Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members. Your contributions from your area of the world, your activities, or your interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes of Musing by Moonlight at email@example.com. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.
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KICK OFF FOR NEW YEAR 2011 BY NIMUE GAL
Never ending luck,
Ever growing love,
Wonderful and loyal friends
Youthful and spirited health,
Ever lasting smiles
Amazingly blessed times
Rare should be worries, as you enter 2011.
Thank you, Nimue Gal.
ON THIS DAY: Hayim Nahman Bialik was born. He was a Jewish poet who wrote in Hebrew. Bialik was a pioneer of modern Hebrew poetry and came to be recognized as Israel's national poet. MORE
SCROLL OF FIRE
All my life my soul cried out to you, in a
Thousand voices, and in tens of thousands of ways
Crooked and invisible, fled from you to you
Even as a baby in the black of night. I saw
Your beauty and covered your hidden light …
With the sorrow of a mother the golden light
Of your eye rested on me … at night
Like a weaned child on his mother’s lap
I made my love known and I waited.
CONTEST - Mayor of Enfield's First Poetry Competition. In an effort to raise the profile of poetry in this part of North London Jayne Buckland, the Mayor of Enfield, has set up an international poetry competition with generous poetry prizes. Wherever you live, you’re invited to this competition, though the poem must touch in some way on life in Enfield. It is being judged by Mario Petrucci and its closing date is 31st January 2011. MORE
LINK HERE TO A LIST OF THE SAISON POETRY LIBRARY’S (BRITIAN) UPCOMING POETRY COMPETITIONS.
2011 LESTER M. WOLFSON POETRY CONTEST: The Lester M. Wolfson Poetry Award (Indiana University, Southbend, Indianna, USA) is being created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize will be offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome. MORE
INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CULTURAL MAGAZINE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: The London Grip, which is updated frequently and includes new poems, reviews of books in different genres, as well as art and film reviews. The poetry editor Robert Vas Dias is pleased to receive submissions from poets wherever they live. Please do read the guidelines before submitting.
ANNOUNCING POETRY MAGAZINE LAUNCH: If you live in London, or are within reach, or visiting on Monday 24th January, you may wish to attend the launch of the Long Poem Magazine in the Barbican Library at 6:30 p.m. There are few outlets for long poems in British poetry magazines and the Long Poem Magazine has now established itself as an important journal. The forthcoming issue is of special interest because it includes unpublished work by Edwin Morgan and Myra Schneider, whose interview with Sunday Rally Dispatch follows.
ADVICE FOR POETS, an interview with poet, editor, and educator, Myra Schneider: I have been having a delightful correspondence with Myra Schneider, an English poet with eight published poetry collections and the coauthor with John Killick of Writing for Self-Discovery. The book is intended for people who would like to use creative writing as a tool to explore themselves. It is addressed both to those who may have had little experience of writing and to practiced writers who would like to deepen their work through self-discovery. I am currently working on a book review to be published on my site, Musing by Moonlight, on Saturday, February 12. I asked Myra if she would be kind enough to provide some wise counsel for members of our Jingle poetry community.
Jamie: As I read poems contributed by our community of poets to Jingle's Thursday Poets Rally and Jingle Poetry Monday Poetry Potluck, I note a lot of poems that have promise, but they're raw, unfinished. Probably some of mine are as well. What tips can you give us for reviewing and rewriting our poems, for knowing the difference between first draft and final product?
Myra: Fully transforming the first ideas and images of a poem is a complicated process and many people simply don’t give it nearly enough time. I strongly believe in not writing a first draft until I have written down every detail, image and idea I can think of which seems to connect with my first ideas and then focusing on the material I feel certain belongs to the poem and looking at how I might shape this. The alternative is to view the first draft as a stage in developing raw material and to be clear with yourself that it will need more work, which may include re-structuring.
Often a poem isn’t working properly because it’s not been well constructed. It follows what first came into the writer’s mind and not enough thought has been given about the direction the poem should take. Look at a first or early draft and see if you have put in several lines of unnecessary description or material which is holding the poem up, whether you’ve repeated yourself – either said something twice in two different ways or returned to subject matter you’ve mentioned before and repeated some of it before adding new details. This kind of problem means the poem needs cutting and/or re-structuring.
Look carefully too at the opening lines. Are they really the beginning or are they your route into the poem, which in fact should start further in? Think also about the end. Are you sure you’ve finished exploring your material, made it travel somewhere or is something missing – in other words have you stopped the poem short? You should also consider whether you’ve gone past the end, spelt out too much. Think too about the feel of the whole poem. Is it very crammed with detail and ideas – is it perhaps two poems? Has it gone off at a tangent so that the material you started to develop in an original way has been lost because you’ve delved into different subject matter?
Examine the language you’re using. Does it feel fresh and alive? Is it precise or have you been vague, used stock phrases, too many generalizations? Are there places where it is weak and prosy? Does the poem have a rhythm and form, whether free or strict, which supports what you are writing about?
There’s much to think about and although the finished poem should never feel labored it’s rarely found without the willingness to go through a demanding process that may well mean many re-writings.
Jamie: One of my favorite poets is Jorge Luis Borges. He said, "Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art." Keeping that in mind, do you think it profitable to join neighborhood or school poetry reading groups where we will have the opportunity to read aloud?
Myra: Reading poetry aloud is invaluable, because the music of poetry is an essential element. It is always good, therefore, to hear poets reading their work if you have chance to do so. Poetry reading groups, whether for sharing poetry or perfecting reading aloud, are another way of listening to poetry and reading a poem aloud in one of these groups also helps one to hear the poet’s voice and adds a dimension to the close reading of poetry.
Jamie: What suggestions do your have for selecting a poetry writing class?
Myra: A poetry class, workshop or course is useful if participants are offered in-depth feedback on their work that is both supportive and rigorous. Ideally the tutor should be a published poet who reads and likes many kinds of poetry, also one who is known to have teaching skills. Recommendation by someone you trust is the most certain way of finding a good poetry class. If this isn’t possible find out from your library what poetry classes there are in your area and then try and find out from the Internet or elsewhere some information about the tutor.
The other important thing is to endeavor to find a class suitable for the stage you are at. If you’ve only recently started writing then you want a class that offers plenty of writing exercises and basic teaching about poetry. If you are more advanced, already beginning to get poems accepted in magazines, then the main focus of the class should be detailed feedback on your work and the study of other poets.
Thanks, Myra, for an outstanding itnerview.
AN INVITATION FROM MYRA: If you live in or within reach of the center of Nottingham, I should be delighted to see you and work with you on Saturday 12 February when I am running a whole day Poetry School workshop “Writing Your Self,”' which will explore widely ways of drawing on personal material in writing poems. Some of the most potent literature is based on personal material. You'll try out direct ways to write about your own experience such as spontaneous writing and tapping into memory before moving on to techniques such as flow-writing and image exploration that offer indirect routes. You'll also discuss published poems that explore personal subject matter in unexpected ways and consider the difference between raw material and finished work. To book: online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679
AN INTERVIEW WITH JINGLE COMMUNITY POETS/MUSICIANS, MS. PEACHES AND MARLEE-I: Recently Marlee-I wrote an engaging poem in which she mentioned Phorsefield Black. Having never heard of such a thing, I felt I had to do a search to find out what it is in order to make sure I understood the poem. Turns out it’s their music group. The following interview ensued:
Jamie: How many are in your group and when did you first get together?
Ms. Peaches and Marlee-I: Phorsefield Black was established in the summer of 2002 on the U.C. Davis campus. After much collaboration of thoughts and deeds, 4 core members came together to release their talents to the world. With the assistance of 2 ghost writers, 1 beat guru and 1 repeat guest artist Phorsefield Black entered into existence exhibiting their written talents through spoken word, stage plays, vocal melodies, and lyrical rhymes.
Jamie: What came first for each of you - music or poetry - or do you see them all of a piece?
Ms. Peaches: I don’t know which came first. I will have to say music came first. I remember singing since I was little. Music had to come first and poetry came second.
Marlee-I Mystic: I refer to myself as “Born In Sound”, so in that sense I would have to say music came first. As a young child I performed with a Bay Area Reggae group singing at local events. As a member of the San Francisco based "Coltrane Church" I've performed across the globe. Poetry became part of my life when I let my creativity expand to writing, and since then music and poetry are one. Sort of like fraternal twins :)
Jamie: Any plans to do spoken word - or have you already done so? Videos? Would seem like a natural extension.
Ms. Peaches: I don't do spoken word. It's too personal
Marlee-I Mystic: Spoken word was the first way in which I shared my poetry. Being a performer from a young age, it just seemed natural to take to the stage and share my writing.
Videos: Unfortunately Phorsefield Black does not have any videos, but future prospects are in the works.
Jamie: Where can we catch your act?
Ms. Peaches and Marlee-I Mystic: The members of Phorsefield Black are currently pursing others aspects of their careers. Although from time to time we still collaborate, it is rarely as a whole. We look to the future optimistically and our goals include releasing written works of poetry and a collaborative collection of audio upliftment.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM RIIKA INFINITY: I have had quite a response for my meme - Wishy Lissy for 2011 for the wish list collection. I’ve extended the time until end of January, so that everyone can take more time to think about what they want. More information HERE.
JINGLE POETRY POTLUCK, WEEK 17
STARTS TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. CENTRAL,
EVERYONE IS INVITED...
EVERYONE IS INVITED...
INLINKZ WILL STAY OPEN FOR 72 HOURS.
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