Saturday, March 8, 2008

Rope-A-Dope Press Blog

Rope-A-Dope Press publishes broadsides and hand-bound books on their blog. They are also in league with The So and So Series for these published items. It’s a great blog and I found them via the Press Press Press blog. If you are so inclined, support the poets featured by purchasing some wonderful items from them.
I asked them to tell me a little bit more about their press and here is daVie’s response:

"Thanks for the interest in the Press; the short and curly of are procreation came about through an old Sp-20 that we brought down to are studio about a year ago. In collaboration with Chris Tonelli's So-and-So series, both Mary Graham and myself host readings once a month that usually feature three poets. With one artist a month (selected by us) we conjure up these magnificent broadsides - a process that is completely hands-on by all individuals involved. After 6 months we then produce a book from the completely set of Manilla Broadsides. The first, published this month is titled "the Jungle". This book will be found for observation at The Beinecke rare book library and The Boston Public Library.
In December we printed and published our first chapbook by Chad Reynolds titled "Victor in the New World". Next week we are bringing out a book titled "Case Fbdy." by Kate Schapira.

With other literacy programs and in collaboration with Paper Picker Press, we also offer up the opportunity for elementary students to write their own stories that we print for the schools. These books are usually used for local book fairs or fundraisers for the schools, teaching these children the possibility of ownership and the economic value of the work created by them.

We are currently working on a schedule for open submissions for this year."

Check them out at:

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Poetry TIps Question 1: How do you support living poets?

Thanks to everyone’s responses to my questions posed to readers back in February. Each week will be a different question with the responses from various people all over the world:

How can you support living poets?

Jim Murdoch responds with:

I think one of the best ways is through blogs that discuss and demystify poetry. There are so many approaches to poetry that it can become overpowering for a new poet. How do you find your own voice? How do you know you're doing it right? What's right?

Barbara Smith responds with:
Buy their books/chapbooks, go to their readings, get to know them. Read their blogs if they have one. Converse with them. They're people just like you and will probably offer you some insight that will prove useful.

Rob Mack responds with:
Buy their books, read them, tell your friends about them, buy them as presents for everyone you can think of, and go to live poetry readings!

Juliet Wilson:
Read their poetry, buy their books (or borrow them from the library), go and hear them read at slams or readings. Support your local poetry readings or think about setting up your own. Subscribe to some literary journals that publish poetry. Support online poetry networks such as Poets Who Blog ( or Read Write Poem (

Ben Wilkinson:
By buying as many contemporary poetry collections, pamphlets (sometimes called chapbooks or short collections) and anthologies as you can. There's no simpler way, and it benefits both poet and reader: the former gets a new audience and money to pay the bills (!) and the reader gets some pleasurable, thought-provoking and often illuminating reading. And though Amazon is a good place to buy reasonably priced poetry collections, there are some very good publishers who sell pamphlets and chapbooks direct at wonderfully affordable prices. Tall-Lighthouse is one (, and another is Happenstance (, both of whom offer you well-produced samplers of some of the most exciting and emerging new voices in UK poetry.
Cuitlamiztli Carter:
Buy books, for one. Unfortunately, poetry books are in my opinion abit pricey compared to novels or graphic novels. I wish more poetrypublishers sought to make a book of fifty pages much less than say,twelve bucks.But I think poetry supporters will be folks who regularly buy poetrybooks - and not just of their favorite poets. I also think thatbecoming a regular participator/commentator in the blogs of favoredpoets (if they have them, and many do) will help increase their webpresence.

I agree with all of the above. Especially when it comes to purchasing chapbooks and books because writers have a hard time making money just through writing, poets especially. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and keep a look-out each Friday for more tips provided from the poets above.

Hazel B. Cameron:
Apart from the obvious - buying their work and attending readings, it helps to eat chocolate, drink alcohol and read books with them; most poets need the creative support of other poets through discussion, critiques and general inspiration.
Give encouragement and advice to those who are at an earlier stage in their writing and acknowledge (without under-the-breath profanities) those who achieve success.
Thanks to all the contributors!
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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Roadrunner Haiku Journal

Roadrunner publishes quarterly and accepts submissions via e-mail thereby saving you postage. Please send 5 to 15 haiku/senryu poems at a time to Jason Sanford Brown at jasonATroadrunnerDOTnet or to Scott Metz at scottATroadrunnerDOTnet. Be sure to title your e-mail “Roadrunner Submission” with your name included in the subject line. For further details use the link below and search through their site and be sure it’s the right place for you.

Good luck with submissions, see you tomorrow for Poetry Tips from the Audience!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“Ruiner” by Blake Butler, I love that it seems to ramble but makes sense all the same.
“from Ambulatory Refrains” by Avery Burns, I can’t describe it, I just enjoy it.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Ideas for Tuesdays

Jim Murdoch suggested I list which poets I’ve posted that have passed away and perhaps asking the audience for more names to look for on the shelves. Here’s the list of poets I’ve already featured:
Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Octavio Paz, Dorothy Parker, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Ciarini, Myra Cohn Livingston, Ogden Nash, Mary Sarton.

Also, I liked Talia’s idea of showing a painting on Tuesdays for inspiration. I’ll continue looking into that.

In the meantime, any opinions? Would you like me to try different libraries to continue featuring poets who have passed away, or something different? Let me know!

Thanks, and please check in tomorrow for more Poems Found by Poet Hound…

Monday, March 3, 2008

Red Hen Press

This site features a Poem of the Day in addition to publishing Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. They are also involved in making a positive difference in the world and have programs such as Poetry in the Schools in Los Angeles. There are lots of authors in the catalog and the site is interesting and easy to navigate. Please check them out at:

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Frederick Seidel

I picked up Frederick Seidel’s book, Ooga-Booga, at the library and know that this book was quite popular for a poetry book when it came out. Born in 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Seidel has had about a dozen poetry books published and been deemed controversial in his subjects. I should warn some of you that his poems aren’t for the faint of heart.
An nice collection of audio poems from his book Ooga-Booga can be found at the link below with his name and web-site being one and the same. His poems can be a bit over my head at times but they are always entertaining. What I find interesting is that there are some poems that will be titled one way and then he will expand on the poem or change it up while keeping familiar lines and give it a new name. I’ve never seen that before and I think it’s great to include them because many poets write several versions or editions of a poem and who is to say you can’t include different versions of the same poem within the same collection? One example is comparing his poem “Fog” to his poem “Racer.” Both poems start and end with the same lines; the beginning line: “I spend most of my time not dying.” The ending line: “Taking digital photographs of my death.” Many of the stanzas are the same but for “Racer,” which is dedicated to Paulo Ciabatti, there are new stanzas that include a man with his saxophone which does not appear in “Fog.” I don’t have any information as to how this came about and for all I know Mr. Seidel has answered why there are two versions of a poem in other interviews but I haven’t found them. If anyone has any answers to that, let me know.
Among the many poems worth mentioning I was struck by the ending of the poem “East Hampton Airport” because it took me by surprise. He speaks of flying with an instructor and while I was distracted by language in a previous stanza I come to the fact that the plane is literally stuck in midair. I am also struck by the fact that the ending does not include how the plane and pilots made it back safely. The audience is left hanging in suspense wondering “what did they do?” This kind of surprise is refreshing because you don’t always need to give the audience what they crave to keep their interest and this poem is a perfect example of it. If you haven’t read this book already I highly recommend it. Not only are there surprise endings and poems that are alike and yet not alike but there are also times when Seidel pokes fun at himself or breaks his heart openly on the page, all are thrilling. In the meantime, you can read/listen to Seidel at the links below:

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