fall hues turn red
pomegranate juice on my fingers -
I taste the seeds
October is the month of the harvest. Octoberfest in Bavaria. Thanksgiving in Canada. Pomegranates in my one-tree orchard. What does my crop of poetry publications and readings look like? Exciting and refreshing like the pomegranates off my tree.
LA POETRY HOSTS AT NOHO LIT CRAWL - OCTOBER 22
Since I could not quite figure out where I'm supposed to be and how to find my way Jessica made us a map with red arrows that make the location really, really obvious. Come if you have a taste for some poetry on Wednesday night, come if you don't. You never know what you'll find.
WOMAN IN METAPHOR AT BEYOND BAROQUE - OCTOBER 25
I'm really honored to have been selected to join an elite group of poets, inspired by the mysterious, mystifying and mystic art of Stephen Linsteadt. My poem came from a fascination with his portrait of a ballet dancer, reflected in a series of mirrors. I melded the Myth of Orpheus losing his Euridice with a Balinese myth of a fish that was a dancing tree... in an altogether surreal set of images... Dance, Euridice, dance. Pas de poisson!
The event's description: "Twenty-seven poets from around the world share their vision of the feminine spirit, inspired by the paintings of Stephen Linsteadt. Editor, Maria Elena B. Mahler, collected twenty-seven poems from twenty-seven accomplished, published, and award winning poets from different parts of the world. She invited them to write a poem based on one of Stephen Linsteadt's paintings; paintings he created over the last thirty-five years. Live music by Adey Bell."
At Beyond Baroque: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. Regular Admission.
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, California 90291
GUTTERS & ALLEYWAYS ANTHOLOGY READINGS IN OCT & NOV
I'm very happy to have a poem included in an amazing anthology, Gutters and Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, published by Lucid Moose Lit Press this fall. There are many readings scheduled in Southern California, as discussed below. Due to other deadlines I missed the big launch described below, but I hope to make it to at least one reading later - most likely to the November 11 reading in Echo Park.
The Gutters & Alleyways Anthology and Lucid Moose Lit Press launch was a wonderful success. Thank you to all of you who come out in support of this project release. We’d love to meet even more of you at upcoming readings and events. A few ways to keep up with the latest Lucid Moose news is through the website, LucidMooseLit.com, and through the Facebook page,facebook.com/lucidmooselit. There you will find photos from the big launch event, the latest information about readings, and new submission calls such as our very next anthology, Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Development. We hope you will consider sending us a new batch of work for this and future projects.
For contributors outside of the southern California area, we will be mailing out contributor copies over the next week. For those able to come to an upcoming event, we will give you your copy in person. Here is a list of upcoming readings where you may also sign up to read in an open reading list (email us if you can 100% commit to reading at one of these events and we can possibly add your name to the “mini feature” list):
October 24th 6:30-9 pm at Half Off Books in Whittier (joint Cadence Collective reading)
at Gatsby Books in Long Beach
Other opportunities to pick up your copy (Please email or message if you can stop by one of these locations on these dates):
Gatsby Books in Long Beach
at Rebel Bite in Long Beach
If you’d like to buy additional copies online, the most direct way is through www.createspace.com/4971670. Copies will also be available at local independent bookstores: Gatsby Books in Long Beach, Read On Till Morning in San Pedro, and Half Off Books in Whittier. If you are interested in bulk copies, please email us about price discounts.
QUILL AND PARCHMENT - VOL. 160, OCTOBER 2014
The October issue of the Quill and Parchment monthly poetry magazine, edited by Sharmagne Leland St. John is a virtual cornucopia of inspiration. There is a notice about my book, Slicing the Bread, with the title poem and various statements by other poets.
TITLE PAGE: http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/Oct2014/vol160.html
MY BOOK PAGE: http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/Oct2014/new.html
SLICING THE BREAD PUBLICATION - DELAYED TO NOVEMBER
The book is starting to get noticed on blogs and in papers, and thanks to Andrena Zawinski, four poems can be read in the Poetry Magazine this fall:
Andrena Zawinski's Featured Poets in Poetry Magazine, Vol. 13 no. 3. www.poetrymagazine.com
John Guzlowski posted about it on his Writing the Polish Diaspora blog:
Rae wrote about it on her blog: Books for Mom:
Forum Polonia Houston reprinted the notice with links to order copies: Slicing the Bread in Houston
The New Book Journal noticed and reprinted the press release: Slicing the Bread on New Book Journal
Then its editor, Ray K. Alan posted it on Pinterest: Slicing the Bread Pinned to Interests
Don Kingfisher Campbell put one poem, "The Way to School" in his San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Fall 2014. I did not attend the reading, so my poem is not posted on the blog.
And, if you have not seen the previous post about the book on this blog, with all the advanced praise by wonderful poets, here's the link from Poetry Laurels from July 2014:
And, for all those who read all the way to the end, here's the poetic reward, one poem from the Poetry Magazine set:
It was made of rough metal, thick and light.
Its grey, unpolished surface looked like
no other spoon she ever saw.
Grandma said: Ah, yes, that spoon
was made of a plane shot down
near the Mieleszki forest.
People gathered metal scraps to melt
into spoons. We used to carve ours
from birch-wood. Aluminum was better.
What about the pilot? What happened to him?
Children never stop asking questions.
Grandma shrugs. We found his parachute,
cut the silk into squares to filter milk,
make cheese. But the pilot?
I heard the Germans took him,
came back for the plane.
We did not get much,
just some cheesecloth
and this one spoon.
(C) 2014 by Maja Trochimczyk