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Djelloul Marbrook

Djelloul (jeh-lool) Marbrook, born in Algiers to a Bedouin father and an American painter grew up New York, served in the US Navy.

His book of poems, Far From Algiers, won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University. His story, Artists Hill, won the Literal Latte first prize in fiction.

He worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal and as an editor for The Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel and The Washington Star. Later he worked as executive editor of four small dailies in northeast Ohio and two medium-size dailies in northern New Jersey.

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Poet-Photographer Conjures a Ghostly New York Rail Line of The Past
A poet-photographer, he frames and shoots these rotting ties, trestles, and rusting bridges with the patience and love of a poet listening to his muse, capturing the haunted quality of this New York river valley.
12:50 Jan 29, 2012 PST
Insistence on Self-Righteous Ideology Creates Insiders and Outsiders
Djelloul Marbrook says the best thing we can do for yourselves and our society is to admit how much we don't know-and then proceed to explore the unknown in our personal journeys as well as our national journey.
09:12 Jan 6, 2012 PST
Shameless is The Alpha Wolf of Television Wolf Shows
The estimable 'Homeland' notwithstanding, 'Shameless' is the best show on television today. It has no stars because the pack is the star.
13:40 Dec 25, 2011 PST
A Wiser, More Beautiful Death:Miklos Radnoti's Sad Farewell to a Murderous World
The Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti was murdered by Nazi collaborators. His body was later found in a mass grave with 10 final poems in his raincoat.
10:55 Dec 15, 2011 PST
An Optimistic View of The Media Revolution
Prize-winning poet and journalist Djelloul Marbrook examines the claim that Internet news is less reliable than the newspapers it is supplanting and finds the claim bogus.
14:08 Aug 21, 2011 PST
Six Long Poems of Grandeur and Oceanic Sweep
American poetry tends to commemorate the ordinary, striving to use plain language and to avoid references to things readers may not know. Gjertrud Schnackenberg's 'Heavenly Questions' breaks out of this mold with breathtaking grandeur and breadth
14:47 Jul 26, 2011 PST
Algerians Clamor for The Paintings a Young American Made There in The 30s
The paintings arrived in Algeria in 2004 and seemingly vanished in the bowels of the country's energy company, which acquired them. But now the Algerian press has clamored for an accounting and a petition is circulating in Bou Saada, 'City of Happ
15:14 Jul 4, 2011 PST
Corporate Stooges in Congress Undermine and Defeat Democracy
The spectacle of the opposition party's refusal to approve the President's nominations is all the proof we need. Instead of a government that works we have 24/7 politics, like cable news, with around-the-clock trivia, lunacy and fear-mongering.
17:24 Jun 26, 2011 PST
George The Incurious as Hero of An Intellectually Arthritic Nation
In some ways George W. Bush as president was emblematic of an incurious nation that gathers around a bunch of received ideas and clings to them instead of challenging them
12:34 Jun 21, 2011 PST
A Modest Book Fair Reveals America's Half-Seen Literary Renaissance
A stroll down the main street of Hudson, New York, prompts prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook to meditate on our culture's values. Here in the midst of this famous antique venue a book fair was also underway.
17:38 May 23, 2011 PST
Is Hemingway's 'The Killers' Prose Poetry? Or 'The Red Badge of Courage'?
When another author, Dan Baum, called Djelloul Marbrook's novel, 'Saraceno,' a prose poem, Marbrook began meditating on the nature of prose and poetry and arrived at some provocative conclusions, expressed here.
12:01 Apr 30, 2011 PST
National Poetry Month is a Good Time to Ask Questions
National Poetry Month offers a moment to ask ourselves whether we're also celebrating dangerous, subversive, ball-breaking poetry. Or are we just celebrating safe, anecdotal, 'accessible' poetry?
08:20 Apr 17, 2011 PST
'Artemisia's Wolf': Novel About a Young Woman Who Rocks Her World
When lightning strikes Artemisia Cavelli it illuminates her world and its inhabitants in strange new ways. Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook has written a novel in honor of some of the world's most memorable women-Artemisia Gentileschi
06:49 Apr 16, 2011 PST
Pascale Petit Channels Frida Kahlo in Poems
Frida Kahlo painted with a unique brush. Now British poet Pascale Petit gives the great Mexican painter a unique voice in 52 poems that eerily resonate with Kahlo's vivid way of painting.
13:52 Apr 15, 2011 PST
Sometimes Facebook is Like a Party: Too Loud, Too Big, Too Bright, Too Close
(07, April is the birthday of the Internet. On this day in 1969, a Defense Department agency sent out a Request for Comments to scientists -RFCs as they are known-asking for ideas and methods that would eventually lead to the Internet.)
05:51 Apr 11, 2011 PST
Violent TV Images Won't Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Films and particularly the 8-11 prime-time television shows batter us with violent images that rile us up, trading on a horrid fascination with violence that for some of us is like the Stockholm Syndrome...
08:31 Apr 10, 2011 PST
Ever Wonder Why The Jesse James Story is Always Modern?
Why is the Jesse James legend so enduring? Could it be because it speaks indelibly to our sense of being swindled? The press is part of this sense of being swindled because it hides the most important stories in plain sight.
16:34 Apr 9, 2011 PST
New York Politicians Join The National Scam, Scapegoating Washington
It could have passed a sales tax on Wall Street transactions and the speculators who screwed the nation, but instead it set the stage for even higher property taxes and cut schools and Medicaid, stabbing already stressed homeowners in the back and p
15:46 Apr 8, 2011 PST
An Abandoned Luncheonette Inspires a Sequence of Sonnets
Poetry isn't about recognition and the praise of readers, it's about saying one thing so essential that the world can no longer be imagined in its absence.Here are two poets whose work illustrates the point: Environmental scientist Paul Clemente a
16:12 Apr 4, 2011 PST
You Won't Forget 'Nazareth, North Dakota,' Any Time Soon
'Nazareth, North Dakota,' is a memorable story about unforgettable characters, from Roxy in a hopeless marriage to Dill, just out of prison and about to go in again, to the baby boy Sam a teenage beauty pageant winner leaves at Roxy's motel door.
05:11 Apr 1, 2011 PST
Bees are Dying, Famine is Looming, But The Press is Obsessed With Oil
The worldwide collapse of honey bee colonies threatens famine and yet the press pays it scant attention, treating it as an exotic feature story.
12:17 Mar 1, 2011 PST
I Read Back to Front and Bottom Up, Says Prize-Winning Poet Djelloul Marbrook
'I just don't trust the authorized version of anything,' he says, and reading the wrong way strips out whatever sanctimony there is in a piece of writing.
12:32 Feb 24, 2011 PST
Here is a Book About Making Poems That Every Library Should Have
Why does a poet do what he does, and how does he do it? These questions are explored. No self-respecting library should be without 'Poetry In Person,' edited by Alexander Neubauer.
08:20 Feb 12, 2011 PST
Nietzsche and Michael Jackson Have a Connection, as These Acute Essays Show
The essays characteristically say exactly what the media fail to say. They explore where the media leave off. And they show us why we can't depend on the mainstream media for our understanding of our own collective life.
11:36 Feb 1, 2011 PST
Bad Government Begins At Home-And New York State is About to Show Us Why
They have gotten away with scape-goating Washington for a long time, as the last elections showed, but New York State, which has the highest property taxes in the country.
05:10 Jan 4, 2011 PST
A Navy Wife's Poems Show Us How War Seeps Into Our Marrow
It testifies to the fact that war is not there, it is everywhere, and everyone is affected, because we are all in it together. These memorable poems tell us more about war than the news.
07:43 Dec 4, 2010 PST
An Aging Poet Writes An Homage to a Memorable Classmate Set to Music
'Adeline Compton,' a moving poem set to music, is prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook's homage to a memorable English girl who used to serve him air tea in painted tin cups in a gazebo in their boarding school many years ago.
06:36 Nov 24, 2010 PST
When Criticism Means Getting Over on Someone It Serves No One
The poet argues that the criticism of put-down or getting over on someone reflects a society that reduces everything to winning and losing, a gaming society, and therefore an inherently immature society.
10:58 Nov 21, 2010 PST
If Politicians Had Anne of Green Gables' Compulsion They'd Be Undertakers
Like Anne of Green Gables, I have always had an exquisite compulsion to say the one thing nobody wants to hear at the very moment they least want to hear it. It has complicated my life to no end, but it has also produced immeasurable riches.
08:50 Nov 15, 2010 PST
The German Experience is Alive and Well in America
A hornswoggling press has helped elect hornswoggling politicians who blame Washington for everything when they know damned well they could have reduced our taxes by giving us honest and efficient government at home.
08:43 Nov 13, 2010 PST
A Vision of Poetry as Streaming Wi-Fi in Parks, Buses, Trains, Planes, Libraries
To arms, to the barricades, poetry presses of America! We need a collaboration between our many publishers of poetry and local government and business.
07:10 Oct 27, 2010 PST
We Need to Reconsider The Role of Television News in Our Society
The media do not reflect our culture, they reflect themselves. Try this experiment. Pretend all your television news channels are off the air for three days. Afterwards ask yourself if you feel more peaceful, a bit less anxious.
05:59 Oct 17, 2010 PST
Washington is Being Made a Scapegoat for Bad Local Government
Ignore that Tea Party baloney about taking back Washington and cutting taxes-the action is in Florida where taxpayers are trying take back their state from corrupt local politicians, banks and developers.
07:51 Oct 14, 2010 PST
Language: Not Just Words, But Respect for Others and Ourselves
The way we use the language is a measure of our respect for each other. Language Log, originating from the University of Pennsylvania, tries to guard the language against abuse.
12:32 Sep 28, 2010 PST
Poetry Goes Where No Politician Or Ideologue Dares to Follow
A society that defines danger as violent criminals within and ideological enemies without is an essentially adolescent society. The real danger to us comes from our artists and writers, and it is as heaven-sent as angels.
15:07 Sep 24, 2010 PST
Politics is About Silencing The Authentic Voice of Poetry and Art
What is the voice that makes our hair stand up in a poem? Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook calls it the Delphic voice, the child's voice that is heard above the din of adolescence and maturity, the voice of authentic innocence.
15:45 Sep 18, 2010 PST
Mid-East Peace Talks More Complicated Than The West Bank Issue
The Palestinian-Israeli peace talks are far more complicated than news reports suggest. Here former military intelligence analyst Craig A. Perkins offers a guide to understanding the issues and the challenges facing Israeli.
17:54 Sep 11, 2010 PST
Russian Poet Explores The Way Politics Corrupts Culture
The work of the Russian poet Elena Fanailova is a case in point. This physician-journalist-poet is telling us things far more important than the blatherings of our politicians and pundits.
16:55 Sep 9, 2010 PST
Can We Fondle e-Books, Like Paper Books? We Fondle Cars, Don't We?
I've been sniffing e-readers, upsetting clerks and amusing fellow browsers. They sure don't smell like books. And have no silverfish-carpet sharks-either.
07:01 Aug 27, 2010 PST
Media Persist in Portraying An America That Does Not Reflect Our Diversity
More than 18 percent of Americans polled by Pew researchers believe Barack Obama is a Muslim in spite of conclusive proof he is a witnessing Christian.
05:48 Aug 26, 2010 PST
How Bigots Use Southern Speech Patterns as Code
One of a poet's jobs is to tune into how speech is used, to its sounds and purposes. I think I hear an upswing in non-Southerners sending a bigoted message by using southern speech mannerisms.
17:17 Aug 21, 2010 PST
Poetry Takes The Risks The Mainstream Media are Sorely Lacking
Anyone who thinks the pundits and scholars have cornered the market on describing our culture to us should take a look at Bruce Weber's poetry. His book of poems, The Breakup of My First Marriage, is a diary of mayhem, merriment and danger.
11:26 Aug 10, 2010 PST
How Television Seeks to Distract Us From The Wikileaks Story
The immense gap between TV's idea of news and the print industry's is on full display in the controversy over the leak of 90,000 documents about the Afghan war. TV would have us believe the story is about the leaks.
16:29 Jul 27, 2010 PST
Television as a Form of Waterboarding
Americans know a lot more about waterboarding than Big Media thinks they know. After all, they're subjected to a form of it every day on television.
10:17 Jul 26, 2010 PST
An Exciting Young French Poet Shows Us Why Poetry Matters
Very little foreign literature is translated and published in the United States-an intellectual disgrace-but all the more reason to rejoice in the translation by Susan Wicks of 'Cold Spring In Winter' by the young French poet Valerie Rouzeau.
14:08 Jul 16, 2010 PST
Even If He's Right, a General Who Mocks His Boss Deserves Firing
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal crossed a line. It should have been no surprise to the White House that he was mocking his civilian bosses because he telegraphed his intention in a London speech several months ago.
05:51 Jun 24, 2010 PST
Nativism is Resurgent, But Who are The Natives?
Djelloul Marbrook sounds like no one else. If I had to compare him to someone, I would say Emily Dickinson, oddly-because no one sounds like Dickinson, either.
06:13 Jun 22, 2010 PST
A Leak-Hating Administration Leaks a Whopper About Afghanistan
So that's why we're in Afghanistan-huge deposits of lithium, copper, gold, emeralds, sapphires and other minerals. And here we thought it was about democracy and depriving terrorists of a base.
06:25 Jun 16, 2010 PST
The Homeless as Prophets and Heroines
Why do homeless men often look like Old Testament prophets? Perhaps they both ventured into the same land and never fully returned.
09:21 Jun 12, 2010 PST
Do We Need to Keep on Dumbing Down The News?
Hey, big heads, this is an Internet society-that means we dig being smart, we dig researching, but we call it searching. The coffee is being brewed in cyberspace. Wake up!
10:26 May 31, 2010 PST
The Press Doesn't Want Answers, It Wants Controversy
Whose interests does our trash-'em, bash-'em TV journalism serve? The public? Or corporate America marketing so-called infotainment every bit as hazardous to our health as junk food?
16:34 May 28, 2010 PST
The Press Must Rise to The Challenge of The 21st Century
Our media culture keeps us on edge, polarizes our politics, destabilizes such institutions as the financial markets, and convinces us we are divided into winners and losers and should despise the losers.
05:58 May 26, 2010 PST
Cuomo Plans for Al Gore Raise Serious Questions of Judgment
Instead of carrying out their missions federal agencies spent years trying to respond to his demands that they justify themselves or be privatized.
07:36 May 24, 2010 PST
Maybe We Need to Redefine Just What Government Is
Could the incredible popularity of the Internet and all its gadgetry bespeak a loneliness and alienation in us, a growing distrust of a culture that seems to be trying to turn us into consumer bots?
17:02 May 20, 2010 PST
Broken Syntax in Cyberspace: The Future of Language?
Do I see a breakdown in language? I find texting both exhibitionistic and inane, much as children show off and test their independence, trying to find themselves.
06:53 May 16, 2010 PST
We Must Begin to Redefine The Nature of News
I believe the news is a national health problem. The way it is presented afflicts us with post-traumatic stress disorder and impairs our reasoning.
07:10 May 13, 2010 PST
Islamic Terrorism is Much More Complicated Than Washington Says It Is
War is big business. Instead of covering wars the press should be covering the business of war. Patriotism is war's cover story. The real story is money.
11:43 May 7, 2010 PST
A Rare Poet Recalls His Youth and The Pacific War
Paul Elisha is a Northeast Public Radio commentator, composer and poet. His excellent book, 'Swash,' recalls his youth and how the Pacific War engulfed and forever changed his life. The poems are restrained and deeply moving.
18:42 Apr 28, 2010 PST
How to Enrich Life By Listening to Each Other
The more I heard her pronounce the word rose the more I realized that the different ways we speak the same language could enrich my writing beyond measure. This is a rubric in my writer's gospel.
18:16 Apr 26, 2010 PST
A Wry, Humorous Poet Writes of Floozies, Alcoholism and Redemption
'Love In the City of Grudges,' poet Will Nixon's second book of poems, seems to tell of 80s life in Hoboken, NJ, as the broken city puts itself together. But it is really a memoir of hard times, harrowing relationships and finally redemption.
18:12 Apr 18, 2010 PST
Algerian Sketches Savage Beauty of Tribal Dancer Inspires a Poem
The savage beauty of an Algerian tribal dancer from his father's tribe inspired a poem by Djelloul Marbrook just published by CELAAN, the Skidmore College Review of its Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa.
16:49 Apr 7, 2010 PST
We're Surrounded By Oh-So-Friendly Bloodsuckers
Oh yeah, they're as familiar as pajamas. And so seductive. They want to make us healthy, wealthy, wise, respected, loved. We know they don't mean a word of it, but we want to believe.
18:59 Apr 1, 2010 PST
War is Too Big a Responsibility for Filmmakers and Historians Alone
It cannot be left to soldiers, politicians and preachers. Poets and artists must be called on to grasp all the dimensions of its horror and folly.
12:14 Mar 25, 2010 PST
'Too Busy' As An Instrument of Incivility and Exhibitionism
People who give you short shrift because they're so busy and so important are employing an avoidance shtick. They think acting that important makes them that important, perception being everything.
07:16 Mar 22, 2010 PST
How We are Perceived By Our Names
My name, Djelloul, has brought me into confrontation all my life with what it is to be an American. In boarding school it was questioned and I was made to feel 'foreign,' but in the Navy it was accepted because I was a brother in arms.
06:46 Mar 18, 2010 PST
We Once Thought Lard Was Good for Us-Maybe We'll Get Over Reaganomics
Americans once believed that eating lard was good for their health. doctors approved smoking, and Medicare was a communist plot. So there is hope for us yet.
06:06 Mar 10, 2010 PST
Joan Siegel's Poetry Shows How Much Society Needs From Its Elderly
Joan I. Siegel, a retired professor of literature, has written an elegant and profoundly moving book of poems, Hyacinth for the Soul, in which ghosts quilt stories in the half-light of memories.
17:45 Mar 7, 2010 PST
Brian Turner, Soldier-Poet, Tells us What The Iraq War is Really Like
We should imbed in combat units not journalists, but poets, artists, musicians-all better equipped to elevate human consciousness. This book about the Iraq war proves it.
06:42 Mar 2, 2010 PST
How a Vulture Class Scapegoated The American Government
Why do we celebrate the outlaw Jesse James as a knight fighting predator banks and corporations while at the same time embracing the people who have devoured the middle class?
13:34 Feb 27, 2010 PST
Iran Has Many Old Scores to Settle-Just Ask The Arabs and Turks
Every nation and people in the Middle East has a vital interest in what happens in Iran, and their views should all be taken into account. Iran has many old scores to settle. Israel is only one piece of a complicated puzzle.
12:34 Feb 22, 2010 PST
How Paintings Can Show More Than We Can Take In
Two 15th Century paintings at New York City's Frick Collection suggest the way memory paints and repaints what we see, so that when we return to look at a painting-or anything or anyone-it is never the same experience.
16:57 Feb 15, 2010 PST
Want Someone to Blame for Our Predator Society? We Must Blame Ourselves
We have a predatory culture in which Washington is a pawn. The real blame must be assigned to us in that we are so happily fooled by pirates and their stooges.
05:14 Feb 2, 2010 PST
An Obnoxious Regency Character Who Fits Right in on Wall Street
Jane Austen's Emma is a prequel of every exhibitionist today: she takes up too much room, is a bullying fixer, and moves people around like pawns. Sunday nights on 'Masterpiece Theater,' her latest iteration shows why Austen is a modernist.
08:46 Jan 30, 2010 PST
Menace Music in a Film's Soundtrack Shows How Wide East-West Chasm Is
The more I listened to the memorable soundtrack of the 2005 Crusader film epic, 'Kingdom of Heaven,' the wider I saw the chasm between the West and the Arab world.
06:19 Jan 29, 2010 PST
The Official Story in Any War is Very Likely to Be Myth
Our story about why we're in Afghanistan sounds like the medieval myth about Prester John, a legendary Christian king who would come to Crusaders' aid. The myth was propagated by the intelligence system of the time.
13:44 Jan 26, 2010 PST
Leadbelly, Famed for Singing The Blues, Remains a Neglected Poet
He isn't exactly the father of the blues, not like Blind Lemon Jefferson, but he wrote some of the strangest and most beautiful lyrics in American literature.
16:06 Jan 22, 2010 PST
From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki in Poetry: A Stunning Masterpiece
Every poem, every story about war is somehow measured in the West against The Iliad. It can't be helped. The Iliad is that compelling, Homer's storytelling that memorable.
11:33 Jan 19, 2010 PST
Schema-Root: An Online Encyclopedia of Current, Evolving Events
Our depleted and anxiety-revving press establishment fails to focus the big picture, pursuing instead the worrisome, polarizing ephemera of the day. But John Tinker of Fayetteville, Missouri, is hard at work on the problem.
20:02 Jan 15, 2010 PST
Islam is Threatened By Fundamentalist Fanatics, Too
We need to show we understand that if we are to have any credibility. Fanatics have driven our response to 9/11, just as Muslim fanatics drive the agenda in their own countries.
16:53 Jan 11, 2010 PST

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