Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Poetry International poem of the week

from 'THE DOGS', no. 8

Words like coffee, sun and car
don't wear as easily in use
as beauty, restlessness and sleep.

Under the influence of coffee and sleep
in the presence of thoughts washed ashore from the night
the city attains the necessary depth.

Just by looking through the window
without giving heed to the sun, to the gleam
that marks the car owner's face

I can see the gravity and tragedy
of every trip to the newsagent's, to the baker's
of the shaking of hands

a farewell that sends one person into an office block
and the other walking off to one side
which makes this morning worse

worse as in further away from what I've written
further as in finished speaking
and in need of the first glass of wine.

© 2007, Jan Baeke, © Translation: 2008, Willem Groenewegen

Poem of the Week: Poetry International, Netherlands, Jan Baeke page

Friday, October 17, 2008

Found Poetry on the Campaign Trail

From About.poetry.com, pieces of found poetry from the public statements of politicians.... a series of short poems formed from Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's recent interviews...

Poetry vs. Prose in the Presidential Campaign?
This February posting has a poll asking "Would you vote for a poet for President?" Stop in and vote!

Sorry but the deadline has passed for Haiku Hysteria (best will be published in The Nation). While waiting for results, there's the R.S.S.S.H.G.
generator (The Random Stump Speech Synopsis Haiku Generator) generator and wordplay absurdities

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lunarosity: Call for Submissions

Lunarosity, an online journal of poetry and short fiction, is seeking submissions for winter issues, Check out the link below for guidelines. All published authors are archived as well. Poets are listed alphabetically.

October 08 issue: Poetry by Carla Criscuolo, Charles Frederickson, Kelly Kelsey, Thomas Michael McCade, Sergio Ortiz, Udell Player, A Ran, Sam Silva, and Gerry Stork.

SIN FRONTERAS: Writers Without Borders: Click for upcoming events

Monday, October 13, 2008

poetry for Hispanic Culture Month

The art of poetry was the highest art form in Anahuac. Poetry was not just spoken, it was sung. The idea was that "art made things divine", and only the divine was true.

Chicano poetry from Xispas - Journal of Chicano culture, art and politics

Chicano Poetry and the Bilingual Pun, from Javier Huerta's Unitedstatesean Notes blog

Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca
Por Jose Marti

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero,
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazon con que vivo,
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo,
Cultivo una rosa blanca.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

October 15, MAS Poetry Slam

The October edition MASPoetry slam and open-mic of 2008 takes place WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15 at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE.

We'll have the regular poetry slam and open-mic with a fabulous prizes (no really!) hosted by Kenn Rodriguez. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. and we are starting promptly at 7! So get there early!


MASPoetry slam and open mic
This Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 pm (sign-up 6:30 pm)
Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE (across from UNM)
Donation at the door.

Be there

Oral Traditions Journal Online, Issue 23.1

The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of our journal Oral Tradition, free of charge and available to all at http://journal.oraltradition.org

The articles in issue 23.1 encompass a wide range of subjects, including Albanian oral law, Gypsy balladry, Welsh saints' lives, French and Japanese epic, and oral tradition in Bali. In addition to the current number, the Oral Tradition website houses the entire journal archive, with 23 years of back issues fully searchable and accessible as downloadable pdf files.

In return, may we ask you to forward this announcement to at least five colleagues? Thank you for whatever you can do to help inform our community and share a resource that was created for the common good.

Oral Traditions welcomes comments and submissions for publication.

John Foley, Editor, Oral Tradition
Center for Studies in Oral Tradition
243 Walter Williams Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-2370

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mary McGinnis Poetry Reading Group, Sunday Oct. 12

Group Poetry Reading: Mary McGinnis' poetry writing group reads at Johnsons of Madrid, October 12, 2008,Sunday, in their performance gallery. Reception and Reading: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Poets who will be reading include: Mary McGinnis, Jane Lipman, Kathamann, Lynn Holm, and Richard Wolfson.

Contact Person: Mary McGinnis: Work phone number 471-1001, ext, 124. Home phone number 982-1026. Email address: mmcginnis@newvistas.org

Since the mid l990's Mary McGinnis has hosted poetry writing at her residence. "People come and go; there are multiple writing permutations over 15 years. Published writers and blossoming writers come and have a good time together after a full meal and chocolate." The reading at Johnsons of Madrid is the first time the group has read their works publicly. Each writer will read their own free verse with occasional classical poetic forms.

Works of independent origins as well as works created while in the group will be read, along with group shenanigans including group poems, an exquisite corpse, pantoums, haikus and psychic resonance.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Poetry at Paul's, Saturday Oct. 11


Poetics and Music

Dale Harris, Ingrid Burg, Miriam Sagan

Come & enjoy their lyric, mythic,
often comedic, sometimes prophetic offerings!


in beautiful
Chupadero, New Mexico
outside of Santa Fe, just north of Tesuque
(see detailed directions below)
Potluck, open mic, featured readers
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008
4:30 pm to 'when the cows come home!'
Potluck at 4:30, Open mic at 5:30,

Performances at 6:30 pm


master flute maker and musician whose life work is the creation of bamboo flutes. Ingrid personally chooses the bamboo for every flute she creates, tuning and embellishing each one with skill and care. She teaches the ancient art of bamboo flute making to her son Avi Burg and a fortunate few apprentices. Ingrid sells her Flutes For The Journey at craft shows and sound healing conferences throughout the United States and Europe. "I love to find the right flutes for my clients and the best tone for each audience." Ingrid performs at a variety of venues and is part of the Arts in Medicine Program at the University of New Mexico, where she plays for emotionally disturbed children, adolescents, and medically fragile adults. For more information about her flutes and recordings, visit her website http://flutesforthejourney.com

Colorado native and longtime resident of Miami, Florida who has made her home in Central New Mexico since 1993. She organizes the annual Sunflower Festival Poets & Writers Picnic and Sunflower Poetry Workshop at the historic Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair, NM. Former editor of CENTRAL AVENUE monthly poetry journal and open mic reading series, she produced annual poetry variety shows at the Harwood Art Center in support of National Poetry Month from 2002 to 2007. She enjoys performing at regional arts festivals in New Mexico and Colorado. Dale's poems are anthologized in the newly released LOOKING BACK TO PLACE (Old School Press). Her poetry & music CD's are available on the internet at CD Baby and a number of digital distribution sites.
author of twenty books, including the recent MAP OF THE LOST (University of New Mexico Press) and a book of essays, GOSSIP, (Tres Chicas Books). She founded and directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. She has been an artist in residence at Everglades National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and The Land/An Art Site in Mountainair, New Mexico. She edits the e-zine Santa Fe Poetry Broadside (sfpoetry.org) which has published hundreds of poems from New Mexico and beyond. She lives with her husband Rich in Santa Fe.

Directions to Paul's from Santa Fe

Fastest/Easiest route from Santa Fe:
Head north on Highway 285 (St. Francis drive turns into route 285 after last stop light in Santa Fe). Aproximately 8 miles north of the last stop light in Santa Fe take the #172 exit which says "Tesuque South CR73" (don't take the first Tesuque exit #169 which says "Tesuque North CR73", this takes you past the Tesuque Village Market, those directions below) -the exit immediately before #172 is the Flea Market Road exit. Take extremely sharp right at bottom of ramp, go 3/10 mile then left on Route 592
**Follow twists and turns on route 592 for four and one half miles (note; at 3 1/2 miles there is a stop sign, do not go straight on the dirt road at this juncture, 592 continues to left). When you have gone 4 1/2 miles (4.5 miles) on Route 592, you'll have the choice of going straight to Rio en Medio or left to Chupadero, turn left at the street sign "Camino Chupadero" (also known as County Road 78), go nine tenths mile (0.9 mile), there is an old plank wood fence on left (not a coyote fence), then four white mailboxes at end of fence marked 92ABC (note; there is a big metal electric pole on right side of road across from driveway, new plank wood fence on left is too far, dead end is way too far) slow down, the driveway is hidden. Go left immediately after the mailboxes down paved driveway, take a sharp right at bottom to dirt driveway.
Arrival via Tesuque Village Market:
Take the first Tesuque exit #169 which says "Tesuque North CR73", this takes you past the Tesuque Village Market. Go about 2.5 miles (halfway is the Tesuque Village Market, go straight past it). Turn right on route 592.

(see ** above for further directions)

For the more scenic (longer) drive:
This is a beautiful drive but definitely takes longer. Don't take the freeway at all. Head north on Bishops Lodge road out of Santa Fe (starts at the big pink Scottish Rite Temple, quickly passes Fort Marcy and Bishop's Lodge and eventually converges with 73 North. Bear right/north onto Route 73 (at El Nido Restaurant) after you pass the back of the Tesuque Village Market - on your left). urn right on route 592. (see ** above for further directions)

Phone for Paul: 505-988-1082

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

ABQ City Slam Championship

Damien Flores edged out Hakim Bellamy in a one-poem tiebreaker in the final round of Saturday's City Championship after battling it out with Jasmine "Jazz" Cuffee, Tracey Pontani and Jessica Lopez in the final two rounds. Jessica actually pulled a higher score than Damien and Hakim in the final round but a half-point time penalty pushed her to third place. For those who missed it - a great night of poetry at the Bank of America Theater at the Nat. Hispanic Cultural Center. The 11 poets competing did a great job.

The next regularly scheduled slam is POETRY & BEER, TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Blackbird Buvette in Downtown ABQ. The featured act is spoken word band THE AARON TRUMM TRIO. Sign-up starts at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm with the open-mic.

Saturday, Dec. 6, is the ABQWOW (Women of the World) Poetry Slam at the Outpost Performance Space. The top woman of the night reps ABQ at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit in 2009.

from NM Slam post by kEnn rodriguez, Slammaster, ABQSlams.org
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