Poetry for All: Prompt 4

The “Poetry for All” series continues with a marvelous poem by William Stafford: “Starting With Little Things.”

Prompt 4:

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Poem credits:

William Stafford, “Starting With Little Things” from Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems. Copyright © 1987 by William Stafford. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc. on behalf of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, http://www.graywolfpress.org.

My thanks to the featured poets for permission to use their poems, and to Sheila Farr and John Helde for essential technical help.

Poetry for All: Prompt 3

Here’s the third in my “Poetry for All” series of video poetry prompts. This one features “Desire, Like a Hungry Lion” by Dorothy Trogdon from her collection Tall Woman Looking (Blue Begonia Press).

Prompt 3: Desire

Desire, Like a Hungry Lion

                                                                  For RB

A hungry lion is loose in the streets of May.

How difficult it is for you to know what you require
at any passage of your life
               yet something sees and knows and waits

until you open your door and go forward to meet it,
to offer what has been taking shape within you.

Hold out the tempting crumbs in the palm of your hand
and quietly wait until you feel the touch of the velvet muzzle.

Look well at the fur and claw of wildness, your brother.
The stars need darkness or you would not know them.

—Dorothy Trogdon

You can hear Dorothy Trogdon reading her poem at KUOW.org.

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Feel free to share this, and I hope you’ll leave me a comment to tell me know how it goes.

Poem credits:

Dorothy Trogdon, “Desire, Like a Hungry Lion” from Tall Woman Looking. Copyright © 2012 by Dorothy Trogdon. Used with the permission of the author and Blue Begonia Press.

My thanks to the featured poets for permission to use their poems, and to Sheila Farr and John Helde for essential technical help.

Poetry for All: Prompt 2

Here’s the second in my series of video poetry prompts. This one includes a poem by Peter Pereira, from his collection What’s Written on the Body. These are intended for the poetry-curious, beginning writers, and anyone who’d like company at the desk. Please feel free to share this, and I hope you’ll leave me a comment to let me know how it goes, OK?

Prompt 2: A Visitation

This prompt features Peter Pereira’s poem “Twenty Years after His Passing, My Father Appears to Us in Chicago, at Bobby Chinn’s Crab & Oyster House, in the Guise of Our Waiter, Ramon” from What’s Written on the Body (Copper Canyon Press).

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Poem credits:

Peter Pereira, “Twenty Years after His Passing, My Father Appears to Us in Chicago, at Bobby Chinn’s Crab & Oyster House, in the Guise of Our Waiter, Ramon” from What’s Written on the Body. Copyright © 2007 by Peter Pereira. Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, www.coppercanyonpress.org.

My thanks to the featured poets for permission to use their poems, and to Sheila Farr and John Helde for essential technical help.

National Poetry Month: Poetry for All

Just in time for National Poetry Month, I’m launching a short series of online poetry prompts. These videos are mini versions of the free poetry writing workshops I’m giving all around Washington state. Each combines a model poem with a writing activity, and is intended to be useful to the poetry-curious and beginning writers alike. Here’s the first one.

Prompt 1: A Memorable Meal

Prompt 1 features Li-Young Lee’s “Eating Together,” from Rose (BOA Editions), and was inspired by the indispensable The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World by Brenda Miller and Holly J. Hughes.

This series is a bit of an experiment, so I hope you’ll post comments about how this works for you.

Poem credits:

Li-Young Lee, “Eating Together” from Rose. Copyright © 1986 by Li-Young Lee. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of BOA Editions, Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.

HUGE thanks to the featured poets for permission to use their poems, and to Sheila Farr and John Helde for essential technical help.

Offer a Poem to Communities Affected by the Oso Mudslide

Photo: Leah & Sybil by Terry Reed, State Art Collection, located at Granite Falls High School.
Photo: Leah & Sybil by Terry Reed, State Art Collection, located at Granite Falls High School.

“Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed April 1-30, 2014 as National Poetry Month in the State of Washington, not only to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievements of American poets, but also to use the observance as a way to send spiritual support to 530 Mudslide communities.

I call upon poets, educators, librarians, public officials and all Washingtonians to observe National Poetry Month in a more meaningful, personal way by using poetry in activities, ceremonies and programs, as a means to offer comfort and solace to those who are suffering as a result of the Oso mudslide.

In keeping with the Governor’s proclamation, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) encourages poets, students and citizens to submit poems to ArtsWA’s Tumblr forum Art with a Heart – Response to Oso during the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month and to honor the mudslide victims and communities.”  (From the Art with a Heart Tumblr site.)

How to submit a poem:

Go to ArtsWA’s Tumblr at Art with a Heart – Response to Oso.

Click submit.

Type your name and a message about why you picked or wrote the poem.

Include the title of the poem, the author and the publisher if possible.

Note: ArtsWA will review all submissions and reserves the right to edit or reject inappropriate material.

Read Gov. Inslee’s 2014 National Poetry Month Proclamation.

National Poetry Month: Big Poetry Giveaway 2014

2014 Poetry Giveaway
I’m participating in The Big Poetry Giveaway for 2014.

Poet Kelli Russell Agodon started a wonderful tradition for National Poetry Month: The Big Poetry Giveaway. Because really, who doesn’t love getting something for free? And to me, National Poetry Month is all about putting poetry into people’s hands.

So,  I’m giving away two copies of my book, Every Dress a Decision, and two of my current favorite collection, Kim-An Lieberman’s In Orbit.

Cover of In Orbit

        Every Dress a Decision cover

Here’s how to participate in the Big Poetry Giveaway

If you’d like to be entered to win In Orbit or Every Dress a Decision, please use the comments section of this post to leave:

1. Your name and email address

2. Which title you’d like to win

 

Do this by midnight (Hawaii time), April 30, 2014.  I’ll randomly choose FOUR lucky winners the week of May 1, 2014 and will mail a book to each winner. Remember, if you don’t leave me your email address, I won’t be able to let you know you won.

And if you have a blog, and want to participate in The Big Poetry Giveaway 2014 and send (at least) two books of poems out into the world, learn more about that here.