November 18, 2018

2018 Merit Award
By Nora Whitley Abelite

Clouds of feathers numerous as snowflakes
Cacophony of honks, hums and whirs greet me at twilight
Crowded in gaggles they bed under a frosty moon.

At dawn they wake with breath rising into a misty sky
At dawn my heart thumps to their winged drum
At dawn they fly off to reap, glean and fatten.

Each day of winter, I seek their soaring splendor
Each day of winter, I count their growing numbers
Each day of winter, I wait for their return.

Then one warmer morning they fly away
Into a beckoning sky for their appointment
Thousands of miles north to the tundra,
Leaving the fallow, harrowed fields lonely
With a secret want for tulips.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2018 by Nora Whitley Abelite. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.


signs of peace

November 16, 2018

We’ve mentioned the poet/artist Robert Montgomery a couple of times before (here and here) and are happy to see that he has launched a new project, Paper Peace.
Created with outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts, Paper Peace is an illuminated mobile billboard that will travel through England for a full year beginning on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Along the way, the team will gather stories, pledges, and poems of peace for a National Peace Archive.

In addition, through the Paper Peace Young Producers program, “48 people across the country aged 18 to 25 will receive training from arts practitioners and museum experts in curatorial and event production, learning to interpret a variety of historical sources from the past century and connecting with peace building heritage in their local area. The Young Producers will collaborate with professional artists to help realise their ideas and create a series of artworks that will form part of the Paper Peace finale events in autumn 2019.”

Read more about Paper Peace.

…stop by to see what’s on exhibit at the American Poetry Museum. A space for exhibitions and education centered on the subject of American poetry, the Museum collects objects, presents events and educational poetry writing workshops, and hosts exhibits of art, photography, and video about different subject matter using poetry as a tool for discussion.

Visit APM in person, online, and on Facebook.


November 11, 2018

2018 Merit Award
By Bonnita Lynne

It is more difficult
to maintain perspective
in a city.

In the rural Southwest
are the mesas
with the footpaths of The Old Ones
worn in the rock;

and when I see them
and touch them
I remember

that this two weeks
and these months
are not the only thing
that is.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2018 by Bonnita Lynne. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

on poetry

November 10, 2018

“Poetry is for the inner ear.”
Vachel Lindsay
(November 10, 1879 – December 5, 1931)

. . . . .
quoted in A Poet in America by Edgar Lee Masters

Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science + SF is a gathering of scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and many others. The event will take place on April 12-13, 2019 in Egham, Surrey (United Kingdom), and is set to be the first major academic event dedicated to exploring the relationship(s) between poetry, science, and science fiction.

If your scholarly concerns fall into that realm, consider responding to the Call for Papers. “We are interested in academic papers and panels, creative responses, poetry readings and performances. We welcome scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and all others.”

VS Podcast Live

November 6, 2018

The 3rd Annual Chicago Podcast Festival, coming up November 26 through December 2, 2018, aims to celebrate the medium of podcasting and storytelling by creating events that bring together independent voices and national talent with an appreciative audience.

This year’s lineup includes Season 2 of VS, the Webby-nominated podcast that expands poetry beyond the page. The free, live, in real time episode will be hosted by Franny Choi and Danez Smith.

If you’re in Chicago, reserve a (free) seat and go. To get an idea what you’re in for, tune in to Season 1 of VS on SoundCloud.

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