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Perplex Blessing

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Posted by FC on April 26, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Fred Chandler’s poem, Perplex Blessing, has been published in aaduna’s National Poetry Month Celebration, available for viewing here.

8 New Poems Published by Shoe Music Press

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Posted by FC on January 14, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Eight of Fred Chandler’s poems including Our Nacre, Perplex Blessing, Servitude, Composite, Evanescent, A Reckoning, Multum in Parvo, and Portraiture, have recently been published by the independent press publisher, Shoe Music Press, in their latest issue Brief Wilderness – Vol. 1, available for viewing here.

 

Brief Wilderness – Vol. 1

2220

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Posted by FC on December 23, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Fred Chandler’s poem, 2220, has been published in the journal, The Bitchin Kitsch, in the December issue, available for viewing here: http://www.talbot-heindl.com/dec2015

Forewind and Composite

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Posted by FC on November 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Two recent poems “Forewind” and “Composite” have been chosen for publication in Carcinogenic Poetry.

To read both poems, visit: http://www.carcinogenicpoetry.com

Extents

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Posted by FC on July 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Extents is an introspective poem, of anxiety and achievement, part of Fred’s collection of poetry written during his time spent in Spain. Written sharply and earnestly, the “I” of the poem is the central anchor to the thousand spinning tops of dreams, one after another falling, breaking, as the “I” continues to keep the dwindling lot in velocity of motion, hoping to keep one going until the end. Contained within this longing and tension exists the fear that with the inevitable passing of time, all dreams shall fragment and splinter.

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Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada

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Posted by FC on June 25, 2014 · 2 Comments on Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada

Inspired by a recent trip to Spain, Fred Chandler’s recent poetry draws from a rich culture of bullfighting and flamenco, and the architectural influence of monasteries and the city views of Barcelona. He reads three poems from this new collection: Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada.  Moving across the landscape of Spain in Entrada, guided by an astute observer, we enter a flamenco performance in Sevilla. A flurry of colors and movement, love and death, swirl together tempestuously until finally severed, rejuvenated and bleeding. In the city of Granada, the sound of children playing and monastery bells ringing fill the air with tenderness, peace and quietude, creating a wave of emotion rippling into a melancholy past where the poem Claustro takes us next.  The haunting city of Barcelona in Lamento, bursting into thunder and rain, recalls a bodily personification as the windows weep and the sky rumbles and groans. It is with a certain longing and distance that these poems take form, gracefully laying the ground for the profound emotion anchoring each poem, arresting in their effortless grasp of language and strength of feeling.

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The Lure

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Posted by FC on January 10, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Fred Chandler’s poem, “The Lure” was published in the latest issue of Voices Israel Annual Anthology.

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A day after walking on Laguna Beach in California, the image of a bird’s footprints wiped away by the last turn of the ocean’s wave proceeded to haunt him. This generated a poem, rising within him as a bird taking flight, and thereby came “The Lure.”  This is a poem vividly recalling a single grey bird, the mark it leaves behind imprinting the sand behind it, and the last remnant of a wave that washes the bird’s tracks away. The bird takes flight, disappearing “into a dark diaphanous horizon,” and the narrator of the poem then loses sight of everything. The poem’s silent imagery is a meditation on temporality, the impermanence of life’s traces, and the subsequent gaze of the witness producing a consciousness from within, one of simultaneous recovery and loss.

The 2013 Voices Israel Annual Anthology can be ordered here.

You can listen to an audio recording of “The Lure” from a recent reading at Beyond Baroque here.

 

Spring Reading at Beyond Baroque

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Posted by FC on April 29, 2013 · 4 Comments on Spring Reading at Beyond Baroque

On April 7, 2013, Fred Chandler read at Beyond Baroque’s spring reading. New to this site is a recording of three poems read at the historic Venice, California venue: “Renew,” “Sanctioned,” and “The Lure.”

“Renew” is a snapshot of both the spring season as well as a metaphor for rebirth and new beginnings. The poem succinctly captures the small and often unseen mechanisms of life that are easily forgotten in our quotidian experiences. Seeds and grains of sand mirror one another in describing the foundations of nature, both miniscule and buried in the earth, beneath and oblivious to the changing landscapes of human existence. This is creation. This is life and birth and death, and everything in between.

As much as “Renew” is about birth, “The Lure” is about death. These two poems stand facing one another, two experiences essential to every living being. A grey bird walks on the shore, leaving footprints in the wet sand. The tide comes in and washes the footprints clean, and the bird in turn flies off into the horizon, leaving the narrator of the poem reflecting, “That was when I lost sight of everything.” In describing life at its other end, there is the inevitable erasure of it, which may seem to belie the self-important narcissism of individuals in society. However, this is just the nature of waves, of the sea’s relentless beating, a heartbeat that continues even as we do not.

The last poem, “Sanctioned,” slices open the heart to reveal the inner monologue of love. Two hands clasp in prayer for the narrator’s beloved at the beginning of the poem, and later, the hands hold “something so gentle as a bird.” The bird is released and thus freedom is found in the conjoined union of two souls. Sanction is granted, as easily and naturally as letting go.

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‘Wind in Her Hair’ Poster available in the Shop

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Posted by FC on March 30, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Wind in Her Hair

While supplies last, get a limited edition (38″ x 27″) ‘Wind in Her Hair’ poster signed by both Fred Chandler and Bruce Botnick in the shop today!

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'Demulcent' on vox poetica

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Posted by FC on December 31, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Fred’s new poem “Demulcent” is up today on vox poetica.

Read it here today:
http://voxpoetica.com/todayswords.html

or find it here in the archives after December 31, 2012.

Singing To You and Chapters

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Posted by FC on December 28, 2012 · 2 Comments on Singing To You and Chapters

Fred Chandler has a new recording up on this site of two poems read at Beyond Baroque this winter. “Chapters” delves into the nature of human existence, carefully mapping out the quotidian texts we inscribe on the figurative walls of our lives: playground walls, schoolyard walls, backyard walls, and finally, graveyard walls. On these walls, behind the running shadows of children, we “play out stories in dreams.” These stories, however unapparent in meaning, fill our lives with acts of success and failure that can only be read upon a certain ending, “lying peacefully at rest.”

In “Singing To You”, Fred explores “another kind of music beyond the ears, the eyes, and the mind.” The music of life exists not only in sound and rhythm but in all experience, memory, and love itself. It is in the act of “dancing in sun rays and shadows” that we produce bodily music joyfully and painfully, for both weave the fabric of life.

These poems address the essential nature of writing texts, because as Joan Didion once said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

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Recent Publications

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Posted by FC on November 19, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Fred’s poems, “Key Performances,” “Playgrounds” and “Mending Tools” were selected for publication in Issue 21 of Crack the Spine.

Visit their website to read the poems: http://www.crackthespine.com/

“Mending Tools” was chosen out of hundreds of submissions for the print publication of Crack the Spine’s Spring 2012 Anthology. “Your Cross,” a new poem penned this fall, will be published in Yes, Poetry’s next issue.

Look for it here: http://yespoetry.com/

Check back soon for a new recording of three poems to be posted on this website in December.

Fred Speaks - Volume 2 - From Beyond Baroque

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Posted by FC on July 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

 

Fred Chandler’s second CD is a collection of poems read at Beyond Baroque, a historical venue for poetry and writing in Venice, California. This epic recording reaches towards the meanings of human existence, love and relationships, transformation, personal and collective heritage, 9/11, and journeys to the end of the world.

In the poem What Follows, “memory explodes into darkness.” We understand this line at the beginning of the CD as a direction in which to feel the words we hear. It guides the reader—or perhaps it is a forewarning—into the sometimes abyssal darkness of death and tragedy of the poems to follow.

As darkness turns, the poems turn to images of birds, symbols of mind, thought, messengers, wisdom, and transformation. “Listen tomorrow, in the morning. It’s all told in the story the blackbird sings,” Fred states at the end of the poem Heritage. Simultaneously a poet spinning lyrical metaphors and a raconteur, we are assured that meaning lies in waiting, in the dappled morning light, in the simple song of a blackbird’s call.

Yet night falls again as it does at the end of every day, and we are again transported to darkness as it falls at the end of the recording.”My blood-stained boots have walked from far away. The road I traveled took its toll on me, every day. I bury innocent children in shallow dirt graves.” The imagery invoked in these spare and haunting lines hearken loss, longing, guilt and culpability.

These poems take us on a hallucinatory trajectory through sins andsolace, sinners and dreams. What we’re left with in the end is a portrait painted with the most ecstatic and incriminating colors, staggered with beauty and pathos.

 

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Crack the Spine Publication

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Posted by FC on May 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Fred Chandler’s poems, “Key Performances”, “Playgrounds”, and “Mending Tools” have recently been published in the magazine Crack The Spine. The poems can be viewed here.

Please share you comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!

April Recording – Beyond Baroque Collection

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Posted by FC on April 27, 2012 · 1 Comment on April Recording – Beyond Baroque Collection

Fred Chandler has recorded a new selection of poems recently performed at Beyond Baroque: “Shush,” “First Hello,” “‘Tis Amore,” “Before Us,” “Sounds of Solace,” and “Transitory Enchantment.”

 

In “Before Us,” “an ancient statue with broken fingers and worn out eyes” is evoked, a historical remainder of the fragility not only of the human body, but of history writing and rewriting itself. Seeing and blindness merge in this ancient statue’s eyes. What becomes of the witness when the eye turns weary? The answer is contained in the last line of this poem: “We eye these worldly things turning in on themselves and they are gone.”

“Transitory Enchantment” is a poem about many things: dreaming, love, fate, and the unconscious. Fred describes our quotidian struggles with a stark metaphor, “Our headway is very slow and is barely discernible under the dark night.” The dark night, a cloak under which we forever remain, for we can never understand now, this moment in time, until it has passed. Issues of temporality and with it, death and cyclical time, emerge from between the poem’s lines to grace the reader’s eye.Yet, alongside this barely discernible headway, there consists “A hidden strong current is the culprit trying to hold back all our dreams.” This current, which exists in all of us, could very well be the unconscious itself, the pull of our past, trauma and subjectivity swirling through us in the relentless struggle called life.

These six poems can be heard exclusively here. As always, your comments are appreciated and any feedback welcome.

 

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New Audio Release - Beyond Baroque Select Collection

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Posted by FC on February 23, 2012 · 4 Comments on New Audio Release - Beyond Baroque Select Collection

Fred’s new recording includes six new selected poems performed in the 
last three months at Beyond Baroque’s Sunday night open readings:
“Treasure Map,” “Kisses of Music,” “This Remains,” “Prodigy,” “The 
Hypocrite,” and “Mental Penitentiary.”

“Thunder and rain plays like an orchestra…” Fred opines. Much like
 the lyrical play in his poems, the words dance beautifully like music 
as he performs them with grace. This new audio recording is a document
 of the journey audiences have taken with Fred in previous months at
 Venice’s Beyond Baroque. “The pungent smell of moss, water, and
 earth…” exemplifies the ability Fred has to evoke the elements of 
nature, elevating them to not only a visceral experience but also an 
elegy to death and the eventual return to nature. Orange salamanders 
move through family, heart, memory and doors of home.

Please leave us your comments on this special new recording that can
 only be heard here on fredchandler.com. Please check back regularly as 
new content is frequently updated. We look forward to hearing from 
you!

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Black Lantern Publication

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Posted by FC on November 14, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Fred’s poem “Treacherous” was published in this month’s issue of Black Lantern. This long-awaited issue is available in a gorgeous, full color, high gloss print edition, or as a downloadable PDF. Get your issue here.

We’d love to hear what you think. Please leave your comments on the Wall here.

Follow This Light

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Beyond Baroque Open Reading 11/6

Last night, Fred hosted Beyond Baroque’s monthly open reading. The guest poet was Wyatt Underwood, who began the night by reading a selection of his poems. Fred read his poems,Light’s Epitaph,” “At Random,” and finally, Prodigy.” His poems were stark and striking in their imagery. His reading was received with applause and cheer. An audio recording of the three poems is available for viewers to listen to below and in the Readings section of the site.

 

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Tribute to 9/11

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Posted by FC on October 12, 2011 · 6 Comments on Tribute to 9/11

On October 2, Fred hosted Beyond Baroque’s open reading night. Texas Poet Laureate Cleatus Rattan was the guest reader. In addition to hosting the evening’s event, Fred  closed out the night with his own poem, “A City In Mourning”, which was a tribute to 9/11. He recounted a story about his cousin who, upon an instinct, did not go to work on that fateful day. Last month, Fred was in New York and the city was silent as he walked the streets. He came upon a little church and remembered the victims of 9/11 as he sat and wrote  “A City In Mourning.” This  poem was read in memory of the city, its silence, and a bird who broke the silence with song. The poem Fred read on this evening is available in audio form on this site under Readings.

 

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eBooks now available for iPad, Kindle & Nook

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Posted by FC on September 13, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Get your copy of Fred Chandler’s amazing chapbook collections, ‘X Factor’ and ‘A Flying Frog’, for your eReader today!

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New Publications in Danse Macabre

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Posted by FC on September 2, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Fred’s poems, “The Landing,” and “The Disclaimer,” have been published in Danse Macabre. You can read them here.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts about the poems, which you can post on the wall here on Fred’s website. Stay tuned for upcoming publications!

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A Tribute

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Posted by FC on July 9, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Fred played host to this holiday weekend’s reading at Beyond Baroque, which took place on Sunday. He kicked off the reading with the poem, “The Western,” which was featured on KCET as a poem of the month. Next, Fred read four short poems dealing with the central themes of death, fear, and the coming end: “X Factor,” “Baptized,” “A Spinning Earth,” and “What Exactly.” The reading then opened up to poets who signed up to read their work. The last poet to read before Fred closed the reading out was a street poet, Steve Baratta. He read the last two verses of “When The Music Is Over” and sang a touching version of “The Unknown Soldier,” two songs by The Doors. The reading took place on July 3rd, which was the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death, and this tribute honored the band. Fred then finished the night with “Who’s Your Master,” a poem about those who have power that is out of their control, and finally “Sinner Sinner,” a poem about those who get ahead in life in any way they can. Thanks to those who came to the monthly open reading series.

 
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'Fred Speaks' available on iTunes

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Posted by FC on July 1, 2011 · Leave a Comment

It’s official! Fred’s collection of poems on CD, entitled “Fred Speaks, Volume 1,” is available on iTunes now. The album contains 35 spoken word poems, for sale individually and as a single album. All the tracks can be previewed and downloaded.

The CD was produced and recorded with Bruce Botnick, the record producer best known for his work with The Doors.

Visit iTunes to get Fred’s first audio recordings and hear him read his original poetry. Get your copy now!

 

Available on iTunes

 

Birds

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Posted by FC on June 10, 2011 · Leave a Comment

On Sunday, Fred read at Beyond Baroque’s monthly open poetry reading. This week, he chose a selection of bird themed poems, including “Interrule,” “Herald,” “Visage,” and “Hawk in the Window.” The last poem can be found on the website in the Works section. All poems were received well and Fred looks forward to sharing more of his work with audiences soon. Come to Beyond Baroque on the first Sunday of the month to hear Fred read at the open reading.

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Rodeo Reading

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Posted by FC on June 3, 2011 · Leave a Comment

On Saturday, May 28, Fred read an assortment of poems at Beyond Baroque’s Rodeo Reading. A live band played music, improvising with poets who read their poems aloud. All the poems were well received with applause from the audience. Fred’s poems, “The Door” and “11th Round” were received with special applause. The band and Fred’s poetry really worked well together, creating a harmonious panoply of words and sound.

Beyond Baroque - Love and Relationships

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Posted by FC on May 5, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Last Sunday, Fred read at Beyond Baroque’s monthly open reading. This event takes place the first Sunday of every month. Fred announced to the audience that he would be reading a series of poems that were about love and relationships. He then proceeded to read 8 poems uninterrupted.  Fred read the following poems in order: “You,” “What Follows,” “Engagement Ring,” “Inexplicable,” “Inevitable,” “Between The Sheets”, “Elements,” and “Who Are They.” The reading was very well received and Fred received both laughter and applause after his set. In light of the good feedback that Fred got after the reading, he decided to re-record the series.  It is posted below for you to enjoy. Please leave us some feedback and share your thoughts with us.

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Beyond Baroque

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Posted by FC on April 28, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Please join us for a special May Day reading this Sunday, May 1 at Beyond Baroque. Fred will sign up for the open reading – which occurs the first Sunday of every month – and he will be reading a selection of bird themed poems from his body of work. Don’t hesitate to say hello if you are in the audience. As always, Fred will be available to sign books after the reading. His chapbooks and CD will be for sale at the Beyond Baroque bookstore. The reading begins at 5 p.m.

Beyond Baroque Recap

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Posted by FC on April 14, 2011 · Leave a Comment

On Sunday, Fred read at Beyond Baroque’s monthly open poetry reading. A crowd of poets and dedicated poetry lovers sat in a darkened room listening raptly to readers who stood behind a podium beneath a single spotlight. Fred read three poems regarding the theme of angels, which were all received with applause by the audience. As he read Angel Comedy, laughter rose and filled the room. Later, a featured poet referenced the poem in his own reading. If you were at the reading, please leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you. At the end of the month, Fred will also be participating in the poetry rodeo at Beyond Baroque where a live band plays music to poetry readings.

Beyond Baroque

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Posted by FC on March 30, 2011 · Leave a Comment

The next open reading at Beyond Baroque will take place on Sunday, April 10 at 5 pm. Fred will sign up for the open reading and if all goes well, he will read three angel poems: Angel Hidden, Sixth Angel, and Angel Comedy. Both Angel Hidden and Angel Comedy were published in Italy last year. This will be the first public reading of Sixth Angel. As always, we would love to see you at the reading. Fred’s chapbooks and CD can be purchased at the Beyond Baroque bookstore, and he will be available to sign books after the event.

Start Time: 5:00PM
Date: April 10, 2011

Location: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Beyond Baroque Feedback

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Posted by FC on March 9, 2011 · 1 Comment on Beyond Baroque Feedback

On Sunday evening, Fred read three poems at Beyond Baroque in Venice. He opened his reading with the poem “Twisted,” which was just published in the UK magazine Splizz. Next up, Fred read “Crab Apple,” and he closed with “The Disclaimer.” The last poem ended with a punch line, and the audience responded with laughter. All poems were met with applause and we were quite happy with how well the evening went. Fred will have his chapbooks and CDs available for purchase at Beyond Baroque in the near future. If you were at the reading on Sunday, we’d love to hear your comments and response to the reading.

Beyond Baroque

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Posted by FC on March 4, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Fred will sign up for Sunday’s open reading at Beyond Baroque.

The monthly reading is open to all poets who will read two poems or for five minutes. Please come join us to hear Fred and other poets read their work. We will have chapbooks and CD’s available. Beyond Baroque is an independent literary and arts center located in Venice. In addition to readings, Beyond Baroque offers workshops and education programs, among others.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, March 6th at 5 p.m.

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

To DC and Back Again: AWP 2011

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Posted by FC on February 10, 2011 · Leave a Comment

This weekend, we spent three days at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Washington DC. The convention took place at two hotels, which were bustling with writers from every corner of the nation, publishers, agents, editors, writing program directors, and professors. Snow blanketed the streets and sidewalks of DC, but convention-goers were occupied with more important things – reading, writing, and dialoging about the written word.

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Now accepting purchases

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The shop is now up and running. Click on the SHOP tab at the top of the page to order Fred Chandler’s chapbooks, CD, and posters. We have partnered with doors.com to offer readers an opportunity to purchase Fred’s poetry – only available here. The link on the SHOP page will take readers to the website doors.com where they can get the goods.

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Hello for NYC

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Posted by FC on February 1, 2011 · 1 Comment on Hello for NYC

Hello all, I’m in NYC and dealing with the snow and the cold. Makes it hard getting around but I love it.

I got to see John Thomas’ sculptures at the OK HARRIS gallery on 383 West Broadway. I think John’s work is amazing. He works with different rectangular shapes. Then he paints them with unusual colors with shadows. Ah, he’s tricky because some of the shadows are not painted. They are real! I saw a little girl touching one and she was surprised to find she wasn’t touching a shadow. I’m very intrigued with what John is doing because he’s playing with time, space and color that are full of subtle illusions.

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AWP Conference and Bookfair

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Posted by FC on January 27, 2011 · Leave a Comment

In honor of the annual AWP Conference and Bookfair, here are a few interviews and articles on speakers, panelists, and readers who will appear at the event.

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AWP Conference

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Posted by FC on January 24, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Hello everyone, I just wanted to fill you in on my up coming trips. I am flying to NYC on Monday and will be there for two weeks. John Thomas, an artist friend of mine, has a gallery showing of his sculptures. He is personally going walk me through the gallery to show them to me. We are then planing on going to dinner later to discuss how poetry and sculpture can work together. John’s work is showing at the OK Harris Gallery at 383 West Broadway in case any one is interested in seeing John’s work. I’m hoping to also catch up with poet, Ray DiPalma, who I met in NYC last Thanksgiving. After my NYC trip I will flying to Washington, D.C. for the AWP Conference. Sarah Wang, my editor, will be joining me there. I’ll be meeting some of my other poet friends there and, maybe, some of the new viewers to my website.

We want to hear from you!

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Posted by FC on December 31, 2010 · 3 Comments on We want to hear from you!

The site, as many viewers may know, kicked off this week to wonderful feedback. We are still putting the finishing touches on the site, such as getting the shop fully functional, and plugging in a few more images here and there, but for the most part, the site as you see it is what we envision it to be. We have had some feedback from readers, which we are always interested to read, and we encourage all visitors of the site to comment. One reader commented on the dark ironic humor in one of the poems, which is also a tone that is explored in other poems on the site such as Angels Listen and Killer at the Door. Please let us know what you think.

Shop launch in January

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Posted by FC on December 29, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Fred’s poetry will available for purchase in four forms here on the website: in audio form as read by Fred on his CD, “Fred Speaks”; in two chapbooks, “A Flying Frog” and “X Factor”; as as custom handmade hardcover books made with FSC certified paper stocks (traditional case-bound, 9 x 12 inches); or choose a poem and have it printed on a poster on FSC Certified heavyweight paper stock (11 x 17 inches). Each option listed above will be available for purchase on the site’s shop, coming soon in January.

Behind the curtains

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Posted by FC on December 23, 2010 · 1 Comment on Behind the curtains

“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.” – Jim Morrison

The Western

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Posted by FC on November 19, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Fred’s poem, “The Western” has been published on the KCET website for National Poetry month in the community poems section. The poem can be viewed here.

Please share you comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome to Fred Chandler's website

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Posted by FC on November 10, 2010 · 1 Comment on Welcome to Fred Chandler's website

Welcome to Fred Chandler’s website, an interactive space where visitors can read selections of Fred’s poetry, view unique artworks created specifically for Fred’s poems, listen to recordings of Fred reading his works, and participate in ongoing forums about writing, art, and publishing. This blog will provide readers with updates on Fred’s poetry, readings and events, as well as publications in addition to general news related to writing.

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