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25 JULY 2016

Apology to the MoonApology to the Moon by Jim Daniels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Close your eyes, conjure this vision of the night sky: a matte-black rectangle punctuated by fourteen small round apertures, each softly back-lit. Which one is the moon?

What I just evoked for you is the elegantly-designed cover of this keepsake poetry chapbook meticulously crafted by BatCat Press, www.batcatpress.com. (I purchased #20 of 50 copies.)

The 23 poems between these covers are keepers, too. Mr. Daniels’s translucent lyrics are lingering, right now, within the undercurrents of my own life’s late-hour regrets, bygone apologies, and waning options. The poet writes about human Melancholy in all its lunar phases — the full phase of addiction, the partial phases of flawed relationships, the enigmatic phases of raising children, the absent phases of recollected childhood.

Perhaps–as has been proposed elsewhere–our personal salvation begins with complaint (blaming the gods) and ends with gratitude (praising the gods). If so, this small chapbook ushers forth a muted, almost shy, grace: the poet begins with self-deprecating complaint (“Apology to the Moon”) and ends with self-effacing praise (“Audience with the Moon”).

Splurge on a purchase of this precious collection of poetry. Feel for yourself the soft grace of it, from cover to cover.

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21 JULY 2016

POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTESTS (sponsors, presses, open-reading publishers) — a list I’ve compiled over the last twelve months of submitting my manuscript.

 

Ahsanta

Anabiosis

Anchor and plume

Anhinga

Arcadia

Astounding beauty ruffian

Autumn house

Backbome

Batcat

Black lawrence

Black river

Blood pudding

Blue light

Boaat

Brain mill

Brickhouse books

Bright hill

Bull city

Burnside

C&R

Center for book arts

Coal hill

Codhill

Comstock review

Concrete wolf

Cutbank

Dancing girl

Diagram

Dream horse

Educe

Emrys

Evening street

Finishing line

Five oaks

Flipped eye

Futurecycle

Gertrude

Gft

Gold line

Grayson

H_NGM_N

Hyacinth girl

Main street rag

Midwest writing center

Munster literature center

Newfound

Omnidawn

Oro fino

Plume

Poet’s billow

Poetry business

Poetry society of america

Prolific

Quill’s edge

Rattle

Red bird

Salt hill

Seattle review

Sibling rivalry

Slapering hol

Slash pine

Slate roof

Slipstream

Sow’s ear

Swan scythe

Tarpaulin sky

Tebot bach

Texas review

Tupelo

Tusculum review

Two of cups

Two sylvias

Ugly Duckling

Unicorn

Verse

Word tech

Writer’s relief

 

 

6 July 2016

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Thanks to Dan Wilcox for this photograph of me reading my new grass poems. Dan’s summary of the poetry event (in Albany, New York) can be found on his blog HERE.

10 May 2016

I am entirely thrilled to announce that two of my poems have been accepted for publication by a first-rate online venue, one of the finest I’ve ever come across: By&By Poetry, a quarterly literary journal. Visit the journal’s Facebook page HERE.

23 MARCH 2016

The stack of poems for me to judge for an annual contest, entries from undergraduate students. I enjoy my role as a volunteer judge for local competitions.

 

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28 FEBRUARY 2016

When I submit my chapbook manuscript to various contests, I  purchase and examine a sampling of previous winners. Here are chapbooks from Autumn House, Arcadia, Backbone, Bull City, Coal Hill, Grayson, Smith/Doorstop.

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17 JANUARY 2016

Last night, my husband and I attended a convivial gathering of local poets, many of whom read aloud their original poems after a couple hours of consuming delicious food and engaging in friendly conversation. I recited from memory a triolet that I composed recently, ”At the Funeral Mass.” (thanks to T.VH. for this photo)

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