Stephen Page’s Lit Rep Has Entered Cincinnati, drove around the suburbs, eaten-on-the-road food, stayed in a roadside hotel, seen a horrible car accident, and left, enjoying the freedom of the road and the beauteous countryside. She has placed “The Salty River Bleeds” and “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River” in the following locations:
Sharonville Public Library
Deer Park Public Library
Madeira Branch Public Library
Old Milford Library
Goshen Branch Public Library
Owensville Branch Public Library
Clermont County Public Library
Doris E. Wood Branch Library
Stephen Page’s Literary Representative recently passed through the City of Rock, Motown, birthplace of the U.S. car industry. She managed to find a home for “The Salty River Bleeds” in the following places:
“The Salty River Bleeds” by Stephen Page
Review by Aria Ligi
Page’s collection, Salty River Bleeds, is a two-part parable, one of the lives of Jonathon and Teresa and the other of his ranch, its inhabitants, the environ consisting of his cows, sheep, ibis and such and their struggle against the exteriors (man encroaching on them all). Yet, it is also, as he pictures so beautifully, mirrored with Old Man, who through the simple the challenge of living day to day, is a metaphor for it all. Pages’ work embodies very Campbellesque qualities of the myth told within the confines of free verse, epistles, and alternatively spiced with rhyme. Page is not only a mythmaker he is rancher poet-activist who is wise enough to question his place within the tale, that of hunter and farmer, while portraying in stark terms the cost to those around him from his livestock to the earth, air, those who would shepherd it, and those who would seek to profit from it. This is a fascinating read because it does not shy away from depicting the most hideous of things, such as the roof of a truck slicing through a man’s neck, nor does it distance itself from the beauty that is all around him. Yet, Page does not leave it there, because at the end he returns us to his quiet pondering, that of Teresa and Old Man, leaving us with the mirror image for us all and the unsaid question, are we all not walking that same road, and in that are we not all one and the same?
Publisher – Finishing Line Press
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Poetry Mini Interviews
by Thomas Whyte with Stephen Page:
issues 45-46 combined: http://swpoetry.weebly.com/english-section.html
Congratulations! We are delighted to inform you that your piece “In the Room of the Dead” has won the first place award in Poetry for the 2019 Bravura Literary Journal.
As a recipient of this award, please understand that this is an incredible accomplishment. From the competitive pool of over 500 submissions, not only was your piece selected for publication, but it also earned the esteemed honor of taking first place in its category.
Congratulations on Your Momentous Achievement,
2019 Editors of Bravura
the literary journal of Palomar College
Below is the link for the digital issue of Noctua Review. Check it out!!
With a poem on page 37 by Stephen Page, entitled “Parrot Plague,” which by the way, will be included in a book by Stephen Page to be released later this year.
(Photo of parrot courtesy of 123RF)
(Cover and bird super mobile courtesy of Noctua Review)
Ally, aka Advisor, Resignsby Stephen Page.You have exchanged the blue coat we gave youFor a red one; or is it just reversible?.Don’t snarl at me, you are not a lion,You have the eyes of a glass serpent..You taught me how to be a Godfather,Not a father, or a leader..You taught me how to destroy land,Not build a ranch, or a reputation..You think only in percentages,Yours of course, not ours..It’s no wonder you stink of cancer,You are rotting from the inside out..Don’t project yourself into me,I am not your lost pocket mirror..You shaped yourself through self-debasement,But I will not lose my edification..You will never spark cognitive dissonance,For consensus on your chagrin..You weighed the cows wrong, admit it,Your florid three names will not save you now..Trenchant are the ineligible, who wishFor nothing more than what they work for..Your resignation was up for reprisal,But only half-heartedly..In the end you have saved me,You have engendered my independence..You are like a senator who asks a generalTo win a war, then banishes him..Empirically I have judged youFrom the throne of my office..Stop whispering in my ear,I will not listen anymore..I would like to name you Rasputin,Except, you did not succeed..Stephen Page is the Author of The Timbre of Sand, Still Dandelions, and A Ranch Bordering the Salty River. He holds two AA’s from Palomar College, a BA from Columbia University, and an MFA from Bennington College. He also attended Broward College. He is the recipient of The Jess Cloud Memorial Prize, a Writer-in-Residence from the Montana Artists Refuge, a Full Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, an Imagination Grant from Cleveland State University, and an Arvon Foundation Ltd. Grant. He loves his wife, reading, travel, family, and friends.
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