7:26 a.m. — Atlanta
Surprise! Hello everyone. I had forgotten that the Thursday Thoughts aren’t just for theory, but also for introducing something new, for reviewing, for interviewing…
Before I talk about the main feature, I would like to point you towards an interview I had with Marie Elena over at Poetic Bloomings, yesterday. I told my family, when I sent them the link, I am a shy and modest plant. I struggled before sending them the link, never mind telling my readers. I know: at my age, I need to get over that. If you have not been by to visit Poetic Bloomings yet, here’s a reason. Once there you will find reasons to go back. Marie Elena and Walt have created a lovely garden for us to wander through.
When I first read about the new venture, in Joseph’s blog, Naming Constellations, I fell in love with the journal based on its name alone. Think about the word for a moment: curio. What does it bring to your mind? For me it connotes exotic places, travel, smoky shops full of curious items, Matahari lingering in the background. Now think of a journal full of poems about all the things in life, that while small and maybe ephemeral, are curiosities in the moment they come to our attention.
I went to the dictionary, one of my favourite activities, even when I know what a word means. A curio is small. That doesn’t necessarily mean small in size. It may be small in importance, something everyday. But the item may not be everyday to you. Maybe it is something that fascinates you, that is unusual, that stands out, that is rare in your life. Your curio.
I went on to look up curiosity. After all, I was so close in the dictionary. The word denotes a desire to know or learn. Joseph and Tessa are asking us to notice the small, seemingly inconsequential things and to learn about them in a poem. A curiosity is something that possesses a strangeness, arouses interest, is novel to us at the moment of noticing.
Joseph says, in one of his early blogs mentioning Curio, that they are looking for poems dealing with ‘snippets of time’. A snippet is a scrap, a fragment, a morsel. So, we are looking for the apparent minutiae around us and writing about them in the moment that we have noticed them. In Joseph’s words:
“Curio is a journal of poetry that explores the world at a micro-level: tiny spaces, instants, individual objects, scraps of dreams and memories, et cetera. While we are as fond as anyone of epic poetry, ballads, political polemics, crowns of love sonnets, and other verse that captures whole oceans of human experience, the intention of this journal is to zoom in and look a bit closer at things. There are already enough poets out there doing rambling narratives and deep thought poems; we simply want to collect the bits that may seem at first glance too minor to deserve their own poem.
A shot of tequila. Pollen on the table from the drooping irises in the vase at the center. A marble abandoned on the driveway. The cat lapping up milk. An heirloom chess piece. Waking up naked on a cold winter morning. Napkins. Geometry in the world that you just noticed for the first time. We want to hear about your reactions and impressions in the moment. Don’t try to solve the great equations of the universe or unburden your soul completely; just be in that moment and transmute it into writing.”
While publication of the inaugural issue is imminent, if you submit your poetry for consideration in the next couple of days, you may find yourself in the first issue. If your poem is accepted but the doors have closed, don’t despair; you will be first in line for the second issue.
To read more about Curio and to see its look, visit and read the guidelines. Joseph has posted four poems to give us an idea of what his and Tessa’s vision is for the Journal. You can also see and hear Joseph at his vlog. For those who don’t know Tessa, she can be found at The Picture of a Sunny Day.
Joseph, and through him Tessa, is part of the poetic community we have formed in the cyberworld. If you are shy about submitting, support the journal by bookmarking it and visiting to read the curios in the lives of others. Support, submit, read.