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  • What Breaks Through: Poetry Book Contests

    What Breaks Through: Poetry Book Contests

    A couple of weeks ago, I taught a streamlined online version of "Taming the Beast," a seminar on organizing poetry manuscripts that I've offered at The Writer's Center and elsewhere. My customary version considers Tables of Contents from a number of…
    - 61 days ago, 2 May 20, 5:54pm -
  • Unexpected Cameo

    Unexpected Cameo

    Looking through magazines put out in February is quite surreal now--pages of calendar listings for summer performances, conferences, and art exhibits that we now know to be cancelled or drastically altered. But if there's one thing I can't justify on…
    - 78 days ago, 15 Apr 20, 3:36pm -
  • Hill of Beans

    Hill of Beans

    Hello, 2020. Weren't you supposed to finally be the better year? I've refused to change my Facebook profile photo since November 2016--the snapshot I took just moments after voting, relatively secure in what I thought that day's outcome would be. I w…
    - 97 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 2:00pm -
  • Odd & Ends & Giblets

    Odd & Ends & Giblets

    Remember when a blog post would just be a round-up of whatever one happened to be experiencing at the moment? I miss those "everything and the kitchen sink" posts. They're a big part of why I still feel so close to a cohort of poets who came up toget…
    - 30 Nov 19, 2:07pm -
  • World Series Champions

    World Series Champions

    My Dad and I have been going to baseball games together for a long time. Long enough that my early memories are of driving up to Baltimore, parking on the other side of the train tracks and walking to Camden Yards, and coming back to find the pennies…
    - 31 Oct 19, 11:01am -
  • Echoes

    Echoes

    One month exactly after losing our cat, Whisky, I had a good if tiring Tuesday that culminated in leading the MFA poetry workshop at American University. Many folks were absent--it's that time of the semester--so we let out a little early, which mean…
    - 16 Oct 19, 2:44pm -
  • Pretty Girl, Goodnight

    Pretty Girl, Goodnight

    When we adopted, her name was explained has having been a change from "Whizzer." Courtesy her first owner, who had passed away, leaving a nine-year old cat who no one in the family was willing to adopt. The folks at the Montgomery County shelter f…
    - 8 Sep 19, 9:56pm -
  • August, August

    August, August

    I wasn't expecting this to be the type of summer that got one big end-of-season post, but here we are. Even if one experiences a temporarily happy moment these days, coming to social media--and a shared news cycle--tells us that things are very much…
    - 19 Aug 19, 4:47pm -
  • Trips, Journeys, Voyages - More from Cork

    Trips, Journeys, Voyages - More from Cork

    I've been back from Ireland for almost a month. There have been so many welcomes back--buying coneflowers and basil to plant on the balcony, cooking spicy dinners, a few long phone conversations, petting the kitty x 10, sifting through my books on th…
    - 21 May 19, 5:51pm -
  • Save the .4%! (Or: The Autonomy of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Is Under Attack. Artist Grants Are Being Targeted. Here's What You Need to Know.)
    ANOTHER UPDATE:"Mayor Muriel Bowser Wants Big Changes for the City's Arts Commission"And that has many people in the arts community on edge.Washington City Paper's comprehensive overview of how we've gotten here, with many thanks to Matt Cohen and K…
    - 21 May 19, 1:45pm -

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    PBS: Poetry

    Poetry 24

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      At last! Poetry24 is open once again, and eager to receive your news-related poems.The site now has a new address and a slightly different look.Click the image below Send your submissions to poetry24ed@gmail.com
      - 9 Aug 17, 3:44am -

    Poetry Magazine

    • God of War

      God of War

      Read this poemby Sergio Lima from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • The Ax

      The Ax

      Read this poemby John McAuliffe from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • Revelations

      Revelations

      Read this poemby Suzi F. Garcia from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • The Lion Head Belt Buckle

      The Lion Head Belt Buckle

      Read this poemby Virgil Suárez from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • A Future History

      A Future History

      Read this poemby Suzi F. Garcia from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • From “Team Photograph”

      From “Team Photograph”

      Read this poemby Lauren Haldeman from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • My Good Hand Plays God

      My Good Hand Plays God

      Read this poemby Yusef Komunyakaa from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • This Being the Last Tree

      This Being the Last Tree

      Read this poemby Naomi Ayala from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • “ ... a ship crashes down ... ”

      “ ... a ship crashes down ... ”

      Read this poemby Douglas Kearney from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • Notes on Pasteles

      Notes on Pasteles

      Read this poemby Melinda Hernandez from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
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    The Best American Poetry

    • new"Lost" [by David Wagoner]

      "Lost" [by David Wagoner]

      Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this pla…
      - 23 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 12:11pm -
    • newRichard Deming on "A Touch of Evil" as BFI Film Classics Return

      Richard Deming on "A Touch of Evil" as BFI Film Classics Return

      BFI Film Classics – books commissioned by the British Film Institute, published by Bloomsbury in the United States -- make a welcome return with Richard Deming’s excellent study of A Touch of Evil. Orson Welles’s 1958 noir is justly celebrated…
      - 24 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 11:40am -
    • Reading Poetry to Ward off the Covid Blues [by Nin Andrews]

      Reading Poetry to Ward off the Covid Blues [by Nin Andrews]

      It’s another day and soon it will be another month in this miserable COVID summer. The sunlight is streaming through my window, and outside, the goldfinches are swooping through the meadow that is so thick with black-eyed susans, it looks like an I…
      - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 3:53pm -
    • Fashion and Beauty with Poetess Vinny: Non-Binary is the New-Black [by Virginia Valenzuela]

      Fashion and Beauty with Poetess Vinny: Non-Binary is the New-Black [by Virginia Valenzuela]

      This year’s Pride didn’t have the razzle-dazzle of years past. It didn’t have a parade or concerts or nights in gay and lesbian bars, no access to that one time of year when we’re surrounded by people who get it, who are queer or questioning…
      - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 12:40pm -
    • For Summer: Poems by Latina/o/xs: Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

      For Summer: Poems by Latina/o/xs: Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

      we the dancing millions by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes (after Omar Sakr’s Where I am Not) I ask the driver if he likes New York. we have not yet established I speak his mother tongue. he laments against loneliness, a season here depressed, a seaso…
      - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 6:00pm -
    • From Portugal: Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho's new anthology

      From Portugal: Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho's new anthology


      - 4 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 2:57pm -
    • "Decompose and" [by Bruce Kawin]

      "Decompose and" [by Bruce Kawin]

      Decompose and you might get to be a peach then be part of the shit of the living thing that eats you plop back to earth to feed some tree become part of some flower be honey When I walked on the earth before I was under it I had a few fertile parts N…
      - 5 days ago, 27 Jun 20, 8:53pm -
    • "Monroeville, PA" [by Ed Ochester]

      "Monroeville, PA" [by Ed Ochester]

      One day a kid yelled "Hey Asshole!" and everybody on the street turned around from Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New by Ed Ochester (Autumn House, 2007).        Related Stories"On Nature" [by Lawrence Joseph] 
      - 6 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 8:56pm -
    • For Summer: Poems by Latina/o/xs: Grisel Y. Acosta

      For Summer: Poems by Latina/o/xs: Grisel Y. Acosta

      Ways of Seeing My Brothers by Grisel Y. Acosta 1. You are precise artisans, designing aircrafts meant to soar above the altocumulus, or pumping air pulsating through twists of brass trumpet, pressing fingers down on valves to scream higher than a jet…
      - 8 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 9:33pm -
    • "On Nature" [by Lawrence Joseph]

      "On Nature" [by Lawrence Joseph]

      And the puzzles surrounding the cosmological constant, spacetime imploded into existence. Ten to fifty years between asbestos breathed and mesothelioma discovered, a rare form of cancer in the lungs or heart, or, if in the stomach, spreading quickly…
      - 8 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 12:46pm -

    Tuesday Poem

    • And I know now what I didn't know then by the Tuesday Poets

      And I know now what I didn't know then by the Tuesday Poets

      Sonow you are privy toa thousand thousand things.        Jennifer ComptonThe geology of the region, the path rain takes underthe earth, the black areas of nitrate.        Sarah Jane BarnettThere are places yet to findwhere the teet…
      - 14 Dec 15, 3:48pm -
    • Morte D’Arthur (Partial) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

      Morte D’Arthur (Partial) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

      .So all day long the noise of battle roll’dAmong the mountains by the winter sea;Until King Arthur’s table, man by man,Had fallen in Lyonnesse about their Lord,King Arthur: then, because his wound was deep,The bold Sir Bedivere uplift…
      - 14 Dec 15, 6:10am -
    • Ring of Fire by Mary Eliza Crane

      Ring of Fire by Mary Eliza Crane

      At the wane of a long seasonof heat filled yellow sky,fire consumes mountain forestsinfested, decimated by bark beetlesfeasting in their own changing world.I swim deliciously in a warmer riverwithout current, cringing at banksso barren I could…
      - 14 Dec 15, 6:10am -
    • Ngawhatu by Maggie Rainey-Smith

      Ngawhatu by Maggie Rainey-Smith

      Onthe Richmond bus to Nelson passing Polstead Roadyouonly had to say it, and everyone knew, unspokenwealmost dared not look, it stirred such potent thoughtscausedlaughter, mocking, and a deeply seated superstitioninnuendoout the window,…
      - 23 Nov 15, 4:26pm -
    • Abdullah, The Servant of God – by Wade Bishop

      Abdullah, The Servant of God – by Wade Bishop

      <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->He wa…
      - 16 Nov 15, 6:01am -
    • That girl, by Heidi North-Bailey

      That girl, by Heidi North-Bailey

      She rides side-saddle into her own cliché her heart is pumping smokeboots heavy with things unsaidsunset flecked with mudshe’s breathing fireflames curl from her lipsslow-dancing lovers with cigarette smilesslink and hipsturn on the cl…
      - 9 Nov 15, 1:17pm -
    • Like a Reed Boat by William S. Rea

      Like a Reed Boat by William S. Rea

      Like a reed boatthat slipped its mooring Set drifting onthe current Or the heaping upof ripened grain In the time ofharvestHe was farewelledGone, in thefullness of his time But that finalslipping away Still came likesomething un…
      - 2 Nov 15, 1:52pm -
    • Excerpt from 'Glaciers' by Sarah Jane Barnett

      Excerpt from 'Glaciers' by Sarah Jane Barnett

      She notes down the time, opens the aquifer sampletaken from a farm west of Hastings, a saturated and fertile zoneof nested multilevel wells. She poursit into the debubbler. The team used a direct pushdrill, the cleanest way to sample intens…
      - 26 Oct 15, 5:54pm -
    • Wild Daisies by Bub Bridger

      Wild Daisies by Bub Bridger

      If you love meBring me flowersWild daisiesClutched in your fistLike a torchNo orchids or rosesOr carnationsNo florist's bowJust daisiesSteal themRisk your life for themUp the sharp hillsIn the teeth of the windIf you love meBring me dai…
      - 19 Oct 15, 7:30am -
    • Yawn by Sarah Rice

      Yawn by Sarah Rice

      Funny how a yawn travels through a rooma pied piper gathering all the ratsIn that instant we all draw from thesame sourcea great swallowed gasp shoved into our lungslike socks stuffed in a bagand thelong outward sighThat we try to hid…
      - 13 Oct 15, 11:42pm -

    Poetry & Blindfolds

    • “Nick: A Short Film”: A Short Blog

      “Nick: A Short Film”: A Short Blog

      Spoilers ahead. Plus, the picture here is a spoiler, so there’s that. “Nick” is a short film I put together in mid-April 2018. The concept – that of a realtor using an in-home hostage as an amenity to sell a … Continue reading →
      - 29 May 18, 11:14am -
    • Something To Fall Back On

      Something To Fall Back On

      “You can do your act-y thing as much as you want, but always have something to fall back on.” I cannot quite remember which wise, shadowy, looming and spirit-broken role model intoned this to me when I was a child. … Continue reading →
      - 9 Apr 18, 9:24am -
    • Stupid God Damn Bird

      Stupid God Damn Bird

      Hey. You. Bird. Yes, you. The little baby robin who let me walk right up to him and take his picture, close-up. Yes, you. I’ll call you Louie. Hey, Louie. You’re one stupid fuck. Look at you. What the hell are … Continue reading →
      - 23 Jun 17, 9:03pm -
    • “Help!” she cried.

      “Help!” she cried.

      While waiting at the Western Avenue Blue Line stop en route to yet another film set, idling my time with yet another round of Ruzzle on yet another smartphone, my attention was drawn by some distant caterwauling: a couple fighting … Continue readin…
      - 23 Apr 17, 10:39pm -
    • Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

      Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

      A short collection of sites dedicated to pushing back against the more alarming actions taken by the Trump Administration. Continue reading →
      - 1 Feb 17, 11:27am -
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