Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Confession Tuesday


Starbucks should put lines of poetry on their cups, don't you think?

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Thinking of Paris, Beirut, and Syria.

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Ahhh, November. 

I've been a traveling fool as of late. I've been to New York, Washington, DC, and Santa Fe, NM (and hung out in airports in Denver, Albuquerque, and Phoenix--but who's counting). 

It's been a whirlwind few weeks of readings and meetings, yet I'm reassured by is that poetry seems to be thriving. And I say that given the excitement and enthusiasm of people who are working behind the scenes to bring poetry to a wider audience. It doesn't seem like such an uphill battle as it has in the past. 

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While I have no have time to attend my workshop, I've been writing a poem a day. Of course, I'm off pace. But after not writing for months, I can feel myself finding some kind of rhythm to my writing life. Feels good to get a few drafts in paper. 

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My schedule has changed temporarily so it's been hard as of late to get any momentum. Haven't worked out or had a good old fashioned writing session with my group in more than a month. I seem to be treading water lately. That's fine for now. I'm adjusting and taking deep breaths. Here's hoping I can pace myself for the next few months. My schedule should level out by March.

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Did I mention Misery Islands won the Mass Book Award for poetry? Yep, that happened. 

Monday, November 02, 2015

What is Poetry? Scenes from the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival



We are roughly six months away from the 2016 Mass Poetry Festival. Dates are April 29-May 1. If you're feeling nostalgic, watch this beautiful festival video created by Joey Phoenix for Creative Salem.

Makes me happy every time I see it.

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Our call for submissions has now closed, and I believe we received nearly 150 proposals.

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Our partial list of headline poets includes Marie Howe, Sandra Beasley, Mark Doty, Ada Limón, Greg Pardlo, David Rivard, and Charles Simic. Visit our site to volunteer, get information about the book fair, and find out general information


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