August 31, 2011
Bellingham Review, a nonprofit literary arts magazine affiliated with Western Washington University, will begin accepting submissions for their annual spring publication on September 15, 2011. (Bellingham Review also runs three contests each year during a separate submission period.)
The editors welcome submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, author interviews and black-and-white photography. With this edition, for the first time, Bellingham Review will accept submissions electronically, through Submishmash.
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August 29, 2011
Need a poetry fix?
There’s an app for that.
Or, for something a little more traditional, iTunes also offers a $ .99 download of an American poetry app with ‘5,000 poems by 50 of America’s greatest poets.’
August 28, 2011
There are so many ways to begin a poem.
Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (OuLiPo) is a rule-based-writing movement founded in 1960 by François Le Lionnais and Raymond Queneau. The idea of OuLiPo is to generate text that conforms to specific constraints.
If you’re fluent in French, have a look at the official OuLiPo website.
In 2006, the literary magazine Drunken Boat published a special feature on OuLiPo that includes theoretical text and OuLiPo-works.
Among the many OuLiPo constraints (listed here, in French) worth trying are: the lipogram (text that omits a single letter, most famously A Void by Georges Perec, a 300-page novel written, and later translated, entirely without the letter E); the related univocalism (text that uses only a single vowel); larding (text that expands exponentially by adding a new sentence/line/phrase between two existing ones); snowball (a poem in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one letter longer); tautograms (text in which every word begins with the same letter); and N+7, described below.
A definitive work in English seems to be Oulipo Compendium edited by Harry Matthews & Alastair Brotchie. Here’s a review.
One of the most popular OuLiPo forms is N+7 (sometimes shown as S+7), which consists of replacing a noun in the text with the 7th noun following it in the dictionary. There is an amazing/amusing automated N+7 generator online, which begins with your text (N+0) and generates variations from N+1 through N+15. Copy one of your poems into the text box, click Submit text and see what happens. Are these the beginnings of new poems?
August 27, 2011
A recent workshop with Nance Van Winckel at Egress Studio inspired a number of local poets to think more about the possibilities of off-the-page poetry. You can read about Jennifer Bullis’s experience at the workshop on her new blog, Poetry at the Intersection of Mythology and Hiking.
Meanwhile, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, poetry takes to the streets with the Haiku Roadsign project. Read all about it and see more photos on the Haiku Roadsign blog.
August 26, 2011
“Poetry is a verdict that others give to language that is charged with music and rhythm and authority.” Leonard Cohen
August 25, 2011
Flickr, the photo-sharing site, also has a Found Poetry group.
Here are a couple of nice sites on altered books, one of the many faces of found poetry: Karen J. Hatzigeorgiou’s Karen’s Whimsey (click through to look inside each book) and Katey Schultz Writer @ Large.
And speaking of altered books, Brian Dettmer is an artist who creates a kind of visual poetry out of old books. (You may have seen his work on display at the Bellevue Art Museum in 2009.) His vision and craftsmanship are dazzling. Have a look.