on poetry

September 30, 2014

W.S. Merwin photo by Matt Valentine“I think of poetry as being audible. One of the differences between prose and poetry is that you have to hear poetry.”
W.S. Merwin
(b. September 30, 1927)
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photo by Matt Valentine

this Thursday!

September 29, 2014

poetry reading

Mark your calendar and get there early to claim a seat in the Village Books Readings Gallery as Oliver de la Paz and Susan Rich read poetry from their latest books this Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 7:00pm.


September 28, 2014

Michelle Ballou - untitled
By Michelle Ballou
2014 Walk Award

Summer roses
blown open —
my son calls home from Iraq

*Copyright 2014 by Michelle Ballou. Broadside designed by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, Flying Dodo Publications.

another poetry walk

September 27, 2014

Ted Hughes Poetry Trail

Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire, in the north of England, but at age 30 moved to Devon county in the country’s southwest, where he remained for the rest of his life. His presence in the region, to say nothing of his position as Poet Laureate (1984 until his death in 1998), is honored with the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail in Stover Country Park, Newton Abbot, Devon.

Part of an extensive Heritage Trail Walking Route, the Hughes Poetry Trail opened in 2006 and features 16 granite and wood poetry posts, each displaying a poem, plus a short Children’s Poetry Trail with poems about animals, some of which are illustrated. Visitors are advised to allow about two hours to complete the trail, which follows a stream for a way and loosely encircles a lake.
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Word Vancouver

Word Vancouver (formerly The Word On The Street Vancouver, founded in 1995) is Western Canada’s largest celebration of words and reading. The festival has already started and the main festival day takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the Central Branch of the Vancouver (BC) Public Library. A lively schedule includes musical performances, free readings, panel discussions, writing workshops and a variety of literacy activities, plus exhibits featuring Canadian authors, books and magazines. Find out more at Word Vancouver online and on Facebook.

Meanwhile, in Tieton, Washington, LiTFUSE 2014 is underway and continues through the weekend with an inspiring selection of readings, performances, workshops, open mics and camaraderie. More on LiTFUSE online and on Facebook.


Have a great weekend!

poetry postcard

By all accounts, 2014 has been a good year for August Poetry Postcard-ers. Though some people were disappointed with the number of cards they received, most seem delighted, and continue to enjoy the surprise of finding a late-arriving postcard in the mailbox even well into September. (Comments are gathered from the project’s Facebook group.)

For this participant, it was the fourth year and the best haul yet. The people on my list received postcards from my extremely random collection — cards that have found their way to me from family, garage sales, past travels, etc. — and most of the poems were prompted by the image or the caption on the card itself.

After I finished my regular August list, I decided to keep going, sending cards to the people who had sent them to me (the way the list is set up, your receive from list is different from your send to list) and responding very directly to the poem they wrote. I still have a few more to send, but by the end of September, I’ll have around 60 little drafts and, among them, perhaps some lines that will find their way into more developed poems.

Paul Nelson is a founder of the August Poetry Postcard Fest, along with Lana Hechtman Ayers, and he is also this year’s poet wrangler. His blog serves as Postcard Fest Central and there you’ll find information about the annual event, including a 2015 countdown clock, Paul’s afterword about this year’s fest and details on the postcards and poems he sent, plus a page about the postcards he received.

Paul’s tremendous work on behalf of this event results in the production of an enormous amount of poetry, to say nothing of the expanded (worldwide) network of poets connecting with one another and the mood-enhancing effect on our mail carriers, who must certainly be amused at all this poetry traffic. Thanks, Paul.

Some of the other 422 people on this year’s August Poetry Postcard list are also sharing their poems (and/or their reflections on participating). To see more, click on the poet’s name (in some cases you may have to navigate through several pages to see all of the person’s postcards):

Anna ElkinsBarbara Jean Sunshine Walsh
Courtney BirstDenise at NewPagesJessica Goodfellow
Kelleyanne PearceKristin Cleage Williams
Lisa NicholsMartina RobinsonMary Beth Frezon
McKenzie Lynn TozanNaomi / Kestrel Hill
Raymond MaxwellS.E. IngrahamWrensong

If I’ve missed your postcard posts, please leave a comment with a link to your blog or website. Thanks!

Reasons to go to…Tucson

September 24, 2014

Tucson, ArizonaAs you’re planning your getaway from the short, dark days of winter, consider Tucson, Arizona, where you’ll find the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Founded in 1960, the Center has nearly 70,000 items related to poetry in its collection.

“An internationally renowned poetry library, the Poetry Center sponsors numerous University and community programs, including readings and lectures, classes and workshops, discussion groups, symposia, writing residencies, poets-in-the-schools, poets-in-the-prisons, contests, exhibitions, and online resources, including standards-based poetry curricula. An area of special emphasis within the College of Humanities, the Poetry Center is open and fully accessible to the public.”

If you’re fortunate enough to get there by December 10, 2014, be sure to take in “Lie Quietly: New Works of Karen Green.” An artist, poet and the author of Bough Down, Karen Green melds language and image into haunting and provocative artworks.

Explore the University of Arizona Poetry Center website and Facebook page, then go!
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photo by Henry Tom

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