Message From The Memoirist by Paul Pines

$19.00

Illustrations by Marc Shanker

“In this remarkable new collection, Paul Pines continues to map the profound confusions and marvels of modern existence. From the quantum to the cosmological, nothing is beyond Pines’ incisive gaze.” – Eric Hoffman.

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Book Description

  • Pages: 152
  • Language: English
  • Audio CD: No
  • Published: April, 2015
  • ISBN: 978-1-939929-28-0

Praise for Message From The Memoirist

Some thoughts on MESSAGE FROM THE MEMOIRIST: It is rare to find a poet so attuned to silence, that time—and space—between words, which for Paul Pines is “the abyss / of mind-before-thought.” His practice is to listen for patterns in the silence, which turn to whispers and then into these wise poems.  —Michael Coffey

If the origin of consciousness is a wound, would it not be logical that someone looking back might observe that life has been mostly sadness with moments of joy?  What to do with such a conclusion? Perhaps there’d be time to lighten the darkness by forging the “ability to contain the tears in things.” Paul Pines does just this in MESSAGE FROM THE MEMOIRIST. The “Memoirist” as defined by Pines “understands that Memory is not a bin where pieces are stored and retrieved but a field in which the Soul’s narrative continues to unfold.”  Poems—such as the ones in this book—are resonant effects of a Soul’s unfolding. —Eileen Tabios

In this remarkable new collection, Paul Pines continues to map the profound confusions and marvels of modern existence. From the quantum to the cosmological, nothing is beyond Pines’ incisive gaze. Whether contemplating the quotidian or the miraculous, Pines’ lines are at once lyrical and precise. Accompanied by the masterful pen-and-ink and collage-work of artist Marc Shanker, MESSAGE FROM THE MEMOIRIST is a delight for the mind, ear, and eye. —Eric Hoffman

An excerpt from Message From The Memoirist

ECHO

Brooklyn 1951
a kid standing
in the dark basement
of his father’s
house

whispers
words he will repeat

to himself
for a lifetime

I will be a furnace
in the shadows

About the Author

Paul PinesPAUL PINES grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbet’s Field and passed the early 60s on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a Merchant Seaman, spending part of 65/66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a cab until opening his Bowery jazz club The Tin Palace, the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (Morrow, 1983). Redemption (Editions du Rocher, 1997), a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. My Brother’s Madness (Curbstone Press, 2007), a memoir, explores the unfolding of intertwined lives.  He has published eleven books of poetry: Onion, Hotel Madden Poems, Pines Songs, Breath, Adrift on Blinding Light, Taxidancing, Last Call at the Tin Palace, Reflections in a Smoking Mirror, Divine Madness, New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros and Fishing On The Pole Star.  Poems set by composer Daniel Asia appear on the Summit label, and opposite Israeli poet  Yehuda Amichai, in his 5th Symphony recorded by the Pilsen Symphony. Pines is the editor of the Juan Gelman’s selected poems translated by Hardie St. Martin, Dark Times/ Filled with Light (Open Letters Press, 2012). He lives with his wife, Carol, in Glens Falls, NY, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.

Web site: https://paulpines.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Marc Shanker worked in isolation for almost 15 years developing his unique style and content. Mr. Shanker paints, draws, constructs collages, and is a printmaker. He is the author of “Traces of Sepharad, Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs,” and a number of artist books, including: “But a Bubble,” and “Man: A Machine of Absurdities.” He is the founder of Gravity Free Press. His work can be found on Facebook, Flickr, and at www.Gravityfreepress.net.  Mr. Shanker has an extensive exhibition history.