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Interview, no power, and other fun updates!

Belinda Subraman recently interviewed me on her blog. She has quite a few interviews listed on her blog with various poetry-related people and others. The cool thing about this interview is that it’s in audio. Check it out at http://belinda_subraman.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2008-09-13T08_02_04-07_00. In the interview, I mention S.A. Griffin, Amanda Oaks, James Tate,...

Having Fun With Bad Poetry

Brian Klems (of Writer’s Digest fame) brought the following thread to my attention from the WD.com forums: http://forum.writersdigest.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=19564&start=1 First post:“I have this gift you seeto write very bad poetryTry as I mightIt’s something I just can’t fightSo I write stuff you wouldn’t read to a tree” -wondo Starting up in July,...

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing

Just want to remind people they can sign up for my Fundamentals of Poetry Writing course offered on WritersOnlineWorkshops.com by going to: http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/retail/courses.aspx?r=fundamentals-of-poetry-writing. It should be a fun and informative course that gives poets a chance to write some new poems and receive feedback from peers and myself. The online course...

Everyone have a great weekend!

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States, so I get a 3-day weekend with my sons and family reunions on both Sunday (in Northwest Indiana) and Monday (in Southwest Ohio). Woo-hoo! Also, I want to remind y’all that the deadline for the Fake Bio Note contest is drawing near. So...

Fake Bio Note Contest!

Recently, I was reading about how the Wine Spectator magazine was duped by a fake restaurant in its restaurant awards. This got me thinking how fun it might be to have a “fake bio note” contest. And since we just recently released the 2009 Poet’s Market, I can offer that up...

Writing and Critique Groups: How many exist?

This morning, Jane Friedman (editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books) asked me to pass along the following message that she also posted on her blog (http://www.writersdigest.com/norules). Please feel free to comment below if you have any feedback to share on this topic. Thanks! Original message: Every week at F+W, we have a...

Comments Are Restored!

Well, most of them anyway. It appears some are lost in the ether, but there are a lot more than 0 now. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m glad they restored most of them for us. I’m heading into a meeting right now. When I return, I’ll post this week’s...

Check it out…

…I’ve been interviewed by Didi Menendez over at the Oranges & Sardines blog. In the interview, she asks me if any of my poems have been inspired by a painting, which artist I would have represent one of my poems, what my poetic statement is, and more. So much more even. Check it...

Poets Have Mothers, Too!

And if you’re looking for a brilliant, cost effective, creative and last minute gift for Mother’s Day, do what I plan on doing for my mother: Write her a poem. Actually, I’m going to go a few steps beyond that. First, I’ve written the poem. Second, I will get one of...

USPS ups its rates–effective May 12

Beginning May 12, the United States post office is changing its rates (after doing so less than a year ago). First-Class Mail stamps will increase from 41 to 42 cents; however, those who have the Forever stamps can still use them–a savings of one penny per letter (or bill). I’m glad,...

Poem-a-day in April: Write, Read, Etc.

So I’ve been going out of my way to build excitement about my write a poem-a-day challenge in April. Should be big-time fun for all. But the Academy of American Poets has announced you can also read a poem-a-day in April. Just go to http://www.poets.org/poemaday, and enter your e-mail address. Their...

Hurry, hurry! Get your caffeine!

As reported on CNN.com, the giant coffee chain Starbucks plans to close every location of their 7,100 stores to do a 3-hour training session for their 135,000 employees. The shutdown is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. local time and will run until 8:30 p.m. Locations that are normally open beyond that time...

On Blogging

Several poets blog. So thought I’d share some interesting pieces on blogging that some of my co-workers have been throwing online: “20 Tips for Good Blogging,” by Maria Schneider from The Writer’s Perspective “Best Blog Software for Writers,” also by Maria “What is a blog?,” by Brian A. Klems from Questions...

2007's word of the year is…

“‘Subprime’ named Word of the Year,” by the AP from CNN.com, reports that the American Dialect Society chose “subprime” over challengers such as “waterboarding” and “Facebook.” I guess a natural exercise would be for poets to try crafting poems celebrating “subprime” and even the other contenders. Maybe an insult poem from...

A happy Christmas to all…

Like many of you, Robert and I will be celebrating Christmas with our families and enjoying other revels over the coming week. Since we’re all probably going to be otherwise engaged in various forms of merrymaking, posting at Poetic Asides will be light (if at all). In the meantime, we wish you a...

Found poem, and an elegy…

My sister forwarded an e-mail to me last night that contained her kids’ thank-you notes for gifts they received from their aunt and uncle in St. Louis. My four-year-old niece’s dictated note struck me as a “found” poem. (My sister describes my niece’s dictation as “a stream of consciousness thank you...

Poet Confidential: I WAS A GREETING CARD WRITER

Last summer Robert bravely confessed that he had once been duped by one of those poetry anthology operations. My confession may be even more shameful for someone who attempts to be a “serious” poet: I was a professional greeting card writer. I don’t mean I wrote and submitted greeting card verses...

Poem-based Movies!

Apparently, I started shooting off my mouth too early about giving thanks and how I might not be posting the rest of the week. Who knows? I might be posting like mad this week as I won’t have any work to keep me occupied (though that’s not quite true, but I...

More on comics and poetry…

In this post I talked a little about poetry and comics and how much the idea of poetry melded with graphic art appealed to me. Rachel McDonald, editor of Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, sent me this link to a post by graphic artist Leland Myrick on the First Second...

Graphic poems (i.e., poems as comics)

Recently, in a bit of nostalgic self-indulgence, I bought a lot of seven 1966 Treasure Chest magazines off eBay. Treasure Chest, offered by subscription to Catholic school kids, was a hybrid publication combining comic book and general interest magazine.*   I wasn’t much of a comic book reader, but I did...

Editor meets Henry Rollins

No, it wasn’t me–it was Erika O’Connell, former assistant editor of Poet’s Market and now editor of Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. Erika has a terrific post up at her blog about meeting Rollins the other night. It expands into a memoir that covers the roots of lifelong friendship, youthful rebellion,...

The Futility Review applies for a Poet's Market listing!

As I said in this post, I’m quite taken with The Futility Review. To my honor and delight, I found in my e-mail inbox a completed questionnaire from Jeffery Bahr, Managing Editor, for a Poet’s Market listing in the Magazines/Journals section. I can’t resist sharing this questionnaire  with you (with Mr....

Good laugh on a Monday morning…

Take a look at The Futility Review. If you don’t get a hoot out of this, you haven’t been submitted submitting poetry often or long enough, or you haven’t read many submission guidelines. (Along about March, when I’m getting twitchy from proofing too many listings or writing up new ones, all...

180 Poems Free Online!

Stumbled across the Library of Congress Poetry 180 site that offers educators access to a poem a day through the school year. That’s right: 180 poems by poets, such as Billy Collins, Thomas Lux, and Dorianne Laux. While this is great for secondary ed students, it’s also a wonderful resource for...

I'm featured on Writer Unboxed

That’s right! Check out an interview with me, Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer’s Market and blogger-extraordinaire at http://writerunboxed.com/2007/09/14/interview-robert-brewer/. Thank you, Therese Walsh, for the opportunity!   You might also like:No Related Posts