Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lisa M. Hase-Jackson is Zangara Poet!

One of the most active poetry blogs right now is Lisa M. Hase-Jackson’s  Zingara Poet. Recent topics include: a review of Rick Mulkey’s new book; regular poetry picks (see her submission guidelines); interview with Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe; lots of poems of merit from knowns and unknowns; and even an interview with moi (http://zingarapoet.net/2011/11/29/interview-with-kansas-poet-laureate-denise-low/ ). Something new and unexpected appears regularly in my social media-feed, and I’m always glad to see it, at ZingaraPoet .
Hase-Jackson is herself a challenging, socially conscious commentator who chronicles histories wending through landscapes, as in this poem:
Lonely Is

Built low to the ground,
the bungalow’s curtained windows hid
the family’s exodus for years
until dry rot set in and neighbors
noticed what they hadn’t before.

      When ‘xactly was it
     Jake stopped comin’ ‘round?

Standing solid in the crab-grass covered
drive, its frozen engine home to pack-rats,
a ’72 Chevy truck, single key still hidden above
the sun visor, weathers patiently.

Inside   strewn   across   knotty pine   floors
             after   common   thieves  and   strangers
             have vandalized and sifted,
             a photo album lies open

             in its pages  sepia   photos   of fish
                   that      got   away,  
              evenings  at the 4-H fair
              ribbon-winning laying hens
              hen-pecked by  tussled-haired  children
nearby   baby clothes   crocheted blankets
              mildew scented bunnies   and bears
              standing   on their   ears

 decaying  volumes   of  Encyclopedia Britannica
                     a children’s bible

 eggshells   and   bird droppings
              beneath  rotting  holes  in the ceiling.

Lonely is the house
           at the end of the lane
overgrown with Hoary cress
and thistle leaning
          in the wind.   

                                (Pilgrimage, Volume 37, Issue 1, 2013)

Lisa Hase-Jackson holds a Master’s Degree in English from Kansas State University and is pursuing an MFA at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. She is a poet, teacher, freelance writer, writing coach, and editor of ZingaraPoet.net and 200 New Mexico Poems. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in such literary magazines as Sugar Mule, Kansas City Voices, Pilgrimage, and As/Us Journal. Editor, 200 New Mexico Poems  Twitter,  @ZingaraPoet

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CARAZA, GLANCY, AND GOLDBERG featured at the Mammoth 2015 AWP Reading April 11, Book Fair Stage 1, 10:30 a.m.

Save the date! Thanks to Mammoth Publications authors XANATH CARAZA, DIANE GLANCY AND CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG. They will be featured at Mammoth’s AWP 2015 reading, Minneapolis Conference! April 11, Saturday, in Minneapolis, 10:30 a.m. We will have a great reading from Mammoth authors Xanath Caraza, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, and Diane Glancy, including the new book Syllables of Wind / Silabas de viento by Xanath Caraza. This is the largest literary book fair in North America. A one-day pass for all Sat. programming is $40, a bargain. See AWP 2015 on FB for details https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cheryl Olsen of WE WANTED TO BE WRITERS presents comments and excerpts from Denise Low's MELANGE BLOCK

Excerpt from MELANGE BLOCK by Denise Low on We Wanted To Be Writers Blog --Three poems are "Lost," "Parallax," "Sedimentation: Alligator Juniper." Thank you to WeWanted2BeWriters--and check out all the resources on their website for writers and lovers of writing. And I continue to be grateful for Red Mountain Press (please purchase from them directly if you can, no middleman deduction) and Susan Gardner and Devon Ross, RMP co-publishers.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jonathan Mayhew Wheelbarrow Poem

20,000 wheelbarrows would fit inside your poem
20,000 red wheelbarrows, blue wheelbarrows, green wheelbarrows
But would your poem fit in a wheelbarrow?
How many of them would fit inside one green wheelbarrow? 
This is a parody of The William Carlos Williams (1883-19630) "The Red Wheelbarrow" poem--see it at http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/red-wheelbarrow  "Wheelbarrow" was written on the occasion of the book launch of Melange Block by Denise Low at the Raven Bookstore, June 26, 2014.
Jonathan Mayhew, PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford in 1988, has taught at the University of Kansas since 1996. He is the author of: Claudio Rodríguez and the Language of Poetic Vision (Bucknell, 1990), The Poetics of Self-Consciousness: Twentieth Century Spanish Poetry (Bucknell, 1994), Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch, (Chicago, 2009), and The Twilight of the Avant-Garde: Spanish Poetry 1980-2000 (Liverpool, 2009). His blog Bemsha Swing comments upon the poetry scene. Mayhew is currently working on a book with the title What Lorca Knew: Fragments of a Late Modernity, and a volume of original poetry, Mayhew’s Mood.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Photo by Holly Wright
Charles Wright's poetry collections include Country Music, Black Zodiac, Chickamauga, Bye-and-Bye: Selected Later Poems, Sestets, and Caribou. His prizes include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. Born in Pickwick Dam, Tennesee in 1935, he currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.Highly respected poet Charles Wright is a poet's poet. He attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, was inspired by Ezra Pound and Dante, and has a solid reputation. He is from Tennessee originally, and taught at the University of Virginia until retirement. Craig Morgan Teicher describes the use of time in Wrights work for NPR:
"Time in his poems seems to speed up and slow down alternately, to expand and contract, wavelike. The line dividing the personal from the public is as thin and permeable as the one that divides the present from the past, as in these lines from "Poem Almost Wholly in My Own Manner" from 1997's Black Zodiac:
In Moorhead, Mississippi,
         my mother sheltered her life out
In Leland, a few miles down US 82,
             unfretted and unaware,
Layered between history and a three-line lament
About to be brought forth
          on the wrong side of the tracks
All over the state and the Deep South.
We all know what happened next,
              blues and jazz and rhythm-and-blues
Then rock-and-roll, then sex-and-drugs-and-rock-and-roll, lick by lick
Blowing the lanterns out—and everything else—along the levees ..."
See more at http://www.npr.org/2014/06/13/321586882/charles-wright-the-contemplative-poet-laureate

Late Selected Poems by Charles Wright
The New York Times reports how James Billington, the librarian of Congress, selected Wright:
"... as he read through the work of a dozen or so finalists, he kept coming back to Mr. Wright’s haunting poems, many of them gathered in a Dante-esque cycle of three trilogies known informally as “The Appalachian Book of the Dead.” His “combination of literary elegance and genuine humility — it’s just the rare alchemy of a great poet,” Dr. Billington said." The poet started out by reading Faulkner, not poets: "In high school, he devoured all the books of William Faulkner —  his mother had once dated one of Faulkner’s brothers — and as a student at Davidson College in North Carolina, he tried to write fiction, only to discover that he was, as he later put it, the rare Southerner who couldn’t tell a story." Wright could, however, write a poem. See more at

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: Poetry Review: Mélange Block by Denise Low

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: Poetry Review: Mélange Block by Denise Low: Published by Red Mountain Press, the new poetry book Mélange Block introduced me to the work of poet Denise Low, whose 20 books of award-w...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Camp Online Writing Workshop REVISE LIKE THE PROS, July 7- August 4, 2014

How do professionals revise their poetry, and prose, for best impact? All writers, whatever level, benefit from outside review of work. “Talent” is great, but good editing results in publishable work. This workshop is one of my most popular. Weekly sessions begin with a lecture on revision, with an “assignment” (always feel free to bring your own project). The rest of the time goes to workshopping with peers. In addition, I will provide personal feedback on one or two poems a week (email). At the end of the workshop, I will review the final portfolio of workshop poems, up to 8 poems and make recommendations for publishing. I have experience to share, both successes and failures!
Online classes allow us to participate at our convenience during the week. There are no scheduled “meetings.” Contact me online any time with your concerns, and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
At the end of the course, you will be able to write poetry that immediately connects with your audience. You will recognize inconsistencies and other writing errors and know how to correct them.
  • Week 1-Entrance Your Reader with Deep Point-of-View. Writers hear “Show, don’t tell,” but exactly how can you accomplish this?
  • Week 2-Trout Aren’t Fat: How To Tighten Verse (and Prose). Get your writing into shape by avoiding unnecessary explanations, doublings, overuse of articles and prepositions. Learn to take down the “scaffolding” of your first draft.
  • Week 3-Cutting from the Same Cloth, Part I: Consistency of Time, Number, and Pronoun Reference. Insights into the best usage and common pitfalls. When to use “you” and when to resist the urge; how to go in and out of past time.
  • Week 4- Cutting from the Same Cloth, Part II: Consistency of Structure, Diction, and Tone. Anglo Saxon words are 83% of the most common 1000 words in today’s English. Find out exactly why they are good choices for a poetic diction. Learn the techniques of maintaining consistent sentences and lines, and then why it is important to vary them.

Cost: $140 ($70 nonrefundable due at beginning of workshop, $70 due halfway. PayPal is preferred). Contact Denise Low at kansaspoetry@gmail.com for enrollment and questions. PayPal option: http://deniselow.net/workshops-editing-services/
Technical requirements: A Google mail (Gmail) account. From that you can access documents (like this) on Google Drive. Group interactions take place in Google Groups (link provided). Your email account will alert you to all interactions.
A word about “assignments: Always feel free to bring your current work into the workshop. Please bring current writing, not old notebooks from high school (yes, this happens).
Poetry or prose? This class can apply to prose as well as poetry, so feel free to join if you are a prose writer.
Biography: Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, has published over thirty books. As co-publisher of Mammoth Publications (www.mammothpublications.net ) she selects and edits manuscripts for publication. She has taught creative writing across the country, including University of Richmond, University of Kansas, and workshops at Fairmont State in West Virginia, The Writers Place in Kansas City, Anoka Ramsay College in Minneapolis, Excelsior Springs Cultural Museum, Omaha Community Colleges, and many organizations and colleges across Kansas. She teaches private workshops in Kansas City and consults privately. For more information, see www.deniselow.net