Vermont Poetry Newsletter • January 28 2012

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not issued by me but by Ron Lewis, by whose permission I post this. PLEASE NOTE: I have edited his newsletter so that links are provided rather than text. If I cannot find a link, I will either omit the relevant portion of the newsletter to avoid copyright violations, or I will provide an alternate link. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full. All images are linked.]

Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

January 28, 2012 (Previous issue: 11/19) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Fry & Laurie – The Poem
  5. Vermont Writes Day 2.07.2012
  6. Young Writers Project 3rd Friday Poetry Slam & Open Mic
  7. YWP/Young Writers Project Workshops
  8. Nikky Finney’s Award Speech
  9. Bloodroot Reading
  10. Craft Tip From Diane Lockward
  11. Book — The Poetry Gymnasium: 94 Proven Exercises to Shape Your Best Verse
  12. Books Recommended by Valparaiso Poetry Review
  13. Programmers Make Time to Rhyme in Silicon Valley
  14. The Art of Elizabeth Bishop: Poetry in Paint
  15. Curbside Haiku
  16. Peter Reading Obituary
  17. Singer Jessica French, People of Walmart Lyrics
  18. Poet Frost’s Home Illegally Converted to Apartments
  19. Sonia Sanchez Becomes Philly’s First Poet Laureate
  20. Bukowski’s 1971 Letter Outlines Terms for Poetry Reading
  21. Burning Deck: Introducing an Appreciation
  22. A Poem A Day: Portable, Peaceful and Perfect
  23. Politics and Poetry: Do They Really Ever Meet in America?
  24. A Poetry Reading by Kay Boyle (Audio)
  25. A Poetry Reading by Clark Coolidge (Audio)
  26. What Rhymes With ‘Undead’? Some Poets Know
  27. Poetry Pairing: January
  28. Urban Beat for Poetry Festival
  29. Poetry Magazine Celebrates 100 Years
  30. 7 Recommendations by Ron Lewis: Books and Music
  31. Great Poetry Links: Wordle
  32. Poetry Quote – Robert Frost
  33. Poem: I’m Explaining a Few Things (Pablo Neruda)
  34. Copper Canyon Press Poem
  35. Linebreak Poem
  36. American Life in Poetry Poem
  37. US Poets Laureate List
  38. Vermont Poet Laureates
  39. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  40. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  41. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  42. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  43. Vermont Literary Journals
  44. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  45. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  46. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  47. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  48. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  49. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  50. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  51. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

The Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network is made up of people of all backgrounds, ages and skills who appreciate the craft of poetry and want to promote it in the beautiful state of Vermont. The network consists of a free e-mail list, an eventual web site, workshops, open mics, poetry performances and other literary events. The network provides opportunities to meet local poets, talk about and enjoy poetry, and motivate and inspire yourself in whatever writing projects you are involved.

The mission of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter is to foster the poetry arts community in the Green Mountain State, home to more writers and poets per capita than any other state in the nation. Its goals are to serve as a resource for and about VT poets; to support the development of individual poets; and to encourage an audience for poetry in Vermont.

Dating from 2009, the Vermont Poetry Newsletters are being archived on a blog maintained by poet Patrick Gillespie at PoemShape.

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When Shakespeare was authoring plays, his play along with those by any other playwright, had to be approved by the master of revels—the Queen’s censor. The cost of doing so was born by the production company. Writing a play that flirted with morally or politically subversiveness was a dangerous game that could lead to torture and imprisonment.

At a time of unrest, when the Earl of Essex was challenging the Queen’s [Elizabeth’s] authority and armed bands terrorized the streets of London, the Chamberlain’s Men [Shakespeare’s company] were forbidden to perform Richard II, a play already licensed and performed, because it contains a scene in which a king is compelled to renounce his crown; in 1601, the queen’s counsellors believed that this might encourage her enemies and spark off a revolution. The theatre was taken very seriously by the authorities and was allowed to deal with political issues only if they did not refer too obviously to current affairs or seditious ideas, but were set, safely, in an earlier century or, better still, in ancient Rome or foreign countries. [John Russell Brown, Shakespeare and His Theatre (New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1982, Page 31]

The comparison is not between “piracy” and moral and political subversion (though comparisons can be made) but the near absolute power exercised by the Master of the Revels. The bill presently being pushed by powerful industry and corporate interests is a similar, extra-judicial power grab. As the saying goes: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Passing this bill would give industry and corporate interests the same powers (over me and you) that the Master of the Revels (and government censors throughout history) have enjoyed and exercised. Art and learning thrives through the sharing of ideas and, yes, even the theft of ideas; but a balance must be struck. There are far better ways to control piracy.

A key provision of the bill would give copyright owners the power to stop online advertisers and credit card processors from doing business with a website, merely by filing a unilateral notice that the site is “dedicated to the theft of U.S. property” — even if no court has actually found any infringement.

The immunity provisions in the bill create an overwhelming incentive for advertisers and payment processors to comply with such a request immediately upon receipt. Courts have always treated such cutoffs of revenue from speech as a suppression of that speech, and the silencing of expression in the absence of judicial review is a classic prior restraint forbidden by the First Amendment. [Laurence Tribe, Constitutional Scholar]

The freedom of expression found on the internet is unique in human history; and because of that freedom, powerful interests, both private and public, are threatened. The bill gives the U.S. government the ability to block sites using methods similar to those enjoyed by the Chinese Communist Party, and for this reason the bill is opposed by human rights organizations and a variety of legal scholars.

For now, the Internet belongs to you and me. Help keep it that way.

Erotic Poetry, Love & Passion • Four Books Added

Reviewed and added the following books to Erotic Poetry, Love & Passion • A review of Poets & Anthologies:

  • Love Haiku: Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion, and Remembrance
  • Four Centuries of Great Love Poems
  • A Book of Love Poetry
  • William Shakespeare on The Art of Love: The Illustrated Edition of the Most Beautiful Love Passages in Shakespeare’s Plays and Poetry

You will find them appended to the larger review linked above.