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Poet walks away with major international prize


Monday, December 19, 2011

THE landscapes of Mark Tredinnick's poems are usually Australian - the Blue Mountains, or the Southern Highlands, where he lives. But it is Walking Underwater, a poem he wrote in Portland, Oregon, that has won the inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize, which at $50,000 is the world's richest prize for a single poem.

There were 3200 entries from 59 countries and Britain's former poet laureate, Andrew Motion, chose the winner from a shortlist of 44 poets including seven Australians. ''This is a bold, big-thinking poem," Motion said of Walking Underwater, "in which ancient themes are re-cast and rekindled.''

Tredinnick conceived Walking Underwater (which is on the Montreal Prize website) soon after the tsunami that hit Fukushima in Japan, while walking along a tributary of the Columbia River in the US north-west. ''It is a walking meditation on dispossession and the holiness of the affection the earth, in its power and humour and maddening self-possession, seems even yet to hold for us all,'' he said.

Tredinnick, 49, has won many Australian awards for his poems and essays. He has co-founded a group of writers and artists who celebrate beauty and hope in the face of climate change, and his latest book is Australia's Wild Weather.

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Poet Rex Walton encourages local artists to participate in readings at Crescent Moon


Monday, November 28, 2011

For many poets, writing serves as a means of self-expression and conflict resolution.

At Crescent Moon Coffee, writers have the opportunity to share their written lives with others by reading their work to an audience made up of both writers and non-writers.

Rex Walton, a Lincoln poet for 30 years, has been running this Monday night reading series for the past 10 years.

Though "Poetry at the Moon" is typically frequented by poets, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays, songs and even blog posts are shared.

In the process of booking readers for the series, Walton contacts and schedules writers from Nebraska and all across the Midwest to read their work at the Crescent Moon. There are five or six "regulars" who read every week, but the number of new readers has been increasing recently.

"These writers bring great experiences, styles and different ways of looking at things," Walton said.

But Walton's love of verse is grounded in his own experience as a poet. He writes narrative poetry to express himself and to generate new thought. He often uses his poems to work through the events of his life.

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Poet Tomas Segovia Dies


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hispanic writer, poet and essayist Tomas Segovia died in the Mexican capital of complications to the cancer he suffered.

The Spanish-born Segovia, who went to Mexico as an exile after his homeland's 1936-1939 civil war, was the recipient of numerous honors including the 2000 Octavio Paz Prize for Poetry and the Essay and the 2005 Juan Rulfo Prize for Latin American and Caribbean Literature.

He was also honored in 2008 with the Federico Garcia Lorca International Poetry Prize.

Mexico's National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, offered condolences for the poet's death in a communique.

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Education / Training Poems


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Fresh Perspective by Sara Coslett

This is just another healthy distraction,
From my life of dissatisfaction.
My nights are filled with books and lectures,
In a world mired in conjectures.
I’m on my way to a degree
Attached to it is a hefty fee.
It’s a thirty-year plan
And yet it feels as though time just began. Click here to read in detail.

A Retired Teacher’s Dream by John Michael Domino

There is a yearning that I have deep inside.
It’s simply to teach others; I’ve got nothing to hide.
You don’t have to buy my program or hire me full-time.
In some situations, I don’t want a dime.
But if I can change a child’s life and make things like new.
There is almost nothing that I would not do.
But I know schools are competitive and many others want jobs.
Some need a career and feel threatened, others act like snobs. Click here to read in detail.

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Action / Thriller Poetries


A Body Made For Sin by Southern Comfort

I am the Delta Queen,
I have been on my own, since I was sixteen.
I sell my body, just to survive,
As one man leaves my room, another arrives.
Oh Please don't ask me why I'm here,
I am just another fallen woman, that a wife fears.
What she refuses to give her man,
For money I will and so can.
Many a man has laid upon my ivory, rose scented breasts,
While I soothe his mind and grant him happiness.
I stroke male egos and other parts,
But when his time is up, I want him to depart. Click here to read in detail.

A Dividing Wall by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)

I see an invisible psychological wall
Separating hearts of love in a family
As the young integrate with the Swedish
sending new roots in their new environs Click here to read in detail.

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Tips for the poets who are in beginning stage


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This article gives the beginning poet many tips for writing poetry. Learn about metered form, free style, personification, and many more techniques.

To write poetry, you must be willing to dig deep down into your soul. You must write the truth. You must write your feelings and views with a passion. These are very hard things to teach, so I will focus on the more technical aspects of writing poetry.

You try to add a unique perspective, but you know that so many other poets have described the sunrise and the sunset. You wonder how you could think of the universe and the stars in a new way. Well, you would be surprised. Many aspiring poets also struggle with getting the imagery in their verse just right.

First of all, in order to write with imagery, you must visualize the subject of your poem. If it is a poem about a tree, see the tree. You must also write down what you feel about the tree. Don't leave out any detail. What do the leaves smell like? If the poem is about a blazing fire, watch the flames flicker.

Watch the blossoms in the garden open up, breathing the air. See the orange flames lapping at the candle's wick. Can you hear the crackle of the fire burning in the fireplace? The blossom can cry, shedding the petals. The fire can voice its fury with a cackle.

Poetry must set the scene. Your reader must be able to step into the poem. They must be there with you, so you must describe it. In your head, watch the story unfold. Watch the tender rose blossom. Does it have dew sprinkled over it? What color is it? Is the color symbolic to the theme of your poem? Where is the light shining? Where is the shadow? Ask yourself what does the shadow symbolize.

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Writing poetry to clean the body, mind and soul


Monday, June 27, 2011

It’s not often that you hear of a young poet launching her collection in Muscat. Vipasha Mishra, who just passed her 10th standard from Indian School Darsait, has accomplished a rare feat. She recently released her collection of poems called More than Words. In a candid interview, Vipasha speaks to Times of Oman about her book, interests and future plans.

How did you decide on the book title?
The title of my book is, in fact, the title of one of the poems in my book. I deeply believe in the power of poetry and believe that words, when put together as poems, are not a mere collection of alphabets, but are powerful enough to move the world.

What is the theme of your poetry?
I generally write poems to throw the negativity out of my system. The world today is full of vices and that perturbs me. So, most of my poems are an outburst of my emotions after seeing the conditions around me. Some poems are also dedications to people who have changed my life like The Dark Knight, which I wrote for my maternal grandfather. So, ultimately it is my mood that decides the theme of my poems.

What motivated you to come out with a book?
I had begun writing at an early age and had collected quite a few poems. It was basically the idea of my mother to preserve the collection in the form of a book so that I’m motivated to write more. Besides, seeing my maternal grandmother, who is a Hindi writer, and my mother tongue being Maithili, publishing the book was quite fascinating to me.

Why poetry? And, when did you start writing?
I used to write short stories when I was 7 or 8 years old. But it was in Grade 6, when I was 11 that I was given an assignment to write a poem. The one I wrote was God Is in My Heart and it was greatly appreciated by my teachers. It was then that I realised that I could write more and developed my interest in it. I was exposed to poems at the age of 5 or 6 when my mother read me a Lord Tennyson or a Subhadra Kumari Chauhan poem, which I eventually learnt by heart.

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New anthology spotlights diversity of modern Latin American poetry


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology," edited by Ilan Stavans; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (729 pages, $50)

Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um ...?"

And now, the question: "Which modern Latin American poets could an average U.S. reader likely name without using Google?" No fair if you're counting Ricky Martin, by the way.

Until fairly recently, that would've been my own blushing response. For five years I lived in Mexico City and worked in an office near a beautiful, leafy street named for Ruben Dario, the great Nicaraguan journalist, cultural diplomat and poet. Dario's admiration for the French Symbolists, along with his wariness toward the geopolitical adventurism of Uncle Sam, propelled him, almost single-handedly, to haul Latin American verse into the 20th century under the battle flag of the "Modernismo" movement.

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Poetry and pictures capture imagination


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

- Around the World on Eighty Legs by Amy Gibson, Scholastic, 56 pages, $21.99

- Dark Emperor and other poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, Houghton Mifflin, 32 pages, $21.50

- Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, Henry Holt, 40 pages, $19.50

The League of Canadian Poets celebrate poetry month in April, and these new children's picture books rhythmically balance words and art.

Amy Gibson turns her attention to animals in Around the World on Eighty Legs. I didn't actually count the number of legs in Daniel Salmieri's delightful cartoonish illustrations, but the poems highlight over 50 animals from anaconda, auk and agouti to tiger, warthog and yak - some without legs at all. The short snappy poems perfectly match the whimsical artwork. Of the ocelot, Gibson writes: "It may be true that ocelot has got an awful lots of spots (an awful, awful, awful lot). But please don't call them polka dots.

"Favourites include the lumpety lump, grumpety grump, bumpety bump camel, the stamping, stomping, tramping, tromping elephant, and the crocodile: "If you slosh through a bog, you may find it worthwhile - Stop and pause, are those jaws? (Or a log with a smile?)" Most poems are short and snappy as in the warthog: "Bless her heart, she tried her best, but never gets her beauty rest" and kangaroo: "Why hug the ground, when you can bound?" The usual animals are here but have you also heard of bilbies? basilisks? hoatzins?

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Naperville Public Library Teen Poetry Contest Starts April 1


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Naperville Public Library is hosting its first Teen Poetry Contest during April 2011. The contest, in celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, is open to all teens that either live in Naperville or attend Naperville schools.

Students may start submitting poems on April 1 in one of two categories- junior high/middle school (grades 6 through 8) or high school (grades 9 through 12). Teens are invited to submit one entry of no more than 50 lines in length along with the completed entry form. The poem can be on any subject and in any poetic form or style.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on April 30. Winners will be announced on May 13 and their poems will be posted on the Library website. Depending on the number of entries, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes may be awarded in both junior high/middle school and high school categories.

Application forms and contest rules are available at the Adult Services Desk at all locations of the Naperville Public Library or online at Entries may be submitted by email, mailed to the address on the application form, or handed in at an Adult Services Desk at any Library.

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Poetry & Its Evolution Into The Modern Form


Monday, March 21, 2011

Author: Steven N Patterson

While it is very difficult to define poetry, it can be said that poetry is the language of the heart. The words in poetry express the innermost feelings which we see and experience. What is marvelous about this art is that every individual can draw their own interpretation about the same set of words. They are usually full of worldly wisdom and the reader often connects with the contents because they feel that the poetry and its words are specific to their feelings and circumstances.

It is widely believed that the word poetry is derived from poiesis, the Greek work for creating or making. Earlier forms of poetry focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric and drama. The form of repetitions and rhythms developed much later. The emphasis on aesthetics is what distinguished poetry from prose. As the poem form developed, the poetry community felt it necessary to classify them into different genres to assess their quality and class.

Later developments led to the creation of basic elements of poetry. Terms such as rhythm, meter, rhyme and assonance were coined to scan and distinguish the various types that were emerging. Poetry is often thought of in terms of genres and sub genres. The most dominant genres of today are termed as Narrative, Epic, Dramatic, Satirical, Lyric, Verse and Prose. Romantic poems or love poems can be traced back to the late 18th and early 19th century. For the first time, poets began to involve themselves in their poems.

The mid 19th century saw the emergence of the Victorian era. This era will be remembered for poems with musical accompaniments. The early 20th century saw many poets experimenting with verses and words creating a style that was hitherto unknown and unexplored.

Technological development has taken poetry to a different level with the help of new creative tools, which broaden the scope and potential of poetry. The two most dramatic changes which have to an extent revolutionized the form of poetry writing and rendition is the growth of literacy in society and of course the Internet. The medium is leading poets into an electronic poem field where hypertext's and hypermedia technology rules. E-poems can now be submitted on any online poetry portal.

A budding poet can submit his or her works online to many poetry websites to get them critically analyzed. Posting poems online helps you reach your works to a wider worldwide audience. Online classes are also available where experts will guide you and help you evolve your art. Many poetry websites also have poetry contests where you test your skills for free.

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Learn to write a theme poem


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Poetry can be written in many forms and can be about anything. All the writer has to do is select a theme of his/her liking and decide what sort of poem to write. A theme poem is especially fun because it allows the writer to take an idea and truly make use of it. It also serves as a great starting point.

  • Select the theme of the poem. This is entirely up to the poet and no theme is inappropriate for art. Themes include love, nature, death, motherhood, loss, among an infinite list of others.
  • Select the kind of form in which the poem will be written. While historically the poem has rhymed and taken a specific shape or meter, modern poetry has seen a change in style and sound.
  • Think of a tone or aesthetic and write down a list of words that may be fitting. While some poets brainstorm before writing a poem, others simply write spontaneously, editing later. Writing down a list of words can be helpful when starting a new poem.
  • Write the poem. Use the interesting words listed and keep to the theme. If the theme is nature, for example, make sure to use imagery that evokes the idea.
  • Read the poem for clarity and make sure it fits the style in which the poem is written. Editing poetry can be hard, as most writers feel overwhelmed at the thought of changing their own work.
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