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SlamNation Lives On

 

It started back in 1998 - not slam poetry. That was already into its teens. No, we"re talking about the art of documenting the Slam scene. That was the year that Paul Devlin"s SlamNation was released to rapidly become a must-own-must-see video for any fan of the spoken word scene. It documented the behind the scenes and onstage action of the National Poetry Slam. ...

The Monday Bookshelf

 

2006 Poet"s Market Nancy Breen, Editor It"s the one indispensible book for any poet who wants to publish. This year"s Poet"s Market has more than 1,800 listings of markets that publish poetry. In addition to contact information, each listing also notes whether the market pays for poetry, and how, as well as giving a brief overview of the publication"s style and needs. You"ll also find a ...

National Poetry Slam News

 

It"s up and running! The official web site for the 2006 National Poetry Slam is up, and it"s a doozy. This year, they"re pulling out all the stops to make sure that those of us who are watching from home get to be part of the fun and excitement. There are blogs available for members, community message boards, an events calendar to chart the ...

The Weekly Blogger: Bud Bloom Poetry

 

Blog: Bud Bloom Poetry Blogger: Rus Bowden Updated: Daily Content: Commentary, musing, reviews, poetry What He Reads: Books, Inq. by Frank Wilson Last night we spoke with Bud Bloom, who blogs at Bud Bloom Poetry about poetry and blogging and ghosts and poetry and more poetry. We"d been talking for a while here at Poems-and-Poetry about doing a weekly "Blogs We Read and Love" feature, and when ...

Quickmuse Again

 

Last week, we pointed you to Quickmuse, the fifteen minute poem site, and this week they"re proving that they"re going to be fun for a while. This week they"ve added another battle royale, pitting poet/publishers Marge Piercy and Johathan Galassi against each other in an epic fifteen minute race. Piercy and Galassi"s efforts can be read at Quickmuse, both in their entirety and ...

Resource of the Week: PENNsound

 

Last week"s announcement that a UK site called iPoetry was going to make poetry mp3"s available to iPod listeners for 50p a poem created a very small media buzz - that is to say, it hardly got a comment from the blogosphere. What little comment did get made was along the lines of this single sentence on the unsalability of poetry. Apparently, the ...

Growing Up Girl Released by Girlchild Press

 

Lauren K. Alleyne hails from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She is agraduate of the MFA program at Cornell University, where she currently teaches Creative Writing and Freshman writing seminars. Her work has appeared in Black Arts Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, Sexing the Political, and The Hampden-Sydney Review. She is a Cave Canem fellow. Anonymous grew up laughing in the sun, playing in the ...

The Fifteen Minute Muse

 

What can you write in fifteen minutes? Or perhaps more pertinentily, do you keep your muse on tap? A new site on the cyberhorizon is pitting famous poets against each other in timed fifteen minute bouts. Quickmuse is the brainchild of Ken Gordon of Newton, Mass, who believes that improvisation keeps poetry fresh. "It doesn"t give poets a chance to be careful. It offers them ...

Larkin manuscript goes on sale

 

What"s a lost book of poems worth these days? If it"s your own poetry, the answer is probably "priceless", even if it wouldn"t fetch a dime at auction. The poems in this notebook were penned by the famed British poet Philip Larkin, though, and it"s expected to fetch $20,000 when the bookseller to whom it belongs puts it up for sale this week. According to ...