Hey there sports fans. If you are into baseball, I‘ve got to think you’re mourning the death of the great Ernie Banks, #14. His face as a rookie ballplayer, which graced the front pages of the papers in Chicago, is something to behold: there’s a purity there not seen often. It shines through. Beautiful.
It struck me because Sunday’s Chicago Tribune covered the death of Chicago’s hometown legend in the front pages and back in the sports pages too while the arts section focused on Frank Sinatra, and the celebrations planned this year to mark what would be his 100th birthday. It made me think about these two icons and I wondered whether (and how) their temperaments and demeanors really differed.
Here’s something for you to do: see how long it takes before you come across a Frank Sinatra song or reference. It won’t be that long; you may be surprised.
Susan Mahan has a lovely poem about Paris called “Solitaire” at Travelogue. Travelogue describes itself as an independent travel and lifestyle magazine that celebrates the authentic travel experience” and each quarterly issue highlights a key location with stunning imagery and artistic works along with city guides.
Ellen Bass has a poem “Reincarnation” in the The New Yorker; it begins: “Who would believe in reincarnation / if she thought she would return / as an oyster?” If you go to the link you can hear Ellen Bass read her poem.
Donna Hilbert’s poem “Friday Nights” appears on the Cadence Collective site. Cadence Collective publishes work by poets with a Long Beach connection.
T. C. Boyle has a new novel The Harder They Come due out in March. In its “2015 Book Preview” the Chicago Tribune describes it as “an exploration of violence and confrontation in American culture.”
Laura Rodley has a poem “After the Bad News” in The New Verse News.
I had a photo from New Orleans featured in a new digital magazine called Waypoints. Waypoints describes itself as ‘a semi-annual online literary, photography and art journal featuring the best work of established writers and artists, as well as those who are on their way up.”
Also, Kerry Langan contacted me with info on a call for submissions on siblings. Wising Up Press is publishing an anthology tentatively titled Siblings: Our First Macrocosum. Wising Up invites you to send “fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry exploring the impact of siblings on our worldview throughout our lives.”
Wising Up gives you these points to ponder: “Is birth order destiny? How are we shaped by the constellation we’re born into, whether dyad or nebula? What is the appropriate sentiment to have towards those with whom we may share only a preponderance of genes and, before we have any choices in the matter, propinquity? Towards those who knew us before we had a sense of self? Towards those who helped us define what we were not as much as what we are?” So, here’s your chance to write about your brother or sister.
Peace, love, and solace
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