This is the Aina Nalu villas, two blocks from Front Street, in Lahaina, Maui. In January, 2018, you could be there, enjoying a week of “play and messing around, and at the same time about following some given rules and restrictions” with Kim Addonizio. The Kahini 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat will fill up quickly. If you’re even slightly interested, visit Kahini and learn more soon!

Perhaps you, too, have never heard of the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. But if you have a unique way of exploring poetry on film, take note. As Doublebunny Press explains, “Anyone can make a video of a poet reading a poem, but that’s not what Rabbit Heart is all about. What we’re looking for is what can be done visually with a poem, without showing performance.”

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Rabbit Heart festival. The deadline is July 1, 2017, and the festival is in October. Read the rules. View some Rabbit Heart on YouTube. Submit your film.

And hey, if you win, let us know, okay?

If you lean toward the scientific, you might be interested in “The emotional power of poetry: neural circuitry, psychophysiology, compositional principles,” a study out of the Max Planck Institute. Follow the link to view the abstract and click on PDF to download the 71-page article.

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image: “The emotional power of poetry: neural circuitry, psychophysiology, compositional principles” page 11

what’s selling?

May 6, 2017

The American Booksellers Association has posted their Indie Poetry Bestseller List, which reports the top 25 poetry titles based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 30, 2017.

on poetry

April 28, 2017

“If you’re going to say what you want to say, you’re going to hear what you don’t want to hear.”
Roberto Bolaño
(April 28, 1953 – July 15, 2003)

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what’s in your pocket?

April 27, 2017

Poem in Your Pocket
Today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Read. Share. Listen.
What’s your poem?

on poetry

April 26, 2017

“You know, writing in form is a way of developing your thinking — your thinking along with the tradition. In a way, it’s not you alone, it’s you in partnership.”
Marilyn Nelson
(b. April 26, 1946)

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photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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