San Francisco Chronicle

“The words come rapid fire, faster than the TV announcer revealing the disclaimers to car leases. The audience whoops and screams to climax. This invocation officially starts off the spoken-word soiree Listen and Be Heard. Every Thursday evening at Rafael’s Bar and Cafe in Vallejo, words pop and explode through jazz and funk rhythms. Here poetry bends the mind and charges the soul …”Vallejo verseRafael’s Bar becomes the place to Listen and Be Heard by Venise Wagner, Special to The Chronicle Friday, July 26, 2002

Freestyle Grooves

Living It!
For once, we have a review of an album that hasn’t been released yet. It can be obtained only from the artist Martha Cinader herself. Martha Cinader caught our attention with the phenomenal track “Living it”, of which the Victor Simonelli remix is extraordinary. The reason this track caught our attention was because of the lyrics, yes, the lyrics ! The lyrics of “Living it” are one strong emotional outlet about life in its fullest effect. It breaths the spirit of a creative artistic energetic life which immediately catches ones attention. That made us look furhter at who the artist Martha Cinader was and brought us to her Po’azz Yo’azz album. This is not the ordinary album for sure ! It’s clear that Martha Cinadar offers plenty of interesting views through her lyrics. In fact, she describes her music as a mixture between poetry and music and so it is. Listen to the track “White Linen” and you’ll know. It’s a sort of poem about becoming old in this society. “Eat” is completely differently styled, reflecting societies fast food way of living in both lyrics and tempo. There is “Yes No” on drum’n’bass music that in some way reflects the undeciding battles between loving people. Weird for sure as the music and lyrics go hand in hand with the emotions. Of course “Living it” is here too, but in a much more intimate disguise on drum’n’bass music. Here, the vocals get much more accent than on the Victor Simonelli remix. More poetry goes in “Rosebud” and “Belated Mother’s day”, where we hear Martha Cinader’s soft voice telling the Rosebud poetry on piano background or the “Belated Mother’s day” on violin. Finally, there is “Po’azz yo’azz” where Martha Cinader is sort of introducing what it is all about. A little strange she puts this track on the last position. She tells about the mixture of poetry and jazz, about digging one’s soul to express emotions, and feelings. And that’s exactly what she has been doing in this full album. It’s perhaps a combination we’re not so used to these days, but it’s sure that Martha Cinader brings an original way of making music, poetry and emotions. She seems to be the kind of person that goes for her own ideas, style, feeling, interpretations, without giving in to commercially dictated styles. And that alone is great ! – Freestyle Grooves

Amazon Customer

What Would You Do If You Had One?

Let me just say something about the best of the lot. Senator Sin’s 1-800-yor-dick. Even though it reads like a female view of what is would be like to have one – hey, that is the purpose to the book…is it not? – I howled at the Senator’s escapades. The price of the book is almost (not quite) worth this one poem. – Amazon customer review

Steve Cannon

When the Body Calls

“The challenge of being a woman, being a lover, a mother, a user of words, of metaphors, signs and symbols in this postmodern age in terms of one’s self identity can easily lead to rage. These stories, poems, and memoirs are not simply told, but as you read and listen to them, they easily unfold and innervate one’s soul, the spirit.” –Steve Cannon, Publisher A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine

Kate Horsely

When the Body Calls

“Martha Cinader’s boldly unique When the Body Calls is a collection of poems and prose to be savored by those thirsty for art and intelligence. There is magic here. The reader will dive into a cool ocean of Cinader’s sensuality and sharply honest creativity. There are dangerous currents of truth in these depths that ultimately are refreshing and stimulating. And there are also the tender and universal longings of mother, lover, artist and activist. Each piece is a treasure of a different shape and color.” –Kate Horsely, author of Crazy Woman and A Killing in New Town (which won the Western States Arts Award for Fiction)

Fiona Giles

When the Body Calls

“When The Body Calls is an urban livre compose that leaves no pavement stone unturned in telling its tale of a young poet-mother ejected from her father’s suburban mansion onto the stark concrete plains of Manhattan. Her daughter, her mother, her lovers, her ambition, her desires — all are embraced with a revolutionist’s ardor as she assembles her story around her like a rambling house. Its rooms are built from poetry, letters, fairy tales, dreamscapes, journal entries and stories. And through its windows Cinader can be seen to whirl in an enticing dervish beneath her veil of words, seducing all visitors with her “body of need…of dreams…of people.” –Fiona Giles, editor of Dick for a Day

Hal Sirowitz

When the Body Calls

“When you cook chicken you have to stick a fork in it to tell if it’s done, but you don’t have to do that to Cinader’s poems. They’re raw and cooking at the same time. She’s like a female Sun Ra who can coax words out of her saxophone. She never omits any detail even when she’s taking us to another stratosphere. When the Body Calls is daring and unflinching. An important body of work.” –Hal Sirowitz, author of My Mother Said and My Therapist Said