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 43 BC the Roman poet Ovid was born. He died circa A.D. 17. He is best known as the author of the three major collections of erotic poetry: Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria. He is also well known for the Metamorphoses, a mythological hexameter poem; the Fasti, about the Roman calendar; and the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, two collections of poems written in exile on the Black Sea. Ovid was also the author of several smaller pieces, the Remedia Amoris, the Medicamina Faciei Femineae, and the long curse-poem Ibis. He also authored a lost tragedy, Medea. He is considered a master of the elegiac couplet, and is traditionally ranked alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature. The scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the canonical Latin love elegists. His poetry, much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, decisively influenced European art and literature and remains as one of the most important sources of classical mythology.
YE elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves,
And ye that on the sands with printless foot
Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him
When he comes back, you demi-puppets that
By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make,
Whereof the ewe not bites; and you whose pastime
Is to make midnight mushrooms, that rejoice
To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid,
Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimm'd
The noontide sun, call'd forth the mutinous winds,
And 'twixt the green sea and the azur'd vault
Set roaring water; to the dread rattling thunder
Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak
With hiw own bolt; the strong-bas'd promontory
Have I made shake, and by the spurs pluck'd up
The pine and cedar; graves at my command
Have wak'd their sleepers, op'd, and let 'em forth
By my so potent art.
HAPPY NOWUZ: Spring equinox is upon us and with it the springtime festivals celebrated in our various religious and cultural traditions. One of the first festivals (March 21) is the Persian Nowuz, which is also the Persian New Year. The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin that has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. MORE
INTRODUCING NOVELIST, POET, AND BLOGGER, INA (INA’S BLOG IS BACK). If looking for a refined mix of warmth, humor, and talent, you’ll find it in Ina. Here she is shares with us some of her background and experiences in blogging and writing.
JAMIE: What inspired your initial foray into the blogosphere? Has the experience met with or exceeded your expectations? In what ways?
INA: When we got the Internet I didn’t want to have anything to do with it. My first encounter after a few years was an American chatroom on MSN called Eurochat. I expected it to be about the new currency, but it was just great fun. So from day one it was in English. I got my on Dutch blog in 2005 I think, but there was not much response. Then my hobby being genealogy, I learned that I could find a lot of ancestors online. I searched my mothers name and landed on a blog that had nothing to do with her. It was very nice though. For years I chatted there with a blogger in Florida (U.S.A.), till the mood changed on that blog. New bloggers commenting on the site didn’t like me and the nice blog became nasty. Meanwhile I had my own WordPress.com blog. In fall 2010 I wrote my first English poem. Soon I learned how many interesting people write poetry. It is great to read more about them through Jingle. Poetry this way connects people!
JAMIE: Tell us about your Dutch novels and how you got started writing fiction.
INA: In 1997 my family was facing a little financial crisis so I needed a job. I contacted a publisher. They didn’t want the story I sent, but I was asked if I would write for their romantic novel series. It was just in time! Now I write for various series. Sometimes the characters are fixed. Sometimes everything is free. Other writers write for the series as well. I am writing novel number 261 now, which is the first of a new series about love in the countryside. I still enjoy it. I always wrote. When I was eight, I knew I wanted to be a writer. From the age of four, I made stories. I first told them to our cat. At that time my mother taught me how to read and write.
JAMIE: How did you manage three children, a household, and a writing career?
INA: Writing is the easiest job. You are your own freelance boss. You can write whenever you have the time, during school hours for instance. Hence, it was no problem!
JAMIE: What is life like on Terschelling Island? Have you always lived there and has it inspired any of your writing?
INA: I was born here, always lived here, except for seven months in Amsterdam when I was eighteen years old. We live in West near the lighthouse. It is just a lot of sand compared to other coasts. We live on dunes and a bit of clay, but there is a lot of nature, and that is rare in my country. Consequently, we have many tourists in during the summer. Traditionally people here were sailors, merchant marines (like my father) and farmers on the eastern part. These days a lot of money is being made by tourism. The island is 30 by 4 km approximately, 4600 inhabitants. Most of the island is nature. 30 km beach! There are three dialects: Westers, Meslanzers and Aesters. Nowadays just a few speak it dialect. We are a part of the Province Fryslân since the German occupation, and it was never corrected after the war. We should be part of the province Noord Holland! So Frisian is also a language spoken here, but not by the ‘natives’.
JAMIE: You are not the first member of our community to say that you like English. What is it about English or writing in English that appeals to you?
INA: English first of all is everywhere. It connects people from all around the world. The grammar is logical with no frills. And the sound! It is made for poetry! Also the best drama (Shakespeare, comedy series and costume drama) is in English. Native English speakers are tolerant when their language is being misused. They don’t correct you much, which of course does mean you will keep making the same mistakes without knowing it. LOL!
Thank you, Ina, for a lovely interview.
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Last week we announced that Blaga Todorova (Broken Sparkles) had a fine poem accepted for publication in Whipporwill Journal, which contacted us afterward acknowledging Blaga and inviting other members of the Jingle community of poets to submit work. (Kudos again to our dear Blaga!) Here’s what Marissa, the editor and publisher, has to say:
Whippoorwill Journal is an online literary magazine that seeks to explore the voices of today’s writers, poets, and artists. We are international in scope and will publish on a rolling basis online. Full bylines and author contact info is given to our writers.
Monetary payments are not available at the moment, but hopefully will be with future funding and support. However, we will publish a hard-copy print edition yearly, honoring the best of the previous years writing with publication copies and cash awards. Everyone published in the online journal is automatically entered in the contest. The first “Best of Whippoorwill 2011” will be published February/March 2012 and cash awards dispersed at that time.
We seek submissions of poetry, essays, fiction and non-fiction, guest bloggers, and timely news items relating to writing, artistry, culture or society at large. I answer all submissions, usually within two weeks. Interested individuals can check out Whippoorwill HERE and may send an email to me with MS Word attachments, submission in the body of the email, or just a query about ideas or guest blog opportunities.
TWITTER CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS. NEW YORK TIMES COMMISSIONS FOUR NEW TWITTER POEMS: Five years ago this week, a small team of people started working on a prototype of the service that we now know as Twitter. On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorcy (@jack) sent the first Tweet. MORE In honor of the occasion the New York Times commissioned four new twitter poems, which you can view HERE. You may also submit your own poem (140 characters, of course) on Twitter using the hash tag #poetweet.
COMING UP IN APRIL: Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. MORE
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