Read some Russell Edson pieces. Then write one of your own.
From Approaching Poetry by Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl!!
Try to remember the sounds you heard and loved as a child. Write a poem that incorporates these sounds.
From The Mind’s Eye by Kevin Clark:
Think of a common everyday activity that you might do: feed the cat, scratch your head, make the bed, etc. Choose one activity. Let your imagination go wild. How can you make this activity into something weird, wild, or bizarre (or beautiful)? Write a poem that does that. Since you want to emphasize the physical as well as the strange, concentrate on good verbs. Limit the poem to fifteen lines.
The 2020 Annual Poetry Contest is open for entries until August 1st. Click for details.
Poetry Society of Michigan Chancellor and founding editor of 3rd Wednesday Magazine Laurence W. Thomas turns 93 today!
For the next Poetry Society of Michigan Newsletter (June), I plan on a special issue—a selection of poems written by Michiganders—especially PSM members—during the time of the Governor’s sheltering-in order (roughly between March 24 to May 15 [?]). I am NOT interested in COVID-19 poems or poems of lamentation during Dark Times (isolation, depression, anxiety . . .). INSTEAD, I’m looking for poems that express the pleasures and joys and humor of living in Michigan during these times—It’s SPRING, for goodness’ sake! That is, poems of good nature and positivity and gratitude and . . . well, anything that hasn’t been showing up on the news feeds the past couple of months. I will make the selection of poems based upon those SUBMITTED TO ME by the end of May. Please send only one or two of your best new poems either as an attachment to my email address (above, or listed on the newsletter) or by regular post to Phillip Sterling, 3033 Court Dr. SE, Lowell, MI 49331. In either case, please be sure to provide me with your name and contact info. For the newsletter, I will select what I believe are most representative poems of what it means to be living where we are at this point in time.
Please share this Call for Submissions as you deem appropriate (websites, Facebook, affiliated local groups). I look forward to hearing from you.
Deadline: May 30.
Editor, PSM Newsletter