Friday, September 11, 2009

Bloghopping & Remembering

Saw a poem by Dorianne Laux that speaks to today's remembrance of 9/11. It's on a new poetry blog I just found, Joshua Robbins' Little Epic Against Oblivion. Joshua teaches at the University of Tennessee and is the poetry editor for their print annual Grist.

Fringe has a new fall issue up. "The noun that verbs your world" continues to publish work that sizzles. I love the prose poem in this issue, "Things I Thought I'd Never Say," by Kat Gonso, just hilarious.

Caketrain's chapbook contest is still open, accepting submissions for 2010 publication until October 1.

Oh, yes, I'm all about the contests now. And the contradictions.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Events & Poetry in the Popular Culture

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might want to cross a bridge or two for your next poetry fix. The venerable Second Sunday Poetry Reading Series at Valona Deli in Crockett, which I believe has been going strong for more than twenty years, has a great fall lineup of featured readers:

September 13, 2009

Kim Addonizio

October 11, 2009

John Amen

November 8, 2009

Peter Tamases

December 13, 2009

Kit Kennedy and Joan Gelfand

Yes, Kim Addonizio is featured this Sunday! And my friend John Amen, publisher of The Pedestal Magazine, will be featured in October. He's a great reader and also a musician. Connie Post, past Poet Laureate of Livermore, has taken over coordinating this series from David Alpaugh. She will obviously uphold the terrific tradition.

Connie herself will be reading September 16 at Newpoint Coffee House in Sausalito with Becky Foust and Janell Moon.

Poetry on Craigslist? You heard it from Wired, and I heard it from Mike Chasar's blog, Poetry & Popular Culture. Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist, has adopted a haiku approach to fighting spammers and con artists who attempt to hijack Craigslist. Buckmaster drops in a haiku or two to alert the would-be spammer that their too-numerous posts have been detected and deleted. In their place might appear one of Buckmaster's brief poems:

a wafer thin mint
that's been sent before it seems
one is enough, thanks

I really like that one. Subtle, imagistic, and discouraging in just the right way. And Buckmaster has avoided altogether the major dilemma of the modern poet: publication. He has his own public square from which to quietly declaim haiku, if one can ever declaim a haiku. Well-placed, unmistakable, able to gather a crowd. Better than a microphone at Union Square, I'd say.

Poetry in unlikely places, my favorite. On my bookshelf sits a row of one of my favorite po-publishing experiments, the poetry gumball. Instead of a Bazooka bubble gum comic, you get gum and a short poem. Three of mine are in those little packages. Ah, to reach the masses. At least the gum-chewing ones.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

So many things I should be doing

Poetry being high on my list, but instead I'm cruising the Net and reading fascinating and quirky articles such as this one on how Mad Men's Don Draper could teach President Obama how to sell healthcare reform. What? You don't know who Don Draper is? He's in Wikipedia, which is pretty good for a fictional character. Mad Men is not to be missed, even if you can't remember the 1950s. Or don't want to.

This, also just in from tv-land: a new episode of Law and Order features poetry. Really bad poetry. Which is what you'd expect. I am so not giving you a link to that show.