Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Hey All,

Sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday. I’ve been a little busy, but I hope to post something at leastTGR cover once a day in the future! As always, I’m happy to post things that are happening in the Portland literary community.

But, here’s some great personal news! First, this blog just got named a “Must Read Portland Book Blog” on Reading Local: Portland. That’s pretty flattering.

Second, I just accepted the position of Managing Editor of The Grove Review, and our newest issue will be available in June. This is an amazing publication, with a lot of extremely talented writers and artists, and our submission guidelines are on the site. We accept short stories, poetry, and art.

Well, hope you’re having a great day,



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April is the national poetry month! I don’t read much poetry, but there are some poets I really like. My favorite book of poetry is Kim Addonizio’s Tell Me, followed closely by Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary. Both of these are great if, like me, you aren’t really into spiritual/nature/too deep for their own good poets.

And just for fun, here’s a couple sites for poetry lovers:

Poets.org’s April Poetry Month page and a list of Poetry contests this month from Madpoetry.org.

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Since I’ve been talking so much about e-books, I wanted to give a little plug for one of my new favorite sites: Project Gutenberg.

For all of you have Sony e-Readers, Kindles, or even just a computer or phone, this site offers free e-book downloads on a ton of books that are public domain. Public domain means no one owns them (usually because they are older), which translates to free! Lots of classics are on this site, including Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and Emma. There are even some books of poetry.

If you haven’t already, check it out.

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I just read this article about poetry, and the efficacy of poetry reviews – the point, tone, and sales potential of the reviews.

At Ooligan Press, even as an Acquisitions manager I rarely like to read poetry. Honestly, I don’t feel like I have the expertise to comment on other people’s poetry – and the mechanics of poetry feel so much more elusive and elitist to me that sometimes I feel self-conscious about even committing to “like” or “dislike”!

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So I was happy to read that the people who review poems are usually poets themselves. It’s like a club where only the members can critique the other members. I’m totally fine with that. And it doesn’t surprise me that there are few poetry reviews in popular publications with book reviews – fewer people appreciate and buy poetry. It seems to me that the increased use of the internet for poets’ work is a God send for the genre – people who might read a poetry book will stop to read a couple random verses online.

According to the article, there is some debate over whether reviews should be all good or whether bad reviews should also be published. I think, if a writer reads a book, good or bad, he should write exactly what he (or she) really thinks.

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