For poetry month, p2g is featuring four stellar poets. We’ve published two poems from Marjorie Saiser who advises not try to solve everything in “Listen My Bearded One,” and in “Even the Alphabet,” she points out the power of silence through the silent letter k who, though it can speak,/ kneels before n and says nothing, nothing.
Boston’s poet laureate, Danielle Legros graces our project with her evocation of To free/ you would be to break you in her poem “Egg.” And Adrian Matejka writes his poem “So Far to Go” after Jean-Michel Basquiat’s drawing titled St. Joe Louis Surrounded By Snakes (1982). Boys will be boys, and talk will be talk but he knows every swing breaks something. Both Legros and Matejka have recently published books, The Dear Remoteness of You, and Map to the Stars, respectively.
Finally we have returning contributor, Simon Perchik, who knows how to move a poem, writing this hillside already has/your cheeks, is still expanding.
While April is National Poetry Month, at p2g, every month is poetry month. Contribute a poem, read a poem, share a poem.
The Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, CT is a new host to p2g thanks to my dear friend Sharon, who says she loves being a poetry ambassador, that she feels “like Miss Rumphius,” the fictional story of a woman who sought a way to make the world more beautiful and found it in planting lupine in the wild. We do it by planting poems.
And the voice is certain in this month’s collection, featuring three gorgeously provocative poems by award-winning poet Elizabeth Metzger whose debut book The Spirit Papers was released at the beginning of the year.
You will feel the sparrow in the dark space of your throat, where your voice rises from, and you will see What light is to the eyeless.
Gather your thunders in my skirt, Metzger writes. I trust she will keep them safe.
Bonita Lee Penn shares her formidable voice as a black woman in “Rosary Prayers” showing us what ain’t pretty, what is in Black women’s hearts–
And I share my “Plea to an Oyster” believing it has all the answers my heart is wishing for.
Thank you for reading p2g. And look under the Where to Find p2g tab for your print copies.
Sarah and I wish for all your voices to be heard and overheard.
Robbie Gamble encourages us to “remain in the light, though it may waver.”
p2g remains dedicated to publishing new and already published quality poetry to uplift and empower. This month features Joan Houlihan’s ethereal “As Home Grips,” a poem that will be included in her fifth, and forthcoming book Shadow-feast from Four Way Books in 2018.
We also have Barbara Rockman, a Santa Fe poet, who writes of the exquisiteness of a wasp’s nest, of how I could take weightlessness/in my hands and understand a swarm…
And we include two poems by Amanda Butler, who remembers a homeschool-winter day in “Science Class,” and in “The Wing Tattoo,” a dream of flying away/but I’m an imitation/of the flock of gulls that opens my eyes.
Happy Heart Day!
The Wild Goose Meeting House Cafe in downtown Colorado Springs is a new host to p2g.
Thanks Thu and Jenny for kindly finding a home for us,
expanding our poeming ground.
A great big thank you to Rachel Beckwith, librarian at the Harold Johnson Library of Hampshire College, for hosting p2g. Beckwith discovered our poems at Haute Coffee in Concord, MA and liked the idea so much, she contacted us to ask how she could provide poems to Hampshire’s students. Now they can have a dose of poetry to uplift and empower them.
If you or anyone you know wants to become a poetry ambassador for p2g, contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our call for submissions of poems on human rights. We received many compassionate and passionate poems, where each voice was trying to cope, to understand, and offer hope. We are grateful and humbled by these poetic voices.
We chose some of the more subtle, and indirect responses that do not explicitly speak to the current day politic but address how it affects the trees, a garden, how we listen, how children teach us, and even how we say “poem.”
Mary Ann Mayer writes “Elegy for the Trees” to cope with anger and frustration, but then there’s her hope in”The Roofs are Alive and Reassuring.” Just as Fred Joiner understands with certainty, listening to a poetry reading, that the heart is not a muscle/ but aches as if it were. Eileen Cleary gives us a look at a garden on the West Bank that does not raise onions or peppers/just hillside reds in remnants of sprays. And then there’s Paul Hostovsky finding the sacred ohm in “poem.”
Enjoy, and let’s keep listening to poetic voices, with our whole body, finding peace and recognizing small joys as we move forward into 2017.
Look for a Writer’s Resist event near you. Here’s the press release for Greater Boston:
GREATER BOSTON: #WRITER’S RESIST
BOSTON, MA | Sunday, January 15th is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, and on that day—five days before Donald Trump takes his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution—hundreds of Greater Boston residents will come together to re-inaugurate their shared commitment to the rights and values that are essential to American democracy. Greater Boston Writers Resist will feature readings and performances by authors, artists, young writers, and special guests. In resistance to the divisive and increasingly hostile political climate, this event will re-affirm the unifying democratic pillars now under threat, such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of worship, equality, and diversity. This event is free to all.
January 15, 2017 / 1:30–4:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library
Entrance at 700 Boylston St
Participants in the program include Rob Arnold, Jabari Asim, Liana Asim, James Carroll, Martha Collins, Chris Cooper, Laura van den Berg, Danielle Legros Georges, Jennifer Haigh, Rachel Kadish, Helen Elaine Lee, Giles Li, Jennifer De Leon, Marianne Leone, Pablo Medina, Alma Richeh, Paul Yoon, young writers from the Greater Boston area, and special guests.
Greater Boston Writers Resist is independently organized and co-sponsored by The Critical Flame, PEN New England, Beacon Press, Aforementioned Productions, AGNI, Arrowsmith Press, Black Ocean, Blacksmith House Poetry Series, Boston Review, the Center for Arabic Culture, the City of Boston’s Office of New Bostonians and the Office of the Poet Laureate, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, the Dominican Development Center, the Greater Boston Latino Network, Grub Street, Harvard Bookstore, Harvard Review, Louder than a Bomb, Mass LEAP, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Memorious, Ploughshares, The Poets’ Theater, PoemWorks, Post Road, Salamander, and the UMASS-Boston Creative Writing MFA.
Writers Resist demonstrations will take place on January 15 in more than fifty cities across three continents, an international counter-inaugural demonstration.
This month we’re pleased to feature Boston Review’s 2016 Poetry Contest winner, Cori Winrock. Her poem “The Town Knows It’s a Girl” is evocative, rich in imagery, and leaves plenty of room for our imaginations. And Fred Joiner speaks to two places he calls home.
We also have returning contributor Darren Demaree’s two new poems:”Sweet Wolf #5″ contemplates the introduction of the end/of all forgiveness. “Sweet Wolf #6” considers How/terrible to have/your body modified/one way/& only one way.
Finally we have Elizabeth Brule’ Farrell’s quietly beautiful poem about what we can find in the forgotten.
Check out the movement! Writer’s Resist. On January 15th, 2017, there will be readings around the country and Europe speaking passionately, and compassionately, raising our voices, so that we may be heard. Our wish is to live in a creative, diverse, tolerant, empathetic, free and harmonious world.We believe words matter. We know we can be louder together. Join us at a Writer’s Resist reading near you or organize your own.
I’m helping with the organization of Writer’s Resist:Boston
Associate Editor, Sarah Lain is leading the Writer’s Resist: Tampa Bay
Any questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org