Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Is That a Lit Mag in Your Stocking?

…indeed it is@theReviewReview is in my mailbox-stocking, now in yours on the blog & Picnic FB page

Is That a Lit Mag in Your Stocking?
I'm stupid and/or idealistic enough to stand my ground and keep reading every single poem that comes in. - Rob MacDonald, editor of Sixth Finch
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The Review Review
Greetings Lit Magi,

Yeah, yeah, we know today's a holiday. But we just can't quit you, lovely readers.

From around the lit mag'osphere, here is the week's news: Flavorwire has just posted "The Year's Coolest Literary Magazine Innovations".

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#NMpoetry reminder: MAS Christmas Slam

…Wed Dec19, 7- 9pm, Winning Coffee, 111 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106. Zach writes, 
Come out and gift us with your verse this month! 

We have a tremendous feature in the inimitable and mighty Katrina K. Guarascio, a long time supporter of poetry in New Mexico, author of 2 great books of poetry, and host of the Smokin Slam in Rio Rancho. Katrina's contributions to the arts and the youth of New Mexico speak for themselves and her performance will be a gift to all so please come support her.

We will also have the usual 3 round qualifying slam (everyone who competes earns points towards making the finals stage) and a limited open mic. Usual slam rules apply and there is no theme, BUT

Poetry is a gift from one soul to another so do please come share your gifts of light with all of us. Anyone who reads a poem with a Christmas theme will get one extra point in the slam also, just for keeping the spirit alive!
See you all there!
Zachary Kluckman

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

#NMpoetry REMINDER: Dale Harris featured Adobe Walls Open Mic poet

…Hi Poetry Friends,
Wanted to let you know that I will be the featured reader at the Adobe Walls Open Mic tonight Tuesday Dec 11 at Page One Books. The reading starts at 7 pm. This delightful series is run by Kenneth Gurney and is always a good time.

Page One Bookstore is at 11018 Montgomery Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87111. (505) 294-2026. Support our independent bookstores - browse, buy a book while you're there. Hope you can come and share some of your poems as well!
Dale Harris (PS you can still visit the Book of Cranes online)

Editor PS: I'm the one who's late here, not Dale…but still not too late to make it to the reading…

Sunday, November 25, 2012

the Rag - Call for Submissions

…Elaine Schwartz issues her own Call for Submissions. Please note new email address
The Rag, an Albuquerque monthly poetry broadside which has been distributed free at coffee houses and bookstores throughout the city for over 14 years, is seeking submissions. 

Poems should be no longer than thirty lines including stanza breaks. Previously published poems OK. Email submissions to theragabq@gmail.com (note new email address) or send to Karin Bradberry, 11322 Campo del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. Authors receive 2 copies of The Rag as payment for published poems. Subscriptions also available for $15/yr. Send check to Karin Bradberry at the same address.
About the Editors:
Karin Bradberry 
is an Albuquerque poet, teacher and visual artist. She has served as co-editor/publisher of The Rag since 2008. She has won numerous poetry prizes (SouthWest Writers, Writer's Digest, NMSPS, NFSPS, Prescott Writers), and been published in local and national magazines and several anthologies (Central Avenue, Writer's Digest, Sage Trail, The Rag, Harwood, Adobe Walls, Pudding Magazine, Along the Rio Grande, Fixed and Free).
 Elaine Schwartz
is co-founder of the Albuquerque Chapter of Poets Against War and co-editor of The Rag. Her poetry, best described as a tapestry of place and political imagination, has appeared in numerous publications including An Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets, Santa Fe Literary Review, Harwood Anthology, Malpais Review, Poetica and The Rag

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Fixed & Free Poetry

Colorful Cornucopia, Jim Harris
…a fine & suitable Thanksgiving post and post prandial treat...always room for ear candy when there is none for the other kind. Now to hunt a suitable graphic or so. PS check out link to an interview (worth a separate post of its own) with Billy Brown, too modest to mention it here, and who now writes, 
Dear Poets and Poetry Lovers,
This is a final reminder of the Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012 Fixed & Free poetry reading, featuring two wonderful poets: Joe Bottone and Patrick Houlihan. Below is additional information about these poets.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Acequias: The Future of Water in the Land of Enchantment

…by way of introduction, Rachel Preston Prinz describes this #poetry genre as an archipoem…dedicated to my teachers…the mayordomos & storytellers of Taos & Northern NM. HT @soothsayer for this gem

They would call first irrigation ditch in the village the Acequia Madre – the Mother Ditch.
As if the Hispanic settlers wanted to acknowledge it as a source of life, of sustenance, and of community.

The rains and snow that fall on the Rocky Mountains are the source.
They flow as streams, pulverizing stone and leaves and wood… taking vitamins and minerals with them as they carve canyons through solid rock.

Where the mountain joins the plain, almost a thousand years ago, the Puebloans built their communities.
They were moving from a nomadic hunter gatherer lifestyle to a settled agricultural one, and they selected this place to build their village, partially because of the access to water afforded by such a stream.
They learned that you could dam up a stream and save some water for later… and in doing so, they created some of the earliest forms of irrigated agriculture here.

Further downstream – Hispanic villages - some nearly 400 years old...
They too chose this place because of water, and they built upon the older tradition – they designed acequias using surveying, agriculture, and engineering…
that they learned from the Moors and the Romans before that…
and that THEY learned them from Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.
So, the acequias we see are a tradition in the making for 7,000 years... and that were brought across 4 continents to get here.

Read the rest of Acequias: The Future of Water in the Land of Enchantment at Archinia. Follow on @Archinia on Twitter and Facebook. More about Acecquia Madre at TEDx and 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Poetry in Each of Us

…Carlos, aka @soothxsayer writes about his #TEDxABQ

If you are reading this, thank you, first and foremost. I urge you to watch the video below. It is a "TedTalk" if you don't know what that is, all the more reason to click away. Chances are, most of you know what a TedTalk is - most if not all of you are: educators, artists, poets, writers, social justice advocates, journalists, and otherwise, ALL of you are my friends.

I appreciate you all allowing me to pester you, as I often do.

This one is NOT shameless self-promotion, I promise. If you click the talk you will see it is about: The power of poetry in systems and situations involving rehabilitation. Poetry possesses an immense power, if used correctly, we can utilize words to mend and connect populations - this talk expounds on that possibility. Please feel forward to not only click this video, but embed it, forward it, like it - or do whatever else you can in the world of the internet to spread the word, about words! Word...

Thanks, Carlos Contreras, Immastar Productions and JustWrite

Monday, November 12, 2012

#NMpoetry at last 2012 East of Edith

…so late posting this that is now much shorter than Lisa's original. I just looked at the clock and realized I'd better hop to. Posting to announce an event, whenever possible should be before the event 

before Sor
Hi Everyone, 
Wanted to give you the Local Poets Guild run down. We only have [tonight's] event in the space before we close the venue to try to do some work and try to procure heat. 

7:00pm Monday November 12th 
East of Edith is gonna celebrate Sor Juana's birthday at the Projects (3614 High Street NE) with some extended readings of her work, plus the regular open mic and a feature by Levi Romero. This event will also be a fundraiser to help support the hero of this poetry space (and person who has offered years of literary service), Mitch Rayes.

PS Sor Juana's "A su retrato" ...a single sentence

Este, que ves, engaño colorido,

que del arte ostentando los primores,

con falsos silogismos de colores

es cauteloso engaño del sentido:

éste, en quien la lisonja ha pretendido

excusar de los años los horrores,

y venciendo del tiempo los rigores,
triunfar de la vejez y del olvido,

es un vano artificio del cuidado,

es una flor al viento delicada,

es un resguardo inútil para el hado:

es una necia diligencia errada,

es un afán caduco y, bien mirado,

es cadáver, es polvo, es sombra, es nada.
Thanks again for another beautiful season. Hope you can join us for our final open mics and outreach events... and I'll be running some smaller reading groups in the projects secret living room December and January--plus scrounging about to see if I can finagle heat for open mics by 2013 also. And we'll be doing some happy celebrations and giveaways courtesy La Alameda late November (daytime weekend) also. And you can keep catching Don McIver's programming as he continues our work with Church of Beethoven/Chatter. More when I know more.

Happy Winter, Happy Words,

Lisa Gill, Poet and Author
Local Poets Guild Founder/Executive Director 
PO BOX 27686 *note changed address* Albuquerque, NM 87125
nearartexperience@yahoo.com(505) 382-0704

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quick Notes & Muse Musings

… on area #NMpoetry events approaching on the event horizon,

Notes first, then musings, space and time permitting. Most announcements here are from Billy Brown and Elaine Schwartz, both of whom maintain excellent and comprehensive poetry mailing lists, a poetry lifeline for the Facebook phobic. There are other calendars and sources... making a ✔ for "jonesing for NM poetry?" as future post topic, but in the meantime...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Got seasonally morbid poems?

…because @HakimBe is…

looking for poems about Halloween/Dia de los Muertos et al… sez "If you have something or someone pertinent, holla at me, and I can hook it up at KUNM. I'll need to put you in touch with them soon, as the show airs next Wednesday. If you are game, send me your e-mail, phone and the title (only the title of your poem). Word!" 

Message him on Facebook or ✉ email tirods@hotmail.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

TODAY! Book of Cranes opening Fri Oct. 12, 5 - 8 pm, DSG Fine Art

…biblioartistpoet Dale Harris writes
Hope you can come to an art show I'm fortunate enough to be part of along with Vicky Bolen, Geraldine Brussel, Deborah Cole, Stephanie Lerma, Lou Liberty, Margy O'Brien, Ginger Rice, Judith Roderick, Mary Sweet, Linney Wix, and Richard Wolfson. 
Besides individual work, the exhibit includes book arts, calligraphy, poetry, and a thousand cranes origami installation. You can see some of the art at our website  http://bookofcranes.wix.com/bookofcranes. Book of Cranes is also on Facebook.
Celebrate the Annual Migration of Sandhill Cranes
to New Mexico 's Rio Grande Valley
A Convocation of Artists, Poets & Cranes
DSG Fine Art Gallery
510 14th St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
October 12 – November 30, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, Oct. 12, 5 – 8 pm
Poetry & Origami Open House Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 – 5 pm

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oct9 #NMpoetry REMINDER: AdobeWalls #openmic

 …because it's 2nd Tuesday & time for Kenneth Gurney's monthly event. I'd go on and add others, make this a monster update but won't because I'm trying to cut down on going down the garden cyberpaths of both multitasking and its subspecies, the monster update. #NMpoetry reminders, tagged for Twitter, usually go through Facebook but share does not work from closed groups.

As Billy Brown reminds friends, 

I am delighted to forward this announcement that Julie Brokken will be the featured poet at the Adobe Walls open mike reading, 7 pm, Tuesday, October 9, Page One, SW corner of Juan Tabo at Montgomery.  
This wonderful poetry reading series takes place on the second Tuesday evening each month, and is hosted by Kenneth P. Gurney, creator and editor of the periodical Adobe Walls: an anthology of New Mexico Poetry, published approximately twice annually, beginning in 2010, with stunning cover photo of old (crumbling) adobe buildings! 
I hope to see many of you there! Yours for powerful poetry, Billy Brown

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Foyle Young Poets award: read the winning poems

…because today is National Poetry Day in the UK. So let's celebrate it with our own event or activity. We can do this for the rest of the month too. Check out the Facebook page, Twitter too @poetrydayUK

On National Poetry Day, the 15 winners of this year's Foyle Young Poets award, open to 11-17-year-olds from around the world, were announced. Chosen from a record 7,351 entries to the competition, here are the winning poems to tempt your poetry palate:

Baking by Phoebe Boswall
Smells of baking remind me of you.
Your red apron, my small striped one with the torn pocket.
Your soft stretched skin, fingers kneading dough
into a ball. My fat floury hands
grasped for your amber necklace,
Quick, Phoebe, the oven!
You played with flavours,
made little blobs of buttery dough on the tray
Your warm kitchen, my safe haven.
You taught me your language:
bicarbonate of soda, self-raising flour, vanilla extract,
millilitres of milk, grams of sugar:
caster, muscovado, granulated.
Now your apron hangs empty on the peg.
I wear it from time to time; mine with the torn pocket
doesn't fit anymore.
Reach/Throw/Wade/Row by Phoebe Stuckes
She is the class of crazy that inspires adoration.
She stacks vices like bracelets, works herself into hysterics,
Don't give her matches she will pinch them till her fingers scorch.
I know she is gorgeous like a thunderstorm, but stop trying to hold her hand.
Her heart is too heavy for you to lift.
Her pain is impossible, you can keep wrapping your arms around her but she'll never stay upright.
Her stares are hospital corridors, passageways hiding chaos and anguish.
'No, you can't have a cigarette.'
She lost the ring that I gave her; on ardent impulse I wanted to throw her a lifebelt.
A reminder that she and I are washed up on the same shore.
Being with her is like seeing Alice drink the vial, watching herself become vast and destructive.
I cannot keep her safe; I cannot bear to watch her fold.
Click and read the rest of the winning poems

Monday, October 1, 2012

Oct 12-21 Teatro Paraguas presents Poesia de Mexico

a poetry tribute at Teatro Paraguas Studio, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe on October 12-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students, Sunday pay-what-you-wish
Info/reservations: 424-1601

 Teatro Paraguas presents Poesia de Mexico, a poetry tribute performance with eight actors performing some of the best of Mexican poetry of the last five centuries in Spanish, accompanied by projected English translations and live music. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, John Cage!

…from PennSoundJacket2 and of course anyone who

would like to join the worldwide chorus of well-wishers celebrating what would have been John Cage's 100th birthday, and we've got recordings and texts, both old and new, for you to enjoy.

First, here's a short PennSound playlist of Cage-related resources, which includes everything from Cage's own writings, poetry and performance inspired by Cage, excerpts from conversations and interviews in which poets discuss Cage's influence on their work, and even full-length lectures by noted Cage scholars:
Meanwhile, over at Jacket2, we have two very exciting new articles which approach Cage and his work from different angles. Jena Osman frames the online "textual instrument" NewsReader through Cage's I-VI in "Playing the World", while in "Hidden harmonies in John Cage's 'Empty Words,'" Dawn Akemi Sueoka ably balances mycology and linguistics as she explores Cage's deconstruction of Henry David Thoreau's journals.

Happy Birthday, John Cage!…and yet another reminder that Al Fireis' free, open online course in modern poetry starts this Saturday September 10

Monday, September 3, 2012

#Duende Poetry Reading: John Brandi & Renee Gregorio

…Sept16 #NMpoetry event @ Anasazi Fields Winery, HT @ Elaine Schwartz for timely reminder in a ready to blog format.

Announcing Duende Poetry Series Reading

John Brandi & Renée Gregorio

Sunday, September 16, 3pm
Anasazi Fields Winery
Village of Placitas, NM

Call (505)867-3062 for Information
An astounding free poetry event. Welcome!

books for sale and signing,
wine, snacks, drinks, a meeting of poetry & friends

Monday, August 27, 2012

Featured Poem on Luzma Umpierre's page

A dual purpose and then some here: new poem, new poets (in sense of new to my personal reading list), new poetry page to add to reader and share.:Being a hurricane season appropriate poem is lagniappe. And who does not need a survival plan? Now to hustle up a few more links and an illustration. for Luzma's New Poem (a regular feature on her page), Survival Plan by J.L. Torres

To live in Puerto Rico
you need a survival plan
El Departamento de Ai Bendito
recommends one from below:

The Armageddon Plan

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Zoetrope: All-Story

…Late night posts tend to the minimalist…better that than incoherence…
Zoetrope: All-Story is a quarterly literary publication founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997 to explore the intersection of story and art, fiction and film.  
Along with new stories, each edition of the magazine presents a Classic Reprint—a previously published short story that inspired a great film—to illustrate the narrative relationship between the art forms. Previous Classic Reprints include Liu Yi-chang's "Intersection" (which inspired Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love), Steven Millhauser's "Eisenheim the Illusionist" (Neil Burger's The Illusionist), Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" (Sarah Polley's Away From Her), and Paul Auster's "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" (Wayne Wang's Smoke). More about  ...
Contests. Submissions. Online workshops. Artwork. Community. Virtual Studio. New and classic short stories... and more at Zoetrope: All-Story
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