RootsWorld is a great portal to world music. "World music." Once when this was my answer to a co-worker asking me what I liked to listen to, he then said, "That's what people say when they don't know what they like." Clearly, his concept of "world music" was overplayed cafe loops of Putomayo CDs. Don't get me wrong, I have a few of those brightly colored CDs in my collection, but they served their purpose - to get me out looking for the individual musicians. That's where RootsWorld comes in.
RootsWorld features a dozen musicians and their albums on their homepage with links to more information about each and a sample track. Additionally, the site offers interviews, reviews, and Roots Radio - extended programs of music from several artists. Defnitely the place to visit if you are indeed a true world music fan!
In Michigan, Not Even the Dead Are Safe
By Op-Ed Contributor Thomas Lynch
Published: April 29, 2007
THE big cemetery with the name like a golf course out on the Interstate across from the mall was seized by a state conservator this winter. Seems someone took the money — $70 million in prepaid trust funds — and ran. It’s one of those theme park enterprises with lawn crypts and cheap statuary and an army of telemarketers calling up locals in the middle of dinner to sell us all our “commemorative estates.”
“You don’t want to be a burden to your children, do you?” So says the “memorial counselor” with the sales pitch and the flip chart and the forms to “sign here” on the bottom line — the bargain-in-the-briefcase peace of mind. Why not? I say, though never out loud. My children have all been burdens to me. Isn’t that what the best of life is — bearing our burdens honorably?
[Read the rest: NY Times Online.]
Quiet Mountain Essays (QME) publishes in January, March, June, August, and October; accepting submissions all year. Each issue features 1-3 previously unpublished original essays, the number of which is dependent upon the volume of submissions. QME is an online publication only, there is no print companion. Its continued existence depends upon participation from women visiting this site. Male readers and writers should please respect the spirit of this woman-space site, unless responding to the Open Call (April 1- June 15) for the annual August Open Issue.
Issue 12, 2007
Beloit Poetry Journal
Volume 58 Number 1, Fall 2007
Volume 24 Number 1, Summer 2007
Volume 19 Number 2, Summer 2007
Number 2, Summer 2007
Issue 160, Summer 2007
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Issue 64, Fall 2007
Issue 10, 2007
Issue 5, Spring 2007
Volume 73 Number 3, 2007
New York Quarterly
Number 63, 2007
North Dakota Quarterly
Volume 74 Number 1, Winter 2007
Open Minds Quarterly
Volume 9 Number 2, Summer 2007
Volume 190 Number 5, September 2007
A Public Space (APS)
Issue 4, 2007
Volume 8 Number 2, Spring 2007
Numbers 155-156, Summer-Fall 2007
The Sewanee Review
Volume 115 Number 3, Summer 2007
South Loop Review
Volume 9, 2006
Issue 33/34, 2007
NewPages Guide to Graduate Creative Writing Programs
This page is "in progress." If you know of a graduate school writing program that is not currently listed, please let us know. More information on listed programs will be posted in Sept. 2007. That is, as they say, the plan.
This page will also link to a larger list of creative writing programs, including undergrad programs and a list of annual creative writing conferences, workshops & retreats. Any not listed that you would like to see? Let us know!
As noted in a previous blog, Jessica Powers, author of the young adult novel The Confessional (Random House, July 2007) had been disinvited to speak at Cathedral High School in El Paso because her book contained "language" and sexual innuendos. The principal of the private, Catholic school spoke with an El Paso reporter for Newspaper Tree saying he felt "compelled to protect our kids [who begin attending at 13 years old] and our school." Has this guy walked down his own hallways lately? Where does he think Jessica got the realistic teen behavior material for her book? Not only that, but didn't these people actually READ her book before inviting her to speak?
Even so, it hardly seems the point, since Powers says she wasn't going to speak about her book, but rather on the issues she writes about in the book: "immigration (illegal and legal); underlying racial tension in a border society like El Paso's; violence and pacifism; social divisions between different groups of people; and faith or doubts about faith." But, as Cathedral is a private rather than public school, its decision was regarded differently by Bobby Byrd, co-publisher and vice president of Cinco Puntos Press, who "said the decision for a private school to cancel a book event is a 'whole different situation' from public censorship. 'The parents are essentially hiring the school to make certain decisions,' he said. 'If a teacher were teaching that book, then it would be a whole different decision.' The decision to cancel the discussion may not have been the correct one, though, Byrd suggested. 'To me it speaks of timidity,' he added. 'Literature is literature.'"
It was Jessica's contention that her visit had been cancelled because of a coinciding visit to take place by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The cancellation itself was brought on, not by school members, but by Former Chief Justice Barajas – who I also doubt even read the book. Ironically enough, on August 12, Jessica made note in her blog that the superintendent of the schools actually gave her approval of the book: "Because of all the brouhaha, a teacher made sure the superintendent of Catholic schools in El Paso had a copy of the book. She read it and called the principal up and said she didn't see what all the fuss was about. She said, 'I don't want our boys to talk this way…but they do.' Former Chief Justice Barajas, the one who forced the cancellation of the event, had allegedly said this was an attack on the church and a threat. But a teacher who read it said, 'Every time the boys get in trouble, they return to what they were taught. They pray, they go to confession….What else can you ask for?'"
Only what's left to ask: WWJD?
by Tim Jones / Chicago Tribune (MCT)
17 August 2007
OAKLAND, Calif.—Until the sawed-off shotgun was raised and aimed at him, Chauncey Bailey, the tall, swashbuckling media celebrity who always walked and talked with a purpose, didn’t seem to worry that his reporting might put his life in danger.
He was the hard-charging and controversial advocate for the black community in this uncelebrated city by the bay. And that, Bailey’s friends say, led him to assume a cocoon of personal safety, if not immunity from the black-on-black violent crime afflicting Oakland. There had been death threats before, but nothing came of them...[Read the rest on Pop Matters]
August 12th, 2007 by Jeremy Axelrod for the Kenyon Review
Parnassus: Poetry in Review will not be closing shop with Volume 30, after all. Until recently, financial woes made that round, impressive number seem like a sensible finale for the journal’s magnificent run. As Meg Galipault noted on KR Blog [Kenyon Review Blog], Willard Spiegelman wrote in the Wall Street Journal about its “commitment to intelligence and beautiful writing” — an achievement that’s sadly not enough to fill the till. But sometimes poetry does make things happen, or at least poetry critics do. A very generous reader of the Wall Street Journal saw Spiegelman’s article and offered to fully fund Parnassus for two more years. In the last few months, many magazines and newspapers have lamented the end of Parnassus and praised its decades of excellence. Nobody spoke too soon. When the donation materialized, it was an utter surprise for everyone. [Read the rest on KR Blog]
by Donovan Chase
What follows will make no sense.
I intend for this to happen,
And so it will.
I want my poem to be considered deep, so I’ll have it make no sense.
I’ll use random bits of
To make a point
That doesn’t exist...
[Read the rest on 24:7 Magazine.]
[But then you'll miss this part:
I’ll use “vague but disturbing imagery”
Like the idea of someone taking a cat
and putting it in a cheese taco
to make the poem seem to have meaning...]
[And other funny bits.]