Sunday 27 January 2013

Highly Recommended 27th January, 2013.


Putting together a poetry book: via Djelloul Marbrook:

Erika Meitner is the author of three books of poems. She has been published in journals including APR, Tin House, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and on, and she’s been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2011 and Best African American Essays 2010.  She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.  


Translation of an Ottoman Ghazel by Neil Patrick Doherty:

Bebek is a district of Istanbul. Pictured above.

Gazel of Bebek

Other than wine what consolation is left to the soul,
other than three moonlit nights of the Bosphorus moon?

No share of the world’s rich legacy ever fell to us,
other than our reflection on the waters of Bebek Bay.

We have no goods or chattels to offer the world
other than five or ten gazels from this shattered heart.

Towards infinite silence we prefer to reach,
other than drawn-out dolour, what is this life?

From fate we expect not a morsel of serenity Kemal,
other than sleep in the realm of the ever-stilled…..

Yahya Kemal (Beyatlı)....(trans...Neil Patrick Doherty)


Neil Patrick Doherty also passed on details of the Fifth Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition and Festival.  There is only one week left to enter the competition, but the annual festival being held this year in North Carolina, is something to think about: 

2013 Competition: The Fifth Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition is currently accepting submissions.   Selected poems will be published in the Festival Chapbook as well as on-line at the Festival web site. Winners will receive an award of $100. and will be invited to read their poems at the Festival. 

2013 Festival: will be held on SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2013. 
at the Page Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. The festival will include poetry workshops, talks, and readings by invited poets and finalists of the poetry competition


Djelloul Marbrook recommends this English publication: ARC

Since it was founded, in 1969, Arc has adhered to its fundamental principles - to introduce the best of new talent to a UK readership, including voices from overseas that would otherwise remain unheard in this country, and to remain at the cutting edge of contemporary literature.

Arc Publish contemporary poetry from new and established writers from the UK and abroad; also specialise in world poets writing in English or in translation


Translations seem to be at the forefront this week:

ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS on a rolling basis for: 

They accept simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere.
Previously published work is not accepted, not including work shared on personal blogs/websites.
Translations are welcome with permission of original author, or for works in the common domain.
Hybrid or cross-genre writing is also welcome– when in doubt, submit it under "fiction" with a note to the editor.

Include your name and full contact information with each submission, as well as a brief bio. Prose submissions should be single-spaced. Please include word count at the top of the document. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Our normal response time is 2-4 weeks.


Charles Wright wins the 2013 Bollingen Poetry Prize  - Thanks to Philip Larrea who passed this on.
Charles Wright, hailed as one of the leading American poets of his generation, has been named the winner of Yale’s 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry.
The Bollingen Prize in American Poetry is among the most prestigious prizes given to American writers. Established by Paul Mellon in 1949, it is awarded biennially by the Yale University Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. The prize includes a cash award of $150,000.
Full details below:


Below is a link to approximately 1000 book publishers by category. All of these publishers are currently accepting book submissions. Addresses are for information purposes only, please click the link of each publisher for guidelines.


Paul Muldoon reading his poem 'For Barak Obama: His Second Inauguration'.

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