Aja Couchois Duncan, Allan Peterson, Ashland Poetry Press, Bear Star Press, Burt Kimmelman, CavanKerry Press, Dana Green, Dancing Girl Press, Daneen Wardrop, David Rivard, David Weville, Donika Kelly, Dos Madres Press, Ehtlel Rackin, Eileen Tabios, Floating Bridge Press, Glenis Redmond, Graywolf Press, Greg Alan Brownderville, Kevin Carey, Knives Forks Spoons Press, Lee Sharkey, Litmus Press, LSU Press, Lydia Popovich, Lydia Swartz, Lyn Hejinian, Marsh Hawk Press, Max Ritvo, Megan Snyder-Camp, Michael Rothenberg, Milkweed Editions, Mouthfeel Press, Natalie Safir, Noah Warren, Omnidawn Press, Paper Swans Press, Parlor Press, poetry covers, Press53, Shinjini Bhattacharjee, small press poetry, Tarpaulin Sky, Tavern Books, Tupelo Press, Yale Press
Dos Madres Press
Floating Bridge Press
Ashland Poetry Press
Dancing Girl Press
Knives Forks Spoons Press
Bear Star Press
Marsh Hawk Press
#2sDayPoems, Alice Walker, Andrea Cohen, blue bowls, Cherries, Daily Painter, flash fiction, Fourway Books, Furst Not Mine, Graywolf Press, Jane Kenyon, Kathy Wochele, New England, Orion, Poetry Foundation, Southern, women painters, Women writers
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 Andrea Cohen
In the minute it took
to fetch the blue bowl
from the kitchen
to pick the just-ripe
cherries, the blackbirds
had come. They picked
the branches clean, ascending
into their own blue bowl.
Lacking wings, I…
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Best of the Prompts
NaPoWriMo’s “Fortune Cookie prompt”
NotaLiteraryJournal’s “List Poem in the Style of Camile Guthrie prompt”
Indiana Humanities’ “Family Holiday prompt”
Poetic Asides P-A-D “Last ___ prompt”
Poetry School’s “Animal Habitats prompt”
Mariah Wilson’s “Lament prompt”
QuillsEdge Press’ “Aubade to Yourself prompt”
Found Poetry’s “Phrases from Travel Websites prompt”
Mary Carroll-Hacket’s “Miracle of Birth prompt”
Lagan Press’ “Confronting Fears prompt”
Apparatus Mag’s “Reconciliation prompt”
Imaginary Garden’s “If These Walls Could Talk prompt”
The City Quill’s “What Makes You Anxious prompt”
Kate Foley’s “Going Back in Time prompt”
Elizabeth Koch’s “Instincts prompt”
Winter Tangerine’s “Bad Birthdays prompt”
Poems I Have Loved (Tweeters’ Shares)
Mark Strand “Eating Poetry”
Gretchen Marquette “Doe”
Carole Stone “A Woman’s Face”
Leah Umansky “This is a Real Elegy”
Lorna Shaugnessy “Moving Like Anemones”
N. Scott Momaday “The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee”
Art Talk with Poet and 2016 Poetry Out Loud Host Elizabeth Acevedo (NEA)
Poems that Celebrate Life on the Farm: Tess Taylor’s Work&Days (NPR)
7 Playful Tactics to Get Kids Writing Poetry (Edutopia)
Four Voices Confront the Absence of Women in Irish Poetry
**Poets, if you would like to be featured in 2sDay Poems, have your collection reviewed, guest post in the Poetry Lab or blog on any of the Thoughts on Poetry topics, including Foremother Friday or Small Press Interviews, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday through Friday, this week only, BoneSpark is bringing you a special “chick-links” collection of contemporary women poets with new or newish releases from small or university presses. 5 chicas X 5 days! Why that’s 25 books worthy of sacrificing your lunch money to hold.
And without further ado, today’s five picks are:
[Click titles for (direct) purchase links and author names for bios.]
2014 Poetry Collections, a note passed to superman, A Whole New World, Ahsahta Press, Aladdin, Alaska, Alice James Books, Anne Ferry, Apiology with Stigma, Bad NDN, Black Ocean, Carrie Olivia Adams, Claudia Emerson, Clay Matthews, Commonplace Invasions, contraband of hoopoe, Copper Canyon, Dan Vera, Dancing Girl Press, Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower, Ewa Chrusciel, Figure Studies, Forty One Jane Doe's, Graywolf Press, Hanging Loose Press, Happenstance, Helena Nelson, holiday gift giving guide, HOT TOPIC, How a Poem Happens, Jo Pitkin, Julie Funderburk, Kelly Andrews, Lavender Ink/Dialogos, Letras Latinas, Look Like You know Your Shit, Louisiana small press, LSU Press, Mad Honey Symposium, Marguerite Guzman Bouvard, Mule-Skinner, NOLA poetry, Omnidawn, Plot and CounterPlot, Poem for Plutocrats, poetheads, Rachel Piercey, Red Hen, Rivers Wanted, Sabotage Reviews, Sally Wen Mao, Salmon Poetry, Sarah Lindsay, Scandlous, sexy christmas elf, Sherman Alexie, southern lit, Southern Messenger Poets, Speaking Wiri Wiri, Split This Rock, Starlight on Water, Steven Scafidi, supernatural, The Cabinetmaker's Window, The Emma Press, The Leviathan of Parsonstown, The Light That Shines Inside Us, The Overhaul, The Title of the Poem, Thoughts to Fold Into Birds, To Whoever Set My Truck on Fire, Unicorn Press, What I've Stolen What I've Earned, women poets
Yes, it is that time of year again, friends….the time of ‘best of’ lists and holiday buying hives. Ok, maybe that’s not you, but you really, really want to impress that super hot poet that lives down the hall or maybe deigns to talk to you in the Starbucks line you happen to keep timing just right so as to consistently run into him/her.
Or maybe, you are married to one of these poethead monsters. Or gasp! You are one of those word-flingers.
Sexy-Christmas-Elf-me can practically guarantee to get you a good snog under the mistletoe, if you will wrap up a few of these (mostly) 2014 collections.
From AHSAHTA PRESS
This is actually a Spring 2013 release that made it into my basket early this year, but boy am I glad that it did. Combining a print book with a DVD of short films, this combo from Carrie Olivia Adams (better known as poetry editor for Black Ocean) is definitely a keeper.
Love this tagline: “A woman knows her body . . . until it is exploded into a multitude of Janes.”
from ALICE JAMES
I Know! Your eyes are totally blown out of your head.
Moving on to 2 Titles from COPPER CANYON
Sarah Lindsay delves into skeleton-eating worms, sweet potato and squid with brief jaunts to Iraq
Sun-Bear also from Copper Canyon
Matthew Zapruder‘s 4th collection, another zinger from one of Cali’s hottest poets
Check out “Poem for Plutocrats”
and don’t forget my go-to press DANCING GIRL bringing us…
Read a sample poem at the purchase link above.
And from (The) EMMA PRESS, one of the cooolest small presses in the UK…
Rachel Piercey’s 2nd pub with EP, but her first full-length pamphlet, bringing every bit of her gobsmacking wit and charm to a head.
Check out the great write-up from Sabotage Reviews here.
from GRAYWOLF PRESS
Ok, a bit of a cheat. This is forthcoming Feb. 2015, but I just love the Scottish hell out of Kathleen Jamie and couldn’t help but put this up even without a pre-order button. Why is there no pre-order button?
Oh well, buy this as soon as it’s out.
then there is this ball-buster from HANGING LOOSE PRESS
Sherman Alexie is hands-down the baddest NDN around with multi-genre superpowers, and I basically want to be him when I grow up, only better-looking in a dress, which should be red with imitation feathers.
from HAPPENSTANCE (another small press from across the pond)
These pamphlets are actually from 2003 and 2010, but I’ve only just discovered Helena Nelson through performance circles, so bear with me.
Both of these babies rock the cover art and feature marvellous poems.
from LAVENDER INK/DIALOGOS
Marguerite Guzman Bouvard‘s poems so good they should have their own shrine. And I am I totally not just saying that because this is like my favorite NOLA based press. Who Dat, Y’all!!from LSU PRESS (Purple and Gold, Baby)
Read “To Whoever Set My Truck on Fire” at How a Poem Happens and see. See!
Now buy the book and
also snap up
which pairs really well with Forty-One Jane Doe’s from above [top of the list]then again, you can’t really go wrong with most of the Southern Messenger Poets series
same goes for Ewa Chrusciel, whose latest from OMNIDAWN
contraband of hoopoe has just the right mix of art and ritual to make you want to do research and never stop traveling even if it’s all just in your mind
well, that doesn’t really do her justice. just pick up the book and work your way into her genius.
RED HEN also has a stunner with its 2013 Winner of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize
is good, good, good stuff
Hear him read here. Funny, charming. Brave experimenter with language.
[Dude, I know it was on Split This Rock’s recommended list from last year, but I just got it…so now I’m telling you it’s good. LOL]
from SALMON POETRY
Jo Pitkin, is a must-have. She has been accused of “bewitching” her readers, but in the best possible way. 🙂
Everything out of Salmon Poetry is top-notch.
and from UNICORN PRESS
“grounded in the coastal carolina’s wind, sun, and sea”
ahhhhhhhhhhhh. small press goodness from NC.
Also, you’ll look really, really smart if you buy and then read….
Seriously, though, this will open up a whole new world. Trust me!!!!