Merriam-Webster’s definition of cocky
1 : boldly or brashly self-confident
2 : jaunty
Merriam-Webster’s definition of cocky
1 : boldly or brashly self-confident
2 : jaunty
The majority of links I post are writing-related. Writing–like living, feeling, thinking–is inseparable from freedom. And this freedom is under attack.
However, no one is safe.
Adhere to the narrative, and you’ll be fine. Break a stereotype — you’ll be condemned. Your sexuality, race, gender won’t matter.
“Too many people of all persuasions act as though there are views, based on one’s perceived identity alone, that others must share. No matter what else might be said, that is an extraordinarily warped view of freedom.”
Fight for the right to write. The right to think, feel, live. Be brave.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Luncheon (Le Déjeuner), 1875. Oil on canvas, Overall: 19 3/8 x 23 5/8 in. (49.2 x 60 cm). BF45. Public Domain.
Great Patriotic War: June 22, 1941 — May 9, 1945.
26.6 million lives lost.*
Lay them down in the fields of sweet barley and rye,
Let them pause just a bit till they’re ready to fly,
Do not bend over them, do not morn, do not weep,
Don’t disturb their short rest, let them sleep, let them sleep.
They will gather their strength, and together they’ll rise,
All like one they’ll take flight to the still paradise,
Where the children await, where the wives of their own
They’ll embrace at the gate, where the fields lie unmown.
© 2012 Sasha A. Palmer
Image credit: Soviet soldiers burying their fallen. Public domain.
“I was just describing what my experience has been like to another writer I’ve been encouraging…explaining that you are honest, and a force for good, and that sets a tone that comes through in everything, and produces all its own evidence, as all good work being done out of love does, and that’s what makes Glimmer Train different. It’s the two of you, it’s personal, and it matters. There is no warmer home for writers than what you two have built. And I feel so fortunate to have found my home early, because it’s made such a difference, and by some strange magic, always when I’ve needed it the most.” — Gabe Herron
My work hasn’t appeared in Glimmer Train, but I still remember their rejection letter. It was personalized, honest, and encouraging — it felt like acceptance. It came from a publisher with class, a good publisher.
Glimmer Train New Writer Award is open. 1st place wins $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories! Deadline: 6/30. (The grace period for the Fiction Open and Very Short contests ends 5/10.)
Send your best work, pay a submission fee, and add Glimmer Train to the list of your publications! Good luck.
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image: Glimmer Train header
Sometimes the limit is three poems. Most journals will not read more than five poems per submission.
It is also common, if not standard, when formatting your submission to “type only one poem per page, even if your poem is very short.”
If the editors don’t mind seeing more than one poem on the same page, they’ll specify it in the guidelines.
When erbacce-press states they want five pages of poetry, they don’t want to see one short poem on a page. They want five completely filled pages, which is great, especially if you write short poems — it’s your chance to submit more of them. But…
Here’s how I found out about their preferences:
Alan Corkish (Dr. Alan Corkish MA MSc, poet, writer, publisher and reviewer who (together with Dr. Andrew Taylor MA) is the editor and owner of the erbacce poetry journal and of erbacce-press)
“Some advice to YOU; try actually READING what is said and stop being so arrogant as to presume guidelines apply to everyone else but don’t apply to you; to date we have 5000+ entries this year and not ONE has been so stupid as to presume 20 lines = 5 PAGES!”
My two cents: don’t get beguiled by the “no catch & entirely FREE!” slogans.
Research before you submit. Read the previous issues. Look up editors on social media, and see what they post. If it feels like a good fit — submit. If not — move on. Plenty of other opportunities out there.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Apples (Pommes), 1914. Oil on canvas, Overall: 7 1/16 x 12 3/8 in. (18 x 31.5 cm). BF55. Public Domain.
On hearing Jeremy Irons recite her late husband’s poetry, Valerie Eliot called the actor “today’s voice of Eliot.”
Jeremy Irons who recently narrated an audio book “The Poems of T.S Eliot” talks to Stephanie Bastek of The American Scholar about the project.
Find out. Don’t miss, it’s a delight.
And if you are into reading poetry, rather than listening to it, here’s a different perspective on reading poetry out loud.
Finally, do you want to win a $25,800 fellowship?
Try your luck at Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Submissions are accepted until April 30, 2018. Hurry.
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image credit: T. S. Eliot in 1923, by Lady Ottoline Morrell, public domain
“2018 National Poetry Month poster, designed by AIGA Medal and National Design Award-winning designer Paula Scher, celebrates typography and is suggestive of concrete poetry and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.”
How’s your poetry month going?
Need more inspiration?
How about even more inspiration?
How are you celebrating National Poetry Month? Share in the comments.
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Image: Margaret C. Cook via http://www.brainpickings.org
National Poetry Month is underway. How are you celebrating?
Are you participating in the Poetic Asides Poem-A-Day challenge? If not — catch up!
Remember: if you choose to post your work on PA blog, or your own website/blog — your work will be published. Is it a good thing, or a bad thing? It all depends.
Here’s an agent’s perspective on whether you should post your work online.
Consider the pros and cons of posting, but whatever you decide to do — keep on writing!
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“Not so much a particular poem, but I feel defensive about one genre of poems that still speaks to me—the first person lyric grounded in everyday experience. It’s unfashionable, but it’s what brought me to writing.”
Poet Judy Kronenfeld knows the feeling,
“I admit to a similar impulse, at times, to the instinctive or deliberate use of “you,” “she,” “they,” or even “we,” as opposed to “I,” or the avoidance of pronouns altogether. I also admit to related impulses such as connecting the personal to history and politics, or writing by means of the portrayal of objects, without persons at all—which can make a poem feel, well, more “objective.” These impulses stem—at least in part—from an unease similar to the one that seems to lie behind Kathleen Flenniken’s statement.”
“…when a gatekeeper encounters a first-person manuscript, it goes without saying that a little red light goes on (from his/her past experiences) that chances are pretty good this mss came from a… less seasoned writer. And, it’s just a fact of life and the business of writing that the newer the writer, the less likely the mss will be of publishable quality.”
However, the good news is that
“If it’s a book that should have been written in first rather than third, and it’s written well and is of publishable quality, no problem. Any good editor or agent will be able to tell within a couple of pages if it’s written well or not, no matter what POV stance the author has elected.”
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Girls in the Grass Arranging a Bouquet (Fillette couchée sur l’herbe et jeune fille arrangeant un bouquet), c. 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 12 13/16 x 16 9/16 in. (32.5 x 42 cm). BF155. Public Domain.
Got any plans for April?
2018 April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge will be here before you know it.
Check out the guidelines, and note the interaction that took place in the comments. Here’s an excerpt from it:
March 6, 2018 at 12:47 pm
“Well, there are very wide interpretations of “hateful” nowadays. …
Perhaps a set of rules on what themes are considered “hateful” or “intolerable”…
Robert Lee Brewer Post author
March 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm
“I believe in diversity as far as the form and content of poems–expressing a wide range of opinions. As long as it is done respectfully.
I know for a fact that we have poets from around the world, of various faiths, of various political parties and slants, genders, ages, etc.”
Now, if you’re new to the challenge, Poetic Asides is not a political forum — it’s a poetry blog. However, it’s very refreshing to see its commitment to remain a place of free expression. We should not be afraid to voice our opinions.
Write poetry, be respectful while exercising free speech, don’t be a troll — that’s what PA is about. So, flex your poetry muscles!
Have you participated in PAD challenges? Are you in for the poem-a-day this April? Share in the comments.
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