P&W Prompt: Love Through the Ages

Alright, well, despite my best efforts, I’ve gotten even more behind than I already was!  I have a good reason, trust me, but for now: it’s top secret.  Until I can tell you more, I’ll be moving right along with these poetry prompts.  Here’s the Valentine’s Day prompt from Poets & Writers Magazine: Continue reading

P&W Prompt: The Bop

Whew.  This has been a RUN!  But I am at the finish line, I can see the moment that will have me officially caught up and in synch with the weekly poetry prompts published by Poets & Writers Magazine in their installment titled, “The Time is Now.”  Maybe then I’ll be able to post something other than a writing exercise every now and then 😉  Until then, let’s get down to business.  Here’s the prompt from February 7: Continue reading

P&W Prompt: Let Us Fish for a Poem

I’m officially on the last prompt for January (and only halfway through February, ha!) in Poets & Writers’ weekly writing exercises: The Time is Now.  I’m moving through these puppies fairly quickly in an effort to get caught up.  This often means spending precious little time on revisions or even process but, hey…they’re exercises.  No one’s trying to win the Nobel with them (dammit, Dylan!).  Here’s the prompt for January 31: Continue reading

Interview with Annie Finch

AngelSpeak welcomes Annie Finch to the Friday Interview Series!

I feel more as if I serve the poems, rather than them serving me; it’s more that I go to their world, instead of drawing them to mine.

Annie Finch is a poet, critic, editor, translator, and librettist, author or editor of numerous volumes of poetry, translation, and criticism.  Her books of poetry include EveCalendars (recently released in a new edition with 40-page free downloadable Readers’ Companion and Audio CD), the long poems The Encyclopedia of Scotland and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, and the forthcoming Spells: New and Selected Poems.  Her poetry appears in anthologies, textbooks and journals including Agni, Fulcrum, Kenyon Review, The Norton Anthology of World Poetry, Paris Review, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Prairie Schooner, and Yale Review. Her other works include several influential books of poetics, including The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self and the forthcoming A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poems and A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form. Her music, art, theater, and opera collaborations have shown at such venues as American Opera Projects, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Art Institute, Poets House, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Finch’s book of poetry Calendars was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Houston, and Stanford University, and currently directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.

P&W Prompt 17: Passage to America

This week’s Poets & Writers‘ prompt:

Write a prose poem, a poem that doesn’t use line breaks to convey its meaning. Read [the siren’s story] by Barbara Jane Reyes for an example.

I actually really love the prose poem and, for a period of time, wrote a good many of them. Because I am so woefully behind schedule with these prompts, I opted to use this opportunity to revise an earlier prose poem that I love but that has, for any number of reasons, not been able to find a published home. It’s one of those poems that gets great feedback from editors – feedback like: I really like this but it’s not quite there yet. Humph.

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Editor Spotlight: Danielle Sellers

Danielle Sellers is originally from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in River Styx, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Cold Mountain Review, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published in 2009 by Main Street Rag. She’s editor of The Country Dog Review and teaches at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her daughter Olivia.

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