Thursday, July 11, 2013

Quarterly Poetry Open House ~ Saturday, July 13

…1:00 - 4:30 pm at Billy Brown's & Sandi Blanton's home. Too often I lose track of the dates and miss posting. This time not. The Poetry Open House sounds wonderful: I always regret not being able to go and wish I could. So if you can, go for me. Billy writes, 
Poets and Poetry Lovers,
I am pleased to invite you to my home for the 28th Quarterly Poetry Open House ... continuing our 8th year of these lovely events! Hope to see you on Saturday! Yours for powerful poetry, Billy Brown cell:  401-8139

Poetry Open House, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Billy Brown's home, 2909 Monterey Ave  SE, Albuquerque (3 streets south of Coal, 3 houses east of Girard). Read your own poems, or poems by other poets, or just relax, listen, and enjoy the magic of poetry. I provide iced tea. Also, I'll have some delicious pastries from our new, BEAUTIFUL kitchen ... :-) OPTIONAL: You may bring a snack to share ~ NOT required! Please invite/bring friends.

RSVP only if you PLAN to attend so I can accommodate the number attending. (If you happen to change your mind and decide to attend at the last minute, PLEASE do come ... you are welcome,     even if you do not RSVP ... :-)

REMEMBER: This is an "open house" so you can come and go as you please ...please just be quiet as you arrive, so that you don't disrupt the poem being read at that time ...

I am always inspired by the wonderful poetry read here. Thanks to over 100 people who have participated so far. Many people who have attended say that this is among their favorite formats for reading and sharing poetry. 
The format is that we take turns reading one poem each, and then move on to the next person. We usually complete 4-6 rounds of reading, separated occasionally with breaks for snacks/beverages. 
You may read your own poem, or a poem by someone else. I have a large library of poetry books and periodicals, from which you may choose poems to read, if  you like. Please feel welcome to sing your poetry (called a song) or have someone (yourself?) accompany you with an instrument. (These modes do not happen often, but when they DO happen, it is wonderful!)

I hope that you can make it. If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this message
or to call me at my cell: 401-8139. If I do not answer, please leave a message with your name and a phone number where I can reach you, and I'll get back to you ASAP!

Thanks, Billy Brown
PS     Here are the dates of the remaining 2013 Poetry Open Houses, same time, same place:

         Saturday, July 13, 2013
         Saturday, October 12, 2013
Also, in 2014, the probable Poetry Open House dates are January 11, 2014 ~ April 12, 2014 ~ July 11, 2014 ~ October 11, 2014. If you cannot make it to this Saturday's Poetry Open House, please consider adding these future dates to your calendar!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

21st c Russian Poetry anthology now at Big Bridge

…Editor Larissa Shmailo writes,

Dear Friends:

I am proud to share this new online anthology of contemporary Russian poetry, Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry, which appears in the new Big Bridge edited by Michael Rothenberg.

The anthology features the work of 50 brilliant Russian poets translated by equally gifted poets, including Stephanie Sandler, Philip Nikolayev, Matvei Yankelevich, Elena Fainailova, Dmitry Kuzmin, Katia Kapovich, Phil Metres, Maria Khotimsky, Elena Dimov, Maxim Amelin, Maria Stepanova, James Kates, Polina Barskova, Eugene Ostashevksy, Oleg Dozmorov, Alexander Ulanov, Sergei Gandlevsky, Irina Maximova, Alexander Skidan,Tatiana Shcherbina, Vladimir Gandelsman, Olga Zilberbourg, Maria Rybkova, Irina Mashinski, Alexei Tsvekov, and many more.

Please welcome your poetic brothers and sisters from the RF!

Kind regards,
Larissa Shmailo
editor, Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry

PS This anthology could not have appeared without the help of Alex Cigale and Boris Dralyuk, whose names were accidentally omitted from the above list
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