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Sunday, October 3, 2010


Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members. I've collected announcements from diverse sources in order to attempt a reflection of the geographic and cultural diversity of our community. Your contributions from your area of the world or interests are welcome. Please forward them to 

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PUERTO RICAN POET, JULIA de BURGOS, is honored this year by the United States Post Office with a 2010 stamp. With this 26th stamp in the Literary Arts series, the U.S Postal Service honors Julia de Burgos, one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets. The stamp went on sale in September. A revolutionary writer, thinker, and activist, de Burgos wrote more than 200 poems that probe issues of love, feminism, and political and personal freedom. Her groundbreaking works combine the intimate with the universal. They speak powerfully to women, minorities, the poor, and the dispossessed, urging them to defy constricting social conventions and find their own true selves. The stamp features a portrait of de Burgos created by artist Jody Hewgill. SOURCE: U.S. Postal Service.
Julia Constancia Burgos García (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953) is considered by many as the greatest poet to have been born in Puerto Rico,[1][2] and along with Gabriela Mistral, is considered as one of the greatest poets of Latin America.[2][3][4][5]She was also an advocate for the independence of Puerto Rico and an ardent civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers. MORE [Wikipedia]
Photograph is copyrighted. Fair use only in conjunction with article on poet.

by Julia de Buros, from Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems complied and translated by Jack AgüerosCurbstone Press. Translation copyright © 1996 by Jack Agüeros. Fair use only in conjunction with article on writer and book.

I'm going to make a seawall
with my small happiness. . .
I don't want the sea to know
that pains go through my breast.
I don't want the sea to touch
the shore of my earth . . .
I have run out of dreams,
crazy from shadows in the sand.
I don't want the sea to look
at blue mourning in my path . . .
(My eyelids were auroras
when the storm crossed!)
I don't want the sea to cry
a new rainstorm at my door . . .
All the eyes of the wind
already cry me as dead.
I'm going to make a seawall
with my small happiness,
light happiness of knowing myself,
mind the hand that closes.
I don't want the sea to arrive
at the thirst of my poem,
blind in the middle of light,
broken in the middle of an absence.
WHAT BABYLONIAN POETRY SOUNDED LIKE:  Martin Worthington studies Babylonian and Assyrian at St. John's College, Cambridge. He says whenever he tells people what he does, he's asked the same question, "What did Babylonian sound like, and how do you know?" Well he's decided to answer that question. He's put up recordings of people reading Babylonian poetry on his website. The poetry is from clay tablets found in Mesopotamia, which includes present day Iraq, and parts of Syria, Turkey, and Iran. MORE  SOURCE: NPR. Link to Incantation for a Dog Bite.

THE POETRY CENTER AT SMITH COLLEGE: The East Asian Languages and Literature Department presents a poetry series. The schedule is posted on Poetry New Calendar along with other events for the Pioneer Valley and Western MA as well as the larger Springfield/Worcester/Hartford area. SOURCE Poetry News Calendar.
LEARN HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANTS from the U.S.National Endowment for the Arts. DETAILS. SOURCE: NEA. 
MUMBAI POETRY for children ... Gandhi Jyanti poems, Kids Poems by Mumbai City poets, and poems for Mumbai Children ... lovely site ...  Poems are in English and Diwali. MORE User submitted poetry is accepted. 


Jingle Poetry said...

That's amazing Sunday poetry news, Jamie...You are very knowledgeable and always at the center of the poetry world....what a beautiful post for today.

Thanks for the handwork and excellence in sharing!


JamieDedes said...

This one was very much on the fly, so I'm especially pleased if folks like it ... There were a lot of edits that went in after the fact. Hope I caught them all ...

Sorry about the spacing ... I just can't seem to get it right on blogspot. I will have to email our fabulous tech consultant about it! :-)

Happy Potlucking ...

Later ...

Amanda said...

Always so very interesting and entertaining Jamie, you never ever disappoint!! Loved the poem very much xx

Kavita said...

Jamie, your knowledge and diligence are really inspiring!
Thank you for sharing this info here with us... wow!
It's a good thing we honor people (that deserve it) at least after their death... Now I really feel like reading more about Julia de Burgos someplace..

Those links you have put up towards the end of this post are really informational! Thank you so much, my dear!!

JamieDedes said...

Welcome all. Pleased if the info is of use or inspiration! :-)

Poem on, dear friends.