Monday, June 23, 2008

Poem Spark Jun 23-Jul 7: Carpe Diem Poems

Greetings and salutations!

As anyone who has ever suffered a medical emergency, or the death of a loved one, or any other sort of life-altering event that casts the ordinary business of living aside, sometimes one needs to live day by day, seizing each moment and savoring every precious second. Indeed, sometimes the only way to live is to get through each minute, but at the same time, one should never ignore the gift that is each minute.

There are many poems that celebrate this juxtaposition: the human poised between death and life. On's home page this week is an essay speaking of just this philosophy: Carpe Diem: Poems for Making the Most of Time:

Carpe diem remains an enduring rhetorical device in poetry because it is a sentiment that possesses an elasticity of meaning, suggesting both possibility and futility. Many poets have responded to the sentiment, engaging in poetic dialogues and arguments over its meaning and usefulness.

Here are some poems that embody the spirit of living, living despite the pain and uncertainty that follows us everywhere, living with joy alongside the quiet specter of mortality:

Ellen Bass Dead Butterfly

Li-Young Lee One Heart

Rick Campbell Heart

This spark: write a carpe diem poem.

Good luck!

Autumn Sky Poetry 10 now live!


The tenth issue of Autumn Sky Poetry is now online.

Read poems by Elizabeth H. Barbato, John Byrne, Bebe Cook, Kathryn Good-Schiff, Christina Kapp, Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Nic Sebastian, Cheryl Snell, Farren Stanley, and S. Thomas Summers.

—It's all about the poetry.

Christine Klocek-Lim, Editor

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

so, what am I talking about

on Autumn Sky Poetry -- the blog? Here are some of my latest posts:

what about bios?

"No one has asked me this question, but I find myself thinking about it nonetheless: do I read the bios before I read the poems?"

why only four poems per submission?

"Why so few? The answer: four poems is just enough for me to get a sense of the voice of the poet."

reading submissions

"Since I'm so short on time, I've found that while reading, if a poem does not grab me within the first three to five lines, it's probably not going to grab me later on in the poem."

Read more at the blog.

new garden photos

Monday, June 09, 2008

Poem Spark Jun 9-23: Poems about flowers

Greetings and Salutations!

Now that summer has blanketed the east coast with the first heat wave of the season, I've been thinking about how much my garden is appreciating the warmth and rains. The roses are in full bloom and my lavender is just about ready to crack open those beautiful buds. Everywhere I look, something is blooming. What better poem spark to do than write about the flowers?

On's front page I followed a link to Poems about Flowers. Here are a few of the ones I liked best:

Deborah Digges Telling the Bees

H. D. At Baia

William Shakespeare My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun

Your poem spark: write a flower poem.

Here are some photos to help you along: Flowers on Flickr. Good luck!

Riffing on Strings now available!

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that the anthology about string theory that I eagerly anticipated (probably because one of my poems has found a home inside) has arrived! Here's what a few people said about it:

“Sean Miller and Shveta Verma have put together an exhilaratingly eclectic anthology of creative and expository writing about one of the most exciting (even if controversial) intellectual fields of our time: string theory. Just Miller's erudite introduction by itself is worth the price of this sparkling collection.”
– S. Abbas Raza, Editor of 3 Quarks Daily

“The jury is still out on whether string theory serves to explain the nature of reality, but the writers who have contributed to Riffing on Strings convincingly demonstrate that it serves very well as a springboard for the imagination. From Sean Miller's cogent introduction on, this is an engaging—and much-needed—dialogue between art and science.”
– Frank Wilson, Former Book Review Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer & Creator of Books, Inq.

If anyone would like to do a review of the anthology, please let me or one of the editors know and we'll be happy to get you a copy of the anthology. Even a short review on would be welcome! There's also a free .pdf sample available for download on the publisher's website. I'd also like to extend my thanks to S. Abbas Raza and Frank Wilson for taking time from their busy schedule to read the book and provide some of the blurbs for the back cover. Thank you!

Finally, I've updated my website, November Sky, and added a few new photos and poems. Take a look if you're curious.

best wishes,

Autumn Sky Poetry — the blog

I just started a new blog as a companion to my Autumn Sky Poetry journal. I don't know how often I'll update it; I'm hoping to post about the perils and pleasures of editing a poetry journal. I will also probably post some information pertaining to where I am in the submission/acceptance process for the journal.

Here's the link: Autumn Sky Poetry—the blog