Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Lovers and Killers" a nominee for Stoker award

haunted house image
Mary A Turzillo's recent poetry collection, Lovers and Killers, from Dark Regions Press, has been named a finalist for the Stoker Award for poetry by the Horror Writers Association.  Horray for Mary! The awards will be announced June 13-16, at the World Horror Convention/Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend in New Orleans.

It's been a good spring for Mary-- she also had the book nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's new Elgin award, and she (along with other local poets J.E. Stanley and dan smith) had several poems nominated for the Rhysling award as well.  Congrats, all!

Lovers and Killers cover

Sunday, March 24, 2013

20 Awesome Examples Of Literary Graffiti...

 William Carlos Williams, "Red Wheelbarrow"


20 Awesome Examples Of Literary Graffiti

Chinua Achebe, the internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer, has died in America, aged 82


 “We live in a society that is in transition from oral to written. There are oral stories that are still there, not exactly in their full magnificence, but still strong in their differentness from written stories. Each mode has its ways and methods and rules. They can reinforce each other; this is the advantage my generation has—we can bring to the written story something of that energy of the story told by word of mouth. This is really one of the contributions our literature has made to contemporary literature.” —Chinua Achebe, the Art of Fiction No. 139

Chinua Achebe and the great African novel.


Chinua Achebe: A life in writing


The Literary Tattoos of Team Book Riot


 Rap Genius, a site dedicated to the interpretation of hip-hop lyrics, explicates T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”





Sunday, March 17, 2013

A COLLECTED POEMS of Edward Dorn...


A COLLECTED POEMS of Edward Dorn, the American poet who died in 1999, is a necessary and overdue publication, and, whatever the circumstances, the fact that it was not published in U.S.A. suggests that there is something very wrong with the local culture over there, a fact of which Ed Dorn was very much aware. In fact most of the time it dominated his writing.

Not Enough

Lawrence Ferlinghetti on his new book, the old days, and why poetry needs to be beat up. 



Don Draper reads Frank O’Hara in Mad Men
“Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.”

The Favorite Poets of Pop Culture Characters 


 Langston Hughes' Collection of Harlem Rent Party Advertisements



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Googlesearch Poetry?

example of a googlesearch that's a poem
It's like flarf, but different. "'Google Poems' are hauntingly beautiful," says Alexis Kleinman.  The technique is simple: type the beginning into google, and let "autocomplete" finish the poem.  Here's an example:

Everybody is...
Everybody is a genius
everybody is a star
everybody is looking for something
everybody is fine.

Want more? Top googlesearch poems.

How hard could it be?  OK, I'll try it:

How Difficult Could it Be?

How difficult could it be to invent a new life?
how difficult would it be for a person to leave a gang?
how difficult would it be to consume a vegan diet?
how difficult would it be to go on hajj?

If it were easy...
If it were easy, everyone would do it
If it were easy
If It Was Easy, They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon ...
If It Were Easy It'd Be Your Mother
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it
if it were easy it wouldn't be worth doing.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau