With that in mind, here’s a great review by C.E. McAuley, Ph.D. (who also happens to be the Features Editor for the PopMatters.com) Take it away C.E.!
The 2013 edition of Ping Pong, the art and literary journal of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, is out on shelves, in hands and in minds. It is a forum of some of the best poets, writers and visual artists around today. Put together into a single volume it becomes a buffet of the mind, and a delight to the intellect and the senses.
Highlights range from Noelle Kocot’s “Trees” which begins “I ask the trees about the orgies they have/Seen”, to her “Poets are Feral Beasts” and “Ied” (along with many other insightful poets) to the creative collaboration of Nick Piombino (words) and Toni Simon (Images) and their “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard” to the hauntingly beautiful black and white nudes by Michelle Magdalena and much more.
Ping Pong is a journal that is rich with poetry, rich with words and also with images. It is vibrant with kinetic energy. It’s also a journal which prides itself on its print heritage and is something to carry with you during the day when you have a moment to read, something you’ll love to read for hours and also something to take to bed with you, a journal that you’ll be proud to say you have slept with after a good read. The greatest pleasure of Ping Pong is that it is smart, funny, sexy and literate – like the perfect date.
In fact, Ping Pong is an apt name for the journal that not only captures Henry Miller’s love of play, but because the journal is a fully engaged ping pong match of the mind between reader and creator. I’m already looking forward to 2014, but will be pleased to keep the current edition in my hands and on my bookshelf for ready access to the brilliant creativity contained within its pages.