Halloween news, treats but no tricks


Probably the biggest news is our own Stuart Kestenbaum is the new Maine Poet Laureate. His titles continue to be popular. This and other news can be found on the new Website.

Other news includes a new review for No Passing Zone also reviewed in the American Book Review, along with Wars Don’t Happen Anymore and links to that review, as well as poems appearing in journals, are on the Website page. Take a look at the new Website with new navigation features like drop-down menus, pages for author’s info and books, and of course free shipping in the US when you order from the Website. In the past 16 months, twelve new titles have been added to the list, so check out the quality work.

Lots of new books from 2015 & 2016: check the site for the latest titles

The Vagabond's Book Shelf by Dawn Potter

The Vagabond’s Book Shelf by Dawn Potter

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Richard Kostelanetz

Wars Don't happen Anymore by Sarah White

Wars Don’t happen Anymore by Sarah White

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Descent & Other Poems

The Conversation by Dawn Potter

The Conversation by Dawn Potter

A passing

A Passing by Joan Siegel

Beautiful Day by JR Solonche

Beautiful Day by JR Solonche

Middle of the Night

Middle of the Night prose & poetry by HC Hsu

Once It Stops by Florence Fogelin

Once It Stops by Florence Fogelin Cover photo by Rosamond Orford

Yellow Horses by Martin Steingesser

Yellow Horses by Martin Steingesser

The Congress of Human Oddities by Teresa Carson

The Congress of Human Oddities by Teresa Carson

The World Disguised as This One by Mimi White

The World Disguised as This One by Mimi White

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Poetry blossoms


The World Disguised as This One: a year in tanka, is the culmination of a year writing and a few months of editing this one new work by Mimi White.  It is part of a collaboration between two Australian artists and the author to create an exhibit at the ANITA TRAVERSO GALLERY  7 Albert Street Richmond 3121 Melbourne Australia.

Mimi White explores new forms with her sensitive poetic reach in language and vision, often mixing the natural world and the human condition together to express the mysteries of life as a sense of those things that cannot be seen.

Her achievements include: teaching creative writing for twenty-five years; Co-Director of PicturePoets of AIR, a non-profit organization that provided enriching arts and cultural experiences to teenage girls; A finalist and a recipient of a NH State Fellowship in Poetry, her chapbook The Singed Horizon was selected by Robert Creeley as the recipient of the 2000 Philbrick Poetry Award; Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire 2005-2007; in 2009 her book The Last Island received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book Poetry.

About the book:

The World Disguised as This One by Mimi White

Praise for The World Disguised as This One: a year in tanka

This beautifully observed, penetrating collection of tanka slips itself into and under awareness. A narrative holding equally an illness’s navigation and the abiding, altering beauty of existence, each five-line poem is complete in itself, a world presented in full. Yet in reading these pages through, their accumulation leads to a shifted landscape of being. As life itself does.              —Jane Hirshfield

One of the oldest Japanese forms, the tanka (or waka) originated in seventh-century Japan. Perhaps less well known to Western audiences than the haiku, it predates this form by several hundred years. The tanka usually contains thirty-one syllables or sound units, nearly double the haiku’s seventeen. Like the haiku, the tanka’s central image is taken from nature, but a shift almost always occurs when that image is recast through a more personal lens. As Yoel Hoffman writes in his introduction to Japanese Death Poems, “The tanka poet may be likened to a person holding two mirrors in his hands, one reflecting a scene from nature, the other reflecting himself as he holds the first mirror.”

About the Tanka

This book contains a yearlong devotion to writing tanka. The tanka is a Japanese form that is inspired by the seasons yet also contains the human spirit. It predates the haiku by several hundred years. Tanka today are often rendered in five lines, which I adopted. I took liberties with the thirty-one-syllable count while I paid closer attention to brevity and letting the natural image convey the emotional life of the speaker. Posted here will be the statements and some photos.

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Below are the statements for the exhibit

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Take it back


Tad Hargrave is a different kind of marketing coach.  His latest news on marketing deflects a list of the sound bites for headings that can cause panic, and his message is, “panic is not a business strategy. What if we all . . . slowed . . . down? I don’t know if panic is a norm for small businesses, maybe just for those earning less than 35,000.00 a year. We certainly can feel subject to the trends and leveraged markets of the powerful. So often we see how it works, creating the impression of how their products or services feed individualism. Maybe it’s time to take back our taste.

It often seems like so many things in life make us feel invisible, less of an individual. So it follows that marketing, in an almost subliminal way, offers us back our individuality. Are we falling into a place where we can’t read something abstract like poetry, we cannot look at abstract art, or look at conceptual art, because we may be losing our capacity for understanding, our lives are so filled with time and work and chores, there seems little space for the quiet and the slow, for contemplating what others are saying.

The World Disguised as This One

A new work by Mimi White, a year in Tanka.

I have a writer friend who has consciously taken herself off-grid intellectually, so to speak. She is very concerned with language and communication of a personal level, teaching creative writing and with the act of writing, how forms of communicating have changed not only technically but by effecting language, expression, and imagination. We often talk about the imagination. How having everything served up to our senses might be effecting imagination.

Consider the world of the late nineteenth century, the Civil War and after, if you have ever taken time or been shown the letters from that time, experienced through them the thoughts and feelings of the people writing, it’s no surprise to mention the fact that writing was how the world communicated, putting pen to paper, hand and eye coordination while imagining, a rather quiet undertaking. You may think that writing via keyboard and desktop is the same but is it?

The World Disguised as This One will be available soon, sometime in early July,; also The Conversation: Learning to Be a Poet by Dawn Potter will be available in about one week from the Website, just so you know.

Did you know that Schubert might be considered the father of modern song?

What does it mean when a retired director of the Met says, “I don’t believe art has redemptive qualities.”

Three Tankas, and what’s to come


Please consider picking up the newest books on the Website, Wars Don’t Happen Anymore by Sarah White, A Passing by Joan I. Siegel, and Beautiful Day by JR Solonche.

A passing  Middle of the Night by HC HsuBeautiful Day by JR Solonche

Wars Don't happen Anymore by Sarah White

In the works are at least two books of poetry; available now – Wars Don’t Happen Anymore  poems by Sarah White of N.Y. City; another called Once it Stops, poems by Florence Fogelin of Vermont due in summer; one book of fiction called Middle of the Night by HC HSu due later in the summer; and a book of tankas called A World Disguised As This One by Mimi White of New Hampshire; a new book os poems by Martin Steingesser called Yellow Horses will be out late July. Also very soon The Conversation: Learning to be a Poet by Dawn Potter. I know we’ve all been waiting for this one and you can find more about it here on the blog head.

Today I want to post a poem by Martina Reisz Newberry from her book Where it Goes called Three Tankas. 

Three Tankas by Martina Newberry

Three Tankas by Martina Newberry

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Mimi White at the Schoodic Institute


Mimi White recently sent word about her participation at the artist retreat / Schoodic Institute in the coming fall. Details follow.

In her award-winning book, The Last Island, Mimi has a beautiful poem from her time as a resident artist, one of my favorite:

 

 

Schoodic Peninsula

 

When the moon hung its nail

at the end of the world

we turned off the lights

and let the stars

replace what we had been saying.

Then a deer (which was once

darkness) stepped

across the road

and became forest

again. If I practice

walking I am footsteps

on the lively fungus.

When I gaze at the white

lichen I am the moon.

When blackberries

print seeds on my lips

I am the sweet season

that houses summer,

fragrant, waiting to close.

 

 

ARTIST RETREAT AT THE SCHOODIC INSTITUTE AT ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

OCTOBER 6 THROUGH 12, 2014

 

Join other artists for a creative adventure at the rocky shores and rich maritime forests of Schoodic Point at Acadia National Park. Six well-known former Acadia Artists-in Residence and several ranger/naturalists will be your program leaders for a week of inspiration focusing on the maritime ecology and autumn colors in this quiet yet spectacular area of the coast near Winter Harbor, Maine.   We invite you to enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about the ecology of the natural subjects you paint, and also to gain inspiration from associating with other environmentally oriented artists. A variety of comfortable housing and a meal package is available so that you can concentrate on your art.

Guest Artist Program Leaders:

  • Michael Boardmanhttp://www.mboardman.com/Outdoorsman and nature illustrator Michael Boardman’s session will be sketching and painting wildlife in watercolor with a focus on birds, a salute to the many who pass over Acadia in October.
  • Jana Matuszhttp://janamatusz.com/leads a workshop on plein air painting, with tips about strategy, equipment, and composition for all drawing and painting media.
  • Colleen Miniuk- Sperryhttp://www.cms-photo.com/focuses on how incorporating individual knowledge, passions, and perceptions can help you transcend the cliché with your photography and art. Gain detailed insights into the creative process and learn specific techniques for consistently developing new ideas and recording fresh images.
  • Mimi Whitehttp://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/mimi-white Conversations and close readings of poems that celebrate where we live—the earth.  Participants will look at a few select poems for enjoyment and enlightenment.   Just bring a willingness to pay attention and to be open to words.
  • Gary Hoylehttp://garyhoyle.weebly.com/ teaches how to make studio models of plants and flowers. Collect leaves of a plant that you want to reproduce.  Color photocopies, wire, waxes, crepe paper and possibly thread and string will be used to fabricate model plants.  Previously prepared silicone molds may also be used.
  • Ard Berge http://www.ardberge.com/.       will explore drawing, composition, and careful looking as a means to learn from as well as interpret nature.  Following an artist’s presentation, workshop participants will compose drawings that explore their own perceptual experiences and understanding of the park’s landscape.

 

SCHEDULE: Arrive on the afternoon of 10/6/2014 with the option to participate 4, 5, or 6 nights and 7 days

REGISTRATION:   $250

MEAL PLAN: $50/per day (Breakfast, AM snack, lunch, PM snack, dinner)

LODGING: $40-$200/per person per night, costs relating to your preference for shared or private bedrooms. There is also an opportunity to share a 2 bedroom (sleeps 3 for $100 total housing per day) or 4 bedroom (sleeps 8 for $150 total housing per day) apartment with friends.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:   Kate Petrie, Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Acadia National Park 207-288-1312