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Poetics Serendipity

8:51 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The House You’re Building sung by Audrey Assad

Hello, everyone. Shall we get to it? I had a bit of a lie in and my brain isn’t even up to talking about the weather (and that’s one of my favourite topics — for real). Let’s see what we have.

1] First up, an announcement. There was much popping of metaphorical corks earlier this week when Robert Lee Brewer announced the winners of his November PAD chapbook contest. I heard the corks because two of the top five are people I know and whose names you have seen on this blog’s Tuesdays, often. Out of one hundred manuscripts, here are the top five:

  1. A Good Passion, by Barbara Young
  2. A Nest of Shadormas, by William Preston
  3. The Staircase Before You, by Jess(i)e Marino
  4. Lives Other Than Our Own, by James Von Hendy
  5. 1991 Winter, by Marilyn Braendeholm

Particular congratulations to Barbara and Marilyn (aka Misky).

For those of you who don’t know who Robert is and why this is a rather big deal, here’s his writer’s bio: Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

2] I don’t know how many of you know Magma. They say of themselves: Like all the best poetry, Magma is always surprising. Every issue of Magma has a different editor, either members of our board or a prominent poet acting as a guest editor. It’s that fresh eye in each issue which gives Magma its unique variety. Magma publishes three times a year and, while they are UK based, they welcome all contributions (submissions). Their theme for the next issue is conversation. Visit them to see what they are about and whether you might not like to send in some poems.

3] I love this interview with poet Dana Gioia: Collaborating With Language. I found it in an issue of The Writer magazine and posted it back in 2013. I delighted in reading it again, thus decided you would too.

4] Finally, an excellent article, brought to us by Jessica Strawser, in Writer’s Digest: 5 Unexpected Lessons From Inside the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, written by Dina Nayeri.

Forgive my brevity. My computer is acting up and I want to get this posted fast. I will see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup of prompts; Tuesday for my prompt; and next Thursday for more links and such.

Happy writing, everyone.


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Poetics Serendipity

9:18 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to If You Got It sung by Gordon Lightfoot

Hi, everyone. My brain has been stalling all morning. Not on other things, just this post. I have hauled it squealing and whining and we are here.

1] The first link is to a wonderful interview with poet Dana Gioia, in The Writer. Titled ‘Collaborating With Language’, Gioia talks about his process for writing. Reading his responses to the questions put to him is like having a mini-workshop.

2] The second link, I found from poet James Brush. I was going to link to his page, when I realised that was just so you can link to where we want to end up. It seemed silly. So credit to James and here’s a direct link to The Poetry Storehouse. I’m going to use the same paragraph he chose, because it’s pretty explanatory:

The Poetry Storehouse is an effort to promote new forms and delivery methods for page-poetry by creating a repository of freely-available high-quality contemporary page-poetry for those multimedia collaborative artists who may sometimes be stymied in their work by copyright and other restrictions. Our main mission is to collect and showcase poem texts and, in some instances, audio recordings of those texts. It is our hope that those texts will serve as inspiration or raw material for other artistic creations in different media.

Go on over. You might recognise a couple of the poets who have sent in their poems. Yes, James is the grackle man, for those who were around when he published the chapbook. Here’s a link to his blog, should you want to wander around: Coyote Mercury.

3] Author Orna Ross has a post on freewriting that is worth a read: F-R-E-E Writing: Using Images to Release Your Creativity. She talks about the importance of detail through sensory imagery.

Okay, everyone, I hear the engines revving. Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD Chapbook Challenge [see guidelines] and NaNoWriMo [see my post: All Things NaNoWriMo for links] begin tomorrow. Good luck to all and I shall cheer you on from the sidelines.

I shall see you tomorrow [if you lift your pen from paper long enough] at the week’s roundup of prompts; next Tuesday for the first of our narrative prompts; and next Thursday for links.

Happy writing, all.


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