The Emma Press (UK) Seeks Poems about Myths and Legends for Children (and more!)

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The Emma Press Seeks Poems about
Myths and Legends for Children

The Emma Press has launched an open call for poems about myths and legends for an anthology aimed at children, publishing in spring 2015. The independent publisher is looking for poems which ‘tell myths and legends in fresh, engaging ways, and which give new spins to old stories and characters.’

The book will be edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and Emma Wright, who have collaborated previously on The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse, A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood and Fatherhood.

Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘This will be our first children’s book, and we’re very excited about reaching a new audience of writers as well as readers. I’ll be interested to see which stories poets choose and how they approach writing for children. I grew…

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New Voices: Emerging Poets Competition

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New Voices comp

Divine Muses

NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition

The 2014 competition is NOW OPEN

This is the third year of the competition and the winners will be announced at
The Divine Muses X : an evening of poetry
which will be held
at the Gus Fisher Gallery as part of National Poetry Day.

For information and entry form see here

The competition will be judged by Auckland poet, Bob Orr.

For an interview with Bob and Peter Calder in The NZ Herald see here.

For Bob’s NZ Book Council page see here.

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Submit to Whirlwind Poetry Review

Understanding Weakness

I have the honor of announcing the first submissions period for Whirlwind Poetry Review, a new online journal that is an offshoot of Whirlwind Press. The submission period ends on July 1st. The review is especially looking for poems that focus on themes of social justice. If you’re an emerging poet, or even if you haven’t been published yet, this is a great opportunity for you to get a credit to put on your bio or cover letter. The press is not offering payment for publication at this time, but the reward of extensive publicity should be more than enough of an incentive for you to submit your best poetry to this nascent online poetry journal. The submission guidelines can be found here.

Lamont b. Steptoe is the founder of Whirlwind Press, and Managing Editor of Whirlwind Poetry Review. Photo credit: Moonstone Arts Center Lamont b. Steptoe is the founder of Whirlwind Press, and Managing Editor of Whirlwind Poetry Review. Photo credit: Moonstone Arts Center

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THE VERNACULARIST: The Environmental Issue, Call for Submissions

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Image: Brave New World, Jeff Pickering, digital photograph, Guyana, 2014 Image: Brave New World, Jeff Pickering, digital photograph, Guyana, 2014

The Vernacularist is an evocative new journal celebrating arts and culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand and internationally. Issue three The Environmental Issue’is now in production and you are invited to contribute to it

Notes on the theme:
The environment is an expansive theme intended to include (but not limited to) articles about physical, social, cultural and ecological environments. Original writing, artwork and poetry (and other content suitable for print) that explores, investigates or expresses ideas, concerns, associations about/with the environment will be considered for this issue of The Vernacularist.
About the submission process:
Be honest, be creative, write as yourself. You do not have to be an expert or an academic to contribute. Every submission is reviewed in confidence with priority given to original articles of relevance to the theme of the issue (the environment), to the vernacular and interest…

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Let’s talk poems

In Collusion

Poets responding to poetry

I’ve posted up a poem by Kiri Piahana-Wong, a fabulous NZ poet whose collection Night Swimming was published last year by Anahera Press.

I’m interested in your poetic or creative or critical response to the poem.

Click here: Deep Water Talk and add your words in the comments.

Perhaps an additional stanza or strophe, an analysis of what spoke to you, a different interpretation of the images, anything you like.

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Feature: Leanne Radojkovich

Flash Frontier

April 2014

This month we asked innovative New Zealand flash fiction writer Leanne Radojkovich to share her practice for getting flash fiction to a wide readership.


Introduction and a theme

This issue of Flash Frontier is dedicated to my friend Miles Hughes who recently died. Rachel had asked me to write about my street art experiment months ago and scheduled the piece to appear in April. Life seems so strange and circular; drafting this piece so long ago, for this issue that became the one commemorating my friend. It’s so wonderful to be included here. The editors also asked if I could provide the photo for the scatteredtheme – which I have, a pic of hare’s tails, at dusk, at Pakiri.

Flash in the world

I’ve been experimenting with getting flash stories out into the world viaYouTube, SlideShareand graffiti. All three pathways have been such…

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Libby Hart is creating an international poetry book review journal, and is interested in receiving NZ titles

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Call out: What the Bird Said

What the Bird Said will be devoted to online criticism of a diverse array of the best contemporary and international poetry and is especially keen to hear from authors and publishers of poetry collections and anthologies written in English.
Please send a query email to Libby Hart at if you are interested in having your book reviewed.
Libby Hart is author of Fresh News from the Arctic (Anne Elder Award) and This Floating World (shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Awards and the Age Book of the Year Awards). Her new poetry collection, Wild, is forthcoming from Pitt Street Poetry in 2014. Please see for more details.

Libby Hart
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Postal mail :: PO Box 1289, Brighton Road LPO, Elwood 3184, Australia

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Primitivism, Poetry and the Representation of Pasifika peoples.

tulia thompson

Michael Botur recently wrote an article on The Big Idea about Pasifika poetry called ‘Mouths from the South’. He focuses mostly on the spoken word poetry associated with South Auckland Poets Collective, but also draws in notable Pasifika poets including Karlo Mila and Selina Tusitala Marsh. Throughout the article, Botur maintains a tone of mild condescension, stating:

 [Writers like Mila and Marsh] set the scene for several NZ poets who wouldn’t be in print at all were it not for Pacific publishers, leaving old fashioned scribes behind.

Hang on, who we are leaving behind?

The article has already been challenged through a response piece on Facebook by poet Grace Taylor, and poetry heavyweights Tusiata Avia and Hinemoana Baker have left stunning responses in the comment section (you can read them by scrolling down from Botur’s article).

What I want to explore here is how Botur draws unwittingly on a…

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Alison Glenny’s ‘Orison’ wins erasure poetry competition

We are very pleased to announce that ‘Orison’ by Alison Glenny has won the erasure
poetry competition.

We were truly impressed by the way the poem transformed the original text, and touched by the depth of feeling it drew from the limited words available.

Congratulations, Alison!

Alison Glenny

Here is the domain
                        of the
                        Cry out
                        it is otherwise –
                        the sycophant compels him
                        to proclaim aloud
                        the truth
the correlative –
                        not a thing but
                        instrumentality of things.
He moans
                        so intimately wedded
                        to substance even
they are
                        the opposite –
Thus it is
                        with the map of
                        a passion prevents
                        a simple contrivance
                        to float in the imagination
                        he divides
                        the concert
from dream to reality
the impulse
                        for glory
                        in his own hands.
We have seen
                        the secret:
                        all men are free
                        so very dear
                        at any price
soil does not exist
                        nor soap and candles
                        shoes and clothes.
                        The beauty in this
Pretty fancy
                        is torn
the law
                        falls to pieces
                        he thirsts
                        for impediments
What becomes of sentiment?
It avails him nothing
                        the end of the world has come
                        the absence of all
tout sera pour le mieux
The wave
can wash them away
                        the promised land
                        the shameless land
                        lavishing the stream
The only thing that interests us
                        the secret
                        proclaimed on the housetops –
                        the fundamental condition
                        the annihilation of words.

Sociopoetic poetry reading

All welcome this Monday 9th December for a sociopoetic poetry reading.

Readers will include Logan Dobson, Grant Duncan, Zita Rose Featherstone, Emma Harford, David Mayeda, Janet McAllister, Tracey McIntosh, Kellie McNeill, and Tulia Thompson.

We also hope to include time for an open mic, so bring your poems!

More here.

How Sociology Broke My Heart by Tulia Thompson

1. Sociology   has    broken
my heart      many times. I’m channeling Dolly Parton to say this.          That’s a distraction.
Conjuring fiddles, blonde electric curls woven out of synthetic thread, and the other jaded objects that bring country music to mind (fake boobs maybe, or the religious right, Alabama, or Desert Road)
You might say Dolly is a grossly rendered icon of the cult of the visual, or the aesthetic commodification of women. Shit, I’d forgive you.
The emphasis for me is the narrative of how she went from trash poor and made it…more.

NWA – No Worthy Authority by Logan Dobson

There’s no applause in this theatre where the feared are gutless vendetta accredited cut-throats attached to government gun-scopes running this humdrum jungle with one pose, dressed in steel-capped black leather foot-tredder shoes, fluorescent vests and re-pressed blue suits
Then it’s “woop woop that’s the sound of da police” arrestin mobs when faced wit people’s faces that aim at takin back what’s theirs through emancipation…more.

On Auckland by Chris Schlapa

Surprises long overdue
Disappointment where one least expects it
The revealing aspects of finding one is never too old to
be horrified by other’s worldviews
The soothing breeze of secret support
An untainted friendship that obliviously grew in the
shadows and on most unusual ground
(You give me hope, D.)
Dreaming of home
Resisting home
Hiding in the world’s furthermost place
You will not find me, no one will find me

Doing it in an elevator – poetry in public

Rosary by Tulia Thompson

When Grey Lynn swam in primary colours

I used to twist my hair into a knot

Play touch with all the giggly kids

No shoes             rasta patterns               pineapple pie

Aunty cooking up the dalo


              now I wear op-shop jeans

              jandals on my giant feet

              even in the Grey


              Least you’re not tralalaing over graveyards

              chewing up the headstones

              says my grandmother

              swinging her own bare brown feet               out of the sky


but she’s singing Isa Lei           and I

only have a poem.


I could sell you a rosary from the beads on my ovaries.

shiny / secret /               circlets shaped like nits


strung on a thread


they might shine in the moonlight.

The Robert Frost Foundation calls for poems in the spirit of Robert Frost for its Annual Award. The winner receives $1,000 and the opportunity to read at a Frost Foundation event…more.

(Deadline 1st February 2014)

So happy to see a new poem by Aaron Robertson, inspired by Chapter 33! He’s made new words by deleting some letters from words in the text…

For emerging and established poets, with no style, thematic, or length restrictions…more.

(Deadline 2nd January 2014)