Sunday, July 29, 2012

Events: Website Launch

When: Sunday the 5th of August, 2012; 12:00-5:00 am GMT
Where: in both Facebook and Twitter
Website: Email: phillip @

I'm launching my website! The official launch party will kick off in a week's time, and will involve lots of free poetry. You're welcome to drop by the website and contact me, and I shall be reciprocating with haiku and other short poems in both facebook and twitter.

In addition, I shall be winding down my blogs outside of the website, replacing it with the one that shall be appearing in the News page there. You're welcome to drop by and leave your comments. Thank you for sharing your time and expertise with me, and all the best!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Workshop: Plan to be Published

Who: Les Wicks
When: Sunday the 5th & 12th of August, 2012; 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: The NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle
Cost: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

If you write and are reaching the point where you would like your work to get out there into the wider world, then this course will help you to reach that new level. This course is for all styles and all ages. Les Wicks’ workshops are known for their constructive & friendly orientation. This workshop will have an emphasis on the nuts and bolts of establishing a poetry audience.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Latest Acceptances

SpeedPoets has emailed today, to say they've accepted two poems, one for their September issue, one for their October issue. Since this is very welcome news, and since I love to hear about our acceptances and successes as poets, feel free to post where you've been accepted, lately, in the comments. That way we can all celebrate together!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Event: U.S. Poets in Mexico 4th Annual Conference

Contact: Sheila Lanham, Director Email: USPIM @ Website: Postal Address: U.S. Poets in Mexico, P.O. Box 4150, Grand Central Station, New York, NY, USA 10163

In January 2013, U.S. Poets in Mexico returns to the lovely colonial city of Mérida on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with their 4th Annual Poetry Conference. USPiM organizes a gathering of contemporary American and Mexican poets in Mexico every year for a week of poetry workshops, readings and lectures. Poetry workshops are held at Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan (ESAY) and readings are held at the Merida English Language Library. Faculty members are notable and award-winning poets, and always include a bilingual professor and a translator of Latin American poetry. The event also highlights indigenous writers in Mexico.

The January 2013 Merida faculty are Anselm Berrigan, Nicole Cooley, Tom Sleigh and Lynn Emanuel, as well as Special Guest lecturer, Ron Silliman, and renowned Borjes translator, Suzanne Jill Levine. Featured readings by Mexican poets include: Mario Bojórquez, Rubén Márquez, and Álvaro Solís--all from Puebla and editors at one of Mexico’s notable ezines, Circulo de Poesia. Poet, Mark Weiss will join us with translations of work by all three Puebla poets. Ámbar Past has lived in the mountains of Chiapas among the Maya for over 30 years. She will read her own poetry and also read in Tzotzil Mayan language and her English translations of Tzotzil ritual poetry which appear in her anthology, Conjuros y ebriedades,, (Incantations By Mayan Women). They also feature an end of week reading by all participants and faculty. Nightly readings are FREE to the public and include faculty poets and guests.

Along with numerous books of poetry, 2013 faculty poets have won many awards, including The Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Discovery/The Nation Award, several National Endowment for the Arts awards, a Creative Artists fellowship from The American Antiquarian Society, the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, a National Book Circle Award for Criticism, a Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Prize, an Honor Book Award from the Massachusetts Society for the Book, a Kingsley Tufts Award and the Levinson Prize, from the Poetry Foundation and more.  Please visit our website for full biographies of all poets!

A full schedule of conference activities can be found online at: and workshop descriptions can be found at: The conference fee is $600. Affordable hotels abound. Please contact USPiM with any questions: Workshop participants can apply and pay online through PayPal.

You need not be American to participate in USPiM events, however, most workshops are conducted in English, with the exception of the translation workshop; nightly readings are bilingual. “U.S. Poets” describes the American poets our organization brings to Mexico and introduces to Mexican poets with the hopeful result of collaborations and translation projects. Optional Spanish lessons and day trips to Mayan archaeological sites and a biosphere reserve are available.

U.S. Poets in Mexico was formed in 2008 by New York artist/poet Sheila Lanham. The program was born out of a love of poetry, a love of Mexico, a desire to know more about contemporary Mexican poetry and to share that knowledge with others.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Latest Appearance: Ygdrasil

I've just heard that my latest batch of poems to be accepted are now online and ready to be read. You may find the July 2012 issue of Ygdrasil in which they appear here --

Feel free to drop by, read the issue, and pass news about its great poetry among your friends, family and colleagues.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Poetic Forms: the Quatern

A quatern is a poem formed of four quatrains. Each of its lines is octosyllabic, and it lacks a set rhyme scheme or metre. It does, however, have a refrain; this is formed of the first line of the first quatrain, which is repeated as the second line of the second quatrain, the third line of the third quatrain, and the fourth line of the fourth quatrain.

What follows is a simple example of a quatern. Its only real distinguishing feature is the caesura that, in the exact middle of the refrain, is marked by a period, and which marks, in all instances, the end of one sentence and the start of another. This does mean that both halves must be able to stand on their own as sentences.

"A Quatern on Time"

Time is a dream. I shall not sleep
for very long tonight; I know
that time is fleeting, know the world
will last a short whiles, then, like dust

upon a beam of sunlight, know
time is a dream. I shall not sleep
in this world, not while the dream lasts,
not while I last, either. Because,

according to the poet, time,
yes, especially time, as said,
time is a dream. I shall not sleep
and let this dream escape me. See?

The wind is in the thistles, torn
to fluttering rags, and I know
that there's a truth in what they say,
time is a dream. I shall not sleep.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Website Possibilities

I have been updating my website prior to launching it, which is taking its time as I need to do a lot of work on the bibliography (it has at least 600-700 items listed, both verse and prose, and I want to add all my book reviews on the blogs as well). As it happens, I am enjoying the work of getting all the relevant details, and making sure the site is up to date.

.One thing that has come up for me, as a result of recent reading, is that I want to write more poetry criticism, and I want to get more of it online. Once consequence is an idea I am toying with: a critical piece every two to three months, on poets and poetry, on the website. So that there will arise a body of critical thought online.

This is in addition to regular weekly pieces of roughly a thousand to two thousand words on this blog, maybe posted every Monday.

So: what are your thoughts?