The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems


Poetry - General
42 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2018
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Author Biography

Kenneth Salzmann has been active in literary programming and publishing since the 1970s, when he began working with New Virginia Review in a marketing and development capacity. Over the years, he has administered a long-running and highly regarded series of readings and workshops, co-edited an award-winning anthology of poetry and prose, and served as a poetry judge for several international competitions, while continuing to create his own work.

His poetry has appeared in numerous print and online journals and magazines—among them Comstock Review, Stockholm Review of Literature, Antiphon, Rattle, Medicinal Purposes, Piedmont Literary Review, Afterthoughts, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Verse-Virtual, Better Than Starbucks, Tipton Poetry Review, Chiron Review, and others, and in such anthologies as Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, Stories of Music, Obama-mentum, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude, The Heart of All That Is, Love You Madly, and Reeds & Rushes Pitch, Buzz & Hum.

Formerly a journalist and an arts administrator, he now lives and writes in Ajijic, Mexico, and Upstate New York.

You can watch a video of him discussing Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents on "Today's Authors" with host Gary McLouth at http://vimeo.com/28736809

    Book Review

Reviewed by Geoff Habiger for Readers' Favorite

The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems by Kenneth Salzmann is a short collection of poetry that touches on the unique experiences and inspiration of the poet. While short in length, the thirty poems within this collection touch on many subjects including nature, culture, the world we inhabit and the people who bring the world to life, and topical and relevant events affecting our lives today. Kenneth draws his inspiration from a long career in literary programming and his personal connections with many other gifted writers, and his experience and wealth of knowledge are evident here. The poems in this collection touch on a variety of topics.

Poetry is a very personal experience for the poet and the reader, each bringing and taking something unique from each poem. Kenneth Salzmann’s poems are no different, and I expect each reader will find something special and amazing in the poems within this collection. In my case, I greatly enjoyed three of the poems in particular: “All books this shelf twenty-five cents”, “Notes on the Great American Songbook”, and “Tango Lessons”. These three poems touched special and uniquely different chords for me. As an author myself, “All books…” was a fun way to dive into the mysteries of the life of a book after the author has released it into the world. “Notes…” is a poignant and timely reflection on America, while “Tango Lessons” fuses language and motion into a wonderfully dynamic poem. The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems is a great collection of poetry by Kenneth Salzmann. Readers are sure to find several poems that will resonate with them.