Friday, September 28, 2007

Autumn Sky Poetry - Number 7 online


The seventh issue of Autumn Sky Poetry is now online.

Read poems by Kimberly L. Becker, Annie Bien, Robert Bolick, William Doreski, Paul Hostovsky, Guy Kettelhack, Dave Rowley, Janice D. Soderling, James Uppstad, and Michael A. Wells.

—It's all about the poetry.

Christine Klocek-Lim, Editor

Monday, September 17, 2007

Poem Spark Sept. 17-24: an oldie but goodie

Hello fellow poetry entrepreneurs,

I've been going through a bit of a dry spell lately with poetry. Sometimes, when faced with a blinking cursor and white page, the only thing that works is to fall back onto my favorite method for sparking a poem: pick ten words at random from your favorite poetry book.

I've been reading a lot of Jack Gilbert this year; his poetry seems to be sticking with me as I go through each day. So, without further ado, here are ten words from his book, "Refusing Heaven":


Jack Gilbert has a tendency towards abstract concepts that remain grounded in reality, or at least, his version of reality. Most of the verbs in his book are simple ones: break, said, wakes, etc. The action and setting revolve around these small verbs, letting the reader create movement in his/her own way from the message of each poem.

You task for this poem spark: borrow ten random words from your favorite poetry book, chapbook, essay, online journal, or use the ten words I found and write a poem. Don't overthink and don't try to hunt for the "best" or most complicated word. Instead, let the words come to you. They're waiting for you to give them a home: a poem in which to get comfortable enough to speak clearly.

Good luck!