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Friday, September 24, 2010

Poetry Friday: Call for Original Poems

Happy Poetry Friday! I have big news to share.

I am editing a new anthology of poetry for the Maryland Writers Association.

The theme is love, in all its facets. I hope many of you will send original poems. The book should be out for National Poetry Month 2011.

I've already a poet ask whether the theme is intentionally broad. Yes. We're going to think beyond romantic love for this book.

To give you a sense of what "love, in all its facets" means, here is one of my favorite (non-romantic) love poems.

A Blessing

by James Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness   
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.   
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.   
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me   
And nuzzled my left hand.   

Have a wonderful Friday. The Poetry Friday links are at Karen Edmisten's blog today. Thanks for hosting Karen!

For those of you who'd like to  submit to the MWA poetry anthology, here is the official call for manuscripts:
Maryland Writers’ Association

Call for poetry submissions

MWA Books, publisher of New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers, is seeking submissions from MWA members for its second book, a poetry anthology.

The theme is Love, in all its facets. Laura Shovan, winner of the 2010 Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize, is editor. MWA members are encouraged to send 1-3 of their best poems on this theme, with a limit of 100 lines per poem, to All poetic forms will be considered.

Deadline for submissions: October 27, 2010
Notification:  December 15, 2010
Publication Date: National Poetry Month – April, 2011

Email submissions: send an attachment with cover letter and 1-3 poems. In the subject line please write “poetry anthology submission.” In the cover letter: your full name, pen name if applicable, street address, phone number and email address. Also include the title of each poem with line count, and a brief bio (approximately 70 words). The poems should be compiled as one continuous Microsoft Word, Rich Text, or Text file so your submission can be sent as one attachment. Include the poem title and your name in the upper right corner of each page you submit. Only electronic submissions will be considered.

Previously published work will be considered, provided it does not conflict with the original publisher’s reprinting policy and the author retains all reprint rights. Any work restricted by third party copyright will not be accepted. Submitting authors grant MWA and MWA Books permission to publish submitted work; otherwise authors retain existing copyrights.

Simultaneous submissions are permissible. Please contact us immediately if your poem is accepted by another publication.

Poets whose work is selected for publication will receive a copy of the anthology, an author discount on additional copies, and invitations to read at promotional events. Due to the high volume of submissions anticipated, we are unable to respond with specific feedback regarding your poems if you are not selected.

You must be an MWA member in good standing to participate. For more information, to renew your membership, or to join now, visit us at

This project is funded by the Mildred Werba Fund, gifted to the MWA for use in supporting poets. MWA thanks the Fund and Werba family for their generosity.


I'm Jet . . . said...

Great poem, Laura (and a beautiful photo). And thanks for mentioning Ode to Pablo's Shoes. I actually took the red shoe poem out of The Write Sisters PF blog and put Soto's poem in. I love it!


Author Amok said...

Hi, Janet. The Wright poem -- it exemplifies that the heady feeling of love does not have to be romantic/sexual. You're welcome about the Soto Ode. I've posted the full lesson in the past if you'd like to look for it. The kids have so much fun taking off their shoes and examining for details.

laurasalas said...

Thanks for sharing this one, Laura. So much I love about it, especially the last three lines, which blow me away.

Kerry Aradhya said...

Hi, Laura. Congratulations on editing the anthology. That is great news! The poem on this post is beautiful. My dad's name is James Wright, so the poet's name caught me a little by surprise, though. But my dad grew up in somewhat rural Tennessee and I know would appreciate this poem, as I do. Thanks for sharing!

Author Amok said...

Hi, Laura. I love the purity of spirit in this poem. I keep returning to it, year after year.

Kerry -- how funny is that about your dad! Let me know how he likes it. (I hope you'll submit some work to the anthology.)