Nov 24, 2015

Poetry for a Cause

This from Stacy Savage on Facebook:

Is that's time.... time to announce the winner. I received the least amount of entries I have ever received for any of my contests. However, $58 was raised and two complete Thanksgiving meals, were bought, including milk, for two families. The meals were given to the families and they were very thankful. Tina Scott also donated a few items for the meals. Thank you, Tina! 

Below is a pic of one of the two meals that were given to the families. Also below is the winning poem, "Oh, Funny Owl" by Andrea Dietrich. The poem is funny and made me smile. Three Cheers for Andrea!
There were many great poems and two othere I just have to mention. They were really, really good. 
Those poems were "Two Months after Movng to Apartment #8" by Kelli Hayden and "Hip, Hip, Hooray!" by Kathy Chaffin Gerstorff,
Thanks to everyone who entered. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Oh, Funny Owl
by Andrea Dietrich
Oh, funny night owl; I relate
to you. I also stay up late!
My eyes, like yours, are mellow green
and staring too, but at a screen.
I stare at E-mails and TV
until I know that finally
I must retire myself to bed
and rest my weary night owl head.
I feel so rotten when I wake
I have to do a double take.
I see the clock. It's eight a.m.
I sit up grumbling, "Darn, oh, Darn."
Then brimming with new morning cheer,
I drag myself before the mirror.
And what I see upon my face
are little lines I can't erase.
Oh, funny night owl. We're not wise
with circles underneath our eyes!
And now I get to look like hell
because I love the night so well.

Nov 16, 2015

Shari Wagner is the new Indiana poet laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission sent out a letter Nov. 13 announcing Shari Wagner's selection as Indiana's next poet laureate beginning January.

For information about Shari, click here.

Shari Wagner

Nov 2, 2015

Project 411 poems unveiled

Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras reveals the two poems he created by using lines submitted for the project. He also explains how he created the poems.

Embracing the Marvelous: An Introduction to Project 411

Nearly two years ago when I began my term as Indiana Poet Laureate, I set for myself the central goal, through a variety of activities, of bringing together the diverse voices of poets throughout the state. Because the writing of poetry is most often a solitary activity, that sense of solitude can often permeate a poet’s consciousness. Solitude, of course, is good. It allows one to enter into a deeper relationship with one’s core. Isolation, on the other hand, can turn the experience of the self into one of solipsism. As I have said repeatedly during the last two years, “poetry is utterly about community.” How and in what way that sense of community is expressed is, of course, one’s choice, but we’d do well to remember that our thoughts and language are shaped in social contexts. If we are fortunate enough to take up poetry as a vocation, then it is important to see ourselves as interwoven with our fellows, as well as with the animals and plants and rocks—even the galaxies.
I established The Wabash Watershed: Where the Rivers of Tradition Meet the Rivers of Innovation as not only a site in which various poets in Indiana could be brought together but also as a key metaphor for our shared enterprise. As I mentioned in my introduction to the website, “The Wabash River is a central image in the mythos of our great state. As a river it has always intrigued me, in part because it flows freely for a great distance. . .” That distance is 411 miles, before it is dammed.