Men& Beasts has arrived!!!

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Smack-dab in the middle of National Poetry Month and I haven’t posted a thing. Can you believe it? Ah, life. Well, poetry peeps, the good news is that my chapbook Men& Beasts is now ready for your hot little hands. Just click the title for the purchasing link, and pick up some of the other awesome wopo (women’s poetry) offerings at Dancing Girl Press while you’re at it.

The dpg mixtape bundle (5 for $25) is an awesome deal and perfect for rounding out your #nationalpoetrymonth TBR pile, or getting in a few more #readwomen, and in my case, #NDN titles.

Big thanks to the fantabulous Kristy Bowen for all that she does to bring good poetry into the world. Don’t you all just love the cover?  I do.

Anyone interested in doing a review, shoot an email to bonesparkblog@yahoo.com

 

Sunday Sentence 12/11

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 HereonEarth

My weekly contribution to David Abrams’ “Sunday Sentence” project in which participants share the best sentence read during the past week “out of context and without commentary.”

The rain sounds like music from a distant planet.

SOURCE: Alice Hoffman‘s novel Here on Earth

 

 

Poets on Craft (Youtube) Playlist

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Just a few short (and not-so short) videos featuring Poets on Craft. Highlights include Jane Hirshfield speaking on transitions, Aimee Nez on capturing landscape/natural world, Tim Seibles on metaphor and Terrance Hayes reflecting on style. Enjoy!

 

Favorite Poetry Covers of 2016

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Buying Links:

Dos Madres Press
Litmus Press
Floating Bridge Press
Graywolf Press
Tarpaulin Sky
Paper Swans
Ashland Poetry Press
Milkweed Editions
Parlor Press
LSU Press
Press53
Yale Press
Tavern Books
Dancing Girl Press
Knives Forks Spoons Press
CavanKerry Press
Omnidawn Press
Tupelo Press
Mouthfeel Press
Bear Star Press
Marsh Hawk Press

More than a month #ReadNDN

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Native American Heritage Month has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you should tuck those Bad NDN’s away.  Just like you’ve embraced the #readwomen movement, resolve to #readNDN all year.

Here’s three poetry collections to help get you started:

Heid Erdrich‘s CELL TRAFFIC (Sun Tracks, Univ. of AZ)

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Joy Harjo‘s CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR HOLY BEINGS (W.W. Norton)

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Tiffany Midge‘s THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR (Univ. of NM)

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Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Po-Fic Pairs

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Playing off Booktuber Jen Campbell’s Books to Read in Pairs Tag, I’ve got a few novel + poetry pairings for you. Whether you are a novels-only gal or a hardcore poethead, a double dip will enhance your literary muscle. Go ahead and brag to your friends over your next glass of wine or steaming cup of coffee!! #readwomen

[Sorry T.C., but you’re sort of the token male in this list.  I really liked your book, though, so there’s that.]

  1. Fiction: ORPHANS OF THE CARNIVAL   +     Poetry: CIRCASSIAN GIRL
  1. Fiction: THE OTHER EINSTEIN  +    Poetry: THE LOST LETTERS OF MILEVA
  1. Fiction:WHITE HEAT         +          Poetry: THE CORMORANT HUNTER’S WIFE
  1. Fiction:THE TERRANAUTS  +  Poetry: CERTAIN MAGICAL ACTS

Fall Surprise!!!!

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Yes, BoneSparkblog has been sadly neglected this summer, but I have something yummy for all you fiction writers out there…………….

A BRAND NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

featuring a Craft Talks (Writers on Writing) playlist that will blow your socks off.

But don’t let the genre labels fool you, scribblers, these videos have juicy advice that is applicable across categories.

So dig in!! And look for its poetry cousin in the very near future.

Symbols of Life, Rebirth & Renewal (#2sdayPoems)

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Today’s picks are from New England masters, and are poems short in length but long on symbolism–life (blue bowls), rebirth (cherries) and renewal (robin), to name a few.  I also wanted to gift you with a beautiful bit of flash fiction centered around the same symbolism.

BONUS ALERT===> Click Alice Walker’s “My Mother’s Blue Bowl” to read the piece in its entirety.  And be sure to check out more work from Daily Painter Kathy Wochele, whose painting “Cherries” is featured above.

 

THE BLUE BOWL

by Jane Kenyon

Like primitives we buried the cat
with his bowl. Bare-handed
we scraped sand and gravel
back into the hole. It fell with a hiss
and thud on his side,
on his long red fur, the white feathers
that grew between his toes, and his
long, not to say aquiline, nose.
We stood and brushed each other off.
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Silent the rest of the day, we worked,
ate, stared, and slept. It stormed
all night; now it clears, and a robin…

 

FULL TEXT HERE (w/ audio)

from Collected Poems (Graywolf, 2005)

 

CHERRIES

by Andrea Cohen

 

In the minute it took
to fetch the blue bowl

from the kitchen
to pick the just-ripe

cherries, the blackbirdsFurs-Not-Mine-front-cover
had come. They picked

the branches clean, ascending
into their own blue bowl.

Lacking wings, I…

 

FULL TEXT HERE
latest collection: Furs Not Mine (Fourway, 2015)

Sunday Sentence 6/19

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My weekly contribution to David Abrams’ “Sunday Sentence” project in which participants share the best sentence read during the past week “out of context and without commentary.”

There had been a sign to detour in the center of the main street of this town, but cars had obviously gone through, so, believing it was some repair which had been completed, Nicholas Adams drove on through the town along the empty, brick-paved street, stopped by traffic lights that flashed on and off on this traffic-less Sunday, and would be gone next year when the payments on the system were not met; on under the heavy trees of the small town that are a part of your heart if it is your town and you have walked under them, but that are only too heavy, that shut out the sun and that dampen the houses for a stranger; out past the last house and onto the highway that rose and fell straight away ahead with banks of red dirt sliced clearly away and the second-growth timber on both sides.

SOURCE: Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Fathers and Sons” from The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition