Posts tagged ‘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.

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November 26, 2010

November/December Issue is Here!

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Tired of hanging out with your family? Want to avoid work? Read our November/December issue, featuring the works of eleven poets, four fiction writers, one essayist and a partridge in a pear tree.

Let us know your thoughts!

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

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 28, 2010

Reminder: Submission Deadlines

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Don’t forget! The submission deadline for the September/October issue of this is September 1!

Here’s a sample of what you can expect in our September/October issue:
~Great fiction by Cameron L. Mitchell and Kristopher McGonegal
~Artwork by Italy-based artist Pepper Pepper
~A look at the artist Chihuly by contributing writer Ursula K. Raphael
~Our inaugural Poet Spotlight, featuring Hong Kong-based poet Nicholas Y.B. Wong
~and more!

Interested in being feature with our next Poet Spotlight? The Poet Spotlight deadline is November 15 with a publication date of March/April 2011.

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 25, 2010

July/August issue Is Here!

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It finally happened! The July/August issue (#4) of this is waiting for you on our website with fiction by James Thibeault and Scott Deckman; poetry by Geer Austin, Micah Muldowney, Birch Taylor, Mariele Ventrice, Ami Xherro, and Lorenzo Buford; essays by Peter Gajdics and Cailin Barrett-Bressack; art by Maddie Scott; photography by John Densky; and reviews by our contributing writers Ursula K. Raphael, Jordon Chiarelli, and John Coleman.

In this issue, we also announce our poet spotlight initiative.

Comments? Questions? Feedback? Let us know!

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 23, 2010

Teaser: Our July/August Issue

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The submissions are rolling in non-stop for our July/August issue (forthcoming) but don’t worry, there’s still time to get yours in before our July 1 deadline. Just be sure to read our submission guidelines first.

Our forthcoming issue will feature a book review of Chuck Palahniuk’s Tell-All by resident Canadian literature contributor, John Coleman and music reviews by our head music contributor, Jordon Chiarelli, as well as fiction, poetry, visual poetry, and photography.

If you can’t make our July deadline, I encourage you to submit your work for our September/October issue or our November/December issue. Our team is always looking for talented writers whose work is fresh, creative, polished, and astounding. For new writers, those who have never published before, and emerging writers who have published but are looking to expand their readership to ever wider audiences, I look forward to reading your work.

Get jazzed for July/August ’cause it’s gonna blow yer mind.

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.

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.

April 26, 2010

Poem of the Day

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Today’s poem of the day is: Penelope Says, translated by Karen Van Dyck