May 15, 2017

This is just a reminder: Rattle’s invitation to submit poems in response to the news remains open. Here’s what Rattle says:

“Poets Respond — a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Our only criterion for selection is the quality of the poem; all opinions and reactions are welcome. Selected poets will receive $50. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit at the link on this page before midnight Friday PST. Any poems sent before the midnights of Sunday and Tuesday will also be considered for bonus postings mid-week.”

Don’t just sit there and seethe. Rattle!



June 13, 2016

RattleThis post comes by way of reminder and encouragement. Faced with horror, it’s easy to become glued to the media, paralyzed in shock. The poetry magazine Rattle offers this alternative: Poets Respond.

Rattle invites you to submit “a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week.” Poems are due before midnight Friday PST. See the call to poets, submission link and list of Response Poems at Poets Respond.

Rattle 44If this week’s (or any week’s) news inspires you to write, you have until Friday midnight (each week) to submit a poem to Poets Respond at Rattle. The distinguished literary journal is inviting poets to respond to the news and will select a single poem each week for Sunday publication online. Visit the Rattle site to see the first in the series, “Instructions” by Tria Wood, as well as daily highlights from the journal. Submission guidelines here.

more love…

March 9, 2014

Rattle 43The handsome literary journal Rattle features poems on love in its latest issue, number 43. Congratulations to Richard Widerkehr, whose fine poem In the Presence of Absence is included in the collection.  Richard Widerkehr was one of the poets who generously donated time to teach a workshop to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. More on the poet here.

See more on issue 43, more about Rattle and more about submitting to future issues of Rattle.
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Rattle 43 cover art by Jacqui Larsen.
Thanks to Susan J. Erickson for the heads-up!

Periodic Table of Your Imagination

This is not to suggest that your imagination is blank. Think of it as a map of prompts that you create yourself. You could start with the actual Periodic Table of Elements and use each element as a prompt. Or you could create your own elements. Need more inspiration? Have a look…

Periodic Table of American Poets – available as a library poster from Echo Lit. They also have periodic tables of American Prose and World Literature Authors.

The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir (The Writer’s Studio) by Jeffrey Skinner includes “The Periodic Table of Poetic Elements” pictured here.

On December 22, 2008, the literary magazine Rattle posted “The Periodic Table of the Elements of a Literary Life” by Louis Phillips.

The poet who identifies himself only as microcosmologist created a clickable periodic table as a way to index his poems.

The Shimer College blog posted a Periodic Table of Haiku with haiku inspired by the elements (unfortunately, a poor-quality image).

Artist/illustrator Christoph Niemann includes a Periodic Table of Metaphors on his site (among other wonderful “illustrated-life” images).

And a few other favorite periodic tables…

Now all you have to do is fill in the blanks!

cops and…poetry…

October 27, 2011

Do you know (or are you) a police officer, detective, investigator, jailer, FBI agent, probation officer or other current or former law enforcement type who writes poetry? The new call for submissions from the literary magazine RATTLE invites “poetry written by poets working in or retired from a career in law enforcement” for the Summer 2012 issue. Interested? Read the call for submissions for Issue #37 and beyond, see the submission guidelines and find out lots more about Rattle.

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