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The Anguish of the Blacksmith's Forge by Larry Jaffe
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2004
Publisher Troubador Publishing
ISBN 1904744567 ISBN13 9781904744566
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More About Larry Jaffe
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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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
LARRY JAFFE: THE ANGUISH OF THE BLACKSMITH'S FORGE
A woman materializes 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 certainty 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 earlier than birds speaks to them in tongues twisted from mouthing her name into the pillow At times, Jaffe slips into melodrama: Their eyes meet
Their eyes meet
in single gasp Or into sentimentality: they kissed for the first time their lips knew 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 mannequins have taken the agressive attitude of their clothing - intimidating statues 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 materializes 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: replaces his emptiness baptizes his body with her own...
And when love goes wrong, sorrow smothers out every other aspect of life: she works goodbyes into his emerging scars.
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 song.
This lesson in forgetting is not very practical.
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.