Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Markets

Sharing two calls for submission that I received...


Travel by the Books is open for submissions of poetry, essays, flash fiction, and reviews through October 18th for our end-of-the-year issue. We are a semiannual online journal dedicated to making literature irresistible . . . through travel. Take us to the settings of books, authors' hometowns, or hotels and bars known for literary history. Follow in a character's footsteps. Create your own literary tour or review one that exists. For more information and writers' guidelines, please see Travel by the Books.

Submissions link: submissionsATtravelbythebooksDOTcom. Send an email proposing your idea and a brief bio.

Deadline: October 18th, 2014

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Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine is looking for essays, stories, art, and poems that capture the essence and immediacy of the beast. Animal is a subject-specific lit mag, however loosely we define “animal.” In some form, we want a literal beast as a central character or motif. Render on the page what is both alien and familiar about an animal, animals, or being “animal.”

Poetry: needs avant-garde, free verse, traditional. Send up to five poems. Total not to exceed five pages.

Art: needs the essence of the beast as you see it–we prefer images that feature other species, filtered through human perception. Photos or other work that can be digitally represented online and in print; any kind of visual art that translates to e-space well, including photographs of installations and sculptures. Please send works that are at least 300 dpi, preferably in .jpg form.

To Submit: Please send submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail, as well as attached to the e-mail as a MS Word-compatible document, to animalliterarymagazine @ Gmail.com. Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. Please send questions for the literary magazine at the same address to Sarah Cedeno, fiction editor; Danita Berg, non-fiction editor; Stephen Mills, poetry editor, and Marley Andretti, Art Editor.

Animal will consider simultaneous submissions, but asks that you notify us immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. We do not reprint work published elsewhere, in any form. Please send submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail, as well as attached to the e-mail as a MS Word-compatible document, to animalliterarymagazineATgmailDOTcom. Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. In the cover-letter portion of your email, include the title and word count. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted unread.

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Some poems from Animal:

Year of the Rabbit by Glen Armstrong
Japanese-American Beetle by Aaron DeLee
Why I Tried to Save the Bird, Which I Think Now Was a Grackle by Tracy Youngblom

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Little Ditty

For Music Monday, a video I saw on Memphis-based DittyTV (Americana Music Television). Guitars and voices, that's it:


Friday, September 12, 2014

Acrostic Limericks

A lady whose name was McCord
Once over this limerick pored
To find the evil design
Hidden in the last line
But alas, she could not see the
~author unknown (a limerick, but not an acrostic)


This week, O.V. Michaelsen got me thinking about limericks that are also acrostics when he sent me this:

ABYSS
by O.V. Michaelsen

Avoiding the void is a must,
But stillness attracts too much dust.
Your home isn’t ANYwhere.
Some will find MANY there,
Strayed, though a few will adjust.

I hadn't heard of acrostic limericks before, but I couldn't help wanting to give them a try. To get started, you just need to think of five-letter words. Hmm, what should mine be?


Perhaps you need a friendly welcome,
Unbridled joy, a tail never glum?
Please consider this --
Pooches love to kiss!
You'll never lack a belly to rub.

One more, but this time not based on something close to home. I wish I had time to make an illustration of Malcolm the Moody Monster:

Malcolm the monster is irked
Over people who claim he's a jerk --
Oh, there are cars he crushes
Down to silvery mushes...
You could say that it's just a quirk.

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Madeleine Begun Kane has written quite a few acrostic limericks. For instance, this musical one:

Oh the sound of this instrument’s glorious,
But playing it’s rather laborious.
Out a thin double reed...

Read the rest here (and more acrostic limericks here).

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No Water River has the Poetry Friday round-up today.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Opening the Box

As a child when I read the Greek myth about Pandora, I didn't have a lot of patience with her. My attitude was pretty much like the guy in Walter Crane's illustration:

Pandora Opens The Box
by Walter Crane

But now that I have kids and pets, I have more sympathy with youthful blunders. Our puppy Lucy, for example, has a real weakness for my plants. As in, they smell delicious and are just right for chewing. I have asked her to leave them alone, but clearly, just telling her to avoid temptation is not going to do the trick.

Obviously a lot more is at stake in Pandora's case, but she doesn't know that, does she? I think maybe that's why Frederick S. Church's version is a particular favorite of mine. The poor thing has realized what she's done and is trying to close the box back up.

Opened up a Pandora's box
Frederick Stuart Church

More Pandora, starting with Waterhouse's version, which seems like it would be captioned "I'll just take a little peek":

Pandora
by John William Waterhouse

Pandora
by Odilon Redon

Pandora
by Alexandre Cabanel

Pandora porcelain plate
After Charles Lenoir. Signed: O. Dietrich.

Pandora
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Pandora
by Helen Stratton - A book of myths (1915)

Detail of terracotta vessel with Pandora myth
photo by Pilar Torres

Pandora's Box
by Andrew Junge

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Free eBook about Reading



Teachers and tutors might be interested in Scholastic's Open a World of Possible, a free eBook that collects readers' stories about their reading lives. I heard about this from Franki at A Year of Reading who says, "Open a World of Possible has come at the perfect time--the beginning of a new school year. Building a community of readers is such an important part of our work. And I find that for that to happen, students need to begin to build their own identity as readers. I want them to know themselves as readers and to live their lives as a reader, both in and out of school. For them to become lifelong readers, they need to see themselves as unique readers."

Students need to feel free to have preferences and opinions, to experiment with trying out new books, to share their favorites with each other. Students need the opportunity to read joyfully.

As Scholastic says, "When that happens, the world opens. Everything becomes possible."

A Little Respect

it's gettin' kinda cold in these painted on cut off jeans
I hate the way this bikini top chafes
Do I really have to wear it all day? (Yeah baby)
~Maddie and Tae, Girl in a Country Song


I've sung along with songs about painted-on blue jeans (my daughters and I pretty much never miss a "mooood ring"), but I think this video expresses something that we've all been wishing someone would say:


That said, I don't mean to imply that other genres of music are necessarily better! But that's an issue for another day...