Friday, July 8, 2011

Poetry Tips: The Arts

This week scope out the artistic talents of other media and use them as inspiration for your poetry. You can check out your local art museums, art books in your local library and book-stores, or of course there are countless web-sites on-line to peruse.

Some sites I like to visit for inspiration:

Tiny Showcase:

Catia Chien’s site:

Dreama Tolle Perry’s site:

Good luck to all of you who explore the artistic talents of others for inspiration, please drop in again next week…

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Coconut Poetry Open Submissions

The reading period is March through September so you have plenty of time to check out the on-line journal and read some poems to get a feel of their aesthetic before e-mailing your submissions. You may send 3-8 poems by copy-and-pasting into the body of the e-mail to:
submit AT coconutpoetry DOT org

I recommend heading your subject line as follows: Poetry Submission/Last Name

No simultaneous submissions, please, and they do also ask that you allow four months for review of your submission.

For more details, go to:

Good luck to all who submit, please drop in tomorrow for more Poetry Tips…

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“Figure With Scrap And Address” by Evan Harrison
“A Dream” by Alice McClintock

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Don Wentworth's Past All Traps

Don Wentworth is well known as the editor of Lilliput Review for more than twenty years and I am thrilled to present a collection of his own poems titled Past All Traps, published by Six Gallery Press. This collection is full of soul, light, meditation, and humor. The majority are written in the Eastern traditions of poetry influenced by poets such as Basho and Issa. The collection is moving and beautiful, it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to just a few to share with you and I hope you find these poems as wonderful as I do:

Stop counting syllables,
start counting the dead.

I like this poem because it reminds us to stop burying ourselves in the details of life that really aren’t important and to look up and notice what real tragedies are taking place.

The Other

I read these words
& I don’t know them.

I wrote these words
& I don’t feel them.

I am read & I have
written & I don’t know.

These words are the words
of another I have borrowed.

We are given words for a
short time. Revel in them.

Make them yours. Soon,
very soon, you will be asked

to give them back.

In this poem, I am reminded of the struggles of being a writer or a public speaker. You may write, speak, prepare, but ultimately there are times where words fail to provoke or because of provocation you are forced to repeat them or “give them back” in some way. It’s a poem that has many layers and meanings and that’s what I love most about poetry. There is always more than meets the eye.

Today, Mr. Grackle,
I smiled & sang like you,
& everyone complained.

This is a funny, light-hearted poem that I can relate to, can’t you? You sing a tune that’s in your mind or in your heart and it doesn’t turn out as beautifully as a professional singer and so your loved ones find it in their heart of hearts to tell you so. Thanks for the grins, Mr. Wentworth!

Every day given
the opportunity to fuck up
--every day.

To this poem I say “YES!” Thanks again, for the grins.

The life of the mind
will be the death
of us all.

Good poem to contemplate, it is not?

If you enjoyed this sample, I urge you to purchase a copy of Past All Traps for yourself for $8.00 which includes shipping and handling through Don Wentworth’s blog at:

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Scattered Light Blog

Cheryl and Janet Snell are sisters who combine their artistic talents of art and poetry into one amazing blog, please check it out at:

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