Go Write Your Heart Out When the Spirit Moves You

By |November 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s a gray November day, except for the overgrown blackberry bushes’ leaves hanging yellow and bright outside my window. Five (work) days ago, I returned home from a cruise to Bermuda. So far, I’ve managed only to unpack, do several loads of laundry, reorganize our recycling, pack up gifts for our 20th Anniversary Aurorean contributors, and reply to the most urgent emails in my Inbox. Already feeling slightly guilty for having accomplished little since my return, that guilt now becomes magnified on this last workday of the week, because I’m feeling tired, unmotivated, and I’m staring out that window.

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Add to that, many of my writer-friends are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I’m seeing their word-counts add up on Facebook. They are writing like mad (and more power to them!). Although I love National Poetry Month in April (especially Poem in Your Pocket Day), I don’t even participate in NaPoWriMo because I hate forcing poems out. That’s just me, but even more to feel guilty about.

As I continue to stare out the window (Billy Collins would be pleased), I see some of the leaves rustling out of the corner of my eye. And then I see why. A large doe is feasting on summer’s leftovers. I move closer to the window and see she’s not alone. Her fawn is with her, and both are unaware of me spying on them as they leisurely enjoy the day and its offerings with flicks of their white tails, their noses in the air between bites of vegetation. But they are there for another reason. For me to receive my lesson for the day. As I watch them for fifteen minutes or so, the guilt of the “shoulds” melts away. I SHOULD be watching them—right now, at this moment.

As a matter of fact, what I want to do now is to begin work afresh on Monday. There are deadlines, poems to read and respond to, manuscripts to read and respond to, events to plan, marketing ideas to consider, directories to update, and even a finished children’s book of my own to put the final touches on and to send out for consideration. But there is nothing that can’t wait until Monday. And now, I want to go into my writing room and create a poem. It might be about the deer. It might not. But it won’t be forced, and if it doesn’t come, I’ll move on to another project close to my heart.

No guilt, just creation. Take a moment to look out the window, even if you think there’s nothing to see. And go write your heart out when the spirit moves you.

Our Commitment to Haiku

By |August 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

AnswersInsteadsmOver the past almost 20 years, the Aurorean has demonstrated its commitment to publishing haiku by dedicating a section in each issue to the best haiku we can find. Publisher/Editor Cynthia’s view: “The practice of the ancient art of haiku helps poets in all facets of their poetry writing. It helps poets clear away the clutter, and hone down to the necessary images and centeredness of our work.” With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to announce publication of our first all-haiku chapbook of poetry, Answers Instead: a life in haiku by Edward J. Rielly, coming in September.

Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past president of the Haiku Society of America says, “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”

Answers Instead is now available for pre-order and we are pleased to offer this chapbook to the Aurorean’s long-time haiku readers and writers for their permanent haiku collections.

http://encirclepub.com/product/answers-instead/

Beginning Poetry Workshop at Pyramid Life Center

By |July 15th, 2015|events, workshops|0 Comments

From Cynthia: There’s still time to sign up for a spot in my Beginning Poetry Workshop this weekend in the Adirondacks! Friday evening-early Sunday afternoon at beautiful Pyramid Life Center. THREE DAYS, TWO NIGHTS’ LODGING, ALL MEALS and WORKSHOP for $130. Plenty of time for paddling and swimming in pristine Pyramid Lake.

http://www.pyramidlife.org/programs/

 

Poetry Workshop with the Aurorean Editor

By |July 8th, 2015|Announcements, workshops|0 Comments

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Beginning poets: Aurorean publisher/editor Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is offering a three-day, four-session poetry workshop at Pyramid Life Center in the beautiful Adirondacks. Next Friday, July 17th–Sunday, July 19th. $130 includes THREE NIGHTS LODGING, ALL MEALS, AND WORKSHOP. Come, be inspired! There will be time for swimming and/or paddling on pristine Pyramid Lake on Saturday afternoon. Register Here: Pyramid Life Center

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New Review of Where the Meadowlark Sings

By |May 1st, 2015|chapbook reviews|0 Comments

WheretheMeadowlark[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any thanks to Ed Bennett of Quill & Parchment for his wonderful review of Ellaraine Lockie’s award winning chapbook Where the Meadowlark Sings. You can read the full review HERE

Poetry reading with Gus Peterson

By |April 16th, 2015|events|0 Comments

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[dropcap]J[/dropcap]oin us in downtown Farmington as Gus Peterson reads from his debut chapbook, When the Poetry’s Gone (Encircle Publications, March 2015)

When: Thursday, May 14 at 7:00pm

Where: Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers
193 Broadway St, Farmington, Maine 04938

 

 

 

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The Writers Forum radio show

By |April 11th, 2015|News|0 Comments

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]oet Ellie O’Leary hosts The Writers Forum monthly on WERU-FM. Yesterday, I was honored to join Ellie along with her other guests, Valerie Lawson and Micheal Brown, who publish Off the Coast. We had a great time talking poetry and poetry publishing. You can listen to the show here: [button link=”http://archives.weru.org/writers-forum/2015/04/writers-forum-4915/” color=”default” size=”small” target=”_self” title=”” gradient_colors=”,” gradient_hover_colors=”,” border_width=”1px” border_color=”” text_color=”” shadow=”yes” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Listen[/button]

You’ll hear me reading from my book, Questions About Home, the title poem of my new manuscript, Playing Armageddon, and the obligatory kitty poem (for there always has to be one kitty poem in the bunch!), “Stray, Rescued.” You’ll also hear Valerie and Michael reading their work—always a treat!

 

—Cynthia Brackett-Vincent

Inspiration

By |March 24th, 2015|quotes|2 Comments

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.”

—Henry David Thoreau

 

Three chapbook releases in one month!

By |February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ncircle Publications is celebrating its 20th year of publishing poetry (1,300+ poets) in the Aurorean! Since 2011 we have been honored to publish fine chapbooks through our Chapbook Contest and our Open Reading periods. Next month, we will publish three chapbooks simultaneously: Pieces of Life Between Latitudes by New Hampshire’s John T. Hitchner, Marking the Bend by New Mexico’s Steve Ausherman, and When the Poetry’s Gone by Maine’s own Gus Peterson. Many thanks to Ted Bookey for his rave recommendation of Gus’ chapbook. You can read more recommendations for and order these fine chapbooks here:[button link=”http://encirclepub.com/product/when-the-poetrys-gone-by-gustav-peterson/” color=”default” size=”small” target=”_self” title=”When the Poetry’s Gone” gradient_colors=”,” gradient_hover_colors=”,” border_width=”1px” border_color=”” text_color=”” shadow=”yes” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]When the Poetry’s Gone[/button][button link=”http://encirclepub.com/product/marking-the-bend-by-steve-ausherman/” color=”default” size=”small” target=”_self” title=”Marking the Bend” gradient_colors=”,” gradient_hover_colors=”,” border_width=”1px” border_color=”” text_color=”” shadow=”yes” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Marking the Bend[/button][button link=”http://encirclepub.com/product/pieces-of-life-between-latitudes/” color=”default” size=”small” target=”_self” title=”Pieces of Life Between Latitudes” gradient_colors=”,” gradient_hover_colors=”,” border_width=”1px” border_color=”” text_color=”” shadow=”yes” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Pieces of Life…[/button]

Reviews are rolling in!

By |February 10th, 2015|chapbook reviews|0 Comments

Reviews are coming in for our Chapbook Contest winner, Ellaraine Lockie’s WHERE THE MEADOWLARK SINGS! Thanks to Jendi Reiter for this lovely one! Two Poems from Ellaraine Lockie’s “Where the Meadowlark Sings”