Fishing on the Pole Star by Paul Pines

$18.00

Illustrations by Wayne Atherton

Fishing on the Pole Star is full of wonder, for Pines knows that fishing correlates with the Arthurian Graal-search, the poet’s hunt for the poem, the deep sea-voyage to heal the wounded soul.” – Richard Berengarten

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Book Description

Adirondack Writing Center Award Seal

2014

  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 118
  • Language: English
  • Published: May, 2014
  • ISBN: 978-1-939929-11-2

Praise for Fishing on the Pole Star

Tracking the Bahamas out-islands Pines reads for signs of what lies beyond sight. Sea-farer, ethicist, psychotherapist, metaphysician, he sees the implicate order in all things as “an alphabet/of birds spells out/his name/on the visible surface/of an invisible/world.”  – L. S. ASEKOFF

The sea’s endlessness, its glittery surfaces, the often scruffy island life of the Bahamas are wonderfully recorded in Paul Pine’s Fishing On The Pole Star.  Bright-scaled marlin populate the text, as do Wayne Atherton’s mysteriously beautiful collages.  The vision is spacious and colorful, awe-filled and deep dwelling.  – MICHAEL HELLER

Fishing on the Pole Star is full of wonder, for Pines knows that fishing correlates with the Arthurian Graal-search, the poet’s hunt for the poem, the deep sea-voyage to heal the wounded soul. This collection places him in the tradition of Hektorović, Walton, Melville, Hemingway, and Hughes.  – RICHARD BERENGARTEN

This fishing world is not my territory, so all the more honor and glory that I was hooked and didn’t want to make my escape. In fact I wanted to be eaten and recycled and renewed, as of old in some sacrificial ceremony.  – ANTHONY RUDOLF

An excerpt from Fishing on the Pole Star

IMPLICATE ORDER

At sea we
organize

the world
measure it

in arm-spans
hand’s breadths

coiled lines
we observe

the way
birds circle

or swoop
mirror aloft

what can’t be
seen below

the waterline
approaching

Cat Island
the sea turns

from blue
to turquoise

my wife’s face
blooms

in a wave
from our bow

that breaks
in our wake

About the author

Paul PinesPAUL PINES grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbet’s Field and passed the early 60’s on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a Merchant Seaman, spending 65-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended  bar  until he opened The Tin Palace in 1970, the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (Wm Morrow, 1983).   Redemption   (Editions du Rocher, 1997), his second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. My Brother’s Madness, a memoir, was pub- lished by Curbstone Press, 2007. He has published ten books of poetry: Onion, Hotel Madden Poems, Pines Songs, Breath, Adrift on Blinding Light, Taxidancing, Last Call at the Tin Palace, Reflec- tions in a Smoking Mirror, Divine Madness and New Orleans Vari- ations & Paris Ouroboros. Poems set by composer Daniel Asia appear on the Summit label, and opposite the work of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai in Asia’s 5th Symphony commissioned by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Pines lives in Glens Falls, New York, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.

http://www.paulpines.com

http://www.versedaily.org/2013/aboutpaulpines.shtml  

http://www.tinangelopera.com

About the Artist

WAYNE ATHERTON is senior editor of The Cafe’ Review, Maine’s oldest literary and art journal since 1989. For many years he has been building a rather large body of mixed media collage and is currently setting about to expand the exposure of his work to include gallery exhibition, art magazine profiles, and online journals. He has an ongoing exhibit of 18 collage which may be viewed at: www.bigbridge.org, archived issue no. 15. He may be contacted directly at: latheris@comcast.net