Marianne Szlyk's new collection, On the Other Side of the Window, trains her whimsical powers of observation on scenes of climate change, American urban and suburban landscapes, paintings by Paul Cezanne, Mark Rothko, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and her own paradoxical past in New England, New York City, Indiana, and Oregon. It also takes readers to the future in "Easter 2116" where humans and holograms mingle on a rare day without rain. Along the way we meet the author's alter ego, Thelma Gee, as she and her husband drive to Cape Cod and sing along to Pet Sounds. The collection also features cameos from the ghosts of Walt Whitman, Li Bo, jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, and singer-songwriters Tim Buckley and Gene Clark as well as living jazz pianist Robert Glasper. "Eaarth is on the other side, what might be out the window. She awakens fear, wonder, speculation, mosquitoes, acid rain, and ghost towns. Then we return to beauty, nature, animals, and swimming with colors. We bebop dance to jazz, cool rain, and indigo. Dipping into Cezanne's palette, Marianne expertly paints poems and word symphonies. The water is alive in the park where fireflies make love. Her words: "Dogs, baseball, ice cream truck, waiting, trumpet, mountains, Spain, seagulls, birch, asparagus, iceberg, F-train, crows." I highly recommend Marianne Szlyk's book. She explores the world and time, future and past. Buy it, you won't regret it." Catfish McDaris 6-11-2018
Marianne Szlyk is a professor at Montgomery College and the editor of The Song Is... Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, was published by Flutter Press, and her first, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking Up at Trees of Heaven, is available online at Kind of a Hurricane Press. Recently she was artist in residence at The Wild Word. Other poems have appeared at Cacti Fur, bird's thumb, of/with, The Ekphrastic Review, Solidago, Figroot Press, and other print & online venues.