From the web page of the Tennessee Naturalist Program. The purpose of TNP is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship, and channel volunteer efforts toward education and conservation of Tennessee's natural resources.
Rattle Magazine continues to offer Poets Respond, a weekly opportunity for poets to respond to current events. They also have a monthly Ekphrastic Challenge, asking for poems about works of art. Each month, they post a work of art and ask for poems in response. The artist and Rattle’s editor each pick a wining poem which appears on their web site.
The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology offers tips on photographing birds in flight on their web page. They will introduce a new class on bird photography this spring.
Frontier Poetry announced the most recent winner of the virtual chapbook contest. The link to get a copy appears on their web page. Submissions are now open in the next contest with publication and a $2000 prize. Read the guidelines on the web page.
Sequestrum has issued a call for themed submissions on the topic of place as well as themed submission on the topic of place. Wendell Berry said that all writing is placed based, but they may have something more specific in mind. Authors of work published in Sequestrum receive a cash payment and a six-month subscription.
The National Audubon Society has placed reproductions of color prints from the work of John James Audubon online. The images come from his Birds of America folio and include this striking image of a Red-tailed Hawk.
Scarritt Bennett conference center offers a live streamed poetry reading with Ashly Mintz, April 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. They also have live-streamed services in their chapel on Tuesday evenings at 7:00. Formerly a women’s college of the United Methodist Church, they now offer programs on women’s issues and social justice.
The Association for Visual Artists Is about to hold their juried art contest for members. Their web site also includes information on the rescheduled
The Masters Review has announced a flash fiction contest with a May deadline. They also have a craft article on their web page.
Bonus Opportunity: Send your announcements and events to Ray Zimmerman for inclusion in this newsletter.
Shameless Self Promotion
My article about Casper Cox and his book, Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia has appeared in the online edition of the Chattanooga Pulse.
Review: A Little Book on Form by Robert Haas
The chapter on satire taught me that some of my poems are satires, particularly those written in heroic couplets. Apparently, the use of forms is common in satire. This was only one of many revelations found within A Little Book on Form, which is not so little at over 400 pages, yet still not exhaustive on the subject. The chapter on "Reading the Sonnet" goes on for 50 pages, packed with examples.
The author begins with one line in his first chapter, appropriately titled "One," stating that it is more difficult to write a good line than a good poem. He moves on to couplets and the Ghazal with their two-line stanzas. He then explores terza rima, tercet, triplet and haiku, followed by the quatrain. Chapters are devoted given to blank verse, free verse, elegy, and ode.
The pantoum is not neglected, nor is the villanelle. These words may be unfamiliar in our contemporary world where much of the published poetry is unrhymed free verse and form seems to be forgotten, but familiarity with them will greatly add to the enjoyment of poetry, and even to that of free verse.
The author has much to say about how form: rhyme, rhythm, stanza patterns and unrhymed lines complement and enhance the content of a poem. This is not a book to be read in one stretch, but readers will find that it adds to their reading, writing and enjoyment of poetry.