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The Anguish of the Blacksmith's Forge by Larry Jaffe

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2004
Publisher   Troubador Publishing
ISBN  1904744567  
ISBN13  9781904744566  

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More About Larry Jaffe

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jaffe has been writing since he was eight years old when he first learned he had captured the beauty and impact of words writing "Uncle Larry's Nature Column" for his camp newspaper. He has used a lot of ink since then. He still carries a small Moleskine notebook in his back pocket to capture those moments of inspiration. But after all those years of analog, he is thinking of switching to being completely digital. His new Samsung S4 is a gadget of creative wizardry and he can dictate or write into it with instant transcription. Jaffe is an internationally known and an award winning writer, author and poet and founder of Poets Beyond Borders (a group dedicated to human rights and reform) and iSpeax his personal writing forum. Jaffe has been hosting and curating poetry readings for several years while also co-founding Poetix Poetry Magazine (a guide to Southern California Poetry). Additionally, Jaffe was a featured poet for Daimler/Chrysler's Spirit in the Words poetry program. Jaffe impacts audiences and readers with a rich emotional range, masterfully crafted, written from the heart and soul with clarity and understanding. Jaffe has read his work in such distinguished locations as the Japanese American Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Tolerance, the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Literature in Prague and the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales. Jaffe uses the aesthetic power of poetry to bring understanding to the world. He was the 2007 recipient of the Saint Hill Art Festival's Lifetime of Creativity Award, the first time given to a poet. He is the former poet in residence of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Jaffe spearheaded along with Rattapalax Publisher Ram Devineni the United Nations Dialogue among Civilizations through Poetry project which incorporated hundreds of readings in hundreds of cities globally using the aesthetic power of poetry to bring understanding to the world. Writing is his life - he breathes in letters and breathes out words.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Anthologies
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Beautiful  Apr 12, 2006
Intimate, passionate, tender, spiritual, sensual, inspiring... Go for it.
Come feel your heart smolder with passion, order it today...  Apr 9, 2005

A woman
from the sea
he risks
all hope
on a smile
This minimalist poem, the first in a 74-page series of sequences, introduces us to an intense, but seemingly brief, or frustated, relationship between the narrator and a woman. In a sense, the woman never quite materializes for the reader; we never know what she looks like, where she comes from, what she really feels for the narrator. Like the narrator, we imagine
her not
fully human
a heart pumps
a different blood
She is a presence at times intense and erotic, at others fleeting and ephemeral. This frees us to project feelings and memories of our own loves onto the woman, but can also leave us ultimately dissatisfied: in the end, we usually want our characters to become more fully human.

Having said that, Larry Jaffe has a remarkable talent, like a photographer, of being able to hone in on just the right detail, which allows us to build up a whole picture of vital moments in a relationship: first meeting, first kiss, love making, the feeling of craziness and vulnerability when alone again in morning light, the moment of abandonment.

He wonders
if it is possible
to make love
to a stranger
hold her nipples
to his mouth
with absolute
of affection.
In the above, with just a snapshot, we are invited to participate in the amazement at the sudden trust that can exist between strangers. In another poem, WEDNESDAY, we get a powerful idea of obsession and desire frustrated:
He wakes
than birds
to them
in tongues
from mouthing
her name
into the
At times, Jaffe slips into melodrama:
Their eyes

Their eyes

in single gasp
Or into sentimentality:
they kissed
for the first
their lips
each other
and she
never closed
her eyes.
Of course, it's a matter of taste. Let me finish with lines from SUNSET, the poem which Jaffe ends his book with:
He walks
the boulevard
his hands
in his pockets
make him
feel defenseless,
he notices
the agressive
of their clothing
- intimidating
without heads...
Once again, the narrator is alone, but that much more vulnerable, a price to be paid for opening one's heart. In a sense, this is the making of the man on the blacksmith's forge. Jaffe would not have it any other way, and neither would we.

reviewer: Ian Seed.
Eloquent poetry, rich with meaning  Feb 1, 2005
Often the finest discoveries come about inadvertently, by chance. Such is the case with Larry Jaffe's poetry. As poet and otherwise, Jaffe's credentials are impeccable. He is the International Readings Coordinator for the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations through Poetry Project. He co-founded Poets for Peace. His work has been translated into many languages and is read around the world. Long time fans celebrate the release of a new book by Larry Jaffe. I regret not discovering him sooner.

So where to begin with a review? Poem I is a good start:
A woman
from the sea
he risks
all hope
on a smile.

Simple. Clearly expressed in a way that both characters come to life before our eyes. Minimalist, perhaps, but not minimizing, as in a following poem that is almost haiku-like in its design:
They speak
with fingers
A teared
cheek smiles.

Jaffe writes of love -- its deepest pains and grandest blessings -- as in this excerpt where a loving encounter:
his emptiness
baptizes his body
with her own...

And when love goes wrong, sorrow smothers out every other aspect of life:
she works
into his

Despite the bereft lover's sorrow, there is a wonderful humor in his thought processes:
He sings
her name
in bed
every night
like an old
rock and roll

This lesson
in forgetting
is not very

Jaffe describes the poems in this book as "minimalist." I found his poems to be simple but eloquent, rich with meaning and easily understood. Anyone who ever loved or needed love should read these poems. They're forged from Larry Jaffe's heart.

Laurel Johnson
Midwest Book Review

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