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25 SEPTEMBER 2016

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

6 September 2016

My daughter, age 23, works in Kabul, Afghanistan, a city that has been attacked several times during the last few weeks, and again yesterday. Today I wrote this poem, which I dedicate to Dan Wilcox of Albany, NY.

 
SHE IS SAFE  (SO THEY TELL ME)
they strongly condemn the violent attacks
they strongly condemn the vicious attackers
inside the compound: in lock-down: my daughter
Again
they strongly condemn the barbarous acts
they strongly condemn the cowardly bastards
inside the compound: in lock-down: my daughter
Again
so they tell me
they strongly condemn the 23 heinous atrocities
they strongly condemn the 23 random slaughters
their 46 statements released during August
tell on, tell on–
they strongly condemn the uncountable rapes
they strongly condemn the uncountable rapes
inside the compound: in lock-down: our daughter Again
so they tell me
they condemn in the strongest possible terms
Again
Encore
Yeshche raz
De nuevo
Aufs Neue
Tekrar
Marrat ‘ukhraa
Phir
Tena
Zàicì
Ancora
they strongly condemn the most senseless and terrible
waste
inside the compound: in lock-down: my daughter

2 September 2016

Entertaining details about the history of CHAPBOOKS (poetry as well as other genres) from these sources:

University of South Carolina, Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections

National Library of Scotland

Indiana University, the Lily Library

 

 

10 AUGUST 2016

Relishing my temporary assignment as a beta reader for a poetry manuscript. I’m reading the poems aloud to myself, and recording them, and then listening for rhythms and tones.

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

 

A.P.D.

Ahsahta

Anabiosis

Anchor and plume

Anhinga

Arcadia

Astounding beauty ruffian

Autumn house

Backbome

Batcat

Bateau

Benevolent bird

Black lawrence

Black river

Blood pudding

Blue light

Boaat

Brain mill

Brickhouse books

Bright hill

Bull city

Burnside

Button poetry (performance poetry)

C&R

Cave Canem

Center for book arts

Chapbooks Online

Coal hill

Coast to Coast Poetry Press (C2P2)

Codhill

Comstock review

Concrete wolf

Cutbank

Dancing girl

Diagram

Diode

DoubleCross

Dream horse

Educe

Emrys

Encircle

Evening street

Finishing line

Five oaks

Foothills

Flipped eye

Futurecycle

Gertrude

Gft

Ghost City

Gold line

Grayson

H_NGM_N

Hermeneutic Chaos

Hyacinth girl

Indolent

Jacar

Letter [r] press (prose poems)

Main street rag

Midwest writing center

Minerva rising

Munster literature center

Newfound

Omnidawn

Oro fino

Palettes and quills

Paper Nautilus

Platypus (mini digital chapbooks)

Plume

Poet’s billow

Poetry business

Poetry society of america

Porkbelly

Priestess and hierophant

Prolific

Quill’s edge

Rattle

Red bird

Salt hill

Saraba (Nigeria-focused)

Seattle review

Seven kitchens

Sibling rivalry

Sixth finch

Slapering hol

Slash pine

Slate roof

Slipstream

Slope editions

Sow’s ear

Sundress

Swan scythe

Tarpaulin sky

Tebot bach

Texas review

Tupelo

Tusculum review

Two of cups

Two sylvias

Ugly Duckling

Unicorn

Urban Farmhouse

Verse

Wells college press

Wings Press

Word tech

Wordrunner (e-chapbooks)

Writer’s relief

Yellow chair

Yellow flag

YesPoetry

Zoo Cake