The Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Gulf Coast features several contest winners:
2017 Translation Prize
Chosen by John Keene
from Time to Be
by Camila Reimers
Translation by Lisa Carter [pictured]
2017 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner
Chosen by Roxane Gay
"Pedro" by D.J. Thielke
The Inaugural Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing
Chosen by Darby English
"Dust Balls" by Brandon Brown
To date, Under a Warm Green Linden has funded the planting of 170 trees, and with the help of poetry lovers, hopes to continue this effort. One easy way to participate is by purchasing their limited edition broadsides which accompany each new journal issue. These are bea-u-ti-ful prints - I know because I have purchased every one of them! They are reproduced on high quality paper, full color, carefully packaged for safe shipping and, best of all, SIGNED by the authors. Pictured: "Song of Extinction" by David Axelrod.
Under a Warm Green Linden has also begun publishing chapbooks and has two available for purchase: Tempo Rubato by Boyer Rickel, A Place Where One by Barbara Cully, and bonehouse by Erika Brumett (forthcoming).
Broadsided Press art and poetry collaboration posters are available for free download and postering all about town as well as in PDF to share electronically.
August's Broadsided collaboration with words by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello and art by Elizabeth Terhune resulted in "Ghost Mantis."
In addition to their ongoing CFS, Broadsided is looking for "multilingual writing" for a special edition: "Many writers grow up in or become part of families and communities that speak more than one language, and at Broadsided Press, we think that’s worth celebrating. In this special 'Broadsided Responds' feature, we will offer a folio of work that speaks between and with multiple languages."
Following the suspension of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, The New Academy was created "to warrant that an international literary prize will be awarded in 2018, but also as a reminder that literature should be associated with democracy, openness, empathy and respect."
Librarians from across Sweden were invited to submit nominations of authors for the prize; voting opened to the global public on July 10 and will close on August 14.
The top four nominations from this long list will receive final assessment for the award by an "expert jury" comprised of: Jury President Ann Pålsson, editor and independent publisher; and Jury Members Lisbeth Larsson, Professor of Literature, Gothenburg University; Peter Stenson, editor and critic; and Gunilla Sandin, librarian director.
The winner will be announced October 14.
After nearly 30 years of continuous publication, Glimmer Train has announced that they will be closing shop after this next year of publication. Submissions are still being accepted to finish out with issue #106, but after that, sisters Linda Swanson-Davies and Susan Burmeister-Brown – or as we call them, The Glimmer Train Sisters – plan to retire the publication entirely.
While they have received many offers and inquiries to let others take over the renowned journal, The Sisters had already decided against this option. In a form letter response to such inquiries, The Sisters. . .
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
In one of my recent columns I wrote about the importance to the overall effect of a poem of having a strong ending, and here's a fine example of that. It's by Terri Kirby Erickson, a North Carolinian, from her book, Becoming the Blue Heron, published by Press 53. Others of Erickson's poems are available in the column's archives at www.americanlifeinpoetry.org.
My Cousin, Milton
My cousin, Milton, worked for a cable company.
The boy I knew when we were children
had fists that were often clenched, his face set like
an old man whose life had been so hard,
it hardened him. But the man's hands opened to let
more of the world in. He sent the funniest
cards to family and friends at Christmas, laid down
cable so others could connect. Yet, he lived
alone, kept to himself much of the time, so when
his sister found his body, he'd been gone
a good while. He died young at fifty-seven, without
fuss or bother. No sitting by the bedside
or feeding him soup. He just laid himself down like
a trunk line and let the signal pass through.
We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2017 by Terri Kirby Erickson from Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53, 2017). Poem reprinted by permission of Terri Kirby Erickson and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2018 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.
by Ryan Thorpe
The family of three examines
the dining table for four,
calculating out their marriage
prospect. They are unsure
of the wood’s soft shine,
doubting it will survive past
two winters. . .
Frustrated with the current policital administration? You protest, rally, write letters, get yourself and others ready to vote...what more can you do? For poet and musician Ken Waldman (aka Alaska's Fiddling Poet), there's poetry. Sonnets to be exact, and a lot of them. With two volumes already completed and one more (at least) on the way, Waldman is taking this administration to task - and perhaps salvaging his own sanity as well as that of his readers - responding to the daily fodder by turning it to his muse for poetry.
Like many of us, in a stunned stupor the day after the election, Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Waldman writes that he was "processing Donald Trump's surprise victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and wrote, 'You make George W. seem a statesman--your opening trick,' which I turned into the first line and a half of a sonnet. A week later I wrote two more Donald Trump-inspired sonnets. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, another 68. That's 71 sonnets, a full-length collection. 41 were written in the voice of Donald Trump. The rest were addressed to him." The book's subtitle - The First 50 Days - speaks to the process many of us went through at the start.
Now in our second year of Trump's reign, Waldman continues to see us through with Trump Sonnets Volume 2: 33 Commentaries, 33 Dreams. "Half of this sequel's 66 poems is incisive commentary," writes Waldman,. "Half, dreams that I imagine Donald Trump might have, and those are in Trump's voice."
Both volumes, as well as Waldman's other books, are available through SPD Distribution or directly from Waldman. Visitors to his website can also view YouTube videos of Waldman reading the poems with a little bit of his iconic fiddling style thrown in.