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Jul.21.2009
WHAT MATTERS A LIFE - By Lance M. Foster, 26 June 2009 What matters a lifeAs fragile as fleeing flake of snowAs small and closed as link of chainAs brief as trilling note in silent room And yet the snowflakes become a blizzardAnd one flake less, perhaps not noticedStill flake by flake the blizzard...
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Jun.17.2009
 I first met David in January of 1972.  I had graduated from Davis the preceding June and had moved back to Sonoma County sometime in November, after failing to enjoy a Tahoe autumn where the temperature hit 26 below.  The only thing that was holding me together, if I was indeed whole, was my...
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Apr.29.2009
On this next to the last day of National Poetry Month, here's a poem by my friend Isabel Zuber, who has published a novel SALT (Picador) and several chapbooks of poetry Craft Move the thread she did tied a thousand, thousand knots, chains, flowers What do you make I said A snare Oh I thought it...
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Apr.23.2009
The idea for the Petaluma Poetry Walk came about when Geri Digiorno, the Sonoma County Poet Laureate from 2006-2008, was having lunch out in Petaluma (California) with Judy Stedman in the '90s.  They got into a conversation with a couple from California, Pennsylvania who told them about a poetry...
aberjhani's picture
Apr.14.2009
"Do I dare disturb the universe?"             --T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock        My eyes widened when I opened the envelope from the American Academy of Poets, unfolded the poster inside, and read the above quote traced upon an image of a wet glass. I recognized the...
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Apr.11.2009
Our poem-tag began the day after Inauguration Day. Since both of us had been underwhelmed by the Inaugural Poem, we wrote our own, sending our poems to each other, and then we started riffing from each other's work. Our riffs took us in unexpected, sometimes bizarre, and emotionally moving...
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Apr.09.2009
A few months ago I was invited to participate in a "blog tour" with my fellow Red Room author, poet Shaindel Beers, whose first collection, A Brief History of Time, was about to be published by Salt Publishing. Since I'm interested in new ways that poets can promote their books and...
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Apr.08.2009
Southern Poetry Review has been so much a part of so many poets' lives over the past 50 years that it's hard to imagine the universe without it. When I was a student in the MFA program at UNC-G in the '60s, I was introduced to the journal and to its founder Guy Owen. Owen was an instructor in the...
aberjhani's picture
Apr.07.2009
For a salute to The Poets of the Angels Please Click here  For the conclusion of The Great Old Man Mystical Poet on the Mountain, continue reading below:      They spoke mostly of failed relationships and sexual desire, with one or two venturing into the more dangerous realms of race relations and...
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Apr.03.2009
    TO: Andrew Demcak   DATE:  Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM   SUBJECT: Re: Poetry Submission from Andrew Demcak    MAILED-BY: newyorker.com  We regret that we are unable to use the enclosed material. Intriguing, but not quite TNY. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider it. Best of...