Thursday, December 29, 2011

About Poetry Newsletter: New Year's Poems

From Bob Holman & Margery Snyder, your Guide to Poetry

Our New Year’s Anthology 

The turning of the calendar from one year to the next has always been a time for summing up past experience, bidding farewell to those we have lost, renewing old friendships, making plans and resolutions, and expressing our hopes for the future.

“Auld Lang Syne” 
This is the first in our collection—the traditional ballad written down by Robert Burns in the 18th century, and sung ever since to mark the coming of the New Year. Print it out to share if you want to sing all the verses for real on Saturday night!
See More About:  robert burns  ballads  auld lang syne

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Adobe Walls deadline reminder

A timely Adobe Walls submissions reminder, plus guidelines. Does anyone else have deadline reminders to post? Other 2011 poetry house keeping ~ calls, due dates, reminders, announcements, events, workshops, launches, new blogs, open mics, even shameless self-promotion? Post them as comments here or on Picnic's Facebook wall. Send them on by email. Suggestions for both 2012 Virtual Picnic and poetry / writing resolutions are also invited.


Kenneth Gurney writes...


A simple reminder that the deadline for Adobe Walls submissions is that last instant of 31 December, which is Saturday just before it becomes Sunday.  As long as your submission is time stamped on or before that last moment of 2011, your work will be considered.

If you have sent in work, but have not heard back from me, the submission may have been lost in the emailing.  Several Taos and vicinity people and I have discovered that their submissions did not make it to me on the first attempt and they had to submit a second time.  I do not know how or why the internet sometimes loses email.  I only know it does.

Happy season of sun's return festivals....

Kenneth P. Gurney, editor
Adobe Walls

Saturday, December 10, 2011

On ad-speak and poetry

On ad-speak and poetry shamelessly re-posted in toto from Harriet the Blog at the Poetry Foundation

Ian Daly — a “planning director and cultural strategist” at a marketing firm in New York called Anomaly — recently compiled a list of words and phrases that he titled “Shit I Never Said Before Working in Advertising.” A sampling:
Blow it out
Ladder it up
Tease it out
Bullet it out
Build it out
Build affinity
Soft launch
Hard stop
Fair push
Push back
Reach out
Touch base
Connect around
Loop in
Circle back
Share of mind
Are you tracking? I’m tracking.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

about Nicanor Parra + 2 poems

Chilean Poet Nicanor Parra wins 2011 Miguel de Cervantes Prize (CBC article); Nicanor Parra, University of Chile website; about his technique of anti-poetry (English); and the ubiquitous Wikipedia on Parra

Young Poets
Write as you will
In whatever style you like
Too much blood has run under the bridge
To go on believing
That only one road is right.
In poetry everything is permitted.
With only this condition of course,
You have to improve the blank page.

ImmaStar call for submissions

Carlos (aka @soothxsayer) writes, "Send me some love, Send me your #NMPoetry" and blogs:

on ImmaStar Productions

Send me some love, Send me your #Poetry, call for submissions by ImmaStar Productions

I am super stoked to be having such a large amount of site traffic lately.  I am attributing this, not to myself, but of course to those that have joined me in the courageous act of posting their poetry on this site.  If you are a contributing writer via: Escritores de Esperanza, a "staff writer," or someone who sent in an online submission, please continue to do so!  
Together, we can build a community of writers, where folks feel comfortable being open, honest, vulnerable, and exposed.  If you would like to submit poetry to Immastar, please look for my (Carlos C's) email, in the Bio(s) section, and send it on over.
We are moving into the holidays and I expect that folks will get busy, however sometimes we need to slow down, reflect and appreciate.  Sometimes we need to make time to thank, remember, forget, or enlighten... So, take that time and spend it here with us.  
If you have friends, family, or students who write poetry, please feel free to submit!  Immastar is a free speech, equal opportunity kind of blog for poets - very rarely will I ever not post someone's writing.  The rare instance of not being posted would have to include writing that I feel is harmful to the poet or the audience - hate speech... Otherwise, all is fair game!  Gimme whatchu got yall!  This is about to get real fun!

So send him some.... 'tis the season, giving, sharing and all that. If you haven't been following his blog, poetry, projects and such, give yourself the gift of doing so.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec3 Los Lunas Authors Day

Shirley Blackwell and Debbi Miller Gutierrez will both appear, along with other local authors, at the first ever Los Lunas Authors' Day (sponsored by the Valencia County Historical Society), Sunday December 4, 2-4 pm, to talk about their craft and sell and sign books. 
Shirley Blackwell, poet & NMSPS President

Shirley will be presenting her new book of 100 poems, Already There, and Debbi will lave three of her picture books, The Pinecone Problem, Why Baby Sister Woke Up From Her Nap,  and Horse's Horrible Halloween on hand, as well as her new middle grade reader chapter book Cactus Factory.  Of course, all these books are available on, but it's so much more fun to have the author sign them in person,

The event will be at the Los Lunas Transportation Center (also known as the Los Lunas Rail Runner Station) at  Highway 314 & Court House Road in Los Lunas. Follow link above for directions. Read more about Local Writers Speak about their Books at First Authors' Day in Valencia County News-Bulletin. Also, NMSPS member Mary Fogarty will also be there, presenting her poetry collections. If you know anyone else who would be interested, please share this information,

PS Virtual Picnic (that's us) would also like to draw your attention to the NM State Poetry Society's outstanding calendar. Read the Fall 2011 NMSPS Newsletter online

Norway on Poetry International Web, December 2011

PIW 1 December 2011

In our latest issue of Poetry International Web, we are delighted to launch a Norwegian domain under the editorship of Liesbeth Huijer, who has chosen three poets whose work gives a taste of the excellent poetry being written in Norway at the moment: Rune Christiansen, Cecilie Løveid and Ingrid Storholmen. We also present German poet Barbara Köhler, whose experimental writing probes the limits and possibilities of language in expressing human experience.

For the editorial, articles, poems and translations, see:

Archive Tour

'PHOTOS FROM NORWAY'Poems from the PIW archive that touch on Norway, from its fjords to its knitwear, its language to its landscape. Selected by PIW Norway editor Liesbeth Huijer.

Clip of the Month: ROSE IØyvind Rimbereid (Norway)
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