Sunday, January 27, 2008
Poetry Judges Want to Get Fat on Words
"I recently had the privilege of being one of eight judges for a poetry manuscript contest. The process involved the group of us, poets and poetry lovers, spending a day reading book-length manuscripts, discussing them, and finally winnowing a stack of about eighteen manuscripts..."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Poetry, prose, and short stories by African American Women
Tree Riesener's chapbook 'Angel Poison' now available
These poems are meditations on the condition of our contemporary world...
The Secret Life of Poems
What exactly are poems? And what are they good for? In the 20th century the pre-eminent poetic mode was the lyric, and so poems, generally speaking, were short, explosive devices. Many famous longer poems were written then, too -- William Carlos Williams's Paterson and Ezra Pound's Cantos, for example. Yet neither of these was entirely successful because, in part, they seemed to be occupying some uneasy middle ground between a kind of writing that was embedded in myth, and something more akin to fiction.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Burma poet held for secret insult [Burma]
"The Burmese authorities have arrested a well known poet, who published a love poem with a hidden message criticising the country's military leader."
Monday, January 21, 2008
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! PINCH PINCH PRESS #2: AMELIA EARHART
"We are finishing production of Pinch Pinch Press #1: Barnaby Jones and we need submissions for Pinch Pinch Press #2: Amelia Earhart."
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Judging the Bridport Prize: Poetry Report by Don Paterson [UK]
"I'm making my final cut in the bar of a very large boat, in the North Channel of the Irish Sea, in something the captain alleges is a 'light swell'. This thing seemed like the, uh, Titanic when we were in Belfast, but now feels like a rubber duck in a bathtub. The sea reduces everything to a cork, and there's a brutal democracy to all this that sits perfectly, I suppose, with the brutal anonymity of the Poetry Competition. Which is more than I can say for my breakfast."
Sunday, January 13, 2008
warbler: a word and song zine
"this is the blog of warbler, a quarterly publication with its first issue slated for release in JANUARY 2008. we love music, poetry, landscapes both natural and urban. we focus on art and writing that celebrates the transient, musical nature of the everyday."
"Haijin friends worldwide, you who travel and meet places and people and languages, wherever you are, let one of your thoughts become community for us all. Look for a postcard. Handwrite on the back, in clear writing, a simple haiku. May the time you spend in finding a postcard, the time you spend in writing a haiku, sitting on a big stone, under a pine-tree, at a coffee table, be a happy time."
Friday, January 11, 2008
Poets and Poems, Library of Congress [US]
"A great resource for writers, teachers, students, readers, researchers, and all who adore poetry."
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Call for Submissions: Hidden Messages
This issue of qarrtsiluni is interested in hidden messages: the ways they’re concealed, the moments they’re revealed. The "messages" we’ll collect for the issue can come in any form: poetry, story, painting, photograph, essay, fragment, memory, code, and, for the first time, film.