Wordless Wednesday: First snow edition

October 31st, 2012

Administrative note

October 29th, 2012

I’m going to be doing some much-needed updating of my sidebar – hopefully all this will go on behind the curtain and you won’t even notice a thing, but it case you notice some glitches it’s because I’m making some changes behind the curtain and the curtain slipped. The way I blog has changed, the blogs I read have changed, the way I think about this blog and the things I hope to do with it have changed but my links have not kept up with the changes. I’ll be adding a lot of poetry blogs and expat blogs over the next week or two  – recommendations are always welcome!

Poetry roundup

October 25th, 2012

I’ve been re-reading The Complete Love Poems of May Swenson, and the first poem in the collection is “Four Word Lines” which is damn near as perfect a love poem as I’ve ever read. I was delighted to find it on line here (and in the process discover a new blog I’m going to have to check out!).

At Rattle, “Tying the Knot” by Kathleen Dale.

And Pablo Neruda’s “The Song of Despair” via Poets.org.

Words from May Sarton

October 23rd, 2012

It does not astonish or make us angry that it takes a whole year to bring into the house three great white peonies and two pale blue iris. It seems altogether right and appropriate that these glories are earned with long patience and faith … and also that it is altogether right and appropriate that they cannot last. Yet in our human relations we are outraged when the supreme moments, the moments of flowering, must be waited for … and then cannot last. We reach a summit, and then have to go down again.

New poems out

October 22nd, 2012

My centos “The Skin Is Not Just Skin” and “The Expat at the Crossroads” are in the most recent issue of Found Poetry Review. They’ve moved to a print format, so I can’t link to my work, but here’s their webpage for anybody interested in perusing previous issues, buying the current issue in print, or checking out their submission guidelines.

I have to say, I’ve fallen in love with the cento and am so happy there is a journal dedicated to found poetry. (Not that other journals won’t publish centos and other forms of found poetry, because they do, but I feel like Found Poetry Review is a true home for found poetry. Obviously. Hence the title.)

Poetry roundup

October 18th, 2012

From Poetry Daily, “[It’s stringy      out here]” by Susan Wheeler. I’ll be ordering Meme thanks to this poem.

At The Atlantic.com, “Monica Lewinsky Thinks of Bill Clinton While Standing Naked in Front of a Hotel Mirror” by Julianna Baggot. Huh. Looks like I’ll be ordering Lizzie Borden in Love, too.

In Orion, “All Wet and Shine” by National Book Award finalist Cynthia Huntington.

I’m reading Meadowlands by Louise Glück, so here’s her “Telemachus’ Fantasy” from the same at AGNI Online.

Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” turned fifty this week. You can listen to Plath herself reading it here.

Yesterday was Marie Howe’s birthday, so here’s “What the Living Do.” Which seems like a fine poem to close on.


Poetry roundup

October 12th, 2012

Twitter has been good to me this week, and this week’s poems were brought to my attention by the lovely folks in my timeline. Here’s a sample:

Silent Dragon” by Rafael Acevedo in The Kenyon Review Online, courtesy of @kenyonreview

Formerly Communist Love Sonnet” by Connie Deanovich at The Poetry Foundation, courtesy of @Don_Share and in honor of the word “malarkey.”

Skinhead” by Patricia Smith at AGNI Online via @vivliovision

1945” by Jean Valentine in Plume Poetry courtesy of @CopperCanyonPrs

and “Gila” at Poets.org via @Drebelle.

As always, I love to hear what you’re reading. Enjoy the weekend everybody!