steel bellow 4.1 | January 2016

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This issue features the poetry of Frank J. Dunbar, Richard K. Olson, and Theresa Wyatt.

Frank J. Dunbar has described himself as a former barroom brawler, but he was known to many of us as “the poet of Hamburg street.” He lived down in Buffalo’s old first ward for many years. He passed away in April of 2015.  In late February 2016 an exhibit of Frank’s poems and manuscripts will be held at Waterfront Memories & More located at 41 Hamburg Street.

Poems: “The Date,” “The Death of the Sidway Street Playground,” “A Summer Night in the Old First Ward,” “Art show opening of works by J. Tim Raymond at Re-Imagine at Elmwood & Breckenridge,” “St Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen,” “Down in the Old First Ward #5,” “The Friday Evening Fish Fry,” and “Jesus Knocking.”

Many thanks to Rich Olson for his great efforts in sharing the vast work of the late Frank Dunbar with us and many others in our community. 

Richard K. Olson also grew up in Buffalo’s old first ward. He has recently had poems published in Masque & Spectacle, an online journal out of Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. In a slightly confessional mode he would like to say his grandson Jesse is seven years old and not quite the teenager that that he writes about.

Poems: “Driving With My Grandson Jesse While Listening To Dylan’s Blond On Blond,” “Dancing After School,” “On Finding a Copy of Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara at the Central Library,” and “The Lives We Need To Live.”

Theresa Wyatt is a former art and GED English teacher who has worked with students at risk in diverse settings, including the NYS prison system. Her first chapbook, Arrowheads Everywhere, debuted in 2014. Her work has appeared in Blood & Thunder, the Destitute Press Microbook Series, Earthspeak Magazine, The Barefoot Review and the Yale Journal for Medical Humanities. Her poem “Dementia” was read on the SUNY Upstate Medical Health Link on Air Radio Program and is archived through The Healing Muse Journal.

Poems: “I Live Near Water,” “At the Art Institute of Chicago,” “About Carl Sandburg,” “An Abecedarian Exercise,” and “On Taking a Modern Poetry Course Online & Reading Gertrude Stein.”

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