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Author: Paul Pines

Paul Pines grew up in Brooklyn and passed the early 60s on the Lower East Side of New York. He spent 65-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended bar until he opened his jazz club, The Tin Palace, in 1973. It became 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. His memoir, My Brother's Madness (Curbstone Press, 2007), explores the unfolding of intertwined lives. He has published several books of poetry: Onion; Hotel Madden Poems; Pines Songs; Breath; ADRIFT ON BLINDING LIGHT (Ikon, Inc., 2003); TAXIDANCING (Ikon, Inc., 2007); LAST CALL AT THE TIN PALACE (Marsh Hawk Press, 2009); REFLECTIONS IN A SMOKING MIRROR (Dos Madres Press, 2011); DIVINE MADNESS (Marsh Hawk Press, 2012); NEW ORLEANS VARIATIONS & PARIS OUROBOROS (Dos Madres Press, 2013); FISHING ON THE POLE STAR (Dos Madres Press, 2014); MESSAGE FROM THE MEMOIRIST (Dos Madres Press, 2015); CHARLOTTE SONGS (Marsh Hawk Press, 2015); and GATHERING SPARKS (Marsh Hawk Press, 2017). Pines is the editor of Juan Gelman's selected poems translated by Hardie St. Martin, Dark Times/ Filled with Light (Open Letters Press, 2012). Composer Daniel Asia's settings of Pines' poems appear on Songs from the Page of Swords, Breath in a Ram's Horn, and Purer Than Purest Pure (BBC Singers) on the Summit label. Asia's 5th Symphony, recorded by the Pilsen SO, features poems by Pines and Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. Paul Pines conducted workshops for the National Writers Voice and lectured for the National Endowment for the Humanities. A fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Foundation, and Virginia Center, he was also a recipient of an Artists' Fellowship, N.Y.S. Foundation for the Arts. Pines died June 27, 2018, just as A FURNACE IN THE SHADOWS - SELECTED POEMS (Dos Madres Press) was about to go to press.

A Furnace In The Shadows - Selected Poems
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A Furnace In The Shadows - Selected Poems

Dos Madres Press

Poetry. "A FURNACE IN THE SHADOWS is much more than a new collection of poems by Paul Pines, or even a 'selected poems.' It is a body of work—a man's life, embodied in a lifetime's work. From the first poems here, written in the 1960s, when in his e...

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Charlotte Songs
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Charlotte Songs

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Poetry. "'Remember this,' the poet tells himself as he races his 'little girl': 'what is a memory that anticipates itself / a recollection / that becomes / the ground on which the present plays.' And we follow, drawn along a 'golden thread' between ...

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Divine Madness
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Divine Madness

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Poetry. "In these beautifully crafted poems Paul Pines takes us on a dizzying ride through mythological and religious thinkers, through science and philosophy. It is the quest of a man trying to hear the 'music / beneath the music' that he hopes, do...

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Fishing On The Pole Star
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Fishing On The Pole Star

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Poetry. With art by Wayne Atherton. "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 Ath...

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Gathering Sparks

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Gathering Sparks

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Poetry. "Paul Pines' poems are a bringing down of the mind into the heart, a bearing of witness to the eternal dance between the everyday and the numinous, (the unseen miracle of it). The poet in GATHERING OF SPARKS, even when suspended above the ab...

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Last Call at the Tin Palace
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Last Call at the Tin Palace

Marsh Hawk Press

Poetry. For most of the 1970s, Paul Pines owned and operated the Tin Palace, a jazz club that hosted figures like Kurt Vonnegut and Martin Scorsese, and gave expression to the most notable jazz innovators of that time. The club was honored by the Tr...

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Message From The Memoirist
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Message From The Memoirist

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Poetry. With art by Marc Shanker. "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...

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New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros
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New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros

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Poetry. "As Paul Pines moves through two cities he reminds us that 'we go where we must to find / what we need.' And what he finds is plenty—plenty in all senses and for all the senses. From poems that hang out in the crazy costumes, poignant hilari...

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Reflections in A Smoking Mirror
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Reflections in A Smoking Mirror

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Poetry. "Infused with an eerily adept understanding of Latin American history and culture dating from the 15th century to modern times, their collective duende, REFLECTIONS IN A SMOKING MIRROR will come to stand as a monumental work and as a compani...

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