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LATE BREAKING NEWS: Rescue Press; Spoken Word, Open Mic (Southhampton, NY); Poetry, Music, Open Mic (Bayshore, NY)

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Today RESCUE PRESS announced its fall line-up of books. This “is an independent publisher of chaotic and investigative work, founded in the winter of 2009. We publish work by activists, artists, craftsmen, list-makers, philosophers, poets, scientists, writers, and creative thinkers of all kinds. We’re interested in collections of artwork, comics, essays, experiments, how-tos, interrogations, manifestos, notes, poetry, stories, and anything else that transforms us.”  Rescue press reads submissions twice a year: Their first reading period is coming up – January – for book-length prose submissions. So, time enough for you to polish those manuscripts.  The second reading period – June –  is when poetry submissions are accepted for the Block Box Poetry Prize.

HEADS-UP LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK 

*** SPOKEN WORD, SOUTHAMPTON ***
Friday, November 11 at 7 PM – 9 PM EST, Hampton Coffee Company Southampton Coffee Experience,
749 County Road 39A, Southampton, New York 11968

Maggie Bloomfield presents: An Evening of East End Poets and Sublime Caffeination with Fabulous Featured Poets:  L. B. Thompson, Brian Cudzilo, Susan Dingle,  Adrienne Unger, Russ Green, and Michelle Whittaker

Open mic to follow. Be there at 6:30 pm sign up to read.

***POETRY IN DOWNTOWN BAY SHORE!***
Saturday, November 12 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM EST – Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, 1 Railroad Plz, Bay Shore, New York 11706.

Join hosts Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss every second Saturday at Cyrus’ for the kind of poetry, coffee, treats and open mic experience you’ve been looking for!!! Our features will move and inspire you with their honesty and scintillating presence. Open mic follows features, so bring your ukulele, cello, double bass, guitar, sonnets, spoken word, villanelles and more!

NOEL QUINONES is a writer, performer, and educator raised in the Bronx. Quiñones’ writing explores the spirituality of languages, the meanings of diasporic identity, and the ancient and present art of verse. A CantoMundo, Brooklyn Poets, and Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House, he was most recently a member of the 2016 Bowery Poetry Slam team. He has performed at historic locations such as Lincoln Center, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Apples and Snakes – London. His work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Pilgrimage Press, Kweli Journal, and Asymptote. Follow him @NQNino322 http://www.elninoquinones.com/about.html

SARA MORGAN is a scenic carpenter, artist, and electrician by day and a poet by night, having been recently outted by her boss as a writer. She has performed her spoken word with InspiredWordNYC, Rimes of the Ancient Mariner, and ESTLastCall. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics, and African Studies from the University of Iowa and draws upon her love of and fascination with the culture, history, and tongues of the peoples of the world in her writing. Her writing is a mix of prose, poetry, and storytelling, and she hopes to use her newly discovered voice to affect social change. A native of Arkansas via Chicago, Iowa, and East Africa, Sara currently lives in Harlem.

 

TECHNIQUE v. SPONTANEITY IN THE ARTS

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There is a dangerous half-truth that has always haunted the practice and the appreciation of the arts: too much technique will inhibit creativity. Despite constant evidence that too little technique will inhibit it worse, the idea never quite dies, because it is politically too attractive. Young women are usually less susceptible, but young men are often pleased to think their creative activities would flourish best if they could spend more time getting up late in the morning and taking a longer nap during the afternoon. Hence the continuing popularity of Blake’s emphasis on just letting art happen, without too much sweat.” Clive James, Poetry Notebook, Reflections on the Language of Intensity

My current read: a thoughtful book delivered with the characteristic taste, wit and insight of Clive James, Australian cultural critic, poet, lyricist, memoirist and essayist.  The book is a collection of essays and “interludes” on poetry, poets, practice and technique.

Included in Clive James’ impressive opus are books of poetry: Poem of the Year (verse diary) and a collection of four mock-heroic poems, The Fate of Feisty Fark in the Land of Media: a moral poem and other collections.

Time with Clive James is always time well spent.

RELATED:

Clive James.com

Bill Moyes talks with cultural critic, Clive James