June 30, 2012
Congratulations to Dorothy Regal, a 2009 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Walk Award winner, whose new collection of poems, A Measure of Strength, has just been published by Other Mind Press. Dorothy Regal will read from her book on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 4:00pm at Village Books and her book is available now at Village Books.
June 29, 2012
Write or Die is not new, but if the word “June” or “July” on your calendar is a distraction, maybe this “writing productivity application” will help.
Available for iPad or desktop, this app is essentially a sharp stick that delivers a poke when you stop writing. Like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the intent is not refined text or editing, but getting-it-out-of-your-brain-onto-the-screen quantity. In fact, to save, or to do any editing, you need to copy and paste the text from the app into your text editor.
June 28, 2012
2012 Merit Award
By Wendy McLeod
Tennant Lake Park Rules
Audubon marsh boys on spring break
twig fished without line or flies
for bubbling creek turtles, but none
would snap at hope alone. Darting
the zigzag boardwalk, their ears blushed
rustier than the moss spores
bumpering the deck comers.
While slowed to dribble and plunk
every flat stone and watch water-
walking spiders surf the ripples
finches called them ‘cheaters’
so, they filched a scrap with them
tossing crisps and chatter back
into the bushes. The pair snapped
up cattails and raced for the highest
banner of seed. Soaring over the field,
the ranger spotted them and cooped
their flights back onto gravel; their
wild life having a boundary of its own.
*Copyright 2012 by Wendy McLeod. Placard design by Egress Studio.
June 27, 2012
Here’s another destination for your poetry map.
Known as “the Mural Town of New Zealand” and the gateway to the Bay of Plenty, Katikati is “just a half hour’s drive from Tauranga, ninety minutes from Hamilton and Rotorua, and two hours from Auckland and Taupo.” In addition to its murals, Katikati is known for its Haiku Pathway.
According to the New Zealand Poetry Society, “The pathway was officially opened in June 2000, with 24 engraved river boulders, as one of New Zealand’s Millennium Projects (its specially designed footbridge was dedicated as the sun rose on January 1, 2000). It is the largest such pathway in the Southern Hemisphere, and the largest collection of ‘haiku stones’ outside Japan.”
By the end of 2007, the Pathway had 30 poem boulders and to mark its tenth anniversary, ten more stones were engraved and installed along the river-side route. Learn more about KatiKati and the Haiku Pathway here.
Michael Dylan Welch haiku on Katikati Haiku Pathway photo © Gerald England
June 26, 2012
2012 Merit Award
By Jon A. Orvik
I’m sure something like this has happened to you.
Walking on a trail you stop and see a flower
so impossibly tiny and yet the mirror
of something you recognize, something much larger.
And the mind wonders how
one large, the other small, yet the same.
I am amazed more by the pinhead replica of a lily
than by the familiar variety; something to do
with the wonder of what is behind it all.
The minuscule recedes to vanishing,
a point beyond our knowledge.
But we do have clues don’t we:
science of the double helix—
imagine those strings uncoiling,
reaching out to others to form something new.
Diotima taught Socrates not to be seduced
by the beauty of things
that are but the semblance of beauty itself.
A beauty we never fully know,
but can marvel at its semblance
here on a dusty trail.
*Copyright 2012 by Jon A. Orvik. Placard design by Egress Studio.
June 25, 2012
2012 Merit Award
By Maria Frazey, 6th grade
Ode to Cats
Small and furry, with whiskers and claws,
Cats are the cutest of creatures. My cat is black,
With pumpkins for eyes, and purrs like the engine of a car.
Her small feet pad on the ground when she hears me call.
At night she sleeps by my feet, a warm cat on my toes.
My brother has a cat;
She is black and white, like an old photograph.
Across the street there is a kitten.
It likes to hide under the car.
It is black, like my cat,
And runs from the neighborhood children.
There are many other cats around here,
Some gray, some spotted,
Some orange, some black as night.
They meow, they purr, they hiss.
Sometimes when I am walking down the street,
I see a cat darting under a bush or sitting on a fence.
I see cats in windows of houses, or hunting for mice.
Sometimes a cat will walk up to me, begging to be petted.
I stroke its soft fur; it looks up at me and mews.
Cats are my favorite animals, because of their cute eyes,
And small paws, and curvy tails.
*Copyright 2012 by Maria Frazey. Placard design by Egress Studio.
June 24, 2012
Officially launched at this week’s Chuckanut Writers Conference, Clover, A Literary Rag, Volume 3, is now available for your reading enjoyment. This robust (206 page) issue includes “stories from hippiedom to the Kingdom of Nepal….Poetry from Chuckanut Drive to a contemplation of Melville, with stops at a country store…”
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