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Rhyme and reason: The Victorian poet scientists

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
'When formulae failed them, James Clerk Maxwell and other eminent men of science turned to verse, with often hilarious results.'

Vale John Knight (1935-2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012
A tribute by Jacqui Murray

Dude: Trans Male Zine Calls for Writing

Thursday, February 23, 2012
For DUDE #3: Lovers; Sex/Relationships


...is fresh.

[places for writers]

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
[places for writers] is a Canadian and international writers' resource site.

Can a Papermaker Help to Save Civilization?

"Sometimes I worry about what a weird thing it is to be preoccupied with paper when there’s so much trouble in the world," [Timothy] Barrett told me, "but then I think of how our whole culture is knitted together by paper, and it makes a kind of sense."

[via looktouch]

The Tiny Men in the Horse’s Mouth

Friday, February 17, 2012
by Matthew Olzmann

Red Room Company desperately seeks…

Thursday, February 16, 2012
…Disappearing poems:
The Disappearing is an innovative new app that (literally) explores poetry and place. Created by The Red Room Company, The Disappearing uncovers poetry's invisible currents in the world around us. An interactive smartphone app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, The Disappearing uses geolocation technology to match poetry to place. Over 2012, The Disappearing will operate like a temporary journal, with three 'issues' covering three cities throughout the year. We're calling for poems about the Sydney area and the people in it. You don't have to be from Sydney; all we ask is that you consider the theme of 'disappearing' in your work.

Munro Country

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Cheryl Strayed writes…
"The sight of her knocked me sideways, the way so many of her stories had. At the sound of her voice, I wept. I'd not expected this. Futilely, I searched my purse for a tissue, as unobtrusively as I could, mortified by my tiny gasps and copious tears. I gave up and wiped my face with my bare hands and tried to concentrate on her words. She was reading a story called "Nettles," the crowd breathing with one breath. I weaved in and out of listening and quietly weeping, the tears seeping ridiculously out of me, despite my inner pleadings that I get a grip. Later, I'd laugh when I told this story. I'd say that when I saw Alice Munro, I understood for the first time all those screaming, inconsolable girls in old footage of the Beatles in the '60s. And yet that wasn't what was happening at all. I wasn't crying for joy or excitement or because I was overcome with emotion to see someone I loved from afar. I was crying because something had come to an end. I knew it only in glimmers-it would take years until I fully understood-that a spell cast long before had been broken the moment Alice Munro walked onto the stage."

How to date a writer

Heather O'Neill offers 10 tips on the perils and the pleasures of romancing a writer

Tuwhare Crib Saved for Writers' Residence

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The South Otago crib that was home to cel­e­brated poet Hone Tuwhare has been pur­chased by a pri­vate fam­ily trust, secur­ing its long term future as a writ­ers’ res­i­dence – the first of its type in the home of a Maori writer.

'a bruise or a kiss for the reader…'

Thursday, February 09, 2012
Raffaella Barker writes:
There can never be one book, but Elizabeth Smart's novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept has a particular, personal position in my life. I first read this extraordinary prose poem when I was 19, doubly curious about the book for its delicious title and because it was written by my father's ex-wife. It was like drowning in an extraordinary dream - I could not believe that grown ups could love with such abandon. The novel has scarcely any plot, it concerns a triangle between the narrator and a married couple, but the events and actions are peripheral.

Poetry and work

Monday, February 06, 2012
"I was sent a contract from radio for $10 for a poem. I rang up in a cold, white rage and asked for $100 and the young man in the accounts department scoffed…"

Eye Socket Journal

Sunday, February 05, 2012
... is fresh.

Poetry Crush: Valentine Issue

'I asked the authors from Hyacinth Girl Press to share their favorite erotic poems and here is the result.'