Guest Boy the first novel in a trilogy called Light Piercing Water

Bo Cavalieri, a laconic sailor, earned a Silver Star from the Navy as a frogman and now sails the world as a Merchant Marine officer. Many shipmates treasure the drawings of themselves Bo gave them-drawings that recall Da Vinci's. His adventures in Hamburg, Morocco, Italy, Oman, Somalia, Edinburgh, and New York echo The Odyssey and The Seven Voyages of Sindbad.

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Far from Algiers, by Djelloul Marbrook

Far from Algiers

". . . as succinct as most stanzas by Dickinson . . . an unusually mature, confidently composed first poetry collection." -Susanna Roxman, Prairie Schooner
" . . . brings together the energy of a young poet with the wisdom of long experience." -Edward Hirsch, Guggenheim Foundation

  • Winner 2007 Wick Poetry Award
  • Winner 2010 International Book Award in Poetry

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Saraceno by Djelloul Marbrook


2012, Bliss Plot Press, NY, 112 pages,
Not many writers about the Mafia listened to the notorious Frank Costello, Vito Genovese, and Tony Gallo drinking marsala and chatting in a kitchen, but Marbrook, author of Saraceno, did, and he celebrates it with a poet’s ear in this haunting, unique tale of redemption. "Not just another run-of-the-mill Mafia novel." --Small Press Bookwatch.
"Saraceno is an electric tone-poem straight from a world we only think we understand. An heir to George V. Higgins and David Mamet, Djelloul Marbrook writes dialogue that not only entertains with an intoxicating clickety-clack, but also packs a truth about low-life mob culture The Sopranos only hints at. You can practically smell the anisette and filling-station coffee." —Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys (2013, Alfred A Knopf).
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Brushstrokes and Glances

Brushstrokes and Glances

". . . one of those colossal poets able to bridge worlds-poetry and art, heart and mind-with rare wit, grace, and sincerity . . . "
- Michael Meyerhofer, poetry editor, Atticus Review

" . . . the poems here about museums, galleries, and studios are as penetrating as the ones about the art . . . testify to years of careful seeing." -Maggie Anderson, author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems

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Mean Bastards Making Nice

Mean Bastards Making Nice

Leaky Boot Press, 168 pages, available now from Book Depository free of shipping charges worldwide
Two powerfully original novellas are set in the New York art world. In The Pain of Wearing Our Faces a New York art teacher and her student, a famous composer, pledge to entertain each other as they try to stay sober. He confesses to plagiarizing his most famous work, then disappears. She follows him to Woodstock and finds the woman whose music he stole. In Grace, a Catskills teenager runs away from an abusive father, hitchhikes to the city, and is briefly homeless before finding a job as an art mover/installer. Just as she begins to believe in her future she faces betrayal by her boss. Learn more about Mean Bastards Making Nice

Shadow of the Heron

Shadow of the Heron

Coda Crab Books, 114 pages, available now from Amazon free of shipping charges worldwide

Coda Crab Books’ greatest goal is to increase the value of human discourse. In the first step to achieving that goal, Coda Crab proudly announces the publication of its first book, Djelloul Marbrook's Shadow of the Heron, which traces a journey of spiritual discovery. The architecture of the book is intricate and ambitious. Its content pages, for example, constitute a poem and lay out the voyage.

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Brah Ice

BRASH ICE: NEW POEMS by Djelloul Marbrook

Dec. 2014, Leaky Boot Press, UK, ISBN: 978-1-90984915-0
There's nothing brash about Brash Ice-brash ice being broken ice that appears scarred after freezing again. In his third collection the poet looks back on a dervish's trek through the world of illusions and tells us what beguiled, enlightened, froze, broke, and scarred him. "This is a poetry asserting with linguistic beauty Goethe's comment that 'color is the deeds and sufferings of light.' This is quoted in one of the poems. But it's important to shed light on this quote with another Goethe quote. In Book II of Faust, Goethe also said, 'Life is not light but the refracted color.' Marbrook's collection plays on this meaning of light and life throughout and especially in the concluding section."-Michael T. Young - Full review.

When contents pages become an extended poem

The page in a book that shows the table of contents. You’ll want to turn to the contents page to find a topic of interest to you.



Are we shelf babies?

The popular television series CSI: Cyber has introduced to a term that’s bound to resonate with Americans feeling alienated from a society that treats them like disposable number sets. The term is shelf baby. It refers to an identify patiently created and nurtured over time by hackers to serve their nefarious purposes. In cyberspace the shelf baby has all the data and characteristics associated with a real person, including a personality. The minute I understood the definition it began to resonate with depersonalizing and dehumanizing experiences lodged in my memory palace. I’m a shelf baby, I told myself.


The candidates speak

We were agile once,
now we compensate
in ways less bold
and more dangerous.
We send unformed brains
to burst by foreign roads.
We pick the pockets
of the poor and tell
glamorous lies.
You think we’re in your way
as you scud down the street,
but we’ve seeded it
with hidden devices.
We hate you for your youth.
We’re the death of you.
This is your inheritance
whatever you choose to think.
Vote for us, kiss our asses,
we’ll take care of you.



Is it time for another constitutional convention?

Do we need a new constitutional convention?

The radical nationalists—James Madison, George Washington, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton—who engineered a coup in 1787 in Philadelphia had both foresight and hindsight, but they did not foresee cyberspace, national polls and a dangerously congealed press.

They did foresee the threat posed by corporations and banks, but even John Jay, that most judicious of founders, did not foresee, could not foresee, Citizens United and the power of corporate money to corrupt the body politic.


Frankensteinian Fourth Estate struts while a Fifth Estate is born

American journalism, for all its glitzy doodah and apparatuses, is stuck in the 19th Century. It reports the news, if that’s what you can call it, as a string of incidents without context or historicity.

But if you accept this critique, what is the remedy? And is any remedy financially sound?

To answer such questions, let’s look at BuzzFeed, the History News Network and The Intercept.