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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.
ON THIS DAY: In 1859 the Greek poet, Kostis Palamas (1859 - 1943) of Mesolongi, was born. Kostis Palamas is one of the greatest Greek poets of the modern era, the man who along with his significant contemporaries gave a new impulse to the Greek poetry. The most important contribution of Palamas was the introduction of the Modern Greek language into the Greek literacy and the weakening of the old and official, difficult to understand language that was used till these times. MORE [greeka.com]
CONGRATULATIONS TO GAYLE (Bodhirose): She’s going to be a grandmother soon. Check out her poem on the big event and wish her and her daughter well. Gayle says, “I aim to be the best grandmother the world has ever seen.” We think, given her sentiments, she’s already well on her way. . .
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Excerpt from The Twelve Words of Gypsy, Word III, Love
By Kostis Palamas
Partridge-breasted Gypsy woman,
O enchantress! You who stand
Speaking with the stars of midnight
In a language of command,
You who, while you face the, tower,
Giantess, beyond the sky,
Diademed with the constellations
In fiery majesty!
Prison me within the girdle
Of your arms’ robust embrace;
Sorcerer of love, I greet you,
O you witch of starry space!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
CYBER-ACTIVISM: With the news from Egypt the past two weeks, this subject is getting big play. We explored it here a few weeks ago, interviewing several members of our community on the value and effect of poetry as activism. Many of you have been writing and posting poems about current events in Egypt and having your own discussions on cyber-activism. This week I happened upon an excellent interview of the American poet-activist, Mark Prime, by the Palestinian journalist and poet, Iqual Tamimi. It's on this very subject. It is dated November 7, 2010. Read it HERE.
LA PETITE ZINE: An established (1999) online literary magazine based in the U.S., La Petite Zine provides a pleasant read and a potential market for your poetry and short fiction. It specializes in pieces that are 1,000 words or less. “LPZ seeks to be un-boring, a panacea for your emotional hangover.” Details HERE.
THURSDAY FICTION PROMPTS: In addition to its Monday Poetry Prompts, Poets & Writer, The Time is Now features post weekly fiction prompts HERE. You can sign-up for email updates.
POETS, YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN AIR ROMANTIC GETAWAY TO PANAMA CITY BEACH: $17,000 in prizes. You must submit a haiku on love by March 7 and be over 25 and a U.S. Citizen. Link HERE for details. Thanks to Marilynn Mair, Celebrating a Year, for this lead.
BLOG M (India-based on line marketing magazine) poetry contest: Invites blog posts in poetry writing. Last date for submission will be 25th Feb. Send your posts to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Poetry can only be on kids,nature,society,relationships and summer. Invite your friends to join. Lets keep the contest Healthy. Note: 1. Avoid Plagiarism 2. Minimum of 20 to 40 lines 3. Top Bloggers will be a part of BlogM e-magazine March Edition. MORE
Thanks to the SIS, our very own King of Haiku, for this lead. Please visit SIS and check out his haiku challenge for the month of February.
CELEBRATING 200 BLOG POSTS, Ramish Sood: Congratulations, Ramish, from all of us. Poets, please visit Ramish and add your applause.
GOOD LUCK TO CESAR GEALOGO: Cesar will be in professional training for five months. He will post and participate in the community as time allows. Please visit his site and wish him luck with his studies.
IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SAID HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PLEASE DO:
February 21, Lisa
February 22, JamieDedes
February 28, William
Thanks to Ji for contributing birthday updates.
Thanks to Ji for contributing birthday updates.
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THURSDAY POETS RALLY:
CELEBRATING ONE YEAR
In January Ji’s Thursday Poets Rally celebrated its first birthday and a year of phenomenal success and extraordinary growth. Thanks, Ji, and congratulations from all of us. You rock.
Thursday Poets Rally (TPR) has a new home!
If you are an established TPR participant, please sign in at the new site to follow our blog and prepare a new, never-been-published before poem for the next TPR Week #38, which runs from Feb 17-23. InLinkz will be up on Wednesday morning (February 16) at 10 a.m. Central Time in the new location HERE.
The list of new poets to explore and The Perfect Poet Award list will be presented by Jingle on her personal BLOG.
Thursday Poets Rally is hosted now by Jingle and Leo. Jingle is responsible for presenting the fresh (i.e. new) poets and giving the perfect poet award at her WordPress.com blog.
Leo is responsible for put up the agreement for first-time participants and previous participants who wish to take their contribution seriously. Leo will ensure that InLinkz is up at Rally’s new home. This new strategy will make it easier for participants to link in their entries. At the new home, we will have only four posts monthly: two posts for participants with the InLinkz and two posts for collections of the Rally participant poems, assuming the poets have signed the agreement to have their work published on the Rally site. To date, we have six officials/contributors: Jingle, Leo, Aleza, Jamie Dedes, Olivia, and Blaga.
Every poet is welcome to join Poets Rally to share your poetry, give encouragement to fellow participants or fresh (new to you) poets. Your work will be respectfully exhibited on Poets Rally New Home by Blaga, Promising Poets Parking Lot as soon as Poets Rally is over. Additionally, when you participate, you have a chance to win the Perfect Poet Award. Thanks to Ji for details and announcement.
JINGLE POETRY POTLUCK, WEEK 22
STARTS TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. CENTRAL
EVERYONE IS INVITED...
INLINKZ WILL STAY OPEN FOR 72 HOURS.
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