Friday, March 27, 2009

Poetry Tips: Prepare for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and lots of sites will be including special features, including myself, but what about you? What can you do to bring poetry to more people?
For myself, I’ll be posting poems at work in unexpected but easily accessed places for people to stumble onto. I’ll also be posting links to my blog on my Facebook page (Poet Hound itself doesn’t have a Facebook page but it’s on my personal page). I have other plans as well but you’ll just have to wait and see.

If you are looking for suggestions you can always join in the write-a-poem-a-day challenge as some blogs and sites challenge, post links to your favorite poems on your own web-sites, write short poems with sidewalk chalk on sidewalks and on not-so-busy streets. The possibilities are endless. If you have a unique idea please feel free to share it in the comments section to inspire others.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Apt Open Submissions

You can save a stamp because your poems are accepted via e-mail, but make sure it hasn’t been published before and no simultaneous submissions. You can send your poem(s) to submit(AT)aforementionedproductions(DOT)com along with a bio and details where any other work of yours may be found and your poems either typed into the body of the e-mail or included as an attachment (.doc or .rtf is acceptable).

Definitely check out the site to see what they produce and please click the link below for more details:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“How Good Fortune Surprises Us” by Jackson Wheeler
“Garden Walking” by Elizabeth Bruno

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Robin Schiff's Revolver

I found Robyn Schiff’s collection of poems, Revolver, at my local library. It was published in 2008 by the University of Iowa Press and the poems take cunning twists and turns throughout. Robyn Schiff has perfected the skill of taking items that to anyone else would seem random or be considered tangents and tying them all together in a thread of words that all relate to the poem. I am happy to share several of the poems below:

Luckily, you can click the link below where Poets & Writers have included the poem “Iron Door Knocker the Shape of a Man’s Face, by Freetham” below:

What I love about this poem, and many of her other poems in the collection, is the absolute surprise in the pairings of images and concepts that somehow all relate together. From the idea that maggots should have overtaken the dead finch on her back porch to a door-knocker that has a man’s face as its shape and back to mayflies clinging to a screen door eventually opened by her grandmother to let the reader in, they all tie together. Some of the lines I love are: “I used to believe the wild/takes care of itself. I used to believe/maggots arise/like a spring of death/that need only be tapped,/but the flow of incarnation/is much too slow…” The word “incarnation” which implies divinity and is tied to maggots is a gruesome twist I appreciate. All the events in the poem take place concerning the door and back porch where “A swarm of mayflies clutching/the wire mesh on their only night on earth.” Again, seemingly unrelated things all tied to a particular theme which is the title of this poem. Well done!

Another poem I enjoy is titled “Eighty-blade Sportsman’s Knife, by Joseph Rodgers & Sons.” The counterbalance of comparisons is astounding and here is what I mean: “it arrives cold at the neck, a vampire knife/transforming in air from sheath/to edge and back again in a pulse like/the unaccountable translucent blades/of a helicopter;” Aren’t those lines terrific? To compare the sound of knife blades to that of a helicopter’s is a gratifying comparison you can hear for yourself while reading. In the poem it appears that she digresses but she always brings her train of thought back to her point: “Splayed it is/a bouquet of all the ways a point mutates. It/contains the bayonets piercing/the chain mail at the end of the mind. Screw/driver. Bottle opener. Isolation/wire cutter…When we use the/tool intended for the job/we are neutral.” This is a long poem and I couldn’t possible encompass all of its ingenuity but I hope that you will find a copy and read it for yourself.

Every poem in the collection is similar in its ingenious use of uncalculable twists and turns that always bring you back to Schiff’s original title and point. I hope you will find and pick up a copy of her book for yourself, it will keep you riveted.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Issa on Twitter Site

While I already subscribe to Daily Issa for both of my e-mail accounts I saw that Don Wentworth at Lilliput Review provided this link (which I’ve provided you below as well) and I just couldn’t help myself! I bet you won’t be able to resist, either, so please check out Issa’s daily haikus by clicking below:

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