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Tova Gannana’s The Rabin Poems

Poet Tova Gannana’s project “The Rabin Poems” draws from the words of Israeli politician Yitzhak Rabin. One poem (sample here) was written using words from an interview with Rabin. Read more about Gannana and her work at Haaretz.com.

Of her use of found poetry, Gannana says:

I was struck by how beautiful Rabin’s English was because when you are self-translating on the spot you are getting across information and emotion, not necessarily trying to be eloquent. Rabin spoke all these lines but I edited them. So in the end it is my memory of Rabin and who I need him to be, what I need to hear. The lines follow the chronology of the interview.

Amazon Call for Submissions

Amazon has just announced a call for submissions for their Little A Poetry Contest for emerging poets. The winner will receive a $2,000 advance with Little A (Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint).

The judges will select a winner based on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content, and creativity of language. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 and Little A expects to publish the winner’s manuscript in paperback and eBook in the spring of 2017.

Nancy Chen Long in DIAGRAM

Read an erasure by Long titled “First, My Brother” in the recent issue of DIAGRAM.

Shall we worship a broken ship,
some holy thing invaded and spoiled?

Third Point Press Call for Submissions

The submission guidelines, summarized by poetry editor Erin Dorney, as follows:

Looking for poetry, art, and “everything else” for Third Point Press! We have a blitz submission period open – through the month of November. This issue we start paying contributors!

Poetry on the Bus in Columbia, SC

And in the “finding poetry in the everyday” category: Columbia’s first poet laureate, Ed Madden, partnered with the local bus system and the One Columbia for Arts and History organization to arrange a public poetry reading on the bus system. The reading augments the city’s effort to promote public art.

Passenger reactions to the performance were varied. Some huddled far in the back of the bus, avoiding the poets clustered up front. Others sat down right in the middle, seeming to watch and listen intently.

Image: Creative Commons, Sean C. on deviantart

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