About this blogOne of America's most revered poets, Adrienne Rich, said, "The moment of change is the only poem." Because the world is always changing, poetry is everywhere, and everything can be versified.
Here, I'll discuss and review contemporary books of poetry, with a focus on writers, publications and organizations based in York County, Pa., and the surrounding region. I'll promote area writers by offering prompts and contests, because I want to foster a spirit of community centered around poets and readers of poetry. This is a place to demystify the art of poetry, to appreciate its economy of language, its precision of image and sound.
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If you follow the Poem of the Month contest, you know that I’ve been having a hard time choosing winners because, in my opinion, the entries are getting better and better. I really appreciate everyone’s readership and willingness to take … Continue reading
The prompt for November was to write a poem with a refrain, or a repeating line. I received eight entries, and I know I always say this, but it was really hard to choose only one. So I didn’t. I … Continue reading
For December, the Poem of the Month prompt is: Write a poem about a gift. It doesn’t have to be holiday-oriented (though it certainly may), but could be about a favorite childhood present, or the “presence” of someone special in your life. … Continue reading
Last week, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of its annual National Book Awards, and in the category of poetry, Williamsport native Mary Szybist took the honor. Five finalists in four categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s … Continue reading
YorkArts has announced that the selection process for the appointment of the next poet laureate of York is now open. The poet laureate is a mayor-appointed, unpaid position tasked with increasing the visibility of the literary arts in our city. Poets … Continue reading
Penn State student, Windsor Township native and October Poem of the Month contest winner Brittany Truscott is a busy gal. When she’s not writing contest-winning poetry and going to classes, she’s running a blog with a unique mission: to get … Continue reading
Most writers know that they don’t feel quite like themselves if they haven’t put pen to paper or fingers to keys in a while. But what about people who aren’t always trying to balance a writing life with work, relationships … Continue reading
When I arrived at college, I thought all the poets were dead. I’m serious. I’d been writing poetry for years, but I thought that’s something teenage girls just … did. I knew I wanted to be a writer, and even … Continue reading
It’s November, which means it’s once again time for the biannual Poem A Day Challenge via the Writer’s Digest. The guidelines indicate that the goal is to produce a chapbook-length collection of poems by writing one poem every day throughout … Continue reading
Episode 34 (original airdate 10/24/13) Cigar Box Guitar Extravaganza featuring concert footage with Shane Speal & the Snake Oil Jug Band and interviews with Justin Johnson, One String Willie, author David Sutton, Cigar Box Nation guru C.B. Gitty, author Bill … Continue reading