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What But the Music e-book now available at Amazon

Baby Boomers Write About the Soundtrack of Their Lives, Poems and Essays


In What But the Music, dozens of highly accomplished and widely honored writers and poets—largely Baby Boomers, but also some who came into the world a little bit before or a little bit after the years that demarcate that generation—consider the songs and artists who helped create the soundtrack of their lives.The evocative poems and personal essays in this collection recall many of the expected musicians who shaped the sounds of the 1950s through the 1970s, with (as might be expected) a heavy dose of Sixties music throughout. Of course, the Beatles and Rolling Stones are included, and so are everyone from Lesley Gore to Lou Reed, the Dave Clark 5 to the Fugs, Aretha Franklin to Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Ian, B.B. King, and Frank Sinatra. Les Paul and Mary Ford are to be found in here. So are Buddy Holly and Dolly Parton and Miles Davis. Ben E. King and Helen Reddy. Edith Piaf and Bruce Springsteen.And so many more icons of the age.But readers are likely to be surprised from time to time, when they happen across tributes to such people as Claudio Abbado, John Williams, Al Hibbler, or Nolan Strong and the Diablos—surprised, that is, until they settle into the memories and realize that those musicians too are a part of the soundtrack of our lives. In assembling the anthology, we never knew who or what might come our way next. And that was one of the delights we experienced working with such a talented group of writers. We hope it will also be a delight for each reader, and we are pretty sure it will.So dust off the turntable and crank up the sounds. Enjoy.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KZFN54R/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1…

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A perfect gift for Grandparents Day 9/13

It was at this time ten years ago that Gelles-Cole LIterary Enterprises released its first anthology, CHILD OF MY CHILD, a collection of poems and essays by some 60 accomplished writers exploring both the contemporary and timeless themes of grandparenthood in the 21st century.
Why at this time of year? Because the first Sunday after Labor Day is always Grandparents Day–that’s Sunday, September 13, this year.

We thought when it first came out that CHILD OF MY CHILD would make a great gift for discerning grandparents, and past decade has borne out that assumption. After ten years, it remains a fresh and timely anthology for the grandpparents you want to celebrate!

Cover Child of My ChildAnd here’s some background on the holiday.

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“The Darkroom”featured on Autumn Sky

I am happy to see the always interesting Autumn Sky Poetry Daily is back from hiatus, and happy to have my poem “The Darkroom” featured on the site today.

The Darkroom by Kenneth Salzmann

 

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Free Kindle chapbook through July 15

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Remember when politics was civil? Don’t be silly!

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What happens when a puzzlewit and a honeyfugler clash in a bitter election battle–and only one of them can be president? Find out at my new article on Medium.com.

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In the West, it’s known as Auschwitz.

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In the West, it’s know as Auschwitz.

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Get a free ebook!

A gift for you, if you’ll have it. From now through Saturday, Dec. 21, the ebook edition of The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems is available for free on Amazon, and we’d like to offer you a copy. Here’s the link:
And here’s what a couple of great writers have said about it:
“Salzmann is a rare poet who can draft excellent and moving poems about nature and politics, about love and place, about old age, spirituality and friendship. You can feel in the poems the intelligence of the mind that created them and the compassion and wit of the poet.”
–Marge Piercy, author of Made in Detroit

“Here is a mind unfairly comfortable with paradox, be it intellectual, emotional or spiritual — and a heart-breaking voice that is up to the task.”
–Lucia Nevai, author of Salvation

Best wishes for the holidays!

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Child of My Child — On Sale Now

A great gift for grandparents!  Just $6.95 through December. Cover Child of My Child

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What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye, An Anthology

We knew two things up front, when we decided to compile an anthology exploring contemporary practices and rituals around funerals and memorials. First, it was clear that many people were upending tradition when it came to memorializing a loved one—or planning for their own demise. Similarly, we had seen that, characteristically, our own generation—the ubiquitous Baby Boom—was putting its own distinctive mark on life’s final passage, much as it had done all along the way. But we also knew that there are quieter trends, just as radical in their own way, transforming the way we encounter death in contemporary culture—and that the writers and poets who answered our call for submissions would be the people who, in the final analysis, determined just what What Remains would be about and to whom it would speak. So instead of funerals bordering on carnival acts, look to What Remains for nuanced, often surprising writing about how we mark that final passage. Who are the writers? They’re acclaimed veterans of the literary world and, in a few cases, first-time authors. They’re accomplished writers and poets with compelling stories to share. They live in Indonesia and in Ireland, France, Canada, and Mexico. Hawaii and New England and nearly everywhere in between. Collectively, they have written dozens of books, their work has been featured in dozens of anthologies, won numerous awards, earned them prestigious fellowships, been heard on The Writer’s Almanac, and populated the pages of hundreds of newspapers, literary journals, and magazines, including: The New York Times and the Daily News; The SUN; Poetry; Paris Review; TriQuarterly; Salon Magazine; Rattle; Women’s Studies Quarterly; The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library; The Harvard Advocate; Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press); Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost (The University of Iowa Press); Inside HigherEd; Calyx; Writer’s Digest; and many, many more. We’re pretty sure they found their way to deep truths that will resonate with readers.Featuring work by Virginia Barrett, Sidney Bending, Hannah Bleier, Nancy Brewka-Clark, Laurie Byro, Dane Cervine, Lucia Cherciu, Marc Alan Di Martino, J.C. Elkin, Meredith Escudier, Beverly Butler Faragasso, Jeanne Finley, Nina Gaby, Elaine Garrett, Sandi Gelles-Cole, Paul Hostovsky, Linda G. Kaplan, Ronn Kilby, Peggy Landsman, John Laue, Tina Lincer, Claire Loader, Fran Markover, Kerry Dean Martinez, José Miramontes, Sheryl L. Nelms, Bonnie Neubauer, Opeyemi Parham, James Penha, Herbert W. Piekow, Holly Pruett, Tony Reevy, Carlos Reyes, Natalie Safir, Kenneth Salzmann, Gerard Sarnat, Mary Ann Savage, Patti See, Linda Simone, Richelle Lee Slota, Joseph Stanton, Alison Stone, Katherine Barrett Swett, Margaret Van Every, Sandy Warren, Sarah Brown Weitzman, Jess Witkins, P.F. Witte .

 

 

 

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I should have known

I should have known

that day in Riverside Park

when the sight of a three-legged dog

seared my four-year-old mind

that this was going to be

an imperfect world.

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