Poetry: Go explore

Happy World Poetry Day!

For the day, the Montreal Review of Books features poetry reviews by Robyn Fadden of The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate / Le premier coup de clairon pour réveiller les femmes immorales, by Rachel McCrum, Translated by Jonathan Lamy, I Am the Big Heart by Sarah Venart, Check by Sarah Tolmie, footlights by Pearl Pirie, and The Eleventh Hour by Carolyn Marie Souaid

footlights has now breached the 100-copies sold mark. Print is best. If you absolutely need it now, it’s on kindle for $10. You can hear me narrate it on Audible for $8.71. If you got your copy, but not the footlights colouring book, contact me and I can wing it your way.

Did you know the League of Canadian Poets has chapbooks? The next call for resiliency poems just closed (sound of deadlines whooshing overhead) but there are more chapbooks: Indigenous, Haiku, Black, Quebec, Atlantic, Youth.

Frontenac House’s call for submissions for Quartet 2022 is now open through April 30, 2021.

Job calls: passionate about poetry and organizing? Might you be the next Artistic Director of Versefest or the Director of Versefest? Call closed March 31 for a festival date in November.

Wondering about poet and publisher David Zieroth? Here’s a good intro article.

Like vispo and noticed most of it is by men? Sampling error? Or something this handy anthology will counteract: Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry: A 21st century anthology. Full colour. 250 pages. 36 women, 21 countries. Past 60% funded.

From Contemporary Haibun Online: ” the best haibun don’t just have a bunch of haiku strewn about like so many decorative buttons on a coat. Yes, some of those buttons might be quite beautiful in their own right, but ultimately only a few really serve to keep the coat closed and the body warm.”

Kevin Spenst’s Heart’s Amok trailer.

New to haiku? The Haiku Foundation has an entry page to exploring.

Despite the Tree Reading Series website being dead, the series continues on the 3rd Tuesday of every month on Zoom. Check Tree on Facebook. Next up are: Terese Mason Pierre and Tatiana Johnson-Boria.

The Saskatchewan Poetry Awards winner this year is This Hole Called January by Paula Jane Remlinger. Nominees included The Dry Valley by (honourary Ottawaer) Bernadette Wagner, and Phases by Belinda Betker.

How to haiku with Tom Painting:

Interview with Susan Antolin, haiku poet, and Editor of Acorn a journal of contemporary haiku. She has held positions in the Haiku Society of America, judged contests, and been active in The Haiku Poets of Northern California.

Job call: want to become an editor at Arsenal Pulp?

Thurs 25 March you hear the new winners of The Poetry Society (UK), celebrate the long list; hear from recent prize winners Wayne Holloway-Smith, Mary Jean Chan and Momtaza Mehri.

Call for Queer Monsters, prose or poetry for an anthology at Arsenal.