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Lorca and Neruda and The Beautiful Game

by Ted Olson New Native Press, a small independent publisher based in Cullowhee, North Carolina, has recently issued a book offering new translations of poems composed by the internationally recognized Spanish-language poets Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda. Both of those poets have long been familiar figures to serious fans of poetry, with all of  Continue Reading »

A Book of Wonder and Worry

from Ted Olson, Rapid River Poetry Editor/Columnist It has been quite an honor to serve for more than three years as poetry editor/columnist for Rapid River and to be part of such a vital arts and culture publication. My sincere thanks to publisher Dennis Ray for entrusting me with that role, to designer Simone Bouyer  Continue Reading »

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Word-Weaving in Tennessee

The National Storytelling Festival by Ted Olson Appalachia is a storied land. Every place within the region has its own story, and virtually every person who has spent a significant amount of time in a specific Appalachian place has been affected by—indeed, has become part of—that story. The region’s artists have learned to interpret those  Continue Reading »

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Alive and Well

Poems from New Books by Western North Carolina Poets by Ted Olson Sepia Print: Nov. 2, 1919 They sit on the old wooden swing, The sun on their faces. They are nineteen and in love. She leans against him And looks as happy as She said she once was. Clasping her tightly, Claiming her, He  Continue Reading »