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Ibtisam Barakat reads at World Poetry Conference in Venezuela August 22, 2009

This poem is from my friend and writer Ibtisam Barakat:

Dear Friends,

The poem Palestine that I opened with at the World Poetry Conference in Venezuela last month was in Arabic and Spanish. Today I recorded it in English and you can find it on You Tube. Have a look and have a wonderful day.

Ibtisam.

Palestine poem in English:

Palestine poem Arabic and Spanish:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKa1ZBacug

 

Writing Dangerously: The Hinge Manual July 18, 2009

omegaCheck out this free writing manual, below, called the “Hinge Manual,” from the editor of Omega. Not sure what “Hinge Theory” is exactly, but it has some very ’60s echoes on exploring creativity:

This notice is to offer you a gratis copy—free of charge—of the “Hinge Manual” on PDF via e-mail. What is the function of a Hinge Manual, you might ask. It’s a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary new genre of poetics termed “Hinge Theory,” which is just now beginning to ignite a river of inspirational fire and a storm of controversy in the world of literature, music, and art.

To receive your free copy (on PDF) of the Hinge Manual, e-mail your request to Michael Annis at WritingDangerously@howlingdogpress.com.

Visit Omega’s online literary journal site here.

Visit Omega’s FB page here.

 

Dub Poetry on Initiative Radio June 18, 2009

dub“Initiative Radio” has taken its’ first steps into the world of music video production with the creation of “Complex” by Dub Poet ANTON. “Complex” became a listener favorite when it was played during our three-part radio special about the Mahatma Gandhi.

ABOUT DUB POETRY

Dub Poetry finds its’ roots in the dance halls of Jamaica, West Indies where poets would chant their rhymes over the B side dub versions of records. Dub Poetry is quite possibly the final frontier in the music world where artists make poignant social statements, devoid of commercial affectation. The original Dub Poet is Jamaican Oku Onuora who was born Orlando Wong.

Dub Poet ANTON is originally from Trinidad and Tobago where he has also practiced the art form Rapso. Similar to Dub Poetry in message, Rapso poets chant over Calypso based rhythms, whereas Dub Poetry has Reggae rhythms at the core. Learn more here or watch video below:

 

Poetry Journal Feature: TinFish Press June 6, 2009

tinfishA non-profit organization founded in 1995 by Susan M. Schultz, Tinfish Press publishes a journal of experimental poetry from the Pacific, including Hawai`i, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Australia, California, and western Canada. The press also produces books and chapbooks of poetry and experimental prose, some of it written in Hawai`i Creole English (Pidgin). Each publication is designed by artists living in Hawai`i, under the direction of cover-girl, Gaye Chan. Tinfish uses recycled materials, including tarpaper, weather maps, proof sheets, and hamburger sleeves to cover its always un-recycled poetry and prose. For more on TinFish, click here.

 

The Who – Athena May 25, 2009

Who knew we had an ode to Athena magazine?

 

Alan Ginsberg Reads “Howl” May 24, 2009

 

Having a Coke with You: Frank O’Hara April 3, 2009

Frank O´Hara reading his poem “Having a Coke with you” in his flat in New York in 1966, shortly before his accidental death. Taken from “USA: Poetry: Frank O’Hara” produced and directed by Richard Moore, for KQED and WNET. Originally aired on September 1, 1966. This video was found where more videos can be seen on www.frankohara.org.

 

I heart William Carlos Williams March 23, 2009

wcwilliams135I’m having a poetry fit, remembering all my favorites, like my old crush William Carlos Williams. I found this great poetry site, Poetry Foundation, that has a pretty comprensive bio on Dr. Williams (yes, a real doctor). The more I read on Williams, the more fascinated I become by him and his double life of working M.D./working famous poet in a small New Jersey town. Here is my favorite William Carlos Williams poem.

 

Poet David Clewell: King of American Arcana March 22, 2009

davidclewellDavid Clewell was my first real writing teacher, back at Webster University in St. Louis 25 years ago. He’s a working poet and taught me to love William Carlos Williams and poetry for life in one fell reading of “To a Poor Old Woman.”  Isn’t it reassuring that Professor Clewell is still teaching at Webster University and passing on a real-life passion for poetry. He’s a wonderful poet in his own right, but enough of what I think. Here’s what Billy Collins thinks: “David Clewell is an exuberant, inexhaustible poet and an insider on such diverse American arcana as forgotten Hollywood actors, flying saucers, CIA shenanigans, comic books, cereal favors, beatnik kitsch, and jazz. His unstoppable narrative energy and his multi-layered curiosity are almost enough to drive this poet out to the far right side of the page. His elegy for a federal agent who jumped out a window on LSD is alone worth the price of this collection of Clewell at his best, his most Clewellian.”—Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Learn more about David Clewell.

Read one of his great poems here.

 

Southeast Review seeking submissions February 23, 2009

southeastreview(This just in from our friends at Southeast Review. Here’s your chance, poetry, short, short fiction and nonfiction writers!)

Do you folks realize that we’ve only had 60 entries in all of our contest categories COMBINED? That’s an average of a 1 in 20 chance of winning in any category! That is, of course, as of now. We’d love to see your poems, short short fiction, and nonfiction in this contest. Don’t you know “reality media” is the “in” thing right now? We have next to nothing in the nonfiction category. Giddeeup, writers! Send us your words! With an extended deadline of March 20th, you have a month’s worth of time to submit: http://southeastreview.org/contests.php

(FYI: There is a submission fee.)