Quote of the Day: Helen Ivory

I have always suspected but now
I know for a fact that I am not a human being.
As children, my sister and I were cats.

— from The Double Life of Clocks, by Helen Ivory (Bloodaxe Books, Ltd.)

Poetry Workshop, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK

Self is signed up for this, her first poetry workshop EVER. Sort of excited and nervous at the same time.

Jenny Lewis (fabulous poet, her book is Taking Mesopotamia; met her at Hawthornden) organizes and teaches it together with another fabulous poet, Kate Miller.

3 Spaces Left!

Here are particulars:

DISTANCE AND DEFINITION

Saturday, 28 May 2016
10:30 to 4:30
St. Hilda’s College, Oxford
GBP 50/45

“So much depends, she thought, upon distance: whether people are near us or far from us . . . ” — To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

Workshop Process: “We’ll explore the perennial dilemma of the observer whose memory also feeds in information about a place or an event: how closely to focus on foreground, what space feels like, how changes in atmosphere and the fall of light heighten the experience of entering and occupying the world presented on the page.”

Workshop Materials: “Bring an example of an over-stuffed poem or notebook in need of a good walk.” (What does this mean? Must be a reference to something uniquely British)

Here’s the link for how to sign up. (Cancellations up to seven days before the event will be fully refunded)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Simeon Dumdum, Jr.: Haiku

Blue-Breasted Quail

by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.

The Blue-Breasted Quail
Flies from my feet and I see
That I have no shoes.

Poet Simeon Dumdum Jr. has written six books, four of which won the Philippines’ National Book Award. He works as a Regional Trial Court Judge in Cebu City.

And self has been to his house!

Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: Simeon Dumdum, Jr.

“I had a bird-filled childhood.”

If I Write You This Poem, Will You Make It Fly, by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.

Simeon Dumdum, Jr. has written six books, four of which won the National Book Award given by the Manila Critics Circle. He works as a regional trial court judge in Cebu City and lives with his wife and daughter in Mohon, Talisay City, Cebu.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Winner of 2016 Miami University Press Novella Contest Announced

And the winner is:

Tara Deal, for That Night Alive: I’ve Come Close

This year, there were 155 entries. The final judge was Margaret Luongo.

Congratulations to Ms. Deal!

Here are the 2016 poetry titles from Miami University Press:

  • Her Faithfulness (Out Now), by Liz Waldner
  • Leaving CLE (Forthcoming) by Janice A. Lowe

Miami University Press is at the Los Angeles AWP Book Fair, Booth 902.

Here are the scheduled author signings:

Friday, April 1, 2 – 3 p.m. — Lawrence Coates, Camp Olvido

Friday, April 1, 3 – 4 p.m. — Janice A. Lowe, Leaving CLE

Saturday, April 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Marianne Villanueva, Mayor of the Roses

Hope to see you there!

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Transtromer: 2nd Tuesday of March 2016

From “Prelude” (included in The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems, translated from the Swedish by Robin Fulton):

Waking up is a parachute jump from dreams.

“The Clearing” by Transtromer

Deep in the forest there’s an unexpected clearing that can be reached only by someone who has lost his way.

— from Tomas Transtromer’s collection The Truthbarrier (1978)

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Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, Summer 2015

(Then the God of War) by Jehanne Dubrow

In Witness, the Trans/lation Issue:

after Mary Barnard’s translations of Sappho

Bragged that he could drag off
my husband in a metal box,
which in his hands would be

more toy than new technology,
a plastic warship in a rising tub,
and Ares a toddler climbing in,

splash of bubbles, soap, bashing
together boats. What little brunt
it takes to sink a floating thing.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including Red Army Red (2012) and Stateside (2010), from Northwestern University Press. Her new book, The Arranged Marriage, is available from University of New Mexico Press.

Miguel Hernandez Poem of the Day

Excerpt from I Have Lots of Heart

Today, I am, I don’t know, I don’t know how,
today I am here only to suffer,
today I have no friends,
today I have only the desire
to rip my heart out by the roots
and crush it under my shoe.

(transl. by Don Share)

Transtromer: The Great Enigma

How self adores poetry.

Regular readers of this blog know this.

In 2014, when she was in Los Angeles with Angela Narciso Torres, Angela and she went to a bookstore in Venice Beach called A Small World.

Self found a book by Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet.

And that book is here with self in Mendocino.

Here’s a poem from that book (That title is so gorgeous)

The Man Who Awoke With Singing Over the Roofs

Morning. May rain. The city is still quiet.
as a mountain hamlet. The streets quiet. And in
the sky a bluish-green aero-engine rumbles —
The window is open.

The dream where the sleeper is lying prostrate
turns transparent. He stirs, begins
groping for attention’s instruments —
almost in space.

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