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Australian Poetry Centre's Café Poet Program

Saturday, January 31, 2009
Submissions are now being sought for our CAFÉ POET PROGRAM:
The Australian Poetry Centre is seeking poets, in each Australian State or Territory, interested to sit as 'poet-in-residence' in a café in their capital city for a period of six months getting free tea or coffee while you write.

Aggressive Interview #2: Carrie Etter, Poet, Lecturer

Gists and Piths: "I’d like to know why you bothered with Yet despite the two real books you have lined up with Seren and Shearsman. Aren’t pamphlets just an ugly way of saying, “This poetry isn’t worth backing with real money and you’re probably wasting your time reading it”?:
Carrie Etter: Ugly? Have you seen Yet?

Seriously, I think that a pamphlet can prove useful in a number of respects. Emerging poets can learn about editing and sequencing before they approach a publisher with a book-length manuscript, and using the pamphlet as a stepping stone also means such poets will take more time to develop their first books. For poets in between books, it may allow them to publish an independent sequence or work-in-progress, generating interest in the new work and potentially the next book.

Vide Infra

Edward Edwin Foot was a poet with the mind of an attorney — in his 1865 elegy for Henry Temple, a single verse contains three footnotes...

Fairy Tale Review

Friday, January 30, 2009
The Red Issue:
"Little Red Riding Hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss." --Charles Dickens

Ah, that famous quote by Charles Dickens! So wrong, and yet so right. The Red Issue will be Fairy Tale Review’s sixth annual issue and, as the color suggests, will be as as devoted to Little Red Riding Hood as was dear Mr. Dickens. This is will be the journal’s first truly themed issue and we welcome your newest and brightest writing to it. As usual we do not offer further guidelines for your submissions or word count limits. The best way to get a sense of what is possible is to look at a back issue. We are open to all forms, all styles, all manner of thinking.

'A Poem is the Case of the Deliberate Transformed by the Accidental...'

Thursday, January 29, 2009
A poem is a reluctant lover:
David Kirby: "You, the poet, are crazy about it, but it couldn’t care less about you. Pursue the poem aggressively and it’ll run away or, like a figure out of Greek myth, fall dead at your feet when you touch it. Reverse psychology will only get you so far: If you ignore a poem, it might whisper a line in your ear the way the answer to a crossword clue pops into your head when you’re not looking at the puzzle, but it won’t whisper two lines, much less a whole stanza."

'Creatures of the Intertidal Zone' by Susan Richardson

A few poems from Creatures of the Intertidal Zone, with an intro by Cinnamon's co-founder and editor, Jan Fortune-Wood.

The meaning of modern poetry

Contemporary poetry is lacking something:
Most poetry readers tend to be time travellers: browsing among anthologies and old favourites, and only occasionally setting foot in the futuristic present. This is understandable. Poetry is the richest history we have of our inner life.

Applying for Arts Funding seminar

Friday, January 23, 2009
Warning: Inexplicable enthusiasm about something that should not be fun ahead… [Australia]:
This seminar provides a thorough overview of applying for arts funding. It covers topics such as effective processes for writing applications, tips to increase your chances of success and developing budgets. You are given a comprehensive set of materials, including examples of successful grant applications.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Moving While Standing Still:
Transit Lounge 2009 takes the form of three online conversations between remotely distanced participants (located in Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Berlin) - with exchanges developing into three collaborative projects. A discussion of the Moving While Standing Still online artist collaboration will occur as part of the transmediale.09 festival, plus exhibitions, performances and online exhibition.

Rik Mayall and Poetry

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

BOXCAR Poetry Review

BOXCAR Poetry Review is fresh.

Dana Guthrie Martin in conversation with David Biespiel

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Dana Guthrie Martin: "I am interested in your mention of being frightened by collaboration. I know you’re (at least mostly) joking about being afraid to collaborate, but you do touch on something that seems to hold true for the majority of poets: We are afraid to work together."

Benjamin Zephaniah interviewed

Monday, January 19, 2009
What is it that makes a middle-aged Rastafarian dub poet desert the city and divide his time between a remote Lincolnshire village and a flat in Beijing?
Go on the streets here and ask people if they know who Benjamin Zephaniah is and what he does, and most of them will tell you. Ask them what Andrew Motion does and silence.

Small publishing company turns heads

Saturday, January 17, 2009
ST. PAUL (AP) — For a publishing company that considered it a big success to sell 2,500 copies of an anthology of contemporary European poetry, it was a new experience to get urgent calls from the Barnes & Noble corporate purchasing department:
That’s what happened at Graywolf Press when Barack Obama picked poet Elizabeth Alexander, a Graywolf author since 2001, to recite a poem at his inauguration — putting her in such hallowed company as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The St. Paul-based publisher is publishing 100,000 copies of Alexander’s inaugural poem, by far the biggest print run in its 35-year history.

Decision time

Tony Williams [UK]:
"Yesterday I got my final manuscript off to Salt, which was a pleasure and a relief after protracted agonies about inclusions, omissions and alterations."

Secret, Solitary, a Spy

Friday, January 16, 2009
'I've spent most of my life trying to conceal this embarrassing little habit.':
Alan Baker: "It's common for writers to lead double-lives, maintaining a career and domestic life that is entirely separate to their poetic activities."

National Poet of Wales Salutes Obama

With 'New Year, 2009':
Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency, has posted a special letter to President Elect Barack Obama containing poems by the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate), Ifor ap Glyn.

Writer Advice :: Fellowships

Thursday, January 15, 2009
Don't Discount Yourself:
Martha Engber: "Most of us writers come from humble backgrounds, which consist, more or less, of some training and a whole lot of heart. But in order for us to excel, we have to use the latter to increase — exponentially — the former. One way to train harder and smarter is to aggressively pursue fellowships.

"What often stops us, however, is that humble background, which I call the Lowly Worm Complex. If you, too, suffer from I'm probably not good enough, get over it and start applying for the numerous creative writing fellowships."

Elizabeth Alexander on Barack Obama

Poetry and Obama's Respect for the Power of Language [US]:
When Elizabeth Alexander reads her poem at next week's inauguration, the surreal and simple truth is that we are welcoming a President with a deep appreciation for the written word in its critical and creative forms. I am recalling his two published poems, in the now-defunct Feast in 1987, and his time leading the Harvard Law Review, much less his memoirs. I am also thinking of this morning's story on NPR online about Obama's effect on the publishing world and the story's photograph with Obama and his eldest daughter, who was holding a copy of her current reading, a book by Cynthia Kadohata. I am pleased for Graywolf Press (the home of Linda Gregg and Jane Jeong Trenka, among my favorite writers)---Graywolf will be publishing the chapbook of Alexander's poem. It will be available on February 10, 2009. A Spanish edition will follow.

Kevin Brophy featured in The Guardian

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
As usual, the comments stream opens up lively debate:
Is this poem a ... vaguely mystical object embodying metaphysical delights in a narrative of contemporary environmental concerns; or the product of an academic poet plying his trade from a workshop in the Creative Writing industry? (posted by 'Eremon')

Allergic To Poetry?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"The man was eating a ham sandwich when I offered him a poem.

"No thanks," he said, "I'm allergic."

Poet Mick Imlah dies

Monday, January 12, 2009
The poet Mick Imlah, whose volume of poetry, The Lost Leader, won the 2008 Forward prize for best collection and is shortlisted for tonight's TS Eliot prize, has died, aged 52.

Kitasono Katue translations by John Solt

Now available from Highmoonnoon is the largest available collection in English of the works of Kitasono Katue, one of the most radical innovators of Japanese Modernist poetry. Translations by John Solt, author of Shredding the Tapestry of Meaning (Harvard University Press, 1999), an academic study of Kitasono and Japanese Modernism.

Loch Raven Review

Loch Raven Review is fresh.

Hobble Creek Review

Hobble Creek Review is fresh.


Friday, January 09, 2009
You are invited to submit to a fun poetry contest. No submission fees. E-mail submissions.

Best Scottish Poems 2008

Thursday, January 08, 2009
Best Scottish Poems 2008


Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction is fresh.

Agent wide of the mark

Roger Tagholm: "In a piece in the New York Times snappily entitled ‘Puttin’ Off the Ritz – The New Austerity in Publishing’, the literary agent Binky Urban was quoted as saying: “Books can only support a certain retail price. It’s not like you have books that can be Manolo Blahniks and books that can be Cole Haan. Books are books. A book by James Patterson costs the same as a book by some poet.’

No, that’s not true, either for the publisher or the public. How many poets receive the same advance as Patterson?"

Sous Rature

Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Sous Rature is fresh.


Saturday, January 03, 2009
for understanding:
My nan told me this afternoon that she was struggling to understand lots of the poems in Bad Appendix, but that she'd had no trouble with the ones she'd heard me read at the launch.

I said I thought maybe they weren't for understanding, but that sometimes by just reading them aloud a bit or reading them over you could feel them.

"I did that!" she said, "And it worked! I could feel them and understand them perfectly!"