Monthly Archive: April 2016

Apr
25

Be good and be quiet?

Hooker © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

I’ve been thinking about bragging. These days we call it promotion. Social media is thick with it. Bragging used to be frowned upon, but it doesn’t seem to be that way so much anymore. I get it. I try to promote Solace in So Many Words and my writing. That’s professional promotion that’s seems required …

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Apr
19

Lummox wants work; Trees and Math Anxiety; and Bird-watching

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Howdy – How’s your April shaping up? Have you been celebrating poetry? Reading it? Writing it? I got an email from Lummox Poetry Anthology #5, which is looking for work on the theme of “ism” or “isms.” Examples cited include: Alcoholism, Capitalism, Patriotism, Buddhism, Globalism,  Conformism, Masochism, Regionalism, Commercialism, Pessimism, Mannerism, Egotism, Dogmatism, Realism, etc, …

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Apr
11

Controversial words, controversial works

Eye © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In the literary world, a couple of respected publications are being questioned for their choice of content. In both cases, the writing itself was far from exceptional. In the first incident the publication is Kenyon Review’s KR Online, which featured two poems by John Smelcer, “Indian Blues” and “Smoke Signals.” I’d link to them but …

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Apr
05

News on SISMW contributors and friends & calls for submissions

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Hello. Hope your Spring has sprung. Here in Chicago we have not quite gotten to warm weather yet. And the news seems to be that other areas of the country have also experienced a return to winter. I guess we should expect April to be harsh for as T. S. Eliot told us: “April is …

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