In today's Premier Poet's Corner is the second winter collaborative poem. Mary Couch contributed the title, and the three lines by Joe Ottinger, George Wylie, and Deborah Petersen worked beautifully together. More collaborative poems to follow after the holiday. Merry Christmas, all!
In today's Premier Poet's Corner is the first collaborative poem to come out of the Winter Solstice Word Collection. Poets donated 161 distinct words to this project. I decided not to try to fit them all into the same poem, but group them by kind. Here is our first piece. Thanks to George Wylie, David Allen, Renee Morin, Paula Sunderwirth Guernsey, Chuck Kellum, Alys Caviness-Gober, and liladiller for your contributions! More to come later...
Yesterday, I challenged people on social media to donate a few of their favorite winter words for a collaborative poem. Poets donated over 161 distinct words! I'm busy sorting these into poems. In the meantime, Mary Couch contributed a few winter words the stand alone! Enjoy her winter poem as we celebrate the arrival of winter.
In today's Premier Poet's Corner is another beautiful poem by George Wolfe. He says, "This poem was inspired by my daughter Esther when she was an infant, just awakening to self awareness. Hence the title 'First Dawn.'"
If you are a members of PSI and would like to be featured on our website and Facebook pages, just email your short poems to email@example.com.
PSI members Sarah E. Morin and Alys Caviness-Gober run a 501(c)(3) called Community, Education, Arts. They are currently accepting submissions for the 2020 edition of The Polk Street Review, an annual anthology of writing and artwork celebrating Noblesville, Indiana. The 2020 theme is SUNRISE. We accept any genre of writing from fiction to memoir to poetry to non-fiction. We also accept images. Work may be previously published. Contributors retain all rights.
We welcome submissions from both professional and amateur creative artists. The Polk Street Review has received international status with submissions and followers from all over the world. The books are for sale online and in some local Noblesville stores. We will celebrate our publication at a public book launch on Feb 29.
Not from Noblesville? Don't rule us out! If you do not have a connection to Noblesville, just connect your submission content to Noblesville (ie, an historical reference, a setting/location in your submission, or some other reference to Noblesville). People with a connection to Noblesville do not have to reference Noblesville in their submissions. While we encourage pieces using our sunrise theme, previous contributors need not adhere to the topic.
DEADLINE December 31, 2019
Learn more and submit at https://cearts.org/home/the-polk-street-review/
Premier Poet's Corner - Today's post features a poem by the talented George Wolfe. He writes, "I wrote this poem about my experience in India. The poet in Indian philosophy is likened to the "seer" who records the hymns of the Hindu scripture known as the Rig Veda."
PSI members, if you would like me to pair your short poems with an image for use on our PSI website and Facebook pages, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH POETRY SOCIETY OF INDIANA (YPSI) Publication
Opportunity Guidelines for Doorways, a youth poetry anthology
1. Open to ALL Indiana students in public, private, or home
schooling and currently in Grades 6-12.
2. Up to six (6) poems may be submitted including the poem submitted for the Manningham Contest. Each poem should be neatly typed in a standard font and font size using black ink on white paper. Poems should be single spaced, have a title, and be up to 65 lines, including space lines. Any topic or style can be submitted. Non- rhyming poetry is preferred. Include a short biography, your age, school information, statement of originality and permission to publish with parent/guardian signature.
Declaration of Originality: “I certify that this poem is my original work and has not been copied in whole or in part from any author’s poems.” Followed by student signature. Also include a PERMISSION TO PUBLISH statement: “I give my permission for publication in the 2020 publication of Doorways, a youth poetry anthology.” Followed by parent/guardian signature.
3. There are no submission fees and no royalties paid if published, but proceeds will be used to purchase copies of the anthology for libraries around Indiana. When published, books will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through many outlets in the U.S. and around the world in softcover and ebook formats.
4. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2020
5. Send entries to:
634 North A
Elwood, IN 46036
Electronic submissions to and questions answered at: email@example.com
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With sadness PSI mourns the passing of member Esther Towns, who passed away August 19.
We send our heartfelt sympathies to Esther's friends, family, and fellow PSI poets, and give thanks we were able to share in her poetry.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Hazelwood Christian Church with Rev. Jason Jones officiating. Private graveside services will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday or one prior to services on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suiter 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at meeksmortuary.com.
It takes a lot of enthusiastic people to make our organization run! PSI is currently recruiting members for the following positions:
• Secretary and Treasurer (elected positions, will be voted on at Spring Fling 2019 and nominated at Fall Rendezvous, contact Nominations committee chair David Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Website Coordinator (appointed position, contact Deborah Peterson at email@example.com)
• Spring Fling committee (Will help plan our Spring 2019 conference. Nancy Simmonds is chair, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Fall Rendezvous committee (will help plan our Fall 2018 conference, contact Deborah Peterson at email@example.com)
We want YOUR talents! See us to get involved.
Nancy Simmonds was elected our PSI 2nd Vice President at our Spring Fling in May. To get to know her better, I interviewed her about her life as a poet. Enjoy!
1. What is your home club?
NI Poets in Fort Wayne
2. Where is your hometown?
The first third of my life was in Minnesota. The second traveling for my husband’s Family Practice schooling and residency. And then we settled in Fort Wayne and I have been a Hoosier for many years.
3. How long have you been writing poetry? (since what age?)
I started writing poetry in 2014 or so.
4. Do you remember what first turned you on to poetry?
As a child I could check out as many books as I wished from the library as long as one of them was a book of poetry. A favorite book of mine was “Read Me Another Story” compiled by the Child Study Association of America. There were many poems interspersed with stories in that yellow book and I was enchanted by Christina Rosetti, Old Shoes and New Shoes by Irma Simonton Black, Over in the Meadow (that rhyming song) , Margaret Wise Brown, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
5. Favorite form of poetry to write?
6. To rhyme or not to rhyme? (which do you do?)
I really struggle with rhyme.
7. Favorite poets?
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Billy Collins, some of Linda Patten, Adrian Matejka’s Big Smoke, whoever happens to pop up on Poetry 180.
8. Describe your writing environment (at a desk, out in nature, at a coffee house? Morning or night? Do you have a special beverage as you write? Do you write on a computer or longhand?)
I write at a desk in long hand stapling revision to revision to revision. I write mostly in the mornings although if it’s an interruptus kind of day I will steal away to a quiet floor of a library and power write at any other time of the day.
12. What do you find most challenging about writing poetry? What are your particular writing skills?
My favorite writing is using found words and stringing them together into something exciting. I really struggle with structured form.
13. Your day job?
I worked at IPFW at the front desk in Information, Admissions and Student Services. How I missed those inquiring minds when I retired 18 months ago!
14. Other hobbies?
I read LOTS. I make quilts. I run/walk local and virtual races. Currently I am working on the Amerithon, 3521 miles across America. I just started July 4 so I am still enthusiastic. I greatly enjoy traveling and we have visited 18 countries.
15. Any family members/pets you want to mention?
Husband Dan, four kids, two sons in law, a daughter in law, nine soon-to-be-ten grandchildren and a big old wolfhound lab mix named Watson.
The Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and creative process of poetry.