It Existed

It Existed #poetry #writing #travel


mark strandThis post was written in from Roldanillo, Colombia, a tiny town toward the west of the country.  I was there all week attending the Colombian Women Poets Festival for the first time ever.

So I had time for a quick post featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand, taken a few months ago in a páramo, a cloud forest located at more than 3,000 meters above sea level. Few nations in the world…

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bookriot:

Even when authors are taking us to the most fantastical places populated with the most fantastical characters, there’s still the chance that they’re spinning their tales based on people they’ve known, places they’ve been, and experiences they’ve had. And sometimes, those Pulled From Real Life elements aren’t a secret. Sometimes, those novels are thinly veiled autobiographies, with altered names and hair colors to protect (or not, depending on the author’s mood) the innocent. These are the novels where you won’t find a forward that includes the words “Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental”.
— from 20 Excellent Autobiographical Novels.

bookriot:

Even when authors are taking us to the most fantastical places populated with the most fantastical characters, there’s still the chance that they’re spinning their tales based on people they’ve known, places they’ve been, and experiences they’ve had. And sometimes, those Pulled From Real Life elements aren’t a secret. Sometimes, those novels are thinly veiled autobiographies, with altered names and hair colors to protect (or not, depending on the author’s mood) the innocent. These are the novels where you won’t find a forward that includes the words “Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental”.

— from 20 Excellent Autobiographical Novels.

The Napkin Trick

dagdapublishing:

My piece “The Napkin Trick” is the featured poem on @dagdapublishing’s blog!


It’s been done before:


The intention of conversation
starts and ends with a slow walk
around a familiar, short block –
the light purse or empty pocket.


(Tonight
after all
should only call for some cash)


A set of doors is cho­sen
but not broached,


and reluc­tance comes as a reminder


of iso­lated drinks
where music from cars
(cir­cling the block in search of a park­ing spot)
is for­got­ten
on the front and back
of a red paper napkin.




© Ana Maria Caballero
buttonpoetry:

Button Poetry is incredibly excited to announce the release of our first professionally produced spoken word album, by the one and only Neil Hilborn. The best part is? You can preorder it right now, just by clicking here.“Northbound” features 20 studio quality tracks; 40 minutes of new and favorite spoken word pieces by Neil himself.With your Bandcamp preorder, you’ll immediately receive downloads of both “OCD” and “The Mating Habits of the North American Hipster” to tide you over until the album is released on 8/19.Please like, share, comment, and support independent art! We could never have come this far without all of you, and we’re so grateful for your support.All our love,The Button Poetry Family

buttonpoetry:

Button Poetry is incredibly excited to announce the release of our first professionally produced spoken word album, by the one and only Neil Hilborn. The best part is? You can preorder it right now, just by clicking here.

“Northbound” features 20 studio quality tracks; 40 minutes of new and favorite spoken word pieces by Neil himself.

With your Bandcamp preorder, you’ll immediately receive downloads of both “OCD” and “The Mating Habits of the North American Hipster” to tide you over until the album is released on 8/19.

Please like, share, comment, and support independent art! We could never have come this far without all of you, and we’re so grateful for your support.

All our love,

The Button Poetry Family

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The Activist Legacy of the Fearless Nadine Gordimer

Spending the week in a tiny Colombian town to write, read and meet poets. A photo of my hotel and of the neighboring streets.

A Week with Colombia’s Women Poets

A Week with Colombia’s Women Poets

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I am in the small Colombian town of Roldanillo for the 30th Annual Meeting of Colombian Women Poets, held at The Rayo Museum (above).

I will be here all week, the longest I spend alone in such a small town.

Below is my official badge, which features an emblematic work by Omar Rayo, one of Colombia’s most important artists and the founder of the museum.

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Apart from hosting over 100 poets, The…

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Bookstand in Roldanillo, Colombia.

Bookstand in Roldanillo, Colombia.

Poetry Makes Nothing Happen

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In honor of today’s World Cup final, I am posting a photo I took of W.H. Auden’s poem “In Memory of W. B. Yeats” while in Rio last year.

I love the line that goes: “Poetry makes nothing happen.” It is, somehow, true. But then, somehow, it’s not.

Read Rio de Janeiro, Sept 2013

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