Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members.
ON THE DAY in 1926 the American Beat Poet Allen Ginzberg was born. He died in 1997. Ginzberg vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. In the 1950s, Ginsberg was a leading figure of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg's epic poem "Howl", in which he celebrates his fellow "angel-headed hipsters" and harshly denounces what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States, is one of the classic poems of the Beat Generation. The poem, dedicated to writer Carl Solomon, has the opening:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
looking for an angry fix...
EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH
ENGLISH POET, MYRA SCHNEINDER
The Essence of Poetry
JAMIE: IT IS NOT WELL KNOW THAT THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVELIST, PEARL BUCK, WROTE POETRY AS WELL AS PROSE. A SMALL, ELEGANT COLLECTION OF HER POEMS WAS PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY. ONE POEM CALL ESSENCE IS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:
I give you the books I’ve made,
Body and soul, bled and flayed.
Yet the essence they contain
In one poem is made plain,
In one poem is made clear:
On this earth, through far or near,
Without love there’s only fear.
Essence by Pearl Buck
WOULD YOU SPEAK TO THAT PLEASE AND WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE AS THE ESSENCE OF POETRY
MYRA: This spiritual poem is an expression of what Pearl Buck feels is at the heart of living and writing – love. Without it life would have no meaning, nothing to offset the negativity, dangers and fears of living. What I understand too is that in all else she has written, all she has given body and soul to, love is the essence. I’m glad she used the word essence because for me the poetry that really matters – both what I read and what I write – is spiritual poetry, poetry that searches below the surface for meanings. This is not say that I write or look for poetry which is very solemn or far removed from the everyday or humorless – rather that I want to explore what lies beneath the ordinary, what raises it, makes it not ordinary.
Access the complete interview HERE.
2011 WRITERS’ RETREAT: A Room of Her Own, a program of the Foundation for Women Writers & Artists, is holding its 2011 retreat from August 8 – 14 at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, U.S.A. For applications and admissions requirements link HERE.
THE BARD FICTION PRIZE of Bard College, Hudson, New York is awarded to a promising, emerging American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation the he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient grieves at least one public lecture and meets informally with students. Deadline is July 15. Details HERE.
LITERAL LATTE Poetry Award currently offers five annual writing contests. Their site indicates that all entries will be considered for publication. The reading fee $10 and the poetry awards are $1,000, $300, and $200. Deadline for the Poetry Awards is July 15. They also hold a Food Verse contest with an award of $500 once a year. Deadline on that is January 31. For complete details, link HERE.
PREDITORS AND EDITORS appears to be a unique site with a lot of information that might help keep us all out of trouble. According to the website Pred & Ed is “Headquartered in Petersburg, Virginia, USA since July 1997, this resource is intended as a simple compendium for the serious writer, composer, game designer, or artist to consult for information, regardless of genre.” Check it out HERE to explore and form your own opinion.
AYNSLEY FULLER (Life in Verse) will be assuming responsibility for Jingle Poetry Sunday News effective July 10. I had planned to have an introductory interview for you today, but I was unable to get her questions to her in a timely fashion. However, my hope is that between the two of us, we can have it ready for next week. Meanwhile, an excellent way to get to know Aynsley is to visit her blog. I hope you do and that you wish her luck and much pleasure with this new assignment.
SHASHI (Shadow Dancing with Mind) did get his interview questions in a timely fashion, but he is away on business and was unable to respond. Again, my hope is to pass it to Aynsley so it can post next week. Shashi will be one of the two-member team producing JP Poetry Potluck starting July 10. He will also introduce a new feature, a monthly haiku meme on a Thursday to be announced. Look for further details to come on this site.
by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), English Poet
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
Thanks to Ji for providing the birthday list! Best wishes to all.
July 10, Suzi (The Water Wtich's Daughter)
July 1, Harshika (Harshika Diaries)
July 1, Magdalena (The Chamber of Stories)
July 2, CC Champagne (A Glass of Bubbly)
July 2, Layla James (I Am Layla James)
July 18th, Panamanner (Pamanner's Blog)
July 21, 2010…. Amy (Keeping Up with the Schultz Family)
July 22, Ewan Walker (Tolle Lege)
July 24, Annie (Lovely: Life on the Inside)
July 24, José Ruy Pimentel de Castro (Untold Dark Ages Tales)
July 25, Sumit Sarkar (Myriad of Thoughts)
IT HAS BEEN my pleasure to bring you 41 weeks of Sunday Rally Dispatch.
Thanks for hanging in with me and for all your support.
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