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Sunday, November 14, 2010

SUNDAY RALLY DISPATCH, 11/14/2010

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 your interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes at jamiededes@rocketmail.com. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.
ON THIS DAY IN 1878: Leopold Staff was born in Poland. He was a poet and one of the greatest artists of European modernism. He was awarded two honorary degrees, and he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote many philosophical poems influenced by the idea of the Übermensch, the Franciscan order, and paradoxes of Christianity.
He was born in Lviv (Lemberg), Austria-Hungary and died (1957) in Skarżysko-Kamienna. Staff was influential in the literary life of Julian Tuwim, one of Poland's most renowned poets. Here is Staff’s poem, Foundations:
I built on the sand
And it tumbled down,
I built on a rock
And it tumbled down.
Now when I build, I shall begin
With the smoke from the chimney. 
TONIGHT RIGHT HERE ON JINGLE POETRY: You are invited to participate in Poetry Potluck. Every week, InLinkz opens on Sunday, at 8pm (CST) and stays open until Wednesday, 8am (CST). You have sixty hours to link in your poem to share it with other participants. If you aren't new to Poetry Potluck, please note that we may not send you weekly reminders. The theme this week is Moods, Feelings and Emotions. If you are unable to submit a poem on the theme, relax, please feel free to link in an older poem you to share with us.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR JINGLE POETRY: If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for community outreach, please email me and let me know. I will provide details. Thanks! Jamie, jamiededes@rocketmail.com.


NEXT MONTH (DECEMBER 1,2010): Our own poet and novelist Darlene Campbell’s new book will be released by Moon Gypsy Press. The book, I Listened Momma, is a tale in the style of Steel Magnolia and Where the Heart Is. 


When CHIPPIE PABLO’S poor Mexican-American father and her White middle class mother married, they defied the conventions of a 1950s Appalachian (U.S.A.) town. The same love that compelled Chippie’s parents to elope has held their family together for over twenty years. Despite poverty, prejudice and outside pressures, teenage Chippie believes that love conquers all and that hope is a sparrow, able to survive even the worst of winters. But will love and hope be enough when she discovers that even sparrows die?
Sandra Kring, author of The Book of Bright Ideas, said in her review, “With characters so real they seem to be made of breath and bone, Campbell draws us into the nucleus of this Appalachian family as if we are relatives. We feel their heartaches and yearn for their healing as though our own happiness depends on theirs. This is Southern fiction as its finest.”
All royalties from the sales of I Listened Momma go to Relay for Life as testament to the Denise’ stand against cancer. She says, “This is one enemy that we, as human beings, all have in common. May we lift our voices as one and say it is enough."
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ABOUT OUR INTREPID LEO!
A poet and four-year veteran of the blogging scene, Leo (I Rhyme Without Reason), just topped 900 posts and is midstream into the sponsorship of his new meme Z to A in 26 Days. Here Leo shares his blogging story with us.
When did you start blogging and why?
Blogging wasn’t my first choice. I had no idea about what it was. It was in November 2006, that I first became aware of blogging. My classmate and supporter of my poetry, The Thinker, was the first person to suggest I try it. I started with My First Home, which has undergone many changes, both in name and activity. The passion for blogging took another two years to ignite. I don’t think blogging became an inevitable part of my life until June 2008. I haven’t looked back since.
How did you get interested in poetry and when and why did you start writing it?
I was in nine years old.  It was just a small rhyme about a butterfly, and I gained confidence when my teachers entered me for further inter-school competitions. It sort of left me during college days, but it resurfaced during third year of university.
What are the benefits to you of participation in Thursday Poets Rally and Jingle Potluck?
I didn’t know about Thursday Poets Rally till I shifted from My First Home to the current space at WordPress. Taking part in it has been beneficial, as the purely poetic Rally has exposed me to other poetry in Blogsville. I’ve made new friends. The same with Potluck. I’ve been a part since its inception. The themes spread over a wide of topics and are inspiring.
Would you give us an update on your new meme?
I’ve 3 memes… Haiku Heights, Thursday Tales and Lots of Laughter… I manage the first one on my own and the other two with friends. The details can be found on my blog, there is a page there. I don’t know if it is a meme, but currently, I’m also hosting the Z to A in 26 Days challenge at my own blog. It is a daily blogging challenge, and has seen 19 writers participate (as of 5/11/2010). Any others wanting to join  are always welcome.
What other kinds of writing do you do and why?
I write short stories, and I’ve written a few series stories. I like to write, so form really doesn’t hold me back. Why do I write other kinds of writing? Well, why not? ;) 
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading The New Faber Book of Love Poems edited by James Fenton. It was a Diwali gift given to me by two of my best blogger friends who know I’m passionate about reading poetry.
What are you long term goals for your blog and your writing?
I’m just past 900 posts at my blog. The current long term goal for it is the 1000.. I believe in looking at the present and not going too far ahead into the future. Time is changes with each tick of the second’s hand. I’ll take it one step at a time with my blog. As for my writing, the goal I’ve set myself is to get my poetry and a novel published. I believe I’ve still a lot to learn, so I’m improving my writing with each poem or story, so that dream and goal can be realized.

SUNSHINE ON OUR JI AND OUR POETRY COMMUNITY: Read all about Jingle, Rally, and Jingle Poetry. Ji was interviewed on November 9 by Kellie Elmore of Magic in the Backyard. Says Kellie, “A collaborative blog is a type of weblog in which posts are written and published by more than one author. The majority of high profile collaborative blogs are based around a single uniting theme, such as politics or technology ... and of course creative arts such as poetry!

"I am excited to shre with you the works of one amazing Poetry Blog Community called Jingle! Named for the most gracious and embracing host, Ji." MORE


JINGLE’S THURSDAY POETS RALLY: Week 33 runs from November 18-24. Jingle will post details on the Rally on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, HERE.

Please be sure to join us for the Rally this Thursday. Check out Darlene Campbell’s site; and, visit Leo’s site right away. There’s still time left to join in Z-A in 26 Days. Enjoy Kellie’s write-up on Ji. And, last, not least, don’t forget to come back here tonight for Poetry Potluck.
Email news announcements to Jamie Dedes at jamiededes@rocketmail.com.


10 comments:

Jingle Poetry said...

Jamie,
lovely Job...

Thanks again for mentioning Poet Rally.

You are so thoughtful in making my interview with Kelli a news.

I am thrilled that one of our Poets Rally members will have her book published soon.

Leo's Z-A challenge is a true challenge,

lovely Sunday read.
cool information.
Thanks for sharing.

Jingle
xxx

Olivia said...

So much to read about.. so many different news!!
Wow.. Sunday couldn't have been better.. :)

My Dear Sweet Jamie- I have started looking forward to Sunday Dispatch like I wait for that Glam magazine..

Best wishes to all- Let's clap our hands in joy.. Love xxx

JamieDedes said...

Ji and Olivia! Thank you. Glad you enjoyed. Ji that's a wonderful piece on Keillie's blog. Congratulations!

Hugs all around.
Jamie

ljm (Amias and Liquidplastic) said...

I am old, and my eyes ain't what they use to be .. the print is too small to read in comfort. Still I tried.

M.L. Gallagher said...

Jingle -- thank you for your constant encouragement and your support! I love Sunday's -- so much wonder to read and learn and immerse myself in!

JamieDedes said...

ljm, I'll try a different font.

Meanwhile, I have the same problem. If you go up to the left side of the screen on bar you'll see a little "A" and a bit "A." If you click on the bit one it will enlarge. You can do it more than once.

Jamei

signed...bkm said...

Agreed Jamie so much good information here...love the write on Leopold Staff...makes be want to more research on him....thank you so much for you time in sharing with us...bkm

Jingle said...

Thanks a ton for the honest and encouraging feedback...
Happy Monday!
Keep commenting,
We value your opinions and hints.
Cheers.
xx

TALON said...

Thank you so much, Jamie, for the great information and congratulations to Darlene - what a wonderful thing to donate the proceeds to charity. Awesome.

Lovely to read Leo's interview. I'm glad he came back to poetry after a long absence.

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