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 the Italian poet, Sandro Penna, was born in Perugia 1906, but he lived most of his life in Rome. He died in 1977. He worked for newspapers as a freelance and wrote poetry almost exclusively. Penna never held a formal job. He wrote about the city in which he lived and, opening gay, his erotic poetry (collected in This Strange Joy) was disputed. Sandro Penna lived in poverty and in his maturity, those who appreciated his work rallied round to help him financially.
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy where Sadro Penna lived most of his life.
The heat, and the cold by Sadro Penna
The heat, and the cold, of waiting rooms
The world it seemed a clear dream
Everyday a legend
GAYLE WALTERS ROSE (Bodhirose’s Blog) has quickly become a go-to place for those poet-bloggers who appreciate her delicate sensibility and warmth. She’s a busy lady who always comes through and in the spirit of adventure is always willing to try new poetic forms and experiments in creative nonfiction and fiction.
JAMIE: You just started blogging last August and already you have built a loyal "fan" base. Congratulations. Your writing is fresh and authentic. It reaches out and touches us at heart. We love you! What are your primary inspirations in life and in blogging?
GAYLE: I am very grateful for the appreciation I have received from others; many thanks. And thank you, Jamie, for your generous comments--that’s very nice to hear. My primary inspirations in life would be my spiritual interests and just wanting to share myself in as genuine a way as I can--the good, the bad and the ugly. I also love nature and enjoy sharing my observations of that realm. Most of my writings are based on true-life experiences or have a basis in my past or present life. Aside from my poetry, I’ve written some memoir stories as well.
JAMIE: It seems you have a rather large family and are actively involved with all: daughters, parent, siblings, nieces and nephews and, of course, other things to keep you busy. How do you work blogging into your schedule and what spaces in your life does it fill?
GAYLE: I do have a large family and we manage to get together pretty regularly--we’re very close, but I don’t let them get in the way of my blogging! Pretty much blogging has become my “job” these days. I am currently unemployed and have turned to writing to fill my time. Blogging has afforded me a wonderful outlet in which to express myself and has brought me an enhanced feeling of self-esteem. I value the many friendships and connections that this community has opened up for me too. It’s been a true blessing.
JAMIE: When did you first start writing poetry and what got you started?
GAYLE: I started writing poetry when I linked my first entry to the Thursday Poet’s Rally! I may have written a poem or two on occasion through the years but had really started in earnest when encouraged by my dear friend, Trisha Basu, to join this community. I had just started a blog through WordPress and had asked her advice on how I could get more traffic to my blog and she suggested I join the group. My gratitude to her is unending. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed writing poetry.
JAMIE: You have slowly been expanding the subjects and the forms of poetry you are posting to your site. It's been a lovely evolution to witness. It feels like you are growing more confident. Want to talk about that?
GAYLE: The subjects and forms of poetry have expanded due in large part to the prompts out there that I have participated in and in trying to teach myself some of the different styles of poetry. I’ve done some research on poetry forms and then have tried my best to follow the (sometimes mind boggling) rules. I believe I have gained self-assurance as I’ve delved into other challenges and have managed to accomplish a few. I’m not as inhibited in letting my voice be heard and through the very generous comments I’ve received, I feel even more encouraged to open up and share. Also, I think of this process as another aspect of the evolution of me as a person. It’s fulfilling. I’ve felt my confidence growing too. I love the idea of connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and exchanging ideas and sometimes our deepest, innermost selves with one another.
JAMIE: You're active in the Jingle Poetry Community and have been almost from your start on-line. How has that helped you?
GAYLE: I’ve received a lot of encouragement from other members of Jingle’s community (and Jingle herself) and it has really served to help me try new forms of poetry; join in with prompts that others have offered, and to have the courage to put myself out there. I’ve never been a part of another writing community. I can’t say enough about how much being a part of Jingle’s group has allowed me to expand my interest and capability in writing. I’m finding the prompts can be especially helpful in sparking my creativity. I’m grateful for that.
JAMIE: Any new things planned for blogging and writing over the next year?
Initially, when I started my blog, my plan was to write some memoir--about growing up in a household with eight people and then my subsequent path of living in a spiritual commune for several years. If I can think of some interesting stories to tell, I would like to pursue that type of writing in the future; but now I have a new love and can’t imagine not continuing with my poetry. I’m hooked!
Thanks, Gayle, for taking the time to interview and adding to the quality and kindness of our community.
JP COMMUNITY OFFICIALS: I’M continuing here with interviews of JP Community officials by way of introduction to those many, many folks who are new. For today’s Dispatch, I reintroduce Jingle with a fresh, never-before-published interview. Enjoy!
JAMIE: What inspired your initial foray into online poetry-community building, Thursday Poets Rally?
JINGLE: When I started blogging, I felt like something was missing. I needed to get feedback on my posts. I worked hard trying to inspire. I had been blind commenting on WordPress blogs in the first few weeks, got into some trouble when I make comments on pure Christian blogs, pure food blogs, pure painting blogs because I don't blog on these topics at all. I was told that I should focus on blogs that share the same theme: poetry. So I was given links tagged on poetry. I enjoyed visiting all the amazing poetry blogs, but blind commenting is not fun. Some poets don't respond. It was disappointing. Thus, I thought that if I ran a rally for poets, then those who agree and are determined to make it pro by returning favors and promoting poetry could come together and enjoy the fun. In January I started running Thursday Poets Rally, my poem for the opening is:
If I like you,
you may like me,
Why don't we form a poetry family?
we make comments,
we write poetry,
we have fun, how divine?
JAMIE: What behind-the-scenes responsibilities do you handle?
JINGLE: I collect links either fresh (i.e., new) or potentially promising to represent under the name Fresh Poets To Explore so that participants have the chance to discover new poetic friends/talent. Besides visiting participants, this process enables the Rally to attract newcomers and grow...
Initially, I’d link in participants and make comments to every single entry. Now, we use InLinkz. I simply make comments to entries, send out invitations via emails at times, and contact TRP officials with reminders and encouragement.
JAMIE: What advice do you have for those new to our community?
JINGLE: If you are new to Thursday Poets Rally or Jingle Poetry, Poetry Potluck, feel free to make comments to fellow poets to make yourself well known or make your talent more publicly visual to others. Make sure you meet the requirement on Thursday Poets Rally. If you did not win the officials award, don't get discouraged. If you keep attending the Rally for two-or-three Rally weeks in a row and always meet the requirement, you will either be nominated by your peers or be added in by Jingle for your awesome performance.
Please stay positive. We are a community of more than 1200 poets, according to JP/TRP email contacts, If everyone focuses on disagreement, most of our energy will be spent on handling issues. I prefer to encourage, respect, and promote creativity. Most of my time is spent visiting poets, design awards, counting votes, making sure everything is equitable and runs smoothly.
Thanks, Ji. The added value of encouragement and explanation is much valued.
INTO THE BARDO, Explorations in Sacred Space (link HERE) is a new blog, which includes poetry. It is a collaborative effort of Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D., poet Ann Emerson, and poet Jamie Dedes. We just started at the end of February and didn’t really get into full gear until April. Thanks to all who have visited, commented, and encouraged us. If you haven’t taken a peek in yet, please do. Please let us know what you think and what topics you’d like to see covered. Thank you!
SEASONS' FAVORITE CHALLENGE
by Blaga Tordorova (BrokenSparkles)
When I started blogging, I stumbled on many prompts and challenges. I often thought I’d like to create one myself and manage it through to the end. With my favorite season- summer – here and over my morning coffee, the idea came unexpectedly. I invite you to participate with me. Let’s enjoy some time together in the blog world.
The challenge will take place in July and it will include five posts.
2 July – Spring’s favorite
9 July – Summer’s favorite
16 July – Autumn’s favorite
23 July – Winter’s favorite
30 July – All time favorite
Each post has to contain your favorite: word, quote, poem, book, song, movie, town, animal, flower, food and image related to each season. For the last post on July 30, it should contain your all-time favorite.
If you are bi-or-multi-lingual and have a favorite word that is not English, please know the word is not limited to English. The poem may be written by you or by someone else. It doesn’t need to be titled with the name of the season. It needs to show what each season makes you write or think about. With the song you may include a video, but this is not a must rule. The town can be a place where you think a season is best spent, even if you haven’t been there. You can provide a recipe when you write about your favorite meal. Or, you can just name your favorite brand or include a little explanation of why exactly this is your favorite. Most of all the idea of this challenge is to share what we like with others. So be creative in any way you’d like! I would love to discover common or rare interests in the posts of others and to meet new people and be inspired by the desires of others.
After the challenge is over, I’ll choose the posts that I liked the most and create a winners' tribute. My posts will be up every Saturday at 12:01 a.m. my time. I live in Athens, Greece. You will have a week - from Saturday to Saturday - to share your link in the comment section of my posts. Please feel free to use the banner for Seasons' Favorite challenge that Sonam and I created. Thank you for the help Sonam! Also, I’d like to invite Cherlyn Cochrane from Over a Cup of Coffee. Cherlyn took part in a challenge called 31 days of blogging honesty. I enjoyed seeing her posting every day and now that the challenge is over, I’d like to give her more reasons to share with us her unique view on life. So, I think I said everything I was supposed to say about this challenge and if I haven’t, feel free to ask questions. I truly hope there will be enough people to find the idea appealing. I can’t wait for July and the first post of the challenge! Until then, be happy everyone! Peace & Love …
Link to Blaga’s blog, BrokenSparkles, HERE.
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Link to Jingle Poetry on Twitter HERE.
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JINGLE POETRY POTLUCK, WEEK 39
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EVERYONE IS INVITED…
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