Monday, March 31, 2008
April is National Poetry Month!Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Poets.org has a list of 30 neat things one can do to celebrate. Check them out here!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
PotLatch Poetry promotes an exchange economy surrounding poetry books, chapbooks, journals and ephemera: a revolving bookshelf, moving material through the hands of writers across the world.
PotLatch is concerned with the inherent limitations of a regionalized, institutionalized, or otherwise constrained exchange of literature. It exists to enliven and expand a spirit of reading, trading and gifting.
Every item listed on PotLatch is either for free or trade.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
March 26-30, 2008, Charlottesville, VA. The 14th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book! These five days of mostly free literary events are open to the public as a way to honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Check out the website for events and details.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"Options While En route"
"Outer Banks, 1987"
If you haven't read Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, you've missed a fine selection of fresh work. Check out the recent issue.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I read Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" many years ago, and loved it. I don't live close enough to attend this event, but thought I'd post it here for those of you who are in the New Orleans area or can travel there:
Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page and on standard paper. No dot matrix unless letter quality. Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned. An SAS postcard for receipt of manuscript is optional. Please use a 12 to 14 point font. Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations.Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author's name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, paginated, and include a table of contents, if appropriate, and an acknowledgments page, if appropriate. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.Manuscripts should be 120 pages to 500 pages in length.
Please secure your manuscript with either a binder clip or file folder. Do not otherwise bind your manuscript.
Friends, students, and former students of the judge or the editorial staff of Elixr Press are ineligible to enter.
Contest entry fee is $35.
The postmark deadline for the contest is May 31, 2008.
Submit entries to:
Elixir Press Fiction Awardc/o R. T. Smith
PO Box 195
Fairfield, VA 24435
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
My poem, "Letters to Eli" appears in the new issue of Stirring. This is my second poem to appear recently in this journal, which is one of my favorites.
I'm also delighted to make a second appearance at Literary Mama with my poem, "Learning to Paint at Age 45."
Tattoo Highway has accepted my poem, "Alaska." The new issue should be up soon. I've long enjoyed TH and am pleased to have a poem forthcoming there.
Susan Slaviero at boneblossoms has accepted "Lazarus" and "Red Rulers" for the summer issue. I admire Susan's work and am delighted that she's chosen these poems. boneblossoms is new to me and I'm enjoying the work of many fine poets there.
Juliet Cook at Blood Pudding Press has accepted both "20 Reasons I'm Not Writing Today" and "The Xerox Girls" to be published in its next multi-writer project, ECTOPLASMIC NECROPOLIS. Juliet is a fabulous poet and her press has some exciting offerings.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Designs for the George W. Bush Presidental Librarium. Click here and vote for your favorite!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Submissions should be postmarked before April 15, 2008
Judge's Prize: $3,000
For poets who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry.
Judged together by Jeffrey Levine, Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, Carol Ann Davis, and Garrett Doherty, Editors of the esteemed literary journal Crazyhorse.
All who enter will receive a copy of the winning book at no charge.
All previously unpublished poems in each submitted manuscript will be considered individually for inclusion in a future edition of Crazyhorse, which will set aside a significant number of pages for that purpose.Winner will be awarded publication and national distribution. All finalists will be considered for publication.
Full guidelines can be found at the Tupelo Press website.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
March 5, 2008
Mayapple Press, 2008Review by LouAnn Shepard Muhm
Paper Chariots of the Profane
In Jayne Pupek’s 2008 collection of poems, Forms of Intercession (Mayapple Press), “the eternal optimist must be on strike.” These poems go to dark places, where all the fruit is rotting, all the children dead or abused, and all the lovers unfaithful. In the poem “Stories,” Pupek says “There are stories I don’t want to live,/ don’t want to tell, don’t want to write down.” And yet write them down she does, with a fierce clarity that makes it difficult for the reader not to turn away. It is the very excellence of the writing that makes this collection hard to read; if the images were less clear, less sharply drawn, we could go on more easily, not faced with such crystalline photos of ruin. When Pupek describes a therapy session in which inkblots turn into bats, they are “bleeding…/ Blue grey veins…pipettes snapped in half” and end up “Overhead, blind angels [who] flutter shit, and cry.” The senses are engaged, the revulsion complete. Describing the aftermath of a mother’s beheading of her child, Pupek makes us see “the bagged head…[the] small mouth open/ a cavern of milkteeth and flies.”
Imagery of the ravaged body abounds in these poems. Breasts “consist mostly of fat,/but fail to keep [the speaker] warm or well-fed,” or serve as simile for a fallen cake “flat as a breast/deflated with age” and are then removed, with “the smell of scorched meat,/ a black hole in the bandage.” In “Gangrene,” a stubbed toe reminds the speaker of “the stench in his boots;/red streaks growing dark,/wide; sap gathering green /in the deep purple crevice/where his missing toe belonged.” An aborted fetus is “a mass of cells/ splitting, replicating, taking root/ like a parasitic jellyfish.” Mouths are equated with wounds, stomachs are filled with bile, skin serves to cover “watermarks [that] never wash clean.”
The title of the book begs the question: Where is the intercession? Where is the relief for a poet who “…notice[s] things you do not see: a teller’s smirk,/skipped stitches, and ceiling cracks reaching past roof-line”? The speaker in the title poem says “sometimes you must intercede on your own behalf.” Perhaps the poems themselves are the intercessions. Perhaps she, like the writer she imagines in “Contributor’s Notes”, believes in the salvation of “images ignit[ing] in slivered light/…if only [s]he can jot down this color, thin/ and uncorrupted.”
Forms of Intercession is a journey beyond the veil into the gritty, gothic world of suffering. Readers who can withstand its clear-eyed, unapologetic view of pain and its causes will be rewarded with sharp imagery and keen analysis of the dark hidden worlds inside us.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Susan J. Slaviero
When a book of poetry gets under my skin from the very first line--"Today I am medium rare. Don't touch me."--I know that something extraordinary is about to happen... Forms of Intercession both entrances with Pupek's graceful use of language and keeps the reader on her toes with unexpected, intense imagery, tuning in to what lurks beneath the veneer of an ordinary life. Even the most mundane household objects take on a shimmer of both the lovely and the grotesque in these fabulous poems. Definitely recommended!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
MARCH IS SMALL PRESS MONTH
Small Press Month, now in its 12th year, is a nationwide promotion highlighting the valuable work produced by independent publishers. An annual celebration of the independent spirit of small publishers, Small Press Month is an effort to showcase the diverse, unique, and often most significant voices being published today. This year's slogan is “Celebrate Great Writing”. To find out more, check out the website here.
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