"No more poems on death,
not one word on growing old..." Joe Pacheco begins his latest
collection, Sanibel Joe's Songbook, with a promise to include
only "the thrill and sweep of the glad-to-be-alive fourth quarter/
play by delicious play". His journey through the American "songscape"
fashions parodies and poems into social and political commentary on
life in past and present America without ever losing his wry
humorous octogenarian perspective. A versatile verse virtuoso,
Pacheco is at home with all the forms of poetry: sonnets,
villanelles, ballads, rondeaus, blank verse, rap and even the Middle
Eastern ghazal. Sanibel Joe's Songbook provides the fans of
Joe Pacheco's poetry column and readers everywhere with accessible,
illuminating and entertaining poems that embody his oft-stated
poetic philosophy: "Poetry is fun!"
Praise for Sanibel
"Finally, we have the pleasure of reading and hearing Joe Pacheco's
Sanibel Joe's Songbook. Pacheco brings to mind the velvet fog
of Mel Torme and the cool tones of David Amram, that mix of
sweetness and sharpness which makes the best, most poignant music.
Sing on, Sanibel Joe. We need your voice, your music, your words."
---James Brock- Prize-winning poet, full professor Florida Gulf
Coast and author of U. Gods and Money, Pictures That Got Small
"In Sanibel Joe's Songbook, Pacheco gives us poems that are
unpretentious and as much fun as the best pop songs. These poems are
catchy--downright infectious with their straight-talk wisdom and
---Denise Duhamel- Prize winning poet and professor of Creative
Writing at Florida International University. and author of
Blowout & Ka-Ching
"Sanibel Joe's Songbook sings of Sanibel and evokes its
beauty with humor and precise language, then expands through
collaboration with artists in ArtPoems. Joe tackles the muse with
music and irony in his political poems... savored for making us
think, savored for the truth in their telling."
--- Lorraine Walker Williams, ArtPoems Chair, and author of
Paradise Found, Near Water
"Joe Pacheco is a poet whose work is at once powerful and playful.
He's also an evangelist of the best sort - bearing witness to the
importance of poetry with art as well as action."
---Amy Bennett Williams, News-Press Reporter and author of Along
"While his driver's license may state that he is 80 plus, the most
enjoyable, accessible and delightful young poet of 2013 is Joe
Pacheco. He's written the definitive Charlie Parker poem and his
latest poetry collection, Sanibel Joe's Songbook makes all of
us wake up and celebrate each day."
---David Amram, classical jazz composer and Kerouac poetry-jazz
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