Dear annogrammers, Welcome to fall, although not officially here…we all feel the promising coolness in the air! Hope you had a great summer. I spent it editing the Spanish translation of my first book, Face Painting in the Dark, gorgeously rendered by Ligia Yamazaki. There’s more good news to read and savor as always.
New Chapbook from Trainwreck Press
Trainwreck Press will publish my
chapbook, When the Pilotless Plane
Arrives, next month. The Canadian press, which has published Gertrude
Stein’s Tender Buttons, Christopher Smart’s Jubilato Agno, and most recently
Mary Newell’s Re-SURGE, celebrates “the
innovative, the non-conforming, the radical, the alternative, the avant-garde,
the non-linear, the abstract, the surreal, the visual, the concrete, the
experimental.” I am deeply honored to be
a Trainwreck author!
New from Chen Du and Chax Press
A Naturalist’s Manor (Chax Press), and the John Dryden
has longlisted another Yan An translation. Chen Du’s poetry also appears in Art in the Time of COVID-19 (San Fedele Press) and Rappahannock Review, and a wonderful
interview in the
latter. Hear Yan, Chen, and Xisheng read October 24 at 9pm in the Chax Press
Congratulations to all!
Newell and Chernicoff Reading
month, Mary Newell
debuted Re-SURGE (Trainwreck Press) at the Desmond-Fish Library—poetry that
tracks a delightful friendship between a mermaid and gardener/poet, and their issues
of awkward embodiment and ecological distress.
Birgit Huppuch ably
read the mermaid's part. In a perfect complement, Billie
Chernicoff whose Amoretti
(Lunar Chandelier Collective) explores a mermaid theme, also read. A wonderful outdoor
and Crowdcast event!
‘Come and Get Your Love’
New and Recent Releases
Yan An, A Naturalist’s Manor translated by Chen Du and Xisheng Chen (Chax Press)
Jim Daniels, Gun/Shy (Wayne State University Press)
Kaleidoscope Summer/Fall 2021
Mary K. O’Melveny, Dispatches from the Memory Care Museum (Kelsay Books)
Natalie Safir, In the Guesthouse of My Body (Dos Madres Press)
Mid-Atlantic Poetry Chapbook Series – for first-time
poets from District of Columbia, Maryland,
Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvania
– by October 1
The Poet – open call on adversity – by Sept. 30
Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry – open submissions until October 1
Pure Slush – call for anthology Appointment at 10:30
Rhino Founders’ Prize Poetry Contest – by September 30
John McMullen Poetry Workshop, 6pm, fourth Wednesdays
Mahopac Poetry Workshop, 6pm, second Wednesdays
University of Pennsylvania’s free poetry course and global community
the Literary Journal Submission Process with Katy Carl – September 27, 8pm
One-on-One Poetry Workshop
with Arthur Vogelsang, register by September 20
Poetry Pollinator Workshop with Mary Newell and A. Anupama, September 25, 10am-1pm
The Poets Salon, led by Ed Ahern and Alison McBain of Fairfield Scribes Press, 10am, every second Saturday
Stealing from the Poet’s Toolbox: A Fiction Writers Workshop with Estha Weiner (LIVE), October 22, 10am-4pm
Writers and Artists Lunch Conversation, second Fridays, noon
September Readings and Events – ET
Monthly Readings – ET
First Sunday, 4pm, Poetic License (Austin)
Every Tuesday, 2pm, Spoken Word World (Paris)
Every Tuesday, 7pm, Curley’s Diner
Third Fridays, 7pm, Hudson Valley Writers Center Open Mic – click third Friday for details
One of the best cooks I know, Linda Simone, says this is easy and delicious. Give it a try!
2 2/3 cups bread flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon “rapid rise” yeast
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons warm water
⅛ teaspoon clear vinegar
Extra bread flour, for dusting
Mix flour, salt and yeast in large bowl with your hands. Combine water and vinegar; add to bowl. Stir with hand until sticky, shaggy ball forms. Roll ball around bowl 30-45 seconds until most dough is part of the same large ball. Scrape your dough-covered hand to get dough into bowl, then invert a deep medium metal or glass bowl and place large bowl on top, tapping to ensure a tight seal. Let dough rest 12-18 hours at room temperature until it appears bubbly and wet.
Wipe out moisture inside medium bowl. Dust dish towel on one side with bread flour, then line medium bowl with towel, floured-side up. Generously flour your work surface. Sprinkle flour around dough edges in large bowl, then tilt bowl over floured work surface, using fingertips to ease dough out.
Using one hand, work gently to avoid deflating dough. Reach with fingertips, stretch dough, and fold to center. Repeat more three times until each side has been folded over top. Using sides of your hands, not fingertips, and extra flour to prevent sticking, flip dough over. Gently tuck dough underneath until top is smooth and taut. Place smooth-side up into towel-lined bowl, and dust lightly with bread flour. Cover bowl with large baking sheet and let rise 2 hours until doubled in size and it doesn’t spring back when poked. Meanwhile, wash out large bowl and have it ready.
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle and preheat oven to 500 degrees for 30 minutes. Invert bowl and baking sheet so dough is lying on the sheet. Lift off bowl and towel. If it sticks, be gentle to minimize loss of gases trapped inside. Splash water inside the larger bowl, then invert onto baking sheet over dough. Transfer whole thing to oven, reduce temperature to 450 degrees; bake 25 minutes. Using mitts, remove bowl and bake 15-25 minutes longer until loaf is as dark as you’d like. Remove bread, transfer to cooling rack, and cool completely before cutting.
ʼRound the Net
Poet Lynn Clague on his poem, “A Reach,” appearing in Grey Sparrow Journal
Wish Mavens Barbara Dickinson and Margie Herrick for generous insights on their Wishing Wisdom blog
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Art historian and translator Beth Gersh-Nesic for her insightful article on Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon in Bonjour Paris
Poet Cindy Hochman for her poetry in the great weather for MEDIA anthology Paper Teller Diorama
Author J. Chester Johnson on being interviewed on LitHub’s Keen podcast about his book, Damaged Heritage; and his Bar Crawl Radio podcast, “Poetry: What Is It Good For?” with Cornelius Eady on 9-11 poetry
Writer Lisa Krohn on her new article in Ageist on eight steps to move forward after failure
Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella for this lovely tribute to her late partner, poet Gil Fagiani
Poet Christina Rau on being named a full professor of English at Nassau Community College
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Music archivist and cellist Jay Shulman on the MusicWeb International review of his father’s film score CD, “Alan Shulman - The Tattooed Stranger” (Bridge Records, 2021)
Poet and artist Linda Simone on her essay which will appear in Diane Lockward’s The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft (Terrapin Books) next month—already an Amazon #1 poetry book in pre-order!
Poet Margo Taft Stever on her third book, The End of Horses, forthcoming from Broadstone Books
Translator Judy Tsai on the launch of her new website
Remembering Stephen Dunn
|Stephen Dunn (1939-2021)|
Some memorable teachings: Don’t be a dilettante—a “sometime” poet; don’t write the expected, i.e., pity for a homeless person—turn that upside down by suggesting maybe the person deserves the worst; and combine sensorial detail with the abstract, i.e., “cinnamon and despair.” He comically called on the “the poetry police” to arrest overused words.