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Book Review:
 ADAMANTINE  (published by RED HEN PRESS in July 2019)  by Naomi Foyle 
Naomi Foyle is a poet and tutor of poetry reading and performance in the previous workshops. It is unforgettable for me that she praised brilliant poetry translation of Mahmound Darwish by a Palestinian-American poet and translator Fady Joudah. I would like to briefly introduce her latest collection ADAMANTINE (published by RED HEN PRESS in July 2019).

     Her third collection is full of indomitability and startling power, as suggested by the book title ADAMANTINE. Meanings of ‘adamant’ and ‘adamantine’ are redefined prior to all poems in the collection: hardness or never-broken intent and situations. Her voice is political with a sharp edge and a brew based on the mixed grains of Canada, Arab, and Britain. The book consists of two parts: ADAMANTINE and THE CANCER BREAKTHROUGH in forms that are sometimes long, often dense.
     The title poem in the first part is the ode to Elisabeth Fritzl in Austria…
Delighted that my poem 'Pavane for Kami' is out on a UK online magazine amberflora. Today I found it (slow sloth ...).
Thank you so much to young editors P. ( ) & Katy LH ( ) and people who have supported me.

Today's poem

After the workshop where I met the Quaker, I soon told about the religion to my Japanese friend coming back from Emerson College (UK) with excitement. She explained the Shakers as well as Quakers, in particular, with the Shakers’ furniture. At that time, my interest was focused into Mark Doty's poems and found the poem.
Although the place is far from here, the room in the poem allows me to imagine a zen garden ( ) or a Japanese tea room ( ). For me, Ann Lee calls up Nao Deguchi as the foundress of the religion Oomoto developed from Shinto for spirit possession ( ).  And I can see Eden garden from the poem and experience intimacy with the sacred. Holiness filled with stillness. The world is in "Eternity in an hour" of Auguries of Innocence by William Blake.

Shaker Orchard by Mark Doty
Holding even flowers subject