Make It Memorable

  • Well, now I find myself debating both the current and former Vermont Poet Laureates.

In today’s Valley News Vermont’s former poet laureate, Sydney Lea, has come to the defense of Vermont’s current Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord. The latter half of Lea’s letter is of the Straw Man variety (which includes taking my high school opinion of contemporary poets out of context). He rhetorically asks, “if [Gillespie] means to stress current authors’ neglect of meter and rhyme…”, then proceeds to dismantle said rhetorical question. In fairness to Lea, the Upper Valley News stipulates that a letter to the editor be 350 words or less and its much easier, in such a short space, to dismantle ones own rhetorical question. To be clear: One can write memorable poetry without meter and rhyme and Mary Oliver, popular enough to support herself through her poetry, would be an example of that.

But far more interesting was Lea’s opening gambit, describing me as a Strafford Poet and “full disclosure”, he writes, “self-published”. To be honest, I’m not sure how to take that. Why does it matter? Evidently, the heat of Lea’s disclosure couldn’t so much as wait for the letter’s first verb. I too am left with rhetorical questions. Does he mean to imply that a person shouldn’t be taken seriously unless he has been approved by peers, academia, and select editors?

Was Lea’s observation a little ad hominem ice-breaker to warm up the conversation? I mean, why else mention it?

Interestingly, as of May 7th, 2016, there were 76.5 million WordPress blogs. 26% of all websites, globally, use WordPress. Further, there have been 2.5 billion posts. Of those 2.5 billion posts, fully 2.5 billion were self-published. And of that 2.5 billion some percentage is poetry. Even 1 percent is significant. My own blog, PoemShape, is a WordPress blog. I personally follow several dozen sites with “self-published” poetry, opinion and editorials. There’s some fabulous poetry out there that’s never seen the light of an editor’s desk.

But weren’t we just talking about contemporary poetry’s “neglect”, or was it “irrelevance”? Has Lea noticed that the Dartmouth Bookstore’s poetry selection, serving a college town no less, has shrunk to one little stand? The Norwich bookstore, last I checked, devoted maybe one shelf to poetry. The track record of published contemporary poetry (as opposed to self-published poetry) is hardly stellar. This, after all, is what started the whole conversation. (As an aside, the reading public might be interested to know that there are two genres literary agents will not consider and one of them, emphatically, is poetry.)

All this is to say: Yes, I’m self-published. 618 readers are followers and the blog continues to be read worldwide. Just today I’ve been visited by readers from the United Arab Emirates Turkey, Qatar, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, India and the Phillippines. And this isn’t just me. There are countless writers self-publishing on the Internet, including a number of authors and poets among my readers.

If Mr. Lea’s “disclosure” was meant to be dismissive, then so be it; but he dismisses more than just me. He dismisses the entirety of the online literary project. I make the deliberate choice not to seek publication through a third party. I see no reason for it. My poetry is readily accessible, is read every day and more widely, probably, because of it. Not to get personal, but by way of comparison, where exactly does the reader go to stumble on Mr. Lea’s poems? Last I checked, and “full disclosure”, neither the Dartmouth Bookstore nor the Norwich Bookstore keeps his poetry in stock. Lea does, tellingly, have a blog on which he’s self-published a handful of poems.

Self-publishing isn’t only a 21rst century phenomena. While Mr. Lea singled out Walt Whitman for his “free verse”, he failed to observe that he was self-published. Not only was he self-published but Whitman used pseudonyms to write favorable reviews of his own poetry. T.S. Eliot self-published The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land. Shelley and E.E. Cummings were self-published. I count myself in good company. And as for John Milton? Lea includes Paradise Lost in his list of poems that “neglect” meter and rhyme. In fact, the entirety of Paradise Lost is metrical—Iambic Pentameter through and through. Lea’s mentioning the Psalms is also ironic given that, according to Biblical scholars, many of the Psalms (if not all) were characterized by meter and refrain. Whitman’s poetry? Some of the most rhetorically patterned verse since the King James Bible.

Mr. Lea writes that he agrees with me on some points, “not least that the obscurity of much contemporary verse is to blame for much of its neglect.” There’s plenty of verse that’s obscure, but that’s never been my argument. My argument is found in our current Poet Laureate’s rhetorical question: “So what to make of the marginal status of poetry in America, where so many crave poetry for its essential, memorable expression[?]” Indeed, where are the memorable expressions? By in large, the problem with contemporary poetry is not in its obscurity but in its generic blandness. Despite my favoring it, I ultimately don’t care if verse uses meter or rhyme, just make it memorable.

upinVermont | June 28th 2016

Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 29 2015

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

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In The Green Mountain State

September 25, 2014 (Previous issue: 09/14/14)
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Chard deNiord, the New Vermont Poet Laureate
  5. Daniel Lusk and Alexis Lathem’s Newest Books
  6. Neil Shepard’s Latest Release
  7. 11th Annual Burlington Book Festival & Grace Paley Poetry Series
  8. Brattleboro Literary Festival & Galway Kinnell Tribute
  9. Richard Blanco at Middlebury College
  10. Local Verse: Danny Dover
  11. Green Mountain Poets House, Call for Poetry Books
  12. Lampshade Poetry, Literally!
  13. Writers’ Barn, Shelburne
  14. Remembering Galway Kinnell
  15. Paul Christensen’s Latest Release
  16. Chickadee Chaps & Broads Broadside Winner, Samn Stockwell
  17. James Hayford, Sr. & Jr.
  18. So Many Poets to Keep in Our Memory!
  19. National Poetry Month From the Edutopia Vault
  20. Is Poetry Dead?
  21. Sun Dog Poetry Center
  22. Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poems
  23. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2015 Calendar
  24. Great Poetry Links: Top 100 Poetry Blogs
  25. Poetry Quote – Edgar Allen Poe
  26. Unforgettable Literary Web Sites
  27. US Poets Laureate List
  28. Vermont Poet Laureates
  29. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  30. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  31. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  32. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  33. Vermont Literary Journals
  34. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  35. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  36. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  37. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  38. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  40. Other: By Correspondence
  41. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  42. 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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Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 14 2014

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

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In The Green Mountain State

September 14, 2014 (Previous issue: 09/10/13) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Jody Gladding’s new book, Translations from Bark Beetle
  5. New U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright
  6. Library Book Sales, State-wide
  7. A Sampler of Local Verse to Read Far From Home – 4 New Books of Poetry by Vermont Poets
  8. Green Mountain Poets House, Call for Poetry Books
  9. Lampshade Poetry, White River Junction
  10. Renegade Writer’s Collective Shut Down
  11. Karin Gottshall Promoted
  12. Burlington Book Festival
  13. Brattleboro Literary Festival
  14. Chickadee Chaps & Broads Broadside Winner, David Dillon
  15. Chickadee Chaps & Broads Announces New Contest
  16. Write The Book Burlington Radio Show
  17. Jerry Johnson’s New Book, Up the Creek Without a Saddle
  18. Jerry Johnson’s New Book, Noah’s Song
  19. Dodge Poetry Festival
  20. ”The Poet and the Poem” Audio Podcasts
  21. Middlebury Campus Newspaper, Poetry Archives
  22. Alan Tarica Explores the Sonnets of William Shakespeare
  23. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2014 Calendar
  24. Great Poetry Links: Write the Book
  25. Angela Palm’s New Book, Please Do Not Remove
  26. Poetry Quote – Ruth Stone
  27. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
  28. US Poets Laureate List
  29. Vermont Poet Laureates
  30. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  31. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  32. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  33. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  34. Vermont Literary Journals
  35. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  36. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  37. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  38. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  40. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  41. Other: By Correspondence
  42. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  43. 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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Vermont Poetry Newsletter • Sept 10 2013

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

September 10, 2013 (Previous issue: April 20, 2013) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Compass Music & Arts Center
  5. Writer’s Center of WRJ: Simply Time for Poetry
  6. Library Book Sales
  7. Seamus Heaney Passes Away
  8. Green Mountain Poets House
  9. Ruth Stone Trust/Foundation
  10. Poetz.com Discontinued
  11. New Books From Angela Patten & Daniel Lusk
  12. Burlington Book Festival
  13. Brattleboro Literary Festival
  14. Bread Loaf on iTunes U
  15. Poetry Magazine’s July/August Issue Stats
  16. John Hollander Passes Away
  17. The Magic of Touching the Text
  18. Man Returns Frost’s Bust 26 Years Later
  19. Guardians of Historical Memories
  20. Against Conceptualism, Calvin Bedient
  21. Towards a Conceptual Lyric, Marjorie Perloff
  22. PoetryZoo.com
  23. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2013 Calendar
  24. Great Poetry Links: Afghan Women’s Writing Project
  25. Northeastern University Showcases Typewriter Exhibition
  26. Poetry Quote – Seamus Heaney
  27. American Life in Poetry Poem
  28. US Poets Laureate List
  29. Vermont Poet Laureates
  30. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  31. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  32. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  33. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  34. Vermont Literary Journals
  35. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  36. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  37. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  38. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  40. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  41. Other: By Correspondence
  42. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  43. 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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Vermont Poetry Newsletter • April 20 2013

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not produced 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. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full, have questions concerning its content, or if you have revisions or corrections.]


Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

April 20, 2013 (Previous issue: January 10, 2013) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Jerry Johnson, Up the Creek Without a Saddle
  5. First Annual PSOV Poetry Reading, with Daniel Lusk
  6. Richard Blanco coming to Vermont
  7. Healing Art & Writing Courses at Hope Lodge
  8. Poetic History of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  9. UVM Painted Word Poetry Series
  10. PoemCity 2013
  11. Ralph Culver Awarded Chapbook Prize
  12. Al-Mutanabbi Street, Site of Iraq’s Literary Community
  13. Daniel Hoffman, U.S. Poet Laureate, 1923-2013
  14. 7th-Grader Writes Unusual Spelling Bee Poem
  15. Charles Wright Interview
  16. Allen Ginsberg’s LSD Poem Up For Bid
  17. Diane Swan – The Other Wish
  18. Get Your Poem On!
  19. Stephen Dunn, The (Not-So) Accidental Poet
  20. William Faulkner Poetry Book on the Auction Block
  21. Poet’s Kinship With the President, Richard Blanco
  22. Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, 2013 Faculty & Guests
  23. New VT Lit Journal: The Cause Arts Quarterly
  24. Navajos Confront Life’s End With Poem
  25. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2013 Calendar
  26. How Does a Poem Mean?
  27. Simon Armitage – Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey
  28. D.H. Lawrence, Uncensored
  29. Insomnia and the Poet
  30. Ted Kooser and His Valentines: Be Mine, Mine, Mine
  31. At the Last Minute, Remembering Grace Paley, the Poet
  32. Massachusetts Poetry Festival
  33. New England Poetry Club
  34. Full Circle Festival, Burlington, April 2014
  35. Great Poetry Links: Boloji
  36. Poetry Quote – Anne Sexton
  37. American Life in Poetry Poem
  38. US Poets Laureate List
  39. Vermont Poet Laureates
  40. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  41. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  42. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  43. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  44. Vermont Literary Journals
  45. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  46. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  47. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  48. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  49. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  50. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  51. Other: By Correspondence
  52. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  53. 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. Continue reading

Vermont Poetry Newsletter • January 10 2013

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not produced 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. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full, have questions concerning its content, or if you have revisions or corrections.]


Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

January 10, 2013 (Previous issue: Sept 23, 2012) –

In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Robert Frost’s Christmas Cards
  5. Vermont-Iraq Poetry Alliance
  6. Poetry at Farmer’s Markets
  7. Mind The Gap: On Reading American Poetry
  8. UVM’s The Painted Word Poetry Series
  9. Brigit Pegeen Kelly Poem: Dead Doe
  10. Broadside Contest, Deadline Feb 1st
  11. PoemCity 2013 Call for Submissions
  12. Forensic Evidence Re New Emily Dickinson Photo
  13. Yusef Komunyakaa Poem: Rock Me, Mercy
  14. The Poetry of Science
  15. Al Young’s Poem Says Goodbye to 2012
  16. Poetry Reading in WRJ
  17. Gary Margolis’ New Memoir
  18. Mushroom Mix-Up Taints Swedish Academy
  19. NH Poet Cleopatra Mathis Authors New Book of Poetry
  20. Los Angeles Names Its First Poet Laureate
  21. April Ossmann Receives VAC Creation Grant
  22. Vermont Reads 2013: Poetry 180
  23. Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont
  24. Taking Root, Poem by Alice Wolf Gilborn
  25. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s 2013 Calendar
  26. What to Make of It, Poems by Pamela Harrison
  27. DADA DATA, Poems by Jeff Bender
  28. SF Student Suspended Over CT Poem
  29. Commentary: The Clarifying Power of Poetry
  30. Drawn Into a Circle of Poetry Giants
  31. Rejection Letter to Gertrude Stein
  32. Massachusetts Poetry Festival
  33. New England Poetry Club
  34. What’s Going On Here? Can Anyone Tell Me?
  35. Great Poetry Links: Tom Hanks Reading Performance Poetry
  36. Poetry Quote – Robert Frost
  37. American Life in Poetry Poem
  38. US Poets Laureate List
  39. Vermont Poet Laureates
  40. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  41. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  42. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  43. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  44. Vermont Literary Journals
  45. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  46. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  47. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  48. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  49. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  50. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  51. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  52. 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. Continue reading

Vermont Poetry Newsletter • September 23 2012

[The Vermont Poetry Newsletter is not produced 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. Please contact Ron Lewis if you would like to receive his Newsletter in full, have questions concerning its content, or if you have revisions or corrections.]


Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

September 23, 2012 (Previous issue: 07/01) –

In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Fall Into Poetry! League of VT Writers Workshop & Slam
  5. UVM’s The Painted Word Poetry Series
  6. Thailand: US Blogger Jailed for Insulting King
  7. New England College’s MFA Degree in Poetry
  8. Creating in Flow, Where Do Poems Come From?
  9. Poetry Festival: A Celebration of Literary Journals
  10. The Personal Heresy
  11. David Budbill’s New Book
  12. The One, C. Dale Young
  13. Gary Margolis’ New Memoir
  14. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Jubilee Poems
  15. Russia: Online Poetry’s Vehement, Apolitical Politics
  16. Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate, New Book: “Thrall”
  17. ”Thrall” — 2nd Book Review
  18. Natasha Trethewey’s Inaugural Reading
  19. Lee Upton on Revision
  20. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s Calendar
  21. The Sound of a Sentence
  22. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry
  23. Emily Dickinson, A 2nd New Photograph Discovered
  24. Emily Dickinson, 1st Photograph
  25. Great Poetry Links: Bomono
  26. Poetry Quote – Lee Upton
  27. American Life in Poetry Poem
  28. US Poets Laureate List
  29. Vermont Poet Laureates
  30. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  31. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  32. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  33. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  34. Vermont Literary Journals
  35. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  36. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  37. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  38. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  39. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  40. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  41. Other: By Correspondence
  42. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  43. 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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Vermont Poetry Newsletter • July 1 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

July 1, 2012 (Previous issue: 04/07) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Poem Store: POEMS – Your Topic, Your Price
  5. Bookstock 2012 (Woodstock, VT)
  6. Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate
  7. NPR Interview of Natasha Trethewey
  8. Do Poets Really Care About Slams?
  9. An Artist Makes Words (Poems) From Wire
  10. Interview: Jorie Graham’s Poetry
  11. Wesley McNair’s 10 Tips for Breaking Lines in Free Verse
  12. A Bit of Fry and Laurie – “Prize Poem”
  13. Upcoming Events of Ivy Page
  14. The Writer’s Center Current Offerings
  15. Original William Stafford Poem Discovered
  16. Carl Sandburg at Chicago NATO Summit
  17. The Poetry and Translations of William Carlos Williams
  18. How Not to Take Rejection
  19. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s Calendar
  20. ’Space Is My Mistress’ Writes Astronaut Poet
  21. Poetry Helping Alzheimer’s Patients, Families Cope
  22. How a Poem Happens – Stephen Dunn
  23. Spotlight: Typecast Publishing
  24. What I Look For In an Online Journal, Diane Lockward
  25. Appealing Online Journals, Diane Lockward
  26. Allan Wolf
  27. Great Poetry Links: typewriter poetry
  28. Poetry Quote – Jack Spicer
  29. Linebreak Poem
  30. American Life in Poetry Poem
  31. US Poets Laureate List
  32. Vermont Poet Laureates
  33. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  34. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  35. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  36. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  37. Vermont Literary Journals
  38. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  39. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  40. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  41. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  42. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  43. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  44. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  45. 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.

Continue reading

Vermont Poetry Newsletter • April 7 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

April 7, 2012 (Previous issue: 01/28) –
In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor/Publisher’s Note
  3. Writing Assignments/Suggestions/Exercises/Prompts
  4. Jerry Johnson/Jon Gailmor/Pete Sutherland CD
  5. Thinking Like An Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript
  6. FAQ’s re: Paperbacks
  7. Need to Create? Get a Constraint
  8. The Importance of Mind-Wandering
  9. Spoken Word Poetry Booms at Middlebury College
  10. Karin Gottshall: Visiting Lecturer in Eng. & Am. Studies
  11. The Adirondack Review
  12. The Triolet Verse Form
  13. Poem-A-Day Challenge
  14. Poetry FAQ
  15. I’m Comic Sans, A-Hole
  16. How To Read Poetry
  17. PoemCity Montpelier 2012
  18. Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012
  19. Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea’s Calendar
  20. AWP Conference 2012, Chicago
  21. Do Male Poets Have Crushes on Female Poets?
  22. Public Responsibilities of Known American Poets
  23. Poet, Editor, Mentor
  24. A Timeout: Bomono
  25. Literary Competition, League of Vermont Writers
  26. Burlington Poet, Sue D. Burton, Wins Prize
  27. The Otter Creek Poets April Poetry Series
  28. Poetry In The News
  29. Newburyport Literary Festival, MA
  30. More Broken Line
  31. Great Poetry Links: Toto Poetry
  32. Poetry Quote – Robert Frost
  33. Poetry Foundation’s Inaugural President Retires
  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. All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists
  43. Contact Info for Editor/Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  44. Vermont Literary Journals
  45. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  46. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  47. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  48. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  49. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  50. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  51. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  52. 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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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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