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Friday, December 31, 2010

“Now winter downs the dying of the year”



"Now winter downs the dying of the year…"
  
writes Richard Wilbur in the poem Year's End; and let's consider the point he's making in his stately, nicely rhymed stanzas as we stare December 31 in the face.


At the very end of Sunday Morning, Wallace Stevens describes us – well, describes "casual flocks of pigeons" symbolically us – flying in a downward direction at night:


And in the isolation of the sky,
At evening, casual flocks of pigeons make
Ambiguous undulations as they sink,
Downward to darkness, on extended wings.


Down we go to death; but on the other hand our wings are "extended" — our arms open out to "More time, more time," Wilbur writes.


And: As we sink down, we create beautiful, complex "undulations." Formal grace, and mystery, express themselves in the patterns of our existences.




Evening's one thing; evening on December 31 packs mortality-intimation awfully tightly. Stevens' poem after all is about morning, Sunday morning, the way Sunday morning can be dreadful if you're suspended somewhere between secularity and belief, if you'd like to believe in some form of soulful immortality. Wilbur has us at night, and the night of December 31 at that; so questions of our mortal fragility and the shape – make it the undulating shapeliness – of our lives – are perhaps even more urgent.


Both poets in any case want to capture the peculiar tenterhooks we're on – brightly appareled in our lives, we stretch our wings. Yet our true condition is, writes Wilbur, like that of leaves trapped in ice: "Graved on the dark in gestures of descent." We're "flutter[ing]" still, but down under the ice. We're gesturing still, but always in postures of descent. Downward to darkness on extended wings.


These sudden ends of time must give us pause.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.


The patterns, if patterns there are, in our frayed lives, express themselves only after we're dead. Or maybe something of a pattern occurs to us while we sit, in the isolation of the evening sky, prodded into contemplation by a sudden end of time.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Santa Fe creative writing series, 2 spots open

"Word Play / Word Power"

Where
: Southwest Literary Center
When
: Monday nights, January 10, 17, 24 and 31, and February 7
Time
7 to 9 PM
Series cost
$110 + NM sales tax ($117.29)
Facilitator: Lauren Camp

Poet Lauren Camp

Two spots available in Monday night creative writing series.

Engage your imagination. Learn to "play" in the realms of poetry, fiction and memoir. This workshop requires no experience, but is also worthwhile for seasoned writers. Each class helps you find exciting beginnings from an empty page. Spirited activities, strong examples and the gentlest feedback allow you to experiment with words and emotions, and bring you to a place of surprise. These classes are unexpected therapy. We laugh, and we write. We write, and we consider.

What one student had to say: "Lovely class. I would take it again and again and again. Very helpful teaching technique and comfortable way to interact."

About Lauren: Lauren Camp, author of the poetry collection, This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010), is also an accomplished visual artist and radio host. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She juggles her own creative pursuits with teaching memoir and poetry writing workshops through Santa Fe Community College, the Southwest Literary Center, the O'Keeffe Museum's Art and Leadership Program, writing conferences and other venues. 

To register, contact Lauren
lauren@laurencamp.com or 505-474-7943


The Paris Review, Winter Issue 2010

Jonathan Franzen, Louise Erdrich, et al. in the new Paris Review


CURRENT ISSUE, Winter 2010 ~  now available in bookstores and online!

Monday, December 27, 2010

SLAM AZTLAN special Winter Break edition

from ABQ Slams and Kenn Rodriguez, RSVP online at Facebook Event page 



Time: Wednesday, December 29 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Warehouse 508, 508 First St. NW, Albuquerque, NM

Slam Aztlan is having a special Winter Break edition featuring the new Albuquerque Women's poetry slam champion -- ESME VAANDRAGER!

Esme is a two-time winner of the ABQ WOW Women's Championship slam and was a member of two Albuquerque poetry slam teams -- the 2005 National Championship team as well as the 2006 team. She has also represented as a member of the ABQ Youth Poetry Slam team twice.
She is currently a student at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

The show is WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29 at 7 pm at Warehouse 508, 508 First St. NW (two blocks south of Lomas, one block east of the Doubletree Hotel). We also have the usual under-21 slam as well as the all-ages open-mic, starting at 7 pm.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Reminder: Adobe Walls Reading Period Nears End

An #NMPoetry reminder from Kenneth Gurney, 

Hello Poets

Just a reminder that if you intend to submit poems to Adobe Walls #2, the dead is 31 Dec 2010. 

Guidelines may be found at: http://www.kpgurney.me/AdobeWalls/Submissions.html

Kenneth P. Gurney, editor
Adobe Walls

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Sonnet:

... Visual Poetry in the shape of a potted Christmas tree, from the Poetry Foundation's Christmas Collection

More poems suitable for framing (or posting on the fridge). These poems will print at 8 1/2" by 11" in either color or black-and-white and can be viewed or printed from PDF files.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fixed & Free, Thursday, 12/23/10

and A reminder, a Call for Submission announcement and notes on 2011 from Billy Brown, who writes, 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
  
I am quite confident that we will be ready to make available at the December 23 Fixed & Free reading, a Call for Submissions for a Fixed & Free Anthology of Poetryto be published approximately Summer 2011, and to be released at a 2011 Fixed and Free reading to celebrate 3 years of Fixed & Free poetry readings
  
The primary eligibility requirement to submit is this: The submitting poets shall have read (either feature or open mic) at a Fixed & Free reading prior to February 28, 2011.

Please come to the December 23 Fixed & reading at The Source to receive an early copy of the call for submissions, or you can get one via email to welbert53@aol.comor at many Albuquerque poetry events between now and February.
 
I have wanted to do this for quite a while but was reluctant to embark upon this adventure without a team in place to share the work. Special thanks to Anthology team members Elaine Schwartz, Greg Candela and Stewart Warren.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

3 pm today, Albuquerque Civic Chorus Concert

A Last-Minute reminder of Albuquerque Civic Chorus Concert - Today (Sunday), 3 pm, Asbury Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE.

Chorus at Carnegie Hall, 2007

 If too late (surely so for anyone not in Albuquerque) and/or living online), then take it as a Christmas card and greetings from Billy Brown who writes, 

Friends,
 
The title of the concert is "A Hollywood Christmas," since we are singing Christmas songs from the movies! ... Songs from Polar ExpressPrince of EgyptWhite Christmas, and more! Tickets are $ 10, free for children five and under.
 
I would love to see you in the audience this afternoon, though I understand how busy this time of year is. Although not listed on the program, since it is the encore, I have a rousing solo in the piece "Non Nobis Domine" from the Kenneth Branagh film Henry V.
 
Whether or not you are there, please have a joyous and safe holiday season!
 
Billy Brown

Winter Solstice Candlelight Poetry Reading

Monday, December 20, at 7 pm, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Placitas, NM. Free, all are welcome. Directions to church and map onlineApologies for the late posting.

The Moon, The Dark, and The River: Winter Solstice Candlelight Poetry Reading


This is the 13th Winter Solstice Candelight Poetry Reading, a poetry tradition in Placitas and other locations. Google "Winter Solstice Candelight Poetry Reading" without including "NM" or "Placitas" and see for yourself how many
In Placitas, twelve poets from the Southwest and beyond each read a poem to the light of a single burning candle. Between readings, a short interlude of silence provides a moment of contemplation at the close of another year.
This year's poets are Tani Arness (featured reader Picnic 2010), Gary L. Brower (featured reader Picnic 2010, editor Malpaís Review), Jim Fish (Anasazi Fields), Elizabeth Ann Galligan, John Orne Green (organizer), Dale Harris (Picnic organizer, Sandoval Post's Featured Artist), Kat Heatherington, Michelle Holland, Charles Little, Kimberly Summers, Rachelle Woods, and Richard Wolfson


Afterwards meet and chat over refreshments in the church's fellowship hall. A chapbook of the poems will be available at the reading. For more info, please contact John Green at 867-0240 or email jogreenalb [at] aol [dot] com

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Carols for Christmas

New poems for carols curated by Carol Ann Duffy, from the Guardian poetry blog. Something different in Christmas poetry. A number of other poetry e-mags and sites generally come up with or republish past Christmas collections of seasonal standbys and old faves.



Carol Ann Duffy introduces sparkling new poems for carols, from, among others, Fleur Adcock, John Agard, Gillian Clarke, Maura Dooley, Ian Duhig, Ruth Fainlight, James Harpur, Frieda Hughes, Jackie Kay, Michael Longley, Grace Nichols, Sean O'Brien, Alice Oswald, Brian Patten, Michael Symmons Roberts and Kit Wright


That beautiful carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter' is based on a poem written by Christina Rossetti in response to a commission from the magazine Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem in 1872. One hopes they paid well. The lines of one of my predecessors as poet laureate, the Irish poet Nahum Tate, are on our lips still when we sing the lyrics of 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night', written by him in 1703 – though usually changed to 'washed their socks' by most school-children. 

Carols, according to the 1928 edition of The Oxford Book of Carols, are 'simple, hilarious, popular and modern'. They are a kind of folk song where direct poetry and accessible music eagerly meet. The oldest of our carols date from the 15th century and 'give voice to the common emotions of healthy people in language that can be understood'. I hope that by this time next year some of these sparkling new poems for carols will have been set to music. On behalf of all the poets here to you, their readers, I wish you a very happy Christmas. Carol Ann Duffy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Deadlines collected from Buffalo Poetics

...listings include links whenever possible, so you can look over the publication to see if it's a fit for your work. If not, then not but the opportunity to read more new poetry is never time wasted for any poet.

If I make a habit of this - no guarantees, it will be in this or a similar format - easier to do multiple listings rather than one but from just one source at a time. i.e. Buffalo Poetics, P&W Magazine, Poetry About.com, and others. Each has its own style, and, I suspect, its followers their own as well. Poetics runs to the global and experimental, frequently posts updates on poetry blogs, poetry online, new publications, reviews, poetry events. 

So now...

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that Talking Writing is open for submissions through January 15. Please send 3-5 poems to editor@talkingwriting.com


Tripwire, a journal of poetics, was founded in 1998 by Yedda Morrison and David Buuck. Six issues were published between 1998-2002, with a special supplement published in September, 2004 for the RNC protests in New York. In 2011, Tripwire is being re-launched, with several new issues to be announced soon. 

Please go to davidbuuck.com/tripwire to find information about submissions, back issues, a new translation micro-grant initiative, find us on facebook, etc...

David Buuck

NEW AMERICAN PRESS is accepting submissions for the 2010 New American Poetry Prize. POSTMARK DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 1, 2010.Winner receives $1000 and a publication contract, including 25 author's copies (additional author's copies available at a 40 percent  discount). Final judge will be the poet, essayist, and editor  T.R. Hummer, author of such collections as Infinity Sessions (LSU Press)  and the essay collection The Muse in the Machine (University of Georgia Press). His work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and other major journals.   
            
 Please submit 40-100 pages of your best poetry to:
New American Press Poetry Contest, Attn: Okla Elliott
1830 Orchard Place, Ste. C
Urbana, IL 61801
      
We read manuscripts blind, so please include a  separate cover sheet with your name, address, email, and phone number,  being sure to exclude any identifying information from the manuscript  itself. 
          
Please include a check or money order payable to "NEW AMERICAN PRESS" in the amount of $20 for each submission and a SASE for contest results. 
          
Multiple and simultaneous submissions encouraged, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhereFor more information, please visit: http://www.newamericanpress.com/contests/current.php or email newamericanpress@gmail.com.
The first issue of Eccolinguistics is set to go and will be mailed in early 2011 -- thank you to all who have responded -- the list of 200 is underway, if you would like to be included please send your mailing address to: 

eccolinguistics@hotmail.com

It's free.  FREE.

Contributors in this issue: John Bloomberg-Rissman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patrick James Dunagan, Whit Griffin, W. Scott Howard, Mary Kasimor, Michael Leong, E.J. McAdams, Deborah Meadows, Philip Meersman, Jonathan Minton, Richard Owens, Nate Pritts, Chuck Richardson, Andrew Schelling, Brandon Shimoda, Tyrone Williams

In addition to sending along your mailing info (only hard copies will go out)
. We are also accepting work for the next issue -- poetry, prose, visual, otherwise -- which can be sent electronically  to eccolingusitics@hotmail.com.  We have no defined reading periods -- Happy reading-- Jared 

The University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson offers two residencies of two to four weeks between June 1 and August 31, 2011, to a poet and a fiction writer or a nonfiction writer at any stage of their careers. The residents are provided with housing and a weekly stipend of $150 each, but are responsible for their own food, travel, and other expenses. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a three-page proposal, and a resume or curriculum vitae with a $20 application fee by February 25. Visit the Poetry Center Residencies page for complete guidelines.

and/or, a print journal for creative experimental writing and/or innovative graphic art, seeks submissions from writers and/or other sorts of artists whose work openly challenges the boundaries (mimetic, aesthetic, symbolic, cultural, political, philosophical, economic, spiritual, etc.) of literary and/or artistic expression.  Please visit our submissions page at www.and-or.org for details.  Deadline for consideration for Volume 2, March 1, 2011.              

Upstairs at Duroc, the literary journal published in Paris, France, seeks submissions for its Issue # 13.  We publish English language poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations.  We welcome innovative or cross-genre forms, prose poems and flash fiction. Standalone excerpts from longer works will also be considered. Submit no more than 5 poems, or two prose pieces not exceeding 2000 words each.  Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, word count for prose, and a short Bio.  

We also seek artwork: photographs, drawings, etchings in black and white or color. Send in JPEG format.

Send snail mail submissions to the WICE office: WICE/Upstairs at Duroc, 7 Cité Falguière, 75015 Paris, France.  Send email submissions to upstairsatduroc@wice-paris.org with "Upstairs at Duroc Submission" in the 
subject line.  Copies of Upstairs at Duroc can be obtained at our readings or at the WICE office.

For complete guidelines and examples of published work, see our Web pages at www.wice-paris.org. (click on Free Events).  We prefer email submissions.  Deadline: January 31, 2011. 

Announcing the premier issue of Certain Circuits. We accept poetry, fiction, art, and multimedia (can include film, theatre, animations, video, music, performance). 

Click here: http://web.me.com/bonniemacallister/Site/An_Uncommon_Magazine.html for the prototype (final permanent site to follow with the first issue.) We exist online and in print.  All published artists receive print copy with
ISBN.

Please send a 50 word bio with submissions. All submissions are by email to:  certaincircuits@gmail.com. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry, 10,000 words for fiction/drama, jpgs at 300 dpi for art, and query for multimedia.  An external link will be accepted for multimedia.

So this is your chance to send in submissions!  Please do spread the word.

XO,
Bonnie MacAllister
Founding Editor
http://bonnie-macallister.blogspot.com/

::: Call for Submissions for a Special **ADAPTATION** Issue of WHR (Spring 2011) :::

The editors invite submissions that exemplify or address the phenomenon of ADAPTATION. Fiction, poetry and criticism are all welcome, as well as writing in hybrid genres that combine or adapt more traditional  forms.

Edited by Lance Olsen // Scott Black // Craig Dworkin // Paisley Rekdal. Submission Period: January 1, 2011 through March 15, 2011 (postmark date)

Guidelines:  If one long prosaic piece (essays, fiction, etc.), no more than 25 pages; If poems or shorter pieces, up to 5 pieces (totaling not more than 25 pages) /// Everything should be in a format that can be printed in WHR's standard journal format (black and white), and should be sent via regular mail.

Send questions to: whr@mail.hum.utah.edu. 

Submit your ADAPTATIONS to (please do not forget to designate as for the "Adaptations Issue" on the mailing envelope):

Western Humanities Review
ADAPTATIONS ISSUE
c/o dawn lonsinger, University of Utah English Dept.
255 S. Central Campus Dr., LNCO 3500
Salt Lake City, UT 841112


Deadline: Call for Entries

.. Dec15 is the last day to enter the 6th annual Writer's Digest Poetry Contest: more information / to enter online at WritersDigest.com/poetryawards

To view this email as a web page, go here.

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Competition


FIRST PLACE:

A trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City, $500 cash,
publication in Writer's Digest, and a copy of the 2011 Poet's Market.

Enter the only Writer's Digest competition exclusively for poets.
Whatever your style—rhyming, free verse, haiku or something else—
as long as your poems are 32 lines or fewer, we want them all!

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2010



Friday, December 10, 2010

Malpaís Review, Issue #2

Malpais Review #2 Cover

The second issue of the Malpaís Review features the work of the following poets:


David W. Cramer, Jack Hirschman, Todd Moore, Stanley Noyes, Susan Sherman, Suzanne Lummis, William Archila, Dorothy Barresi, Brendan Constantine, Ron Koertge, and Charles Harper Webb

 

Other poets included in this issue are:


Gary L. Brower, Gregory L. Candela, Alvaro Cardona-Hine, Albino Carrillo, Wayne Crawford, Alex Gildzen, Larry Goodell, Kenneth P. Gurney, Dale Harris, Pamela Adams Hirst, Kyle Laws, Carol Lewis, Joan Logghe, John Macker, James McGrath, Tony Moffeit, Patricia Monaghan, Theron Moore, Bill Nevins, Greta Pullen, Margaret Randall, Robert Fernandez Retamar, Kell Robertson, Georgia Santa Maria, Eric Paul Shaffer, Joe Speer, Marilyn Stablein, Richard Vargas, Stewart Warren, and Lawrence Welsh


 About 

The Malpaís Review

, Editor 

Gary L. Brower writes, we seek

 to expand upon New Mexico's rich and diverse cultural heritage by bringing together poetry, poetry translation, essays on aspects of poetry from writers around the state, the USA and beyond. 

The issues will be published quarterly. Each issue will take 10 to 20 pages for one featured writer with the remaining pages open to everyone else. Some interior pages may be used for black and white artwork. 

Submission guidelines

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mills College Graduate Assistantship in Community Poetics

Tight deadline but not impossible. Please forward to anyone considering applying to MFA in poetry programs.



Mills College Graduate Assistantship in Community Poetics

Mills College is pleased to introduce a two-year, full-tuition assistantship to one student pursuing a master of fine arts (MFA) degree in poetry beginning fall 2011. Candidates for the assistantship will design and implement a poetry-related community project during the course of their two-year degree program. The assistantship does not require a teaching commitment. Under the mentorship of Mills' renowned faculty, the successful candidate will have the unique experience of pursuing his/her MFA degree while implementing a community poetics project of his/her own design. This is a high-profile opportunity to explore poetry's possibilities for transformative dialogue---at Mills and beyond.

Background

Continuing the Mills tradition of experimentation in graduate education, this newly created assistantship is designed to support the development of innovative, even risky, ways of teaching and/or presenting poetry. As the number of full-time teaching positions in higher education decline across the United States, Mills seeks to explore the possibilities of making poetry available outside traditional academic confines to broaden access to the art form and utilize it as a force for social change.

This assistantship aligns with the goals of the existing Mills Community Teaching Project which offers students the opportunity to teach residents in the communities surrounding the College. Mills graduate students lead writing workshops in a variety of alternative venues, including after-school programs, elder homes, community centers,
half-way houses, lock-down facilities, and battered-women's shelters.

Proposals should not replicate the Community Teaching Project but should re-imagine poetry's socially transformative possibilities. Applicants are encouraged to imagine a project that in some way propels poetry into
new encounters outside the academy. Some examples of projects that inspired the creation of this assistantship include Mark Nowak's poetry workshops with auto workers in the US and South Africa, Heriberto Yepez's public poetry signage in Tijuana, and June Jordan's Poetry for the People.

Application Instructions

Applicants should follow and complete the usual application processes for the MFA in Poetry by the priority application deadline of December 15.

In addition to those materials, they should submit 
  • a maximum 1,000-word proposal that outlines a project they would like to pursue during the two-year MFA program. Proposed projects could explore new ways of teaching poetry, expanding arts access, and promoting social change. The proposed project needs to be executed during the timeframe of the student's MFA program. It can be a continuation of work the applicant is already doing.
  • They should also submit a CV or resume that demonstrates any relevant experience and skills. The proposal and CV or resume should be submitted separately from the program application materials.
Assistantship proposals and CV or resume can be submitted by going to: www.mills.slideroom.com

The assistantship in Comminity Poetics is listed on slideroom along with multiple assistantships the deparment offers, and applicants to the MFA in Poetry program are encouraged to apply for the Community Poetice
assistant ship as well as any other graduate assistantships in which they are interested. Please note that each student may only be awarded one assistantship position for the academic year. Please also note that all other available assistantships carry an award of $3,000/semester or $6,000 for the academic year and are awarded in addition to any need-based scholarships students may be awarded. The Assistantship in Community Poetics is the only full assistantship offered by the MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College at this time.

NOTE: There is a $10.00 total submission fee to apply for this and any other assistantships online via SlideRoom; though we prefer that mode, and we think applicants might find it easier to manage the application. However, if the $10.00 fee causes a hardship, contact Stephanie Young by email and include a statement about why you need to waive the application fee.

Judging Criteria

Proposals will be judged based on:

    1. Creativity
    2. Potential for social impact/change

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Questions please contact:

Stephanie Young, English Graduate Programs Coordinator
syoung@mills.edu
510.430.3130

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Poets' Basement: Ford, Yankevich and Orloski

Commentary seems superfluous here: 3 poems + a call for submissions from a possibly unexpected source. Consider though social protest in oral tradition ~ ballads, songs, oral and print poetry. Slam poetry, samizdat, broadsheets, Shelley's Mask of Anarchy (which became the anthem of the British Labor Party). Brecht, anonymous romances (ballads) from the Spanish Civil War and after.

Weekend Edition
December 3 -5, 2010

The Long Unemployed
by FRANK FORD

are pressed to become messiahs
for ordinary soap or the like.

Friends and relatives gain cupboards
groaning with the crap. Hey it's all
disguised charity. Better straightforward
thirties with rent parties where players

threw a buck or two in a hat
and proceeded to drink a bathtub
of gin and lose a spouse and gain
another's for the nonce. In screaming

over the roar, some excoriated Capitalism, but
the gin made the vile monster not worth spit.

Frank Ford lives in Cocoa Beach and witnesses space-bound rockets from his
front window. He feels that one day we'll reach aliens, and shoot or bribe them--more of such nonsense can be glimpsed at http://motleycrisp.blogspot.com/

 

A Plurality of Worlds
by LEO YANKEVICH

Intensities of pain—
of those once persecuted
and those once executed.

The scientific gain
belongs to us, but who knows
of Giordano Bruno’s

suffering on the square,
tongue-tied on cobble stone,
as he met fire alone?

Around him everywhere:
wine spilt amid the jeering,
grimaces and cheering,

squeals from a paederast,
smiles from thieving hawkers,
bishops, whores, and gawkers.

—“Into the Tiber, cast
his ashes!” —could be heard,
“for every wicked word.”

Leo Yankevich’s poems have recently appeared in Blue Unicorn, Chronicles,The Flea, and Trinacria.  He has lived in Poland since the mid 1980s.

 

Crossing the River in the Wrong Direction
(Winter 1777-1778)
by CHARLES ORLOSKI

Ground along the Delaware River,
moss stones,  Addie Bundren bones,
a likable old leap frog,
and a string tied to a maple tree branch .
My feet, blistered and sore,
I heard British cannonball whistle,
and removed my wool socks.
Fate, it was war – interrogation,
search-time before boarding.
Beneath a gray candle, a frozen willow,
I answered corkscrew questions
about the Tea Party, the Boston Massacre,
“do you own Crown property?”

No, no, Admiral Sacajawea.
I own only lakefront property in Orleans,
hold stock in the English Channel Tomorrow Tunnel, 
support Blairite marketization,
and Catholicism's Just War Theory.
Yes, yes,  Admiral –
just war, “all we need is just war,”
and I trade in fur and GMC troikas.   

And Sacajawea gave me that Inquisition look,
And how many boats have I missed?

Stamped “T.S.A. Unfit for Waterway Travel”--
it was that flintlock Hershey chocolate-bomb
stuffed in my back-pocket that did me in. .
Unforgettable,
I watched USS George Washington sail across
the Delaware's swirling waves,
and shined a Gatsby light upon him.
A spectator, I yielded,
yelled, “to the left, to the right!”
And I returned to the dragoon Bushes, 
cared not about that old indentured frog,
leaping behind me, denouncing me,
following my chickenshit retreat.
It knew I could not bear the paddling anyway. 

Charles Orloski lives in Taylor, Pennsylvania.  He claims that in order to properly understand his works, one must know the password, possess secret identification.   He can be reached and broken-down at CCDJOrlov@aol.com.

Editorial Note: (Please Read Closely Before Submitting)
To submit to Poets’ Basement, send an e-mail to CounterPunch’s poetry editor, Marc Beaudin at counterpunchpoetry@gmail.com with your name, the titles being submitted, and your website url or e-mail address (if you’d like this to appear with your work). Also indicate whether or not your poems have been previously published and where. Attach up to 5 poems and a short bio, written in 3rd person, as a single Word Document (.doc or .rtf attachments only; no .docx). Expect a response within one month (occasionally longer during periods of heavy submissions).

Poems accepted for online publication will be considered for possible inclusion of an upcoming print anthology. Please submit your poetry by Tuesday in order to be considered for the CounterPunch Weekend Edition of the Poets’ Basement. The Weekend Edition will now run on Fridays instead of Saturdays.

Marc does not archive poetry nor biographical sketches. (At the very least, tell us where you are from and how you can be reached through CP’s Poets’ Basement). For more details, tips and suggestions, visit CrowVoiceJournal.blogspot.com and check the links on the top right. Thanks!

Posted via email from Meanderings

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New American Poetry Prize

NEW AMERICAN PRESS is now accepting submissions for the annual New American Poetry Prize. Winner receives $1000, 25 copies, and a publication contract. Final judge is T. R. Hummer.

Please submit poetry collection
(40 pages minimum) to:

NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE
Attn: Okla Elliott
1830 Orchard
Place, Suite C
Urbana, IL 61801.

Entry fee is $20 and the postmark deadline is December 15, 2010.  More info is available at http://newamericanpress.com/contests/current.php.


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