on poetry

October 15, 2021

“For me, it’s less a matter of inspiration and more a matter of process. I carry a little notebook in my pocket and throughout the day I overhear things, remember things or think of things and jot down notes and then every morning before it gets light, I have an appointment with myself and take out my notebook and pick something that caught my attention and find out what it wants to be.”
Kim Stafford
(b. October 15, 1949)

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photo by Brooke Herbert

recommendation roundup

October 13, 2021

Here’s a new batch of recently recommended poetry books from a variety of sources:

ten poems

October 8, 2021

JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.”

JSTOR Daily draws on JSTOR’s digital library of academic journals, books, images, primary sources, research reports, and other materials to provide background for understanding the world.

Today, JSTOR Daily offers 10 Poems for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Enjoy.

on poetry

October 2, 2021

“If I’m writing a long book, I stick only to that — unless a poem happens to come along. (I always stop everything for a poem.)”
Diana Hendry
(b. October 2, 1941)

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poetry, personalized

October 1, 2021

Because we like to keep up (and keep you up) on new poetry stuff, we mention Pagesmith, though we don’t have all the details yet. The UK publisher Faber & Faber, nearly a century old, rather than resting on its considerable laurels, has just this week introduced Pagesmith (in time for the holiday season).

In short, Pagesmith is gift-book program: a way of creating a personalized poetry collection using poems and templates provided. You choose sixteen poems from one of eight themes, select a cover and artwork, approve a mockup, and then Pagesmith prints and delivers your gift book.

There is currently no information about shipping outside the UK. The base price is £30 (about $40) and there is also no information about quantity discounts. But it’s an idea that may catch on, so visit the website or the Pagesmith Facebook page for more information.

Banned Books Week

September 26, 2021

Banned Books Week starts today, Sunday, September 26, 2021, and continues through Saturday, October 2.

What are you reading? Perhaps it’s time for a title from one of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists. ALA doesn’t categorize banned or challenged books by genre, but there are a number of poetry titles on this list of Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books. What will you read next?

on poetry

September 20, 2021

“We carry our own wilderness with us.”
Stevie Smith
(September 20, 1902 – March 7, 1971)

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quote from Over the Frontier

Memory and Memorial

September 16, 2021

UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics has posted program and registration details for the 2021 Fall Convergence, themed Memory and Memorial. The conference, which is entirely free, will be held online Thursday and Friday evenings, September 30 and October 1, and all day Saturday, October 2, 2021. Advance registration is required.

on poetry

September 13, 2021

“You must have strong self-discipline. You are working alone. No one is employing you. No one is around to give you the sack if you don’t turn up for work, or to tick you off if you start slacking.”
Roald Dahl
(September 13, 1916 – November 23, 1990)

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September 12, 2021

Congratulations to Raven Chronicles Press, editors Phoebe Bosché, Anna Bálint, and Thomas Hubbard, and all the contributing poets and artists whose combined efforts turned Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, a Raven Chronicles Anthology into the winner of the 2021 Washington State Book Award in Poetry.

Congratulations as well to all the other winners and finalists in this year’s Washington State Book Awards.

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