vacation home there. Although I have never had contract with them, I have relatives in Saskatchewan and Ontario (the latter escape Hungary after the failed 1956 revolution but...

2017-07-01
Bundestag Approves Same-Sex Marriage
Full of nuances, it has happened. Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated her disapproval, but potential coalition partners made their support conditions, so it was approved. not that the Christian Democrats (and the Bavarian sister party welcomed it with open arms, but Realpolitik carried the day. I imagine what clinched it wa...

2017-06-29
A Belated Take on Tim Farron's Resignation
Right before my wife and I went on vacation, Tim Farron resigned from the leadership of the UK's Liberal Democrats. The party had modest gains in the 8 June General Election, but saw some MPs lose their seats while others returned to Westminster. However, Farron based his resignation on what...

2017-06-28
"Accents" and "Places and tTimes" signing in Chapin, SC on Saturday, 29 July
I will be with another author (prose). More details on that soon. If you would like a signed copy of either book, comment here, e-mail me at aturfa@aol.com, find me on Facebook or LinkedIn, and we can make arrangements. This is a wonderful venue! https://www.facebook.com/ArthurTurfaPoet/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE...

2017-06-22
In MUSED again
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=847767702067135&id=293732337470677&__tn__=%2As I am honored to be published again in this excellent publication....

2017-06-19
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, RIP/ruhe im Frieden
The first part of West Germany I really got to know well was Rheinland-Pfalz (The Rhine Palatinate). In 1974 I spent most of a summer studying at the University of Trier through Georgetown University. It was a memorable, thrilling time as Watergate drew to an end and I made friendships...

2017-06-17
Market Tea Room and Country Store, W. Columbia, SC
I had a wonderful and productive day at the new location for this store. Jennifer Davis Gerdes really has a good thing going here next to the State Farmers' Market! While it looks off of the beaten path, the store was packed with people. Many left with a copy of...

2017-06-15
Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Lecture
Every semester that I teach I discover that a student has plagiarized. I tell them that it is theft. Sometimes it is due to incorrect citation. But usually it is clearly trying to put one past me. My favorite example remains a sonnet that used the word shibboleth; this is...

2017-06-14
Happy Belated Birthday, W.B. Yeats!
What I admire about Yeats is how he combined a love for the old Irish legends and culture with contemporary styles and issues. Too often we either live in the past or act as if the current world is all that there is. He was deeply involved in life, serving...

2017-06-12
"Accents" Signing! Have Tea with Me
https://www.facebook.com/events/449976755336013/ Both books will be available!...

2017-06-08
Soundcloud recording of a poem from "Accents"
A few of the poems I recorded earlier made it to Accents , Blue Deco Publishing, copyright 2017. Here is one of them. I intend to record some newer ones in the next week or so. Maybe if I had played the guitar better, I would be writing songs about...

2017-06-06
Hung Parliament, Now Minority Government
YouGov was correct on the first part.Now Tory Blue meets Ulster Orange. I fear there will be another General Election for the United Kingdom in the foreseeable future. Boris Johnson may angle to take the Tory reins. Lord Paddy Ashdown remarked that the nation has not been this divided for...

2017-06-05
Back to Alexandrines
When I get a chance, I believe i will revisit the Alexandrines. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-write-Alexandrines-.../ I wrote two long ago when I was an undergraduate, but I cannot find them. Since I am at the point now when I need to start writing (two books under my belt, and a chapbook ready...

2017-06-05
Thoughts from the other side of the Atlantic on the UK General Election
For what it's worth, here are my thoughts. It is very interesting to see a tighter race, with YouGov predicting a hung parliament. When the election was called (despite Prime Minister May's earlier statements about NOT calling one), I thought she would maintain that massive lead. But that has not...

2017-06-03
Wonderful Birthday Present
Carol Worthington Levy is a long-time frined (all the way back to 8th grade). she graciously did the covers for both of my books. todya I received an original which is the cover of Accents, with some slight variations. My wife and I were stunned at the generosity and the...

2017-06-01
Line prompt from POETS
Check out the POETS community on Google+ if you haven';t done so already! https://plus.google.com/105028533284452620555/posts/JsTHSgeaz9h I slightly altered one of my favorite poems.for yesterday's prompt, and received some kind comments on it. It is one of my personal favorites, but for whatever reason, it is not in any of my book....

2017-05-30
Shift Towards the East for Italy?
Truthfully speaking, Europe, especially NATO nations, feel deserted these days and have to reconsider things. Angela Merkel said so loudly a few days ago, but there are some quieter signs as we; So much for Donald Trump's diplomacy. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/world/europe/russia-courts-italy-in-us-absence.html?_r=0...

2017-05-26
A dangerous trend
The bitterness and rancor which have marked politics, not only in the USA, intensified when a (now) victorious candidate for the US House of Representatives from Montana body-slammed a reporter from the UK Guardian newspaper. While the body-slammer apologized, the episode marks a nadir. During the 2016 presidential campaign Donald...

2017-05-25
My Favorite Movies Collection
https://plus.google.com/collection/8GnCPB I was thinking about this collection recently. When Sir Roger Moore died earlier this week, I thought of the films in which I saw him. One that usually is overlooked in his filmography is the 1978 action picture The Wild Geese . Moore starred with Richard Burton, Richard Harris,...

2017-05-23
Sir Roger Moore, RIP
When I was in elementary school, I got to touch the James Bond car from Goldfinger. Of course Sir Sean Connery drove that one, not his successor. When the first change in Bonds occur ed, I was not upset. After all, my family had recently moved from one end of...

2017-05-22
Two Soundcloud Recordings of Poems from "Accents"
Truth be told, when I wrote and recorded them, I did not know that they would be in Accents . There are a few others in that category. In the coming weeks I will be recording some others If there is a poem from this book that stands out to...

2017-05-21
On Lenka;s List Banner
Click on the Accents cover on the left side of the abnner to see more about that book. Thanks, Lenka!...

2017-05-20
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Excellent interview by Heather Cassaway timed to coincide with the launch of Accents! Thanks, Heather! ttps://hlc027.wixsite.com/inthecomingtime/single-post/2017/05/19/Author-Interview-with-Arthur-Turfa...

2017-05-18
"Accents" Released Friday, 19 May
It will be available in the usual places on Friday, 19 May.. For some of you, that is already today!As I said earlier, I am excited the way this book came together thematically. Writing is relatively easy, but the difficulty comes from deciding where a poem should go and why....

2017-05-17
JFK born 100 years ago today
Now this makes me feel old! Turning 64 yesterday did not, but the centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth does give me pause. I vividly remember the 1960 election. My second grade class had a mock vote. I believe he won by one vote I voted for Nixon. Then recess...

2017-05-17
The Bppks Came Today!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212783915894360&set=a.3964603195127.171614.1281784341&type=3&theater...

2017-05-15
A Slight Break From "Accents"
Accents comes out this Friday from Blue Deco Publishing. It is a very nice group and the experience has been enjoyable. On 15 May 1891 Pope Leo XIII issued the defining work on social justice, the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On Revolutionary Change). Its influence extends far beyond Roman Catholic circles...

2017-05-13
"Accents" released on 19 May
Blue Deco Publishing will release Accents on Friday, 19 May. I m excited about this, because thematically the books is better-structured (which I attribute to a dream as per an earlier post). Signed copies are available. If you are not around where I am out and about, do not despair!...

2017-05-10
"Accents" Trailer is Out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikmr1UIpWzg Thanks to Colleen Nye at Blue Deco Publishing (book released Friday, 19 May), and to Elyse Bruce for the music!...

2017-05-10
ATLANTIC Articles on Poets
Once again, the ATLANTIC is full of good articles. In the May 2017 issue there are two on poets: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/05/poet-on-the-edge/521412/ I even have followed her on Twitter! https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/05/tragic-muses/521418/ I intend to read more of them, and eventually maybe even some of these books!...

2017-05-08
"Accents" available very soon! Officially, 19 May
Accents will be available very soon. Blue Deco Publishing has been doing a fantastic job on this in a very busy month for them. This is from their Facebook page: Busy month for us here at BDP! Our May releases are: Driving Crazy by Randy D Pearson The Secret of...

2017-05-06
Perceptive and excellent review of "Places and Times"
Always a pleasure to read these due to the pleasure my verse has brought to someone! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VQUVS4U/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1#customerReviews...

2017-05-05
How "Accents" Came into Being
Two weeks from release (19 May from Blue Deco Publishing), I will tell you how this second book of poetry came into being. Between the poems that did not appear in Places and Times (eLectio Publishing, 2015) and some newer ones, Since I wanted to organize this book a little...

2017-05-02
commas Are Important!
If you do not think so, read this article. The State of Maine would have saved millions! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html?_r=0...

2017-04-29
A Question for You
You can comment here, or if you can access me in other ways, please do that! I have been advised to have a fan page. The title would be something like "Arthur Turfa Fan Page". I am a little uncomfortable calling it that. I would love to tell the whole...

2017-04-28
Reading at Blythewood High School
I read as part of National Poetry Month at my school. Since it was at lunch, time was tight; I had an Open Mic. Two colleagues and five students read. ll went very well with 25 in attendance....

2017-04-25
Look Who is at Number Four!
http://bestread.net/directory/ Soon there will two books! Feel free to vote for my book! Better yet, get a copy for yourself or a friend! Signed copies available if you contact me! Thanks....

2017-04-22
Next year, "Accents" will be there, too!
Great time in Aiken! The table will be a bit more crowded next time!...

2017-04-21
To Aiken, SC tomorrow...or, back to Aiken!
http://www.diannshaddoxfoundation.org/aws-authors-blog/author-arthur-turfa...

2017-04-19
From Ray Davies' New Album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM_x6C-MGkE The title, "Poetry", fits this National Poetry Month. Ray is backed by the Jayhawks on this album, and asks the question in the face of commercialism and excess, "Where is the poetry?" I ask that myself quite often. Sir Ray, as he is now, is someone I mention as...

2017-04-18
Cover Reveal for "Accents"
"Accents" will be available from Blue Deco Publishing in May! Thanks to Colleen Nye and Carol Worthington-Levy (her second cover for me.). They really did a fantastic job on this. By the way, the inside of the book is pretty neat, also! This book is more intentionally put together. 'Poet...

2017-04-15
"Accents" Cover Reveal This Tuesday
Need I say more? From Blue Deco Publishbing in late May....

2017-04-13
Reading from "Accents" at Mind Gravy
We are about five weeks from official launch, but a few poems from Accents were very well-received at Mind Gravy last night at Cool Beans, Columbia, SC last night! Some long-term friends were there, and I made some new ones. This morning I found that Places and Times is still...

2017-04-10
To Aiken, SC, agian!
I am thrilled to head back to Aiken on Saturday, 22 April! Come and see me! http://www.diannshaddoxfoundation.org/aws-authors-blog/author-arthur-turfa...

2017-04-08
First time reading from "Accents"
https://www.facebook.com/events/237495723390510/ I am excited to be back for the third time in Mind Gravy, but the first in this venue! Come on down! Accents will be released on or around 19 May by Blue Deco!...

2017-04-05
Preparing first reading list including some of "accents"
What a milestone! On 12 April, 8 pm, I will be back at Mind Gravy, the poetry-music venue created by my energetic friend, Al Black. This will be my first time at Cool Beans, Columbia, SC (near the University of South Carolina Campus http://coolbeanscoffeecompany.net/ This means I will retain some...

2017-04-03
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, RIP/Memory Eternal
Back when I was a teenager I read in TIME Magazine about Yevtushenko has his problems with the Soviet system. It struck me odd that anyone would get so worked up over a poet. But I have come a long way from that naive opinion. I am glad that the...

2017-04-01
How Spaghetti are Harvested
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_wkxH9dU...

2017-03-31
I Knew One Should Love the Woods
"Studies show that staring at a photograph of a forest is better than staring at drywall, though a window with a view is better, and a walk outside is best. Gazing at a eucalyptus tree for one minute makes you more generous. Your health will be improved by just a...

2017-03-27
Interview on Mz. Jetson about my KDP "Six Poems"
Poetry does not always fit the questions, but I talked about my KDP sampler "Six Poems" and my books.!...

2017-03-26
Colin Dexter, RIP
I used to kid that my wife and I went through Oxford University. We honeymooned in England, and one afternoon drove to Oxford, got a room at the Royal auto Club Hotel. We walked around for a few hours, and went through one of the colleges; I forget which, but...

2017-03-23
Chuck Barris, RIP
Of all his shows, I liked Chuck Barris' The Gong Show the best. there was no pretense about it. most of the acts were atrocious, and I loved the comments of the judges when asked why they gonged a certain act. One semester in grad school some of us were...

2017-03-21
In MUSED bellaonline again
http://www.bellaonline.com/review/issues/spring2017/p031.html I am honored to appear in this fine publication again. Thanks, MUSED!...

2017-03-19
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott Dies at 87
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/books/derek-walcott-dead-nobel-prize-literature.html?_r=0 https://www.poemhunter.com/derek-walcott/ The small Caribbean island of St. Lucia never left Derek Walcott, although he traveled and found success in the USA and elsewhere. He fused his Angelo centric education with the joys of the tropical homeland, and created wonderful poems. He will be sorely missed....

2017-03-18
The Greatest Writer Who Never Won a Nobel
Born this day in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania *near the city of Reading), John Updike chronicled American society in a slew of novels with deep understanding, excellent writing, and grace. He transformed Reading into Brewer, and also wrote about his later home region of New England. His poetry reflected many...

2017-03-17
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
One of my favorite songs- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2bTczkYv0U Erin Go Bragh!...

2017-03-15
Mother Divine Dies
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/us/mother-divine-dead-peace-mission-leader.html?hpw&rref=obituaries&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0 When I was in high school the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine ran a long story about Father Divine. Almost two decades later I was pastor of a Lutheran congregation a few blocks from the Divine Lorraine Hotel. one of his outposts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Divine Perhaps this began my interest in fringe...

2017-03-14
Quick Reminder About My Other Collections
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105028533284452620555/palette Feel free to share, follow, comment, or anything!...

2017-03-13
Superb Interpretation of a Poem by Irene Riz
https://plus.google.com/collection/4orMQB You can also check out other fine recordings of poems from Places and Times here. Maybe you would like to see some of my other collections. Irene did a fabulous job. Anyone who wants to record a poem may, even if it has already been done. S oundcloud works...

2017-03-11
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My friend and fellow poet Len Lawson had a wonderful Book Launch for Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) in Columbia, SC today at the Good Life Cafe. Here he is reading a poem from it. https://www.lenlawson.co/...

2017-03-11
TUR Blog Radio Interview Link
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theurbanrelease Last Monday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Urban Release Blog Radio's Stacy Darlene. In the Fall I was in their magazine! It was great being on the radio again and they will have me back after Acents is released this summer by Blue Deco Publishing!...

2017-03-10
Somone posted my souncloud
https://soundcloud.com/arthur-turfa-1/prologue-canterbury-tales-in This is my recording of Chaucer's Prologue to The Canterbury Tales . Middle English is easy if you know English and German. I won't say who posted it, because I ave not been indirect contact with the person, but it made me feel good....

2017-03-08
"Accents" Manuscript Sent Off
What hope will be the final manuscript of Accents has gone to Blue Deco Publishing. There might be some minor things to finalize, but I feel happy, grateful, and relieved. Now back to the chapbook, and to see if it will remain one or grow larger. There are several things...

2017-03-07
What I Am Listening To Now
Way back when I had an occasional series her of Significant Songs. When I started my google+ collections, I stopped posting that sort of thing here. But I love Mary Chapin Carpenter's The Things The We Are Made Of LP. My wife and I have enjoyed her music for about...

2017-03-05
What I Ended Up Reading on My Kindle
Regeneration by Pat Barker, the first of her World War I trilogy. Yesterday the book appeared on my daily picks. When I saw it was about poet Siegfried Sassoon, I figured for $1.99 I could not go wrong. It's based on Sassoon's breakdown in the war and the recuperation he...

2017-03-04
On My "To Read" List
Last week at Deckle Edge (South Carolina Literature Festival ), I picked up Cassie Preemo Steele;s book, which is on the left. It is not her newest, but I like to read things sequentially, and the title intrigued me because I teach Mythology. A week earlier at the book launch...

2017-03-02
"Accents" Update
I am mid-way through the final edits for my second book of poetry, Accents , which Blue Deco Publishing will release sometime in the Summer of 2017! Tedious but necessary work it is, and I am very excited!...

2017-02-28
TS Eliot's "Ash Wednesday"- an annotated version
Tomorrow marks the start of Lent for Western Christians. Regardless of one's spirituality, or lack thereof, I think that everyone would agree that it is good to take some time to pause and reflect on the type of people we are and how we are not all that we would...

2017-02-26
Wonderful Event Roday
This year's Local Author Showcase at the Richland County Public Library Main Branch, Columbia, SC, was wonderful! I saw old friends, made new ones, made some connections, and sold some books even! I was glad to meet Blythewood author Karen Bobrow; she is from New Jersey and we both come...

2017-02-25
Local Author Event tomorrow!
http://www.richlandlibrary.com/event/local-author-showcase-2017 Two years ago I went to this event with a book soon to be released. Last year I had it available, as I do this year. Next year, there will be another book, and maybe a chapbook as well! By far the best thing is meeting people; seeing friends...

2017-02-23
Another poem in a Coming MUSED BellaOnline
I will be published here again. Here's a link to my first one in this fine publication. http://www.bellaonline.com/review/issues/fall2016/p016.html...

2017-02-21
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http://www.richlandlibrary.com/event/local-author-showcase-2017 Two books next year, maybe three! If you want a signed copy, contact me please!...

2017-02-21
Whitman Novel Found!
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/21/walt-whitmans-lost-novel-the-life-and-adventures-of-jack-engle-found Not every poet has a bridge named for them! Walt's connects Camden, New Jersey (he lived there) to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Interesting story....

2017-02-19
Wonderful Book Launch!
Fantastic book Launch for Poets Respond to Race Anthology from Muddy Rivers Press. Al Black and Len Lawson piloted the concept and lead the way in talking about race. They urged us to continue the process as best we can. And I encourage you! I am honored to have been...