erasing the hyphen

September 4, 2015

Richard BlancoWith some frequency, we post on the subject of poetry prompts. As you may have heard, inaugural poet Richard Blanco was invited to write and read a poem for the recent opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. Although his family arrived in Miami (via Madrid) when Blanco was just weeks old, his Cuban heritage informed the “concerns of place and belonging” that continue to be central to his writing. In media coverage, he is often identified as Cuban-American.

An article from WGME, Portland, about Blanco’s recent experience in Cuba quotes the poet on the symbolism of “erasing that hyphen between Cuban and American.”

In our abundantly-hyphenated world, erasing the hyphen seems such a prompt-worthy phrase that we offer it here for your consideration. We’d be delighted to read your responses in the Comments.
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photo by Joyce Tenneson

worth revisiting

September 3, 2015

Annie Vought - Struck By and Carried Away

We mentioned the stunning work of artist Annie Vought back in 2012. A magnificent obsession, her work of cutting large tracts of words (as well as abstract designs) from sheets of (usually black) paper investigates “the visual architecture of language and the limits of paper.” Learn (and see) more: Annie Vought’s website, then get back to your writing.
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image: Struck By and Carried Away

Save the dates!

September 2, 2015

Skagit River Poetry Festival 2016

It’s still a ways off, but you don’t want to miss the Skagit River Poetry Festival when it comes around for the 9th time in May, 2016. Mark your calendar and watch the Boynton Blog and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation website for further details.

September fare

September 1, 2015

Milk and cookie by J.I. Kleinberg

In case it has escaped your attention, September is Food Literacy Awareness Month. Whether you interpret food literacy as getting political about food labeling or the delectable pairing of words and edibles, it seems an auspicious time to plate up some food and poetry and food poetry.

The Seattle Public Library will celebrate FLAM on Thursday, September 17, 2015, with an evening of local chefs, authors and books.

Magazines, literary journals and blogs about food and cooking are plentiful. If your writing takes a culinary turn, some of them welcome submissions of food poetry and others might be persuaded to consider your tasty words. Here are a few:

For a taste of the genre, the food-themed issue of The Poeming Pigeon will launch at Ford Food & Drink in Portland on Monday, November 2, 2015.
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crocheted cookie © J.I. Kleinberg

more for September

August 31, 2015

WORD Vancouver

WORD Vancouver returns Wednesday, September 23, through Sunday, September 27, 2015, with a packed schedule of readings, book signings, workshops, panel discussions, performances, exhibits and celebrations (including plenty of poetry) at various venues around Vancouver, BC.

WORD Vancouver is free and you can find a complete schedule on the WORD Vancouver website, plus additional information on Facebook.

Rock Dust*

August 30, 2015

ROCK DUST by Téa Beaulieu
2015 Merit Award
By Téa Beaulieu (5th grade)

Rock Dust

Rock on my windowsill
scratched and rigid,
yet strong as can be.
Wind flows through my window
like a ghost passing through an open door.
Layer of dust
flies off of Rock
and into the air.
Dust dances in the sunlight
like ballerinas on stage.

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*Copyright 2015 by Téa Beaulieu. Broadside illustrated by Christian Smith.

The Writers' Workshoppe

The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend has posted their updated schedule of workshops and classes, most beginning in mid-September. Have a look!

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