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- Assure Press will be publishing "Torchbearers," "Compensation," and "The Oldest Poet" in the summer edition of Iris Literary Journal. The issue theme is "purity: innocence, idealism, fidelity, goodness, honesty, incorruptibility, integrity, virtuousness...." The settings of my poems are a girls' summer camp, a bookstore, and Nexus Poets' open mics in New Bern, NC, where "the oldest poet," Tom Blow, participated until just before his death in 2015 at age 96.
- "Icelandic Picnic," inspired by a painting by Louisa Matthiasdottir, will be part of editor Robbi Nester's proposed anthology of ekphrastic writings based on art work from their collections that museums made available on line during the 2020 pandemic.
- New Bern's sole indie bookstore is starting a literary magazine—kudos to proprietor and author Michelle Flye for daring and sharing in a troubled time. My poem "Once Upon a Time in a Pandemic" will be included, as well as work by dear writer friends Diane de Echeandia and Jo Ann Hoffman.
- The North Carolina Poetry Society has announced that my poem "River in Your Living Room" was a finalist for the Poet Laureate Award in the society's 2020 contest. "Goodbye and Keep Chilled"―a take-off on Frost's "Good-bye and Keep Cold"―placed second for the Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award.
The NCPS Awards Day on May 9, 2020: readings online.
Detail from the image "Nurse, Remedios, Cuba," which will be included in the summer edition of Iris Literary Journal. I shot this photo in March 2019, just before new travel restrictions were imposed by the U.S. (restrictions placing a stranglehold on the prosperity of ordinary Cuban citizens, with whom we share many personal and cultural relationships.)
Quotations for writers
“Poetry is not a means to an end, but a continuing engagement with being alive.”
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...they gaze outside the frame,
wondering what our dull galleried world
could possibly offer í staðinn: instead.
—from "Icelandic Picnic,"
by Jeanne Julian