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Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

“we can’t build a wall. we can only spout pure water again and again and drown his lies.” –Eileen Myles

RESIST MUCH/OBEY LITTLE: Poems to the Resistance, Dispatch Editions 2017. 

“This anthology represents a model for activism and mobility in a time of political emergency.” –Review by Dante Di Stefano, Resist Much / Obey Little at Best American Poetry.

Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson brought together eighteen editors from diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds to solicit and curate the work of more than 350 poets in roughly two months. Boughn and Johnson note in their introduction essay “Poetry and Resistance,” the book “is first and foremost a collective, insurgent call that is part and parcel of a sovereign people’s challenge to a narcissistic oligarch and his lackeys, who smirk now from their temporary perches of power. Its pages are bound in direct, literal ways, to the historic worldwide marches of January 22nd—and they stand as …

How do artists & illustrators push beyond traditional narrative?

In  Grand Vocabulary: American Contemporary Illustration, an exhibit at The Delaware Contemporary (through November 12, 2016), artists and illustrators “demonstrate the increasing freedom contemporary illustrators are given to push their craft.”

I am excited to have four of my poems wonderfully treated in paintings by artist Kris Chau — such gorgeous color and line! She worked for several years, I am told, as a designer for Free People/Urban Outfitters and these illustrations reflect her love of draping the human figure.  Here’s her illustration of my poem, Frac/tions.

She chose to illustrate “Complete Boy’s Armor” and “Here’s My List” from Words for House Story, as well as a newer poem, “Limón Homage,” a finalist for Rhino Poetry‘s 2016 Founder’s Prize.

I had not realized until I saw this painting how the boy in “Complete Boys’ Armor” is a warrior despite the poem’s yearning for peace if not pacifism. We live in a violent …

Finalist for RHINO POETRY’s Founder’s Prize

I am happy to announce my poem “Limón Homage” was selected as a finalist

for RHINO’s annual Founder’s Prize and will appear in the new issue in April.  Congratulations to Greg Grummer, winner of the 2016 Founder’s Prize for “The Great Butterfly Collapse” and to Runners-Up Katie Hartsock and Teresa Dzieglewicz!

It’s cool that my friend Maggie Rowe from Newark also has a poem in this issue–Newark, Delaware poets on the march! Her poem and mine are among the ten finalists. But hers has the more intriguing title, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain.” Can’t wait to read it.

“Limón Homage” is dedicated to Sema Mellian, a wonderful woman and painter whose parents survived the Armenian genocide, and who painted the still life that inspired this poem. My friend Sema passed away in September.

Thanks to Angela Narcisso Torres, Ralph Hamilton and the RHINO editors.

Event: In the Company of Poets Laureate

On October 11, I will be “In the Company of Laureates,” hosted by the Poetry Society of Virginia and Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

I’ll be there to offer poems and ideas as part of a panel on “Inspiration and Experimentation” with Virginia poets laureate emeritae, Carolyn Kreiter-Fronda and Sophia Starnes; and Prince William Poet Laureate Zan Hailey.

More than 20 current and former Poets Laureate from Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia will celebrate American poetry.

In the Company of Laureates takes place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on October 11 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas.

Poets and poetry enthusiasts are invited to join us for workshops, panel discussions, open mics and more. There will be programs and activities for teens throughout the event.

Supporters are offering …

At The Camargo Foundation on Mother’s Day: Alone?

On the first Mother’s Day I have spent alone in some 30 years of mothering, I took a long morning walk to the spring-fed turquoise waters of Calanques de Cassis.

then spent several hours writing. Mes enfants me manquent, I miss my kids, my mind and my body whispered.  So I replied, “Yes. But I adore being alone in this quiet fishing village, in residence with myself.”

Life at The Camargo Foundation was above all quite and private: womblike. A week into my month-long Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency, I wrote on being away by myself in a beautiful place–a Mother’s Day article for my local newspaper, where I write an occasional column “On Poetry.”

In the article, I included two poems that speak from a mother’s perspective, one by Camargo fellow Bonnie Bolling, who has four boys; and the other poem about having breakfast en plein air

Yes to poetry books! joining YesYes Books

I am happy to announce I’ve joined YesYes Books, an independent publisher of poetry books & the journal Vinyl Poetry, as an Assistant Editor in Book Development, focusing on eBook development & distribution.

Right now, I am researching the collection development landscape of public and school libraries, where development involves the acquisition of poetry and eBooks. That particular landscape undergoes an earthquake a week, followed by rapidly rebuilt skylines. I will also work with Rob MacDonald and publisher KMA Sullivan on furthering a wonderful project: E.P.I.C.–teams of poets in the schools, right where they’re needed!

This independent press is driven by a stellar group of creative people Sullivan has been gathering together over the past four years to promote poets, poetry, and poetry-in-education–by designing beautiful books that offer compelling work. YesYes is committed to social justice and educational outreach and the relationship between poet and artist. And to promoting …

On a tough day, Rita Dove delivers the last word

Washington DC writer and teacher, Chloe Yelena Miller invited me to be guest blogger on April 30, last day of National Poetry Month 2013. A chilly month, a tough month, a gorgeous month, a month honoring poetry.

Here in the mid-Atlantic, April ended with blue sky, brilliant stars, trees heavy in blossom, spring flowers bursting into every crystal of sunlight. I attended poetry readings all month long during April and Rita Dove’s, most of all, served me. In the piece, I reflect on how her poems worked me over. A few hours earlier, I had learned my son was hunkered in his New Bedford apartment in a city under lock-down, during a tough week for all of us, for many reasons. As Dove said toward the end of her reading, she had taken us up and up, reading poems about family and dancing and identity–and she paused to decide:

“Should …

Sampler: Poems from “Celebration of Women Poets”

Big thanks to everyone who came to Newark Library to hear “A Celebration of Women Poets” on Saturday, March 25th. Great turn-out! Special thanks to all who read. An eclectic & electric reading of poems by women, lovingly performed.

 

Blessings, Lindsey Warren, Newark Library assistant, for organizing. Here’s a list of readings as requested and thanks, everyone, for sending info.

Linda Blaskey read “Learning How to Pray” by Cathy Smith Bowers from When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, ed. by Andrea Hollander Budy (Autumn House Press, 2008). Linda read her own poem “The Rape of an Un-named Artist.”

Ellen Wise read “Amaranth and Moly” by Amy Clampitt from The Kingfisher (Knopf, 1983) and own her poem “Torque Flight (On Looking at a Photo of my Own Unfinished Face).”

Jamie J. Brunson read her poem entitled “Menopause” and “Underground Woman.”

Susan Peiffer read “Mother” from her …

Sunday March 25 Delmarva Poets SHARE Favorite Poems by Women

Afternoon of Women’s Poetry–Bring a favorite poem by a poet you love. Share it with us. Delmarva poets will each share a favorite poem, and offer one of their own.

Delaware native Nina Bennett is the author of Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief. Her poetry appears in numerous online and print journals.                                     Linda Blaskey‘s work, both poetry and short fiction, has appeared in numerous print and online journals and is included in several anthologies such as Daughters of the Land(Texas Tech University Press). Her story “The Haircut” was presented by InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia.
N. Taylor Collins is a visual artist and writer who lives in Dover, DE and is active in the Dover Art League.
Eleanore Morrow writes, paints, and creates fiber art in Arden. Her chapbook, From the Blush-Tinted Room, was published in 2010. She is editor of Cape Henlopen Poets 2010.
Amanda …

      In Celebration of Women’s History Month.       YOU and your friends and family, female and male alike, are invited to join us for a community reading to celebrate women poets. Contemporary or classic, pull that poem off the fridge and bring it to share with us. A roster of local women poets, whose names I will post soon, will be there to share a favorite poem, and share one of their own. The mic is open! Many thanks to Diane Lockward, who has blogged about her annual March gathering in nearby New Jersey, & also to Director Martha Pat Birchenal and Library assistant Lindsey Warren of Newark Free Library for hosting. It’s free & open to the public. Any questions, contact me!         |flyer|                                                                                          (photo: Brenda Hillman Code Pink, …