The Latest Featured Poems

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This month’s collection features award winning poet, Andrea Cohen; alongside poets writing about an Italian Deli in 1983, what happens if you wish upon the wrong star, or after a transplant. Then, in honor of all the cafes out there hosting p2g, there’s an ode to the cappuccino.

Also, my awesome colleague and now assistant editor of poems2go has launched p2g into the social media realm. You can now check us out on Facebook, and Twitter.

Go on, get that cappuccino, and a poem to go with it.

 

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Thank you Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry

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The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry has awarded poems2go a grant for another year!

Look out for more events, more venues to host p2g, and more fantastic poetry to share.

Poems2go is getting some press

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Check out the recent press p2g has received on Lesley University’s web page.

And I’ve just discovered it was listed on the website Author’s Publish as one of the new and exciting literary journals of the last 6 months.

My thanks to all p2g contributors and supporters for helping me grow this grassroots project!

April is a Poet’s Month

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Happy many things…but mostly poetry month and pea shoots.

We have five new featured poets, including one Trinity College student, one who writes a “Prayer for Elvis,” and another who writes of saving “Every penny or two/for little hands wanting a purse full of treasures.” And there’s a poem about the mystery of an agave plant, and one that speaks,”Outside our dominion of parochial law/some say there are vineyards, some say war.”

Thanks to our readers Teresa Cader, Sharon Bryan, and julie ann otis who read at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop on April 15th. The varied styles of each poet made for interesting listening and conversation afterwards. One of the participants, a non-poet stated she loved observing the different possibilities poetry can express.

At time of submission, I ask poets to include why or how poetry matters. Here are a few responses:

“We can fool ourselves, but not the poem.”

“…because it still gives voice to the most elevated aspects of our being—the vatic, the prophetic, the naked truth always newly born and therefore full of catalytic potential.”

“I believe that it is only through the arts, poetry in particular that we are afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible.”

“Poetry speaks to that deep well of thought and feeling which springs from the human spirit.  Most of us who are caught up in the hurry scurry of life need a time and place to reflect.  Poetry provides this.  In this way we can communicate on a transformative level.  We can really talk with each other instead of at each other.  Through this dialogue, perhaps we will grow to understand the why when and wherefore of life.”

“Poetry is important because she has never found a better way to express herself and communicate the non-stop inner dialogue she lives with. And she can’t be the only one.”

“Poetry interprets and re-interprets the world again and again. It makes sense of what cannot be made sense of.”

“Poetry keeps me company beneath the surface of everyday life.”

 

Upcoming Event at Grolier Poetry Bookshop

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This Friday night, April 15th at 7 pm is a reading by featured poems2go readers: Sharon Bryan, Teresa Cader and julie ann otis, followed by conversation on why and how poetry matters.

Its sure to be an engaging evening, in an iconic setting. Martin Espada read there 2 weeks ago. It was standing room only.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Make It a Baker’s Dozen, and Take a Mary Jo Bang Poem To Go

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p2g can now be found at 13 venue sites.

The latest additions are Lesley University‘s libraries,  The Underground Cafe, in Dennis, MA, and The Camp House in Chattanooga, TN!

And the newest collection of Featured Poets, includes award-winning poet Mary Jo Bang.

Bang’s book, The Bride of E,  was instrumental in my understanding of making associations in poetry. Her eclectic assembly of words plays with obscurity to reveal our existential condition as associative beings, and challenges what we think we know versus what we don’t yet know. She believes, “obscuration in a poem can be a means of forcing the reader to read carefully, to become aware of the difficulty of reading poetry.”(1)  This awareness calls for our attention to read slowly, think consciously, to be alert, keen, and sensitive readers which ultimately carries over to our writing, and to our ability to think interconnectecdly, of what our place is in the collective whole.

Happy spring, and happy reading!

 

  1. Birmingham, Riley Web. 20 Oct. 2013<http://www.goodreads.com/author-blog-posts/5/29644-mary-jo-bang-on-craft-notes-taken-by-riley-birmingham-10-20-13&gt;

 

Grolier Poetry Bookshop Needs Our Help

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One of our venues,The Grolier Poetry Bookshop is reaching out for help, asking for donations to keep its doors open. Stepping into this bookshop is liking stepping into Poetry’s Akashic Records, rich in poet history, with a quiet, almost sacred energy. It is the oldest all-poetry bookshop in America, coming up on their 90th anniversary!

Grolier wants to continue to serve you by hosting significant poetry events, celebrating the latest poetry books, and honoring new and established poets.

“The book shop has been a home to many great poets, and poetry lovers from all over the world. Grolier has been home to many great poets, such as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Creeley, ee cummings, TS Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, Maryanne Moore, and Adrienne Rich. More recently, we have featured  Frank Bidart, David Ferry, Michael McClure, Kimiko Hahn, Maxine Kumin, Robert Pinsky, Ariana Riens, and Franz Wright.
Ifeanyi Menkiti, a Nigerian-born poet and longtime philosophy professor at Wellesley College, purchased the store in 2006. Menkiti dips into his own pockets to replenish the store and keeps a very lean staff; but even with these efforts, there is no denying the struggle independent bookstores endure. Keeping poetry, and all of its richness, alive means the world to us. Through reading, writing, and sharing it, many of us have created and found homes. Providing a center to celebrate writing has always been our greatest joy, and though we continue to host events and readings, we would greatly appreciate your help to keep our ‘home’ going.”

Please go to the Go Fund website and search for Grolier Legacy in Cambridge MA