The first ebook from moria poetry is now online at http://www.moriapoetry.com/ebooks.html. The book is Jordan Stemplman's Their Fields. The ebook version is free; however, if you prefer paper, you can buy a paper copy from the site.
In the next few weeks ebooks will come out from writers like Eileen Tabios, Donna Kuhn, and others, so keep watching the site.
In a recent blog entry, Ron Silliman mentioned "the ghetto of concretism" while speaking on the evolution of visual poetry over the past half-century. prPrimeau reacted to this idea by spending a few days examining mid-century concrete poetry, which led him to conceive the idea for a small anthology of retro concrete poetry. Geof Huth agreed to co-edit the book, and today we are excited to announce the first call for submissions for The Ghetto of Concretism.
For the purposes of this anthology, we are working with two working definitions of "concrete poetry":
Concrete poetry is a form of vispo typified by the manipulation of words and letters/numerals as they lie on the page, concrete poems rely on unconventional typographical presentations to convey their meanings. Concrete poets design their pieces using only letters, numerals, punctuation marks, and a fine eye for space.
In general, concrete poetry is a visually simple form of visual poetry in which the letter is the unit of composition. Words may (and usually do) exist, but it is the interplay of letters through those words & their shapes and reverberations that make these pieces work.
Send submissions to email@example.com . Editors prefer unpublished work; submitting more than a single piece at a time is fine. If your work is not digital and you don't have a scanner, contact either for their snail mail addresses.
I found time to re/ad/visit blogs I've rolled, been rolled/roiled by, the two years of poetry scorecard (this is poetry scorecard post 500 -- yikes, yeah, shit, yowza, f---, I can't believe me f------ mind! ((expletives can be pre-ordered, pre-recorded, audited, reordered, premonitioned, revamped, sucked, replaced, as the reader sees fit, once the reader's fits cease))).
I cut out about twenty dead links (blogs without posts last six months) except "Vanishing Points," a fascinating document of Tom Beckett's pointed, poignant, still relevant concerns from 03-04 about writing, reading, being (and because these thoughts are still there in electronic space for you to react/refract to, a defacto archive).
I've got to link the new blogs I've hit the last couple months, too. The latest is maybe you could please return my city now, a new blog from Ontario visual/concrete poet Daniel Bradley. The blog's name's got to be one of the most compelling blog names currently broadcast.
One of the most modest and generous print publications ongoing is Sylvester Pollet's Backwood Broadsides Chaplet Series.
Modest? 8 1/2 x 14 inch paper folded into fourths, each chaplet offers but six 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch pages of a single writer's work. The "cover" include's the writer's name, the title of the chaplet, the title of the series, the issue number, and the price. The back page offers a brief biography of the writer, a logo consisting of a sea serpent wrapped around an achor, and a list of the other chaplets in the series. No other design elements. Get the writing, the presentation says, in the palm of a hand, light, crisp, clear. Leave the fireworks to Hunter S. Thompson.
Generous? Backwood's published over ninety writers. Many rub shoulders in numerous other publications -- Robert Creeley, Carl Rakosi, James Laughlin, John Taggart, Joan Retallack, Clayton Eshelman, Pierre Joris -- but many are writers new to me: Susan Maurer, Bronislava Volkova, Stephen Paul Miller and Gary Lawless. Opening space to poets who established themselves in the 50s and 60s, Backwoods also clears space for emerging writers.
Late to the series (I first caught it at #69, pieces by Dale Smith), my favorites include: Michael McClintock's "Anthology of Days," nine beautiful haibun (prose/haiku); John Taggart's "5 Pastorelles"; Bob Arnold's "Yokel," bringing to hilarious life some of the people/places/situations of Vermont's Green Mountains; the eroticism of Georgia Scott's "Cakes With Bathsheba"; Mark Melnicove's cross-out poems from "Foreign Policy"; and Hoa Nguyen's "Add Some Blue," a series of poems that evoke without sentimentality birthing and motherhood.
Bravo, Mr. Pollet.
Backwood Broadsides available for $10 yr, 8 issues, ppd. from Sylvester Pollet, 963 Winkumpaugh Rd., Ellsworth, ME 04605-9529