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PERFECT FOR EASTER: David Whyte on Rilke’s “Swan” and Walcott’s “Love After Love,”

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Priscilla Galasso (scillagrace) wrote about Swan’s at Half-light today. Her lovely post reminded me of Rilke’s poem Swan. I sent her this video to which she replied “really brings out the Easter message of meeting death with grace, of meeting your Self in a great celebration of joy.” Yes! I rather think so … and here it is shared with all. Thanks to Priscilla and to David Whyte and Easter blessings to all who celebrate. Enjoy! xo

Swan by Rainer Maria Rilke
Love After Love by Derek Walcott

THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events, Other News and Information

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POETS & WRITERS FOR PEACE

PEN International promotes peace through freedom of experience and linguistic diversity. It runs regional and global campaigns, including campaigns on behalf of poets and writers jailed for their political views and activism. It’s Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace is HERE.  Membership information HERE

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

TINY POETRY: MACROPOETICS “seeks submissions from established and emerging writers, typically between 10-30 lines per poem, up to five poems at a time. We seek place-based poetry that explores our relationship to nature, to self, and to images and artifacts we find in our daily lives. However, our content is varied, so send what you like best, and we’ll read it and get back to you! We also accept art and photography submissions.” Details HERE

FOLIATE OAK LITERARY MAGAZINE calls for submissions of
writing, artwork, and photography. It publishes creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and hybrid work. Deadline for the May issue is April 24, 2016 Details HERE

ARROYO LITERARY REVIEW, a publication of California State University, is open for submissions now. The reading period is December 1 through May 31. Details HERE

COMPETITION

Opportunity Knocks

GREY HEN PRESS: 2016 poetry contest for women poets over 60 is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. The adjudicators are Maggie Butt and Anne Stewart. Prizes: IST – £100 2ND – £50 3RD – £25 Details HERE

EVENTS

POETRY AS THERAPY National Association for Poetry Therapy Annual Conference; UNITY VILLAGE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER near Kansas, Missouri; April 14-17, 2016 Details HERE

HOUSE OF POETRY.  Ebrahim Al Arrayed at the Shaikh Ebrahim Center, Lebanon; The Lebanese writer and TV presenter “Majida Dagher worked in several print and broadcast outlets over her illustrious career. The versatile Majida Dagher also a respected writer with many books and titles to her credit, including a literary review of the works of some of the most respected writers and poets in Lebanon and the world.” Details in Arabic HERE

LITERARY PUB OR PERISH Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201; Join Sharon Frye, Ayara Stein, Silva Zanoyan Merjanian, RJ Looney, Donnie Lamon, MH Clay and Justin Booth. You’ll find the bios of presenters HERE.

APRIL 14-17, The above event is part of the Little Rock, Arkansas Annual Literary Festival.

W/RITES & RHAPSODIES: Israel Writing Tour July 3 – 18:
Write! Tour! Perform! Listen! Learn! Feast! With tour leaders Adeena Karasick and Michael Dickel. Registration deadline: 15 April 2016 Link HERE Itinerary. Cost: $3,080, which does not include air fare, more details HERE. Register HERE.

PUBLICATIONS

PEN American Poetry Series: Each week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. The series is edited by Danniel Schoonebeek, with guest editors TC Tolbert, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Brian Blanchfield. You can subscribe to the PEN Poetry Series mailing list to receive poems each week. Unfortunately the Series is closed for submissions at this time. Keep watching for a change in status.

THE BEZINE, a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, will celebrate interNational Poetry Month on April 15th with an issue dedicated entirely to poetry. Access The BeZine HERE.

A TREAT

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN reading The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe HERE

THE POET BY DAY

TESTIMONY:  

“Here be inspiration. There are blogs and there are blogs. There is writing; there is poetry; there is art; there is human endeavour and there is ‘The Poet by Day’. Rarely, if ever, have I come across a web log like this, of such towering integrity. Seldom have I encountered such a willingness to subjugate self for the benefit not only of the art of the written word, but also for the benefit of poets and writers everywhere. Here be a deep well of inspiration.” Poet, essayist and musician: John Anstie (My Poetry Library)

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • to honor the place of poetry in our lives;
  • to acknowledge good poets, both established and emerging;
  • to encourage poetry for social and environmental justice;
  • to shine a light on women and minority poets and poets just finding their voices in maturity;
  • to encourage you in your writing and provide helpful information and resources;
  • to have fun, to laugh, to feel good … and to cry when that’s needed.

Disclosure

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire … the dust of their labors, a poem

Triangle_Shirtwaist_coffinsits red tongue licked and
ate the fabric of their dreams, the
depth of their immigrant hopes,
it burned like greed, like it was
the only thing that counted,
it consumed their very breath
and the dust of their labors
– Jamie Dedes



Yesterday was the 105th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

MARCH 25, 1911: Until the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 (9/11), the worst large-scale disaster in my home town, New York City, was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. It remains the fourth largest industrial accident in the history of the United States. Its victims were mostly immigrant young women with an average age of seventeen years. Many jumped from the building rather than burn to death.

146 girls were killed that day. This was the unmitigated result of corporate greed that kept workers earning their bread in an unsafe building, locked in workrooms from which they couldn’t escape, adding injury to the insult of long hours, abusive supervisors, and poor compensation with no benefits.

The legacy of this disaster was a turning point in the American labor struggle for fair wages and workplace dignity and safety.

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© Jamie Dedes; photographs are in the public domain

LATE BREAKING NEWS: Converging in the Heartland ~ Poetic Expression for Healing Mind, Body and Soul

Unity Headquarters, Unity Villiage, Missouri
Unity Headquarters, Unity Villiage, Missouri

National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)

“For the past 30 years, NAPT members have forged a community of healers and lovers of words and language. We are psychotherapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists. We are poets, journal keepers, storytellers, and songwriters. We are teachers, librarians, adult educators, and university professors. We are doctors, nurses, occupational/ recreational therapists; ministers, pastoral counselors, and spiritual directors. We are artists, dancers, dramatists, musicians, and writers.”

ANNUAL CONFERENCE – April 14-17, 2016
UNITY VILLAGE near Kansas City, MO

“Several didactic, experiential, and training workshops in the field of poetry therapy, journal therapy and other forms of expressive writing for healing and personal growth will be offered.”

Details HERE.

photo credit: Americansroof under CC BY-SA 3.0