December 31, 2015
You are invited to gather with World Peace Poets for a peace vigil on Friday, January 1, 2016, beginning at 4:00pm at the peace pole at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center (14th and Harris in Fairhaven/Bellingham). Participants will walk together down Harris to the peace pole at the pond near 8th (near the bus/train depot).
On this first day of the year, the hearts of many people turn to the vision of humankind living together in peace and harmony. Please bring a brief reading to share that speaks to this theme, such as a poem, a meaningful quote, a description of deepening understanding, or a concern to lift up in hope. Readings will be interspersed with moments of silent reflection. Bring a candle to hold and place at the dockside or float on the water. The gathering will conclude about 5:30pm. Bundle up and join neighbors and fellow poets to start the year sharing in the spirit of harmony and community. People who choose not to walk can meet those who do at 8th and Harris about 4:15pm.
December 30, 2015
The year stretches out, just over the horizon. So much potential. What are your resolutions for 2016? Here are a few ideas to start your list:
- Read more poetry.
- Along the same lines, take a page from Ann Morgan’s TED talk and expand your vision by reading a book from every country in the world. (More here.)
- Set aside a specific time to read a poem each day: when you wake up, over breakfast, during your bus commute, before bed.
- Listen to poetry: find CDs in the library or browse The Poetry Archive, Poetry Out Loud, Penn Sound, and find many more links to poetry audio recordings on the Library of Congress web guide.
- Write more poetry.
- Try something entirely different with your poetry: rhyme it (or don’t), write a sonnet or a ghazal or a persona poem or whatever you’re least likely to write normally.
- Print out one of your poems that’s “finished,” cut it up into individual words and reassemble it into a new poem, getting rid of unnecessary words and replacing those that could be juicier.
- Ask for feedback.
- Do something new with your poetry: slam it, submit it, memorize it.
- Take a poetry workshop or class.
- When you’re spending money on poetry, support poets, indie bookstores and independent publishers.
- When you’re moved by a poem, write to the poet to say what you most loved about the poem.
- Take a resolutions workshop for writers on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Village Books in Bellingham.
- Start or join a poetry group: reading, writing, critique, whatever.
Resolved: to have a poetry-rich 2016.
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December 29, 2015
We recently mentioned a number of exhibits of book-related art currently on view in New York. Ten Years of Artists’ Books curated by Donna Seager will remain on exhibit at the Brooklyn Library through January 24, 2016. But if the warm weather isn’t enough to tempt you eastward, it’s still possible to view the exhibit catalog on Issuu. Stunning.
December 28, 2015
The following comes from the Friends of Theodore Roethke:
When the great America poet Theodore Roethke published his first book, Open House, each of the 1,000 copies was hand numbered.
In celebration of the book’s upcoming 75th Anniversary, The Theodore Roethke Museum wants to hear from the owners of these important books.
Our non-profit group is conducting a census and storytelling project around Open House. Our goal is to ignite conversation about Roethke’s poetry. The fact that each copy of Open House is hand numbered gives each a unique personality. We’d like to hear about the books from their owners and what Roethke poem most resonates with them.
We plan to feature at least two Open House stories per month on our Facebook page and web site during 2016.
The winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Roethke (1908-63) ranks among the most accomplished and influential poets and poetry teachers of his generation. His most famous poems include My Papa’s Waltz and the Greenhouse poems series from his landmark book, The Lost Son.
If you are a poetry lover or book collector and have a copy of Open House, the Museum would like to hear from you. If you are a bookseller it’s a great way to get your copies in front of a host of Roethke readers.
Please send a photo of the book (along with you, if possible!) your copy number and your favorite Roethke poem. If you’re shy and don’t want to be featured, that’s fine, But we’d love to hear from you if you have a copy and if so, which one.
Please send the information to Roethkemuseum@yahoo.com
Participants whose work is featured on-line will receive a limited edition 5×7 edition Roethke art print.
December 27, 2015
“The beauty of creating a line, a phrase — the art of it. It’s an artwork. I tell my workshop students, I want you to think of yourselves as artists. Then when you’re writing, you’re painting, you’re crafting, you’re making a design, you’re sculpting, you’re creating choreography, sound, a sound script. You’re composing a choir on the page. Yes, indeed.”
Juan Felipe Herrera
(b. December 27, 1948)
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quote from Jacket Copy
December 26, 2015
In addition to jazz, food and Mardi Gras, New Orleans is packed with poetry. A recent posting on NOLA.com, “From poetry to love letters, here are 13 New Orleans reading series,” suggests the range of readings available in the Big Easy.
The literary scene also includes the New Orleans Review, a poetry walk at the Audubon Zoo, the New Orleans Haiku Society, the daily Toulouse Street blog, Quaint Magazine, Bayou Magazine, Anchor & Plume and Kindred (Baton Rouge), Louisiana Literature, New Delta Review, Octavia Books and a whole lot more.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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New Orleans montage