Archive for ‘Poetry’

January 7, 2011

From the ‘zine: Poetry by Sergio Ortiz and A B Datta

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Good Morning Gulliver
by Sergio Ortiz

Welcome to my day Gulliver, the dogma of “no strings attached” embellish my
fingers and toes. Continue reading.



In Maps
by A B Datta

In the house of murder
we collide and try to speak a little
before everyone runs for home.
Continue reading.


December 26, 2010

From our ‘zine: Poetry by Howie Good

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by Howie Good

They discussed in hoarse whispers the enigma of the blue
guitar. I wasn’t there. I hadn’t been born yet.

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December 10, 2010

From the ‘zine: Two Poems by Bill Yarrow

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The Grave of Rimbaud
by Bill Yarrow

I visited the grave of Rimbaud.
It was pale blue like the blood
of a baby penguin.

Continue reading “The Grave of Rimbaud”

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The Empty Bed
by Bill Yarrow

Bright falcons nested in the cracks of the cathedral
ceilings. Every closet had its owl.

Continue reading “The Empty Bed”

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October 2, 2010

From the ‘zine: Nicholas Y. B. Wong, Poet

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In our current issue, we debut our Poet Spotlight by featuring the work of Hong Kong-based poet Nicholas Y. B. Wong.

Here’s a taste of Wong’s poetry from our issue:

Kiss a Door
by Nicholas Y. B. Wong

You gave
me a
closed space
and yourself
an open world.

The door
was slammed.
I kissed
it right away.
Even the lock
asked for more,
then the hole,
then the key,
the walls and
the carpet below.

I kissed
in the house,
but you
better. They
kissed back.

. . . . .

continue reading Kiss a Door

October 1, 2010

Poetry and Fiction Editors Wanted

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this is now hiring Poetry Editors and Fiction Editors for our bi-monthly ‘zine. If you’re interested, please review the information below and submit an application.

Fiction Editors work as a team alongside the ‘zine Editor to:
– Read all fiction submissions during the issue’s reading period.
– Discuss each submission with the other Fiction Editors and make recommendations for publication.
– Review pieces selected for publication for grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and flow.
– Format 1-2 pieces for publication in the ‘zine using the ‘zine’s stylebook guidelines.
– Adhere to established deadlines as posted by the ‘zine Editor.
– Assist with soliciting submissions for the ‘zine.

Poetry Editors work as a team alongside the ‘zine Editor to:
– Read all poetry submissions during the issue’s reading period.
– Discuss each submission with the other Poetry Editors and make recommendations for publication.
– Review pieces selected for publication for grammar, spelling, and word usage.
– Format 1-2 pieces for publication in the ‘zine using the ‘zine’s stylebook guidelines.
– Adhere to established deadlines as posted by the ‘zine Editor.
– Assist with soliciting submissions for the ‘zine.

Applicants for the position of Fiction/Poetry Editor should meet the following requirements:
– Love of fiction/poetry and a desire to put new and emerging writers in print.
– Experience as a copy editor, editor, or reader with an online or print magazine, newspaper, literary journal, blog, or related publication.
– Strong knowledge of written English.
– Ability to express opinions clearly.
– Ability and willingness to meet established deadlines.
– Familiarity with our ‘zine and the types of fiction we currently publish.
– Knowledge of or experience with Google Documents is strongly preferred. If you haven’t worked with Google Docs in past, we expect you’ll be willing to learn! (Please note: a Gmail address is NOT required to access and use Google Docs.)

EXPECTED TIME COMMITMENT: Depending on the length and number of submissions, editors can anticipate to work between 2-5 hours per week.

We request that applicants make a minimum two issue (4 month) commitment to work with us.

Please note: All positions are unpaid.

Interested? Applications can be filled out online.

September 30, 2010

Poetry Against Censorship: Musings on Terry Jones

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White Moustache
by John Coleman

I read in the newspaper
about a man with a white moustache
who said he wanted to burn the Qur’an.
His moustache looked just like Hulk Hogan’s,
and it reminded me of white bread.
Fake, like white bread –
so overworked and distant from nature.
Bleached, misshapen, manipulated, unnatural.
Unreal – like wrestling.

The moustached man said that
if they built a mosque where
(people can pray)
so many innocent people died,
that would comply with the enemy.
He didn’t have mighty arms like Hulk Hogan does,
but he worked in the same way:
to bring down the enemy.
And I thought,
I belong to the most violent generation.
But not like,
My generation is so violent, it’s absurd.
My thoughts wandered to the conclusion that
I live in the most violent generation ever.

That’s all burning the Qur’an is anyway, right?
Instead of burning the Qur’an,
this man really wants to burn the enemy.
He really wants to burn human beings.
But burning the Qur’an sends the same message:
(so easily, how it flows)
wants you to die.

Target, burn, kill your enemy
preached the white moustached man.
It made me want to burn
red-white-and-blue mentality.
I want to burn my Wonder Bread.
I want to darken my white bread mind.

Because my side
is being strung up
like a(n) flag
I feel misrepresented.
I don’t believe in flags.
Because of the man with the white moustache
I will never believe in God
because believing in God means being hung.

There is a mosque in my neighbourhood in the GTA.
Little mosque on the concrete prairie.
It’s like a church in a school gym
with a Coke machine in the entrance
where my neighbours pray to
But opposite
Right, white moustached man?

I later read that Hulk Hogan
stepped down from his challenge
and that bruised his integrity
because he was fake.
If he was real he would have
burned all the Qur’ans.
But some Hoganites were still going to
carry out the crusade,
the original plan.

They said:
This is the right thing to do.
The only thing left
but more so right
thing to do.
Burn people that burn you.

And a friend, or two, or many of mine read the Qur’an.
Read, or pray, or wander in thought,
then we all watch wrestling.
Hulk Hogan on the screen in fiery yellow and red.
When he powerslams the enemy, the violence is
fake, thin, blank.
Like Wonder Bread.
But there is always a small city who thinks
it is worth standing up to say
“Hulk Hogan is the best,
I would do anything he tells me.”
It is the most violent generation.

September 16, 2010

Best of the Net 2010 Nominees

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Congratulations to our nominees for the Best of the Net 2010!

Nominees were eligible for selection if their piece was published in an issue of our ‘zine between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.

Sundress Press established Best of the Net to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices that are choosing to publish their work online, a venue that still sees little respect from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and Best American series. The Best of the Net collection will hopefully help to bring more respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium.

You can read 2009’s winners and finalists, as well as the archive of past winners, at Best of the Net 2009.

Our nominees are:

Lauren McDonald
Taped to a Rocket

Jonathan Viguers
“it was right after she broke up with me.”

Rachel C. Fletcher
Reflecting on Life outside the Nunnery

Michelle Dominque
We Were Too Reckless With Our Hearts

Ivan Jenson
Bad Boy

Jason Blanco

Thomas Burchfield
The Wild Bunch: Down the Hole in Glorious Blood and Fire

August 31, 2010

Faber Academy Hits Toronto

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The world renowned Faber Academy has announced that its first North American campus will open this fall in Toronto.

Miriam Toews

The inaugural course, commencing September 29, is ‘Writing A Novel’ and will be led by Miriam Toews. She is the author of four novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck; A Boy of Good Breeding; the 2004 Governor General’s Award winning, 2006 Canada Reads winning novel A Complicated Kindness; and 2010 novel The Flying Troutmans. Also lined up for guest lectures are big CanLit names such as Margaret Atwood, Michael Redhill and Anne Michaels.

Ken Babstock

Beginning October 1 at the Toronto campus is the ‘Becoming a Poet’ course led by Ken Babstock and Karen Solie. Babstock is an acclaimed Toronto writer and poet. His first collection Mean won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award; his latest work Airstream Land Yacht won the 2006 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English; and he is the winner of a K.M. Hunter Award. Currently Babstock is the poetry editor for House of Anansi Press.

Karen Solie
‘s latest book, Pigeon, won the 2010 Trillium for English Language Poetry. She has released two other poetry collections: Short Haul Engine, which won the BC Book Prize Dorothy Livesay Award, and Modern and Normal, which made the 2005 Globe and Mail Best Books List. Her writing has also been included in various literary journals including Geist and Other Voices.

If you’re quick, you can make the September 1 deadline for applications, which applies to both programs. However, the Faber & Faber site stresses that “the course will be selective.” The Faber Academy is widely respected and most of its graduates go on to lead successful careers as professional writers. What more do you expect from the publishing firm where T.S. Eliot got his start?

August 5, 2010

THIS announces the Poet Spotlight

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We are thrilled to announce the Poet Spotlight, a new poetry initiative through our magazine.

What is the Poet Spotlight?
The Poet Spotlight is an opportunity for poets to have their work published in exclusivity in an issue of the ‘zine, (which is different from our blog) along with an artist’s statement and/or an interview to accompany the selected works. Our first Poet Spotlight will debut in the September/October 2010 issue and will feature the Hong Kong-based poet Nicholas Y.B. Wong.

Who is eligible?
Poets are eligible for consideration if they have not published more than one book of poetry (including chapbooks and self-published collections). We especially encourage unpublished poets to submit.

Who selects the poet for the Poet Spotlight?
A three-person review committee gives careful attention and reading to each submission and will comment on the work of the finalists.

What is the deadline?
Deadline: November 15, 2010
Decision: December 31, 2010
Publication: March/April 2011 issue of this

What are the submission guidelines?
All submission guidelines can be found here.
Please closely read all submission guidelines, eligibility requirements, and poem publication guidelines before submitting.

July 27, 2010

CanLit: Trillium Book Award

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Ian Brown

The 2010 Trillium Book Award winners are Ian Brown’s The Boy In The Moon for best English language book, Ryad Assani-Razaki’s Deux Cercles for best French language book, Karen Solie’s Pigeon for best English language book of poetry, and Michèle Matteau’s Paraselles for best French language book of poetry.

CanLit heavyweights Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro were beat out by Brown in the most anticipated Trillium category, best English language book. Perhaps not to much surprise, The Boy In The Moon: A Father’s Search For His Disabled Son (Random House) already won the B.C. National Award, Canada’s highest paying non-fiction prize at $40,000, in January and the 2010 Charles Taylor Prize. The Boy In The Moon is a compilation of articles Brown wrote for the Globe and Mail on living with his eleven year old son Walker, who has Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

Ryad Assani-Razaki

Karen Solie

The French language prize for best book was also in hot contention with writers like Nicole Champeau and Daniel Soha in the running. Ultimately, the judges fancied Ryad Assani-Razaki’s debut work, Deux Cercles (VLB Éditeur), published in April 2009. The book is a compilation of short stories about dealing with the difficulties of immigration in everyday life.

Karen Solie’s English language poetry winner Pigeon (Anansi) is becoming her catalyst for success in 2010. Pigeon is Solie’s third poetry compilation and, among the Trillium, has also won the Griffin Poetry Prize and Pat Lowther Award this year. Her two earlier works, Short Haul Engine (2001) and Modern and Normal (2005) earned many award nominations (Engine won the 2002 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize). But this year, Pigeon is topping best-seller lists while rooting Solie in the CanLit scene.

French language poetry winner, Passerelles (Les Éditions L’Interligne), just means more success for acclaimed Francophone writer Michèle Matteau. Poet, playwright, novelist, Matteau has published nine French language books. She won the 2001 Trillium Award for her novel Cognac et Porto, and the 2005 Prix Christine Dimitriu-Van-Saanen Award for her novel Un Doigt de Brandy dans un Verre de Lait Chaud (A Finger of Brandy in a Glass of Warm Milk).

Michele Matteau

The Trillium Literary Award is the highest award for authors in Ontario. Funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Trillium Award for best English and French language book was established in 1987. Categories for best English and French language books of poetry were added in 2003. Popular previous winning authors include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Thomas King, and Alistair MacLeod. Best book winners receive $20,000, best book of poetry winners receive $10,000.

July 8, 2010

Poetry on the Go

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Have you heard about The Itinerant Poetry Library? A free, traveling library that has operated continuously since May 2006, The Itinerant Poetry Library is both a library of “lost and forgotten” poetry as well as a project to collect the sounds, poems, and poetry of the places and people visited on each stop. So far, the library has visited 12 countries, 29 cities, and more than 150 different locations. Best of all, there’s no late fees! Not in a location where The Itinerant Poetry Library is passing through? Then visit the library on twitter, which is almost like reading poetry.

July 3, 2010

Poem: Leaf by Adin Vaewsorn

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Read the poem “Leaf” by Adin Vaewsorn and published in the May 2010 issue of this.

July 1, 2010

Poem: Bad Boy by Ivan Jenson

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Read Ivan Jenson’s playful poem Bad Boy from the May 2010 issue of this.

June 28, 2010

Poem: left by Jason Blanco

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Published in the May 2010 issue of this.

June 26, 2010

Mississippi Review Prize

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Yet another fabulous contest! The Mississippi Review’s annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Deadline is October 1, 2010 and the all the necessary details can be found here.

June 21, 2010

Poem: Ode to an Orchid

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Read Agnes T.’s Ode to an Orchid from the May 2010 issue of this.

June 12, 2010

Matt Hart: Video Poem

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From the May 2010 issue of this


May 17, 2010

Who says women don’t write poetry?

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Don’t believe it? Take a look at Jessica Smith’s list and read some poetry by women, dammit! Men aren’t the only ones writing sweet nothings for their lovers….

May 11, 2010

Found Poetry

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In keeping with my goal to read at least one poem a week, this week I decided to watch Naomi Shihab Nye read from her poem, “One Boy Told Me,” a found poem composed of things her son shared with her.

One week down, 51 more to go!

May 6, 2010

New issue of THIS!

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The May issue of this is up and reading for your enjoyment. This issue features eleven writers and poets, writing on such diverse topics as:

-bats, butterflies, rockets, superheroes and other things that fly
-the laws of physics that requires gravity bring objects, like leaves and buildings, down
-where, exactly, broken hearts go
-what happens on those mean, nasty backstreets
-won’t somebody think of the children?
-jazz and healthcare

Visit to read, treasure, comment, and enjoy!

April 30, 2010

Final Poem of the Day

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We close National Poetry Month with a final poem of the day, “Bee Prophecy” by Jay Udall.

April 29, 2010

Poem of the Day

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Enjoy the poem “10th Street Anthem” by Santee Frazier.

April 28, 2010

The End of Poetry

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With only two days left in National Poetry Month, it seems like the end of poetry until next year’s month-long celebration of the craft. After all, who reads poetry anyway? Dozens of writers and avid readers I know (including myself) neglect poetry 11 months of the year.

My new goal (added to a long list of rotating goals on a mental “to-do list”) is to read one poem each week. I realize I don’t treasure poetry and the folks who write it often enough unless it’s during the month of April. If Poetry were my child, she would weep in her tiny boarding school room about how her mother doesn’t love her, followed by years of expansive therapy in Manhattan.

Well, I’m not going to pay for her therapy, so I’m excusing myself as the cause (or, at least, a cause). Reading one poem a week doesn’t take much time and it may even cure a variety of ailments: brain death from watching too much TV; writer’s block; dust collecting on poetry collections in libraries and bookstores (or on my own bookshelves for that matter); dust-related allergies; guilt for not embracing poetry enough; general malaise; boredom; athlete’s foot (thought this last one is still unconfirmed by the FDA). Unlike commercial drugs, the side effects are few. So, beginning May 1, it’s 1 poem 1 week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

April 28, 2010

Poem of the Day

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Read Dorothea Grossman’s six line poem “I have to tell you” for today’s daily dose of poetry.

April 27, 2010

Poem of the Day

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Today’s poem of the day is by Alexander Long:

Until you taste what failure is, you will
Never sing that pain style requires.

One dark morning earlier in this life,
I felt two hooded men approaching me

In an alley. One, or both, roundhoused me
From behind.

Continue reading “Style in Slow Motion” at AGNI Online.