Seussing the headlines…

February 29, 2012

Theodor Geisel and friendsIn honor of what would be the 108th birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, The Washington Post invites poets to “Write a verse or two of Seuss-inspired poetry about the news…” and post them in the Comments on this article. No deadline mentioned, but the good doctor’s birthday seems a likely target. Happy rhyming!

last chance, first chance…

February 28, 2012


February is winding down, but luckily you have that extra day to put the finishing touches on your ‘daily’ output for NaHaiWriMo, Month of Letters Challenge and February Album Writing Month. Hope it’s been productive.

The 7th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest opens officially on Thursday, March 1 and will remain open until 5:00pm on Saturday, March 31. All submissions must be RECEIVED by the deadline. POETS: PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES, which can be viewed and/or downloaded on the 2012 Contest page.

We look forward to receiving and reading your poem!


fun with sound…

February 27, 2012

MUPS online sonic mashup engineThe Poetry Foundation has drawn our attention to a quite-remarkable experiment with sound and poetry, MUPS (MashUPS) by Jhave Johnson. Johnson has loaded 1260 audio poems from the PennSound archives into an “online sound mashup engine” that layers and weaves the sound. (Note: Flash is required.)

At the MUPS site, mouse over the black and white grid and click on a square to select a poem, which begins to play. Then click on another, and another (up to 32). The poems will play simultaneously, on top of one another. Click on the words WEAVE is OFF in the lower left and bits of the poems play sequentially, the system recognizing silence between lines or stanzas and breaking there. Have fun!

reading across borders…

February 26, 2012

Freedom To Read 2012Canada’s Freedom to Read Week begins today and continues through March 3. According to the University of British Columbia, Freedom to Read Week “is an annual event that encourages Canadians to reflect and examine their commitment to intellectual freedom.”

The American Library Association has compiled a list of 46 of the top 100 novels of the 20th century that have been banned or challenged and a list of the top 100 banned or challenged books of 2000-2009.

Celebrate. Read a book.

rainy day poetry…

February 25, 2012

Natalie WoodHungering for a little poetry in your ear? Don’t feel like venturing out? Check out Poetry in Motion, a YouTube channel dedicated to clips from film and TV that include recitations of poetry.
Splendor in the Grass

Two stellar poetry events on the books for Friday, 24 February 2012 in Bellingham.

At Lucia Douglas Gallery at 7:00pm, The Poet As Art presents a reading featuring poets Terry Martin (above left) and Casey Fuller (above center). Local poet Matthew Brouwer (not pictured) will open. More at the Egress Studio blog.

At Honey Moon at 8:00pm, Jessica Lohafer (above right) will read from her new book of poems, What We Cannot Keep. More in The Bellingham Herald.


February 23, 2012

Lorna Crozier - Patrick Lane announcement

Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier, Canadian poets and writers, perform readings from their works and reflect on the relationships formed by language, memory and writing genres. Today, Thursday, 23 February, 4:00 p.m., WWU Communications Facility (CF) 110 (campus map), Bellingham. Download the flyer (PDF, Adobe Reader required).